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Dressage stars to compete by the sea


The stables at Willinga Park.

Dressage stars to compete by the sea

A number of big-name riders are set to compete at Willinga Park’s first CDI, the ‘Capricorn Australia Dressage by the Sea’…
From the 29th of September until the 1st of October, many of Australia’s top dressage riders will descend on Willinga Park for the venue’s inaugural CDI, Dressage by the Sea.

At present, sixteen combinations are set to take part in the CDI2* Grand Prix — including big names such as Heath and Rozzie Ryan, Brett Parbery, and Tor Van Den Berge.

Heath Ryan pirouette

Heath Ryan on Utopian Cardinal.

© Roger Fitzhardinge

It’s Heath and Rozzie’s first trip to Willinga Park, and they can’t wait. “Rozzie and I are super excited… the photos and stories about Willinga Park have got the Australian equestrian community talking,” says Heath, “Terry Snow is someone who’s shaping up to be an iconic influence on the Australian equestrian scene, and we’re very lucky to be given the opportunity to compete at Willinga Park’s first international event.”

Willinga Park's outdoor arena. Photo: Willinga Park 

The outdoor arena at Willinga Park.


The CDN classes are also shaping up to deliver hot competition. Many of the CDI combinations will compete again in the CDN Grand Prix Special and Freestyle classes, while the Prix St Georges and Intermediate levels are set to include the likes of Sue-Ellen Lovett, Charlotte Pedersen and Justine Greer. Justine is in great form following her immense success at the Brisbane CDI with dynamic duo Jaybee Angelina and Jaybee Cavalier — she will compete both horses at Dressage by the Sea.


The unique gardens at Willinga Park.

The Young Rider and Under 25 CDI classes have also attracted a good number of entries, with many stars of the future taking the opportunity to compete at this world-class facility.


Celeste Amezdroz on Jaybee Alonzo.

© Roger Fitzhardinge

Celeste Amezdroz and her stunning horse Jaybee Alonzo are set to compete in the CDI U25 classes. The pair will return to the venue following their appearance at Willinga Park’s Open Day in March, when they rode in Roger Fitzhardinge’s masterclass. Roger is full of praise for the young rider, explaining that Alonzo is her first real dressage horse — and she’s trained him to Grand Prix!


The outdoor arena at dusk.

“Celeste remembers the Willinga Park Open Day, when they were nervous at the thought of showing the Grand Prix movements… but now they having competed several times and have grown in confidence,” says Roger. Celeste is excited to be competing, explaining that she is “looking forward to Dressage by the Sea, and can’t wait to come back to Willinga Park.”
The combination of big-name riders and first-class facilities— not to mention an impressive array of gourmet food vendors — means that Dressage by the Sea is a weekend of equine entertainment not to be missed!




Some of the gourmet food vendors who will be at Dressage by the Sea.






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