Mur'bah dressage champions named

Connie Bookless riding Gymstar One in the Grande Prix Dressage Test.
Connie Bookless riding Gymstar One in the Grande Prix Dressage Test. Judy Cartwright

DRESSAGE championships held at the Murwillumbah Showground at the weekend saw some spectacular performances and picture perfect weather.

The Tweed Valley Equestrian Group held its Official Dressage Championships in a "fantastic weekend of superb combinations of horses and riders competing at seven different levels of dressage," according to a spokeswoman.

The grounds were in top condition and for the first time all four arenas were sand dressed.

The club was complimented from by riders with potted purple (the club's colour) chrysanthemums giving the arenas a special finishing touch.

The Tweed Equestrian Saddlery provided a VIP area on the veranda of the showground building for guests.

"They could sit in comfort on white decorated chairs at white clothed tables with a cuppa or nice glass of wine," said the spokeswoman.

"The atmosphere was in keeping with that of the Olympics and was so special that already next years Official Dressage Championships are in the planning.

"This was quite an education for those wanting to view some high quality dressage and they didn't let the spectators down with onlookers responding with cheers and applause."

As well as local riders a number of well known dressage riders competed.

The winners received prize money and show rugs sponsored by Tweed Equestrian Murwillumbah Saddlery.

Championship results

- Preliminary Champion - Chocolate Box ridden by Sheridyn Ashwood

Reserve Preliminary Champion - Glenview Arran Dancer ridden by Anne McDiarmid

- Novice Champion - Lady Sinatra ridden by Tor Van Den Berge

Reserve Novice Champion - Remi Lady Marmalade ridden by Sheridyn Ashwood

- Elementary Champion - Dornaart ridden by Melisssa Van Den Berge

Reserve Elementary Champion - Lady Sinatra ridden by Tor Van Den Berge

- Medium Champion - Alicat ridden by Gemma Blums

Reserve Medium Champion - Immenhof Landers Gem ridden by Tor Van den Berge

- Advanced Champion - Fairbanks Forever ridden by Jocelyn Park

Reserve Advanced Champion - Immenhof Landers Gem ridden by Tor Van Den Berge

- Small Tour Champion - Apptrak Toska ridden by Lyn Dickson

Reserve Small Tour Champion - Donna Bonnita ridden by Kaz Roe

- Large Tour Champion - Gymstar ridden by Connie Bookless

- Pony Preliminary Champion - Euston Playboy ridden by Nicola Brown

- Pony Novice Champion - Glenormiston Tipper O'Toole ridden by Lyndie Easton

Pony Reserve Novice Champion - Honeywood Mystical Girl ridden by Lyn Muller

- Pony Elementary Champion - Glenormiston Tipper O'Toole ridden by Lyndie Easton

Pony Reserve Elementary Champion - Honeywood Mystical Girl ridden by Lyn Muller

Topics:  dressage, equestrian, horses, murwillumbah showground

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