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Judging at the 2018 Australian Dressage Championships

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I have enjoyed my four days judging as A-level judge at the 2018 Australian Dressage Championships at Boneo Park two weeks ago, 18-21 October. The best part of judging at the Nationals was being part of a team of great people. My fellow judges, too many to name, made me feel so honoured to be involved with them. In all our breaks and even at dinner, we mostly talked Dressage and discussed the days judging. I even was encouraged to further my sights and travel to UK next year to see and learn more at a clinic. The love for this sport really shines through in all these amazing people.

On the third day of the event at the presentations, one of our incredible ambassadors, Australia’s Olympic Judge Mary Seefried, announced her retirement from international level. I had the pleasure of judging alongside Mary at this event. I also competed for many years under her detailed eye and, always reading her comments, I learnt a lot about what areas to improve. I can’t wait to be judging with Mary again.

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Mary Seefried receiving an award for her services to Dressage, presented by Denise Rogan at the 2018 Dressage Championships at Boneo Park. Mary is retiring from international level judging as an FEI 5-star Judge. She will continue to judge at national dressage competitions.

Mary Seefried receiving an award for her services to Dressage, presented by Denise Rogan at the 2018 Dressage Championships at Boneo Park. Mary is retiring from international level judging as an FEI 5-star Judge. She will continue to judge at national dressage competitions.

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Sally’s Interview on Horse Chats

Not sure how long it will be online for, but here am I being interviewed by Glenda from Horse Chats. This was previously published in 2017, and re-published by Popular Demand.

Sally discusses being open minded with horses, training and riding ‘A Spider Bite’ and other horses

Sally’s Favourite Inspirational Quote:

“Horses should be happy in their lifestyle. They should be sound and happy in their brain and body so that they are happy and willing to work with you.”

Who Has Inspired Sally:

  • Nuno Oliveria
  • Sandra Pearson-Adams
  • Barry Miller

Time Stamps:

00:50 – Horses should be happy in their lifestyle. They should be sound and happy in their brain and body so that they are happy and willing to work with you.
01:48 – How Sally’s sister started Sally with horses
04:55 – Horse racing and track work using eventing principles
07:40 – Being open minded, and willing to learn and adapt to different disciplines
09:11 – About dressage and lightness
11:50 – Sally’s dressage horses
13:10 – About ‘A Spider Bite’
14:33 – Winning Sydney CDI, PSG & Inter I
16:45 – How Ballina Shire Council interrupted Sally plans for her property
23:10 – The happiness and soundness of the horse, think like a horse
31:20 – Competing and coaching
32:10 – Don’t take things too seriously, enjoy and learn from life

HorseChats

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Upcoming events

Vilayet in his racing days at Lismore race track, Dec 2012, who will now be known in the dressage arena as "Russian Lights"

Vilayet in his racing days at Lismore race track, Dec 2012, who will now be known in the dressage arena as “Russian Lights”

This coming Saturday is the last of the twilight series. Our clever little ex-racehorse, Villa, will be having his ‘Maiden start’ in a dressage competition. We have given him a new name to commence his dressage career… ’Russian Lights’, a name that I think really suits him. We came up with it because he is by the stallion Fantastic Light and his racing name was of Russian origin.

Peter and his racehorse Vilayet studying the form guide, March 2014

Peter and Villa checking out the racing form !!!

The following weekend, I am off on a road trip with Wendy to go judging at Hastings Valley Dressage Club. This should be good fun, Wendy and I always have a great time when we go off judging together. I sat and passed my B level judging last year and now Wen is going to go for hers this year, so we will probably see her at some of the CDIs, as she will be Shadow Judging. Good Luck Wendy xo

Oops, I forgot to throw in the date of the 20th, as we maybe going to a Racehorse auction in Victoria, yes!! you heard right, we are now looking for another racehorse to play with. Well, I don’t mean literally play with, I mean serious to train as a racehorse, as we have our Owner/Trainer Licence. This horse, whether it is a mare or gelding, needs to be easy to ride as I will probably be doing most of the work on the racetrack and I would also want to be able to ride it on the beach. So it does need to be reasonable to ride, and I will probably give it more dressage training as well. This racehorse will have the most unbelievable life as our racehorse… very spoilt… a beautiful grassy paddock to go into every day… lots of treats… beach rides… pampering body treatments…

April, Easter long weekend, I have been invited to coach and lecture at the Dressage Unravelled clinic at Caboolture.

NOW we are into the start of 3 weekends in a row of Dressage Competitions, going with Spider Bite, and Heaven Sent and with GODSPEED.

12 April Caboolture 1 Star Event with Spider and Heaven
18 April QSEC Event with just Spider
19 April Bangalow NSW with all 3 of them

Sally Evans: Pink Roses

26 April NADEC Gold Coast with the girls!! The final hit out for the Spider before we do ‘Meditation on the Beach’ and pack up the new gooseneck of Sue’s and head down the Pacific Highway for the Sydney CDI on 5-10 May. I will get to have my birthday at home for a change instead of on the road. You know, I just don’t know how many of these CDIs I have been too, I think we competed at one of the first ones at the new ex Olympic Venue at SIEC, and I think I have also competed at one of the first ones ever started at Lochinvar, yes folks, that was way back!! Oh man its great to advance forward in years of experience!!!!!!

22-24 May Toowoomba Championships, we maybe take all 3 of them, as Anne will be back and so that means that Scuba will have his own Chariot and driver.

30 May QSEC again this time for both girls. Spider will need to be preparing herself for the Brisbane CDI, where we will have our new Intermediate Freestyle, and QSEC is the venue for this.

31 May Bangalow Member Championships for the two younger ones, being Heaven Sent and GODSPEED.

Penny and Sally Evans in a lesson with Brett Parbery.

A Heaven Sent (Penny) and Sally, April 2014

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TVEG Dressage Championships

Penny went to the TVEG Dressage Championships recently and she did the two Elementary tests. She came 3rd in the first one. She was a little worried about the freshly laid sand on the grass with tractor tyre marks, but she still got a 68% and I was happy with her. Then on the next day she went very nice and won with a 70%.

She got Reserve Champion !!!!!

I did some more shadow judging at Tweed, as I am aiming to sit my B-level judging exam at the Nationals this year. )))

I really like the judging, its fun and great learning.

Penny 2011

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Old days…

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I am so excited about my new website, I immediately thought of posting some of my old favourites from my archive. Here is me and Seldom Scene competing at Reynella in South Australia – have to ask Peter when that was…

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