Dianne Barnes and Sorena, owned by Sharyn McCombe, is a Grade IV combination to watch; they have competed this year with scores up to 75% and never under 71%. Di competed on her daughter’s mare, Cil Dara Cosmic, at the FEI World Championships in Denmark last year with some strong results and now is riding Sorena.
Chelsea De Jonge will be riding Don Dancier, another very successful FEI stallion who was campaigned by Deon Stokes and gained many scores over 72% at Small Tour level, including National Championships. Bellaire Cannavaro, now with Kylie Christan, is another success story, and then there is Neversfelde Kipling that was so successful to Medium level with Alycia Targa and now with Zoe Vorenas, who also has WIS Forte and Finest Edition entered.
The international judges that will be on the ground jury for the CDI-W will be Anne Prain (FRA) and Eduard De Wolff Van Westerrode (NED), along with Australian FEI 5* judges Maria Schwennesen and Mary Seefried. For the CPEDI, it will be Anne Prain (FRA), and Marco Orsini (GER) who will be the internationals.
THE GRAND PRIX CDI-W FIELD
All eyes will be on the StableGround Grand Prix CDI-W, with 16 entered and a very talented group indeed.
Michelle Baker and Bradgate Park Puccini now reside in Victoria and showed great promise through all the levels and have scored well at Grand Prix. Bradgate Park Puccini’s highlight has been the extended paces, and with a little more lift and cadence in the collected trot and in the passage, and with the transition marks in and out of piaffe a little higher, he will be interesting indeed.
Breanna Tillitzki’s BZ Rafael is still a little raw at this level, but his scores have been on the improve in NSW. Breanna is a younger rider who trained for many years with the Ryans and is now running her own business on the NSW Central Coast. Rafael is a brown handsome gelding by Regardez Moi and just now needs the time to develop the carrying strength that will improve all the movements in this test that is demanding to say the least.