A Dressage Show was held at Herbie’s Haven Stables and Havenspride Stud last weekend.
This is the first in a series of four competitions to be held during 2019.
The final show will be held in November and may only be entered if riders have competed in two previous Challenges and have achieved a minimum of 60% in two tests. Under special circumstances the judge may travel to a different venue. The format of the show is for the rider to ride two tests in each show. The rider rides the first test, which is marked and then the Judge discusses that test with the rider and offers assistance for improvement in the marks. Then the second test is ridden after which there is no discussion with the judge. Both tests qualify for grading points. Should the rider repeat the same test only the mark for the first test will qualify. The idea behind this Challenge is to see how much the riders can improve during the year under the eye of the same judge.
Horses may compete in tests one level higher than the level at which they are currently graded. The final Challenge will be run as a normal dressage show with no discussion with the Judge.
The Judge was Mrs Moya Truter with the Horse Society of Botswana (HSB) having paid for her return air flight from Port Elisabeth.
Moya has been trained by Natalie Hobday, Andrea Harrison, Karen Keller, Rien van der Schaft, Niall Quirk and Caroline Potts. Her mentor in judges is Stephen Clarke and the riders are Carl Hester and Charlotte Du Jardin.
Moya is a National B Panel Level Judge, judging up to and including Inter 1. Moya is passionate about dressage and loves judging dressage. She attends every available dressage seminar in South Africa and “sits in” with International Judges wherever possible. Moya has trained warm bloods and thoroughbreds in the discipline of dressage over the years and has represented her Province on numerous occasions. She currently competes on her 21 year old thoroughbred, Local Dancer, at Prix St Georges level. Moya believes that continual learning is essential.
Moya’s Scribes were Aida Arbi and Bridget O’Neill. The marks were calculated by Sandra Arbi. The entry fee was P150.00 per class which included the Officials Levy of P20.00 and Grounds Levy of P30.00. Late entries cost an extra P50.00 per class. One horse was only allowed to start a maximum of two tests each day. Stabling cost P100.00 for the duration of the show with fresh bedding provided. Owners and riders must hold HSB membership and all horses/ponies must be registered with HSB. HSB rules applied for (DSA) Dressage South Africa Tests.
The 60m X 20m competition arena was built by Bridget and Siobhan O’Neill. Judging started at 6.30am each morning and ran throughout the day with a break for lunch. Afternoon temperatures ranged between 32 and 34 degrees.