After being forced to cancel the 2020 PSI DJWTS due to Covid-19, the 2021 event at Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre was highly anticipated and did not disappoint. With scores as high as 89.90%, the community was treated to world-class entertainment and fierce competition across all levels.
Werribee Park turned on three days of practically perfect weather to showcase the nation’s Olympic combinations as well as the up-and-coming young horses and hopefuls who represent an exciting future for the sport in Australia.
Maree Tomkinson and Susan Gorst’s stunning Imagine II was crowned champion four-year-old. With a perfect 10.0 for canter and 9.5 for perspective in the second round, breathtaking does not really do justice for this mare. Together Maree and her super mare Imagine II brought records at DJWTS with a total score of 89.9%. Imagine II is by Ibiza out of St Moritz and bred by Johannes Westendarp in Germany; her cadence and elasticity throughout all her work cements her as a very promising horse, and with Grand Prix rider Maree Tomkinson taking the reins, this will be an exciting combination to follow.
Second place went to Quizzical R, ridden and owned by Tyler Bain, with a score of 80.40% in the second round. This striking gelding is by Questing R out of a Jive Magic mare, bred by the Ryans. Questing R was the sire of two of the three horses that achieved over 80% in the four-year-old young horse class; BZ Qantas (by Questing R out of a Regardez Moi mare) and rider Maddison Growcott placed second in the first round with a score of 80.00%, underlining the quality offspring this Australian stallion is producing. Third went to Lizzie Wilson-Fellows riding HB Furst Choice. This striking gelding, by Furst William out of a Chequille mare and owned by Hollands Bend Warmbloods, was just shy of the magic 80 in the second round with a score of 79.60%.
Tamlyn Farm Calamity Jane, ridden by Justin Worthy and owned by Mardi Ramsey, won the four-year-old pony championship with a super score of 83.80% in the second round. This pocket rocket is by Cheval DeLuxe out of a Gandalf mare. In second was Karen Blythe riding Long Park Lucky for Emma Turnbull for 79.20%. Grenwood Rendition, ridden and owned by Andrea Newlands, placed third in the second round with 73.00%.
WillingaPark Tito, ridden by Jayden Brown for Willinga Park, secured the five-year-old champion title with a score of 84.40%, including a 9.0 for perspective. This exciting gelding is by Top Gear out of a Florencio mare. Although a little hot at times, his natural uphill movement is already showing the potential for collection. With this combination having only a handful of competitions under their belt, they show promise for an incredible future.
In second was Maree Tomkinson riding Friday IV. Friday is by Furstenball out of Maree’s World Equestrian Games mount, Diamantina IV, and with such a pedigree it is no surprise the combination scored 83.40% in the second round. Third place went to Victoria Weir riding Luckybird on behalf of Mary and Rob Hanna. This KWPN gelding is by Everdale out of a Metall mare and, despite a couple of tense moments, received a solid score of 79.40% in the second round.
Freemans Lodge Divine Essence was the winner of the second round of the five-year-old pony championship with a score of 84.00%. Ridden by Justin Worthy and owned by Vicki Chidgety, this stunning German Riding Pony is by Classic Dancer 1 out of a Bodyguard P mare. With a 9.0 for a trot and a score that would have placed them second against the horses, there were many smiles on their support team’s faces! In second was Annie Creed’s Brookside Shazam with a score of 83.80%. This Welsh cross German Riding Pony by Dracmoore Firestorm was bred by Lisa Salter. In third was Fawks Crocodile Rock, ridden and owned by Clair Arnold, for a great score of 79.00%. This super Welsh Cob is by Burrowa Rockstar out of an Abergavenny Achilles mare.