It did end up being the Melissa Galloway and her horse Windermere J’Obei W runaway show. Melissa won the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle with scores getting further and further away from everyone else, with a massive 76.330% in the Freestyle. Windermere J’Obei W is by the Dutch-bred stallion Johnson, who is a Jazz stallion out of a Flemmingh mare. Johnson was ridden by the Dutchman Hans Peter Minderhoud who once said that the biggest thing about Johnson was that at the top end of the sport, he would always try so hard that he was simply outstanding.
However, interestingly, the dam line for Windermere J’Obei W was a beautifully bred New Zealand Thoroughbred mare by Pompeii Court. I guess a good horse is a good horse no matter what its breeding. A good horse is a lucky horse, especially if it has a good rider as its partner. Melissa Galloway and Windermere J’Obei W made a wonderful contribution to the Sydney CDI 2023. Thank you.
Well, that’s it from me for this month. Next month also promises to be very interesting where we can study who is in the Australian eventing team taking on the challenge of qualifying Australia for the Paris Olympics. With a bit of luck, we will have raised $70,000 and the Australian team for the Virtus Global Games will be already over there in France and hopefully we bring you a progress report. It will be very interesting to keep an eye on that West Australian, Alinta Veenvliet, and whether she can inch her way closer to the 70% mark and challenge for a ticket to Paris. EQ
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