March 2016 Newsletter

Newspaper PhotoThe Eurobodalla Dressage Association hosted its first dressage competition for 2016 on March 20 at the Moruya Showgrounds.

The morning gave us a pleasant, cool start with a fine cloudy day and some warm sunshine. The grounds were beautifully manicured and lovely to ride on.

Sadly, the sand arena was unrideable because of the hoses being turned on overnight, ruining all the hard work in preparing the surface for the higher level riders and tests. It became a useful warm-up area and Arena 1 was shifted to the grassed area to join Arenas 2 and 3. Jeff Adams, a local farrier who rides at Advanced Level and also donates much of his time to arena preparation and set up, brought along his beautiful young stallion Baby Blue to ride in the Preliminary Tests. Ann Behringer rode Medium Level Tests and Hetty Munda, riding Windalee Khoster, also donned her tails to compete with Jeff Adams, riding Weejazzper, in the Advanced 5.1 Open Competitive Class. Individual placings and results will be listed on The Eurobodalla Dressage Clubs website in a week or so, and you can locate that via our Facebook Page. Some Individual results were as follows: Isabella Wall, a young local rider from Mogendoura, enjoyed continued success with a 1st placing in the Open Competitive 2.3 Test and 3.1 Open Competitive Test. Kim Gardner, riding Sir William, of Candelo placed 1st in the 1.1 Open Competitive. Grace Brigham, riding KB Jimmy Choo, placed 1st in the CR Open 1.2 Test. Pamela Bice, riding Wall E, placed 1st in the 3.3 Open Competitive Test. Belinda O’Reilly, riding Balmoral Montgomery, placed 1st in the 2.2 C R test. Kristen Kay, riding Nightwatch, placed 1st in the Preparatory A and Preparatory C Test. So many people work together to make a successful day for all the riders and horses to enjoy.
A big thank you to all the Judges who learn the many Tests we all ride from Preparatory to Advanced level, Yvonne Wilson, Maggie Brennan, Carolyn Lieutenant, Barb Vial, and Connie Bachor. Each judge has a penciller who writes comments about each movement and the score of each movement.
For photos from the day search Facebook for the Clubs page, or the club’s website: Eurobodalla Dressage Association http://eurobodalladressage.org/.
The following dates are for the Next Competitions of 2016 to be held at the Moruya Showground:
5th June 2016, 20th August 2016, 18th September 2016 and 20th November 2016 being our Championship Day.

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