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Posted by Toni Venhaus on 08/05/2015.
Alycia Targa - CP Dresden
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Parbery two for two on Day Two

By Krystyna Pollard

Brett Parbery has made it two for two at the Sydney CDI, taking out the Wagners FEI Intermediate B and Equestrian Australia Grand Prix Special CDI classes today.

In a repeat performance that saw him win both the Grand Prix and Intermediate A classes yesterday’s competition, Brett won the Equestrian Australia Grand Prix Special CDI on the Weltmeyer gelding, DP Weltmieser, and the Wagners FEI Intermediate B on the KWPN gelding, PPH Zeppelin.

Brett was more than 2.5% ahead of his nearest rival, John Thompson on his own Hanovarian gelding, Bates Antonello, in the Grand Prix Special, with Mary Hanna placed third on Umbro. Rozzie Ryan on the Jive Magic gelding Jarrah R was just behind Brett on 66.095% to place second in the Intermediate B test.

But it wasn’t just the “old hands” that claimed the glory on day two of the Sydney CDI, with young horses and young riders also putting in sterling performances.

Victorian young rider Tayla Desmet cemented yesterday’s win in the CDI-Y team test with a second victory in the Agnes Banks Equine Clinic CDI-Y Individual Test on board Philip Desmet’s Hanovarian gelding, Rodrigo III.

The year 10 student rode a polished test in the indoor arena at her very first Sydney CDI to improve on yesterday’s score, taking out the class with 69.421%.

“I was really happy with him today, the movements to me felt a lot better, he was a lot more forward in the trot than yesterday,” she said.

“Yesterday the trot work I think held us back a little bit. I think we scored down a bit and more up in the canter work. Today we evened it out a bit more and the marks for the trot were higher because he was going a bit more forward.”

Tayla has been riding Rodrigo III since March 2014 under the watchful eye of coach and fellow Sydney CDI competitor, Maree Tomkinson.

“I haven’t had him for too long but we are starting to get the hang of it together,” she said.

“(Maree) does a very good job and it’s great to have her as my coach because she also trained Rodrigo through to Grand Prix, so she knows the horse well.”

Royal Hit progeny took out the first two places in the Kieffer Intermediate I CDI, with Matthew Dowsley and the gelding Adloo Richard, owned by Diane Jenkyn, taking out first place only 0.289% ahead of Rodney Martin on board Andrea Beatty’s gelding, SPH Sonata Hit.

More than 30 combinations contested the International Racehorse Transport Advanced Tournament, but it was NSW south coast rider Alycia Targa and Jane Bruce’s seven-year-old gelding, CP Dresden, who came out on top after scoring 59 points across today’s two tests (Advanced 5.2 and 5.3).

CP Dresden has come on in leaps and bounds under Alycia’s guidance over the past 12 months. After taking out the six-year-old class at last year’s Sydney CDI, the combination this year not only became Advanced Champions but were the youngest competitors in the Prix St Georges class.

“He just felt super. Both Advanced tests were really good but the second test he was so soft and supple and he just glided around the arena,” Alycia said of the bay warmblood.

“He was a little bit nervous yesterday in the morning in the indoor arena for the Prix St Georges. It was his first test of the competition but I just wanted to go in and give him a good experience.

“He’s done about five Prix St Georges starts now, and he’s done one Inter I start. This was his last Advanced tournament, after this we’ll go onto Small Tour and just concentrate on that.”

The two will compete tomorrow in the International Racehorse Transport Advanced Tournament Freestyle to Music and will then focus on state and national titles.

But the big picture for the pair is the Olympic Games.

“I’d really like to be at the 2020 Olympics with Des,” Alycia said. “In five year’s time he’ll be 12 years old, that’s just the perfect age for a horse.

“I think as long as we can keep him healthy, sound and happy, I think that’s a real goal to try and reach.”

The top 10 horses from yesterday’s Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia (HHSA) NSW Young Dressage Horse Championships progressed through to Round Two today, with Gina Montgomery on the Hanovarian gelding Artes Lauries Gift narrowly beating the previous day’s winners, Rodney Martin and the Sandro Hit mare SPH Renaissance, in the HHSA Young Horse Four-Year-old Championship.

Daniella Dierks repeated her performance in yesterday’s qualifying round by again winning the HHSA NSW Young Horse Five-Year-Old Championship with Melanie Bloom’s stallion, Bloomers Simply The Best. But she relinquished the lead in the HHSA NSW Young Horse Six-Year-Old Championship to yesterday’s second placegetters, Maree Tomkinson and the Royal Hit gelding, Saddle Up Romper Stomper.

Fern Wright repeated day one’s winning performance on board the Welsh gelding Kamber Merfyn to clinch the HHSA NSW Young Pony Five-Year-Old Championship. Amanda Shoobridge and the stallion Noble Dancer took out the HHSA NSW Young Pony Six-Year-Old Championship.

The first three placegetters in the young horse championships from Round Two now go forward to the final round tomorrow, while the winning ponies in each age group will now also progress to the final round.

Day two also saw all the action of the Para Equestrian riders, with Ryan Mark McNeil and his Quarter Horse gelding, Strait Smokin Jet, scoring 57.065% in the Para Equestrian Championship Test Grade 1A.

New Zealand rider Charlotte Hoonhout and Jasper claimed both the Para Equestrian Team Test Grade 1B and Para Equestrian Championship Test Grade 1B titles, while NSW’s Danielle Weymark took out the Grade II team test with her own Swedish Warmblood, Champagne CF, and the championship test on Emily Inwood’s Star Road.

The Para Equestrian Championship Test Grade III was won by Katie-Maree Umback from NSW on her own gelding, Gronskovlunds Marquis.

Queensland’s Nikki Doogue and her imported Sandro Hit gelding, Al Pacino, took out the Para Equestrian Team Test Grade IV, two per cent ahead of Tasmanian duo Caitlin Radford and Antoinette Lorimer’s Ma Belle Ami.

Shanon McKimmie and Ambassi took out the Mulawa Performance CDI Under 25 Grand Prix with 60.140%.

The final day of competition in the 2015 Sydney CDI takes place tomorrow, with the HQ Insurance Oaks Sporthorses NSW Young Horse Showjumping Series Finals, which will see talented 5-, 6- and seven-year-olds judged in conventional AM5 jump-off classes, scored based on faults and times. Four-year-olds will be awarded on clear rounds, and the series high pointscore awards will be presented at the completion of the rounds.

The showjumping will then move indoors tomorrow evening, with the popular Equestrian NSW Jumping Accumulator Stakes taking place at 7pm.

Dressage classes tomorrow include the HQ Insurance Intermediate II Competition (CDN), the International Racehorse Transport Advanced Tournament Freestyle to Music, the Wade Equestrian Coaches EA/FEI Medium Tour Freestyle (CDN), the Agnes Banks Equine Clinic FEI Young Rider Freestyle (CDI-Y), the Mulawa Performance FEI Under 25 Grand Prix (CDI-U25) Freestyle, the Zilco International Intermediate Freestyle Competition (CDI) and the HHSA NSW Young Dressage Horse Championship Finals.

But the Grand Prix Freestyle Competition is always the crowd favourite, and a packed house is expected at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre indoor arena where the action will kick off tomorrow from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Judges from France, Canada, the USA, Hong Kong and Australia will officiate for the event 

Tickets are still available at the event entrance. Standing room admission applies once all available seating has been sold.

The Sydney CDI will also be live streamed on the web.   Those who would like to watch all the action from the comfort of their own living room can log on via the Sydney CDI website and watch for free for most of tomorrow, with a small fee applying after 4pm.

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