Dressage Royalty Claims Another Crown
Rozzie Ryan and Jarrah R (Jive Magic/Samphire/H & R Ryan), her 12-year-old Australian warmblood gelding, became the first-ever Grand Prix Special Champions at Dressage by the Sea CDI4*, the first of its kind competition in the Southern Hemisphere.
Rozzie and Heath Ryan, the dynamic, Newcastle-based hubby and wife team are Olympians, Australian title holders, trainers, breakers, teachers, coaches, breeders, and mentors across Dressage and Eventing in Australia and there’s practically nothing that these two haven’t achieved. But this latest win belongs to Rozzie who said, “Heath is at home working to pay the bills.”
On board Jarrah R, Rozzie set a strong score that would go on to challenge the other combinations and would go right down to the wire to see if they would be able to hold on and claim the title of first-ever Grand Prix Special Champions. At the presentation ceremony, Roz said, “I hadn’t even thought about the significance of the title. Yes, what a thrill for us to add such an honour to our record!”
Wrapping up the day in the Otto Sport Grand Prix Arena, the Queensland combination of Jayden Brown and Lauren George’s 8-year-old gelding, DaVinci L (Dancier//), made it three for three wins with a stunning Freestyle program that earned an overall score of 74.450%. They kept Bawley Point’s own Brett Parbery on Terry Snow’s Sky Diamond (Sir Donnerhall I/Hauptstutbuch Loreana//), with 73.550%, at bay. Coming in third was Michelle Baker and her 10-year-old Australian warmblood gelding Bradgate Park Puccini (Prestige VDL/Flower Vale Ferronique/Bradgate Park).
This week saw some truly outstanding Dressage in front of large, appreciative crowds who were gathered to celebrate this inaugural CDI4* event.
If you would like to follow live scoring, please go to: https://results.equestrian-hub.com/170.