Wilton and Pearce to Give Masterclass at the 2017 Australian Dressage Championships

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 17:29
Australian Dressage News

British Grand Prix rider Spencer Wilton and Australian young horse rider Simone Pearce will be giving a master class at the 2017 Australian Dressage Championships at Boneo Park on 19 - 22 October 2017.

Following the success of their Carl Hester Masterclass in 2016, Dressage Masterclass have secured the talent of Rio Olympic silver medalist and British Champion Spencer Wilton who will deliver the Saddleworld presents the Spencer Wilton Young Horse to Podium Masterclass on Saturday 21 October ahead of the Grand Prix Freestyle. To see Spencer compete in the CDI-W will be a real treat for spectators with Spencer on form with 6 victories in 2017.

The Masterclass list has just been released and will feature a shortlist of riders with one reserve including John Thompson, Riley Alexander, Denise Rogan, Micky Bray, Rachelle Wilson and Maree Tomkinson. This shortlist of riders will feature showstoppers such as Aber Hallo MI and queen of the stars Donna Elena.

On Friday 20 October Australia’s Simone Pearce, who has firmly established herself as an international young horse specialist coming off the back of her tremendous success at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses, will present the Young Horse Masterclass before taking part in the Aussies Abroad Challenge, alongside John Thompson and Maree Tomkinson.

This is an exciting new concept that will see Pearce and Thompson ride a Prix St Georges test on catch rides, whilst Tomkinson returns to the arena on crowd favourite Diamantina!! With the riders miked up as they talk the audience through their test, this is guaranteed to be action-packed and full of fun! Following straight after will be the always hotly-contested CDI-W Grand Prix.

The 2017 Australian Dressage Championships at Grand Prix level will include riders such as is Brett Parbery (on DP Weltmieser and PPH Zeppelin). Heath and Rozzie Ryan will feature on 3 horses between them and the 2016 Australian Championships Grand Prix CDI-W Freestyle winner Mary Warren will return with Mandarah Park Ramadan, but she will also ride the Under 25 division on her other mount Mindarah Park Raphael. Mary Hanna’s London Olympics mount Sancette will be piloted by Hanna’s daughter Gitte Donvig, making it a truly family affair with Hanna returning home to watch the championships.

The Australian Dressage Championships has also attracted entrants from across the Tasman, with Julie Brougham riding Vom Feinsten and Abbie Deken riding KH Ambrose attending from New Zealand. Brougham and Vom Feinsten were New Zealand’s third rider to have represented at Olympic level, making their debut appearance at the Rio Olympic Games. 

Photo © Astrid Appels

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