Sheridyn Ashwood continued her winning streak at the Sydney CDI winning the Grand Prix Freestyle in front of a capacity audience. Her win at tonight’s event concludes a dream run for the Queensland based rider who leaves the event with the Grand Prix treble. In taking victory Ashwood and her mount, the 16-year-old stallion Prestige VDL, toppled a class field which included Rozzie Ryan and GV Bullwinkle who was sixth to go in the field of 16 and set the bar high when they scored 71.13 per cent for which they received a roaring cheer from the enthusiastic crowd. Third last to go, Ashwood knew the score she needed to achieve in order to take the lead and armed with a more difficult routine which she changed following her earlier success at this event, she left the arena to loud applause and a score of 73.98.
Ashwood still had to wait for three time winner of this event Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi and Caroline Wagner and Tango V to complete their tests before learning where she would finish the event. Heath’s score of 71.20 was just enough to creep in ahead of his wife Rozzie but not enough to take the lead from Ashwood.
“I’m riding a very, very special horse, he’s wonderful. I’m lucky to ride such a special animal as this,” Sheridan said.
The Sydney CDI Grand Prix Freestyle brings an end to the 21st annual Sydney CDI. It is also the second of four qualifiers to the Be the Influence: Equestrian Grand Final. The 12 combinations with the highest Grand Prix Freestlye scores from the four qualifying events will automatically qualify for the Final which will be held at EQUITANA, Sydney from 7-10 November 2013. Combinations must also post a score greater than 64 per cent in order to be eligible for the Final.
For full results from the three days of competition please visit www.sydneycdi.com