Victorian Young Rider Dressage Squads and Development Program 2016

Two training weekends have been held in the new Squad year, the first at Werribee Park NEC on 20 – 21 August was affected by a bio security scare but a good number of young dressage riders enjoyed great instruction over two days with leading coaches Bjarne Elefsen, Gitte Donvig, Bianca Veneziano, Karen Blythe, Lou d’Elia, Jan Smith and Sue Leslie. Continuing our commitment to personal fitness, all riders also took part in sessions with our trainer Natalia Evertsz and highlight of the weekend was a fascinating talk by Dr Andrew McLean on the Saturday night on animal behaviour and how it can help our training.  Squad members were also offered the opportunity to work through their EA Introductory Certificates in Riding and Horse Management.

September was the “big wet” month but over sixty squad riders headed to Boneo Park for a training weekend on the 17 -18 of September which saw them enjoy working with a wide range of coaches including Bjarne Elefsen, Bianca Veneziano, Jodie Barnes, Robyn Brown, Sue Leslie, Viv Axton and Jan Smith.  Riders were pushed hard in their personal fitness sessions by Natalia Evertsz and enjoyed information sessions with Antoinette Foster from HiForm.  Arena etiquette was covered in a very entertaining sessions with Victorian Dressage Riders’ Representative Sharyn McCombe.  Riders also took delivery of their new Squad uniforms. 

A Protocol Day on Saturday 7 January at Werribee Park NEC will see riders hone their skills for the upcoming Ellanbrae Park Victorian Youth Dressage Championships 13 – 15 January 2017 at Boneo Park. 

A mid-year Squad review will take place after the Championships and our next two training weekends are scheduled for 11-12 March and 22-23 April.  For riders who would be interested in joining Squad mid year, a pro-rata offer will be announced in February. 

All enquiries about Squad can be directed to the Co-ordinator [email protected]