Sheridyn Ashwood is hoping her victory in today’s Sydney CDI Grand Prix sets the tone for the remaining two days of competition. On her way to victory, Ashwood and her 16 year old stallion Prestige VDL defeated a top calibre field which included Olympian Heath Ryan (Regardez Moi), his wife Rozzie (GV Bullwinkle) and David Shoobridge (OO Seven). The combination were awarded a score 68.85%. I’m really excited with how the horse is developing, he’s still continuing to improve. Every time we bring him out he’s just that little bit better,” Sheridyn said.
It is Ashwood’s first big victory at a CDI and the Queensland rider is full of confidence leading into Friday’s Grand Prix Special. “I always ride better on the second and third day. I don’t do any warm-up events, I only compete at CDI’s so I come in without any practice runs. It’s a lot different riding at home than in a test environment so I definitely feel more confident once I’m through the first test”, Ashwood explains. New South Wales riders filled the minor placings and leading the charge for the home state was David Shoobridge and OO Seven which scored 67.70. In just their fourth CDI Grand Prix, Nadia Coghlan and the 13 year old gelding Carlyle achieved a personal best score of 66.89 which secured them third place.