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Posted by Equestrian Australia on 29/01/2014.

2014 The Start of Something Special for Many at Boneo Park CDI3*

New beginnings didn't fall short at the 2014 Equestrian Fashion Boneo Park CDI***.

Horse and rider combinations had their first CDI starts, new tests were introduced, new classes were included and a new winner took home the crown, Mary Hanna and Sancette!

A combined crowd of riders, helpers, spectators, sponsors and trade village saw well over 1,500 people through the gates at Boneo Park over the weekend at their annual event.

Combining the Australia Day weekend event with additional classes; Para Equestrian, HRCAV and PCAV the Boneo Park CDI brought many new faces to the event and all riders revelled in the bigger and better atmosphere.

Traders had prime positions, located around the warm-up arena with spectators able to shop and watch at the same time!

Members of the High Performance team from Equestrian Australia made their way from NSW to attend the event and see history in the making with this all-dressage affair.

As Heath Ryan said ‘Boneo Park is a beautiful competition, with international facilities and competition which is a part of being with Australia on the move for this country’s dressage’.

Thursday, competition started and despite it being one of the quieter days of competition, the crowds began to flock down to the Peninsula to see the first of the young horse rounds and the Ekwizorb CDN Big Tour Entry Level Test.

Tor Van Den Berge and Lauries AS set the standard with a spectacular and crowd pleasing test in the Big Tour Entry Level winning on a total score of 72.602%, followed by Brett Parbery on DP Weltmeiser coming in second on 71.057% and third place to Heath Ryan on Johnny Depp with 63.862%.

Day Two, the official start for the public was again, a crowd-pleasing day with the highlight of the event being the Peter Horobin Big Tour Grand Prix where competition was at an all time high and spectators had already cemented their seat in the indoor ahead of the afternoon’s class.

Who was to gain their automatic spot on the next round of selections in Europe ahead of the WEG? Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle on a winning score of 69.480%!

A little rain didn’t keep anyone away from the outdoors, where the 4 and 5-year-old young horse and ponies completed their final round, Hollands Bend Medium Championship and Para Equestrian took place.

Back to indoors which was a family affair in the Equilibrium Small Tour Prix St Georges where Mary Hanna, sister Heather Gee and daughter Gitte Donvig all started in the small tour class. Mary and Hamag W Strona won the class on a score of 66.658% with Gitte a very close third on 66.052%.

Imported stallion, Kennedy WE ridden by Stephanie Dijkstra on a score of 61.096%, won the FEI Pony Prix St

Georges CDN sponsored by Pryde’s Easifeed.

The Horse Gym Australia Grand Prix CDN saw Dirk Dijkstra on AEA Metallic win on a score of 62.22%.

Day Three was another big day with the Prieferet Advanced Championship, won by Brett Parbery on PPH Zeppelin with impressive scores of 68.857% and 64.649%.

The Boneo Adult Riding Club hosted their HRCAV in the outdoors, bringing many new faces to the event and exciting competition.

The new test, Intermediate A, sponsored by Flexible Fit saw Tor, Brett and Heath vie against each other with Brett winning the class on 70.143%.

Another win for Rozzie with a winning Grand Prix Special test on 68.157, followed closely by Mary and Sancette 68.118%.

New Zealand’s John Thompson and Astute won stage two of the small tour, on a total score of 66.763%.

Hayley Gilbert and Sugarloaf Rubinell won the Horseland Mornington’s Novice Championship with ease, on two winning scores of 74.048% and 78.793%.

Noble Dancer, the eye-catching pony of Amanda Shoobridge’s won the Pony Novice from start to finish, taking home the championship on scores of 74% and 75.862%.

Joann Formosa showed us why she is one of our gold medalists with a superb Individual Grade 1B test on a winning score of 72.873%.

The final day of competition kicked off with the Para Equestrian Freestyle Tests and PCAV competition, a beautiful start to the day!

Mornington Peninsula Shire sponsored the Elementary Championship, which saw NSW rider, Denise Rogan and

Just One Wish winning the championship and reserve champion on Callum Park Freya!

The final stage of the small tour was the Intermediate I Freestyle. New Zealand rider John Thompson won both the freestyle and the championship on Astute, with Tori Stuckey on Mayfleid Be Brave finishing reserve championship.

The last event for the day, the Grand Prix Freestyle starting at 2.30pm where spectators were privileged to witness some of Australia’s most amazing horse and rider combinations!

As each rider came in, those lucky enough to watch saw why our top riders are at the top! It was truly a stunning afternoon at Boneo Park.

Four-time Olympian, Mary Hanna won on the beautiful Sancette on a score 71.625%, moving her to take over

Rozzie’s position as the new winner of the Peter Horobin Big Tour Champion!

Sancette heads home for a few days and then it’s straight into quarantine ahead of his start in the World Cup Final in Europe.

For GV Bullwinkle, we’ll find out in the coming days whether he’ll be heading over to Europe after securing his spot.

On behalf of Boneo Park, Fiona McNaught would like ‘to send her sincerest gratitude to all involved in making the 2014 Equestrian Fashion Boneo Park CDI*** a success’.

In 2015, Boneo Park has secured the rights to be the host for the Pacific League World Cup Qualifier and are already starting to get excited!

For all results from the 2014 Equestrian Fashion Boneo Park CDI, visit

13 January 2104

All Eyes on Australia's Dressage Stars at Boneo Park CDI3*

The 2014 Equestrian Fashion Boneo Park CDI*** has received a record number of entries from the biggest names in Australian dressage for its Peter Horobin Big Tour Championship being held over the Australia Day weekend.

The Boneo Park CDI*** Big Tour Championship will play a key role in deciding which horse and rider will gain the position reserved for an Australian based combination on Equestrian Australia’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) long list for dressage. 

Just some of the stars of Australian dressage whose names appear on this year’s Big Tour program include current Australian dressage champions Maree Tomkinson and her crowd favourite Diamantina, London Olympic Games representatives Mary Hanna and Sancette, the 2012 and 2013 Boneo Park CDI Big Tour Champions Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle, multiple Olympian Heath Ryan, and local favourites Caroline Wagner and Tango V.
Riders entered in the Big Tour are now busy preparing to make the journey across the country for the hotly contested Big Tour on Victoria’s scenic Mornington Peninsula.
Julia Battams, Equestrian Australia’s National Performance Director of Dressage and Para Equestrian said ‘the Boneo Park CDI*** will be a very exciting final round of the first stage of the World Equestrian Games selections, with horse and rider combinations vying to post the best average score from the eligible events in a bid to secure automatic selection to the WEG long list.
The CDI will also be the second of three observation events for the Para Equestrian Team, where two of our London team members, including Gold Medallist Joann Formosa, will be competing to again represent Australia at WEG, so it will truly be a very exciting weekend.

Managing Director of Boneo Park, Fiona McNaught, said ‘Boneo Park is thrilled that in addition to the Big Tour, this year’s Boneo Park CDI*** will be hosting classes for FEI, EA, Para Dressage, HRCAV and PCAV, meaning that for the first time in Australian dressage history riders of all ages and all levels will have the opportunity to experience competing at a CDI.’
Organisers, sponsors, traders and competitors are ready to put on the show, but Boneo Park are still keeping the event’s entertainment surprises under wraps! With that said, Boneo Park are certain that all participants and spectators will leave the event smiling after they see what’s to come!

Tickets to the WEG fundraising dinner, which is being held on Saturday 25 January in conjunction with this event and is raising money to assist Australian based athletes making the trip to France, are available to purchaseHERE
Entries are still open for PCAV classes. Entry forms can be found at


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