The FEI World Dressage Challenge is an International Development Competition supported and organised globally by the FEI which is the overall governing body of equestrian sports in the world.
The Dressage Challenge was held at the National Equestrian Centre, McLean’s Island on Friday, December 1st and judged by Maria Schwennesen (AUS) and Sue Harris (NZL).
This was the thirty seventh time this challenge has taken place and in early January 2018 the New Zealand team, containing numerous local connections, heard the results they had been hoping for. New Zealand was announced the overall world winner after 39 countries had competed in the event. New Zealand won on 239.840 followed by Kyrgystan 239.53 and Australia 239.131.
The NZ team’s Chef d’Equipe was Chris Lovelady of Darfield who was understandably extremely proud of the result.
Dressage NZ Sports Manager Wendy Hamerton commented that, “under a new format where we have both world team and individual rankings it is the first time New Zealand have won overall.
“This is also the first time that Australia have competed for a number of years, so it is significant that we beat them. Previously we have won the Zone a number of times.”
New Zealand competes in this Challenge each year with the event taking place in either the North or South Islands alternately.