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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Community among winners as Tatura dressage series winds up

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

ABOVE: Mollie Farran and Weston Park Milan. Picture: DEREK O'LEARY

SUE and Duncan Terry and their small committee are the lifeblood of the Tatura Dressage club and thanks to their hard work, the final of the club’s dressage series held last weekend was a boomer.

“I could not have fitted another starter in if I had tried,” Sue said.

The money raised by the series helps fund support for not only young riders who might otherwise not afford entries to major events, but also the local fire brigade, flood relief and the necessary improvements to the equestrian arena surface that makes it so popular with high level riders. At the final, classes ranged from preparatory through to the 6.1 and 5.1 won by Javais Ham and Mayfield Fez. Fez is having a successful season, only a couple of weeks ago taking out the same classes at the Boneo Spring Dressage Championships.

Robyn Pearce’s Buckwell Park Peter Pan did the same in the 4.1 and 4.3 tests and Laura Hoffmann’s Nungarra Royal Order won the 3.1 test.

Young rider Hannah Fletcher and Brookside Denzel scored the excellent average of 71 per cent in the 2.1 horse level test and Jessica Olinder’s Bellevale Kingston won the pony section.

Javais Ham was back in action in the 1.2 horse section winning with Cincinnati Jazz while Mollie Farran’s Kohinoor Rock My World took out the 1.1 for horses.

ABOVE: Ashleigh Glascott and Bloomfield Viva Forever. Picture: DEREK O'LEARY

Mollie’s pony Weston Park Milan won one of the pony 1.1 tests and finished second in the other to Simone Penglase on the Connemara pony, Killenfarna Fiddler’s Green.

The prep class winners were Robyn Pearce’s Kiuna Park Supernova and Jaime Lee Hill’s St Marcellina.

It’s the last dressage competition for the year for the busy club and it’s sad to report too many competitors failed to clean out their stables before leaving despite requests by the organisers.

It meant Sue and others were still at the grounds at 9pm after the competition picking up horse poo.

“Boxes are to be left clean after our competition,” she posted on social media that night.

“Duncan, myself, Melanie and our major sponsor are cleaning your filthy boxes meaning we are still at the venue. Just tell us why we should run dressage going forward when we are used like this? Why should we, who have no skin in the game, look after those who abuse our goodwill. To say we are annoyed is an understatement.”

A sad finish to a brilliant series.

ABOVE: Simone Freeman and Kendalee Everest. Picture: DEREK O'LEARY
ABOVE: Kate Hazeldene and Kevin from Colorado. Picture: DEREK O'LEARY
ABOVE: A well done pat for Bloomfield Viva Forever. Picture: DEREK O'LEARY
ABOVE: Chantelle Langley and Yolo Dream Sky High. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

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