News and updates from our Area Delegate
Dressage NZ News Jan 2018
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2018 DRESSAGE NZ PLANNING FORUM
The 2018 Planning Forum will be held at the West Plaza Hotel Wellington on Tuesday 10th & 11th April 2018 beginning at 5.30pm on 11th
A Dressage Board Meeting will be held from 9am – 3.30pm. Delegates and interested members should plan to arrive in time for a 5.30pm welcome and dinner followed by an evening session until 9pm. The meeting will recommence on Wednesday 11th at 8.30am and finish at 3.45pm
The Planning Forum will receive remits for rule changes and other topics for discussion. Remits which are passed at the Forum will go back to areas and come forward again to conference for ratification
Templates for remits and other submissions will be available on the website from 1/2/18
2018 DRESSAGE CONFERENCE & COMMITTEE MEETING
The 2018 Dressage Conference & Committee meeting will be held at the Distinction Palmerston North Hotel (Cuba St) on 30th June & 1st July
Accommodation is available at the Distinction Hotel as follows:
- $109.00 incl. GST per room based on single, twin or double share occupancy.
- $125.00 incl. GST per room including full cooked buffet breakfast based on single occupancy.
- $139.00 incl. GST per room including full cooked buffet breakfast based on twin or double share occupancy
Conference will begin at 9.30am on Saturday followed by the Awards Dinner. Committee meeting will commence 9am Sunday and complete no later than 3.45pm. Booking details to follow.
2018 NI DRESSAGE FUTURE STARS - NEC TAUPO 19/21
This fabulous four day event will incorporate the Elite Equine NI Future Stars (Young Dressage Horse Classes for 4 -7 yr olds) on Thursday 19 & Friday 20th, the Livamol FEI World Dressage Challenge on Thursday 19 & Friday 20th and the Equestrian Entries U25 Championships on Saturday / Sunday 21st/22nd
Sarah Giekie (FEI 4* USA) has been secured for all four days of the event and will be the President of the Ground Jury for the FEI World Dressage Challenge. National Judge is Judith Cunningham. The schedule for this event will be available by 1/2/18 on Equestrian Entries
Loan Horses/Ponies required
Dressage NZ is again looking to the generosity of members to secure borrowed horses/ponies for both an InterIsland team and a TransTasman exchange team in conjunction with the U25 Champs. If you would consider loaning a horse or pony at any graded level, please contact Jo Telfer, NI Young Rider Convenor on 0274732306
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR RIDER & OC’S
From 1/1/2018, all FEI tests, whether ridden under Dressage NZ national rules or FEI rules at CDI events will use the FEI version valid 1/1/2018. These can be downloaded at no cost from
The only exception to any directive on the tests, is that when run under Dressage NZ rules, a permitted snaffle bridle may be used instead of a double bridle.
New Zealand Wins Zone 8 FEI World Dressage Challenge
Congratulations to the New Zealand team and individual riders who have notched up the narrowest of team wins and scored wins in three of the five divisions, plus a number of top ten finishes.
Zone 8 comprised New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Chinese Tapei (2016 zone winners).
It is nearly a decade since Australia participated in the Challenge so it was great to have our closest international neighbours back in the mix as a measure of our own progress. It was South Island riders all the way this year with three NZL team members from Canterbury and one from Marlborough
NZL Team: Lauren Haig, Canterbury (Westford Lanciano) Melissa Galloway, Marlborough (Windermere J”Obei W) Nicola Maley, Canterbury (Astek Galahad) Millie Thompson, Canterbury (Rifesyde Prancer)
New Zealand 1st 239.842
Australia 2nd 239.132
Chinese Taipei 3rd 237.079
South Africa 4th 235.816
Hong Kong 196.339
Full team results
Individually Lauren Haig was 3rd from 16 starters in the Int I, Melissa Galloway 1st in the PSG from 26 starters, Karolyn Norton and Larapinta Primadonna 1st in a large field of 46 in the Senior II, Diane Wallace 1st in a massive 53 strong field in the Senior I. In the Youth Class, Australian based Jasmine Haynes rode for NZL to score 2nd on 67.167%, narrowly ahead of Millie Thompson on 67.03% in third place.
Full individual results
The FEI World rankings from all 40 participating countries should be available from the FEI soon.
Thanks to our naming sponsors Livamol, class sponsors Zilco, Syncroflex, Hatton & Lilly and Exclusively Yours, Best Presented Stable Art by Belinda, and supporters Johnson & Couzins Hire, and the Southern Trust.
ESNZ 2017 General Regulation Changes
Please see the PDF below for a summary of recent changes to the ESNZ General Regulations - important for every competitor to be aware of.
Opportunities for all for the coming season
With the new season now started I recommend to all who are intending to compete this season to check out all the competition opportunities that there are for riders of all levels. There is something there for everyone: Young and old, the new comers or those coming back to the sport as well as plenty for the experienced riders.
The Series Competitions is on the Dressage NZ website in the Competition section (click here).
Under series rules you will find all the detail about each series. I suggest if you are going to take part you make sure you do know all the relevant facts. Be informed, avoid disappointment.
To give an indication of the importance of checking the rules for the series very carefully here are some examples of what you need to know and which, by not knowing, may leave you disappointed
at some later date in the season. There may well be a competition you are not, at this stage, even aware of.
There has been a huge effort made to have series that recognise different levels of horses and experience of riders. For example for those competing in the Super 5 League there is the Prestige
Dressage Futures Prize for riders CN to C5 riding horses aged 4-10. Read all about it.
For three of the series you enter on line via Equestrian Entries.
If you are competing at levels 6,7,8 or 9 in the Super 5 League, check out the condition regarding whips.
There is much more and I think when you find the particular Series competition for which you are eligible and note the sub- categories within the series you will feel inspired to have a go. Series
competitions are a great motivator especially being based on percentages rather than places.
Realising that to improve test marks by even just a couple of percentage points to reach a higher points category can have its ‘rewards’ is an effective motivator.
For many of the Series you can count scores from local events that are listed on the official calendar (i.e. ‘carded’ events) So check out the calendar and find some events to go to.
The competition Calendar for the 2017-2018 Season is on the website. The month by month calendar details the local events for the various dressage groups around the country as well as our
own and the major events. So if you prefer going to smaller events check out what is happening at home and in other nearby areas.
Under the heading at the top of the Calendar ‘page’ is the Back on Track Premier Dressage League. This shows in one clear table, all of what we have known as the Regional Championship Shows
around the country. It also list the dates for the Island and National Championships, HOY and NZ Under 25 Championships. A very useful reference point.
Please note the sponsors of all these series and in particular the ones you are going to be part of: For the Super 5 League there is a separate sponsor for each level. Take note of the particular
sponsor of the level at which you will be competing. Find out about their products. Go to their stands at events such as Equidays. Support our sponsors.
If any of you are uncertain about the rider categories follow the link above to the series details and you will find the criteria is tabulated at the end of the All-in- Flex Dressage Amateur Top 10 Series
2017 – 2018.
Enjoy the season ahead,