Unfortunately a cold front was crossing the Great Southern region which affected rider numbers and made riding rather difficult particularly on the Saturday morning. At certain times of the day, riders had to contend with arenas blowing over, heavy rain, strong winds and even a short burst of hail! As we know, it is luck of the draw in these circumstances but it was great to see these dedicated riders taking it all in their stride.
SDDC would like to thank their dedicated judges Phoebe Johnson, Virginia Longley, Heather Carrington-Jones and Jennifer Moss.
SDDC was also lucky enough to secure Eastern States judge Barry Stratton who remained in Albany to provide a coaching clinic after the event for Great Southern riders.
On the Saturday night, many competitors returned to the venue to enjoy a bowl of homemade soup while Barry presented a NOAS Freestyle Workshop. Part of the night included watching famous riders performing their freestyles on some amazing horses.
Preliminary Champion - Caitlin Pritchard on Baylaurel Tomoaki
Albany Bayside Ocean Villas
Novice Champion – Louise Hillman on Bridlewood Dulcima
Elementary Champion – Tracy Thomas on BM Antonio
Medium Champion - Amanda Pritchard on Baylaurel Donnertello
Imperial Horse Floats WA
Preparatory Champion – Samantha Cook on Imperial Thunder
Preliminary Champion - Lisa Riley on Royal Remembrance
Novice Champion – Taiah Curtis on Willowie Windjana
Southern Stars Sport Horses and Equestrian Centre
16 years and under – Jana Kriek on Judaroo Elton
17-39 years – Bethany Rainbow and Kellerains Vancher
40 years and over – Di Hill on Amelia Fan Friso
The club would like to thank their extremely generous sponsors who support them year after year. Major sponsors for 2016 include Mario’s, Koffee Boost, HorseridingCoach.com, Great Southern Stock Feeds, Alpha Dog Beds and Equissage.
Top Right: Di Hill on Amelia Fan Friso, Centre Right: Lisa Riley on Royal Remembrance, Bottom Right: Tracy Thomas riding BM Antonio.