What has been happening at Stokes Sporthorses?

 Well, let us fill you in ….

Royal Oak II featuring in the Recent Horseland Catalogue ... Autumn/Winter 2014

 We have been doing plenty of the standard riding, coaching, re-educating, competitions, photo shoots, saddle launch’s etc, but because that is all a bit mundane for us, we thought we would top up the last few months with a some additional challenges including moving house, a broken ankle, plans for Dressage Nationals Championships and Adelaide International Horse Trials!!

 To start where our last report left off, we had the 2nd in a 3 part series of the Swan River Dressage competition. We took Bellario in the PSG and Royal Oak II in the Intermediate 1 level. Both horses won their classes convincingly with scores over 70% to put them well ahead in the overall series with the final to be held 18/19 July.

Crime Time winning Worolloo CNC**


This was followed by Wooroloo CNC. Here we had Silver Force and Crime Time entered in the 2* and Koyuna Levi in the 1*. Levi put in a solid test and again finished on his dressage score in 3rd place. This horse continues to impress and is yet to finish out of the top 3 placing since starting with Stokes Sporthorses. He will have his first start at 2 star at the Dryandra CIC event. Silver Force and Crime Time also put in fantastic runs with Crime Time ending up the victor after adding only a few time penalties to his dressage score (and this is our first run at this level as a combination so exciting things to come I think). Silver Force finishing in 4thplace adding only a couple of showjumping rails to his dressage score.


 On the same weekend as Wooroloo CNC, Sara took Relentless R to the Arabian and Derivative Showcase event. Relentless is by a warmblood stallion out of a TB mare but she has enough Arabian blood to be registered as a derivative. Relentless continues to dominate at these events. She was awarded Champion ridded Derivative over 15hh, Reserve Champion Show Hunter Derivative over 14.2hh and Runner Up Champion Derivative West Coast Cup which is a prestigious ridden showhorse class for all derivatives.

 On the 10 May we took some of the younger horses out for a dressage run. Quantador compted in the 2 novice tests winning both with over 73%. Don Danicer did the medium and advanced winning both with 72.88% and 73.41% respectively. We were stoked with these percentages given that he was nearly 10% ahead of the 2nd place getter in the medium and it was his first advanced test. We are getting pretty excited to take him to the dressage nationals in Oct!

 On the following weekend we attended two different shows. On the sat we took one of our young horses to the AWHA Gala Show. Gesusa Park Santiago is growing into a lovely horse and was awarded State Champion Junior Gelding. He is now going under saddle and we are pretty excited about him! The following day Sara rode Golden Rock in the dressage at the SEC. Rock competed well winning the prelim with 70.6% and a close 3rd in the novice with 71%.

 In addition to all our shows and as you may already know, I have sold my property in Darling Downs as part of mine and Sara’s major goal to relocate to NSW. This is very exciting for us Sara and I as we will finally get to base in the same place which will have numerous advantages from both a personal perspective and for growth of our equestrian business.

 As we like to be super busy, I thought it would be beneficial to take Crime Time for another run around Brigadoon CNC on the weekend prior to the property settlement, luckily for everyone, it went quite well! Our dressage test was full of highs and lows resulting in mid field placing after the dressage. As a result of this and the somewhat slippery conditions, I chose to go very slow both in the XC and SJ. Crime Times jumped fantastically and confidently but we took quite big lines in both phases which resulted in many time penalties. I am pleased that as a result of riding with respect for the conditions, I have a happy sound horse for the bigger events towards the end of the season and I was happy to finish this event quietly.

 We then attended the EWA Showhorse Winter Gala with Sara and Relentless R. Relentless was crowned Supreme Champion Large Hack against a quality line up of hacks.

 The following weekend was Pinjarra Dressage Championships which we decided only to take a couple of Sara’s rides in the Novice and Elementary. Sara rode Relentless R and Kristy Jarvis’s german riding pony stallion, Golden Rock in the novice and elementary. Golden Rock is improving with every competition and was the resounding winner in the novice on 75%. He also competed quite well in his first elementary with only some green mistakes for a respectable score of 63.7%. Relentless R also performed quite well and is improving in all her dressage work. Golden Rock was awarded the Highest Overall Percentage in the competitor classes.

Silver Force at WAYER CIC** 2014

 Next up we had Dryandra CIC at Cuballing. This is the first time this committee have run an international level event since relocation from Narrogin several years ago. At this event I started Koyuna Levi and Crime Time in the 2* and a young horse DVZ Terika in the 80cm. This is the first event I have ridden Terika in and came home in 2nd place finishing on her Dressage. Crime Time and Levi unfortunately had a few mistakes in their tests which left them in mid field again and after both having 1 rail in the Showjumping, went Cross Country like legends. We had one moment where Levi nearly jumped me off into the water jump but after a quick recovery we were back on track. This was Levis first 2* event and our 3rd together for Crime Time. They finished in 8th and 4th place respectively.

 In the future, I am planning on heading to the National Dressage Championships which are at the end of October in NSW. I am also hopeful I will be able to take Crime Time and Koyuna Levi to Adelaide International in late November to contest the CCI** class. Both horses are now qualified to do this, it is just a question of if I can make them a suitable training program for the remainder of the year to ensure they are well prepared for the event given I will be away for a month with the dressage horses at the Nationals.

 Coming up locally we should have had SJ in Geraldton, the Swan River Dressage final and Gidgegannup CNC. Unfortunately I broke my ankle last week so am currently taking some time on the sidelines coaching others to school my team of horses.

 We did attend the Swan River Dressage final with Sara and Golden Rock competing in the elementary. Golden Rock performed quite well in a pretty spooky arena to run second on 64%. Royal Oak II was also awarded Intermediate I champion based on his previous 2 scores.

 We are still off to Henty Dressage and I am hoping to be back on board to run the CIC** at Wooroloo early August. We also have Gosnells Masters, EWA Horse of the Year, Alcoa CIC atFairbridgeVillageand several Dressage shows coming up.


Deon, Sara and the rest of the team at SS


2013 Here we Come

What a break over Christmas and New Year!!

After such a busy 2012, we really needed a good break to relax and recharge. We spent Christmas and New Year inNew York Citywhich was really amazing. We then headed over to Whistler for some quality skiing and Whistler did not disappoint, it is a beautiful place. Next came the big adventure part of our trip, over to Alaska and up into the Artic Circle to see the Northern Lights, otherwise known as Aurora Borealis. This was truly an amazing experience, temp down to -40C, dog sledding, tiny planes, artic scenery and of course the breathtaking Aurora. Definitely a once in a life time experience!  We finished up in sunny (comparatively!)San Franciscobefore we headed home.

As soon as we got home, we hit the ground running with the EWA Awards Night the following night. This was a great way to celebrate a wonderful 2012 season with everyone. Our team had a hugely successful night! We took home 1st in the FEI Leaderboard (Royal Oak II), 1st and 3rd in the Uwe Spenlen Dressage Horse of the Year (Don Dancier and Royal Oak II), 1st in the Wolfe Civil Rising Star Award for first season event horses (Silver Force), 1st and 2nd in the 1star Leaderboard (Koyuna Levi and Silver Force) and Bates Saddles EAWA Domestic Athlete of the Year for the second year running. All of these awards were a huge honour and it is really satisfying to have all our hard work over the season recognised. Thank you again to all the sponsors who made these awards possible. Hopefully we can have as successful a 2013!

Everyone is back in full swing now getting ready for the 2013 season. Our season starts off racing with Relentless and Sara heading over to NSW in March to compete at the Australian National Arab Championships (as a derivative), the Grand National Show Horse Championships and Sydney Royal. There is a large contingent of WA riders heading over and we wish everyone the best of luck.

While Sara is over there for March, I will be heading back and forth to keep the team at home ticking over. Our eventers’ first show will be WAYER in April and the dressage team will start with the young horses in April. We have a busy 2013 planned and we are hoping it will be even bigger and better than last year!

Gear up everyone, it’s about to begin! :)

The Australian National Dressage Championships 2012

What a trip!! We never imagined that we would come home with 2 National Championships and a bunch of good placings and percentages in some really strong classes!!

Deon left Perth on 9thOctober to take a team of horses over to the National Dressage Championships being held at SIEC from 25/10/12 to 28/10/12. Two of the team were the Narbethong stallions, Royal Oak II and Bellario. The stallions were competing across a number of levels with Bellario doing the Medium and Advanced championships and Royal Oak II doing the PSG and Inter 1 championships.

Bellario competing Advanced at the Nationals 2012

Deon headed to Melbourne first to train for a few weeks with Glennis Barrey. This training time was invaluable and really highlighted how important it is to have someone knowledgeable watching you every day. This is something that I think we really lack in Australia, that constant support on the ground. One of the really significant benefits of trips like this for our team is that opportunity for really consistent daily training to make sure that we are progressing as we should.  This training time also included two small competitions at Werribee which were invaluable as it gave me a chance to get the cobwebs out, test our new skills and warm up plans. The boys showed well at these competitions winning their classes with some good percentages and still with some room for improvement before the big show!

They then had a few days of training after the show to just refine all the little places that came up in the tests. Everyone then headed up to Sydney on the 23/10/12 and went straight to SIEC.

The horses settled in super well and were all pretty comfortable in the competition surrounds. In these big competitions it becomes really important that the stallions are so easy to deal with. They are happy to be hand walked and grazed which helps them stretch out and relax in between their work.  Both the boys have gorgeous temperaments and it shows in their ability to know their job and not react to all the other horses.

Our competition started on Friday with Bellario in the Advanced tests and Royal Oak II in the Inter 1. Bellario was a little green in his first Advanced and was a little wary of the arena. He was still a very good boy but being a little bit tentative certainly reflected in his marks.  We were still happy with him given that he is only just 7 and is still new to that level. It is a credit to him that even in a test that is not his best, he can still run 8th in a class of that size and calibre. He still finished on a 66.10% and it is testament to the quality of the classes that this sort of score will have you in 8th place. He was much improved in the 2nd test.  He had relaxed into the arena atmosphere and ran a very good 3rd with 67.54%.

The final test for Friday was the Inter 1. The small tour classes (PSG and Inter 1) were seriously strong and the strength in these classes was the talk of the show. Given that this was Royal Oak’s and Deon’s National FEIdebut, it was quite a class to step out in! Royal Oak was super in the Inter 1, he was quiet and rideable and given their fairly significant nerves they put together a credible test. They  ended up 9th on a good score of 67.29% and while we were pleased to finish in the top10 in such a strong class, Deon knew (and was told by Glennis!) that they needed to step on their motor and up the ante if they  wanted to rattle the top guys.

Robbie in the Prix St George Challenge at the Nationals 2012

The next day was super busy with 8 tests starting at 8.40am and finishing at 5.50pm. We had Bellario in the Medium tests as well as the Advanced Freestyle and Royal Oak II in the PSG Challenge and the Inter 1 Freestyle. Bellario was an absolute superstar in all respects. He had relaxed into his work and put together a lovely Advanced Freestyle to gain 69.17% and be awarded Australian National Advanced Freestyle Champion. He was very good in both his Medium tests to win both with over 71% and was crowned Australian National Medium Champion.  He caused quite a stir with everyone commenting on the quality of his temperament and training as well as his natural abilities. It was a sensational outcome and we are so excited for the future with him! He is still only 7 and he is just going from strength to strength.
Royal Oak’s first test on Saturday was the PSG Challenge. This is an event for the top 12 PSG horses in the country that are 10 and under. Given that Royal Oak II has only just turned 8 it was credit to him that he got a start in the class as he was definitely one of the youngest horses. His work had improved from the previous day and Deon was determined to put a bit more motor in. The test was super apart from mistakes in the walk pirouettes and in that strong a class, you cannot afford to make a mistake! He came away with a 66.74% and 4th place. His next test was the Inter 1 freestyle which was fraught with drama from start to finish! Of the 12 horses that qualified, 2 were eliminated and 2 retired. Three of these horses were the three immediately before our test! Our own test was not without drama with a mishap from the arena gate crew which did unsettle Royal Oak II for part of his work. This was a real shame given that he effectively missed a compulsory movement which hurt our score. At the end of the day though, mishaps like that happen and we need to be able to ride through them, so you put this down to experience and move on!! Royal Oak II still finished a good 5th with a score of 67.45%.

The final day was a pretty easy day with just the PSG on Royal Oak II. This was a huge class and we were in the first group in the morning. Royal Oak was just getting better and better and came through with a good test for a 69.18%. This put them in 2nd place early on by only 0.16% and we were hoping to stay there! In the end there were a couple of better tests and they ended up in 4th place but still only 1.42% off the leader. Again we were super pleased that Royal Oak had got better and better throughout the show and given he is still green at that level, we are really excited for next year!!

Outside our tack room at the Nationals 2012 - love the SIEC stables

All in all it was a fantastic show. We have taken horses over to a number of shows in the last 4 years and each time we have come back knowing that we are on the right track. There is no question that the horses that we have are some of the best in Australia and are arguably the best to come out of WA in recent times. Particularly Bellario who has done 3 National level shows and come away with National 5yr Young Horse Champion, Runner up National 6yr Young Horse Champion, Champion 6yr Young Horse at Sydney CDI and now National Medium Champion and National Advanced Freestyle Champion all at the age of only 7yrs old. Royal Oak II has also competed exceptionally well with Runner up National 5yr Young Horse Champion, Runner up National 6yr Young Horse Champion and is now showing really well in very strong FEI classes against combinations that were significantly more experienced at that level than both he and Deon are. All I can say for him, is look out for next year!!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us; Horseland Maddington and Virbac Animal Health who are Stokes Sporthorses’ personal sponsors, Milne Feeds who provided us with feed for the trip, Melissa Cook who was a sensational groom for the trip and the team at home who kept everything ticking over. We could not have done it without you guys and we all sincerely appreciate the support. Also to everyone who has supported us; thank you.  All your ‘good luck’ and ‘congratulations’ are very much appreciated.  It has been a wonderful journey so far and it is only just beginning!!

7 shows and a Wedding

Arpil – June 2012

The pace has not slowed down here at Stokes Sporthorses as the competition season heads into winter. Since the last report, we have participated in a heap of competitions, and welcomed on board a fantastic new Sponsor – Virbac Animal Health.

Our first comp was late April. I was very lucky to be invited to ride in the Swan River SJ Teen Challenge Derby. It was a fantastic day run to raise awareness and funds for teen challenge. I rode for Pheonix Insurance Brokers with the ever successful Sarah Isbister and Sophie Ahmat. We all had a lot of fun and ended in 2nd place out of 10 teams with ‘Team Horseland’ taking home the gold.

That same weekend, just down the road, Sara took our showhorse Ruby, to the Autumn Gala day and was crowned Supreme Champion Hack.

The following weekend we headed to Moora CNC. This is a fantastic show with a cleverly designed and well constructed cross country cause that looks quite inviting and simple but always causes a myriad of penalties spread throughout the course at most levels. Results were mixed for us coming home from this event but the horses all pulled up very well and we certainly knew what we needed to work on!

After a weekend off (which was very welcome!) we headed out to ‘Do it on a Hill’ atHarvey. This weekend I took 4 horses and ran from Prelim thru to ** with Federation having his first start at the highest level.Harveyis never just a dressage competition with many challenges presented on the XC and SJ courses and this weekend was no exception.

Apache VIsion around Harvey Prelim

Overall it was a great weekend apart from Silver Force’s small altercation with his yard and while he was ok, we didn’t want to run him on Sunday. Apache Vision just added a rail to his Dressage score in the prelim class to finish in 12th place.  Murphy ran around his second * course with as much confidence as his first run and with disappointing SJ rounds throughout the class, he still managed to finish in 3rd position. But GP Federation really stepped up! He ran boldly (a little to bold at the apexes and coffin complex!) and did a super clear SJ round to win the Harvey Fresh CNC** competition convincingly (and carrying on his success atHarvey after winning the Seafresh CNC* class atHarvey 2 last season).

So we are now at the last weekend in May and off to the Show Horse Classic and SHC Newcomers. Sara rode Ruby in the Newcomers class and she went the best I’ve have seen her go so far. A lovely rhythm, consistent frame and foot perfect workout. Unfortunately in showhorse, sometimes they just don’t pick you, so we went home very happy that the horse is still progressing, worked very well and I believe that despite how good they look now, we are still yet to see how much this combination can produce.

GP Federaion in his first CNC** at Harvey...and won :)

The following weekend we took a small team to Brigadoon CNC as well as attending a family wedding! It was quite the weekend!! Apache Vision did a test with some highs and low and placed midfield in the Prelim Class. He went clear in the SJ and super XC (as seems to be this horse’s strength) and finished in 8th on his dressage score. Silver Force ran in the Pre-Novice and got 39 penalties in his dressage which placed him 3rd in a big class. He jumped clear XC on a course that caused a few problems – especially at the water, and clear in the SJ phase to move up to 2nd overall finishing on his dressage score. Murphy ran the * class and again put in a super XC run over a course that caused problems in many areas. Again the SJ phase of the * class leaves lots of room for improvement and Murphy finished in 9th place out of 30 Starters.

A huge congratulations to Zoe Jones who rode GP Blueprint to 3rd in a massive Jnr Prelim class, this is another successful completion to add to their list! Not bad given that Zoe is at boarding school and gets limited time in the saddle pre competitions. Also congratulations to Jacqui Sept riding ‘Marco’ winning the Snr Intro Class. Marco is generally based in Albany and was one of the first horses I bred so it is great to see him having such success.

So this takes us to the 2nd weekend in June and we were off to the EA Newcomers at the SEC, with our ever popular Ruby. She again impresses the general population and is working in an even better frame than the last competition and performs a foot perfect workout in less than desirable conditions (the storm).  The Champion trophy goes to another competitor and Ruby is sashed in the top 5 in a lovely line up of hacks. Looks like Ruby is just going to have to wait her turn but luckily we are quite patient!!

At this point the dressage horses are chomping at the bit to get out to another show and we certainly have a few planned for them!

Coming up I have a clinic in Geraldton, Wooroloo CIC, Dressage in Dryandra, and the Geraldton Showjumping Championships.


WE Welcome Virbac Animal Health on Board


May 2012

Stokes Sporthorses is very excited to announce a new partnership with VIRBAC ANIMAL HEALTH. We have been long time users of many of there products such as Recharge, Nutradex, Humidimix, Cetrigen, Flyaway and of course the worming range Equimax, Equimax LV and Strategy T.

Virbac Animal Health has a huge range of products to cover almost every aspect of Animal Health covering not only our trusty steads but also our beloved pets and agricultural livestock.

I am currently feeding all of my competition horses FERAMO Every Horse. THis 3 in 1 supplement and is recommended for general health and vitality of our equine partners. It is benificial for all horses including those with problem hooves, those recovering from illnes, everyday riding and competition and optimum coat condition, mane and tail growth.

All of the horses in the stable ate this product without hesitation and continue to do so to this day. Follow the link to find out more about this product and many others that Virbac have to offer. I look forward to working with this company and utilising many of the other products they have available!!



Jan – April 2012

The competition season has gotten into full swing over the last month or so and the Stokes Sporthorses team have certainly hit the ground running!

Our first outing of the season was the show horse and dressage atMargaretRiver. This was a super show on good grounds with a lovely bunch of people running it. It is certainly an event that we would recommend to everyone! We decided we would make a full weekend of and took Relentless R (Ruby) down for the show horse show on the Saturday and the dressage horses did the dressage on the Sunday. It was a great weekend! Ruby worked super well and was crowned champion hack. The dressage horses also brought home the goods. Don Dancier is getting better with every show and he won the Novice with a strong 70%. The real star of this show was Royal Oak II. He was absolutely superb and in only his second Prix St George he was given a massive 75%. We are so very pleased with the way he is going and this weekend certainly gave us a strong push towards our plans for the National Dressage Champs later this year.

GP Federation at Capel CNC*

Without too much of a break, we then moved onto the eventer’s first start at Capel CNC. We started with a full team of 5 horses running from Prelim to 1 star. This was a wholly successful event for us with all the young horses running pretty well and the more experienced horses taking out 2nd and 3rd in the 1 star. It was our first start with Silver Force, who is a recent addition to the team, and he certainly showed that he will be an important horse for us in the future! It was a hectic weekend but everyone pulled together really well and despite some early starts and long drives it certainly worked out well.

From the eventers we went quickly back to the dressage horses (as we will do all year!!) with Bellario competing at the first Swan River Dressage day for 2012. We have always found this to be a really well run show and we will be hoping to attend the full series this year. Bellario had not been out for a little while and he certainly needed this run before the States! Even with a hiccup in the second canter half pass and change, he still won with a 66% and is undefeated at Medium which we think he can be pretty proud of!!

Relentless R winning Supreme Champion Hack at Pinjarra

 We finished off the Easter long weekend with the Show Horse Championships at Pinjarra with Ruby . This is only Ruby’s fourth show and she is really starting to relax and take a breath! She was awarded Supreme Champion Hack and won a gorgeous garland and rug. It was a lovely way to finish the easter comps!

Then came the first big weekend of the year! We were competing on the Saturday at the State Dressage Championships in the Novice, Medium and PSG with 4 horses and then had to back that up with a run in the CIC 1 star at WAYER event at Brookleigh on the Sunday. This was a super hectic weekend and we could not have got through it without a lot of help from the dedicated Stokes Spothorses staff so thanks again guys!!

It was a fantastic weekend with every horse stepping up and giving it their best. Bellario won all his medium tests with around 70% to be crowned State Medium Champion. Don Dancier overcame some rider errors in his first Novice (Sorry Donny!!) to be crowned State Novice Champion with a 2nd on 68%, a first with 70% and a win in the freestyle with a 77.78% which was a full 9% ahead of the field! Don Danicer is getting better and better and is really going to a horse for the future. Royal Oak II also impressed again to win the PSG on 66.75%. We were also very proud to receive the Stef Robson award which was kindly donated by Judy Webber and Robyn Allen. Stef was a gorgeous person and a great supporter of horse sport in WA and we are very touched to receive this award in its inaugural year. The final horse was Evenfall Capulet and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Cappy is lovely trainable ride and is really starting to present like a top quality dressage horse. Cappy was second in one medium to Bellario on a score of 66%, 3rd in the freestyle and 5th in the second medium. We were a little disappointed with the 5thgiven that he did not make any major mistakes but that is dressage and you just go home and keep training!!

Bellario putting in solid performances at Swan RIver

The weekend didn’t end on the Saturday as we trudged home elated with the boys but pretty exhausted! We then had to get the others ready for Sunday. Only Federation ran in the CIC 1 star. We did have Levi entered but due to a pretty busy week and Levi not needed the qualification, he had not had enough work to run, so he got to stay home. Federation was a star. He did a reasonably quiet dressage which was good and he showjumped brilliantly. He is actually starting to look like he actually understands jumping!. He is a superstar cross country and did not disappoint! So not only did he get the qualifier he needed but he did it with style, winning at the same time.

So as we continue to move through the competition season, we can safely say that we have started with a bang!

Coming up in May we have Moora CNC, Yalambi Showjumping , Harvey CNC and SCH Newcomers.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Safe Riding.


Dressage with the Stars

Well we headed off to DWTS again for our 3rd consecutive year

Lord Larmarque being the baby of the team, not yet 4yo was to compete in the 4yo material class I took over the ride on this horse around Jan this year so had little time to prepare the horse for such a major competition however Bug just loved the attention that comes with a major competition

Although a very young and developing horse, he achieved a fantastic result coming 3rd in a very strong field and was the highest placed stallion Also receiving great comments on his walk, type and canter.

Bellario performed very well throughout the weekend to be crowned reserve 6 yo Austalian Champion an again the highest placed stallion.

Royal Oak II was also lucky enough to be involved in the Masterclass with Ingrid Klimke which was a truly fantastic opportunity.

Following the time is Sydney we headed up to NSW and based with Glennis Barrey to train for a few weeks before the Sydney CDI Before the CDI I took Robbie out to Camden and he placed =1st in the Advanced

We then headed to the CDI where Bellario won both the first and second rounds of the 6yo Young Horse competition and was given a 10 for ride ability to be crowned the 6yo NSW champion

Royal Oak also had a successful competition performing a solid test in the 5C to come 2nd, 8th in the 5B with a few rider errors and again a 2nd place by only 1 mark in the advanced freestyle

The Narbethong Team Heads East Again

This year we headed to Melbourne again for Dressage and Jumping with the Stars 2010 with Royal Oak II and Bellario We departed on Wed 10th Arriving in Werribee Fri 12th with the competition beginning the following Friday (19th) ROII travelled perfectly whilst Bellario behaved himself was a little worried about what on earth was happening and took a couple of days to completely settle once he arrived in Werribee

The Australian Young Dressage Horse competition works over 3 rounds Test movements are not marked individually; instead scores are given out of 10 for walk, trot, canter, submission and general impression After the first round which is a test done in pairs the top 10 move onto the second round which is a more difficult, individual test done in reverse order of the first round placing The top 3 from the second round move to the final round where a guest rider rides the horses and awards them a mark out of 10 which is added to there 2nd round score to give a winner for the competition

Royal Oak II was entered in the 6 Yr old class (even though he is not 6 til next
month) after coming 2nd in last years 5yr old Class He performed very well in
the first round with a score of 86 to come 2nd to San Jose ridden by Mathew Dowsley with 88 Thru to the second round on the Saturday, ROII did another super test to again get 86 to be placed equal 1st with San Jose after the second round This meant the winner of the 6yo Australian Young Horse champs was to be decided by the test rider – Ton de Ridder ROII did some great work with the test rider and awarded a 9 for ride ability however San Jose was awarded a 10 given him the championships and ROII deemed Runner Up Australian 6yo

Onto Bellario who was entered in the 5 year old class (although yet to turn 5 til next week) He did a pleasing test in the first round to be given a score of 794 and putting him in second place Going in second last Bellario did an amazing second test with some really great work and was awarded 84 being a full mark ahead of the rest of his competition He was very good for the test rider and was also given a 9 for ride ability resulting in Bellario being crowned the Australian 5 yr old Young Dressage Horse Champion 2010

Congratulations must also go to Waterfords Rossini owned by Sue Goodman, ridden by Rodney Martin and bred by Kathleen Carrington from WA for coming 3rd in the 4yo Material Class

Thanks to Swan Valley Dressage club for running additional YH Qualifying classes throughout the last 6 months Thanks to all the WA spectators for there support and Sara Price for all her work preparing the horses

Full results can be found at

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