Sydney 2000 CDI***. was held on May 11-14 at the Horse Park outside of Sydney, Australia. In, true to form, Australian hospitality, the event invites nations to participate in an international team competition. To allow for as many international participants as possible, the show management organizes loan horses for the riders. Riders stay with host families, make new friends, and lots of fun in a fun loving country.
Sue Jaccoma, of Arundel, ME, and Dorothy Morkis of Dover, MA were the two Americans, whose applications were selected by the AHSA and the USET to participate. With their assigned horses for the first 2 days of competition, they competed in the open Prix St. Georges and Intermediare 1. " Hard enough riding one's own horse!" Jaccoma told dressagedaily. Morkis, The 1976 Olympic Dressage Team Bronze Medallist, was the highest placing international rider, placing 8th overall in the class.
On Sunday, Jaccoma drew Morkis's horse for the "Derby" class. Riders were only allowed 30 minutes to ride the horse before the Prix St. Georges test. Jaccoma won with a 65%, and the United States won the team competition.
CDI*** Sydney was an excellent exercise for the Olympic Games to be held in September. Olympic judges officiated and had the opportunity to view the venue for the horse competition. Along with Judge Axel Steiner, fiancée Terri Miller was on the scene to capture the moment!
Photo by Terri Miller