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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Younger riders make their presence felt at Brisbane CDI

ABOVE: The Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship winner for 2022 is Georgia Creed. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

THE Brisbane Dressage CDI was exceptional in many ways.

With 175 competitors (many from as far away as South Australia), 226 horses and 400 tests ridden before judges from the Philippines, the US and New Zealand, everything ran smoothly.

While there were some fine performances from senior riders, what was noticeable was what is showing everywhere at present: that our young riders are not hanging back and waiting to be noticed.

ABOVE: Kate Kyros. Picture: DEREK O’LEARY

They are out there determined to take their place at the top of the sport and they are pretty darned good.

Young Victorian Jessica Dertell had a busy and hugely successful event. Jess only turned 18 recently and was finally able to don tails and ride in open grand prix events. She piloted the imported stallion Cennin to a win in the grand prix freestyle, Eskara De Jeu to win the under 25 grand prix, Gladstone MH to win the CDI Y individual and Kilimanjaro the winner of the CDI J individual.

Kate Kyros and Bronte Rigney are also high-class youngsters and were successful at the event. As was Zali Mills, 12, winner of the CDI children team test riding Kizashi.

There’s also an extra award for young riders at this event, with Remi Stud awarding its Young Rider Scholarship 2022 to Georgia Creed.

Georgia is now the new owner of a beautiful weanling colt, Remi Valdemar S (aka Marty), sired by Remi Vigneron, who was advanced champion at the event.

The Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship is an annual scholarship that has been awarded since 2013 to a deserving young rider who has the talent and dedication in either dressage, showing or eventing, but needs financial assistance to purchase a horse of their dreams.

In other sections, the Small Tour Championship went to Linda Peacey and Revelwood Ovaltine.

The Catherine Flannery Perpetual Memorial open medium championships was won by Matthew Lord and Carool Charmer and the AOR medium champion was Stephanie Commens and CEE DEE.

The open novice championship went to Emma Flavelle-Watts and Davrol Dexter. Emma also took the reserve with Glamour Rock BHI. The AOR novice champion was Alyssa Cornell’s Angara Dark Knight.

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