Double Whammy for Neumayer in Owners' Class at 2011 Sunshine Tour

Thu, 03/10/2011 - 13:18
2011 Sunshine Tour CDI

Austrian Astrid Neumayer achieved a double whammy in the owners' classes at the 2011 Sunshine Tour CDI in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, 3 - 6 March 2011. Aboard  the 12-year old Saxonian bred Chevalier (by Campari M out of Lucky Lady) Neumayer scored  70.270% to win the junior team championship test and 72.255% to ace the Junior prliminary test.

"Chevy is my ribbons pony," Neumayer joked. "We won again with a delightful 72,25%," she commented after her second victory.

The owners class provides riders the opportunity to compete at M-level at a CDI competition by riding the FEI junior riders' programme. The owners' division includes both professional dressage riders as well as amateurs with big ambitions.

Aboard the 9-year old Dutch warmblood Valerius (by Mister Concorde out of Lobelia)Irish Judy Reynolds won the initial junior preliminary test on Thursday with 66.667%. The combination placed second in the team test with 64.009% behind Neumayer but dropped in the ranking on Saturday by scoring just 59.951 % to finish seventh in the preliminary test.

Valerius, who is nicknamed Buzz, "is getting the hang of this show thing," Reynolds commented after her second place on Friday. "He's also the coolest prize giving horse," she added.

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Photos © Astrid Appels

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