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Dressage riders to contest World Equestrian Games qualifier at Willinga Park

Dressage riders to contest World Equestrian Games qualifier at Willinga Park.

 Terry Snow, Shannan Goodwin and Aristede at the first Dressage by the Sea CDI. © Roger Fitzhardinge

© Roger Fitzhardinge


A CDI*** event on the New South Wales South Coast will be an important opportunity for riders to gain a World Equestrian Games (WEG) qualifying score, prior to the series of selection events from which the Australian team will be decided.
Willinga Park’s Dressage by the Sea is the second CDI run at the Bawley Point venue, and is one of only two events in the state of equivalent international ranking.


Among the Grand Prix riders competing, Willinga Park-based Brett Parbery is the first, and at this stage, the only competitor to have gained two WEG qualifying score of over 69%, achieved on the gelding DP Weltmieser.


That may well change at Dressage by the Sea event, with an impressive start-list including Olympians Heath Ryan and Sue Hearn as well as WEG representatives Rozzie Ryan and Judy Dierks, and previous CDI winner Shannan Goodwin.


Willinga Park owner Terry Snow said the popularity of the event with elite riders supports his vision for the venue as a high-performance hub for Australian equestrian sport.


“It’s a facility designed to inspire and enable riders to reach new heights of success on the international stage,” Mr Snow said, “and to provide a wonderful experience for fans of equestrian sport, or anyone wanting a great family day out.”
Spectators are welcome at the event and encouraged to peruse the award-winning facility including extensive gardens and sculptures during their visit.


Dressage by the Sea runs February 22 to 25 at Willinga Park in Bawley Point, 30 minutes from Ulladulla and Bateman’s Bay.
More information about this event HERE.

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