Teams Announced for Equestrian Entries Dressage Youth Festival

An exciting assortment of Team competitions will take place at the Equestrian Entries Youth Festival at Taupo next weekend. As well as the traditional Area Teams competition,  three  young South Island riders will ride loan horses generously made available by North Island owners, the York Corporation InterIsland Challenge sponsored by Richmond Saddlery for riders on their own horses plus the exciting New South Wales vs NZL Challenge.  The NSW team will be on borrowed horses also generously made available by North Island owners.

Lilly Jefferies (Upper Hutt) 19yrs University Student.
This  is  the  first  time  Lilly  has  represented  NZL  on her  own  horse  but  was  a  member  of  the  NZL  team on  borrowed  horses  at  the  2018  Queensland  Youth Championships.   This   is   Lilly’s   first   season   as   a combination with her horse who also has the paddock name Lilly!  They won Champion Advanced and Young Rider Awards at both Central Districts and Wellington Premier  League  events  and  then  Reserve  Champion Small  Tour  at  Northern  Hawkes  Bay  Premier  League. The  pair  trains  with  Vanessa  Way,  Cooper  Oborn and Andrea Raves. Lilly is studying for a Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University
Horse:  Lindisfarne   Laureate     (FEI   level)   13yr   old chestnut mare by Vollrath Lessing / Wicked

Rebecca (Becki) Williamson (Waitemata) 16yr old student  
Becki has represented the North Island at the South Island Championships in  Christchurch in the York Corporation  lnterisland Challenge.  Her team includes Don Tobio who she has trained since he was Preliminary Schnapps MH and Disney MH,  plus she gets to ride her mother’s (Wendi)  horses when  she is away.  Becki loves dressage and meeting other young riders. She has accompanied Wendi to a number of CDI competitions in Australia and her goal is to gain her own international competition experience. Recent successes include Advanced Medium Champion at Auckland Manukau Premier League
Horse:  Don Tobio  7 year old black gelding 165cm (Advanced Medium) by Donnerubin / Gala MH

Tessa van Bruggen (Marlborough) 24yrs old Full time rider
Tessa is full time dressage rider/ coach/ specializes in starting young horses. She has experienced time based at a competition dressage stable in the USA. but is now back in Marlborough enjoying working alongside her mother Franzi who is a Grand Prix rider.  He most recent success was Advanced Medium Champion at the Canterbury Championships in December and they currently have a commanding lead in the both the South Island Back on Track Advanced Medium Super 5 League and Zilco Musical Freestyle Leaderboard
Horse: Fiorenza (Advanced Medium) ;  9 year old Westfalian Chestnut Mare 166cm by Furst Jupp / Littana

NSW Team – Horses generously loaned by Rosie Richards, Liz Hutson, Janine van der Horst
Georgia  Davenport,  Age:  20.  Levels  Competed: Prelim – PSG. Horses: Regal Don Debonair and Regal Prince  Black.  I  am  from  the  Hunter  Valley  in  NSW Australis and have been riding since I was 6 years old when I got my first pony. I got my first dressage horse Regal  prince  Black  when  I  was  14  years  old  and  he was 3 years old. I have since trained him through the levels  to  now  competing  PSG  as  a  9-year-old.  I  first became a part of the DNSW YR Squad mid 2018 for my achievements on my other horse Regal Don Debonair, who  is  now  successfully  competing  elementary/training  medium  but  have  since  placed both horses on the squad. Georgia is very excited to be a part of the team headed to NZ in 2020.


Kaitlin Martin, DOB: 21 April 2004. Student at Central Coast Grammar School – Year 10. DNSW Young Rider Squad (Divina) – 2018, 2019, 2020. Current Competition Horses: Divina (Damoura IMP)   Competing Advanced/ FEI  J  –  Training  FEI  Small  Tour.  Maxwellton  Roger Rabbit  NZ   Competing  Medium/FEI  P  –  on  market  to be  sold,  training  Advanced.  SPH  Bliss  –  Competing Novice – Training Elementary. I have been riding since I was 5 years old, but didn’t start in dressage properly until 2015 when Maxwellton Roger Rabbit arrived from New  Zealand.  My  longstanding  coach  has  been  David  Shoobridge,  who  has  given  me many opportunities to ride young horses, grand prix horses and stallions – including Fuerst Fantasy IMP at Equitana 2018. In the last 18 months David and Robbie McKinnon have also been coaching me with Divina which has been a great help, and seen improvements in my training and riding techniques with Divina and Bliss. I am very lucky to be part of the Trailrace Young Ambassador Program and also be sponsored by Boutique Equines and EQ Clip. I am very grateful for this support from sponsors and coaches and my parents, to really enjoy the Dressage journey I have been taking.

Kodi Tupper, Age 17. Based in Sydney, NSW Kodi has been riding for over ten years and is currently competing PSG and training Inter 1. She competed at her first CDI last  year  at  the  Australian  Dressage  Championships. Kodi recently became a member of the Dressage NSW Young  Rider  Squad.  She  has  two  horses,  Duke,  her competition  horse  who  is  a  10  year  old  gelding  and Tiggy, a 4 year old gelding who will start to compete this year.  Before returning to Australia in 2018, Kodi lived in Hong Kong for seven years and was a member of the Hong Kong Junior Equestrian Training Squad. During this time she competed in both Hong Kong and Australia in dressage, eventing and show jumping. Kodi represented Hong Kong at  the  FEI  World  Dressage  Challenge  in  2017.  She  also  received  sponsorship  from  the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation to train in Australia at Ryans’ Equestrian Centre which is where she developed her passion for dressage.



York Corporation InterIsland Challenge

North Island
Elementary: Willa Aitken (Northern Hawkes Bay) Geneva Star
Medium: Caitlin Benzie (Auckland) Libretto
FEI Young Rider: Brina Carpenter (Auckland) Leo Donna
FEI Pony: Samuel Gradowski-Smith (Waitemata) Heritage Don Quilla

South Island
Elementary: Charlotte Thomas (Canterbury) Te Puke
Medium: Lucy Cochrane (Canterbury) Gymanji
FEI Young Rider: Giselle Conway (Southland) Donatella MH
FEI Pony: Emma Copplestone (Canterbury) Dinky Di Doff

South Island Riders Borrowed Horses/ Ponies
Brooklyn Crowe (Otago)
Meg Johnston (Sth Canterbury/Nth Otago)
Kate Hamilton (Southland)
Horses kindly made available by Geraldine Kawabe & Otillie Upshall (Meissen), Andra & Rebecca Mobberley (Florentina))and Lorene Blundell (Midnight Cappuccino)