The first ‘Dressage by the Sea CDI’ was held at Willinga Park in September 2017. It was the first internationally-recognised dressage competition at the facility. 1700 spectators flocked Bawley Point, where Willinga Park gave the community a taste of elite equestrian competition and local indulgences such as oysters, chocolate, cheese, berries, and wine.
Held over four days from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February 2018, the next ‘Dressage by the Sea CDI’ event is set to be bigger and better. Willinga will be stepping it up a notch this time, to run a CDI3* competition, and a Medium Tour competition. Due to popular demand, there will also be young horse competitions for 4, 5, and 6 year old horses.
The event will be an important qualifier for riders hopeful of selection for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. New Zealand’s best riders will also have their eyes on the prize, with several expected to make the journey. The best of the best will battle it out in the Grand Prix Freestyles, with an opportunity to take home the biggest prizemoney than has been seen before in Australian dressage.
Willinga Park owner Terry Snow said “It is important that we make it possible for our best riders to make a living from competing in equestrian sports. If we want to have a successful team at the Olympics and World Games, we need their focus to be on their training program so they can be their best. Australia has a long way to go but we hope this event is a start”.
The VIP canape-style lunch event will be back on Sunday 25th, with a front row seat to the Freestyle finals. Competitor Paella night was also a huge hit at the last event, and will be run again.
Click here for all information regarding competitor entry to Willinga Park’s ‘Dressage by the Sea’ CDI.