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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

'Sand dancers' step out for two days of dressage action

ABOVE: Justine Greer and Bloomfield Sekuona were winners at medium level. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

THE sand dancers took over Werribee Park on the weekend in a busy month for the venue that features two big horse trials each side of the dressage competitions.

Two clubs held events on separate days, with a winter celebration dinner between them offering a rare mid-comp opportunity for people to pause, get together and enjoy each other’s company.

The first day, run by the Whittlesea Plenty Valley Club, produced some attractive winners in the lower levels.

Edward Darby’s grey, Somerset Day, won the preliminary level championship with two good wins. The young eventer is another by David Quick’s Warmblood stallion Somerset D’Isle that is producing some high-quality performance horses.

Jason Dins’ Furstenmeyer J won the novice championship by a point from Emma Hayward’s Fleur de Cherie. Both are promising horses.

The ponies in dressage continue to improve and Morgan Cockerell’s part Welsh palomino, Monteith Brunton, keeps adding to a list of successes, taking out the novice pony championship.

Ellanbrae Licence To Kill ridden by Charlie Walsh is living up to his breeding. Well-named, by OO7, he’s from the lovely W Esther De Jeu, and won both his elementary classes to win the championship.

Faye Hinchliffe’s Total Eclypse was consistent in the medium group with a first and second placing giving him the championship.

Deborah Oliver’s handsome Highfields Soriano has come steadily and confidently up through the ranks and with good scores took the advanced championship.

There were just three starters in the Inter-PSG tests where Amy Bachmann on SWS Debutante won the championship.

On the second day, the Victorian Dressage Club ran its team competition day. While riders still competed for themselves, they also rode for their club teams.

In the team championship, Western Victorian Dressage Club won from the Victorian Dressage Club with Berwick Dressage Club third, all separated by .5 per cent. Westernport Dressage Club was fourth ahead of Macedon Ranges.

At the dinner, Macedon Ranges won the award for best presented table.

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