New Zealand Wins FEI Dressage World Challenge Team Competition
Wallace Wins Individual Prix St Georges
The 2020 FEI Dressage World Challenge results are a real highlight for the New Year with the Livamol NZL team of Diane Wallace, Liz Hutson, Chelsea Callaghan and Louise Duncan taking team honours on 241.41 pts from South Africa (239.43) and Chinese Taipei (222.50).
Marlborough’s Diane Wallace and KP Dexter were clear winners in the Individual Prix St Georges on 68.971% from South Africa’s Boonzaaier and T.I. Spartacus (66..61*) and Louise Duncan in 4th on 65.294%. Diane was ecstatic to learn of both her individual and team win with her nine-year-old home bred KP Dexter (Donnerubin/Danielle/Dynamit). She competed Danielle (bred by Matthews Hanoverians) to Prix St Georges level before retiring her to the broodmare field.
“I’m just so proud of him. He’s a special horse. NZL was so lucky to be able to have this competition with so many other countries having to cancel because of Covid, so I would really like to thank the sponsors Livamol and their representative Kerrin Beatson who is so passionate about the event, and the organisers Dressage NZ and Dressage Wellington. It is an international competition that every rider can aspire to and I would really encourage riders to participate – it’s a great introduction to international competition”
Chelsea Callaghan and Sisters II Etta J (66.912%) couldn’t quite head off South Africa’s Ingebord Sanne and Callaho For Sure who topped the Individual Intermediate I competition 68.088% with Liz Hutson and Hapsburgh PSH in fifth place on 63.456%
The best placed of the NZL riders in the Senior II class were NZL winners Alix Campbell (Astek Robina) and Louise Duncan (Wolkenstein BC) who were fourth and fifth respectively
Vaughn & Bronwyn Cooper, the mother and daughter combination from Hunterville have been fighting it out all season and finished second and third in the group Senior I competition. Vaughn and River Jim (71.894%) narrowly edging out Bronwyn on Kalimna Prestige (71.847%)
The NZL Youth division competitors did us proud too with six combinations in the top ten. Mikayla Wildermoth (Thumbelina II) was third on 71.025%, Rebecca Mobberley (Sayonara FE) fifth on 68.950%.
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The NZ Team: Liz Hutson (Hapsburg PSH); Louise Duncan (Northern Ivanthus); Chelsea Callaghan (Sisters II Etta J); Diane Wallace (KP Dexter), during the Prizegiving. 2020 NZL-Livamol FEI Dressage World Challenge.