Anya Durling and Rosari Guest Star go through a routine at
the South Island dressage championships in Gore at the
weekend. Photo supplied.
Dunedin riders dominated the major classes at the South
Island dressage championships in Gore at the weekend.
Gillian Edgar and Cordacious (level 4) and Anya Durling and
Rosari Guest Star (level 5) claimed the major silverware.
The pair were successful in three of the four tests they
contested, with Durling scoring huge percentages, well clear
of the rest of her rivals.
Runner-up in level 5 was young rider Nicole Ostermeier
(Suburban), while North Canterbury's Kirsty Schist (Kinnordy
Gambado) was level 4 reserve champion.
North Canterbury's Jenny Scotter won the level 6 title on
Kinnordy Gallium after three days of tough competition.
Marlborough's Tracey Johnson (Apollo 4) regained her form to
win the final two tests but finished too far down the
leaderboard on the opening day to win the overall title.
Southland's Allie Harper (Dream Girl MH) won the level 3
championship and also trotted away with the award for the
best placed Hanoverian competing in levels 1 to 3.
Invercargill's Kerrie Morrison came back from a poor test on
the second day to win both the overall championship and the
level 2 series with Allitation.
Holly Merritt (North Canterbury) won the level 1 championship
on Go Lightly.
The young dressage championship was also contested on Sunday,
with the winners being Helen Boyd and Gemma MH (4-year-old),
Merritt and Go Lightly (5-year-old) and Kirsty Schist and
Kintore Romany (6-year-old).