Louisa Smith and the stunning stallion HP Fresco had an exciting debut for their first Intermediate A (sponsored by Equissage) for first place with 66.618%. Karen Blythe and Sonic K continued their winning streak, securing the Young Horse Seven-Year-Old Championship. Similarly, Lizzie Wilson-Fellows and Lets Charmeux won the Young Horse Six-Year-Old Championship and Victorian Clair Arnold riding the eye-catching Fawks Crocodile Rock won the Young Pony Six-Year-Old Championship.
Day three saw Team NSW reign supreme in the Whittlesea Plenty Valley Dressage Club Elementary Championship, with Jayden Brown and Pamela Barton’s gorgeous Kasjmir placing first in both tests with scores of 75.250% and 74.329%. Reserve Champion went to Alycia Targa and CP Charmore, solidifying Dressage NSW as the Novice winning team.
The Fager Elementary Pony Champion was won by Robyn Pearce riding Buckwell Park Peter Pan, with young rider Rosemary Heagney riding Mr Buck Meister and claiming Reserve Champion. Jayden Brown and WillingaPark Quincy B concluded the Horse in the Box Small Tour Championship with a win in the Intermediate I Freestyle on a score of 78.588%. Justine Greer and Yarramee Fonzi secured Reserve Small Tour Champion with 74.075% and Jackson Stern riding Templeton Fursteniro won the Young Rider Small Tour Championship.
Jessica Dertell riding Gleniph Tiramisu won the Pony Small Tour Championship and Young Rider Pony Small Tour Championship, with Bella Plumridge riding Illawong Harvest Moon named Reserve Champion and Reserve Young Rider Champion.
The Horse Bit Emporium Grand Prix saw exciting combinations take centre stage with Pauline Carnovale and Captain Cooks securing the win on a score of 69.783%. Jayden Brown on the promising Senator Nymphenburg, owned by Rose Deo, was second with 68.152%. With only a handful of rides for this combination and yet to produce a fault-free test, it will be exciting to see the scores they produce when they do.
The final day of the Hygain Dressage Festival saw the last tests for Maree Tomkinson on Australian soil for some time as she plans to head over to Germany shortly. Maree had wins in every class she competed in, including first in the Wagner’s Saddlery Intermediate II (day one) on her Total Diva (by Totilas out of Maree’s World Equestrian Games mare Diamantina), and a massive score of 93.200% on Imagine II in the Five-Year-Old Round 1 (day three), including a 10.0 for canter, 9.8 for trot and 9.5 for perspective! The pair also won Round 2 on 88.8%. We will miss Maree and wish her well with her overseas endeavours! Equestrian Life, along with the rest of Australia, will be following her journey.
Sunday was a 10/10 day – not only was the weather amazing but it saw Jayden Brown and WillingaPark Fangio receive the perfect score for their trot half-pass to the right. They finished the Lara Tweedie Medium 4C with a score of 77.568% and won the overall Championship. Karen Blythe and Sonic K kept Jayden on his toes, narrowly beating them in the Medium 4B and claiming Medium Reserve Champion. Jasmine Abernathy and Royal Diamond Jubilee were awarded Young Rider Medium Champion.
The Grand Prix Championship went to Pauline Carnovale and Captain Cooks with a flowing Freestyle that finished them on a score of 73.517%. Jayden Brown and the stunning Senator Nymphenburg scored 72.442% for second with their passage a highlight. The Young Rider Grand Prix Championship went to Jessica Dertell riding Sabble Farm’s Eskara De Jeu, for their first Grand Prix Freestyle together to finish just shy of the magic 70%. The Grand Prix class was not short of talented combinations for the future!
The Medium Tour Championship was won by Olivia Gillespie and Versace I with their Freestyle scoring 68.308%. In the NRG Para classes, Maddison Cooke and Byalee Magic II won the Grade 2 Championship and Stella Barton riding Falcon Disco Hit were Grade 1 Champions in their first competition together.
All of us have had our ups and downs through COVID-19 and I think that, regardless of the results achieved, the smiles on everyone’s faces for having the opportunity to compete and participate in the sport we love made this event very special. We appreciate the hurdles that event directors, judges, stewards, volunteers and everyone else involved had to go through to produce this event within the new Covid guidelines.
“I think it was the event a lot of people needed,” says Lizzy Schirmer. “I am very thankful to the team and suppliers who worked so hard to bring it together. It was a lovely way to end the year.”
We look forward to the next major events coming up this month, with the Australian Youth Dressage Championships and Boneo CDI both being run at the amazing Boneo Park. EQ
Full results from the Hygain Victorian Dressage Festival can be found here.
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