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Posted by Equestrian Queensland on 20/09/2022.
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2022 The Saddlefitter Brisbane CDI & Dressage Qld State Championships Wrap

The Saddlefitter Brisbane CDI & Queensland State Dressage Championships was held at Queensland State Equestrian Centre (QSEC) from 15 - 18 September where 175 riders and 226 horses completed 415 tests showing off their hard work and training. Spectators were welcomed during the four days of competition with free entry and on top of the full program of dressage, there was a lot of great shopping to be done in the Horse and Co Trade Village.

On Saturday 17 September, riders and spectators enjoyed the FEI Freestyles and additional educational demonstrations which included -

  • Saddle fitting for competition and the high performance horse presented by The Saddlefitter

  • How to activate your horse’s core and more presented by Dr Narelle Stubbs

  • Starting lateral work presented by Gary Lung (pictured below), featuring the Off The Track Showcase supported by QOTT

For the 10th year, the annual 2022 Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship presentation was also made on Saturday with the hanoverian weanling 'Remi Valdemar S' by Remi Vigneron and supporting prizes (total package value of over $30,000) being presented to the winner Georgia Creed.

Pictured below: Remi Stud Young Rider Scholarship winner Georgia Creed with Remi Valdemar S, Kirsty, Cheryl (Remi Stud owner) and Charlotte (2019 winner).

Congratulations to event director Anita Barton and her army of supporters behind the scenes, what a marvellous event and the premier dressage event on the Queensland calendar!... finally an FEI International event after 3 years of trying!

The event was such a success once again due to the continued support of Kathryn Sullivan-Butt, The Saddlefitter - the principal sponsor.

Thank you to all the sponsors, judges, stewards, volunteers, photographers, videographers and livestream team.

Congratulations to all riders and their beautiful horses, you all no doubt came away with an achievement or learnings from the event and we look forward to seeing you next year!


Equestrian Life Livestream thanks to our principal livestream sponsor 4CYTE

Saturday Part 1 Livestream Replay

Part one of Saturday’s stream includes the ‘Starting Laterals QLD Off The Track Showcase’ presented by Gary Lung, the IHB CDI Under 25 Grand Prix, the Remi Stud Scholarship presentation, ‘Saddlefitting for Competition and the High-Performance Horse’ presented by The Saddlefitter, and the Petstock Caboolture Intermediate I Freestyle.

Saturday Part 2 Livestream Replay

Part two of Saturday’s stream includes ‘How to Activate your Horses Core & More’ presented by Dr Narelle Stubbs, as well as the Intermediate A/B Freestyle, County Saddlery CDN Grand Prix Freestyle, and Hygain CDI Grand Prix Freestyle.


All presentation photos available for each day can be viewed and purchased via the official event photographer, Derek O'Leary's website, who was also covering the Main Arena.

Other photographers at the event covering various arenas were -

Picture The Moment Equine (Indoor and Outdoor Arenas)
Sue Crockett Photography (Indoor Arena 2)
MCJukes Photography (Outdoor Arenas)

CDI Grand Prix

It was a very successful event for 18yo Jessica Dertell, who travelled up from Victoria with her team of horses. On the final day of competition, Jessica won three major classes with three different horses and place second in another.

Jessica Dertell and Cennin (pictured below) were the CDI Big Tour Champions.  The 15yo licenced Dutch Warmblood Stallion (Vivaldi x Donnerhall) was purchased and imported earlier this year by Brett and Samantha Thomas of Sabble Farm. 

Farewell to Cabaret C

A memorable event for the Tenkate family, the TPH Team and Emma Flavelle-Watts as they reflect on their journey and celebrate Cabaret C's successful career. Emma and Cabaret C aka Emma (pictured below), were 2nd in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle with 71.035%.

Cabaret C has officially now been retired after the completion of the Brisbane CDI. We wish her a long a happy retirement.

CDI Big Tour Championship sponsored by Hygain

Champion – Jessica Dertell / CENNIN
Reserve – Sheridyn Ashwood / FERERRO CHOCOLATE BOX

CDN Big Tour Championship sponsored by County Saddlery Australia

Champion – Matthew Lord / DIAMOND JIVE
Reserve – Robyne Smith / GWANDALAN LUCA

CDN Medium Tour Championship

Champion – Caroline Bonney / BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Reserve – Emma Flavelle-Watts / REMI DOWNUNDER


CDN Small Tour Championship sponsored by Re Horse

Champion – Serena Ireland / ROYALTY R
Reserve – Hillary McGregor-Potter / KARABIL PARK SIR JAZZ




CDI U25 Championship sponsored by International Horse Breeders Pty Ltd

Champion –Jessica Dertell / ESKARA DE JEU
Reserve – Mary Nitschke / UTOPIAN CARDINAL


CDI Young Rider Championship sponsored by Horseland

Champion – Jessica Dertell / GLADSTONE M.H.
Reserve –Danielle McMahon / REMI LAURIES JOY


CDI Junior Rider Championship sponsored by Equissage Therapy Australia / Equissage Qld Lucie

Champion – Jessica Dertell / KILIMANJARO
Reserve – Kate Kyros / COURTLANDS CADMAN

Open Preliminary Championship sponsored by WestVETS Equine Hospital

Champion – Ruby Allen / SENZATION
Reserve – Danielle Keogh / WILLOWBURN FURSTIN BONNE

AOR Preliminary Championship sponsored by Boutique Equines

Champion – Georgia Thurgate / REGAL QUICK AS A FLASH
Reserve – Charlotte Cox / HARRIS PARK RIORDAN

Trot Up Award sponsored by Boutique Equines

Brooke Flesser

Ray Roe Award for Ethos in Dressage sponsored by The Saddlefitter

Bec Aitken


Horsemanship Award sponsored by The Saddlefitter

Serena Ireland



Regional Rider Award sponsored by Stance Equitec Australia

Robyne Smith

Off The Track Thoroughbred Award sponsored by Queensland Off The Track


Intervarsity Best Performed FEI

Mackenzie Boundy / FORTUNE COOKIE

Intervarsity Best Performed EA Open Combination

Competed in both the Novice and Elementary classes

Intervarsity Best Performed EA AOR Combination

Georgia Thurgate / REGAL QUICK AS A FLASH
Competed in both the Preliminary and Novice classes

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