Australia-based riders out to impress in lead-up to WEG in Kentucky

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U.S. "O" judge Axel Steiner
U.S. FEI 5* judge Axel Steiner

SYDNEY, Oct. 19–The dressage world is now looking toward the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the Australian Championships provide an opportunity for Australia-based competitors to impress visiting FEI 5* judges in the lead-up to selection for the WEG.

The Horseland Australian Dressage Championships includes a CDI-W (World Cup Qualifier) judged under International rules by an approved panel of FEI listed Judges.  The CDI-W consists of the Grand Prix competition, which serves as the qualifying test for the Freestyle.

The judging panel includes Stephen Clarke of Great Britain, Axel Steiner of the USA), Joan Macartney of Canada and leading judges from Australia.

The Hamilton Island Grand Prix CDI-W is the competition where horse and rider combinations must perform at their best to achieve “MES” (Minimum Eligibility Scores) to be considered for selection to the Australian team next year.

A handful of qualifying and selection events will be held in Australia in the coming months.

The Bates Grand Prix Freestyle will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. in the indoor arena.