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Posted by Krystyna Pollard on 04/05/2018.
Judy Dierks - Diamond Star winner of the Grand Prix Special
Franz Venhaus

Day 2 Round Up Otto Sport Australia Sydney CDI

One of Australia's pre-eminent dressage families has taken out two major titles on day three of the 2018 OTTO SPORT AUSTRALIA Sydney CDI.

NSW mother/daughter team Judy and Daniella Dierks enjoyed considerable success in Sydney International Equestrian Centre's (SIEC) arenas in both today's Grand Prix Special and Intermediate I CDI3* events.

Daniella started the day early with a win in the Jilli Cobcroft FEI Intermediate I CDI3* on her own imported stallion, Solo Feliz.

The combination were only the second into the arena for the class, however managed to hold the lead throughout.

Placing first with all five judges, the combination's score of 71.529 per cent was enough to put them more than 2.4 per cent ahead of second place-getters, Sheridyn Ashwood and the Fidertanz stallion, Fiderfurst, on 69.088 per cent.

Daniella said she was impressed with “Solo's” performance, particularly as he had a very early start to the day.

“I was really impressed with him, being such an early start … in the indoor with the lighting and all these other things that we have to worry about as riders,” she said.

“I really had no issues. He was on the aids, and I was super happy with his personality and temperament for that situation, because he is still quite young.”

The two will now compete in tomorrow's Zilco International Intermediate Freestyle Competition (CDI).

Not to be outdone, Judy Dierks and Diamond Star improved their score and placing from yesterday's second place in the Grand Prix test to come top of the field in the Equestrian Australia FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3* with 69.191%.

The 2018 OTTO SPORT AUSTRALIA Sydney CDI3* continues tomorrow, with competition beginning in the revamped indoor arena at 9.30am with the Agnes Banks Equine Clinic FEI Young Rider Freestyle (CDI-Y) competition.

The day is set to be a busy one, with eventing dressage and jumping competitions taking place in the outdoor arenas, and guest New Zealand rider Vanessa Way putting the dressage stars of the future through their paces in the Young Horse Finals.

The evening also features a full program of entertainment in the indoor arena, with the quadrille competition beginning at 6.30pm followed by the ever-popular main event, the Equestrian NSW Grand Prix Freestyle competition (CDI), starting at 8pm. 


Jilli Cobcroft FEI Intermediate I CDI3*: Daniella Dierks and Solo Feliz (NSW), 71.529%.

Mulawa Performance FEI 16 – 25 years Grand Prix CDI U25: Rosanna Relton and Four Winds Bombadier (QLD), 63.231%.

Equestrian Australia FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*: Judy Dierks and Diamond Star (NSW), 69.191%.

Agnes Banks Equine Clinic Young Rider FEI Individual Test CDI-Y: Sarah Farraway and MW Rotsong (NSW), 67.745%.

Quick Knot Australia FEI Junior Individual Competition CDI-J: Shilo Harvey and New World Riverman (NSW), 65.588%.

A.S.P.R. FEI Pony Individual Competition CDI-P: Jasmine Haynes and Steendieks Champ of Glory (VIC), 65.901%.

Longvue FEI Intermediate B CDN: Emma Flavelle-Watts and Cabaret C (QLD), 69.975%.

A.S.P.R Young Pony All Ages ROUND 2: (4yo) Sancha Butler and Dynamik and Great expectations (NSW), 78.40; (5yo) Dannii Walliss and Charlie Sheen 5 (NSW), 72.20; (6yo) Sancha Butler and Carwyn Monte Carlo (NSW), 76.80.

Widderstein Stables Young Horse 4-year-old ROUND 2: Amanda Shoobridge and Escala RW (NSW), 86.20.

Sue Hemsworth & Susanne Weeks Young Horse 5-year-old ROUND 2: Gina Montgomery and Iresias L (NSW), 87.00.

Pryde's EasiFeed Young Horse 6-year-old ROUND 2: Tayla Desmet and Zaubermaus (VIC), 81.00.

Pryde's EasiFeed Young Horse 7-year-old ROUND 1: Elliot Patterson and She's Nice (NSW), 74.92.

IRT Advanced Tournament EA 5.2 & 5.3: 5.2 – Elliot Patterson and Bluefields Berlin (NSW), 73.238%; 5.3 – Amanda Shoobridge and Revelwood Florentine (NSW), 70.307%. Tournament winner:

Bradgate Park Advanced Adult Amateur EA 5.2: Helen Macaskill and F1 Sonny Bill (NSW), 66.810%.

Bradgate Park Advanced Adult Amateur EA 5.3: Helen Macaskill and F1 Sonny Bill (NSW), 67.807%.

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