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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Elmore championship a major step towards para dream

ABOVE: Mietta Innes-Irons and Elfenzauber. Picture: EQUINE PROMOTIONS AUSTRALIA

MIETTA Innes-Irons, who gave up her eventing career after an unbelievable run of serious accidents to focus on trying to make the Para dressage team, was one of the winners at the recent Elmore Equestrian Club Dressage Championships.

The performance by the young rider and her partner, the Warmblood mare Elfenzauber, in the Elementary section showed she is on the path to achieving her dream.

“Beautiful Elfie danced her way to an elementary champion,” she said.

“(It’s a) pretty amazing feeling being able to be so competitive as a Para Equestrian competing against able-bodied riders.”

Mietta paid tribute to her coach Kerry Mack.

“Only seven months ago when I started under Kerry, my position and riding ability was very poor with my disability and pain seriously compromising me,” she said.

“Kerry has worked hard with me, what I thought was physically impossible for me to do, I have worked so hard at and I have pushed through the pain and it has all been worth it.

“I cannot put into words how grateful I am for everything Kerry does for me, the support she provides me and direction I need.”

ABOVE: Shanon Mckimmie and Jaybee Ali. Picture: EQUINE PROMOTIONS AUSTRALIA

The Elmore Equestrian Park is one of the most popular in the middle of the state and continuing work on arenas and yards have made it perfect for dressage.

Shanon Mckimmie and Jaybee Ali took the advanced championship, with Jason Dins winning the medium on another Jaybee-bred horse, Jaybee Hotlips.

The novice champion horse, Shelly Campbell’s Isle of Rivers, also came from a stud known for breeding good performance horses, David Quick’s Isle of Wight Stud.

The horse finished on equal points with Shanon Mckimmie’s Bexter.

The preliminary section was split into horses and ponies, with Marc Green winning the horses section on D Enzel. Sarah Goodisson on Murraydale Park Winston won the pony jackpot in a tight finish from Kathleen Uniacke riding Jack Frost BSP.


1. Simone Penglase on Kileen Farmers Fiddlers Green.

2. Jason Dins and Jaybee Hotlips.

3. Megan Tyquin and Bloomfield Furstenburg.

4. Alira King and Lethal Flame.

5. Alana Warwick and Boutique Gold Label.

6. Mietta Innes-Irons and Elfenzauber.

All images Equine Promotions Australia

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