Celebration of Horses and Music

Southern Districts Dressage Club - May 21,22

Photos by Anne Lasini of Rustic Pics

Above: Louise Hillman on Lord Louie

The Southern Districts Dressage Club (SDDC) held their annual Celebration of Horses and Music Dressage Competition on the weekend of May 21-22 at the Albany Equestrian Centre.

Over the weekend, 3 dressage arenas were in use, 43 Competitor tests were ridden, 48 Restricted tests, 20 Freestyles, 1 Quadrille and 8 entries for the par de deux.

This event was supported by the Government of WA’s Road Safety Community Grants Program and Towards Zero.


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
Albany Horseworld

Elementary Champion – Tracy Thomas on BM Antonio
Albany Horseworld
Medium Champion - Amanda Pritchard on Baylaurel Donnertello
Imperial Horse Floats WA

Closed Unrestricted:
Preparatory Champion – Samantha Cook on Imperial Thunder
Albany Saddlery
Preliminary Champion - Lisa Riley on Royal Remembrance
Rustic Pics
Novice Champion – Taiah Curtis on Willowie Windjana
Paperbark Merchants

Music Champions:
16 years and under – Jana Kriek on Judaroo Elton
Friso Stud
17-39 years – Bethany Rainbow and Kellerains Vancher
Friso Stud
40 years and over – Di Hill on Amelia Fan Friso

Southern Stars Sport Horses and Equestrian Centre

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.

Above: Asha Bristow on Annan Magdalen with Felicity Ericsson on Trapalanda Downs Laud Nelson Above: Sharon Masters on Black Jack

Above: Samantha Cook on Imperial Thunder

Below: Amanda Pritchard on Baylaurel Donnertello

Above: Bethany Rainbow riding Kellerains Vancher

Below: Ally Henderson riding Qualia Cufflink