• Linda Mace

Club overcomes Covid, floods to host first event in a year


ABOVE: Erin Brown and her Quarter Horse mare Miss Margarita a picture of concentration at the Goulburn Dressage competition. Picture: LINDA MACE

AFTER many cancellations due to COVID and three floods, Goulburn Dressage Club has finally been able to hold its first competition since May last year at the Goulburn Dressage Club grounds.


New sand on the arenas and perfect weather made for a great day.


The judges for the three arenas were Sue Cunningham, Violet Taylor and club president Iris Greer.


There were 11 tests and 22 entries from the Southern Highlands, Southern Tablelands, Bungendore area, Canberra, Crookwell and Goulburn areas.


The Closed Restricted Medium 4A was won by Debbie Dixon, from Mt Fairy, and her palomino by Byalee Briar, Summer Solstice (Soli). The Offical Elementary 3B was won by Helga Riedemann on Platypus Run Riversong with a score of 66.13 per cent, giving them their first blue ribbon.


The highest score of the day was achieved by Caitlin Scott and Furstenglanz who won the Official Novice 2B test with 75.58 per cent.


It was so good to see three young riders competing and doing very well – Cassia Berry (two ponies), Brooke Ellis (a horse and a pony) and Erin Brown.


The highest scoring young rider was Cassia Berry on the Connemara Pony Garnet Regal Renegade (Archie)

ABOVE: Cassia Berry and Garnet Regal Renegade. Picture: LINDA MACE

with 70.40 per cent in the Closed Unrestricted Preliminary 1A test (young rider/pony category).

Cassia’s groom, instructor and transport driver for the day was well-known dressage rider, Janice Usherwood.


Erin Brown, on her Quarterhorse Miss Margarita, was the second highest scoring young rider with 68.93 per cent in the Closed Unrestricted Novice 2A test (young rider/pony category) and Brooke Ellis on her pony, Anja Ma Cherie, was third highest scoring young rider with 68.60 per cent in the Closed Unrestricted Preliminary 1A test (young rider/pony category).


The event comes after much rain in the Goulburn-Mulwaree area over the past two years.


The dressage club grounds are in a beautiful spot on the Mulwaree Ponds riverside but since the local council removed the levee bank, floods have washed away the arena sand and boundary poles on three occasions since March last year.


Water rushing through the club’s shed has required working bees to restore and replace things that were damaged or destroyed.


Hopefully the winter will bring some drying-out time for the grounds, with the next training day scheduled for September 10, the Goulburn Dressage Club Championships set for October 22 and another training day on November 12 (weather permitting).


ABOVE LEFT: Talicia Beardsmore and her Hanovarian-cross mare Rapsons Onassis placed third in the Closed Restricted Elementary 3A and second in the Official Elementary 3B test.. CENTRE: Cassia Berry and Remlif Park Magic, a Section D Welsh Cob, which was one of two ponies she rode on the day. ABOVE RIGHT: Helga Riedemann and Platypus Run Riversong were the winners of the Official Elementary 3B test and placed second in the Closed Restricted Elementary 3A test. Pictures: LINDA MACE


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