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News - October, 2011
30 Oct 2011 New combination for Edwina proves a winning formula
29 Oct 2011 Equestrian Life live streaming from the Bates 2011 National Dressage Champs
29 Oct 2011 Sanna takes the trifecta to secure the Australian Dressage Championships
27 Oct 2011 Rachael Sanna interview on Foxtel 27 Oct
26 Oct 2011 Dom Ingvall wins Canberra CIC3*
25 Oct 2011 Horse Talk TV on Foxtel
24 Oct 2011 Australian young rider team finishes second in Mauritius
24 Oct 2011 Videos of Aussies at Pau CCI4*
24 Oct 2011 First FEI World Cup driving points for Ijsbrand Chardon
21 Oct 2011 Equiline throws support behind inaugural Equestrian Grand Final
20 Oct 2011 Good luck to the Australian Junior riders in Mauritus
20 Oct 2011 Global Champions Tour 2012 Calendar Dates
19 Oct 2011 Statement from Equestrian Australia - Chair of EA
17 Oct 2011 Emma Mason wins Goulburn CIC3*
15 Oct 2011 Second Hendra virus case confirmed at Beachmere property
13 Oct 2011 Dressage stars confirmed for inaugural Equestrian Grand Final
13 Oct 2011 Hendra virus - risk to workers
12 Oct 2011 High Performance appointments for the Non-Olympic disciplines
12 Oct 2011 Athanasoff wins the 2011 Australian Jumping Championships
11 Oct 2011 New Hendra virus case in Caboolture area
11 Oct 2011 Bodycheck bought by Chris Chugg
10 Oct 2011 Stars announced for 2012 PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars!
7 Oct 2011 Kooralbyn horses update
7 Oct 2011 2012 FEI Equine Prohibited Substancs List in effect from 1 JJanuary
7 Oct 2011 Calling for Nominations - ADJC
7 Oct 2011 AUS finished 2nd at International Classique 2011
6 Oct 2011 Riders named for the Equestrian Grand Final - Jumping
6 Oct 2011 FEI Eventing Open Forum at Adelaide 3DE
5 Oct 2011 World-class eventers named in the Equestrian Grand Final
5 Oct 2011 2011 Saddleworld Australian Youth Showjumping Festival
4 Oct 2011 National Futures Squad for Dressage announced
26 Jul 2011 Jumping Talent Identification Dates - NSW, WA and Tasmania
4 Oct 2011 EOI to host the 2012 FEI Jumping Challenge event
1 Oct 2011 Seumas Marwood wins Exhibition Eventing qualifier in Melbourne

New combination for Edwina proves a winning formula

Edwina and Vleut won the Prix Equita Masters by Equidia in Lyon
2011 Prix Equita Masters by Equidia in Lyon
Sunday, 30 October 2011

Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander and her new young horse Vleut delivered an impressive performance overnight to win the Equita Masters at the 5 star show in Lyon, France.

Her first Grand Prix riding Vleut, the combination proved a winning formula for Tops-Alexander, who has been competing with Vleut since August this year.

Currently ranked eighth in the world and leading the Global Champions Tour, Tops-Alexander has had an impressive season on the international Jumping stage and proving her 2012 Olympic Games campaign is well on track.

The Equita Masters features the best of the best, with the top 12 riders from the FEI Rolex world rankings  along with the current World Champion Belgian Philippe Le Jeune and Boyante de Muze taking part in the event.

Tops-Alexander and Irish star Denis Lynch, were the only two riders to jump clear in both rounds, with the Aussie star recording a faster time on 52.14 seconds to claim victory.

Heading into the Equita Masters Tops-Alexander was unsure as to which horse she would be riding.

At first I did not know which horse I was going to jump, but then I decided to save Itot du Château for tomorrow (Sunday), for the World Cup.

“It’s my first Grand Prix with this horse and at the age of 9 he is still quite young. He already participated in a few Grand Prix at two or three star level, some with Maikel van der Vleuten and some with Eric van der Vleuten, but this was his first class at 1,60m.

“The course today was rather delicate than massive… there were some big jumps and big, wide oxers… I had several options for some lines, and for me it was great, I’m very happy with the result.”

Tops-Alexander will line up in the Rolex World Cup Jumping in Lyon tonight (local time) riding her number one horse Itot du Château, with the final of the Global Champions Tour taking pace in Abu Dhabi, UAE – November 24-26 2011.

To see Edwina in action at Lyon, click here.


Equestrian Life live streaming from the Bates 2011 National Dressage Champs

Lauren Ryan, Saturday, 29 October 2011

Equestrian Life is pleased to announce the Live Streaming of the following events at the Bates Saddles 2011 Australian Dressage Nationals from the 28-30 October 2011 at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park.

Saturday 29 October
7.45pm-10.18pm Grand Prix Freestyle –CDI-W

Sunday 30 October 10.00am-1.10pm Grand Prix Special

These events can be viewed live at http://www.equestrianlife.com.au/pages/Live-TV



Sanna takes the trifecta to secure the Australian Dressage Championships

Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster
Sydney CDI
Photograph:Franz Venhaus
Bates Australian Dressage Championships, Saturday, 29 October 2011

Rachael Sanna on Jaybee Alabaster produced a wonderful performances to win the ASC Grand Prix, the Hamilton Island Grand Prix Freestyle and the Prydes Easifeeds Grand Prix Special to secure the Australian Grand Prix Champion title at the 2011 Bates Australian Dressage Championships. Congratulations to Rachael and Bev Edwards.

Watch Rachael Sanna's Freestyle here 

Watch Louisa Hill's Freestyle here

Watch Heath Ryan's Freestyle here

Watch Vanessa Way's Freestyle here

LIVE SCORING available at www.snafflebytes.com.au

Sunday 30 October - Day Four Competition

Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster are the newly crowned Australian Dressage Champions following a clean sweep of the three Grand Prix events at the Bates Australian Dressage Championships over the weekend.

Sanna, 38, and Bev Edwards 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Jaybee Alabaster started the event in winning form taking the honours in Friday’s Grand Prix CDI-W on a score of 69.11%.  
Sanna was very happy with Jaybee Alabaster despite his disobedience on the first diagonal. The pair was quick to regain composure and performed the remaining movements with precision and maturity to receive a score of 72.13% from Stephen Clarke (GBR). Clarke will be Head of the Ground Jury at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
 “He was on edge,” explained Sanna, “and it wasn’t going to take much, the cameras were enough to set him off.  Mistakes can happen and it is about how you recover and he did that well today. He did some of his best work and I am really pleased with him.”
Five-Star judge Gotthilf Riexinger (GER) commented on Sanna’s pirouettes. “I must congratulate her on very good pirouettes, these were 8s.”
Sanna continued her winning form in Saturday night’s Hamilton Island CDI-W Freestyle. Performing her test to Star Trek she posted the winning score of 74.13%. New Zealand’s Louisa Hill (Bates Antonello) claimed second place on 72.28% followed by Heath Ryan on Regardez Moi (71.13%).
Making it a trifecta Sanna again stole the show in the Pryde’s Easifeeds Grand Prix Special. Jaybee Alabaster this time was rewarded with a total score of 71.08%. The next best was again Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello on 67.29% and third to Heath Ryan (64.92%).
Results from all three Grand Prix classes determine the Australian Championship. This year Sanna was a clear winner. This is Sanna’s fourth Australian Grand Prix Championship, but the first on Jaybee Alabaster.
“Alabaster is now confident and powerful at the Grand Prix level,” said Sanna. “He felt awesome to sit on. He just kept improving throughout the weekend.”
With a view to the 2012 Games Sanna said she “is now working to consolidate Alabasters work and improve his confidence leading towards London.”
Sanna has been competing in dressage professionally since the age of nineteen. She  is one of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced competitors, having competed in 1999 World Cup Final, Sydney 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Championships, 2006 World Championships, 2010 World Championships. Sanna is married Olympic Showjumper, George Sanna, together they run Sanna Equestrian Bloodstock, riding, training, competing, mentoring and selling showjumpers and dressage horses.
In other grades the Australian Champions are as follows;
Gow Gates Intermediate I Champion - Alexandra Berns, Kings Legend
Needs for Steeds FEI Prix St Georges Champion - Matthew Dowsley and PSI De Caprio
Mulawa Advanced Champion - Brett Parbery, QEB Good as Gold
Hanoverian Horse Society Medium Champion - Nicole Tough, Flavio
Wagners Elementary Champion - David McKinnon, Bradgate Park Jatzz
Ranvet Novice Champion - Matthew Dowsley, Don de Sandro
NSW won both the FEI team competition and the Equestrian Australia team competition.

Full results can be found at http://www.dressagensw.com.au/?ID=27113

Saturday 29 October - Day Three Competition

Day three of the Bates National Dressage Championships once again provided high quality competition as spectators flocked to Sydney International Equestrian Centre.

The show piece event of the day, the Hamilton Island FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, saw some of the biggest stars in the sport show what they are made of.

Rachel Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster continued their strong form taking out the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W on 74.125.  The crowd erupted as the dynamic duo delivered another mesmerising performance to claim top honours ahead of New Zealand’s Louis Hill and Bates Antonella (72.275) and Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi (71.125).

Earlier in the day the Pryde’s Easifeed Intermediate Freestyle saw Sheridyn Ashwood on Prestige VDL take first place on 68.750. Second place was Alexis Hellyer on Waca W (67.900) with Judy Dierks on Feramo K (67.650) rounding out the podium spots.

The Equestrian Australia Prix St Georges Challenge was a promotional class showcasing Australia’s up and coming FEI horses. The 12 highest ranked combinations from throughout the year along with two wild card spots were invited to compete. It was Tor Van Den Berge on Lauries As and Brett Parbery on DP Weltmieser who battled it for the title, with Parberry taking first place by only a percentage mark with a score of 68.158.

The saw Brett Parbery again take centre ring on his new horse QEB Good as Gold (jointly owned with Caroline Lieutenant). Parberry managed to refocus and finish the test with flowing gaits and transitions. This gave them a score of 67.500, which put them in the lead. Brett managed to keep this position until his second ride on DP Weltmieser. This was a stunning ride, ending with a score of 73.417. At this stage Brett was holding the top two places. The second last combination, Tor Van Den Berge and his black stallion Lauries delivered a near fault free ride, with spectators rising to their feet with applause at the completion of the test. Although Tor was obviously pleased with the test it wasn’t quite good enough to knock Brett from the top position but it was good enough to be an extremely close second (72.167).

The third day of competition was kick started with the Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia Medium 4B and 4C competition which featured 35 competitors each. After a long day, the Queenslanders dominated both classes. In the 4C Danielle Dowsett won on Waitano (67.083) with Maree Tomkinson (VIC) on Debstar and Nicole Tough (QLD) on Flavio tying for second place on 67.000. In the 4B class, first went to Nicole Tough and Flavio (69.444), second went to Victoria Welch on Brentanus (QLD) (68.611) and third to Katharine Farrell (NSW) on Luxor 118 with a score of 68.148.

The final day of competition gets underway on Sunday 30 October.
Friday 28 October  - Regional Olympic Dressage Team Qualifier
Regional Olympic Dressage Team Qualifier  - full CDI-W results
New Zealand and Australia contested the first leg of the Regional Olympic Qualifier for Dressage held today at the Australian Dressage Championships, Sydney International Equestrian Centre.
Australia presented two riders with the remaining two to compete at the second leg of the qualifier in Ermelo (NED) 2 November.  A South African team will also compete in Ermelo. New Zealand fielded their full team today in Sydney. Two of the three teams will qualify for the 2012 Games.
The New Zealand Team finished with a total score of 194.77. Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello posted the highest percentage for the Kiwis  (66.13%) followed by Vanessa Way on KH Arvan then Nicky Pope on Fabarchie The discard score was Shiwon Green on Gosh.
First out for the Australia was Chantal Wigan (Qld) and Ferero. They performed a solid test but had a mistake in the tempi changes and also a glitch in the first pirouette. The horse looked magnificent and worked solidly throughout the rest of the test.
“Overall I was pleased with the test, obviously the errors were costly and I am disappointed that the score wasn’t a little better,” commented Wigan. “I lost a little power in the changes, I was trying some new things and that was the result but I felt he was working really well.”
This is the lowest Grand Prix score for the pair in a long time, however on a positive note they received their best marks from Stephen Clarke (GBR) who will be the Head of the Ground Jury at the London Games.  Clarke rewarded the pair with 64.04%
The second and final team rider for Australia was Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster.  It was a very shaky start as Alabaster broke dramatically in first extended trot and required a very strong reminder from Sanna that he was supposed to be listening to her. To his credit Alabaster recovered very well to perform a lovely test scoring 69.09%. Sanna received 72.13% from Clarke.
Alabaster was in a mood according to Sanna, “He was on edge and it wasn’t going to take much, the cameras were enough to set him off,” she said. “But he recovered really well which I am very pleased about. He did some of his best work and I am really happy with him.”
This leaves Australia on a score of 131.58 after two riders. In order to qualify for London Australia must beat either New Zealand;  requiring a score of 63.20% or better from either of our remaining riders (Mary Hanna and Sancette or Lyndal Oatley on Potifar) at Ermelo, or beat South Africa who will field their whole team at Ermelo.
Team results 
Rachael Sanna  Jaybee Alabaster           69.11%
Chantal Wigan Ferero                             62.47%
New Zealand
Louisa Hill and Bates Antonello             66.13%
Vanessa Way on KH Arvan                    65.51%
Nicky Pope on Fabarchie                       63.13%
Shiwon Green Gosh                               61.36% (discard score)
Team total                                             194.77
Friday  - Full day report
Once again, the weather was perfect for riding – still overcast and just a tad hotter than day one. The day started with the Fitness Inspection for the Grand Prix CDI-W and CDN horses.

From early in the morning you could feel the atmosphere start to build. All warm up arenas were full of horse and rider combinations carefully tuning their mounts for their individual classes. Trainers watched carefully, occasionally offering comments to help enhance performance. By mid morning, dressage fans started to fill the car parks and filter into the Trade Village.
Rachael Sanna stole the show in the Australian Sports Commission Grand Prix CDI-W on Jaybee Alabaster scoring 69.106%. Second was Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi (66.574%) followed by New Zealand’s Louisa Hill on Bates Antonello with 66.128%.
C Judge Gotthilf Riexinger (GER) commented that the standard of horse was very good yet the riders could have done better. “They can do much better in the future with such good horses. They were not concentrated enough, they have not prepared their horses enough for this class. I feel the horses can do it better.” Riexinger congratulated Sanna on her “very good pirouettes.”
British Judge Stephen Clarke said that he felt Australian dressage is going through a “transition phase” and that he saw many good things today. He felt that there are “many more quality horses coming through the sport in Australia” and that whilst the riders are still not achieving the amount of collection and thoroughness resulting in somewhat tight frames he added that the easiest place to do dressage was in the stands, the second easiest place is in the judges box whilst the most difficult is on the horse!
Sanna said she was very happy with Alabaster despite his disobedience in the first diagonal. “The cameras set him off, he should be over that by now but sometimes he is not. Mistakes can happen and it is about how you recover and he did that well today.”
“”I think Alabaster is capable of cracking the 70 per cent mark. I need to ride him well enought o match the quality of the horse.
Second placed Ryan conceeded that Sanna “was better today.” Rachael is the epitome of an amazing competitor especially when she is under pressure.” He added that he intends to keep trying to beat her. Ryan commented that after two years trying to get back in form following his stroke that today he felt that Regardez Moi was the most relaxed he has been for some time. “I like to think this horse will produce his best work ever in the future.”
New Zealand’s Louisa Hill said that the Kiwis tried to intimidate Sanna with a Hakka yesterday – but it didn’t work! Hill has recently recovered from a broken hand and had not ridden for the 10 weeks leading into this trip to Australia. She thanked the New Zealand selectors and high performance team for putting their faith in her. “This horse is very exciting,” she said of her 10 year-olf Anamour gelding. “He has a lot more to offer. Thisis his fourth Grand Prix and probably his tenth show in his life. He needs another year and I think he can show what he is capable of.”

The Indoor arena was the host for the Needs for Steeds FEI Prix St Georges. This was going to be one of the most difficult classes to secure a place in the top five. If everything went well, there were numerous combinations which could have easily reached the podium. As usual, Matthew Dowsley rode like a true master which put him in first place on PSI De Caprio, scoring 69.211. Matthew also came fourth on Falstermeyer (66.526). Second went to Jayden Brown on Furst Friedric (68.053) and third went to one of Australia’s most experienced competitor, Judy Dierks with a score of 66.842.

The two largest classes of the day were the Wagners Elementary Championships EA 3C and 3D. Both tests had 36 entries with three quarters of them scoring over 60%. As a spectator it’s always great to see so many horses making it look easy – good rhythm, swinging backs and seamless transitions. The Wagners EA Elementary 3C was won by Brett Parbery’s protégé, David McKinnon on Bradgate Park Jazz (71.917). David also came second on CJP Feiner Days (69.917) and third place went to one of Queensland top riders, Nicole Tough, on Furst Tyme with a score of 69.833.

The Wagners EA Elementary 3D was won by Rodney Martin on SS Sonata Hit, scoring 66.838. Second went to David McKinnon on Bradgate Park Jazz (65.641) and third went to Matthew Dowsley on Don de Sandro (65.556). Like the Prix St Georges, this class was extremely competitive.


Thursday 27 October - Day 1 Competition starts today
Over the last week, over 180 horses arrived at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre for the Bates Australian Dressage Championships. All States are represented except Tasmaniia including our close neighbour New Zealand. Some horses and riders have travelled unbelievable distances to compete at these championships.

For example, Sara Thean, from Western Australia, has travelled over 4000 Kilometres. “It’s worth the trip as the Championships gives us a great opportunity to gauge how we’re going”. Sarah is trained by the Western Aust state coach Glenys Barry who travels to WA regularly.

Although the weather has not been the best for the past couple of days, the arenas were in good condition and the first day of competition was perfect riding weather – overcast with a temperature of 20 degrees.

The Equestrian NSW FEI Intermediate II Championship kicked off with 23 of competitors, it was a tough competition. There was only 1.7 points between the top five combinations. Heath Ryan (NSW) and Regardez Moi came first with a score of 65.000, second was Alexandra Berns on Kings Legend (QLD) , scoring 64.053 and third went to Gitte Donvig on Port Said 10 with a score of 63.895.

Tomorrow, Friday, 28 October, is a significant day as it includes the Australian Sports Commission FEI Grand Prix – CDI-W which gives riders the chance to qualify for the Pacific League Final which will be held in Australia at the end of the year. The winner of the Pacific League Final will then have the chance to compete at the World Cup Final which will be held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in April 2012. The Grand Prix CDI-W is also one of the two Regional Dressage Team Qualifiers for the London Olympic Games. The Australian and New Zealand teams will compete against each other hoping to get that bit closer to securing a team for the 2012 Olympics.
Wednesday 26 October -  2011 Bates Australian Dressage Championships start tomorrow
Around 180 competitors from across Australia as well as six New Zealand riders will take part over the four days of competition with classes ranging from Novice level to Grand Prix. Competitors range in age from 15 years to well into their sixties.
All eyes will be on the Regional Olympic Dressage qualifier which takes place on Friday as part of the Grand Prix CDI-W from 1:30pm – 5:40pm. This is the first of two “legs” of the Group F/G qualifier. Due to quarantine restrictions it is necessary to hold the qualifier in two parts, one in each hemisphere as riders and their horses are based in both Australasia and Europe. On Friday New Zealand will field their full team of four riders, whilst Australia will compete with just two riders. The final two riders for Australia will compete in the second “leg” which will take place in Ermelo, Netherlands, on 2 November. Also competing in Ermelo will be a team from South Africa. The two best placed teams will gain qualification for London 2012.
Saturday night features the crowd favourite CDI-W Freestyle competition, where riders choreograph their own tests and compete to music of their choice. The Grand Prix Freestyles will take place from 7.45pm and will feature Olympian Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster with their spectacular new Star Trek routine. Queenslander Chantal Wigan and her 13-year old Dutch bred gelding Ferero, winners of the 2010 World Cup Pacific League Final, will perform their well-known Abba freestyle. Wigan says a new freestyle will be revealed next month at the Equestrian Grand Final.
Wigan welcomes the kiwi competitors to the Australian Championships. “The Nationals brings together the best Australian competitors and this year also the top New Zealand riders. This provides an opportunity to compete against some fresh competition which is always good,” she said.
“Australian squad riders have just completed a national training clinic with Ton de Ridder (GER) which was a great lead-up to this event. I have been working hard on some extra expression and I feel that the clinic has prepared me well to put in my best performance,” added Wigan.
In addition to the equine action you may enjoy some shopping. An extensive trade village provides the perfect opportunity to make a start on the Christmas shopping.
Spectators are welcome to all events.
A press conference will be held on Friday at 6:40pm following the Grand Prix CDI-W (Olympic qualifier). All media are welcome to attend.
Event information and live scoring can be found athttp://www.dressagensw.com.au/?page=14324
Four great days of entertainment at the 2011 Bates Australian Dressage Championships
Whether you have the time to visit the Bates Australian Dressage Championships for one day or four days there will be plenty to keep you entertained. This event is for all those who love the beauty of the horse. Whether you ride for pleasure or any of the many disciplines, there will be something for you at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre from the 27th to the 30th of October.
This competition attracts the best riders from across Australia, all vying for a personal best or a place on the dais. It also includes a Regional Olympic Qualifier for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Th, e Sydney International Equestrian Centre was built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and offers all spectators a great environment to, enjoy what is on offer. There are numerous options for food and beverages. If , you’re looking for fine food, coffee, wine and hos, pitality, the Top Spot Marquee in the indoor arena will be the place for you but i, f the shade of a tree with a program in hand is what you are after then that is also available. This event caters for all your needs.
There is also a Trade Village which is known for its bargains. There’s a wide range of products from arena equipment, the best in riding apparel, saddlery, tack, horse feeds, health products, giftware, horse transport and a lot more.
Saturday is popular as the evening program includes The Hamilton Island Grand Prix Freestyle. This is when you get to experience horse and riders dancing to music. The evening dinner in the Top Spot Marquee already has a waiting list but there will still be tickets available in the Grand Stand.
If you haven’t already secured a seat, there’s still plenty of time. This competition will give you a chance to see Australia’s elite dressage riders vie for a jersey to represent Australia at the London Olympics.
Daily admission tickets will be available at the venue entrance each day.
Cost pp: Thursday: free entry; Friday $15; Saturday $25; Sunday $15. Children under 12 years free on Friday and Sunday, $15 on Saturday.
Two weeks to go til the Bates Australian Dressage Championships
It’s now only a couple of weeks before the Bates Australian Dressage Championships commences. Riders from across the very large continent of Australia will descend on the Sydney International Equestrian Centre to battle it out for supremacy. There are representatives from each state and territory except Tasmania. Natalie Wilson from Western Australia and Susan Barton-Johnson from the Northern Territory will have travelled thousands of kilometres for these Championships. No matter what the results are these riders deserve a ribbon for their dedication alone.
From Australia’s close neighbour, New Zealand, there a number of horses travelling across the ocean to fly their flag. Five will be competing in the Australian Sports Commission Grand Prix CDI-W which is also the Regional Dressage Team Qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics. We wish them all well.
The championships run over four days and climax on Saturday night with the Hamilton Island Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W. This is the competition which entertains even those who know little about this difficult sport. Each horse and rider has spent many weeks, if not months, to choreograph their movements to their chosen music. They not only get marked on their accuracy, movement and riding ability, they also get marked on artistic merit. Over the four days, the crowds increase as does the atmosphere – all waiting to watch these incredible horses and riders dance to music.
Earlier this year at the Sydney CDI, Australian Olympian, and Rachael Sanna on Jaybee Alabaster (owned by Bev Edwards) wowed the crowd with her freestyle which was to music from Star Trek. Her mother, Nerida Downs, who is a Star Trek fan, was responsible for selecting the music. By the end of the performance, this horse and rider combination had the audience in the palm of her hand. It was so good that they scored an amazing 80% for artistic merit. Rachael and Jaybee Alabaster will once again be competing at this year’s Bates Australian Dressage Championships. If you haven’t seen this freestyle, it’s not too late to get your tickets.
The competition runs over four days and offers all visitors great food, a shopping village and plenty of beautiful horses to keep you entertained.
For all ticket information and results, go to www.dressagensw.com.au/nationals
Enjoy a fabulous day and evening of 'horses dancing to music'. Saturday, 30 October 2011
Freestyle to music competitions start from 10.00am on Saturday, 30 October with The Riders Shoppe Advanced Freestyle followed by the Prix St Georges Challenge Final from 1.00pm. At 4.45pm music will fill the Indoor Arena for the Pryde’s EasiFeed Intermediate Freestyle leading up to the main attraction - the Hamilton Island Grand Prix Freestyle at around 7.45pm.
In the freestyle, highly trained horses ‘dance’ to their rider’s individual choreography and music, which is truly spectacular to watch.
The Australian Sports Commission Grand Prix CDI-W (Friday) serves as the qualifying test for the Freestyle on Saturday evening and the best-placed horses after the Grand Prix go forward into the Freestyle. The winner of the Hamilton Island Grand Prix Freestyle is the winner of the CDI-W (World Cup Qualifier).
Parking, catering and bar facilities available, over 30 companies exhibiting a wide range of products and services represented in the trade area providing great shopping without the Equitana crowds. A great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping!
Daily admission:
Thursday: Free entry; Friday: $15; Saturday: $25; Sunday: $15 pp.
Children under 12 free entry except for Saturday when admission is $15.
Tickets will be available at the entrance daily (indoor seating is allocated) or you can reserve seats by booking on line from the web site until Friday, 21 October.
For more information visit www.dressagensw.com.au/nationals
A Champion in the making - Daniella Dierks
Dressage is one of those unique sports where competitors of different ages and genders compete in the same arena. It usually takes years of hard work and exercise for both horse and rider to have the reflexes and fitness to compete at an elite level. The horse’s athleticism could be compared to a gymnast. Their controlled strength is paramount and without the appropriate focus, high achievement is not possible.
Like all sports there are always competitors waiting in the wings to challenge the current champions. Daniella Dierks is one of those. Her parents have been high achievers in dressage. Her mother Judy has represented Australia on nu, merous occasions and her father is known as one of the best trainers in Australia. Although Daniella has been working hard for many years it is only in the last few years that her performance history proves that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Over the past few months, Daniella has had a very successful campaign on two of her rides, Aber Hallo 29 and Luxor 118. In early September at Clarendon which usually attracts the top horses and riders from New South Wales, she came 1st and 2nd in both the Medium and Advanced on the same two horses. Then a week later at the New South Wales Championships she was Champion and Reserve Champion in the Medium Championships and 4th and 5th in the Advanced. Daniella on Aber Hallo were also the 2011 Dressage NSW Medium Horse of the Year. So it’s not surprising that Daniella is ranked in the top ten for the same classes at the Bates Australian Dressage Championships.
So where does Daniella get such a wonderful string of horses? Daniella is the head trainer and rider at Mulawa Arabian Stud. This stud is owned by the Farrell family and is one of the top performance Arab studs in Australia. Their reputation is impeccable. Although the Arabian stud is going strong they also have bred and imported a number of horses which are doing extremely well in the dressage arena. Aber Hallo 29 with Daniella in the saddle has just been picked to be part of the Equestrian Australia’s National Futures Squad for Dressage. More than 150 horse/rider combinations applied to be assessed at Talent Identification Days conducted in each state. The National Performance Director and National Selectors viewed horses aged from 4-9 years of age, and selected the Futures Squad on criteria expected to predict future success at elite levels of international competition. "Aber Hallo" is one for the future and some say has ability to represent Australia at the top level.
It seems apparent that Daniella is lucky to have the support of the Farrell family and they too are lucky to have Daniella as head Performance Trainer. Kate Farrell, daughter of Greg and Julie, is also competing at the Nationals on Luxor 118. Kate recently won the Advanced Dressage Champion at the 2011 New South Wales Young Riders Championships.
Daniella and Kate will be extremely busy with four horses competing from Mulawa Stud. If their recent track record is anything to go by, they will finish these championships with a smile on their face.
For tickets or more information, head to www.dressagensw.com.au/nationals


Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W winners Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster

CDI-W Ground Jury

Heath Ryan

Ann Slatford

Vanessa Way NZL

Chantal Wigan

Vanessa Way NZL

Shiwon Green NZL

Rachael Sanna

Chantal Wigan

Louisa Hill

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Day 1 Intermediate II competition

Rachael Sanna interview on Foxtel 27 Oct

Thursday, 27 October 2011

A Horse Talk TV interview with Dressage rider Rachael Sanna at the 2009 Sydney CDI will air on Foxtel on the Aurora Ch 183


Thursday 27th Oct - with repeats on Friday 28th 4.30pm, Saturday 29th 12.00pm & Mon 31st 6.30pm.

Dom Ingvall wins Canberra CIC3*

A winning performance from Dom Ingvall (FIN)in the CIC3*
2011 Canberra CIC
Photograph:fiona Gruen
Canberra International Horse Trials, Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Don Invgall riding Kitara Diamond Edition, takes out the hard fought Hewatts CIC3* at 2011 Canberra Horse Trials.


A gutsy and determined XC ride put Dom just 0.2 penalties behind Shane Rose on Taurus going into the final showjumping leg. Shane and Dom recorded the fastest rounds of the in the XC phase both just over the optimum time. The 3* course looking stunning in the sun ,was designed by Dan Olson. It had some tough new fences and a more open feel from previous years, but time was still the most influential factor rearranging the top spots.. Tim Boland saw his over night lead slip after a super XC clear but just too slow, the Italian Fabio Magni had a fantastic XC round on the former Tinney ride Watermark Grayson and climbed from 6th to 3rd. Stuart chased him all the way, also climbed from 7th to 4th after a big effort from Panamera. Local rider Nat Blundell riding the diminutive Algebra put a nightmare first phase of dressage behind her and pulled out all stops on the final day.. She blitzed clear around cross country track and to climb a massive 12 spots from 17th to 5th to the delight of the local crowd. Edith Kane on ESB Irish Justice lying second after dressage didn’t have the best of rides xc and was eliminated .
Showjumping designer from Farmline, Brad Longhurst built a technical and challenging track in the Vibe FM arena, the riders having to concentrate every step of the way. Jumping in reverse order riders rose to the challenge. Placings changed the final 6 positions. Fabio Magnis’2 rails dropped him from 3rd to 8th place, Shanes ride APH Mortiz had 1 rail, dropping to7th .Pressure mounted as Emma Scott, Nat Blundell ,Stuart Tinney and Tim Boland all posted fantastic clears. With 2 riders remaining and less than 0.2 penalties between them, not even a time fault was afforded. Dom Ingvall mounted enormous pressure on Rose by jumping a foot perfect round on Kitara Diamond Edition.. Rose, riding Taurus was all clear until the final combination of fences only to take out the second element that cost him the 3* crown. This element in the treble caught him on each of his 3 rides in 3*, and was the most influential fence on course. 
The Saddle world 2* was taken out by the in form Christine Bate on the wonderful Thoroughbred Delago despite a rail in the showjumping. Rose moved up to 2nd after a super clear showjumping round riding the lovely Virgil by Vivant. 3rd went to Emma Armstrong on Cassilis park Pendragon.The 2*XC track was very tough to get time, and strongly impacted the interim standings .The showjumping produced 7 clears and was influential in the final placings. Christine was the only competitor to keep her placing from start to finish.
 The WOW 1* was won by popular local Claudia Graham riding Park Street Vision,from Amanda Ross riding Willaim Wordsworth and Tim Boland on Umunga all finishing on their dressage scores.
 Pine Ridge Prenovice A Winner Tallara Barwick riding A horse called Wanda on her dressage score
Over the top JNR prenov went to Taylor Robertson riding PP Rouse about, winning on her dressage score
Farmline prelim A winner Sophia Adams riding Nadal finished on her dressage score
Farmline B winner Jessica Green and Inspire me, finished on her dressage score
Wallaroo Equestrian JNR prelim winner Amy Dean on Kitara Ice cool, finished on her dressage score
Canberra CIC welcomes an international field
Olympians Rose and Tinney go  head to head as 240 horses  gallop on at Canberra International Horse trials.
 Rose and Tinney will be challenged by Italian, NZL, USA, Finnish and Japanese riders and in form local Natalie Blundell at the international horse traithlon. 
Swedish International FEI x country  course designer Dan Olsen is delighted to be in the Nations Capital to set a challenging international track for the world best eventing equestrians. 30 riders will tackle the 3* cross country travelling at 570m/min over the 3.730klm track jumping 35 obstacles set at  1.20m high  including the massive water jump.
This truly international event has attracted interest from the Italian embassey, the Ambassador being welcomed on Sunday to watch and support Fabio Magni on the former Staurt Tinney ride Watermark Grayson in the 3*. NZL rider John Twomey also set to start in the 3* .Rose and Tinney having 3 rides each at 3*, will have strong competiton from last years runner up Tim Boland on GV Billy Elliot.
This exciting and challenging Olympic sport is bought to Canberra by National capital horse trials association, extreme horse triathlon in the heart of the nations’ capital.
Event          Canberra International Horse trials
Date 29/30   Oct  from 8.30 am all day sat /all day sun
Location      Equestrian park, cotter road, Curtin,  Yarralumla. Canberra
Free entry

Shane Rose tackles the water jump for eventual 2nd place in the CIC3*

Horse Talk TV on Foxtel

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

'The Best of Horse Talk TV' launches on the Aurora channel 183 on Foxtel Thurs 27th Oct, and features the best 8 episodes from across Series 1 & 2.

Horse Talk TV press release


Australian young rider team finishes second in Mauritius

Air Maurtius Team competition
2011 Young Rider competition in Mauritius
Photograph:Jim Scobie
Monday, 24 October 2011

Jim Scobie reports from the young rider invitational in Mauritius


Mauritius has a population of approximately 1.2 million people with a large proportion of them involved in the tourist and hospitality industry . Lying in the bowels of an old volcanic crater the fertile soils have seen the production of sugar cane an important contributor to the country’s economy since the very early trading days of this French colony. The Mauritian Turf club is reported to be the second oldest Turf Club in the world of racing Thoroughbreds and also an important employer of people in this small Indian Ocean island’s economy.
There are approximately eight hundred horses on the island, four hundred and fifty actively involved in racing and the rest given a second chance, at the conclusion of their racing careers, to excel in the equestrian world.
The equestrian family so to speak consists of three major stables and Equestrian centres.They are Club Hippique de Maurice, Centre Equestre du Nord and the host for this International friendly showjumping competition, the Centre Equestre de la Louisa. Numbers vary from about 35 horses at Centre Equestr Du Nord , 90 horses at Club Hippiqe and around 50 at Centre Equestre de la Louisa.
Most of the horses are imported from South Africa for racing pursuits, along with Australia and Europe to a lesser degree.
This is the second invitation from Mauritius for a Junior Team to compete in an international competition and Paige Jardine from Mildura in Victoria along with Lizzie Hoy from Nyngan NSW have been lucky enough to be selected from those that applied to Equestrian Australia to represent Australia at this competition. The Mauritians are very persistent with their re education process of the race horse because the alternatives are very limited on this small island.
About fifty horses were lent to be used in this competition and overall were of a high quality for the standard of the competition. Paige drew Mast A Beam and learnt from the first trial of horses that she would have to call on all her hard earned skills in Junior and Young rider classes to get the best out of her mount .Paige went double clear in the warm up Trophy competition to record a very close second and continued through the entire competition without dislodging a rail. A great effort in a borrowed horse comp with a limited amount of riding time before the competition commenced. Lizzie rode with equal skill and determination and her contribution in the all important Air Mauritius Team event on Main Sail ,who was a five year old thoroughbred with less experience than Mast A Beam, was enough to secure second place for the Australian team.
The Mauritians make every effort to accommodate the needs of the visiting nations and have made the Australian girls very welcome . An organized trip to the capital, Port Louis,  and other significant tourist spots on the island will be remembered by the team and the whole process of a borrowed horse competition will benefit their progress in the equestrian world in the future and life in general.
Countries represented at this competition were Botswana, South Africa, France, Mauritius and Australia. A very high standard of riding skills and sportsmanship were a highlight of the competition with very little separating the winners and placegetters.
Three age groups were represented as this competition. Those being Children , Junior and Senior.
It was on the 21st – 22nd October with Friday 20th October as the trial of horses day and a welcome dinner for the competitors and ground crew.
Emanuel Rey riding White Face from the Centre Equestre De La Louisa won the children’s welcome trophy and the individual event for the Children the Accumulator Trophy . He was lucky enough to draw White face from the pool and his win followed his successful 2010 show where White face won the Junior individual event. The successful Children’s Team event winners were south Africa comprising of Nokukhanya Hlkongwane on Milkshake and Ian Nelson on Charlie Brown. Emmanuel Rey was also the most successful rider of the show in the Children’s competition.
Sophie Demetriou of South Africa was the junior Welcome trophy winner with Paige and Mast a Beam coming in with a red ribbon not far behind. The Junior Team event was again won by the South African combination of Sophie Demetrio and Achim West and only separated by one rail to the Australian girls.

Paige and Lizzie

Support crew

Lizzie and horse owner Bridgett

Air Maurtius Team competition

Videos of Aussies at Pau CCI4*

Monday, 24 October 2011

Check out he Aussie combintations at Pau on the EA You Tube Channel.

EA You tube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/EquestrianAUS

Look in the "Eventing" playlist to see all the Australian performances at the 2011 Pau CCI4*.


First FEI World Cup driving points for Ijsbrand Chardon

IJsbrand Chardon (NED), winner of the first FEI Word Cup Driving 2011/2012 qualifier held in Hannover (GER) this weekend
2011/2012 qualifier Hannover (GER)
Photograph:Rinaldo de Craen_FEI
FEI, Monday, 24 October 2011

IJsbrand Chardon (NED) won the first FEI World Cup™ Driving competition of the season held in Hannover, Germany, this wekeend. His compatriot Koos de Ronde finished second, ahead of Tomas Eriksson (SWE) who was struck by fate in the winning round.


Second starter in the winning round Tomas Eriksson was well on his way to putting Chardon under serious pressure, driving his team of Swedish warm blood horses very fast, when fate struck. In the corner just before the last gate, Tomas’s left leader horse slipped and fell down. His right leader horse and his left wheeler horse also fell down which forced Tomas to stop. With the very fast help from his fellow competitors and his grooms, Tomas’s horses got back up and were lead out of the arena without major injuries.
Safe round
Chardon knew he had an advantage of nearly 10 seconds over Koos de Ronde when he entered the arena. The four-time world champion drove a fast but safe round and secured his first victory of the season despite one knock down. Chardon is competing with his team of Lipizzaner horses for the third season and feels they are getting better at every competition.
Change of horse
Koos de Ronde used one of his outdoor horses on his indoor team today. Koos normally competes with three coloured geldings from his father’s four-in-hand team, but due to an injury, he had to make a change. After an average performance in the warm-up competition on Saturday night, Koos knew what improvements were needed and drove his four-in-hands at his usual high speed through the course, designed by Germany’s Dr. Wolfgang Asendorf.
Domino effect
Triple FEI World Cup™ Driving champion Boyd Exell (AUS) finished in an unusual fourth place. Exell tested a new leader horse in the warm-up competition but drove his experienced team in today’s World Cup. He made a mistake in the second marathon obstacle and lost contact with his leader horses. This caused a domino effect which lead to additional mistakes. Exell still set a very fast time but since he was competing as a wild card in Hannover, he could not win FEI World Cup™ Driving points.
Lack of routine
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN) also had a contact problem with his leader horses, which resulted in three knockdowns. Dobrovitz finished fifth ahead of Rainer Duen (GER). Duen, who had competed in the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 World Cup seasons, admitted his outdoor team of horses lacked indoor routine. His horses have to get accustomed to the indoor rhythm and Duen hopes they will be getting better throughout the season.
Too tricky
In comparison to previous FEI World Cup™ Driving competitions in Hannover, Asendorf had designed a less speedy and more technical course for the warn-up competition which, in the end, was less spectacular to watch. Asendorf decided to make some changes for the World Cup competition, which was much appreciated by both the competitors and the audience. The course was faster but still remained very technical.
IJsbrand Chardon (NED): “My son Bram was watching Tomas’s round and told me he went very fast. I was preparing myself for a very fast round because I really wanted to win. When I heard of the incident with Tomas, I changed my mind and decided to go fast, but safe. I enjoy winning, but I would have enjoyed it more if Tomas could have completed his round without the incident.”
Koos de Ronde (NED): “I learnt a lot from the warm-up competition on the first day. I knew what I had to work on and it went well in the World Cup competition. I hope to have the coloured gelding back on my team in Stuttgart because I prefer to spare my outdoor horse for the outdoor season.”
Tomas Eriksson (SWE): “I had a very good feeling about my team, I did a very fast first round. In the winning round, I tried to put the pressure on IJsbrand and I think I would have succeeded if the incident had not happened. My horses all look well at the moment and I hope they will be ok in the next days.”
Results CAI-W Hannover 2011:
1. IJsbrand Chardon (NED) 237,73 (5)
2. Koos de Ronde (NED) 246,45 (10)
3. Tomas Eriksson (SWE)
4. Boyd Exell (AUS) 120,63 (5)
5. Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN) 137,16 (15)
6. Rainer Duen (GER) 137,16 (15)
Standings after 1 of 7 events:
1. IJsbrand Chardon (NED) 10
2. Koos de Ronde (NED) 7
3. Tomas Eriksson (SWE) 5
4. Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN) 3
5. Rainer Duen (GER) 2
More information on the FEI World Cup™ Driving, please check the FEI website and the series’ comprehensive press kit

Eleventh season of the FEI World Cup Driving attracts world class field

20 October 2011,
After an exciting outdoor season with the FEI Open European Driving Championships for Four-in-Hand in Breda (NED) as its highlight, the sport of four-in-hand Driving moves indoors for the 11th season of the FEI World Cup Driving.
Ten top class drivers will battle it out for the ultimate title of FEI World Cup™ Driving champion. Germany, who was absent from the series for the past two seasons, is making a significant comeback and will now be represented by two drivers, Rainer Duen and Georg von Stein.
New comer
The qualification season consisted of 14 competitions held throughout Europe with the top 10 drivers qualifying for the 2011-2012 season. Amongst these, there is one new comer: Georg von Stein from Germany. Von Stein competed as a wild card in the FEI World Cup™ Driving Final 2011 in Leipzig where he finished sixth.
Von Stein’s compatriot Rainer Duen joined the FEI World Cup™ Driving at the last minute after Chester Weber (USA) who was in second place on the outdoor season standings, decided not to compete. Duen competed in the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 seasons and is looking forward the new challenge.
Three-time FEI World Cup™ Driving champion Boyd Exell of Australia will aim for his fourth title this season but can expect strong competition from the runners up in the 2010/2011 Final Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN) and IJsbrand Chardon (NED) as well as from Koos de Ronde (NED), Zoltan Lazar (HUN), Werner Ulrich (SUI), Theo Timmerman (NED), and Tomas Eriksson (SWE) all of whom have competed series before.
FEI World CupDriving 2011-2012
The 11th season of the FEI World Cup™ Driving series is made up of seven competitions in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary and Belgium. Five drivers from the 10 qualified for the season will compete at each event; organisers may give wild cards. Wild card drivers cannot earn World Cup points.
The rules
The season consist of seven qualifiers (CAI-Ws) and a Final.
Ten four-in-hand drivers have qualified for the 11th season of the FEI World Cup™ Driving 2011-2012.
The top five drivers will compete in four events of which the best three results count.
The top six to ten drivers will compete in three events of which all results count.
Drivers earn points for their placing at each event.
The Final is open to the top six drivers of the standings after the seventh event (CAI-W Leipzig).
At each event, the Organiser may award one or two wild cards. However, the wild card(s) driver(s) cannot earn points counting towards the standings of the series.
Each FEI World Cup™ Driving qualifier consists of two competitions. The starting order in the first competition is decided by a draw. The starting order in the second competition – the FEI World Cup™ Driving - is in reverse order of merit from the first competition.
The FEI World Cup™ Driving courses consist of marathon type obstacles, a bridge, and eight to 12 cone-type obstacles. The course must be driven in the correct order and as fast as possible. Every knock down (ball or element) will cause five penalty seconds to be added to the time of the competitor.
New format for the Final
In the Final, the starting order for Competition 1 is in reverse order of the standings after Phase 1. Fifty percent (50%) of the score from Competition 1 (converted into seconds) will be carried forward by the driver into Competition 2. Scores from Competition 2 will be carried forward by the qualified drivers into the drive off.
The complete rules for the FEI World Cup™ Driving 2011/2012 are available at this LINK.
FEI World CupDriving 2011-2012: final qualification standings
1       Boyd Exell                           AUS     90
2       Chester Weber                     USA     80
3       Ijsbrand Chardon                 NED     78
4       Koos de Ronde                     NED     68
5       Jozsef Dobrovitz                  HUN     66
5       Zoltan Lazar                        HUN     66
7       Werner Ulrich                      SUI      58
8       Theo Timmerman                 NED     55
9       Tomas Eriksson                    SWE    53
10     Georg von Stein                   GER     50
11     Rainer Duen                        GER     49
Calendar and participation:
Hannover (GER) 20-23 October 2011:
IJsbrand Chardon (NED)
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN)
Tomas Eriksson (SWE)
Rainer Duen (GER)
Koos de Ronde (NED)
Stuttgart (GER) 16-21 November 2011:
Koos de Ronde (NED)
Zoltan Lazar (HUN)
Theo Timmerman (NED)
Georg von Stein (GER)
IJsbrand Chardon (NED)
Stockholm (SWE) 25-27 November 2011:
Boyd Exell (AUS)
Werner Ulrich (SUI)
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN)
IJsbrand Chardon (NED)
Rainer Duen (GER)
Budapest (HUN) 2-4 December 2011:
Boyd Exell (AUS)
Werner Ulrich (SUI)
Koos de Ronde (NED)
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN)
Zoltan Lazar (HUN)
Geneva (SUI) 8-11 December 2011:
Koos de Ronde (NED)
Zoltan Lazar (HUN)
Werner Ulrich (SUI)
Theo Timmerman (NED)
Boyd Exell (AUS)
Mechelen (BEL) 26-30 December 2011:
IJsbrand Chardon (NED)
Jozsef Dobrovitz (HUN)
Tomas Eriksson (SWE)
Georg von Stein (GER)

FEI World Cup™ Driving title holder Boyd Exell of Australia

Equiline throws support behind inaugural Equestrian Grand Final

Nicola Turner, Friday, 21 October 2011

Support for the inaugural Equestrian Grand Final, being held as part of EQUITANA Sydney, continues to grow with the announcement of another support partner, Equiline Italia.


The Italian equestrian clothing brand is looking to break into the Australian market and will be launching at EQUITANA in November.
In a bid to familiarise the brand with the Australia equestrian community, Equiline will be an official ‘Support Partner’ of the Equestrian Grand Final which is set to feature some of the country’s top Dressage, Jumping and Eventing athletes.
Equestrian Australia’s (EA) CEO, Grant Baldock, said EA was pleased to be working with Equiline on this new event.
“We are excited to have Equiline on board as we gear up to host the first ever Equestrian Grand Final.
“The event is shaping up to be an exciting competition, with all qualifiers now confirmed and the countdown well and truly on,” he said.
Equiline’s Australian Distributor, Britt Woodhead, said: “We are proud to be supporting Equestrian Australia and Australia’s top riders. We are excited to be launching Equiline in Australia at Equitana and the inaugural Equestrian Grand Final. Australia has some of the most dedicated and amazing riders in the world. Equiline has been supplying top riders in Europe for the last 30 years. At the rate the sport is growing in Australia, riders are more than ready for Equiline’s ‘competition ready’ range for riders & their horses.”
The Equestrian Grand Final will showcase the ‘best of the best’ and include almost 50 of the top riders from around the country. EQUITANA attracts around 50,000 spectators over 4 days of the event. The Equestrian Grand Final will welcome unprecedented media attention and a competition atmosphere not seen before in Australia.
This premiere event will bring together Australia’s elite Equestrian competitors in Dressage, Jumping and Exhibition Eventing annually. Big prizes, big action, big excitement. 
EQUITANA Sydney will be held at the Sydney Showgrounds from 10-13 November 2011.
For all the details on the Equestrian Grand Final visit our EGF information page.

For all the details on EQUITANA visit www.equitana.com.au


Good luck to the Australian Junior riders in Mauritus

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Good luck to the two Australian riders, Elizabeth Hoy and Paige Jardine, who were selected to compete in a borrowed horse Jumping competition in Mauritius this coming weekend, 21-23 October.

Elizabeth and Paige will be competing for Australia against riders from South Africa, France, Botswana and Mauritius over two days of competition at 90cm - 1m.

The draw for horses takes place this afternoon.

Results and a full report of the event are to follow early next week.

Good luck Elizabeth and Paige!


Paige Jardine

Elizabeth Hoy on Tallahassie in Showman.

Global Champions Tour 2012 Calendar Dates

Global Champions Tour, Thursday, 20 October 2011

Many more people around the world will now have the opportunity to experience world-class show jumping with the addition of four new destinations for the 2012 season.

Mr. Jan Tops President of the Global Champions Tour is gratified to announce an extended calendar of events for the 2012 season.  “We are very pleased with this progress for the Global Champions Tour to spread further in a global context and confidently looking ahead to 2012. Show jumping is making excellent headways in terms of world-wide recognition as a formidable sport.”

The 2012 Global Champions Tour show jumping calendar will add a Grand Prix in Switzerland, Austria and China, the first time the circuit is to showcase in these countries. Wiesbaden will also join Hamburg as GCT events to be hosted in Germany.

Wiesbaden will become the fourth event in the sea­son in May.  Lausanne and Vienna have been allocated dates in September to be followed by Shanghai in October.  The other nine established events will continue to hold allotted calendar dates.

Wiesbaden us one of the oldest and most traditional equestrian shows in the world:  in 2011 they celebrated their 75th anniversary. Each year since1949 the show takes place at Whitsun on the park grounds of the historical monument of the Wiesbaden-Biebrich Palace.

Lausanne located on the north shore of Lake Genève becomes the destination for the10th round of the GCT, 2011.  The second largest city on the lake, Lausanne is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes with the old medieval town is dominated by the gothic cathedral.  It is hardly surprising that this destination will be a visual delight. 

The Global Champions Tour in Vienna will be one of the most spectacular venues in 2012.  In beautiful surroundings, in one of the most visited concert arenas of Vienna, the Global Champions Tour will be hosted right on the square in front of the imperial Hofburg Palace in the heart of the city.

The GCT China Grand Prix was inserted into the calendar in October and will be held in Shanghai at the Expo 2010 complex.  The 21st century global village has impressive architectural marvels of the 250 or so corporate and country pavilions: China, Spain, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Italy, among others.

Following in the guise of 2011 the GCT season will again be book-ended by the Middle East region. The opening round in Qatar, Doha (April 5-7) and will see the finale again in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 22-24 November.

Of course Eurosport will broadcast all of the Global Champions Tour events in 2012 bringing the richest series to over 123 million homes across 59 countries.

It will be another season of pure pleasure of exciting destinations combined with top show  jumping that is synonymous with the Global Champions Tour.

Doha, Qatar   5 - 7 April

Valencia, Spain 4 - 6 May

Hamburg, Germany 16-20 May

Wiesbaden, Germany 25 - 28 May

Cannes, France  14 - 16 June

Monte Carlo, Monaco 28 - 30 June

Estroil, Portugal 13 - 14 July

Chantilly, France 20 - 22 July

Valkenswaard, The Netherlands 17 - 19 August

Lausanne, Switzerland  14 - 16 September

Vienna, Austria   21- 23 September

Shanghai, China  4 - 6 October

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   22 - 24 November



Statement from Equestrian Australia - Chair of EA

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Equestrian Australia (EA) can confirm that at the EA Board meeting on October 15, proceeding the 2011 EA AGM, a new Chair Natalie Nichols was elected by the Board.

However, the EA Board reconvened on Monday 17 October 2011 where Natalie Nichols confirmed that after further consideration she would offer to step down from the position of Chair.  Also on Monday evening, the Board resolved that they would accept Natalie’s resignation.

Following this meeting, the Board sought feedback from the State Chairs in relation to the appointment of a Chair. At a Board meeting held on Tuesday 18 October 2011, the EA Board elected Paul Cargill unopposed to the position of Chair, effective immediately. 

The EA Board is committed to working with all levels of the organisation to achieve the strategic outcomes set for the sport under “Creating our future”.

Grant Baldock

CEO, Equestrian Australia

For a printable version of the statement, please click here.


Emma Mason wins Goulburn CIC3*

Monday, 17 October 2011

Mason and F1 Pharinelli won the premiere class at the NSW Baxter Boots State Championships for the second year running.

Mason was second after dressage to Tim Boland on GV Billy Elliot but improved her position adding just 6 time faults on cross-country and jumping a beautiful clear show jumping round.

"I am having so much fun on him, he knows his job now so he is nice to ride," said Mason of F1 Pharinelli. "I was really happy with him in all three phases, he is feeling really confident."

As always the course was beautifully presented and asked enough questions that you had to stay on the job. It rode really well and I know all the riders are so grateful to Baxter Boots for their ongoing support if this great event."

Mason is heading to Adelaide for the CCI4* and whilst she cannot attend the Canberra CIC in two weeks time she plans to continue her show jumping training between now and Adelaide. 
"I show jump every weekend that I am not eventing so I will continue to do that as I really want to be comfortable in that phase," added Mason 

New Zealand's Alice Montgomery finished second on Gordon. Montgomery  was ninth after dressage but flew around the cross-country with just 0.4 time faults, the second fastest horse of the day elevated her second place. Four faults in the jumping did not lower her position.

Stuart Tinney and Pluto Mio finished third by 0.1 penalties, adding just 9.6 cross-country time faults to their dressage score. Christine Bates and Adelaide Hill claimed 4th place whilst Tim Boland finished 5th overall.

 Shane Rose was the only rider to make time on the CIC3* track - riding his talented thoroughbred Il Vici.

The CIC2* was won by Shane Rose on the young Vivant gelding Virgil, second to  Stevie-Jade Shakoff and Tickety Boo whilst Christine Bates and CP Qualified took home third place.

Annabel Armstrong won the CIC1* on Jack in the Box, Soign Jackson was second on Warrego Collateral Damage, third place to Tim Boland and Umunga.

The event was blessed with good weather and the course was up to its usual high standards. Entries were higher than ever with riders taking advantage of the quality course ahead of the upcoming Australian International 3-Day Event in Adelaide.

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Lynton CIC*** winner Emma Mason on F1 Pharinelli

Second Hendra virus case confirmed at Beachmere property

Department of Employment, Economic Development and, Saturday, 15 October 2011

A second horse has been euthanased at a Beachmere property after returning a positive test result for Hendra virus infection.


Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said this was one of the two remaining horses at the Beachmere property where a horse was euthanased last Tuesday.

“Samples were taken for Hendra virus testing from the two horses remaining on the property and we received a positive result for one of these horses,” Dr Symons said.

“Three horses have now died at this property in the past fortnight. One was euthanased almost two weeks ago after becoming seriously ill and being diagnosed as suffering from colic. No samples from that horse are available for testing and we will not be able to confirm if that horse was actually infected by Hendra virus.”

Dr Symons said the property would remain under quarantine until at least late November.

This Hendra virus incident is the tenth in Queensland this year and this latest case is the thirteenth horse to be infected with the virus.

Up to date information on Hendra virus is available at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au <http://www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au/> , including important workplace health and safety information for horse properties and other horse related businesses, and details of upcoming public information sessions.

For more information contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au <http://www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au/>

Dressage stars confirmed for inaugural Equestrian Grand Final

Rachael Sanna & Jaybee Alabaster - go in the 2011 Equestrian Grand Final as the best performed in the qualifying events
Thursday, 13 October 2011

Australia's leading dressage combinations will compete at the inaugural Equestrian Grand Final, held as part of EQUITANA, Sydney 10-13 November.


The Fifteen riders to compete at the elite Equestrian Grand Final were confirmed today following the announcement of the “wild cards”. A series of five qualifying events around Australia determined twelve of the competitors with three wild cards appointed by Equestrian Australia.
With Olympic fever in the air athletes will be chomping-at-the-bit to win the Equestrian Grand Final. The $20,000 prize pool adds a further incentive.
The field includes Australia’s best performed international combination Brett Parbery and Victory Salute – 9th placegetters at last year’s world championships.
Parbery is enthusiastic for his Grand Final debut. "The Grand Final concept is a great innovation for equestrian sport in Australia and I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be a part of the very first one. Thank you Equestrian Australia and EQUITANA for making it happen!”
Olympian Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster go into the Equestrian Grand Final as the best performed combination following the five qualifying events. Their Grand Prix Freestyle score of 74.250% achieved at the Sydney CDI in April was unmatched.
Queensland’s Chantal Wigan and her gelding Ferero won three consecutive World Cup (CDI-W) events this year. They qualified for the Grand Final in third place, just behind Parbery, but will be looking to claim the top spot come November.
Rozzie Ryan finished fourth on the series leader board with 15-year-old GV Bullwinkle. A former 3-star eventer with owner Olivia Bunn, the Rocadero gelding has made a huge impression the dressage scene. Not long stepped up into Grand Prix level this horse is one to watch.
Qualifying one place behind his wife is 2008 Olympian Heath Ryan. Ryan will be fronting up on the vivacious black stallion Regardez Moi. It has been a steady climb back to the top for Ryan following a stroke suffered in 2009. This pair represented Australia at the 2009 FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas and has the experience and talent to pull off a top performance.
New Zealand will be represented by three competitors. Vanessa Way of New Plymouth qualified with her 13-year-old Anamour gelding KH Arvan. A recent win in the Grand Prix at Dressage NSW scoring 67.872% will boost their confidence. Compatriots Louisa Hill and Nicky Pope were granted wild cards to the Equestrian Grand Final.
The final wildcard was awarded to Sally Evans from Ballina. Evans will be competing her Aachimedes stallion A’Seduction.
The Equestrian Grand Final will bring together Australia’s leading competitors in Dressage, Jumping and Eventing in one spectacular event. 
The Equestrian Grand Final Dressage CDI-W Grand Prix will be held from 9.30am - 12.30pm Friday 11 November. The grand finale Grand Prix Freestyle will be the Saturday night feature event taking place from 7:30pm - 10:30pm in the spectacular 5000 seat indoor “Dome Arena”, Sydney Showground.
The full EQUITANA competition timetable can be viewed athttp://www.equitana.com.au/timetable/
More information regarding the Equestrian Grand Final can be found on our web site at /?ID=25636 .
Tickets are available for purchase atwww.equitana.com.au.
The combinations for the 2011 Equestrian Grand Final Dressage are as follows;
Rachael Sanna (Glossodia, NSW)
Jaybee Alabaster
Brett Parbery (Penrose, NSW)
Victory Salute
Chantal Wigan (Cleveland, Qld)
Rozzie Ryan (Heatherbrae, NSW)
GV Bullwinkle
Heath Ryan (Heatherbrae, NSW)
Regardez Moi
Kate Taylor-Wheat (Glenorie, NSW)
Oscar B
Gitte Donvig (Highton, Vic)
Port Said 10
Nadia Coghlan (Galston, NSW)
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Maree Tomkinson (Wallan, Vic)
Rodrigo III
Vanessa Way (New Plymouth, NZL)
KH Arvan
Fiona McNaught (Boneo, Vic)
Tor Van Den Berge (Biddaddaba, NSW)
Fishermans Friend
Nicky Pope (Auckland, NZL)
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Louisa Hill (South Auckland, NZL)
Bates Antonello
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Sally Evans (Ballina, NSW)
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Equestrian Australia is grateful to their Equestrian Grand Final partners



Hendra virus - risk to workers

WorkCover NSW, Thursday, 13 October 2011

WorkCover NSW Fact Sheet relating to Hendra Virus


Hendra is a virus that is carried by flying foxes (bats), which causes a serious – sometimes fatal – illness in horses. Although such transmission is uncommon, there have been cases of humans contracting the virus and dying from it after they’ve been in contact with an infected horse. There is no evidence of bat-to-human, human-to-human or human-to-horse spread of Hendra virus.
People who work around horses should exercise caution, especially if the Hendra virus has been identified in their local area.
As an employer, you must, as far as is reasonably practicable, control any potential risk to your workers, including any risks that may arise when they work with or in close proximity to horses.
For your reference this form is also listed on our Hendra information page

High Performance appointments for the Non-Olympic disciplines

Mandy Stephens, Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Earlier in the year the High Performance department of Equestrian Australia carried out an appointment process for the roles of National Selectors, Chef d'Equipe and team Veterinarian for the non-Olympic disciplines.

These High Perfromance roles for the disciplines of Carriage driving, Endurance and Vaulting, are appointed on a 4 year cycle and are reviewed after every  World Equestrian Games. The following appointments are for the 2010 - 2014 period including the next World Equestrian Games to be held in Normandy, France. 

Carriage Driving
National Selectors
Judy Meredith   (Chair of Selectors)       (NSW)
Bob Edwards                                        (QLD)
Margaret O'Brien                                   (NSW)
Chef D’Equipe
Karen Everett (UK) and Dot Wilcoxon     (NSW)
National Selectors
Anne Barnes     (Chair of Selectors)       (WA)
Barbara Timms                                      (QLD)
Particia Mackay                                     (NSW)
Chef d’Equipe
Mark Freeman                                       (NSW)
Team Veterinarian         
Narelle Cribb                                         (VIC)
National Selectors
Angela Deeks (Chair of Selectors)          (QLD)
Chris Wicks                                           (ACT)
Robyn Bruderer                                     (NSW)
Chef d’Equipe
Tristyn Lowe                                          (ACT)


Congratulations to our new High Perfromance Selectors, Chef d'Equipes and Veterinarian.


Athanasoff wins the 2011 Australian Jumping Championships

Proud Owners
Photograph:Jenny Sheppard
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Paul Athanasoff was crowned 2011 Australian Jumping Champion yesterday at the Equestrian Australia National Jumping Championships in Dubbo.

43-year-old Athanasoff of Dungog, NSW, rode two sensational clear rounds on Wirragulla Nicklaus on Sunday to take out the Breeders’ Plate National Title ahead of 21 competitors.
“He was great all show,” said Athanasoff, “I am thrilled with him and the result.”
It was a triumphant return to competition for the 14-year-old stallion Wirragulla Nicklaus (by Falkrich) which had been sidelined from injury since early 2011.
The pair campaigned in Europe in 2010 and gained valuable international experience. Jumping National Performance Director Stephen Lamb commented on the performance. “They won convincingly and looked sensational jumping a double clear in Sunday’s Grand Prix. It is great to have this pair back on the circuit,” he said.
450 horses and 240 riders competed in 2030 classes over the four days of competition at the Dubbo Showground.
“The show ran very well,” commented Event Director Edwena Mitchell. “The surface was a little disappointing as it was too hard at the start of the show that is something that needs to be addressed. Some overnight rain helped the going. Otherwise the facilities were fabulous and for our first time hosting the championships we were very pleased.”
The Australian Junior title was won Tom McDermott of Wagga Wagga, NSW. This is McDermott’s fourth consecutive junior title. 18-year-old McDermott, a recent winner of the Adelaide World Cup qualifier, will again be competing against Australia’s best senior riders at the Equestrian Grand Final to be held at EQUITANA, Sydney, 10-13 November.
Evie Buller from Darkan, WA won the Australian Young Rider title. Buller who finished her HSC last year has been based in NSW since April competing at shows across the eastern seaboard. Buller, who plans to make her World Cup debut in 2012, says the Championships were a great event. “It was a great atmosphere and well run. The event organisers were very supportive and helpful,” she said.
Stephen Lambadded that the Australian Jumping coach Gilbert Böckmann commented on the ‘improvement in standard of young rides and juniors’, indicating the positive development of the sport in Australia.
Following the championships a squad training clinic will be held with Böckmann for National Squad Jumping and Eventing riders. This is to be held from Thursday to Sunday this week in Sydney

RESULTS are below as an excel file, to move between classes click on the tabs at the bottom of the worksheet.


 NOTE: A Talent Identification Day for the National Futures Squad (5, 6 and 7 year old horses) will be held on Wednesday 12th October at Dubbo Showgrounds. Nomination forms available HERE.


350 riders and 600 horses from across Australia will converge on Dubbo showground 13-16 October to contest the 50th annual Australian Jumping Championships.
41 classes will be held over the four days of competition. As well as determining the Australian Junior, Young Rider and National (Senior) titles, the championships also offer a range of ‘height classes’.  
With more than 25 competitors expected in the National title the field will be the strongest in some years. This year the feature class has been supported by ten performance horse breeding studs and is aptly named the Breeders’ Plate National Title. The largest prize pool ever offered is up for grabs. Athletes will compete for $10,000 across the three National tile classes.
John Vallance, Australia’s highest ranked course designer, will set the challenge for the three championship divisions, Junior, Young Rider and the Breeders’ Plate National Title. 
Standards will be very high. The first round of the Breeders’ Plate National Title final on Sunday 16 October is an MES (Minimum Eligibility Standard) which provides riders an opportunity to gain partial qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games. Riders must gain their full MES to be considered for selection in the Australian Jumping Team for the London Olympics. The 2011 Australian Jumping Championships is one of six events this year to offer an MES class.
2010 National Champion, George Sanna from Glossodia, NSW will not be defending his title. Sanna has taken last year’s winning horse CP Aprilla to compete in Europe.
Young super star Tom McDermott from Wagga Wagga, NSW, will be among the starters. McDermott stole the show last year winning the Junior and Young Rider titles - he also finished runner-up in both divisions. 2010 was McDermott’s third consecutive junior title. Now aged 18 he is eligible for all three championship divisions (Junior 12-18 years, Young Rider 16-21 years and the National title which is open to riders aged 18 and over). However, a rider may only compete in two divisions. With recent success including winning the Gawler World Cup qualifier, McDermott may challenge the older riders for the Breeders’ Plate National Title.
This is the first time that the event has been held in Dubbo and Event Director, Edwena Mitchell, hopes it will be the home of the championships for a few years to come.
“We need a really big venue and Dubbo showground provides an ideal site,” explained Mitchell.
“It is great to take these big events to the rural areas, riders enjoy it and it is great for the local community.
“We have been well supported by the local Pony Club and Dubbo Eventing and Showjumping Association and ideally, Dubbo will be the location of this event for a number of years.”
The national championships are a feature event on the competitive Australian jumping circuit. Australian horses and riders have made an impression on the international scene over the last 12 months. Home grown horses have produced world class results as demonstrated by Vivant (=7th at the 2010 World Cup Final), Ashleigh Drossel Dan (winner of the 2011 Global Champions Tour of Doha CSI5*) and ASB Conquistador (recently placed 7th at the CSI-W Grand Prix of Showpark in California).
World number one female jumping rider, Edwina Alexander, cut her teeth on the Australian jumping scene.  Australia’s future international jumping stars will undoubtedly emerge from the dust of Dubbo.

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Tom McDermott winning the Australian Junior Title

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Proud Owners

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New Hendra virus case in Caboolture area

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

A sick horse on a property in the Caboolture area has been euthanased after returning a positive test result for Hendra virus infection.


Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said the horse had become sick over the weekend and was treated by a private veterinarian.

“Samples were taken for Hendra virus testing and the positive result came back late last night,” Dr Symons said.

“Another horse was euthanased at this property over a week ago. Biosecurity Queensland is seeking samples from that horse as well to test for Hendra virus.
“There are two remaining horses on the property.

“Biosecurity Queensland is in the process of quarantining the property and will assess and monitor the other horses at this location over the next month.”

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said public health experts would visit the property today to assess the situation and determine how many humans, if any, had contact with the infected horse.

“Queensland Health staff will continue to undertake contact tracing work to ensure all people potentially exposed to the sick horse have been identified,” Dr Young said.

"Queensland Health stands ready to provide any assistance, counselling, information, testing or treatment that may be required.

“I can also confirm that the follow up results are negative for all 66 people being monitored from previous Hendra virus cases this year.”

Dr Symons said this incident was the tenth in Queensland this year and this was the twelfth horse to be infected with the virus.

“We have consistently said that Hendra virus infection can occur throughout the year and we remind horse owners not to become complacent, but remain vigilant for the signs of Hendra virus at all times” he said.

“We will deal with this latest case just as we have with previous cases through a process of quarantine, testing and monitoring.

“Each incident this year has been isolated and there has been no spread of the infection from one property to another.

“Our focus remains on learning from these experiences and pursuing a range of avenues of research using the $12 million in funding provided by the Commonwealth, Queensland and New South Wales governments.”

Up to date information on Hendra virus is available at
www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au, including important workplace health and safety information for horse properties and other horse related businesses, and details of upcoming public information sessions.

For more information contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit

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Bodycheck bought by Chris Chugg

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Chris Chugg has purchased a new stallion Bodycheck (Balou du Rouet x Carismo) from the ESI Auction in Germany last weekend. The 4yo licensed Hanoverian stallion was the top priced horse of the sale.

Congratulations Chuggy!




Stars announced for 2012 PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars!

Emile Faurie, member of gold medal winning team at 2011 European Championships
2012 PSI Dressage and Jumping with the Stars
PSI DJWTS, Monday, 10 October 2011

Emile Faurie, a member of the record breaking gold medal winning English team at this year's European Dressage Championships will attend next year's PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars as the international dressage 'star'.


Emile’s international career has spanned almost two decades, representing Great Britian at European and World Championships and at two Olympic Games. Career highlights include an individual bronze and team silver in the 1993 European Championships, team bronze at the 2003 Europeans and of course, this year’s team gold medal.
Emile is also a British Dressage judge and coach of the National Start and Potential squad. He is highly regarded as a Young Horse judge, having judged the finals four years in a row at the UK Young Horse Championships and also the finals of the Dutch Young Horse Championships in 2009.   As a competitor he has the enviable record of having twice won the 4yo and 5yo Championships at the UK Young Horse Championships with the same horse, one of which (Wild at Heart) went onto a top 10 placing at the World Young Horse Championships.
At DJWTS, Emile will be guest riding the young horse finalists in each age group and presenting the Saddleworld Dressage Masterclass. The audience can look forward to an informative and entertaining masterclass from an internationally successful rider who has himself trained with some of Europe’s legendary trainers.
Exciting news for jumping riders and fans with the announcement that Greg Best will be returning as the jumping guest “star”, making it two years in a row ! Event Director, Bryony Guisti comments: “There was such overwhelmingly positive feedback about Greg’s contribution to this year’s event, that we decided there was simply no other option than to bring him back again for 2012.” Now based in New Zealand, Greg Best won individual and team silver for the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympics riding the legendary “Gem Twist”. In recent years he has primarily concentrated on coaching and his expertise and enthusiasm greatly impressed both competitors and spectators at this year’s PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars.   We anticipate a capacity crowd for his Saddleworld Jumping Masterclass !
In other news, Performance Sales International (PSI) have recently confirmed their association with Dressage & Jumping with the Stars by extending their sponsorship commitment for a further ten years. Spectators can look forward to seeing Dr Ulf Moller, who has become a crowd favourite, in action at the event for years to come !
PSI Dressage & Jumping with the Stars will be held at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre from March 22 – 24, 2012.    Event information will be available from: www.equestrianvictoriaevents.com.au/DJWTS. Tickets go on sale December 12.

Event enquiries to: Bryony Giusti 0425 499 477 or email: [email protected]

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Greg Best & his Olympic partner Gem Twist

Greg Best judging at the 2011 PSI DJWTS, returning again in 2012

Kooralbyn horses update

Biosecurity Queensland, Friday, 7 October 2011

Test results show that Hendra virus is not the cause of a fatal illness affecting horses at a property in the Kooralbyn area.

Currently the number of deceased horses is 12. Five of these horses were euthanased.

Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said Biosecurity Queensland would perform post mortems on the horses to try and determine what has made them fatally sick so rapidly.

“We don’t expect to have the complete post mortem results until next week,” he said.

“There were a total of 25 horses on the property. Three of the surviving horses are showing signs of the illness and are being monitored.

“I want to acknowledge the quick actions of the private veterinarians who attended the property yesterday and their use of appropriate protective equipment.

“While this is not a case of Hendra virus infection, vets should always take appropriate precautions including the use of Personal Protective Equipment.”


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2012 FEI Equine Prohibited Substancs List in effect from 1 JJanuary

Nicola Turner, Friday, 7 October 2011

The FEI, following approval by the FEI Bureau, has announced a small number of changes to its 2011 Equine Prohibited Substance List.


These changes, which will be included in the 2012 List and will come into effect on 1 January, are summarised here and below:
•    There are two additions to the Prohibited List: Magnesium Sulphate injections and any use of ACTH.
•    17-Alpha-Hydroxy Progesterone is also being named on the List given similar biological effects to substances already on the List.
•    Valerenic acid has been moved from the Banned Substance category to the Controlled Medications category on the List.  
“We are constantly reviewing our Prohibited Lists in line with the latest scientific evidence,” said Graeme Cooke, Director of the FEI Veterinary Department.
“National Federations are now familiarising themselves and their athletes with these changes well in advance of the 2012 Equine Prohibited Substances List coming into force on 1 January 2012.
“The FEI is also continuing to give everyone involved in horse sport the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest prohibited substances and controlled medications lists by making them available online and in easily downloadable formats for iPhones and other mobile devices.”
The 2012 Equine Prohibited Substance List will be accessible prior to 1 January 2012 via the easily searchable FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database, which is free to download for Smartphones.


Calling for Nominations - ADJC

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Michelle Battams, Friday, 7 October 2011

Equestrian Australia is calling for nominations from its members for the Australian Dressage Judges Committee.

There are three vacancies available for the period of 1/1/2012 through 31/12/2014.

The term of office for current members Mary Seefried, Sue Bright and Jan Geary is due to expire on 31/12/2011. They are all eligible to re-apply.

Should you wish to apply, please find linked below the position description and application form.

Please return your application to Equestrian Australia, PO Box 673, Sydney Markets NSW 2129 or via fax 02 9763 2466 by 5pm, Monday 31 October.

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AUS finished 2nd at International Classique 2011

Australian Team Winning on day 2
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Penny Tremlett, Friday, 7 October 2011

A team of four junior riders from Australia travelled to Benoni in South Africa to compete at the 30th International Classique presented by Equestrian International September 29th – 2nd October.


The team consisted of Joseph Patterson, Lachlan Wicks, Emily Van Sonsbeek and Helen Tremlett, with Penny Tremlett as the Chef d’Equipe. The Australian and New Zealand teams were met at the airport by the South African team, officials and a South African television crew, where introductions and interviews were carried out for the television.
The competition consisted of a pool of 12 horses that were provided by South African riders; these were rotated around each team every day. On the Wednesday the teams were shown some of the pool horses and then on Thursday the pools were allocated. Each team was allowed 45 minutes to ride their first group of horses.
The first day competition was hotly contested with New Zealand finishing in first place on 3 points, Australia 2nd on 2 points and South Africa 3rd on 1 point.  The second day of competition the pool horses were rotated, with each team member allowed a short warm up on new horses before going into the arena to jump. The competition was very close with Australia taking first place after winning a very exciting jump off against New Zealand.
The final day started with Australia and New Zealand in equal first place on 7 points each, with South Africa in 3rd on 2 points. The competition was again very hotly contested and again on a new pool of horses, with South Africa finishing in first place, New Zealand 2nd and Australia 3rd , leaving New Zealand as the overall winners with Australia second and South Africa third.

Overall it was a great competition; all the team members rode really well and have gained valuable experience (both equine and life) from the trip.

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Riders named for the Equestrian Grand Final - Jumping

Jamie Kermond has been a stand out at the qualifying events
Thursday, 6 October 2011

The best jumping riders in Australia will compete at the inaugural Equestrian Grand Final Jumping, held as part of EQUITANA, Sydney 10-13 November.


Excitement is building as the list of riders invited to compete at the elite Grand Prix event was finalised today following the announcement of the “wild cards”.

The field of eighteen includes the cream-of-the-crop including international star Chris Chugg, who will be riding Diamond B Vigo, a daughter of his 2010 World Equestrian Games mount Vivant.

The loss of an eye due to a melanoma in 2007 has done little to slow Vicki Roycroft down. The three-time Olympian and three-time World Championships representative has qualified her up-and-coming star Kartoon de Breve.

Jamie Kermond (2006 World Equestrian Games representative) and talented Queenslander Billy Raymont have each qualified two horses. Kermond on Colthaga and Valhalla 3, Raymont on Stardom and Cortaflex Nicalette NZPH.

Young super star Tom McDermott from Wagga Wagga, NSW, will be the youngest competitor at just 18 years of age.

Fifteen riders gained qualification for the Equestrian Grand Final via performances at five of the premiere 2011 World Cup events held Australia wide. A further three riders, Chris Chugg (Glossodia, NSW), Brett Warren (Traveston, Qld) and Rebecca Allen (Arthurs Creek, Vic) have been granted ‘wild cards”.

The Equestrian Grand Final will bring together Australia’s leading competitors in Dressage, Jumping and Eventing in one spectacular event. 

The Equestrian Grand Final Jumping will be held from 7.30pm to 9:00pm Friday 11 November in the spectacular 5000 seat indoor “Dome Arena”, Sydney Showground.

More information regarding the Equestrian Grand Final can be found on our web site at /?ID=25636 .

Tickets are available for purchase at www.equitana.com.au.

The qualified combinations for the 2011 Equestrian Grand Final Jumping are listed below.

Combinations invited to compete at the 2011 Equestrian Grand Final Jumping

Qualifier 1 - Sydney Royal Easter Show CSI-W   full results here
Julia Hargreaves (Wilberforce,NSW)
Billy Raymont (Cooroy, Qld)
Jamie Kermond (Wilberforce, NSW)
Qualifier 2 - Weekend of World Cups CSI-W  full results here
Cathy Graham (Logan Village, Qld)
Da Vinci’s Pride
Andrew Inglis (Maroota, NSW)
Billy Raymont ((Cooroy, Qld))
Coratflex Nicalette NZPH 
Qualifier 3 – Toowoomba CSI-W full results here
Clem Smith (Gatton, Qld)
Dark Ages
Robert Goodwin (Woodford, Qld)
Warrego Sandon
Vicki Roycroft (Mt White, NSW)
Kartoon De Breve
** 1st & 2nd placegetters at this event were already qualified so 3rd, 4th and 5th placegetters qualified
Qualifier 4 – Adelaide Royal Show CSI-W   full results here
Tim Clarke (Grassmere, Vic)
Tom McDermott (Wagga WaggaNSW)
SL Limerick
Anthony Thomas (Maitland, SA)
NZPH Levitation
** 2nd placegetter at this event was already qualified so 4th placegetter qualified
Qualifier 5 – Royal Melbourne Show CSI-W full results here
Jamie Kermond  Wilberforce, NSW)
Brook Dobbin (Yarra Glen, Vic)
Jeff Evans (Wistow, SA)
Fieldbrook Corunia
** 2nd, 4th and 5th placegetters at this event were already qualified so 6th placegetter qualified
Chris Chugg (Glossodia, NSW)
Diamond B Vigo
Brett Warren (Traveston, Qld)
Cheezy Z
Rebecca Allen (Arthurs Creek, Vic)
RSB Jacana
Danielle Butcher (Picton NSW)
Big Higgs
Kristy Bruhn (Mt Gambier, SA)
David Dobson (Wanneroo, WA)
AS Akon
Jono Berry (Wilberforce, NSW)
Quincy Z
Clem Smith (Gatton, Qld)

Equestrian Australia is grateful to their Equestrian Grand Final partners.

FEI Eventing Open Forum at Adelaide 3DE

Rebecca Willis, Thursday, 6 October 2011

The FEI Eventing Committee and Department has scheduled three Open Forums during 2011 in order to collect views from all parties involved and open discussion on the main topics that could be part of the statutory rules revision for 2013.

Australia is hosting the third of the 2011 Eventing Open Forums during the Australian International Three Day Event (Adelaide CCI4*/CCI2*/CIC2*) on Saturday 19 November at 18h00 in the VIP marquee after the Cross Country.

Officials, Coaches, Riders and Organisers are invited to attend to provide feedback.

The Eventing Committee has prepared a consultation document which should be the basis of the discussion at these Open Forums. The document can be consulted by clicking here

The summary of the discussions which took place during the FEI Eventing Open Forum, Luhmühlen (GER), 25 August 2011 is now available by clicking here

A document compiling the answers received to date can be consulted by clicking here





World-class eventers named in the Equestrian Grand Final

Sam Griffiths will be one of the international guest riders at the Equestrian Grand Final
Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A world-class field is set to take centre stage at the Equestrian Grand Final in the Exhibition Eventing, held as part of EQUITANA, Sydney 10-13 November,


A world-class field is set to take centre stage at the Equestrian Grand Final in the Exhibition Eventing, held as part of EQUITANA, Sydney 10-13 November,
The field of 15 will boast many of Australia’s leading riders, including Olympic and World Champion medallists as well as London 2012 hopefuls.
UK-based riders Clayton Fredericks (Olympic silver medallist, two time World Cup Champion and World Championships silver medallist), Paul Tapner (Badminton CCI4* winner and World Games representative) and Sam Griffiths (World Games representative and placegetter at Badminton and Burghley CCI4*s) are going to be competing on borrowed horses. This will provide a rare opportunity to see these overseas based riders compete in Australia.
Australian based stars Stuart Tinney (Olympic gold medallist); Shane Rose (Olympic silver medallist) and Megan Jones (Olympic silver medallist) will also be trying to win their share of the $15,000 prize pool.
Add the winners of the two CCI3 stars held in Australia so far this year Craig Barrett (Melbourne CCI3*) and Christine Bates (Sydney CCI3*) and you have one extraordinarily competitive field.
Eight riders qualified for the Equestrian Grand Final via the two qualifying events, Sydney Royal Easter Show and Royal Melbourne Show, with the top four riders from each event gaining automatic qualification.
A further seven riders have been granted ‘wild cards’.
Traditionally the exciting sport of eventing requires wide open spaces. However, Exhibition Eventing has been developed to capture the spirit and skill of eventing in a more confined area, providing the opportunity for fans to get close to this adrenaline packed sport.
It is fast, it is fun and it tests the skills of riders and horses in a style true to the sport. Competitors firstly complete a short dressage test, the results of which seed the competitors for the jumping round. Starting in reverse order, competitors then negotiate a single jumping course against the clock, which combines show jumps and cross-country fences.
“Exhibition Eventing is a great format,” said Shane Rose 2008 winner of the Exhibition Eventing Sydney qualifier.
“It is really testing and really fun, I am looking forward to the final.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to watch these Aussie stars going head to head on home soil.
The Equestrian Grand Final will bring together Australia’s leading competitors in Dressage, Jumping and Eventing in one spectacular event.
The Exhibition Eventing Final will be held from 4:30pm- 7:30pm Sunday 13 November in the main arena at Sydney Showground.
More information regarding the Equestrian Grand Final can be found on our web site at/?ID=25636. Tickets are available for purchase atwww.equitana.com.au.
The riders for the 2011 Equestrian Grand Final Exhibition Eventing are listed below.
Qualifier 1 Sydney Royal Easter Show
1. Shane Rose (NSW)
2. Claudia Graham (NSW)
3. Cassie Webb (NSW)
4. Sandy Lucas (NSW)
Qualifier 2 Royal Melbourne Show
1. Seumas Marwood (Vic)
2. Emily Anker (Vic)
3. Will Enzinger (Vic)
4. Katja Weimann (Vic)
Wild cards
Paul Tapner (UK based)                      Elite Australian rider based internationally
Sam Griffiths (UK based)                    Elite Australian rider based internationally
Clayton Fredericks (UK based)          Elite Australian rider based internationally
Megan Jones (SA)                                Highest placed individual at 2008 Olympic Games
Stuart Tinney (NSW)                           Highest placed individual at 2010 World Equestrian Games
Craig Barrett (NSW)                           Winner of 2011 Melbourne CC13*
Christine Bates (NSW)                        Winner of 2011 Sydney CCI3*
Reserve riders: Emma Mason and Tim Boland (2nd placegetters at 2011 Melbourne and Sydney CCI3*s)


















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2011 Saddleworld Australian Youth Showjumping Festival

FEI Children's Jumping Gold Tour Round 1 & 2 Winner - Brooke Langbecker & Riverside Bart
Mandy Stephens, National Office, Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The 9th annual Saddleworld Australian Youth Showjumping Festival was held last weekend 24-26 September at Camden's Bi Centennial Equestrian Park.

Despite one rainy day the weather was quite kind and three days of great jumping was held over three arenas and 40 jumping classes.

 The main competitions over the weekend were the FEI Children’s International Jumping Competitions. This year they were newly named as The Gold, Silver & Bronze Tour classes replacing Category A,B & C.
The overall winners of these classes were:-
Gold Tour
1st         Nikaela Malby riding Redshot from Douglas Park NSW
2nd        Brittany Murphy riding Peace Image from Belbowrie in Queensland
3rd         Sophie Ahmat riding Mon Ami NZPH from Western Australia
Silver Tour
1st         Pia Boileau riding Yandoo Drought from Goulburn NSW
2nd        Riley Mackillop riding Our Great Show from Terrey Hills NSW
3rd         Jock Rice Ward riding Cutawang Cruiser from Dubbo NSW
Bronze Tour
1st         Valentina Aliprandi riding Snowy River Ginger Meggs from Exeter NSW
2nd        Sarina Brookes riding Norwood Bound from near Wagga NSW
3rd         Georgie Grove riding Nawarrah Park Austin Powers from Gordon in Sydney.
The Monday saw a great days jumping in the sunshine for the Grand Prix events:-
Winners of these classes as follows:
Child Grand Prix for riders 14 years and under 90cm
1st Heath Ahmat riding Serene Dream from WA.
Pony Jumper Grand Prix 90cm
1st Sigi Schneider riding Jasper da Bomb
Open Jumper from riders 21 years and under 90cm
Georgie Groves riding Nawarrah Park Austin Powers
Novice Junior Grand Prix 80cm
Jessica Langley riding Ziggy
Novice Young Rider Grand Prix 1m
Tom Baumer riding Victorioso
Open Junior Grand Prix 1.20m
Maddie Smouha Ho riding Hedge
Open Young Rider Grand Prix riding
James Arkins riding Dreamtime Invader
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 Full results

The best save of the weekend!

The Sunshine after the Rain!

Silver Tour Presentation

Sunday was a little wet, but who doesn't love jumping in puddles?!?

Brad Longhurst from Farmline presents the winners from Junior Rider AM5 Saturday Class

National Futures Squad for Dressage announced

Lydia Jackson and Splendido
Members of the 2011-12 Dressage Futures Squad
Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Equestrian Australia's High Performance Program is pleased to announce the inaugural National Futures Squad for Dressage.


More than 150 horse/rider combinations applied to be assessed at Talent Identification Days conducted in each state. The National Performance Director and National Selectors viewed horses aged from 4-9 years of age, and selected the Futures Squad on criteria expected to predict future success at elite levels of international competition.
“This is an exceptional group of horses and riders,  who we hope to see representing Australia at Rio and beyond”, enthused Deb MacNicol, National Performance Director – Dressage.
The Squad is combination-based, and horses and riders will remain on the Squad as long as they continue to achieve performance targets. Futures Squad members will receive access to clinics designed to assist in tracking performance, plus veterinary and sports science/sports medicine support. The National Futures Squad is designed to provide access to the High Performance Program before horses and riders are at a level of training and competition which would make them eligible for selection on National A or Elite Squads.
High Performance Manager, Brett Mace said: “ The Talent Identification Days  represent a significant expansion of the High Performance Program. It is central to the National Pathways, and allows talented horses and riders to access the development opportunities within the High Performance Program”.

National Futures Squad - Dressage 2011-12
Cassia Montgomery
Rebel M
Cassia Montgomery
Daniella Dierks
Aber Hallo 29
Denise Rogan
Virtuel I
Nadia Coghlan
Robbie Soster
Danielle Shearer
Riverview Cinderella
Hayley Gilbert
Dicavalli Dior
Jayden Brown
San Andreas
Nicole Tough
Tor Van Den Berg
World Royal
Tor Van Den Berg
Lady Sinatra
Angela Donaldson
Danson Destiny
Heather Currie
Emporio Van De Zwarte Molen
Ria Grivell
Acacia Ridge Galileo
Lydia Jackson
Lydia Jackson
Ruth Walker
Walden Park Columbus
Georgina Cattermole
Bellaire Cannavaro
Holly Stansfield-Smith
Diva Royale
Jenny Bray
CJP Diamond Dazzler
Lilah Nieuwland
Sidney Hoffman
Freedom C
Tegan Huitson
Heatherton Park Fame
Colin Chantler
Deon Stokes
Royal Oak II
Sally Rose Mayall
Hollingrove Sunburst


Jumping Talent Identification Dates - NSW, WA and Tasmania

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Jumping Talent Identification Days for the National Future Squad are still to be held in NSW, WA and Tasmania, and have already been conducted in Victoria and Queensland. These days are designed to identify exceptionally talented horse/rider combinations with the ability to represent Australia at the highest levels in the medium to long term.

Information Kit for the Jumping  Talent Identification Days [here]

Application forms (Word version) for the Jumping Telant Identification Days [here]

Dates and locations of  Jumping Talent Identification Days for the National Future Squad [here]


EOI to host the 2012 FEI Jumping Challenge event

Mandy Stephens, National office, Tuesday, 4 October 2011

EA are calling for Expressions of Interest(EOI)from event organisers who wish to host the FEI Jumping Challenge event in 2012.

The FEI Jumping Challenge competition is primarily for Amateur riders. The definition of an amteur rider in the Australian Jumping Rules is as follows.

Amateur Rider competitions are for riders who:
  • Must be 21 year of age or older
  • must never have competed in an Olympic Games or World Equestrian Games in either Jumping or Eventing
  • must never have competed in a World Cup for Jumping Riders qualifying round
  • must not have competed in section 1 and 2 at a Royal Show in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth in the past two years
  • must never have competed in a 4* 3 Day Event

For more information about the competition please refer to the FEI Jumping Challenge webpage using the link below.

Please read carefully through the rules listed below and complete the EOI Form and return it to Mandy Stephens at the National Office by 30 November 2011.

Other Links
 Rules FEI Jumping Challenge
 EA Webpage for FEI Jumping Challenge

Seumas Marwood wins Exhibition Eventing qualifier in Melbourne

Seaumus Marwood and Wild Oats
2011 Melbourne International 3DE
Photograph:Derek O'Leary
Nicola Turner, Saturday, 1 October 2011

Last night Seumas Marwood (Vic) won the Exhibition Eventing class at the Royal Melbourne Show. This was the second and final qualifier for the Equestrian Grand Final Exhibition Eventing to be held at Equitana.


"What a great event," said Seumas following his win. "It is a fantastic concept and a lot of fun. I think everyone who rode will recommend to others to enter next time. The scoring system was great and made for a close contest."
The field of eight rode their dressage in the morning and were thus seeded for the jumping which took place at 6pm.
Emily Anker and the experienced Keniski took the lead with a great test scoring 68.18%. Cass Lowe was next best on her very impressive Contango Columbus 67.27%. In equal third was Seumas Marwood (Wild Oats) and Katja Weimann (BP Gallantry) on 62.72%.
By 6pm the rain had returned diminishing the crowd and making conditions more difficult. Wayne Copping had set a fabulous course that would require a fast and careful horse to jump clear and within the time. 
The jumping was run in reverese order. Shay Smith was first on course and had 2 rails down and 15 time faults to add to her 8 penalties carried through from the dressage. Will Enzinger was next to ride and was clear to fence 8 – the 1.40m joker fence. Will took up the challenge but unfortunately had the fence down adding 8 faults. Otherwise clear and with just 5 time to finish on a total of 20 faults.
Lucy Kolomanski and Jirrima Royal Command incurred 20 penalties and 10 time to add to their dressage score to finish on 36 faults.
Natalie Davies and Chatswood Sharp Move were another of the experienced combinations in the field. But 3 rails added to their score and 15 time faults left them on a total score of 32 ultimately finishing in 6th place.
Next into the arena was Seumas Marwood. This pair have a strong jumping background so were well suited to the style of competition.
Marwood looked determined from the outset and was turning tight to the fences. The 10-year-old mareWild Oats (by Contango II) is very careful and scopey.  They tipped the back rail at the triple bar (fence 5) posting 4 faults however Marwood successfully negotiated the challenge of the joker fence at number 8 , which gave him an -4 fault bonus. With no further faults added he finished on 0 jumping faults and just 5 time faults – putting him firmly in the lead on just 8 faults.
"I had to try for the joker as I needed to make up some ground and put pressure on the riders ahead of me. I knew that Emily, Katja ans Cass could jump clear," said Seumas.
Katja Weimann and BP Gallantry were next in to the ring. Sitting on an equal score with Seumas after dressage.  She was very fast from the outset. Like Marwood she had fence 5 down and then attempted the joker, but it fell and then she had an additional rail at the last fence. The time was the fastest of the day- just 2 time faults but an overall score of 21.
Cass Lowe sitting in second place after dressage was the next rider. This horse is also by Contango II and is also blessed with scope and carefulness. They were jumping beautifully , a little slower but really looked like a clear round could be achieved. Lowe decided not to attempt the joker and insted take the alternate 8 ab verticles on a curving line. A missed stride into the first saw them crash through the fence and need to circle to represent to 8b. Unfortunately, adding a massive 43 time faults to their 4 jumping faults and dropping them to the bottom of the field.
Emily Anker and Keniski, a very experienced CCI4* horse, were the last to ride and entered the arena on 0 faults. All clear to the joker – but had it down adding 8 faults. If she could get home within the time she could still win the class. But it wasn’t to be, 8 time put her on 16 fault and second place.
Pictures to come.
The four riders to qualify for the Equestrian Grand Final are:
1.     Seumas Marwood
2.     Emily Anker
3.     Will Enzinger
4.     Katja Weimann

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