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MAY 2022

HALF-PASS
Dressage Western Australia

FOREWORD

Welcome to the first edition of Half-Pass for 2022! 

We've already had a busy start to the 2022 Dressage Calendar with the first Dressage Riders Forum, the Peagusus Pony Showcase, the Heiniger Para Equestrian Showcase and the first of four Masters of Dressage Masterclasses with Nadine Merewether. The next Masterclass is tomorrow 26 May - be sure to get your tickets at the link below.

The priorities of the Dressage WA Committee in 2022 are to foster community and communication, whilst continuing to promote education, training and competition at all levels. Armed with an almost entirely new committee elected in November 2021, we have put forward constructive plans, building on the work of the previous committee. 

I am excited to welcome our new committee:

Steph Munro - Chair
Terrina Fairbrother - Vice Chair & Treasurer
Emily Symonds - Secretary
Lizzie Wakley-Dawes - Rider's Representative
Graeme Dick - Young Horse Representative
Paula Zammit - Pony Representative
Georgia Grose - Junior & Young Rider Representative, Website & Social Media
Heidi Emery - Special Events & Sponsorship Information
Suzin Wells - Para Equestrian Representative


We have already hit the ground running and are looking for volunteers to assist with the State Dressage Championships. If this is something you would like to be involved with, please reach out via our contact form or to any of our committee members.

- Steph Munro, Dressage WA Chair

INSIDE

  • DRESSAGE WA ANNUAL AWARDS
  • SOUTHERN SOLSTICE DRESSAGE COMPETITION
  • PEGASUS FEEDS PONY SHOWCASE
  • HEINIGER PARA EQUESTRIAN SHOWCASE
  • SWAN RIVER DRESSAGE MAKES THE MOVE TO THE SEC
  • DRESSAGE WA MEDALS
  • STEWARDS' CORNER
  • MASTERS OF DRESSAGE MASTERCLASS WITH NADINE MEREWETHER
  • EA D/C JUDGING SEMINAR DETAILS
  • RIDERS FORUM

OUT & ABOUT

DRESSAGE WA AWARDS
Celebrating the success of WA riders!

In January 2022, riders, owners, volunteers, sponsors and officials gathered to celebrate the success of 2021 at Mandoon Estate. Congratulations to the following horse and rider combinations:

El Caballo Perpetual Trophy - Alinta Veenvliet & Desperanza
Dressage WA Award - Bella Robson & Revelwood Showcase
The Millionaire “Royal Doulton” Memorial - Sara Botten & Alabam
Thoroughbred Achievement Award - Ella Mccrum & Heart on a String
The Australian Warmblood Horse Association Perpetual Trophy - Terrina Fairbrother & Intruder
The Grand Espoir Perpetual Trophy - Tyla Schou & Penny Hill Park Veritas
Tim Weigall Memorial- Arabian Achievement Award - Melissa Ellery & Daitan Violet Crumble
Benita Wilson Perpetual Trophy - Sophie Vince & Cooramin Kingfisher
Steph Robson Memorial - Liesl Wilding & Legato
The Don Philino WE Award - India Levene & Delmara Dainty Dancer
Para Equestrian Championship - Rosa-lee Principe & PWP Rise of Memphis
Transitions Dressage Club Perpetual Trophy - Eliza Hebiton & Ana Diva
The Australian Warmblood Horse Association FEI Perpetual Trophy - India Levene & Jaybee Alaria
Beelo-Bi Moondyne Joe Memorial - Kerry Dyjak & Primrose Park Red Fox

Leaderboard Winners

Congratulations to the following horse and rider combinations on a great 2021 season. 

EAC Animal Care Preliminary - Melainey Lee-Newland & RH Royal Danseur
Endeavon Products Novice - Kristy Zabaznow & Hyde Park Lafayette
Ross North Homes Elementary - Pauline Guinness & GP Zuma
County Saddlery - Saddles & Saddle Fitting Medium - Terrina Fairbrother & Intruder
Saddle Solutions Advanced - Rachel Brennen & Mr Copperfield
Duncan Equine - Horserail Australia FEI Prix St George - Sarah Pratt & Blackwood Ridge Valora
Duncan Equine FEI Intermediate I - Ron Fleming & Samford
FEI Intermediate II - Liz Tollarzo & Everton Park Jet Blauw
Project Neon FEI Medium Tour - Jamie Bawden & Tollen Park Diva
Inter Path FEI Grand Prix - Sue Goodwin & Don Desandro
Heiniger / First Bit Equine Para Equestrian - Andrew Forbes & Spec A Red
Pony Preliminary - Abbey Robson & Kings Town Isabelle 
Pony Novice - Chenin Hislop & Penley Polly Pocket
Pony Elementary - Robyn Brown & Crystal de Luxe 
Two Queens - woodfired street food Pony Medium - Katelyn Williams & Nawarrah Park Dita Von Teese
Pony Advanced - Mia Tollarzo & Dallu Stanley
Participant Preliminary - Nicole Goedhart & Aurum Park Willpower
Participant Novice - Edwina Webster & Congeniality
Adult Rider Preliminary - Fran Jones & Dozer
Adult Rider Novice - Vikki Lynn & Joshua Brook Black Jack

A massive thank you to the 2021 leaderboard sponsors. 
Information about the 2022 Dressage WA leaderboard can be found below.

Leaderboard
Left: Kristy Zabaznow & Leaderboard sponsor Shelley Riley from Endeavon Products
Right: Sara Botten winner of the The Millionaire “Royal Doulton” Memorial sponsored by Val Mayger
Photo credit: Eric Lloyd Photography

SOUTHERN SOLSTICE DRESSAGE COMPETITION

The Southern Districts Dressage Club welcomed the new year with a very successful 2-day Southern Solstice competition, which was no doubt aided by a very pleasant weekend weather wise, and competitors travelling from as far afield as Esperance, Margaret River and the Perth metropolitan area.

With very high level judges including Elaine Greene, Gill Botten, and Virginia Longley, who were well supported by local judges Phoebe Johnson, Andrew Forbes and Angela Shepherd, the Club was able to offer tests ranging from Preparatory tests through Advanced level tests, as well as Small Tour and Para tests.

With over 50 competitors, and in excess of 160 tests being ridden, competition was extremely close and many excellent tests were ridden and many Personal Bests were achieved.
Full results are available on the SDDC website.

Club President, Virginia Longley, was extremely pleased with the success of the competition.
“Congratulations to all who participated. There were riders with a range of experiences, including some who were ‘giving it a go’ for the first time. Many new goals were achieved. Well done! Special congratulations go to Amelia McDonald and her pony, Springwater Chanel, recipients of the Sharon Master Memorial Perpetual Trophy for the ‘Best Presented Combination’ for a local rider.”


The Club has planned a program of training days throughout the year and a number of 1-day low key competitions to allow members to gauge how their training is going. The emphasis will be relaxed and pressure free, to allow for a pleasurable experience for horse and rider. There will also be official/competitor classes for those riders needing to have exposure/experience before tackling the Perth scene, and competitions at Margaret River, Busselton, and Henty

Above: Amelia with the trophy, and prizes from sponsor Heiniger
Below: Southern Solstice Championship winners for 2022

RECORD BREAKING PONY SHOWCASE

The 2022 Pegasus Feeds Pony Dressage Showcase, held on Sunday 3 April at the SEC, certainly broke a few records.
 
Firstly, we recorded the highest ever entry numbers for this annual event. More than 110 tests were ridden on the day, despite a significant number of scratchings due to Covid-19 in the week prior. We’re pretty sure it also broke all weather records for early April….testing riders and ponies with rotten humidity early in the day, followed by a torrential downpour after lunch that had judges scrambling to even see their riders in the arena!
 
Despite the challenges of the weather, the event still received lots of positive feedback from riders, judges and helpers.
 
We would like to thank this year’s generous event and championships sponsor Pegasus Feeds, our reserve championships sponsor Kohnke's Own and all our class sponsors listed below with the championship winners:
 
Rogue Pony Participant Prep: Matilda Agnew and Timli Enthusiast
HB Horsewear Participant Prelim: Matilda Agnew and Skywood Park Limited Edition
Rogue Pony Participant Novice: Sally Buktenica and Holland Park Geneva
Kentucky Equine Research Competitor Prelim: Paige Szabadics and Rowen Wynne
LaNoir Equestrian Saddleworld Competitor Novice: Sue Goodwin and Mandeley House of Lords
Herne Hill Stockfeeds Competitor Elementary: Eliza Mouen and Kosikan Raedwyn Edition
Dynamik Stallions Competitor Medium: Kristy Renae Jarvis and Golden West NRW
Poseidon Equine Competitor Advanced: Lauren Rowe and Cheval Dlore
 
Thanks also to VETGold for sponsoring the PSG class...it was so great to see two ponies competing at this level. The class was won by Tayla Heath and Maraahn El Shamar with 61.25%.
 
Well done also to Alyssa Scott, who was awarded the Knightwood Training Centre Trophy for the highest percentage received by a junior. Alyssa scored a very impressive 70.893% in the Competitor Novice 2A class.
 
The Pony Showcase was first run by DWA in 2018, with around 75 tests ridden. Five years later, thanks to the efforts of a small but dedicated event sub-committee, entry numbers have increased by almost 50 per cent. This just goes to show how popular pony dressage is here in WA!

Written by: Leanne Pitcher

Above: Matilda Agnew rode an incredible seven tests on three ponies at the Showcase. She is pictured here with Timli Enthusiast, a GRP X owned by Danielle Richards who won Participant Prep Champion at only his third event.
Photo by Vickiphotos.

HEINIGER PARA EQUESTRIAN SHOWCASE

The Para Equestrian Showcase was held again this year on April 3. This year we were fortunate to have the sponsorship of Heiniger, who also sponsors our Para Equestrian Squad riders, providing them with the outstanding Heiniger grooming products. Heiniger’s support of our PE Riders is highly valued by all of us involved in this discipline.
In all, we had eighteen tests ridden, which was a significant increase on last year and although it rained during some of the tests, some excellent scores were recorded. This was particularly important as for the first time, scores achieved in this competition will be considered by the National Selectors, when naming the National Squads.
Special thanks to our judges – Lisa Baker, FEI PE 3* Judge and Nadine Herbert, National PE Judge and their writers- Erica Stotter and Peter Gill.
Thank you also to the Horsepower spectators who helped to reset the arena.
Competitors were in three sections – FEI, Equestrian Australia Para Dressage [Classified] and EAPD [Classification pending]. Champions were awarded based on the highest aggregate of the two tests ridden by each competitor in each section.
Riders competing were –
 FEI - Andrew Forbes, Judy Hogan, Sharon Jarvis, Rosa-Lee Principe
EAPD [Classified] – Chelsea Dejonge and Lesley Smit
EAPD [Classification pending] –Tyana Lawless and Suzin Wells
Champion FEI Rider was Rosa-Lee Principe riding PWP Rise of Memphis.
Champion EAPD [Classified] Rider was Lesley Smit riding Willowtree Serenity
Champion EAPD [Classification pending] was Suzin Wells riding Kendall Park Odyssey
A special rosette, donated by Custom Rosettes, was presented to Chelsea Dejonge who was judged the Best Presented Horse and Rider.
We were fortunate to have Jilly Hancock, the WA Heiniger Representative, join us to make the presentations.  Suzin had set up a special area for spectators, displaying the Rosettes and Rugs- all in Heiniger colours- where the Presentations could be held.
After the Presentations, our sponsor, riders, judges, spectators and volunteers all gathered to celebrate a very successful and enjoyable event.
Written by: Val Mayger

 

Above: Celebrations at the Heiniger Para Equestrian Showcase
Photo Credit: Meimipix

SWAN RIVER DRESSAGE MAKES THE MOVE TO THE SEC

April 9 & 10 SRD held their first of four weekend competitions  for 2022 at their new competition base the SEC.  Blest with the most lovely weather on Saturday which was competitive day the club hosted prelim to Medium on the C quest arena with two tests at each level n offer,  and Advanced and FEI on the international.  Sunday saw Participant and Club member tests in the C quest arenas.  A pleasing 250 tests were completed over the weekend with very good numbers in the elem to FEI classes with 21 entered  in the Elem 3A, 12 in the Medium, 8 in the Advanced, 9 in the PSG and 4 Inter 1’s. SRD members also made the most of the weekend with 58 members riding over the course of the weekend in a range of classes.
The clubs aim is to provide both competition and training in a friendly supportive environment and this was evident throughout the weekend. Judges, Riders and helpers enjoyed the music and ambiance provided in the Presidents Lawn with the opportunity to shop at Pimp My Pony and buy tasty food from The Cheeky sausage.  The club also hosted the second half of the Super G Judges seminar run by Polly-Ann Huntington ably assisted by Hazel Hikens throughout the Saturday morning where they shadowed the 2A and observed horses and ponies in the warm up etc.
In the FEI we congratulate Roz Tippett and Byalee Breathless  on their  first GP start and what a way to kick off with a 65% score.  The Advanced classes was a clean sweep to Terrina Fairbrother on the elegant import Intruder with 69 & 70 % respectively and the PSG saw a clear win on 68.6% to Skye Bond and the lovely chestnut London Eye in a quality class of 8 other competitiors.  In Medium Beatrix Stewart & Sir Santiago won the B and Steph Spencer stepped out on Idol  to win the A test on an impressive 72%.  The  elementary classes were the most robust of the weekend with Caron Smethurst & OEH Directors Edition winning the A and the junior riders leading the way in the B with Mia Avila & Revelwood First Klass winning with KDH Top This & Alivia Coppin in second. Steph Spencer also had a great day out in the Novice winning both classes on Wayne Kiely’s Florenzia WK with both scores over 70% and another combination took out both Peliminary classes with their first foray into official dressage. Congrats to Kristy Padberg and PHP Fascination for a very successful first outing. Both horses being ones to watch in the future.

 

Starting from top, clockwise: Roz & Byalee Breathless in the GP; Kristy Jarvis & Golden West NRW; London Eye & Skye Bond PSG

Competitive Pony classes were also well supported and it was Sue Goodwin stepping down off her FEI horse and onto her elegant riding pony Mandeley House of Lords who took out both Novice classes and the Elem was shared between Maddison Georgiades & Tasma Harpers Deveron Do Magio and the ever consistent Katelyn Williams & Nawarrah Pk Dita Von Teese. The Medium and Advanced was taken out by Kristy Jarvis’s lovely imported stallion Golden West NRW.  
On Sunday Participant and Participant pony classes were on offer and it was great to see the ponies in equal numbers to the horses.   It was great to see some show horse riders making their mark with Sophie Vince & Shush Kingham having a great day out with their horses with and very exited Shush taking out both of the Participant Pony classes with the gorgeous cob London Park Little Jo.
In the members classes it was great to see 10 to 12 members entered in each of the lower levels and Marissa Gallin and Leedale the Brave had a great day out winning a Prep and Prelim class and Junior Scarlett Currey on the super eventer Kdale Mr Collins winning both Novice tests with 74 & 75 %.  Sam Outram & Leigh White shared the honors in the large Elementary classes and then mid afternoon the rain came and our poor Medium and Advanced riders got soaking wet.  This didn’t affect Mette Wendler and Quanta Star who won both mediums or Cynthia Bailey & Excelsior Corvalis who won both Advanced classes.
All scores from the weekend for our members will go towards our Members leaderboards as will open scores for our Junior, AWHA, Andalusian and Freisan WB leaderbaords. Big thanks to our two photographers over the weekend PKing Photos and Siobhan from tcsmphotography.
Event No 2 is only a month following this event so now it all hands on deck for the next event and we hope riders will continue to support our events at the SEC and we thank all of our amazing sponsors for supporting our aim of providing a quality but supportive events with great prizes at the SEC.


Written by: Jacqui Moon

Above, starting from left, clockwise:Steph Spencer & Florencia WK- Nov; Mette Wendler & Quanta Star; Merrissa Gallin & Leedale the Brave; Alexia Sitta & Wise Lord SRD Medium

DRESSAGE WA MEDALS

Above: Bella Robson, Terrina Fairbrother and Chloe Moon achieved national performance medals in 2021.

Congratulations to the following riders on achieving performance medals last year:
Gemma Davis
Leanne Sadler
Deanna McDade 
Marieke Jansen
Gina Hendrie
Terrina Fairbrother 
Melanie Nixon 
Leilani Witt
Tyla Schou
Natalee Ladyman
Susannah Ladyman
Kerry Dyjak
Rosa-Lee Principe
Sara Botten
Sarah Pratt 
Kristy Zabaznow
Dinah Fleming
Liz Watkins
Eliza Hebiton
Also a special mention to;
Bella Robson, Terrina Fairbrother and Chloe Moon who achieved national performance medals in 2021. 
 
Congratulations to the 2022 Performance Medal winners to date:
Louise Curulli
Astrid Grov
Ron Fleming
Rosa Lee-Principe
Lisa Riley
Tegan Cook
Melainey Lee-newland
Alivia Coppin
Pauline Guiness
Samantha Barridge
Dinah Fleming
Beatrix Stewart
Kristy Zabaznow
Elissa Forbes

More information about the 2022 DWA performance medals can be found below. Medals that have not yet been collected are now available at the EWA Office. Next presentation of medals will occur at the State Dressage Championships.
Apply now for performance medals

STEWARDS CORNER

With Janet Reid

SUMMARY RULE CHANGES 1 JULY 2022

CLINICS

MASTERS OF DRESSAGE MASTERCLASS WITH NADINE MEREWETHER

On 6 April 2022, Dressage WA hosted the first Masters of Dressage Series Masterclass with Nadine Merewether. The Masterclass was focused on Novice to Elementary Levels and featured 3 outstanding horse & rider combinations. The event was well attended with 170 tickets sold, and positive feedback was received all around!

After receiving feedback from a number of regional clubs and members, Dressage WA will be offering Livestreaming of the upcoming Masters of Dressage Masterclasses ‘to the home’.
The intention of this is to provide regional members with equal access to the educational opportunity that this Masterclass offers.
 
What this means practically is that regional members will be able to purchase livestreaming tickets individually (at the same price as in person tickets) and then watch the livestream of the Masterclass from the comfort of their own home. More details and live streaming tickets will be made available in the coming days.
Note: Regional is defined as those outside a 100km radius from Perth GPO.
 
We encourage metro members to join us at the State Equestrian Centre - the bar will be open! Please come along, join the community and discuss what you've learned! We don’t want our Master of Dressage presenting to empty chairs.
 
Save the date for the Masterclasses on 26 May, 13 July and 24 August, and stay up to date by following the Dressage WA Facebook Page.

RIDERS FORUM

On 16 March 2022, Dressage WA hosted the first riders forum for the year. The event was livestreamed through the Dressage WA Facebook page and has been watched over 900 times. A number of different topics were discussed including medals, the State Dressage Championships, new dressage rule changes etc.
Watch the live stream at the link below.
Watch the Live Stream
Discussion Points
Summary Rule Changes for 1 July 2022
DIARY DATES
LEADERBOARD
COMMITTEE
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