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end, it was Rozzie Ryan and the ever improving GV Bullwinkle taking out both competitions becoming the clear Big Tour Champion. It was the small tour field that had everyone talking. Such impressive combinations coming through making this level irresistible for the spectators. Robbie Soster and Robali Razzamatazz proved unbeatable with a win by the closest of margins in the Orange Vet Hospital Intermediate I CDI 3* to David Shoobridge and OO Seven but Robbie was not going to be denied and with her stunning chestnut companion, won the Pryde’s EasiFeed Intermediate Freestyle CDI 3* and the Bradgate Park Performance Horses Small Tour Championship. The CDI-Y classes were small affairs, however, the outstanding performances of Megan Bryant and her beautiful Donnabella showed an emerging talent and star quality which augers well for dressage in NSW. This combination had clear wins in both the Orange Vet Hospital CDI-Y and Gidgee Eyes Australia CDI-Y Freestyle giving them the Cooramin Sporthorses CDI-Y Championship. From the organising committee, thanks go the event’s many sponsors, volunteers and judges for making ThinLine DWA another fantastic show. As John Healey, owner of Bradgate Park, so fondly put it – “they (the riders) make it hard not to do it all over again next year!” Sue Scaysbrook and Cathie Drury-Klein Event Directors www.centralwestdg.equestrian.org.au 2012 Sydney CDI – May 3-6, 2012 The 2012 Sydney CDI was different this year as five of Australia’s top riders were in Europe contending for a place on the 2012 London Olympic Team. Usually, I would have checked out the programme, highlighted the top riders, and then raced from arena to arena to ensure I didn’t miss them. This year, I was able to see a number of horse and rider combinations, which I normally may have missed. It was a bit like, “While the cats away, the mice may play.” There were over 200 horses competing and approximately 150 riders. Luckily, Toni Venhaus and her army of volunteers were on site, ensuring it all went to plan. The other factor that made the event even more enjoyable was the weather. Four days of big blue skies, no wind and the temperature hovering around 20 degrees – bliss! All riders had a great opportunity this year as there were five 5* judges involved in many of the competitions. Stephen Clarke who was the President of the Ground Jury for London Olympics and Mexican judge, Maribel Alonso, who was also on the Olympic judging panel were part of the team. Throughout the event there were a number of stand out performances; some by the place getters and others by horse and riders doing something that little bit special. Let’s start with one that didn’t get a top three but still gave you goose bumps. On Friday morning, the first horse and rider to hit the arena in the Mulawa Performance Intermediate I was Sue-Ellen Lovett on her horse Ko-olina. Sue-Ellen has represented Australia at two Para Olympics and one Para World Championships. When asked what her condition is, her reply said it all - “I can’t see squat!” When Sue-Ellen competes there are 10 floodlights strategically placed at the main markers. This is the only way she can find her way around the arena. This ride was quite emotional as it was the retirement ride for her horse, Ko-olina. After a very competent ride, Sue-Ellen was surrounded by well-wishers. I caught up with Sue-Ellen a bit later and she informed me that her horse, Ko-olina, learnt piaffe at 21 years of age – quite extraordinary. 1) Prestige VDL and Sheridyn Ashwood 2) Fishermans Friend and Tor Van Den Berge at the horse inspection 3) Prizegiving for CDI 3* Grand Prix Freestyle 4) Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle 5) Jeremy Janjic and Django of Cacharel Images by Stent Event Photography 4 5 9


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