Sheridyn Ashwood & Prestige Win Freestyle to Sweep Sydney CDI3*

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Sheridyn Ashwood and Prestige VDL.
Sheridyn Ashwood and Prestige VDL. Courtesy SydneyCDI

SYDNEY, May 4–Sheridyn Ashwood, who had won only once in 15 months competing Prestige VDL, swept the three legs of the Sydney CDI3* capped by a victory in the Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night with a personal best score and her second result above 70 per cent for the first time.

The 34-year-old rider and Prestige scored 73.975 per cent with veteran Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi second on 71.600 per cent and Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle who had won the World Cup Pacific League but decided not to go to the Final in Sweden last week, were third on 71.125 per cent.

The results of the Freestyle showed significant differences in judging–Katrina Wüst of Germany and Wim Ernes of the Netherlands, both elite 5* judges, awarded scores that were typically higher by at least two percentage points and frequently greater compared with two Australians and one British judge for most of the 15 combinations that started the Freestyle (see detailed results below).

Sheridyn and the 16-year-old KWPN stallion (Silvano N x Lavendel x Goodtimes) had come into this competition virtual unknowns with their only previous CDI victory in the Grand Prix Special at Orange, a rural community about 120 miles (190km) from Sydney.

The pair started this CDI3* by winning the Grand Prix on Thursday with a score of 68.851 per cent that was close to their best.

On Friday they took the Special with 70.340 per cent, the first time the pair scored above 70 per cent at any of three Grand Prix levels in 21 starts.

The Freestyle was the 22nd start for the pair and their second straight result above 70 per cent was a popular victory, signaling a new kid on the block.

Before the Freestyle, Lyndal Oatley based in Germany and who has become Australia’s top international competitor, gave a demonstration ride.

“I was in shock,” Sheridyn said of the 70 per cent-plus in the Special. “I rode the horse down to the stables and the girls came in running and cheering. Then they told me I’d scored over 70 per cent and I was so excited.

“The score is what matters most. The test I did just then was good, but there’s so much more that I can do. I come out of the test and I’m happy but I know I still have a few things to work on.”

Sheridyn said she pre-plans everything about her ride.

“I know it sounds funny,” she said, “but I visualize every movement, every aid, what rhythm I want, pretty well everything. It can take me up to an hour. If I have it right in my head, then I’m confident.”

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