AM Festival of Dressage: Dancing queens

Coverage of the opening day of the Cushionride Auckland-Manukau Dressage Championships in Clevedon

The first day of the 2017 Cushionride Auckland-Manukau Festival of Dressage enjoyed perfect conditions in Clevedon today, and massive entries from around the upper North Island. It’s getting near to the business end of the season, with the Bates Nationals just a fortnight away, so the Auckland-Manukau Champs are an opportunity to fine-tune routines and, of course, qualify for the upcoming Horse of the Year Show.
This year’s show is dedicated in the memory of the late Shirley Watts.

Enjoy our first-day images, from the incomparable lenses of Libby Law.

Angela Lloyd and Ruanuku R, winners in test 7B with 65.565% (Image: Libby Law)
Kallista Field and Sayonara FE, who won test 1B with a whopping 78.077% (Image: Libby Law)
Amanda Berridge and Glamorgan By Design were clear winners in test 3B, scoring 73% (Image: Libby Law)
Sharlene Royal and New World Frankie J won test 6B, with a score of 68.375% (Image: Libby Law)
Chanelle Walsh and the eye-catching gypsy cob The Lovable Rogue were impressive in the L2 musical freestyle section B, winning on 74.219% (Image: Libby Law)
Dancing feathers! (Image: Libby Law)
Wendi Williamson and Presley MH were impressive in section A of test 2A, winning on 74.75% (Image: Libby Law)
Rosie Richards and Ira Hayes were victorious in test 4B, scoring 67.308%
Wendi Williamson with another rising star, Don Vito MH, who won the B-section of test 1B on 73.462%