Stockdale waltzes to dressage title
Waimate's Lynley Stockdale and Komplete Kaos have pocketed a national title.
The pair won the Burkner Medal at the National Dressage Championships in Christchurch at the weekend.
Stockdale and her horse, affectionately known as Ammo, produced personal best scores as they waltzed away with one of New Zealand dressage's most prestigious titles.
"I am very, very excited; this is just awesome," she said.
"I caught myself smiling away to the music in our last test, I was just having that much fun."
She bought Ammo nearly three years ago having never competed at the challenging Grand Prix level before.
The past 18 months have seen the combination hitting their straps and the partnership has flourished. Next on the cards is a six-week trip to the North Island where they will base themselves in Palmerston North.
"I am really excited to go to the North Island as I know we are on track."
While there they will train with regular instructor Andrea Raves as well as visiting American youth coach Jeremy Steinberg.
"We are competing at Taranaki and North Island champs and then heading to Horse of the Year."
Stockdale is also contemplating a trip across the Tasman to compete in Sydney.
"Obviously we would need to get good results in the north before going offshore."
With so many technical movements required only a small percentage of horses and riders make it to the Grand Prix.
Currently, the South Island has just two combinations, Stockdale and Sally Field-Dodgson who rides Amberleigh Elite.
They were joined at the weekend by North Islander Wendy Hamerton and Pot of Gold.
Stockdale enjoyed the competition over the weekend as she is regularly the only one competing and finds it hard to evaluate how they are going.
"It is easy to ride safely when you are riding by yourself, but this weekend was great and it really made me push ourselves that much harder when we had competition."
- The Timaru Herald