Hygain Victorian Dressage Development Squad


Congratulations to Clinton, Nicole, Amy and Luciano, our newly appointed members of the Development Squad from our December intake.

*Denotes riders from June 2021 intake

Clinton Rich
Coldstream Quartertime Small Tour
Nicole Donald Mithril Samwise Medium (Pony)
Amy Bachman Heritage Park Chartreuse Big Tour
Luciano D'Elia Flowervale Florencierre Small Tour
* Lauren Stewart Everton Dreamtime Small Tour
* Jane Gordon Freedom R Small Tour
* Katrina Bolmat Hollandsbend Weltlich Small Tour
* Katrina Bolmat Staughton Vale Salsa Hit  Elementary
* Sidney Hoffman  Freedom C Small/Medium Tour
 * Heather Paix  Patchwork Stolen Moments  Medium
 * Clair Arnold  Fawks Crocodile Rock  5YO PONY
 * Kate Sheffield  Everton Rockwell  Medium
 * Philippa Molnar  Bloomfield Sorrento  Medium
 * Deb Oliver  Highfields Bella Vita  PSG
 * Deb Oliver  Highfields Soriano  Medium
 * Amy Bachmann  SWS Debutante  Med/Adv
 * Karen Thornton  Graceland  Elementary
 * Javais Ham  Mayfield Fez  4YO YH
 *Sally Toulmin  Roxleigh Frangelica  Small Tour


The Dressage Victoria Development Squad is designed to be a pathway into the Hygain Victorian High Performance Dressage Squad and to offer training and education opportunities for combinations who have achieved specific performance goals throughout the previous 12 month period, but who are not yet eligible for Senior Squad selection.


  • Provide a platform for horse and rider combinations to regularly access top class dressage instruction
  • Provide a holistic approach to the athlete’s competition preparation by delivery complimentary education in all facets of the sport including horse management, ASADA, media and psychology
  • Develop a sense of camaraderie and professionalism in the Victorian team
  • Provide a pathway to the Dressage High Performance Squads


Eligible scores will be taken from the preceding 12 months, i.e. For the July 2021 intake, eligible scores will be from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, and for the December 2021 intake, from 15 December 2020 (after the Dressage Festival) to 14 December 2021.


  • Selection is per horse and rider combination who have attained qualifying scores.
  • Horses and riders must be sound and fit to satisfy competition standards. If this situation changes during the year the Committee must be advised of these changes as soon as possible. If the horse or rider becomes unfit to compete due to injury or illness or other causes, the rider must contact the Squad Selectors with an anticipated recovery time and regularly communicate progress.
  • Riders must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and must be eligible to represent Victoria if requested.  Riders must be permanent residents of Victoria.
  • Riders must be current financial members of Equestrian Victoria.
  • Riders must be 18yrs and over.
  • No freestyle scores are eligible.
  • No HC scores are eligible.
  • Horses and ponies are eligible for selection.
  • Riders must agree to fully participate in squad activities as per the signed Squad agreement.
  • Riders will be asked to sign the Victorian Dressage Development Squad Athlete's Agreement upon approval of their application to indicate their acceptance.
  • In the case where a rider or owner of the horse qualified does not comply with the Victorian Dressage Development Squad Selection Criteria, Athlete's Agreement, Equestrian Australia rules, regulations and guidelines, including Athlete Anti-doping and Equine Anti-doping and Controlled Medication policies, during the selection period, this combination will not be eligible for Squad selection for a period of 12 months after the date of the sanction against them.
  • Combinations who are accepted onto the Development Squad MUST NOT be a member of any other Victorian Squad.
  • Riders must agree to notify the Dressage Development Squad Committee if they choose to apply and accept a position as a combination on another Victorian Squad.


To be eligible, riders must meet the following criteria:

  • 3 best percentages from 3 different OPEN EA competitions, equal to or above the minimum qualification percentage (see below).
  • 3 scores from the same level OR qualifying scores from the graded level and the level above will be accepted. For example: 1 Elementary score of 68%+ and 1 Medium score 67%
  • Scores must be achieved from a minimum of 2 different qualifying competitions


Scores from all Official Dressage Competitions run under EA regulations will be accepted


EA - Elementary 68% and over
EA - Medium/Advanced 67% and over
FEI Small Tour 65% and over
FEI Mediium Tour 63% and over
FEI Big Tour 62% and over
Young Horse 7.3 and over


Rachelle Wilson
Email: [email protected]
Phone 0407 505 754



Rachelle Wilson - [email protected]