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2012 Be the Influence Equestrian Grand Final - November 10-13, 2012 New South Wales riders shone at the 2012 ‘Be the Influence’ Equestrian Grand Final taking home the exhibition eventing and dressage titles for the second year running. The three day, multi-discipline equestrian event was held at EQUITANA Melbourne and gathered Australia’s most prominent horse and rider combinations in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, jumping and exhibition eventing. In the dressage, Heath Ryan also continued his winning streak at the event taking home the title for the second consecutive year. Scoring 71.750%, his test was met with loud applause from the large crowd which had gathered in the Grand Pavilion at Melbourne Showgrounds to watch some of Australia’s best combinations perform in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Earlier in the week, the Heatherbrae rider also took out the Grand Prix. From Dressage NSW………………. Wow! What a busy year for DNSW, hitting off with a weekend forum for our dressage clubs in February, which drew 45 club delegates across the regions to network over the two days. We received great feedback and a call to have these forums on a regular two yearly basis, as they’re such a vital link between DNSW, ENSW, EA and our clubs. The highlights of our year were undoubtedly the CDI3*, the NSW Dressage Championships returning to SIEC after 2 years at AELEC, the Saddleworld Australian Dressage Championships, the 2012 Brighton Saddlery Young Rider Championships conducted on our behalf by Alexander Park Dressage Club and Bates Pony Dressage Championships, which once again included a young pony component. We couldn’t run these events without the dedication and hard work of members of our committee and their support teams and also our loyal base of volunteers and major sponsors. 3 4 5 The Sydney CDI (April-May), the Brighton Saddlery NSW Young Rider Championships (July), the Bates NSW Pony Championships (October), the NSW State Championships (September) and the Nationals in October were held all under the umbrella of DNSW. When you add to this the monthly events run at Clarendon and realise we are the only SDA to manage such an event load, no wonder we look forward to our downtime over Christmas. Clarendon is one of our biggest investments and in 2012 our grounds have had the spotlight on them as we try to get the going right for all conditions. Our thanks to our grounds committee and rider’s representative for the time and distance they’ve put in during the year and 2012 has seen ongoing upgrades to the warm ups and the other two arenas as funding becomes available. The greater part of our budget has gone into the ground, literally, this year! Our website remains a strong communication source for many of our members and the wider dressage community with pages views ranging from 155,000 to 205,000 each month. On top of this the Sydney CDI website with a peak in May of close to 55,000 page views, our Facebook has increased by 43% to around 3,300 fans and over 1290 followers now happily twitter back and forth. 2012 was an NOAS reaccreditation year and 11 seminars/workshops were held across the state with five of these seminars in regional centres. Thank heavens these don’t happen every year although the excuses for late reaccreditation do become more imaginative the later they get and the Dressage Rule Book now has the same weight as the stone tablets Moses lugged down with the 10 Commandments. To years’ end and our Christmas Pirouettes Party and awards night at Hawkesbury Race Club Convention Centre, with over 100 of our riders, owners, grooms and sponsors joining us was a great time and acknowledged the 2012 award winners. It was such a fun night that a repeat performance is on the cards for 2013. Prue Spurrett President DNSW Inc. 23


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