A big “Thank You” to all my supporters

Thank you for all your messages of support for me and Jaybee Alabaster since the announcement by Equestrian Australia yesterday.  Please accept this as my personal thanks to everyone.

It has been a very disappointing and sad time for my team, both here in Europe and back home in Australia. I would like to thank John and Bev Edwards of Jaybee Farm, for giving  me the ride on Jaybee Alabaster. The owners of horses in Olympic contention have obviously put many years into a long term project, such as producing an International Grand Prix horse and are there for both the highs and lows. Jaybee Alabaster, or Bastie as those close refer to him, has proven to be an exceptional International Grand Prix horse. We have all had some wonderful success over the years. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be this time around for the London Olympics 2012.

Speaking on behalf of my whole support team, I would like to send a huge “THANKYOU” to everyone for their wonderful support over the years and particularly during our time in Europe. We have have been truly over-whelmed and humbled by the kindness shown, both from back home and here in Germany, where the hospitality and encouragement has been fantastic.

On a brighter note, the rest of the Australian Dressage Shadow Team will be competing in Compiegne, France this week. This is the final nomination event for these riders and horses to make the Australian Olympic Team. The very best of luck to these combinations: Hayley Beresford and BelissimoNRW, Mary Hanna and Sancette, Lyndal Oatley and Potifar, Brett Parbery and Lord of Loxley, Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle, Chantal Wigan and Ferero, and Kristie Oatley and Ronan. My thoughts are with you all.

Ride well. I look forward to seeing the results.


World Cup Dressage Draw

Draw is out.  I am on at 2.55pm (10.55pm in Sydney if you want to watch). Second last to go and in between the 2 USA riders. Maybe my luck is changing. It is a great draw and I am very pleased with it.

I am riding again in the main arena between 7.00 – 9.00am in the morning. The earlier the better as there is the sound check for the CDI4* horses from about 8.00 – 8.45am. Would prefer to miss that one!  Bastie was very settled and happy all afternoon. There will a heap of Aussie’s floating around over the weekend and be really nice to see some friendly faces from home. This is also the 1st time I have ridden with judges and the supervising panel. Should be interesting. I can’t pick a winner of the World Cup yet. Sooo many nice horses and good riders here. 

It’s a such a privilege to be here for Australia.


My World Cup Dressage Diary – 13th April

Day off for Bastie today.  Just had a short walking session to relax him.  Clemens has arrived safely but tells me he plans to sleep for the next twelve hours!  Won’t be seeing much of him for a while. We headed out into old Münster today as Aussie tourists.

Münster is known as the land of the 100 moated castles, for good reason.  It is also the bicycle capital of Germany.  Bicycles everywhere.  Apparently there is an average of two bikes per resident!  Yes, a lot of them are owned by students as Münster is a university city – the University of Westphalia.

On the west side of the old town of Münster is the palace of the Prince-Bishops built during 1767-1773 and restored after destruction during the Second World War. It now houses the University of Westphalia. We spent some time there today, it is only visible from the outside, and also in the Schlossgarten, with the Botanical Garden. Tulips were amazing. 

Münster has a rich past. The original medieval town wall was replaced by a tree-lined bicycle highway called the Promenade, which still surrounds the Old Town (Altstadt). Almost all important sights are within this area and we had a great day wandering around here. Nearly 60 major works of sculptures are scattered throughout the city, giving the city an “art gallery” feeling.

St-Paul’s Cathedral, was built in the 13th century, at least started then I think.  Not the sort of thing you can come across in Sydney! Its famous astronomical clock, a mechanical device from the late middle Ages, puts on a daily show at noon. As with many buildings in Münster this cathedral was seriously damaged during the Second World War.

Münster has plenty of other very interesting spots.  The cobblestone streets are very picturesque although a bit hard underfoot.  The Old Town is full of sidewalk cafés and restaurants – great to sit and watch the world passing by over a coffee or lunch.

Wonder how Clemens is getting on?!