HORSING AROUND: Roma dressage rider Carla Cosgrove with her four-year-old horse Dexter.
HORSING AROUND: Roma dressage rider Carla Cosgrove with her four-year-old horse Dexter.

Roma dressage rider trots to victory at Brisbane CDI

EQUESTRIAN: Roma dressage rider Carla Cosgrove has achieved her goal of making the top 10 at the Brisbane CDI dressage event last weekend.

Run over two rounds, the event was combined with the Queensland Young Horse State Championships and is the highest level dressage competition in the state.

“Young Horse Dressage competitions are judged differently to a standard dressage competition with the emphasis being placed equally on the paces, standard of training and talent to become a high class dressage horse,” Carla said.

“And feedback is provided to the rider and spectators immediately.”

Carla scored some impressive results over the weekend riding her four-year-old horse, Dexter.

Carla and Dexter competed on both days, scoring a seventh and first place against some of Queensland’s and New South Wales’ top four-year-old dressage horse.

“My aim was to finish in the top 10 so I could be judged by the International Judge, Lilo Fore, as I was keen to be assessed by someone who has judged and officiated at Olympic and World Championship level,” she said.

“Lilo placed us first and provided us with some amazing feedback on Dexter’s potential to compete at FEI (International) level.”

Carla was the only amateur owner to place in the top 10, with the other spots being filled by professional trainers and Queensland squad riders.

The next stage for Carla and Dexter will be to have a small well-earned break before consolidating their training in preparation for 2017.


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