Wade Equine Coaches Festival of Dressage at Equidays 2017
Vanessa Way and NRM KH Arion were the clear winners of the Prix St Georges class, leading the field of nine starters. Their 70.526 score was almost four percent ahead of their closest rivals, Melissa Galloway and the green but impressive Windermere J’Obei W (66.579). Northland combination Julie Flintoff and Belladonna MH were just fractions behind them on a score of 66.535.
The Inter A was won by Julie Brougham and Furst Fellini with a very promising score of 68.750. NRM Andreas, who currently holds the L6 National and HOY Championship titles, took second place with Vanessa Way (67.361), followed by Bay of Islands vet Nikita Osborne and Alacatraz on 66.806.
John Thompson proved impossible to beat in the Grand Prix, JHT Antonello looking a million bucks and finishing on 71.90 - a big step toward qualification for WEG 2018. Wendi Williamson and Dejavu MH (68.567) had an unfortunate course error, costing them second place, Julie Brougham stepping ahead of her (68.70) for the blue ribbon. Popular Waikato combination Bill Millar and Raukura Satori MH pulled off a lovely test for 67.10 and fourth place.
The top six Grand Prix combinations go through to the Equidays Night Show on Friday: Thompson, Williamson, Brougham, Millar, Abbie Deken with KH Ambrose and Vanessa Way on NRM KH Arawn. It will be a busy end to the week for both Deken and Brougham as they fly their horses across the Tasman to Melbourne’s Boneo Park on Saturday night, chasing qualification for WEG 2018.
The judges for all three classes were Isobel Wessels (FEI5*, GBR), Sue Hobson (FEI4*, NZL) and Betty Brown (FEI3*, NZL). The competition was followed by Wessels’ evening clinic and the Kyra Kyrklund masterclass.
Check out next month’s DNZ Bulletin for a full run-down of the competition.