Dressage & Jumping With The Stars will once again see competitors and spectators flock to Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre next month as future stars of the sport step into the limelight. Since 1998 when that first young dressage horse competition took place, the event has become the Australian Young Dressage Horse Championships, and in 2002 the addition of a young jumping horse championship saw it renamed under its current title.
In 2010, the Young Dressage Pony Championship was successfully introduced, followed by the Young Eventing Horse Championship in 2016 and in-hand competitions in 2018, making it a true multi-disciplinary event. There is now also the Ridden Performance Pony Championship that combines both dressage and jumping. Not just a display of top young horses, the addition of FEI World Cup jumping and dressage, alongside a number of other classes such as the Aachen Challenge (which actually predates DJWTS), mean many seasoned competitors are also in action.
The event has also long been known for its guest stars, which give the show a unique flavour. Over the years some of the world’s best dressage superstars have shared their experience and expertise, including Helen Langehanenberg, Emile Faurie and Ingrid Klimke to name just a few. This year, the young dressage horse guest rider will be Germany’s Evelyn Eger, who works as a professional rider at P.S.I.’s Hof Kasselmann; P.S.I. have long been the naming rights sponsors and supporters of DJWTS. Originally starting out as an eventing and jumping rider, Evelyn now competes very successfully in the Under 25 and senior Grand Prix classes at international level.
PREVIOUS DRESSAGE WINNERS
The Australian Young Dressage Horse Champion of Champions award for the best dressage horse across the four, five, and six-year-old age groups began at the second event in 1999, with seven-year-old classes added to the equation in 2015 when they became part of the FEI program. Rituel, ridden by Mary Hanna, claimed the inaugural title. He was followed by:
2000: Greenoaks Legend (ridden by Heath Ryan)
2001: Cinderella (ridden by Matthew Dowsley)
2002: Mayfield Pzazz (ridden by Kerry Mack)
2003: Jaybee Alabaster (ridden by Tor van den Berg)
2004: Rhodes (ridden by Matthew Dowsley)
2005/2006: Donner Carina (ridden by Judy Dierks)
2007: No event due to Equine Influenza
2008/2009: Shiraz Black (ridden by Gitte Donvig)
2010: San Jose (ridden by Matthew Dowsley)
2011: Revelwood Donatello (ridden by Daniella Dierks)
2012: Sugarloaf Sirhara (ridden by Daniella Dierks)