Pressure on riders at Willinga Park as they look to qualify for Tokyo


The elite Dressage by the Sea competition starts this Saturday at Willinga Park. Image courtesy Willinga Park. 

A number of riders competing in the Dressage by the Sea competition, which starts this Saturday at Willinga Park, Bawley Point, will be hoping to come out of the competition with Tokyo Olympic selection. 

Events manager Tim Dreverman says the competition, which will run over nine days, is an elite four-star CDI event and is the only CDI4 event in the southern hemisphere.

He says now in its fourth year it will be the biggest event yet in terms of competitor numbers, and in the level of pressure which will be on riders.

During the event, Willinga Park will also play host the 2020 FEI Regional Dressage Forum and a masterclass by world-champion dressage star, Dorothee Schneider.

Tim says five-time Olympian, Mary Hanna, from Victoria, will be competing, as will a number of New Zealand riders who have to compete internationally to be considered for selection in the New Zealand Olympic team.

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