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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Time to polish performances as countdown to big event begins

ABOVE: Intermediate II winner Marvin Smink on Histoire Do Texel. Picture: SHARLENE PHILLIPS/ONE-EYED FROG

DRESSAGE with the Stars is just six months away so it’s time to begin putting the polish on the performances so the overseas judges will take note.

At Boneo Park’s November Dressage Championships last weekend, Toni Webb’s pony Freeman’s Lodge Global showed just how far dressage ponies have come in the last 10 years, scoring an impressive 83.4 per cent in the two four-year-old young horse classes against the bigger horses.

Caitlyn Porter’s Paradise Valley Cocktail was the medium level champion pony, also with very good scores, and Stephanie Halligan’s Bonsai New Lace was the novice champion from a field of purpose-bred ponies.

In the young horse section for five year olds, Charlie Welsh’s Ellanbrae Tia Daria and Emma Crocker’s Morricco both won their tests, and in the six-year-old classes, it was Toni Webb and the Welsh- bred Salient Park Once Again who won both sections.

Gwynneth Coulthard’s Talamasca Zhivago won the novice horse championship.

In elementary, Paige Burfurd and Ebony Park Gallants Son was champion in a section where several horses scored closely with numbers indicating promising futures.

The medium level champion was Jessie Fleming’s Black Sterling Dreamtime.

The small tour champion was Wendy Kelly’s San Francisco FF and Samantha Bartlett’s AB Final Romance was the champion at advanced level.

The para riders are always well catered for at the Boneo Park events and Maddison Cooke riding Byalee Magic II was the grade II champion.

There were two tests in grade four, with Jillian Smith’s Genuine Utopia carrying her to the win in the two-star and Zoe Vorenas on Wis Forte in the three-star. Mietta Innes-Irons riding Elfenzauber scored 66.7 per cent to win grade five.

ABOVE: Zoe Vorenas and Wis Forte. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG
ABOVE: Mariah Kaminski and Linton Street. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG
ABOVE: Jasmine Abernethy and Heathmont Opal. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG
ABOVE: Bianca Joyce and Desire SP. Picture: ONE-EYED FROG

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