Dressage Western Australia


Welcome to the July issue of Half-Pass and HELLO Winter! Our regular readers may notice a change to our monthly newsletter. As a committee we are endeavouring to keep you abreast of all things dressage as efficiently as we can and this means our newsletter too.  With the new format you can now you can access links and information more easily and jump to the articles that interest you most.  Happy reading and happy riding!

- Katrina Lodge

Judge Profile

Dinah Fleming - D Level

After a successful eventing career, Dinah turned her skill to dressage and became a judge.  She is a qualified EA Level 2 coach and level D judge.
Tell us a little about the history of your riding.
I started in Pony Club and rode in the agricultural shows around the Wheatbelt region. In those days we rode in show classes in the morning and jumped and or did novelties in the afternoon. I’ve always trained my own horses and still do today. I often wondered what it’s like to have instant success on a ‘ready made’ horse.

I have competed in jumping competitions in South Africa, Zimbabwe’s and the UK.

Back in WA I specialised in Eventing and represented Australia in teams competitions against various countries in Pony Club and individually for WA.

I was selected to represent WA at the Gawler 3DE but was threatened to lose my job so didn’t go. I was a high school teacher in those days and getting time off for sporting events was frowned upon.

I turned to dressage after an extensive Eventing career and now are rapidly trying to expand my knowledge about higher level dressage training. I love the mental challenge of training my horses, and although I hit brick walls I still get up each morning with new motivation to work through the previous days issues.

From an early age it was instilled in me that training takes time and not to use short cuts as it will show up later in the horses education the higher it goes. I’m yet to prove this theory to myself.


Rider Profile

India Levene

Originally an eventer, India Levene made the switch to dressage in 2014 when her horse at the time was not enjoying eventing and she has been hooked ever since!

Out & About

Southern Districts

Celebrations of Horses & Music 2021

On May 15 and 16 2021 Southern Districts Dressage Club presented the Celebration of Horses and Music Championship and although numbers were small, we had wonderful weather and classes from Prep to Advanced. Kim Thomas combined with Lisa Baker as the chief judges As well we had Para equestrian Classes which were Judged By Lisa baker and Virginia Longley. Although we had been offered free accommodation for Para equestrian Riders and their horses, we had only one competitor, but he brought 2 horses and completed 6 tests over the weekend! With his Warmblood  Mare Bridlewood Dulcima  Andrew Forbes won the EA Para 5.2 with 62.41 and the FEI Para V Individual with a score of 60.89, solid scores showing that Andy and Lucy are on their way to bigger things. With his Quarter horse gelding Spec a Red Andy won the FEI V team event with a score of 60.11 (with Bridlewood Dulcima close behind) and the FEI Para V freestyle with a score of 62.75. Spec a Red is such a reliable trooper - always tries his best. A tremendous effort especially for a rider with physical limitations.

SDDC was also extremely fortunate to have (via a generous grant from DWA) Chief Steward Janet Reid who inspected the grounds and spent time with Gear checkers and possible trainee stewards. In the evening with sponsorship from DWA riders enjoyed a light supper while Janet gave a talk on becoming a steward and Kim Thomas outlined the path to becoming a judge. Both talks were highly informative, well received, and sparked interest in both fields. A Rider's Forum allowed questions from the floor-answered by Kim, Janet, and Lisa.

The Championship winners are listed on the SDDC website.
And SDDC are incredibly grateful to the Major Sponsor the William Bay Bobcat.

The Hygain WA State Dressage Championships 2021 are scheduled on Friday 3rd  September to Sunday 5th September for three fantastic days of dressage. Our DWA committee is busy working on the event with the aim to deliver an exciting and memorable event for all involved from competitors, spectators, sponsors and volunteers.

The sponsorship committee is currently working on their sponsorship drive with a range of packages to suit most budgets.  If you or your business is interested in supporting the event, please do not hesitate to email Suzie and Katrina.  We also welcome anyone who is keen to support the organising committee with the running of the event.

Stewards Corner

Interested in becoming an EA Dressage Steward? There will be a presentation on the 14th August at the Wooree Equestrian Grounds in Geraldton. Find out more below.

Club Grants

Is your club eligible for a grant?

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Our Committee

Our committee members are always here for you! You can find your DWA committee members and what their roles are by clicking on the button below.

Diary Dates

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The 2021 DWA Dressage Leaderboard is currently running. There is no action required to enrol and you can find all the latest results by clicking on the link above.

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