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EQ Life October magazine: Starlite shines at Brisbane CDN

Elizabeth Owens and Revelwood Starlite won the Grand Prix with a score of 65.435%. © Stephen Mowbray

Elizabeth Owens and Revelwood Starlite.

© Stephen Mowbray

 

Starlite shines at Brisbane CDN

By Adele Severs

“If I can do it, anybody can,” says Queensland-based dressage rider Elizabeth Owens, referring to her success with Grand Prix mare Revelwood Starlite at the recent Brisbane CDN. Working full-time, Liz is a “true amateur rider” who fits her training in around a 9-to-5 job. “It’s lots of early mornings training before work, and so it's been really satisfying to get her up to Grand Prix level.”

The Brisbane CDN was the first major dressage event in Australia since May’s Sydney CD-Lite, and despite competitors from Victoria and NSW unable to attend, those from Queensland — such as Liz and Revelwood Starlite — were keen to put their best hooves forward.

Liz and ‘Stella’ contested the Big Tour classes and won the Inter II and Grand Prix tests with scores of 65.257% and 65.435%. For Liz, an avid competitor, just being able to attend an event was enough to put a smile on her face — and to do well was icing on the cake. “I was just happy that she played the game. She had dancing shoes on that day, so that was really nice!” she says, adding that the mare doesn’t particularly like working indoors and is a much better outdoor horse. “She didn't actually show her full scope in terms of what she can do in the passage and piaffe tour, but having said that she was with me enough to be able to score well...”

 

Read the full article in the October issue of Equestrian Life magazine here.

 

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