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sport. Last night I invited my sister along who has never been to a dressage event in her life. She arrived late afternoon, browsed the trade village and found a couple of things for her two daughters and then thoroughly enjoyed the evening competitions. She was intrigued by the horses and surprised by the amount of spectators - it gave her a glimpse of a world she had no idea existed. I think she will be back next year. This is what we need to do - introduce new people to the sport (not necessarily in the saddle). The fourth and final day of the Saddleworld Australian Dressage Championships was very relaxed. I have a feeling this was because all people concerned, including horse and rider, were a tad weary after three long days of competition. The Needs for Steeds FEI Prix St Georges Championship had 35 competitors and like all the small tour competitions, there were lots of competitive combinations involved. Like yesterday’s Prix St Georges Challenge, it was Matthew Dowsley on Flavio (owned by the Dowsett family) who came first. Tor Van Den Berge and Cheryl O’Briens stallion, Lauries As, came second and CDI-Y rider Elliot Patterson on Leandro came third. The final presentation was held in the trade village and although some of the horses had already hit the highways to head home, there was still a good turn up to support Sunday’s place getters. As there had been a bit of talk about ‘cross border rivalry’, I decided to have a look at some statistics. As usual it depends on how you look at it: • If you only take into account the first place getters - NSW and QLD were equal with 8 firsts each (not including champions as these were a result of the individual tests) • If you take into account all results for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, then NSW leads with 32 places, QLD with 24 places and VIC with 8 places • If you take into account the number of riders from each state then it is WA that comes out on top. Like all statistics, you could make it look good for all states and territories, so I will go no further. I suppose the main thing is that new champions were made but more importantly lots of riders achieved their personal best. Congratulations to everyone who helped make the Saddleworld Australian Dressage Championships the success it was. But like all good things, it too had to come to an end! Scott Pollock 1) Maree Tomkinson (VIC) riding Diamantina IV in the Grand Prix - CDI-W 2) Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi in the Equitanta Grand Prix Grand Final 3) Dressage NSW clinic 4) Dressage NSW clinic 5) Dressage NSW clinic Images by Franz Venhaus and Michelle Terlato Photography 1 2 22


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