Warm up well!

Here we are relaxed and happy warming up in the Sydney International Equestrian Centre warm up arena at the NSW State Dressage Comp.  Getting the warm up routine right is so important to setting ourselves up for the best possible results in the test.  This is true at all levels of dressage but even more so with a young and inexperienced horse.  It is by far better to get all those nerves out of the way in the warm up arena rather than in front of the judges 🙂

I always give ourselves plenty of time before the test so the warm-up routine is not rushed and we can relax and get focussed on the job ahead.

Warm up well!


Live On-Line Coverage of the NSW Dressage Championships

If you can’t get there but want to see Equestrian Life’s live on-line coverage of the NSW State Dressage Championships then Click Here or on the photo.

1st September Grand Prix 1:40-5:23pm

2nd September Grand Prix Special: 10:30am-11:51am

2nd September Grand Prix Freestyle 3:00pm-4:48pm

Hope to see you there.

Ride Well!


NSW State Dressage Championships | eurodressage

Eurodressage published this update on the NSW State Dressage Championships this weekend.  Good luck to all the riders.

“The 2012 New South Wales State Dressage Championships in Australia are the final opportunity for riders to secure their start in this year’s Dressage Grand Final which will form part of the Equestrian Grand Final to be held at Equitana in Melbourne.

Top horse and rider combinations from NSW and beyond will converge on the Sydney International Equestrian Centre for the annual event which will take place over three days commencing on Friday 31 August. It is the final in a series of five Dressage Grand Final qualifying events which began in March with Dressage and Jumping with the Stars. Other qualifying events have included the Sydney CDI in May, the Melbourne CDI-W in June and Brisbane CDI-W in July.

Following this weekend’s event, the 12 horses and rider combinations with the highest percentages from the five Grand Prix Freestyle qualifiers will automatically qualify for a position at the Dressage Grand Final. Combinations which have contested multiple events will have their best result count. For the final, EA will award a further three horse and rider combinations with a wild card entry to take the startlist to 15.

The leaderboard is currently occupied by the accomplished Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi who achieved their highest score for the series at the Sydney CDI. Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV sit in second position thanks to an outstanding result at the same event. Newcomers David Shoobridge and OO Seven are in third place after they scored an impressive 70.425 at their first CDI outing at the Brisbane CDI-W.

All eyes are sure to be on David and his KWPN stallion this weekend as they aim to repeat this performance.

The Grand Prix Freestyle will take place on Sunday 31 August commencing at 3pm. Admission to each of the three days of competition is free for spectators and all Dressage enthusiasts are encouraged to come along and support the riders.”

Hope to catch up with you there.

Ride Well!


Thanks to Eurodressage

via Final Qualification Opportunity for 2012 Equestrian Grand Final | eurodressage.