Local dressage competitor Simone Pye was crowned Elementary Champion with her horse Pretty Harmony at last weekend’s Central Western Championships. Photo: Greg KeenDRESSAGE
Dubbo equestrian riders will head into this weekend’s annual championships full of confidence after some great results at the Central Western Dressage Group Championships at Blayney.
Last weekend’s competition at Blayney was an important one for local riders as it helped their chances of qualifying for NSW State Dressage Championships. For others it was another chance to compete with their favourite horses in a number of equestrian disciplines.
There was a high level of competition at the dressage show but Dubbo’s Simone Pye was crowned Elementary Champion on her horse Pretty Harmony.
This involves performing at a high level in both of two ‘elementary’ dressage tests.
To be able to perform well in both events means the rider has put in a lot of practice, patience and perseverance and it earnt Pye valuable qualifying scores towards the NSW State Championships.
Judy Brock was another local who performed well, picking up her first championship win when she finished as Novice Champion.
Other Dubbo riders Diana Tremain and Paralympian Sue-Ellen Lovett and also performed well.
Lovett is one of the most well-known competitors after carving out a hugely successful career and competing at both the Atlanta and Sydney Paralympic Games and has inspired many of the current local club members to take up the sport.
All these riders will be in action again this week, searching for perfection in the Orana Dressage Club’s annual championship event at Dubbo Showground.
Riders from the central west, as well as some from Sydney, will converge on Dubbo for the event and judges will be keeping an eye on the key areas: rhythm, suppleness, impulsion and the harmonious relationship between horse and rider.
There is a small, very hard working, local committee and volunteers getting things organised this week so the event runs smoothly but the ODC is always on the lookout for new members. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to come along and find out more information about joining the club.
The ODC’s Dressage Championships begin at 8.30am on Saturday and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
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