Kelly Gabbott

Following a week long training camp north of Melbourne the ESNZ Para Equestrian team arrived at the Werribee National Equestrian Centre to compete in the CPEDI3* competition, which was being held in conjunction with the Victoria Dressage Festival.

Preparing Christine Lawn\’s horse

Two of the team members, Jenny Affleck and Kim Cram took their horses over from New Zealand for the event – BOSS II and Halloween – with the other four team members, Joanna Jackson, Kelly Gabbott, Anthea Gunner, and Christine Lawn all riding lease horses. The riders needed to gain over 60% in their Championship or Freestyle tests to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010.

Anne Kershaw as Chef de Mission, and Teagan Gray as Head Groom assisted Kate Honour, the High Performance leader and Coach.

The long wait for prize giving

The team performed very well with four of the six riders – Jenny Affleck, Kim Cram, Anthea Gunner and Christine Lawn, gaining their certificates of capability towards possible selection for the WEG.

Kelly Gabbott and Joanna Jackson just missed qualifying but performed very well overall.  I was happy to be on hand to assist some of the riders fine tune their focus and mental skills before going in to compete, and look forward to working them in their preparation for the World Equestrian Games.

Results are as follows:

Christine Lawn and Glenmore Bronze Sovereign Grade (1B)
Team Test  – 62.471
Individual Test  -59.524
Freestyle- 63.796

Anthea Gunner and Carman Grade (2)
Team Test 57.524
Individual Test 60.000
Freestyle 63.333

Kim Cram and Halloween Grade (3)
Team Test 64.769
Individual Test 59.280
Freestyle 64.722

Kelly Gabbott and Kendalee CD Rom Grade (3)
Team Test 54.846
Individual Test 55.920
Freestyle 63.889

Jenny Affleck and Boss II Grade (4)
Team Test 64.857
Individual Test 62.581
Freestyle 67.455

Joanna Jackson and Minto Blackwood Grade (4)
Team Test 59.071
Individual Test 58.258
Freestyle 63.500

Equestrian Sports New Zealand Para Equestrian CPEDI3* Werribee, Victoria – December 2009

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