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Carlos was again very impressive and showing mega talent winning both novice tests and acheiving over 70 % ,he is feeling better and better and more confident in the arena . Their is also frozen semen available per dose at $1500 for Carlos , this super fancy Dreamcatcher/Jazz son.
Sandara ridden buy full time rider Fiona Guthrie sto le the show winning the preliminary with a hefty 75% , this Swarovski son was purchased at Danson Dressage and is now owned by Dr David Ramsey who has entrusted us with the training of this lovely young gelding .
Danson Deity the tall scopey Donnerblitz gelding looked super out their in the young horse 4 year old class with young rider for Danson Ashleigh Westcott in the saddle , this cool as ice young horse scored 70 % and 2nd place , and we could not be happier , this quality young horse is for sale take a look at the sales page .
We now look forward to our competitons this weekend where Up To Go and I will make her debut and Intermediate 1 , Daring Greatly will be ridden in the young horse by myself in the 5 year old class and this talented mare is currently For Sale look at Sales page ,Fiona Guthrie will ride Dr Ramseys Swarovski gelding Sandara in the 5 year old class and also the black Swarovski 4 year old gelding Cal Kai Krug owned by Claire Delaney will make their young horse debut and this is a lovely lovely horse ,and Angela Donaldson will ride my very talented Swarovski gelding MW Scotland in the 4 year old young horse and this horse will be kept as a future dressage horse for Danson, looking forward to a great couple of days !!
Congratulations to Hi Pine Rubellite and Andrea Reidel Carrison on their consistent success as a show horse and warmblood winner, at the recent big Horse of the year show they won many blue ribbons in hand and under saddle !! and Andrea could not be happier with her star mare !! This mare was bred and purchased at Danson Dressage
Very happy to say that Up to Go and I have now qualified in the Advanced and Prix St Georges for the Victorian Dressage Festival.Uppie is so far undefeated in SA and I look foward now to a start in the Intermediate 1 and the Vic champs .Thanks to her owner rider Eddie Blass for working her mare and keeping her tuned for me in between rides.
Carlos ,Imported Dreamcatcher /Jazz was just an excellent young man winning both classes again and the novice with over 70 % ,this is an exciting horse for the future and he is coming along nicely !! Their is also frozen semen available for purchase from this super scopey dutch horse .
Sandara,Swarovski gelding owned by Dr David Ramsey and ridden by Danson rider Fiona Guthrie also won the prelim 1.3 and placed in the novice 2.3 so it was a great day out for the Danson Team, Fiona did a super job on this big young gelding and Davis should be very proud of his young horses performances,Sandara was purchased through Danson Dressage.
We have had competitions every weekend qualifying new horses and we also have more comps coming up !! Anton K the stunning Ampere 4 year old gelding will make his debut next weekend in the 4 year old young horse class with Fiona in the saddle , and this will be the last comp I will need to do also on Carlos to gain all of his qualifications , Full steam ahead !!
Up To Go put in another solid peformance in the Prix St George , this super dutch dressage import and I are starting to get to know each other in the ring , she scored a 66.78 % amd we hope to slowly improve on this percentage as we get closer to the Victorian championships ,I am very excited about this mares future in the sport as is owner Eddie Blass ! Up To Go will also be getting embryos taken this season , so she will also be a mummy !!
First competiton for the very fancy Dutch import Carlos and I , and he was a model citizen , winning both tests with over 70 % and boy has this horse got some gears !!
Full time rider for Danson Dressage Fiona Guthrie did a super job on our client Dr David Ramseys IFS Swarovski gelding Sandara winning the Novice 2.2 and this was his first attempt at this level, this lovely gelding was also purchased at Danson Dressage and we are delighted David continues to entrust us with his much loved horses future .
Danson Deity was simply brilliant at his first ever competition with our young rider for Danson Dressage Ashleigh Westcott in the saddle , Ash has developed a terrific relationship with this tall very scopey Donnerblitz gelding !! and it showed with them winning the prelim with over 70 % ,this gelding is For Sale see sales page and has serious potential .
Mention must also be made to Mnt Crawford Dressage for their sand arenas which makes it so much better for our horses to perform well !!
Danson Dressage was very well represented at these championships not only by the Danson team but by quite a few other Danson horses with their owner riders ,horses that have been sold at Danson as well as many Donnerblitz progeney out in the competition arenas , these horses where very succesful winning and placing in a multitude of events throughout the weekend, Donnerblitz son Donnerwelt with Elizabeth Hunt who won the Amatuer Medium level class ,Congatulations .
Danson Destiny and Don Prestige both bred and purchased at Danson Dressage placed in their classes over the weekend with Angela Donaldson both of these horses are sired by Donnerblitz ,Congratulations.
Danson Cooparum bred and purchased at Danson Dressage and ridden by Jemma Dodd won the young rider Championship,Congratulations.
Danson Dynamic bred and purchased sired by Donnerblitz through Danson Dressage and ridden by Tracey Baker won the elementary championship,Congratulations, also Tracey rode another horse Don Euro purchased at Danson Dressage who also placed in classes throughout the weekend .
These are just a few of the combinations that come into my head that where at the championships but they were quite a few more .
Young rider for Danson Dressage Ashleigh Westcott rode our IFS Damsey gelding Danson Damarkus winning the young rider Novice and coming 2nd in the preliminary ,this delightful talented 4 year old has just been sold to NSW to a Grand Prix rider this was his last competition for Danson and we wish his new owner every success we will miss this lovely young horse ,and Ashleigh did a great job with him .
Professional full time rider for Danson Dressage the experienced Fiona Guthrie did a super job piloting the young 5 year old black mare Sandro Black Ice , this Sandro Hit mare put forward some lovely even tests to place in the prelim and novice , Congratulations to owner Lara Pizimolas and we look forward to preparing this quality mare for the young horse classes.
Don Duchovny proving ever so consistent winning the novice class championship this now makes him SA State Champion , SA Spring Champion and Mid Nth Champion as well as winning the Be Active Novice Circuit , scoring over 70 % this beautiful black imported gelding is actually For Sale as I need to make time for the young horses and clients horses I have to ride and I cant do it all ,he also placed in both of his elementary classes .
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Danson Donnerking just kept getting pipped at the post , he was 2nd in the Elementary and he won one Novice test and was beaten for the championship by his stablmate Don Duchovny and another Donnerblitz son just pipped him at the elementary !However I am far from disapointed this super scopey Donnerblitz gelding is defiantely one for the future and I have incredibly high hopes for him .
Daring Greatly the stunning grey IFS Damsey mare gave me to super consistent rides to win the prelim 1.3 with 70 % and was 4th in the other just getting pipped for the championship , this mare will now be prepared for the 5 year old young horse state finals for owner Cheslea Boylan .
Donnerblitz put his best piaffe passage tour with his best scores to date into the arena for the Intermediate 11 on the saturday to win the class with a personal best score of 65.92% ,I was very pleased with how he felt and peformed in this class however the hard surface took its toll on the sunday for the Grand Prix with to many mistakes and I was annoyed at myself for an error of course , he was the only horse in the Grand Prix on the sunday , now we will train towards the Victorian Championships for the Grand Prix and he is feeling strong and sound so I hope for a mistake free test in Victoria , If we can continue to consolidate the Grand Prix he certainly has the potential to score some high marks .(Pictured second from bottom is Donnerblitz with his son Don Prestige )
Ashleigh Westcott young rider for Danson Dressage riding our clients IFS Damsey mare Daring Greatly did a super job of representing SA at the Interschool Championships at Werribee , Daring Greatly and Ash put in a great performance to score 72% and come 2nd in the Novice class !!
They also were required to take part in an official trot up befor their classes which is all good training for the future .
Thankyou to Chelsea Boylan for allowing Ashleigh to ride her quality mare and Ashleigh for acheivinga great result and representing not only Danson Dressage but SA young rider dressage.
Up To Go is living up to her name winning the Advanced with 71.92 % she also won her first Prix St Georges with me in the saddle !! this quality mare I am still getting to know and she has not disapointed with quality reliable performances !Unfortunately we didnt qualify in time for the Sa Spring Champs but are Looking forward to taking her to the Victorian Championships in December , special thanks to owner Eddie Blass for also doing a super job with her !
Danson Donnerking I am very proud of , he once again won his medium start !!he is showing so much potential and I am really happy to be riding and training this Donnerblitz son !!
Sandro Black Ice ridden by full time rider Fiona Guthrie extremely well she put in two solid perfomances in the novice ring to come 2nd and 5th with scores of 66% plus , this is a beautiful mare and we look forward to seeing what these two can deliver for the Sa Spring Champs and future young horse classes, thankyou to Lara Pizimolas for allowing Danson to continue to train and develop her stunning mare.
Danson Damarkus produced a sparkling performance n the 4 year old young horse class,he was the only one in the class but this talented IFS Damsey gelding was well ridden by Angela Donaldson after picking up the ride from Ashleigh Westcott whilst she is in werribee competing , this gelding will now competet in the young rider classes at Sa Spring Champs with Ashleigh and unless sold will then be produced for the young horse classes !! He is for sale and is a very good young horse !!
First competition for the gorgeous Imported Dutch Olivi mare Up To GO and I , and she delivered with two super advanced tests to convincingly win both classes , I am very grateful to owner Eddie Blass for the ride on her talented mare , looking forward to riding her in the Prix St Georges next weekend and we have very high hopes for this mares future and career,this mare ahs scope to burn and we are playing it safe at the moment and qualifying her but will start to use some of her gears in the shows to come !!
Danson Donnerking just keeps getting better and better , this magnificent Donnerblitz gelding had his first attempt at the Medium level and he won the 4.3 with an impressive 72.58%,this horseI really am enjoying ridng and training and he is showing me he has definte potential for the Grand Prix !!I currently have a very good 3 year old Donnerblitz gelding for sale Danson Donnerboy this is the same cross that was used to produce Donnerking out of a Flamboyant mare , this gelding is not currently listed but contact Heather for more details as he is a chip of the old block !!
Alfredo 11 this fancy little Imported Spanish stallion had his first ever competiton ,this 4 year old will be aimed at the Dressage pony classes and at the DWTS pony , for his first comp he was a very good boy and Angela Donaldson did a great job pilotimg him at this show, next week is take two and he will have another outing !!
Daring Greatly and Ashleigh Westcott also had a great show , winning both young rider novice classes , this stunning IFS Damsey mare is a sensitive elegant ride and young Danson rider Ashleigh does a super job riding her , they have been selected to represent SA at the Interschool Championships in dressage next week and we wish them the best of luck , we also thank owner Chelseah Boylan for allowing Ashleigh to ride her quality mare over their and also entrusting me with her training .
Daring Greatly the flashy 5 year old IFS Damsey mare owned by Chelsea Boylan , was succesful with young Danson rider Ashleigh Westcott with a win in both Novice young rider tests and 2nd and 3rd in the open classes at SADA , Ashleigh will be riding Tamsey at the Interschool championships in werribee coming up representing SA and we wish them every success and are grateful we can put Ashleigh on such a quality ride , then it is back to training with Heather in the saddle for the SA Spring Dressage Championships and then this mare will continue with her training with Heather and progress up through the levels ,she is already showing that she is not far of a elementary /medium start,thanks again to owners like Chelsea for their ongoing trust in her horses career being produced at Danson Dressage.
TOP TEN IN THE WORLD !! for Hatero DE PB and Elizabeth Sobecki in the Indivdual Grade 111 para class.
Congratulations to the delightful Elizabeth Sobecki and her lovely family Stan and Annie .
Elizabeth did a beautiful job of riding Hatero in a high pressure situation ,she was very poised and professional and did an excellent job for her country , and the team has now qualifed for Rio Olympics !!
Hatero DE PB was a stellar gentleman , he never let Lizzie down and also did Australia proud with his solid performances.
Hatero is now in quarantine in Germany and will be making his way back to Australia , he will be available for breeding at the end of October to outside mares,then it will be back to work with Heather in the saddle to progress and continue his dressage training and career.
Here are a few pictures and memories of Lizzie and Harry in France together , I am very happy in my heart to have lent my little stallion to Elizabeth as is co owner Kerrie Massey , and I know that she has got irreplaceable memories and Harry has cemented a place in her heart,it was nice to be able to give back in this sport to a very deserving young lady .
Imported Dutch Prix St George mare,Up To Go , will be hitting the competiton arenas in SA very shortly ,I am very lucky to have this opportunity to ride this talented scopey mare ,and am very thankful to her owner rider Eddie Blass ,we are looking forward to working on her together , and I am hoping to have this mare on the National circuit next year along with Donnerblitz ! I camnt wait to ride her at the Victorian Championships this year .
Danson Donnerking was once again a super horse for me , he won both of his Elementary tests again today and scored over 70 % !! he is just going from strength to strength in his training and I am so happy to be riding and training this Donnerblitz son .Looking forward riding him at our Spring Championships as well as the Victorian Championships later this year .
Sandro Black Ice , was a little fresh first thing this morning !! but she settled down to win her first ever Novice 2.3 !!! with just under 67% , this is a quality elegant mare and we think she will be a real competitor as her training continues ,Congratulations to the owner Lara Pizimolas , Mia looks forward to riding her at the Sa Spring Championships !!
Danson Donnerking had his first ever Elementary starts at this competition and I could not have asked for more ,he won both tests and really tried , this Donnerblitz gelding I am very keen on ,and I can feel he is an FEI horse in the making ,and I really enjoy riding him every day.
The stunning black Sandro Hit/Rubenstein mare Sandro Black Ice owned by event rider Lara Pizimolas , smooth harmonious tests and won both young rider classes and would have placed in both open classes .
Thankyou to Lara for trusting us with this quality mares career whilst she recovers from an injury .
Well I thought if I am going to this show to help and support Anthony I may as well take one of my dressage horses to ride , so Don Duchovny was taken to see the sights of the showjumping arenas !! he was quite suprised at a few of the colourful jumps and it certainly opened his horizens !! it also made excellent practise for our flying changes with our first start at medium coming up !!
My other imported Dressage horse Der Von Wedel also made the trip as Anthony rates this beautiful Dimmaggio as a future World Cup horse !! so we are going to share him as I still want him as a dressage horse but the jumping has also helped his dressage with the added exposure and demands ,so it willbe interesting to see where Wedel ends up ? FEI dressage horse and World Cup showjumper ?? with 70 doses of his semen left , it will make for intersting future foals with 5 due this season from Jumping and dressage mares !!
Levitation NZPH as usual was the star of the show,this french bred warmblood that looks like a thoroughbred is just a careful athlete , winning the SA Indoor championships with Anthony this combination is certainly going into the Australian Championships this year looking better than ever , but very pleasing also was that Southern Warlock has stepped up with the big boys and actually came 3rd in this class , the future is looking bright for him as a World Cup horse also .
Southern Geneva ridden by Ashleigh Westcott was also jumping around the 75cm, this extremely well bred showjumping mare will be offered for sale to fund the young horses being broken to saddle otherwise Anthony definately would have kept her,take a look on the sales page for her details , she is extremely quiet and safe with plenty of ability .
Danson Damarkus also ridden by Ashleigh made his debut at jumping !! this IFS Dansey gelding is just a absolute beauty he took to jumping like duck to water !! around the 60cm ,he would make a winnning eventing horse as his dressage and gaits are also very strong , take a look on the sales page .
What a fun and enjoyable weekend we all had, Georgi Ker our Oakside stablehand also did a great job grooming at her first show for us , the team at Oakside is coming together and we are looking forward to the competitons for the rest of this year !!
Our stunning Hatero DE PB hasnt let us down by carrying Para dressage rider Elizabeth Sobecki to a place on the WEG team in France !!
I could not be happier to the vivacious and ever smiling Lizzie Sobecki,and it is extremely humbling to be a part of making her dreams come true , she is a very likeable young lady and has worked hard on developing her relationship with Hatero and I wouldnt just lend my competition stallion to just anyone !! so you can imagine what a deserving young lady she is !and her parents are equally adorable .
Special thanks to Julia Battams and also her husband Kevin for helping Lizzie in these last couple of months ,absolutely wonderful Australian support and Casey Hallet for grooming Harry at all of the lead up competitons .
Even though I trained and produced Hatero the quiet acheiver behind the scenes is definately Kerrie Massey who imported Hatero and co owns him with myself, she has been the most wonderful owner trusting me with Hateros career and agreeing also to let Hatero be a part of Lizzies journey ,Thankyou so much Kerrie ,Australia is lucky to have you ....
Now we will proudly watch as Lizzie and Hatero takes the world stage for their country,and we wish the Australian team all of the success and enjoyment .
Very nice to be reunited with Roger after a few years of him not coming to SA to give clinics , I used to attend his clinics with Donnerblitz and he was sorely missed when he could not travel over for a few years !!
Thanks to Janne and Heather Lindquist at McLaren Vale for again getting Roger back for clinics to SA !! and it isnt any where near as far for me to travel now !!
Really good help with my new gun Donnerblitz gelding Danson Donnerking , this big moving scopey gelding is quite exciting and is training on exceptionally well ,and I have high hopes for his future in the sport !!
Don Duchovnys session was just as good and this beautiful black imported Don Frederico gelding just tried his heart out and we are getting our groove together and look fowrad to our nex start at Medium level !! and just for fun we are doing a spot of showjumping at Mallala this weekend !!
Donnerblitz and Der Von Wedel their holiday is over !! after the huge demand of moving to Oakside , my boys are back in work !!! so next clinic it will be their turn !!
Take a minute to read this link http://michaelaglass.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/a-new-adventure-begins/ to Mia's Blog about her first week at Danson Dressage ,her second update will be online in the next few days ,as she has now been onboard for a month!!
It has been full steam ahead for Mia riding an average of 6 horses per day as well as her own , totally dedicated and enthusiastic ,Mia has certainly impressed with her work ethic and has plenty of talent as a rider .
Exciting times ahead for Mia and her super impressive team of IFS and Imported young horses that she is riding for Danson Dressage , she will be hitting the competiton arenas in August on the IFS Sandro Hit/Rubenstein mare Sandro Black Ice owned by Lara Pizimolas !! We also welcome our young friend Danson Wolkenaction ,back to SA after Mia purchased this classy IFS Wolkentanz gelding 2 years ago , Looking forward to working with this combination !!
I recently changed all of my horses over to Mitavite products after learning that they add Bonafide into their feeds, this has saved me a fortune already on Joint powders , and also for the bone density and development of my young growing horses ,they have added to Breeda and Munga which I mostly feed , plus most of their other feeds like Impactor,Energiser ,Promita plus others !!
To my knowledge no other feed company has added this essential Vitamin for joints and bones , I feel very confident my horses and Anthonys are getting the very best scientifically balanced feeds to enable them to perform at their best and also my young horses getting the correct nutritional development .
Ashleigh Westcott rider for Danson Dressage and 16 years had a very succesful day at the recent Two wells Dressage competiton taking our beautiful grey mare MEC Glory who placed in every test and came 2nd on a 69.80% this eyecatching mare certainly turns heads and gains a few admirers,this mare is exceptionalvalue at $19,500 , also the IFS Damsey gelding at only 3 years old also performed exceptionally well placing in his novice class,this elegant modern gelding can certainly move and has the temepermant to go with it !!! Both of these horses are FOR Sale at Danson Dressage check out our sales page ,they are both in full work and ready to go .
We recently heard from Belles owner .
Hi Heather ,Hope youre well , out of 6 comps we now have 3 state champ qualifying scores,Ive scored 69.2 and 70.70 % Ive just had surgery last week ,alls fine , so my coach Michelle Baker rode her today as entries close on wed for States and they scored 75.70 % !!!Everybody looks at her ,everybody asks her breeding and a breeder today wanted an embryo transfer !! Shes just spectacular and I am one very happy owner .X (Picture Taken at Danson Dressage , pics of this mare at the comp will be coming soon )
Well it was a little wet and cold , but a good two days of competition at Naracoorte for the Mid South East Dressage Challenge.Congratulations to the committee.
It was the last of the Be Active series and a very crucial competition for Don Duchovny as their was only a point between him and the next horse Lyn Jutilanes ,Ratfiki ,and it came down to the wire the top three horses doing solid performances and their was nothing between them !! Luckily Don Duchovny came out on top with Ratfiki then Fransiska ,well done toLyn Jutilane for taking out the Elementary Be Active and Don Duchovny taking the Novice Be Active for the series !!
I am so proud of Don Duchovny he won the Novice Championship also at this show and was just super solid and consistent throughout , I will now start working towards a medium start with him and progressing him through the levels .
Danson Donnerking was also very succesful winning the preliminary championship and scored a 76.71% from the Victorian judge ,this very scopey talented Donnerblitz gelding is proving to be a very competitive individual and I look foward to taking him up through the levels.
Their was also a couple of Danson Bred horses competiting at this competiton over the weekend and it is lovely to see their owner riders enjoying them so much .
Full time rider position available
Full time rider position available for experienced young horse rider , in either dressage or jumping ,Full salary paid, plus live in accomodation at Hahndorf , Oakside Stud available if required , opportunities to train and compete on quality pupose bred warmblood horses ,and to ride alongside Heather Currie, Anthony Thomas ,Casey Hallet and Ashleigh Westcott, this is a very busy and evolving stable that has plenty of opportunity for the right person .
International and Interstate riders most welcome ,please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We say farewell to visiting Dutch rider Yvon Reeuwijk , thankyou for being a part of Danson Dressage ,and best of luck finding a sponser to stay in Australia we wish you the best of luck .
Don Duchovny hitting his stride !
May,Adelaide Hills Dressage Club ,2014
Don Duchovny has certainly become a friend of mine , getting more and more established every time he competes and genuinely trying hard for me , he feels like he is ready to start to climb our way through the levels ,he won the Elementary Be Active 3.3and was 2nd in the Novice Be Active 2.3 performing solid and reliable tests with more and more rideabilty in the ring , he is certainly a horse I really enjoy taking to the shows !!
We currently have a very elegant 2 year old dark brown filly sired by Don Duchovny(imp) out of a IFS Flemmingh mare that is available For Sale and she can really move with the sweetest of natures.
Noahs Xing Karnivale sired by Bluefields Floreno also had her first competiton debut with visiting rider Yvon Reeuwijk in the saddle this delightful 3 year old mare was a little princess at her first outing placing 2nd and 3rd in the preliminary classes ,special thanks to Casey Hallet who did a lot of the original work on this filly at Danson ,Congratulations to owners DR Chris and Yvette Girling for the success of their home bred mare and entrusting Danson with her career !! This mare will now have a well earned rest as she is currently in foal !!
Oakside arena taking shape !!
Oakside is taking shape with our 60 x 80 performance arena coming along nicely , we should be up and running in around 5 weeks,we are using a wax based sand that Lindsay park also have used on their tracks and have reported no injuries since this has been done !!!It is a amazing surface and I cannot wait to ride my horses on it .
We are currently taking spellers and agisters , and full care is available ,email email@example.com for pricing or ph 0414720252.
Special thanks to Di Schaefer for allowing me to use their dressage arena for my horses as I still have a few competitons coming up with Don Duchovny and Danson Donnerking and it was just that bit to far to keep driving back to Lewiston !!!
Don Duchovny progeney being noticed in WA !!
Don Duchovny daughter Danson Don Delta ,(pictured at Danson Dressage ) bred by Apen Park , has been turning a few heads over in WA , purchased from Danson Dressage by Kate Baxter for her son Will to event , she recently competed at her first Two Day event in WA , Kate reports"" She was Awesome,couldnt be happier,she is such a super girl , love her !! Kate also mentioned that she came 6th in an offical dressage comp recently beating many senior riders !!!So thrilled to hear of Delta and Wills success together .Danson currently has a very elegant 2 year old brown filly for sale also sired by Don Duchovny out of a Flemmingh mare that is similar to Delta and boy can she move !! check our young sales page .
Sandro Black Ice wins at first dressage comp !!
The stunning Sandro Black Ice sired by Sandro Hit out of an Imported Rubenstein mare ,had her first official dressage start with visiting Dutch rider Yvon Reeuwijk in the saddle,winning the preliminary with a 69% , this quality mare is owned by succesful event rider Lara Pizimolas , and she will also be Laras future dressage /event star !!! Sandro Black Ice was purchased from Danson Dressage and we thank Lara for entrusting Danson Dressage to further her career !!
Danson Celebrity proving good dressage horses make great eventers !!
Felicity Hegarty and Danson Celebrity have hit the WA eventing scene with a bang , coming 3rd and then 4 th at their first two events !! Felicity absolutely loves Celebrity and the future is looking very very bright for this combination !!
Danson Damarkus a winner !!
Our stunning frozen semen Damsey gelding Danson Damarkus recently went to his first ever outing ,young Ashleigh Westcott took this 3 year old to the Interschool hack show , where the numbers where huge !! Damarkus won every class and also the Champion Hack !! Ashleigh reports he is the best young horse I have ever taken out !! Damarkus is for sale ,check our sales page and look at his footage , this elegant modern gelding can really move !!!
Royal Belle holding her own in NSW
We recently heard from Felicity about her recent success with Royal Belle whom she purchased from Danson Dressage last year , Hi Heather , we recently went to our 4th competition scoring 70.70 % and coming 2nd behind a professional rider out of a field of 26 !!! Belle was perfect !!! Congratulations Felicity we love hearing of your success !!(Pictured at Danson Dressage )
Congratulations Ashleigh Westcott
Ashleigh Westcott has been selected to represent South Australia at the Interschool Nationals held at Werribee , she qualified for this on a Danson Horse !! Well done Ashleigh your dedication and commitment to your riding is shining through !!
MEC Glory out and about
May,Mnt Crawford, Mallala Winter series2014
MEC Glory with 16 year old Ashleigh Westcott in the saddle has been out in the competition arenas lately giving this young mare plenty of experience , competing in official dressage as well as jumping a few rounds at the Mallala Winter Series ,this stunning young mare is For Sale , she would make a fabulous eventer,show hunter or dressage mare , check our sales page !!
Autumn Dressage Festival 2014 !
What perfect arenas and perfect weather we had for these championships heldat Mnt Crawford , The committee must be congratulated on running a succesful and well run event .The warm up and competition arenas were excellent and I certainly had no complaints whatsoever !!
The Danson horses certainly had a strong showing with the Donnerblitz son Danson Donnerking winning both Novice tests and the Championship and this big athletic gelding is certainly one of my up and coming future FEI horses , I can always feel whether I can train my horses through to Grand Prix from an early stage and this horse is no exception .
It is certainly nice to be riding a Donnerblitz son and I thoroughly enjoyed watching quite a few Donnerblitz sired horses that I also bred at Danson Dressage every one of these horses where competitive and succesful over the weekend for their riders.Danson currently has a selection of young unbroken progeney sired by Donnerblitz out of very well bred mare lines for sale,as well as a few quality young riding horses available that like Donnerking are going to train up through the levels and be mighty competitive along the way !!Take a look at the sales page .
Donnerblitz himself was the FEI Champion at this show !!! after performing the Intermediate 11 and the Grand Prix , little would anyone know that due to moving to Oakside in between trying to prepare for this competition Donnerblitz had exactly 5 rides since the State Champs which was some 4 weeks ago !! and then went and performed both of these demanding tests on the same day !! all I can say is , Thankyou my main man !!
Don Duchovny once again proved how consistent and reliable he is becoming as a competiton horse after being gelded , he did two super novice tests but had to settle for Reserve Novice champion behind his stable mate Donnerking !! he also placed in both Elemetary tests and just needs to consolidate at this level before we puch forward to the medium level .
Der Von Wedel only competed in the Preliminary classes at this show as their is a rule you can only compete two horses at one level with one rider and I had the three Novice horses , so Donnerking had to miss the State Champs ,so i decide to give him a run at this comp instead of Wedel.
Wedel however did not disapoint winning the preliminary Championship ,this is his third championship in a row ,Spring Champs , State Champs and now the Autumn Festival Champs, so it is now time Wedel steps out of this level and trains on towards the elementary level !! Donnerking was not far behind coming home with the Reserve Championship !!
Special thanks must go to Wendy and Ashleigh Westcott ,Yvon Reeuwijk and of course my Mum , could not do it without you guys ,muchly appreciated !!
Danson bred stock winning again !
Congratualtions to the Danson Dressage bred , Hi Pine Rubelite (Danson Rubinrose) and owner Andrea Riedel -Carrison on their recent success at the Adelaide Royal Autumn Breed Show winning 6 out of 6 classes ,1 Championship and 2 Reserve Championships , this filly is sired by The exported Rubinstern out of the thoroughbred mare Lottie ,super happy to hear of the success of this beautiful mare .
Move to Oakside at Hahndorf
Well finally Anthony Thomas and I have made the big move to Hahndorf at the beautiful Oakside Stud, all of my young horses and breeding mares are now residing their and loving it ,as well as Anthonys competition horses , my riding horses are staying on at Danson Dressage at Lewiston for a few more weeks getting Mnt Crawford Championshps and a couple of other comps out the way and to make time for the new arena to be built , we are now taking agisters horses in with full care for $24 per day , and also horses spelling etc ,please contact Heather on Ph 0414720252 to arrange a viewing .
Danson Dakota winning in style !!
Der Von Wedel son Danson Dakota has also been to his first couple of shows recently with enormous success,owned by well known succesful show rider Melissa Karutz and handled by Vernon Weller ,this elegant young horse winning Champion yearling warmblood at the AWHA Gala Day , then a week later winning Champion warmblood youngstock ,winning his open led yearling class and then Reserve Champion open led youngstock !! Congratulations I am sure this stunnning young man will be a bi winner !! We curently have 5 Wedl foals due next season out of Frozen semen dressage warmblood mares and jumping bred mares !!
Donnerblitz progeney success
Lovey to see Tayla Framptons Donnerblitz filly that she bred recently won Champion Open Breed Foal and was impeccably behaved and Tayla could not be happier with this filly !! and is looking forward to her development as a future performance horse .Well Done to all connections , the Donnerblitz progeney is showing its dominance with winners accross the board in dressage , eventing and showing !!
Der Von Wedel showing immense future talent for showjumping !!
Der Von Wedel my beautiful Dimaggio import has enjoyed a couple of outings lately showjumping with my very succesful showjumping fiance Anthony Thomas in the saddle ,not only is Wedel a State champion winning Dressage horse,but Anthony rates him as a future world cup showjumping talent !! So ??? What to do !! Wedel will now continue on as a dual competiton horse in the dressage and showjumping arenas , and we are excited as to where his career is going in both arenas !! this also puts focus onto his stunning progeney that are inheriting his movement and looks , we have 5 Wedel foals due next season out of Dressage and jumping mares !!!
Special Congratulations must also go to Anthony on his wonderful French bred warmblood Levitation NZPH winning the Grand Prix for the Jim Dunn Memorial on the weekend , winning the one star event at Kircaldy Horse Trials and winning the Gold Cup at the Kulpara Championships and of course recently winning the SA State Showjumping Championships and Speed Championships ,this horse has collected 5 rugs over the last 4 weeks !!! Levi has certainly earnt his retirement at Oakside along with Donnerblitz in the future years !!
Danson Purchase showing class !!
Huge Congratulations to Teegan Ashby and Royal Desire , recently placing 3rd in the prestigious young 4 year old event horse at the Sydney International 3DE ,this stunning grey Royal Hit gelding was purchased late last year at Danson Dressage ,and was bred by Victorian Suzanne Cherry ,he has also had some recent wins in the eventing circles .Here at Danson we dont only have very good dressage young horses but these horses also have real jumping ability like Royal Desire , take a look on our sales page at Danson Deity, MEC Glory , Danson Belissima these are just three young horses that would also excell in the eventing arena !!
SA State Dressage and Showjumping Championships 2014
April,Wayville Showgrounds ,2014
A massive congratulations must be given to the SA Dressage and Showjumping committees for putting on this super successful competition, combining the two disciplines was simply genius !! I think with a bit of advertising next year we could get the general public in to watch especially on the Saturday night .The warmup arenas worked well ,it was the best grass surface I have ridden on and the atmosphere was wonderful !!BRAVO !!!
Personally I had a very successful show , on the thursday taking out the Preliminary Championship with my Dimaggio import Der Von Wedel winning the most spectacular rug sponsered by Chaballo Horsewear !! and Wedel was also 3rd in the Novice Championship with solid performances ,and was extremely pleasing how he coped with the atmosphere and he is certainly maturing into a very special and reliable competition horse ! next season we have 5 warmblood mares in foal to Wedel including our Rotspon/Don Frederico mare for the dressage enthusiasts !
Next to keep the flag flying for Danson was the black German Don Frederico import Don Duchovny , he certainly has some admirers and put in to beautiful novice tests that felt silky smooth to ride , to take out the Championship and also win one of those gorgeous rugs from Chaballo !! Donnie also came 3 rd in the Elementary Championship ,and I am becoming very attached to this beautiful boy as we are becoming a stronger team together and he is ready now to progress up through the grades this coming year ,he also topped of a great competition by winning the highest percentage in show with his win in the Novice 2,2 with a 76% and he won me some lovely jewellery ,what a clever boy !!we have For Sale a superb rising two year old brown filly sired by Don Duchovny out of a IFS Flemmingh mare that just floats along and hardly touches the ground,check the sales page .
Donnerblitz is the main man,this imposing Donnerhall import won the Intermediatte 11 on the friday over the Victorian horse,and was 3rd in the Grand Prix on the Sunday , a few little glitches here and their ,but overall we are starting to get a handle on this test and he is feeling stronger and more confident , even though he didnt win the Grand Prix the margins are becoming less and less and I really enjoy when spectators approach me and say that they love watching us it is very rewarding and thankyou for those people that take the time to do this ,Special thanks to Danson Dutch rider Yvon Reeuwijk for warming us up and also keeping it real !!!,unfortunately on Saturday night for my freestyle the wrong music was handed in and we had to retire !! ( no ones fault but mine I should have checked )I wont do that again !! but the plus of this was Donnerblitz and I got to ride in that atmosphere at night and he handled it like a pro !! We currently have a rising 4 year old gelding under saddle that is a real athlete and has trainabilty and the paces required for the highest levels of dressage , check our sales page for Danson Deity !!
Young rider for Danson Dressage Ashleigh Westcott rode our valued clients very beautiful IFS Damsey mare Daring Greatly in the Preliminary classes ,this mare is a 4 year old and it was her 3 rd show ever !! the first test she was a little unsure but by the second test she was motoring and placed 5th in the open field of horses with a smooth consisitent performance , Ashleigh also competed at the Intershcool Championships on the monday with Daring Greatly , here she had to perform the two Novice tests , which they both did a stellar job coming home with Reserve Novice Champion scoring just under 70% !!! Super effort by both ,and a very confident and happy horse at the end of this competiton !!!Thankyou to Chelseah Boylan for entrusting me with your quality horses career.
I had a bit of an accident on the monday night before the championships ,I was badly kicked by a young horse in the leg ,I spent a lot of that night in the hospital as they thought it was fractured ,luckily it wasnt and I was more determined than ever that I would be riding at the Championships no matter what ,the horses were in form and I was going !! Stronger than strong painkillers and icing and wrapping I managed to do this !! but their is no way in this world I could have managed without the super groom Wendy Wescott ,Ashleigh Westcott and Connar Martin, these three worked tirelessly everyday to ensure success, my horses where immaculately turned out Wendy had them at the warmup arenas ready for me to step onto , as I had to drive to the warmup arenas and stables etc as my leg was to sore to walk much , I cannot thank them enough for all that they did for me at this show , Wendy you are a true gem in every way and the two girls Ashleigh and Connar were impressive and my Mum for her support !! Thanks again .Now that the show is over however the adrenalin has worn of and the painkillers have been cut down , I cant bloody move , LOL .
To make this competiton even better ,my fiance Anthony Thomas was in the Showjumping arena ,so after I eliminated myself on the saturday night for having the wrong music with Donnerblitz , I quickly forgot about that as I watched Anthony and his big hearted Levitation jump and incredibly exciting jumpoff to win the State Senior Showjumping Championships and Levitation also got to win one of the spectacular Chaballo rugs !! Apparantly watching me jumping out of my seat as Anthony tackled each fence was rather amusing !!
!we both had the most fantastic night afterwards celebrating with the other riders and grooms it was everyone coming together as one big happy family !! and to ad the icing on the cake Levitation and Anthony won the Senior Speed Championships the next day !! This wonderful gelding has certainly earnt his retiremnt with us for his future and will be spoiled rotten !!
What an amazing competition setting the standards to new heights in SA !! Cant wait till next year .
Dutch rider Yvon Reeuwijk gearing up for her first competitons for Danson !!
May is the month that we will see Dutch rider Yvon Reeuwijk hit the competiton arenas on a few of our clents beautiful horses .
Yvon will take the Bluefields Floreno mare Noahs Xing Karnivale owned by Yvette Girling as well as the IFS Sandro Hit/Rubenstein mare Sandro Black Ice owned by succesful event rider Lara Pizimolas whilst she recovers from a broken leg , out to their first offical competitions both of these black mares are absolutely beautiful !! along with these the lovely moving IFS Desperados mare owned by Christine Kilgaris will also make her debut and this mare is also for sale !!
The following month will see the imported Alfredo 11 hit the arenas this efferescent young stallion is just a joy !! Yvon will be very busy indeed !!
Ashleigh Westcott will also ride the IFS Damsey mare Daring Greatly in a couple of Novice tests ,then this charming mare will get a well deserved break as she is only 4 ! as well as the striking grey Belcam Gambler /Graf Landua mare,MEC Glory will also make her debut, this mare is also for sale check sales page ,with Ashleigh in the saddle !! Busy month ahead for Danson Dressage !!
Royal Belle Succes with new owner in NSW Dressage
Congratualitons to Royal Belle and her new owner ride Felicity, their first official comeptition in the very competitive state of NSW ,Felcity reports Belle came 3rd behind two professional riders that did amazing tests, Felcity could not be happier with Belle !! Belle eas the horse that we used for the Horse Deals article a Lesson with Heather Currie , she is a beautiful mare , so happy to hear of their success together !!!
Donnerblitz son a winner !
My very tall Donnerblitz gelding Danson Donnerking (aka Thiacan Helios ) is a very exciting new part of my team , once again he convincingly won both of his prelim and novice tests on the weekend with scores of 74.27 %,this very very scopey moving Donnerblitz/Flamboyant gelding I am reall enjoying training and he continues to improve with every ride , he will be very progressive in his training and is showing immense talent for the higher levels , hopefully he will follow in Dads hoofprints rightup into the Grand Prix levels !!
Annapurana Elite Eventing Squad 2014
Super news !! Annapurna sired by Donnerblitz , ridden by Stuart Tinney and owned by John and Jane Pittard , has been selected on the 2014 Elite Eventing Squad !! Stuart rates this mare with the highest regards, and we hope they will make it all the way to the Olympics , Watch this space !!!
We currently have a few exceptional Donnerblitz progeney for sale ,take a look at Don Fiesta and Doctor as well as Deputy , any one of these rising two year olds could follow in Annapurnas hoofprints !! We also have a incredibly exciting super scopey 3 year old gelding under saddle , sired by Donnerblitz out of a Cooperit mare Danson Deity , this gelding is currently not listed but email Heather for more details ,he will be a real athlete suitable for the highest levels of dressage or superstar event prospect , very trainable , and going beautifully under saddle witha 16 year old rider, priced at $33,000 he is the real deal !!
Dressage Boys try Showjumping !!
What a super fun day I had at the Mallala Equestrian Centre , with my two dressage horses,Der Von Wedel and my Donnerblitz gelding Danson Donnerking (aka Thiacan Helios) ,I highly recommend to fellow dressage riders to get their young horses out and give then something different , they absolutely love it !!
It certainly helps with giving Wedel more exposure and Donnerking to stay in front of my leg ,his dressage work this week leading into our comeptiton at Southern Vales Dressage this coming weekend has been excellent and I am looking fowrad to riding him to show his full potential.
My very succesful showjumper fiance Anthony Thomas can certainly teach me as much about showjumping as I can help him with the dressage ,it is an interesting dynamic and I am really enjoying the challenge and excitement of the showjumping , it has really freshened me up and I think I am riding even better dressage as a result.
Der Von Wedel however showed extreme talent !! not only is he my up and coming dressage horse , but Anthony also thinks he could be his next World Cup showjumper , after having a ride on him , he said he hasnt felt a jump like that since Classic Style whom he was short listed for the Olympics on !!!
So it looks like Wedel may be a dual comeptiton horse!! it will certainly put a new focus on his foals for sale as they will obviuosly also have jumping talent as well as very fancy movement for dressage !!!
Danson rider Ashleigh Westcott also took the beautiful black Belcam Gambler mare Geneva Black for a jump and a look around , this mare is for sale and is showing she is a very versatile mare , that also shows a nice jump ,see sales page .
Wendy and Ashleigh Westcott ! Amazing
I must mention the silent acheivers and behind the scenes ,they do a tremendous amount of work and are a very important part of Danson Dressage ,both Wendy and Ashleigh Westcott are at Danson Dressage nearly every day ,.Wendy and Ashleigh groom for me at most shows and do an immaculate job , my horses are presented professionally and nothing is overlooked.
Wendy is just a godsend , super confident and safe to handle my stallions and she knows the ins and outs of my horses quirks and mine !!
Ashleigh is turing into a serious young rider and is currently riding 3 very expensive frozen semen youngsters straight from the breakers , and doing a tremendous job.
I cannot thank Wendy and Ashleigh enough .
Ashleigh is currently of to Lockington this weekend to groom 4 eventing horses for my fiance Anthony Thomas !! Need I say more !
Danson Furstaro and Vicki Price
Received more great news form Vicki Price and her Furst Grandios gelding Danson Furstaro !! Furstaro was purchased from Danson Dressage.We just love hearing news about the quality horses we have sold .
Hi Heather , I am just letting you know Furstaro came second again on the weekend , he was awesome,best warm up ever !! good scores and getting better all the time ! I am riding him in all of the competitons and he is so lovely I am very proud of him !! Vicki Price
Danson Celebrity wins in WA Dressage
Great news from Felicity Hegarty new owner of Danson Celebrity ,Cooparim/Belcam Gambler ,winning their first FEI 4 year old young horse test dressage competition with a 72.2% at the Swan River Dressage Competiton in WA !!!Fabulous keep up the good work Felicity and Celebrity !!
Super team !!
Over the moon with my team of horses !! ,My two german boys certainly made me very proud !!
Don Duchovny backed up his last weeks BE Active Novice 2.3 win from once again a very competitive field of horses,with a 75.60 %, Der Von Wedel showing his potential with a stellar performance for a 75% and came second to his stablemate!! the top three horses in this class where all imported !!
Don Duchovny had his first ever start in the BE Active Elemetary 3.3, and once again put in a solid performance ,coming out in first place !! I could not be prouder of this Don Frederico import , he is really starting to gel with me and is developing into a serious competitor .
Der Von Wedel just had the one test and was a whisker away from claiming the Novice Be Actice from his stablemate !!!, but I was delighted with how this fire cracker of a horse performed for me today , he certainly is exciting to sit on , and the power he has is quite explosive ,he certainly keeps me on my toes !!! this Dimaggio import has also sired some exceptional foals, he has passed on his superior paces and modern beautiful looks , we currently have his weanling daughter Wandana For Sale out of a Wunder mare , take a look on the young horse sales page for more details !!
Introducing my new ride the Donnerblitz gelding (Thiacan Helios ),name change to Danson Donnerking ,finally I get to ride a Donnerblitz son !!! the breeding of this gelding is a history of the dressage horses I have ridden over the years , his dams sire was Flamboyant a stallion i competed succesfully on many many years ago , so it is very special that I will now partner this 7 year old gelding in his future career !!
It was of to a great start with King winning both prelim and te Novice 2.1 with scores hitting the 71% mark , I look foward to developing my partnership with this big moving Donnerblitz son !!
The stunning IFS Damsey grey mare ,, Daring Greatly owned by Chelsea Higgins and ridden by Danson rider Ashleigh Westcott was simply super at her first official dressage comeptition, she was 3rd in the open Novice 2.1 and was first in the young rider ,this mare is developing nicely and Ashleigh is looking foward to her next competition on this quality young 4 year old.
Elite Para Squad !!
Hatero and Lizzie have now been named on the Elite Para Squad in the countdown to WEG !!!!! This combination have put in some solid performances and now we wait patiently for the team to be announced , My intuition tells me .....they are in with a mighty big chance !!!
Danson bred !!
A quick update with "Rosie"s" progress.
First start under saddle, was a SEDA dressage comp late in November 2013, winning both walk/trot tests, and 3rd in Young Horse 4yr old.
Dartmoor A & H Soc early December 2013, was her first start as a hack under saddle winning all 4 ridden classes, and going from novice to champion!
Melbourne Summer Royal in late January 2014, saw her come home with 5 ribbons from 7 classes, including showhunter, warmblood and sporthorse classes.
Barastoc Horse of the Year mid Feb 2014, she made the final 15 of the owner/rider class with 53 entries, inside on the Thursday night (with lots of atmosphere, she was wonderful), she made the final 10 New Comer Hack on Friday morning (outworking 95% of her competition). On the Saturday was the open hack class, and although she did not make the final 10, was exceptional outworking most of the older more established hacks!
The future competitions for her will be the Rising Star Show Hack Council show at Mt.Pleasant, and the Royal Adelaide Autumn Breed show both in March 2014.
I will let you know how we go.
Baroque magazine in stores now !!
Keep an eye out in the newsagent for the Baroque magazine , featuring an article on Hatero and I ,currently in stores now, they will also be doing another story on Hatero and Elizabeth Sobecki on their quest to get to WEG !!
Geneva Black success !!
Geneva Black had a succesful show with 16 year old young rider Ashleigh Westcott in the saddle at the recent interschool competiton, Ashleigh did an excellent job piloting this stunning mare .
Geneva Black won her height class , was second in the open class and were reserve champion hack, she also won the teams trophy and carried her rider to placings in the rider class etc.
Geneva Black was impeccably behaved with over 150 competitors at this show !! this 8 year old Belcam Gambler mare is currently For sale for $19,500 she is a super quiet and safe mare to ride and handle , with lovely paces and a swinging cadenced trot .
Look out for this months Horse magazine !!
Hatero and Lizzie are featured in this months Horse Deals !! after their success at Boneo CDI ,and winning Grade 3 Para Champion !!
The article reads Hatero DE Pb is a PRE andalusian stallion owned by Kerry Massey and Heather Currie and Lizzie and her new ride have only been together since November 2013 , however they proved a force to be reckoned with !!The shooting stars !!
Be Active Win for Don Duchovny
February ,DCSA ,2014
What a perfect day for a dressage ,the weather could not have been any better !!
Don Duchovny gave me a super ride in the very competitive field in the Novice Be Active test and scored just under 74% wining with a leading margin of 4% ,this test felt like it should, Donnie was in front of my leg , connected to the bit ,I just had to literally guide him around the arena , it felt
easy ,and he was just really happy , I feel we are starting to form a partnership together , he is certainly starting to train on well at home and we will start to slowly make our way up through the grades , of course their is always a factor that he may be sold , but the way he is starting to gel with me , this may become harder and harder to let him go !!
Der Von Wedel also starred in the Be Active Novice test and another postitive experience was given to him , he scored an impressive 9 for one of his medium trots and this horse really has the x factor , with more runs on the board and a full season of comeptition , this Dimaggio import will only continue onwards and upwards !!
To make the day even better my fiance Anthony Thomas was at the Angaston show winning the Grand Prix on Levitation NZPH !!!
Hatero DE PB and Elizabeth Sobecki last selection event for WEG !!!
Another very strong set of perfomances for Hot pants and Lizzie at the last selection event held at SIEC in NSW , Lizzie and Harry started with a bang on the first day winning the teams test , then they put in super solid performances in the individual test and the freestyle coming 2nd in both , with over 70 % in the freestyle and one judge awarding a 75 % .
Casey Hallet accompanied Lizzie and Harry on this trip and Casey did a super job grooming Harry and being eyes on the ground for Lizzie ,Thanks Casey !!.
Overall Lizzie is now ranked 2nd behind Joann Formosa ,who actually won GOLD at the last Olympics , slowly the reality of Lizzie and Hatero nmaking it to WEG is becoming closer.
Personally I could not be happier for the delightful Lizzie and her megawatt smile, here we have a very dedicated and lovely young lady that has put many years of working towards this goal,the fact that Harry and I have been able to help her acheive that goal is very gratifying,and not to be left out is Lizzies coach of many years Ruth Schneeburger that has helped Lizzie with her riding skills along the way .
Lizzie is also a very good student ,she certainly listens and takes the information that she is given very seriously and into action, I can feel Lizzie is now starting to acheive the half halt on Hatero and this makes me very pleased indeed .
Watch this space for final WEG selections !!
Ashleigh Westcott from Working pupil for Danson Dressage to Rider !!
It is always extremely gratifying for me to see the progress of the young riders I work with !!
Ashleigh Westcott came into contact with me some 3 years ago on work experience through her school .
She then joined Danson Dressage as a working pupil and did a variety of jobs that included lunging , pulling manes etc etc .
Over this period I then started her on one of the young sales horses as well as her riding her own horses ,the progress this young lady has made is quite impressive , I often now get people coming up to me and saying WOW !!
Ashleigh is now a paid rider and a very important part of the development of the young horse team , she is a diligent worker and has shown real strength and composure whilst working for me , a tremendous future in her riding career is apparant and i am looking fowrad to helping this unfold.
End of an Era for Emporio and I
It was an incredibly hard decision , but in the best interests of Emporio he has been placed into a top show hunter competition home with Jacqui Librio .
Emporio had been an amazing horse for me , through his cheekiness and lightning spooks !!! we managed to win championships at every level up until he won his first Prix St George test and also was training all of the Grand Prix movements at 8 years of age,he was SA Dressage horse of the year and also was on the National Talent dressage squad and also the SA state squads up until his injury .
Emporio was out of action for 12 mnths and when I put him back into work he went straight back out into the dressage arena and won the Advanced by over 2% ahead of the next competitor !!! However I felt he had lost some engagment and coordination in the sideways movements since his injury and also that he may not be able to cope with the demands of the Grand Prix work and that was always the goal with him , not for one minute did he think he could not do this though !! he still tried his heart out for me !!
Emporio however would easily cope with the working demands of a show horse and being such a magnificent looking horse , I thought he could still have a career in this arena !!
Enter Jacqui Librio from Victoria , already an extremely succesful show rider ,she rode Emporio extremely well and I thought they were a good match and he would go into a super loving home !!they look like two supermodels togther !!!
I now look forward to watching their show ring career unfold !! Watch this space !!!
The most exciting news , Danson Dressage is combining with Southern Sporthorses and is relocation to the Historic and picturesque Oakside Stud in Hahndorf !!
Anthony Thomas my wonderful fiance and I cannot wait to get started on this amazing new equestrian enterprise together !!
We will be offering Full care at $24 per day ,this includes boxing at night and a beautiful irrigated paddock during the day , horses in full training at $52 per day , share paddock at $75 per week, Horse breaking and educating at $450 per week, thoroughbred spelling at $22 per day ,lessons available weekly from Anthony Thomas World Cup Showjumping rider and short listed for the Olympics ,and Grand Prix Dressage rider and trainer Heather Currie.
Facilities will include 80 x 60 m dressage and jumping arena, with state of the art arena surface and mirrors ,grass gallop track, indoor round yard and indoor horse walker ,indoor boxes ,irrigated paddocks with post and rail fencing with mesh , super safe ,a horse and riders dream property .
We are now taking bookings for clients interested in our services , horses can be taken from the second week of May 2014, we have already had an enormous response , we are offering 20 agist spots and we are going to end up with a waiting list I am sure , if you are interested please contact Heather on ph 0414720252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your booking.
We are excited for you to be a part of this enthusiastic progressive equestrian facility , we will welcome you always for a wine in the beautiful gardens or even a hit of tennis , we want to make our clients feel part of the family and that you are important to us !!
Please enjoy a few pictures of our new property , including one of the upstairs bedrooms that will be available for our riders and grooms , I am sure they wont mind working from Oakside !!!
Hatero DE PB makes it a hat trick for Paraolympian !!
So happy for the gorgeous smiling Lizzie Sobecki and her triple winning run at the recent Boneo CDI , this was an important qualifying event for WEG selection, so it was a great result !! with scores up to 70% !!
Lizzie also participated in the Ton De Ridder Squad lessons , and Tons comment was , Congratulations on getting a ride on such a good horse !! he also said that Hatero would be competitive in the european states and thought he was a very good example of the PRE breed , his wife actually loves the PRE horses and has bred some of the best !!
Hatero and Lizzie where also invited to participate in the judges clinic where he scored an impressive 8.5 for canter !!
To hear the joy and happiness in Lizzies voice after her success ,money can just not pay for !! Special thanks also to Casey Hallett who groomed Hatero for this competiton and did a stellar job !
I now look forward to preparing Hatero for his last selection event in Sydney with Lizzie,and even though I train Hatero Lizzie still has to ride him well enough to push the right buttons , which she is doing a super job , All systems are GO !!
Donnerblitz and Der Von Wedel were also supposed to be at the Boneo CDI,and I had worked very hard on Donnerblitz piaffe which had improved immensly , but having an extremely popular breeding stallion sometimes gets in the way ,of a Grand Prix stallions competiton schedule , at the beginning of the week after a collection he had mild colic, the vet advised not to travel which I agreed it wasnt worth the risk ,luckily for me over the week of Boneo Cdi into the beginning of the following week Donnerblitz had 7 collections, I dont know how he coulkd have managed that from the Boneo CDI !!! Whilst it is great for the bank account ,next season I may have to have a couple of months where he has put aside for breeding only !!
Winning comeback for Emporio !!
Southern Vales Dressage Competition ,Emporio made his comeback in fine form after a year of with an injury , he had the one advanced test 5.3 , which he won by 2.5%, very pleasing after such a long time out of the competiton arena, this Gribaldi import will gradually get his fitness and strength more and more and his next start is the Prix St Georges at the end of this month ,making sure he is all qualified for the coming Sa State Championships !!! Hehas certainly matured into a magnificent horse and at a quick glance you can see the resemblance to Totilas !!!
Der Von Wedel was also starring in the Be Active Novice 2.3 , it was a very windy day and the first toime Wedel had been in such a closed cometitoin arena he prefers the open arenas at Strathalbyn , however what a great outing for this exciting Dimaggio import , as the judge commented ,( Spectacular paces ,hence the monkey strap)!!! and yes he showed just a glimpse of what he is capable of in his gaits ,however he is a spooky young man and had a few little looks in the corners at first but then settled into a beautiful test that is just an excitement machine for the future ,judging by peoples comments and the attention he attracts with more exposure and time this super modern import will be one to watch !!! he had to settle for third behind two much more seasoned performers , with just under 70% but give us time !!! Wedel will step out again alongside his stable mate Emporio at the end of the month ,for the Be Active Novice Circuit !!
First competition for two of the babies !!
Congratulations to David Ramsey after his new purchase the Swarovski gelding Samarkand , came a creditable 2nd in the 4 year old dressage class , at his first outing and competiton ever !! he did not put a hoof out of place and David can rest assured that this horse has a bright future ahead of him as well as being so sensible and safe !! Casey Hallett did a super job of piloting him around this test and gave him a great first experience !!
Also to make her first ever debut was the attractive grey IFS Damsey mare Daring Greatly ,owned by Chelsea Boylan she also was very well behaved and looked very elegant and was 3rd behind her stable mate with Casey also in the saddle !! Dazzling is based at Danson Dressage and will now start her offical comeptiton career ,we thanks Chelsea for entrusitng her beautiful mare in her future career .
ABC News story on Lizzie Sobecki and Hatero DE PB
Take a moment to watch this story on the ABC , it certainly shows the love and dedication Lizzie has for this sport on her quest for WEG , we are so happy to be able to help her along the way and I could not be happier with Hatero and as you can see doesnt he take his responsibilty seriously !!,in this clip I think it captures Lizzies vivaciuos spirit and personality,and i am sure you can all see why I and Kerrie Massey wanted to offer her the ride on our precious stallion ,Harry Hot Pants !!!
When I saw Lizzie today ,she told me that it was the highest rated story on the ABC page !!! with already over 4500 hits !! we will let you know if and when it goes air !!
Big plans for the future !!
Casey Hallett our current young horse rider is leaving us to study in march 2014 ,we will be sad to see Casey go as she has been a diligent and extremely dedicated and hard worker as well as having empathy with the young horses ,our clients have been very happy with the riding and work Casey has done and we wish Casey the very best for her future and with her work ethic and love for the sport we are sure she will have success,and Danson Dressage has enjoyed having Casey as part of the team ,an extremely well liked and friendly lovely young lady .STOP PRESS Casey Will still be riding a couple of horses with our new riders at our new property in March !!
Danson Dressage and Southern Sporthorses have secured two NEW riders !!!! We are extremely excited ,one female and one male , as we are still finalising contracts and will let our readers know as soon as possible details .
Both have ridden as professionals ,and are very experienced with young horses as well as comeptition riding , we are open to take horses for training and will now be able to facilitate more spaces for clients horses ,these horses can be taken in for sale as long as they pass the requirements of our sales horses ,see prices on about us page, horses taken for training in dressage and showjumping/eventing,competition and stallions also taken for training and competition .
WATCH THIS SPACE !!! BIG NEWS FOR DANSON DRESSAGE !!!
Danson will be relocating in the Adelaide Hills and combining with Southern Sport Horses in March 2014,more information will be coming soon !!! Cant wait to tell you all about it !!!!
Welcome Alfredo (imp)
Welcome the stunning American Import Alfredo !!, Imported and owned by our very loyal client Kerrie Massey ,who also imported and is part owner of our Hatero DE PB !! Alfredo who is an extremely eyecatching stallion with plenty of bling (no relation to Hatero though !!) has got extremely good natural gaits and will hit the competiton arenas with Danson Rider Casey Hallett in he saddle, Casey looks perfect on Alfredo and they will make a formidable pair !!
Once again Kerrie Massey has imported valuable breeding lines to Australia with this young PRE stallion , we thank Kerrie Massey for entrusting us once again with her stallions career .
Danson Furstaro Success !!!
I received this lovely message from Vicki Price , owner and rider of Danson Furstaro who was purchased through Danson Dressage , Furstaro is a 5 year old IFS Furst Grandios gelding ,we love hearing from the owners of the horses we have sold , it really ,makes me happy to hear they are going so well together.
Hi Heather,just wanted you to know Harpy and I are doing well.He is a delight to own and train , I did my 2nd comp yesterday for a 78.6 and a 77 % 1st and 2nd !!! Merry Christmas . Vicki Price .
FRONT COVER OF BAROQUE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE !!!
Wow !! so honoured to get the cover of the International Baroque Horse magazine with Hatero DE PB !! , this magazine hits the stands on January 2014 ,their is a feature story on Hatero and myself as well as para rider Lizzie Sobecki .Keep an eye out for it !!!
Elizabeth Sobecki ,inspirational!!
Today a facebook post came up from Elizabeth Sobecki , the quote said ,(This is why I fight, Cant wait to get back in the saddle ) their was a picture of her riding Hatero at the dressage festival , Lizzie had not been so well this last week and ended up in hospital getting more treatment.It just put things in perspective really ! It definately brang a tear to my eye , and I am so happy that we are a part of her life and Harry Hot Pants and I will do what we can to make it the best it can be !!
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Kelvingroveequestrian.com,talk to Mario or Anne about this range they are the exclusive distributor for GPA Double Clear clothing range and Butet saddles , they have a website and you can order these clothes and saddlery through them, they also stock the DYON range of bridlewear and accessories like leather headstalls and lead ropes, professional trot up leather leads ,chaps to DIE FOR !! their stock is of the best European clothing and horse riding appparel.
their bridles are beautifully fitted rolled leather that sits perfectlyon the horses head,no clumsy buckles on the top of the headband, The BUTET saddles are simply the best saddlesI have ever had the pelasure of sitting in, the fit on every horse of mine and the postiton it puts me in is remarkable, the saddles are the higher end of the market but you can not go past them if you are serious about your riding and training
Here are a couple of pics of Donnerblitz in the rolled leather double bridle and GPA dressage tails and Butet saddle ,Wedel in the rolled snaffle bridle, Hatero in the Leather headstall and Myself in the GPA casual shirts .
Moving Forward mag front cover .
Lovely suprise to see Donnerblitz and myself on the front cover of the SA dressage magazine Moving Forward !!
Along with 3 of my other friends, Belinda Lindh , Lorraine Wohling and former rider for Danson Dressage for 6 years Tracey Clayton , now out on her own making a terrific business in riding and training horses herself, (So Proud of you Tracey , I taught you well !! )Merry Chrismas to all , and lets all look forward to a succesful and happy 2014 riding season !!
Danson Stallions very popular !!.
What a super breeding season so far for Donnerblitz and Hatero DE PB ,a couple of popular boys that is for sure !! These stallions both are competitive dressage horses and combine this with being breeding stallions as well, they are both truly worth their weight in gold !!
The popularity of both of these stallions is pleasing and the success that the Donnerblitz progeney is having in both dressage and eventing circles is cementing his authoriy over superior comeptiton and performance progeney in Australia and this is from a handful of mares compared to the stallions in the bigger states !!Der Von Wedel has also created great interest and has been chosen by some of our up and coming event riders in this state as their choice for their future foal !!
We are breeding through until end feb 2014 ,and we do offer a live foal guarantee on Donnerblitz and Hatero .
Horse Deals Feature ,A lesson with Heather Currie .
Here is one page of a 4 page spread in the November horse deals , on A Lesson with Heather Currie , I focused on a 4 year old mare that tended to get behind the leg for this article , the feedback I received was excellent ,Thankyou to those people that contacted me and enjoyed the article ,their is talk of a follow up article in the future . I also was offered two interstate clinics from this exposure which is great !!
Thankyou also to Horse Deals for their generosity in supplying me with VIP tickets at the Adelaide International it was greatly enjoyed !! and Casey Hallett and Royal Belle for being excellent students !!
Hamish wins at Victorian dressage festival !!
Hamish Currie (my little son) suprised us all when he won the small dog race at the recent Victorian dressage festival!! this is the third year I have put Hamish in these dog races because it is so much fun !!! I could not beleive my eyes when this year he came hurtling towards me and was first over the line !!!
Special thanks Kate Raymond his handler who may have let him go a little early !!! lol !!!
Here Hamish is running for his life back to his mummy ! and then he needed a little nap !!!
Hatero DE PB now registered in Andalusian societies in Australia !! meet his mini me foal !!
Hatero has been registered with the relevant societies for the Andalusian breeders in Australia , Thankyou to part owner and importer of hatero Kerrie Massey for agreeing to do this .Hatero DE PB is just putting some extraordinary foals on the ground , here we have pictured a colt foal newborn that has his markings and colourings , Hatero is crossing extremely well over warmblood mares that look to be great future dressage prospects for the future !! This colt foal pictured was bred by Michelle Westley ,and shecould not be happier , she has put her two mares back in foal to Hatero again this season !!
Hatero is offered up until feb 2014 at stud this season ,his semen is of excellent quality and we offer a live foal guarantee .
Danson Dynamite Update
Hey Heather ,
Well what a crazy, fun and interesting time Danson Dynamite and I have had, from doing his first competition in the middle of this year to then getting accepted to go to The Victorian Dressage Festival and compete in the 4YO class and the prelim championship.
So over the moon with how this beautiful boy handled everything thrown at him (even his rider riding horribly due to a back injury that happened on the Thursday before our test). We won hte 4YO class against some very classly horses and then placed mid field in both the prelim tests which i'm very happy with.
Gun will be having a quet couple of weeks to relax and just be a horse before coming back into work to aim for SA State YH finals and if doing well enough hopefully heading to DWTS in 2014. So lots of exciting things coming up :)
Thanks so much for your update Cristy we love hearing how the Donnerblitz progeney are going in open dressage competition, Congratulations on your recent success and we wish you all the best in the future with this talented young horse.
Dynamite was bred at Danson Dressage and purchased by Cristy as a two year old, we have the Wunder mare Danson Wunderful who is back in foal to Donnerblitz for a 2014 foal , buyers can secure foals at Danson Dressage by putting on a deposit of the mare they would like the resulting foal from ,if you like the look of some of the Donnerblitz progeney out their competing ,chances are you can secure yourself a full brother or sister !!email heather for more details !!
Victorian Dressage Festival 2013
What a friendly happy competiton this is !! I always love going to Werribee its not so far to drive and the facilities are easy to access !! We were stabled in the main brick block and it is so comfy and like its own little community !! Lots of funnytimes where had including lying on the floor crying with laughter ,I am sure if this has ever happened to you its a good feeling !!
Donnerblitz was starring in his first Grand Prix CDN at this competiton ,he finished 9th in both the Inter 11 and Grand Prix and qualified for his first Grand Prix freestyle , he ended up in the placings with a 6th ,and we had a few glitches through all of the tests that through more experience with Donnerblitz at this level we will work through ,for instance , we totally blew one pirroeutte in the freestyle ,so instead of making it up somewhere else in the test to get a score for this movement I didnt do it again which resulted in a 0 !!!! so I learnt a lot from riding at this competition and how to drastically improve our marks and what can go wrong and where I can make it up ,he also had some major highlights in his test and has plenty of ability and potential ,as nearly every judge rode on his score sheet, his flying changes are certainly his highlight and we know what we need to work on !!!
One thing I do know is the support I received from the other elite riders is just amazing , they also ride at this level being the Grand Prix and they know how quickly the movements come up and what can go wrong and also how hard it is !!! The respect we all have for one another is clear !! as Heath Ryan said , The Grand Prix is a seperate entity to the other levels , we are in a different playing field at this level ,I cant tell you how many people I have heard saying things like My horse can piaffe better than that !!! Really !!! can your horse also do the whole Grand Prix test ??? MMMM ,Classic example Diamantina ,, GO MAREE !! GOOD ON YOU !!
So Boneo Park CDI here we come with Donnerblitz and also Der Von Wedel will start in the Novice Championship ,really looking forward to improving our scores and performances ,and giving Wedel as taste of his first big comeptition !!
Donnerblitz was also well represented by his two sons at this show ,both of these horses where bred at Danson and we have the mothers which will continue to breed full siblings to these two horses which will be available for sale , his 4 year old son Danson Dynamite and owner/rider Cristy Paterson won the 4 year old young horse class ,Cristy has recently purchased another very fancy Donnerblitz daughter out of a Jazz mare as her next future star, and his 6 year old son won the preliminary championship and the novice test , Don Prestige ,this clearly talented gelding ,has recently been training and ridden by John Thompson with his owner rider ,the sky is the limit with this particular horse,we wish the horse every success, I just love when Donnerblitz progeney do well in competitons ,lets just say Business is booming !!!! Donnerblitz is constantly on the dummy a very happy stallion !!!
I dont think I have ever felt better about anything before than helping para rider Elizabeth Sobecki ,sometimes their is more to life than just winning and success ,that can also get in the way of what can be more important , like empathy and the bigger picture ,Lizzie was at her first competiton with our Harry Hot Pants ,Hatero DE PB , it was like he knew he had to do a good job for Lizzie , and didnt he do it well !! Lizzie also did an amazing job in piloting him , she rode with feel and didnt interfere with him it was just so pleasing ,she listens and truly appreciates my time and help,which I happily will give her ,her family also is quite inspiring ,and a real pleasure to be around ,special thanks to Sam who did a pretty awesome job of grooming both Donnerblitz and Hatero !!! and has a future job at Danson Dressage !!
Lizzie placed well in all of her tests with Hatero , she acheived a 70 % with one judge and between all of the horses their wasnt much between the marks , the quality of the other horses was also suprising ,a lot of money is being sunk in to these horses and it is showing in the quality , the question was asked at this comeptiton will the owners let Hatero go to WEG if he is selected ??? YES we will, bring on Boneo CDI the next selection event ,and we will just chip away at the partnership in between !!!
Adelaide International Horse Trials !!!
What an amazing experience riding Donnerblitz in the Grand prix Freestyle at the Adelaide International this year ! The crowd was the biggest it has been with the glorious weather and wasnt Donnerblitz feeling the atmosphere !!!
Breeding season has started and of course Donnerblitz was collected a few days before and he got of the horse float looking for the dummy mare on his hind legs !
As I was warming up around the arena , I thought to myself I hope I am not going to get dropped on the ground in front of a few thousand people !!! but the experience of riding a test in the atmosphere and pressure was just invaluable !!! The exposure we received from riding at this show money can just not buy , the amount of people I have had come up and talk to me about him was astounding ,so I am very thankful to have been invited to ride at this show .
The judges were Mary Seefried and also the overseas judge in collabaration both Susan and her mare Sheer Ettique where judged and given feedback and our score sheets,even though this wasnt a competition , we also discussed the test with Mary after on what we can improve in both riding and also the music components which have come in very handy with my leadup into the Victorian Championships , Mary Seefried is extremely experienced and s a pleasure to convers and get feedback from ,it is positive and constructive.
Donnerblitz achieved some promising marks in his test also , straight 7 's for his passage work and canter pirrouettes ,6 for piaffe, 7 for the two time changes ,we blew the one time changes so it was a 4 , and we can also improve our musicality which is in the process of happening before Victorian champs !! so with a year on the circuit ion the Grand Prix for 2014 ,I am hoping to really consolidate our Grand Prix performance !!!
Annapurna was also starring in the two star class with Olympian Stuart Tinney ,owned by John and Jane Pittard ,This Donnerblitz mare was certainly extremely impressive, she came 2nd in the class out of nearly 55 starters !!What a tremendous future this Donnerblitz mare has in front of her and what a super job the team around her is doing!! Donnerblitz is proving to be a brilliant cross over the thoroughbred mares for the eventing scene, Donnerblitz dam line is Landadel himself a sire of worldcup jumping horses , so it is not suprise that his progeney can also jump !!and have the ability to win the dressage phase also !!
Anthony Thomas my talented fiance was also riding his brilliant Invader gelding Southern Warlock in the two star class , if I can get Anthony to practise his dressage and get his scores up even to mid field he will be a contender ! We have discussed his dressage commitemnt !! lol , and we are going to try to come up with a plan of attack to improve Anthonys scores for the future,clear cross country and clear showjumping ,and he made it look easy !! and it certainly is not..Levitation also starred on the saturday night in the Masterclass invitational showjumping , the height eaching 1.55m on the triple bar , and Levitation NZPH the French bred warmblood was just a star ,winning the class in style , congratulations also to 2nd place Luke Jones on his magnificent 21 year old Soul and 3rd to the forever young Jeff Evans on his imported mare Korunye ,it made for an exciting class .
Thanks so mUch to Prydes Easifeed for sponsering the Grand Prix Freestyle ,Belinda Lindh for her hospitality and Horse Deals for my VIP tickets , this comeptition is just a must see event , I personally had the best time , the atmosphere the people ,it was fabulous !!! bring on next year !!
Hatero DE PB teams up with Elizabeth Sobecki for a Quest for WEG !!
Hatero and Lizzie Sobecki are teaming up in a quest to get to WEG !!!
Para rider Lizzie Sobecki suffers from MS and tragically her own mount became unsound ,Lizzie is the most delighful girl you could possibly meet with her megawatt smile , you would never imagine that she is suffering with this condition .
After hearing and speaking to Lizzie after the loss of her horse I decided to see how she would go on our fanciest of spaniards the imported Hatero DE PB ,aka Harry Hot Pants, I really thought he could do a super job for Lizzie and I was right , Lizzie rode Harry with empathy and feel and they went beautifully together ,their first competiton will be at the Victorian championships next week !! If you see them , cheer them on and say hello !!
Australian Dressage Nationals 2013 !!
What an amazing trip to Sydney to SIEC at Horsley Park!!
It was a long time away for the two weeks ,firstly with the National Squad clinic with Donnerblitz and Hatero DE PB and then leading into the competiton !!
Firstly I just have to thank Casey Hallett young horse rider for Danson Dressage , she just did a super super job of grooming my three horses for the two weeks , It made my job super easy as she had it under control in every way ,Thanks Casey you are a true gem !! Flying in for the second week to help for the competition was my Mum and also Wendy Westcott who also is just a machine and a invaluable help to Danson Dressage ,between Casey and Wendy my three horses looked immaculate at all times , they put up with my fussiness of having sparkling clean water at all times , even if their was a spec of sawdust in the water it had to be cleaned and also the bedding kept clean fluffy and smelling fresh !! these two wonderful ladies had it under control !!!and my awesome fiance Anthony Thomas drove us over in my truck ,flew home rode in the Reynella horse trials , drove back to sydney with the car amd float to drop and pick up horses ,then drove my truck back to Danson for me , xxxx perfect !!
My incredible sponsers Mario and Anne from Kevingrove equestrian.com based in Sydney , and they picked a SA dressage rider !!!! ,suppliers of DYON,Butet saddles,GPA Double Clear clothing ,this really is the most stunning quality and classy saddlery and accesories I could ever hope for , their casual shirts for riding , their leather halter and leather finished leadropes ,every detail is the finest of quality that my horses looked a million dollars in , so very proud to be sponsered by this high end distributor, it is an honour that is for sure , the Butet saddle is simply the best saddle I have ever ever ridden in , and I have ridden in a lot , and that is by a long shot !! also Equistyle stocks ,looked very very smart and Bonnetts ,Gary Slack,and of course Prydes Easifeed , who also really loooked after their sponsered riders at the Nationals ,felt spoiled !! Thanks Peter pryde !!
The National Squad clinic was just fabulous , the lectures we atttended were informative and very helpful , media training, vet lectures ,sports physcology ,physiology, team building , I must say all of the riders got along amazingly together and it was just like one big happy family really !! super supportive and encouraging of one another ,great direction for the future !!and Julia Battams is just so easy to approach and get along with ,great choice for us riders !!
I was liucky enogh to have private lessons with Bjarne Elefsen ,it was so exciting in Donnerbltz second lesson he acheived some exceptional piaffe and passage tour ,GOOD GOOD said Bjarne , it was quite spectatular , and Donnerblitz was just trying his heart out , I was very proud of him ,we where lucky enough to also ride through the Grand Prix dressage test with Mary Seefried , she then offered advice on what to improveon but also what where his highlights in the test , it was a postitve and helpful session and I just was so keen to the comeptition day to ride Donnerblitz on the Grand Prix test !Unfortunately a day before the start of the Intermediatte 11 , Donnerblitz felt slightly offish not lame but just a bit tender, sure enough that night he had a swollen fetlock !! the team vet checked him out and didnt think it was anything serious and just wanted to asses as we went along , so we where icing , hosing wrapping 4 times per day to keep the heat out , I warmed up for the Intermediatte 11 and again he just didnt feel quite himself , we performed the test , which I was actually really pleased with he had some terrific highlights , and a very pleasing score from the only overseas judge with nearly 66% and clearly the highest score for Donnerblitz out of the 5 judges !!! so that was very encouraging and that was with a horse that was not 100 percent , anyway , after continuing to ice ,hose wrap , the team vet looked at him again and advised that even though it was not a serious sprain he would not ride him for the Grand Prix ,he said he needs a week of and he will be fine , well !!! to say I was disapointed is an understatement !! but i absolutely love this horse and their will be plenty more shows for him !!! even though in all of my busyness I forgot to send my Victorian Dressage Entries because it is slightly earlier this year , YES CALL ME BLONDE !!!! but I am really looking forwrad to riding Donnerblitz at the Adelaide International next week performing my Grand Prix fresstyle to music !! Cant wait !!!
It was also a worthwhile trip for Donnerblitz as he was classified over their by the AWHA and will now become a licensed stallion !!!
Hatero DE PB was just like a mini celebrity at this two weeks away ,firstly he and I were interviewed for the january issue of the International Baroque magazine , their are some simply wonderful pictures from this photoshoot , I am really looking forward to the article coming out !! and I had that many other professional riders asking about him ,commenting on him , they just LOVED HIM !!! Sheridan Ashwood said ,Heather I just love him , look at him trot !!! David Shoobridge ,can he lift his legs any higher !!! Tor Van Den Berge , that is a really nice horse , Heath Ryan , how is that spanish horse going he looks good !!! as well as so many others , it was just so so lovely ,he certainly is different but very liked !! Hatero competed in the two elementray tests , he performed two accurate neat tests and finished roughly mid field in both ,I think his time will come on the National circuit when he starts performing in the higher levels , I think the judges will see his worth !! but could not be happier with my Harry Hot pants !!!
Don Duchovny was also along for the trip , and competed in the two novice classes ,this recently gelded black Don Frederico son , really handled this trip admirably , he performed two rip snorter novice tests !! I just could not have got him to perform better for me , I forgot where I was going in the first test , TWICE ,another BLONDE MOMENT !! so totally stuffed that test up , and the second test he finished just above mid field , and all I can say is the depth and the quality of horses in that novice field where mighty good !!! I look forward to progressing up through the levels now with Donnie , we will aim for a medium start very soon now !!!
I cannot wait to get back over to Sydney and interstate again to compete on my boys !!I have thrived on this comeptiton and cant wait to do it again and again !!
SA Spring Championships 2013
Wow,a super show for the Danson Stable !! Congratulations to my students also for your success at this show ,I was very proud of you all !
Donnerblitz won the Intermediate 11 with just under 66% on the Saturday he felt amazing ,on the Sunday was the Grand Prix he tried is heart out for me and I could not have been happier with him, he was 2nd to Sheer Ettique and Susan Paix a seasoned experienced combination (well done to the other Grand Prix comeptitors as well it is not easy riding and training horses to this level !) , this was our 4th start at Grand Prix and I had so many people at this show come up to me and let me know how much they enjoyed our performance including quite a few riders , this is a reward in itself and I appreciate your comments , just give Donnerblitz and I a bit more match practice and time to consolidate our performance and it could be interesting times ahead !!
Donnerblitz never ever lets me down ,not only in the performance arena this weekend ,but every one of his progeney that was at the show over the two days ,either won or placed !!! You are one in a million my boy !!
Hatero DE PB is not nicknamed Harry Hot Pants for nothing ,he managed to score two 10's over the weekend for his amazing extended trot that I can see his forelegs come up in front of his chest when I am on him , AMAZING to sit on !! This exciting Spanish Import , brought into the country by Kerrie Massey and owned in partnership ,he just got pipped for the elementay championship and had scores of just under 75% !!!!and was placed 3rd in the medium class also , and he is really starting to get his head arounf those flying changes , as he gains confidence with this particular movement the sky is the limit for this fanciest of Spaniards !!
Der Von Wedel my stunning Dimaggio import proving he was worth the expense of bringing him over from Germany !!!! At his 4th ever show he was Equal preliminary champion with scores of 75% plus ,he also won the Novice 2D and would have been runner up novice champion !! Der Von Wedels first foal crop sold immediately to top dresssge and event riders all over Australia , he passed on his Beauty and movement to his foals, Frozen semen is available per dose this season ,only 10 doses available.
Special thanks to Wendy and Ashleigh Westcott and Casey Hallet ,behind the scenes these 3 worked tirelessly and my horses were immaculately turned out and I was able to focus on riding 10 tests and 3 horses succesfully !!! Casey Hallet is our talented full time young horse rider and Ashleigh Westcott also rides at Danson in between her school work !! Ashleigh actually won the young rider championshipat this show, the progress this young lady has made and her dedication and natural abililty is paying of, and i could not be happier !! Casey Hallet will soon be starring in the comeptiton arena also in the 4 year old young horse classes !!
Now we have a day at home before heading over to NSW for the National Squad clinic then leading into the Australian Championships, Donnerblitz , Hatero DE PB and Don duchovny will head over , Der Von Wedel will star again at the Victorian Championships ,Full Steam ahead !!!
Spectators for Gareth Hughes clinic !!
The Gareth Hughes clinic is now being held at two venues ,I have been getting many requests that spectators would like to attend ,the venues are Danson Dressage and also Megan Jones property, the clinic will start with 9 event riders sunday morning at Megans and then Gareth will start his first session here at Danson at 3.30 pm their will be 4 lessons at Danson that evening,Monday morn the first lesson at Danson will be 7am and their will also be 4 sessions that morning at 45 minute intervals .
Spectators are still welcome at a charge of $5 per person due to fewer lessons .
Success again for Danson Celebrity !!
Danson Celebrity went to her second ever dressage competiton at Mnt Crawford and won both of her tests again !!! Ridden by 16 year old Ashleigh Westcott this striking black mare certainly stands out in a crowd , with her active engaged paces and athletic style ,Ashleigh reports Oprah was an absolute pleasure to take out she didnt worry about a thing and went around in her tests confidently and smoothly and was a pleasure to ride, I am really going to miss this mare when she sells !!! Celebrity is for sale ,check her out on the sales page and will bring her new owner much pleasure and success !!
First cracker foals drop for the season !!
We are delighted to have two super foals already for this year , we welcome Danson Dove ,Genetics have certainly worked here with this double cross of Donnerhall ,Sired by the Don Frederico Import Don Duchovny out of a Donnerblitz /Flamboyant mare ,this dark brown filly has the most tremendous trot !! WOW she has serious spring and scope , at 4 days old she is amazing !! and the eagerly awaited Danson Dolores , Sired by Donnerblitz out of our stunning imported Rubenstein mare Rubhina , Dolores (Pictured) is going to be jet black with a splash of a white star she is absolutely equisite looking and will be a show stopper !! both of these fillies will be offered for sale ,please coe and visit them , you definatley will not be disapointed !!!
Feature in November Horse Deals ,(A Lesson with Heather Currie)
Look out for the November feature in the Horse Deals (A Lesson with Heather Currie) I used Danson young horse rider Casey Hallett riding my Royal Hit mare ,(recently sold to a Sydney dressage rider ) for the article , we used this 4 year old mare and I focussed on the gymnastising excercises for straightness and bend and flexion with the young horses , shoulder control , what I though could help most riders out their on their young developing steeds !!I hope you enjoy it !! and in our phot shoot of course Hamish had to get in on the action !! God love him !!
Danson Celebrity wins first dressage test with 76.80% ,Check her new you tube footage !!
Wow what a beauty!! Danson Celebrity is currently for sale and new you tube footage is available just click onto link .
Celebrity attended her first ever competiton and dressage test on the weekend and WON the test with a 76.80% including a coupleof 9;s ,with 16 year old Ashleigh Westcott on board !!!! Celebrity took all in her stride and handled it like a seasoned horse, with her active engaged paces and tempermant she wilbe a super buy for someone ! Celebrity is maturing into a striking black mare that certainly stands out in a crowd !!
Donnerblitz son Danson Dynamite a Winner !!!
(pictured Danson Dynamite ready for the show the day before , he is a chip of the old block )
Congratulations once again to Cristy Patterson dedicated Rider and owner of Danson Dynamite , last weekend saw them succesfully win the young horse 4 year old class as well as the open official prelinary class with scores over 70 % !!! this is onl their second ever official competition !!!
Cristy is forming a wonderful partnership with this talented Donnerblitz son and Heather could not be happier with the success they are receiving.
Equally wonderful news is that Danson young horse rider Casey Hallet has recently purchased Danson Dynamites full brother Danson Don Diamond , this 3 year old brother is showing enormous scope and abilty ,and with Casey in the saddle !! Wow what a combination !!!
Their is a common denominater here,their have been numerous Donnerblitz progeney sold to completely different riders with different teqniques in SA,all of theses horses are winning and extremely succesful !!! as the owner rider of Donnerblitz and the breeder of all of these dressage horses , it is extremely satisfying to see that the breeding program is working ,and the Donnerhall imported son Donnerblitz is literally worth his weight in gold !! but without the dedication of their new owner riders that would not be possible ,so here is to many new winning partnerships forming for the future , and as Cristy has said I would love another one for my future !!! and I have my special Danson Dreamaker growing in the paddock for my future !!!
International Gareth Hughes Dressage clinic
6th and 7th of October at Danson Dressage a unique opportunity for SA riders to take advantage of this highly regarded International Dressage competitor and coach,Gareth has trained with Carl Hester for the last ten years .
I have tried to keep lesson prices right down at $195 per session ,so we can take advantage of this wonderful trainer ,special thanks must go to Brett Parbery for making this possible .Their are still sessions available so email heather or ring 0414720252 to secure your position ,spectators are also welcome at a cost of $15 per person.
Over the past 10 years Gareth has amassed more than 30 National and International Titles including International wins at Small Tour and Grand Prix, both in the UK and abroad. He represented Great Britain at the Nations Cup in Rotterdam in 2012, was short listed for the 2011 European Championships and long listed for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Gareth has produced many horses through the levels to Grand Prix including: Classic Sandman, Nurejev, Ramazzotti, Duvie and DV Stenkjers Nadonna and has been training with Carl Hester for the last 10 years.
Gareth is in great demand as a trainer, teaching from grass roots through to Grand Prix. He is a trainer for the World Class Excel Squad and to the Australian Event Team. He is also a member of the World Class Performance Squad.
Ashleigh Westcott started here at Danson Dressage as a working pupil , she has progressed now to riding a couple of the young horses , she has been with Danson for nearly two years now and in that time we have seen a rapid growth in her riding , Ashleigh at 16 years old is showing natural feel on the young horses , she has excellent empathy and patience with the youngsters and her future at Danson certainly is looking very bright,also a keen event rider on her own horse Cecil Red which she competes at Preliminary level and has also recently ridden some of Anthony Thomas showjumping horses around decent sized courses and fences !! Ashleigh is pictured with one of the young horses currently for sale Danson Celebrity .
New Owner Very Happy !!!
Danson recently sold our 5 year old Royal Hit mare to a dressage rider in Sydney ,I certainly enjoy receiveing these messages and they can be every 3 minutes !!!
(Heather I promise I wont keep texting you every 5 minutes but we are all so impressed with Belle,Its very hot and windy today and she didnt bat an eyelid and worked beautifully !! We are really getting the hang of each other and she is sensational , I am the envy of the stables and you may be getting more buyers heading your way !!! So Happy !!! )
Busy times ahead for the Danson Team !!
Well I have an incredibly busy few months until the end of this year !!!
The SA Spring Championships will see Donnerblitz in the Intermediate 11 and Grand Prix classes, Hatero DE PB in the Elementray and Medium classes and Der Von Wedel in the prelim and Novice classes !!!
Donnerblitz has just never felt better !!so I cannot wait to get him into the competiton arena , but of course riding on a grass surface and the Grand Prix !! well it can never be as good as on a sand arena , however it will be a good run up for the big ones !!!
Hatero DE PB has just worked his way into my heart !! he is starting to make some amazing changes and I hope we can transform this into the comeptiton arena , as he gets his head around this particular movement I will have a serious FEI horse in the making ,that has so far been a fun journey !
Der Von Wedel will make his debut championship this imported Dimaggio gelding is definately one to watch !!!
We then look forward to the big one the Australian Nationals in NSW , this year In will be taking three of my horses over .Donnerblitz in the Inter 11 and Grand Prix ,Don Duchovny in the Novice and Elementary classes, and after an enormous response in the horse delas after his front cover ad, it seems that as soon as I let people know he has impaired vision in one eye it turns them of !! the problem is that Don Duchovny doesnt know this or act like he has impaired vision !!! so he will accompany me on our trip and hopefully have a strong finish to his time at novice level before he is outgraded,then onward and upward with his career at Danson!!
Hatero DE PB I just could not leave this firecracker at home he will contest the Elementary classes ,and also we are going to be interviewed for a story whilst we are over their for the Baroque magazine !!!
Equitana is after this and if luck is on our side , Donnerblitz and I are hoping to get picked as a wildcard for this comeptition !! Fingers crossed !! I have faith in my horse and would love the opportunity !! we are over our injuries and hold ups and are ready to put ourselves amongst our peers and give it our best shot !!
We then look forward to the Victorian Championships ,again I shall have to choose between my beautiful ponies who should go, Donnerblitz of course and we will give the Grand Prix CDI and Freestyle a crack !! Der Von Wedel will make a trip over the border and I think Hatero DE PB should strut his stuff for the Vic judges they seem to like him !!!meanwhile Don Duchovny can work towards his first medium start !!
Danson Dynamite and Cristy Paterson
Danson Dynamite was purchased from Danson Dressage as a rising two year old by Cristy Paterson , Dynamite affectionately known as GUN ,has matured into an extremely short coupled beautifully conformed young dressage horse, he is sired by Donnerblitz out of our fabulous Wunder mare that has had many foals for Danson Dressage now .Dynamite is now 4 years old and at his first official competiton scored an impressive 73% in the preliminary , Gun shows three quality paces that are just made for dressage and what we are now expecting from the Donnerblitz foals with the trademark super canter , and ability for collection !!they now look fowrad to competing at the SA spring champs together and the young horse classes, Danson congratulates Cristy Paterson and Danson Dynamite another quality combination coming up through the SA dressge ranks , we eagerly will watch their future development together !
Front cover for September Horse Deals
What a nice suprise my beautiful black Don Duchovny was chosen for the cover of the Septemebr Horse Deals, what a hard decision it has been to sell Donnie, I have Emporio coming back into work shortly and also my new filly Sandro Black Ice ,Sandro Hit out of an Imported rubenstein mare , back from the breakers and ready for me to ride and prepare for the young horse classes next year , so i had to make a decison to sell one of my team of competition horses,however if Donnie doesnt sell I will continue to compete and go forward with his training through the levels and probably aim him for the Australian Nationals in NSW along with Donnerblitz !We shall see what the future holds !!
Finding Form Levitation !!
Very excited for the Australian Showjumping Championships coming up for Anthony Thomas and his in form Levitation , this french warmblood gelding imported from New Zealand ,showed winning form again at the recent Northern Districts Guley Cup held at Mallala equestrian Centre , this was the main class held on the sunday, from a storng field of contenders and some quality performances , Levi and Anthony showed what a truly strong partnership they have formed to come out the victors yet again, I must say watching this class I was more nervous than if I had been riding a Grand Prix dressage test myself , it certainly is a adrenalising sport !!
Clint Pryor Chiropractic
Donnerblitz pictured here is thoroughly enjoying his chiropractic session with DR Clint Pryor of Mnt Barker Chirporactic,Ulli has been regularly being treated by Clint and is feeling very level through both sides of the but, supple and super sound, I highly recommend this treatment for your dressage partner, Clint also offers acupuncture ,and has excellent knowledge of our performnce horses function, Now Donnerblitz dont goto sleep now !!!
Winning Fiance !!!
In between my busy schedule I managed to get to the Kadina show to watch my showjumping fiance ,Anthony Thomas jump around the Be Active A and B circuit class to win in style with Levitation !!! I must say I really enjoy watching Anthony compete at this level ,his eye to a fence is extraordinary !! and i am enjoying learning more about this Olympic discipline ,Anthony is getting ready for the Adelaide Royal show with his team of horses as well as the Australian Showjumping Championships in Victoria ,with Leviation finding form lets hope for a peak at the Australian champs !!which I cant wait to watch !!
Received this lovely message from Jemma Dodd and Danson Cooparum !!
Really enjoyed my lesson on Danson Cooparum yesterday. Thank you Nicole Magoffin for all your help and giving us a lot to work on! I think Coopar would have slept well last night because we both worked extremely hard! I am so lucky to have such a talented horse . I love him so much and can’t wait until our next competition! Thanks Heather for breedimg and sellling me such a talented horse !!
Equistyle Sponsership !! My Lucky year !!
I am having a wonderful year for attracting new sponsers , I feel very lucky to have these wonderful products to represent .
Miescha Materne owner and designer of Equistyle Quality Stocks ,must have the nicest stocks available I have ever seen !! I originally bought a stock from Miescha after walking past her stand at a competition and falling in love with the most beautiful elegant stock that I just had to have , I have worn this stock at every competiton since and have received so many compliments on it , it has been extremely easy to wash and wear and always looks immaculate ,now I have a few others to wear through this sponsership I am very very happy !!
Equistyle Quality stocks has a facebbok page as well as a webpage , take a look at their designs !!
Super Brett Parbery clinic !!
We all enjoyed a fun and constructive clinic with Parbs !! I had really super lessons with Donnerblitz,I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful horse to ride and train ,I get such a good feeling when I ride this horse we have been together since he was broken to saddle he is now 12 years old,and I feel we are really getting a solid partnership for the Grand Prix , our aim is the Australian Nationals in NSW in October and also the Victorian championships , I am also hoping to get a wildcard for Equitana !!! I also rode Der Von Wedel and Hatero DE PB , both real talents and some great homework to go on with .
Brett is so easy to ride under he gets his point accross easily and gets results but comes accross in a very calm manner ,which with me definately works ,I think we all put enough pressure on ourselves already ,so this works well for me !!
Casey Hallett young horse rider for Danson Dressage also rode her fancy Londonderry mare in the clinic recently purchased by Roonie Weeks and also my Royal Hit mare that has also just been sold to a dressage rider In NSW , I was pleased to hear that Brett thought Casey a very talented rider that is a great asset to Danson Dressage .Brett will be back at Danson Dressage for a December clinic !
(Pictured top Brett , Heather and Donnerblitz and Casey Hallett on the Royal Hit mare )
AMAZING NEW SPONSERS !!
I am very excited and extremely thankful to have been chosen by Kevin Grove Equestrian,Distributors of Dyon, GPA Double Clear clothing ,Schwenkel Gloves ,this line of clothing is magnificent the GPA range is immaculate ,if you like designer clothes and labels you will love this riding wear, their shirts are seamless and fit beautifully ,you cant feel them on the cuts are superb, the range of competiton jackets are stunning (see GPA short Dressage jacket pictured with cream lapel,and the GPA high waisted comeptiton breeches ,also wearing croc chaps in pic ,and Der Von Wedel wearing the Dyon black rolled single snaffle bridle ) the tails have a zip ,extremely modern well fitted and look very schmick !!the Dyon range have just beautifuly made leather halters , classy leather trimmed leadropes ,crocodile leather topped gaiters that I loved so much I rode at the last comeptiton in, and stunning rolled leather double and snaffle bridles made from the finest leather and sit on the horses faces perfectly !! plus many other quality horse gear that is hard to find when you like the very best.
Contact email@example.com or ph Mario 0418167327 or Anne on 0419200342 ,to order any of this range , I will also post more picsof the different range on the website .Happy , Happy ,Happy !!!
Danson Indoor makeover !!
Well it took a monumental effort but the Danson Indoor arena has had a big makeover !! We have replaced all of the old kickboards with new hardwood timber that is varnished ,it still has the wooden top to go on and we need to get our fancy silver letters up but we are so happy it is finished !!
My wonderful fiance Anthony Thomas worked from dusk till dawn for 5 days straight to get this job done , along with myself , Danson young horse rider Casey Hallett ,german working pupil Isi Blomi ,Leon and Nicole Berry, Ashleigh and Wendy Wescott,Bradley Hicks, Cindy and Jemma Dodd ,Elke Shoerberl ,Katisse Martin and Tom and Adam Metcalfe along with a few other workemen to finish on the final day , and we ended up with beautiful cabinet maker corners !!Very satisfying and we all love riding in it !!!
Stallion photo shoot
Breeding season is almost upon us !! The stallions enjoyed a photoshoot for their upcoming ads in the Horse magazine and the Horse Deals,both Donnerblitz and Hatero DE PB are avaiable at public stud this season,go onto the stallion page for more details on both of these sires .
I would like to share the happy news that I have become engaged to fellow professional rider Anthony Thomas , Anthony is actually an extremely succesful Showjumping and eventing rider,together we will combine the two disciplines and bring top quality dressage and sport horses for breeding and competiton to the Australian equestrian communtity,this is extremely exciting and we look forward to developing this program together.Danson Dressage and Southern Sporthorses combined joining the equestrian centre at Danson Dressage and the beautiful lush countryside of Maitland in the Yorke Peninsula just an hour and a half from Danson Dressage .
Anthony was born at Maitland , the heart of the Yorke Peninsula,South Australia in March 1975 ,he lives on his family farm east of the township of Maitland..
The Family Farmimg property.
Known as Wynkie is situated between the coastal township of Ardrossan and the central town of Maitland on the yorke peninsula which is well known as the malting barley capital of the world..
The property is 160km,by road from Adelaide ,90 minutes driving time with the easy access to a double lane highway to the city centre...
On this 2170 acres of calcium rich arable land the Thomas family produce approximately 800t malting barley and approximately 800t hard wheat annually which is delivered to the local port of Adrossan where the wheat is exported and the malting barley is transported to adelaide for the making of malt and the final product premium beer ,The fanous Coopers pale ale. The property also produces oaten hay and vetch hay for feeding beef cattle and the show horses during periods of feed shortage.
100 breeding beef cows are run on the familky property primarily poll Hereford,Shorthorn and Red Angus cows mated with the french cattle breed,Charolais.
Anthony also sells and distributes showjumping equipment and also sells saddlery from his own line Anthony Thomas signature range and also brand names such as Kentuar,Riviera etc .
Anthony started his riding career as a young boy of the age of 4 where he enjoyed riding ponies,from this stage he ventured onto bigger ponies and finally onto his junior showjumpers where his showjumping career began.In the junior ranks he was leading junior rider for SA from 1990 - 1993 as well as winning the state title in 1992,he also competed succesfully at the local Adelaide Royal Show against Australias top comeptitors where he won leading junior rider 1992-1993.
Since entering the senior ranks Anthony has trained with ex Australian Olympic coach Rod Brown in 1995,he has since trained with major coaches such as Albert Voorn(Holland) ,Alex Bell(Canada) and current national coach Jamie Coman.
The highlight of Anthonys career was representing Australia in the Australian showjumping team at the Harare International Horse Show in Zimbabwee in 1996. The australian team won the gold medal.Since this time Anthony has been long listed for the 2000 Sydney Olympics on his horse, Fluke which he sadly lost to severe colic oin January 2000.Anthony also represented Australia at the 2003 World Cup Final in Las Vegas (USA) riding Classic Style .
Anthony has also been Chef d 'Equipe and Coach of the South Australian Junior and Young rider Teams at the 2000 Australian Showjumping Championships.
Anthony Thomas list of major Performances .
SA leading Junior rider 1990,91,92,93.SA leading young rider 93,94,95,96.SA leading junior horse 91,92,93.
SA Leading senior rider 1999,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007.SA Leading senior horse 1994,95,96,99,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2011,2012 !
First SA to win a World Cup Qualifier .
Youngest rider worldwide to compete in 100 World Cup Qualifiers .
Won 7 World Cup Qualifiers on 7 different horses,(Money to Burn,Expozay,Fluke,Coolabah Bay,Sunflair,Classic Style and Icon ).
35 top 5 placings in World Cup Qualifiers with 11 different horses.
Represented Australia Trans Tasman Showjumping Cup - Adelaide 2002.
SA State Champion 2003,2005.SA Australian Country State Champion 2001,2002,2003,2004.SA Indoor champion 2000,2005,2006,2007,2008.SA Australian Speed Champion 2002,2003,2004,2009,2012,2013.
Tri Nations Team NZ 2007,2008 South africa 2008.
Over 50 top 5 placings in World Cup Qualifiers with 15 horses.
Won 10 World Cup Qualifiers on 9 different horses.
Anthony is pictured here riding his current World cup Showjumper and 2 star eventer the French bred warmblood Levitation .
Brett parbery clinic
Their are still three lessons available with Brett Parbery !! two on thursday 15th August and one on friday 16th August ,please ring Heather if you are interested ,lessons are $190 each.
I received a dvd in the mail of Danson Rubinrose (Hi Pine Rubelite )that I sold to Andrea Riedel Carrison of Mnt Gambier as a yearling , this filly is now under saddle with Andrea and the footage was just lovely ,both horse and rider relaxed and happy and going very sweetly ,Rosie has matured into a beautiful horse and we look forwrd to their success together !Andrea reports "I am Very happy with her !!
BRETT PARBERY CLINIC
Brett parbery clinic is being held this thursday and friday 15th and 16th August at Danson Dressage Lewiston, this clinic will include the Eventing Squad riders and Spectators are welcome at $10 each .
Thursday start is 7am till 6.30pm .friday times are 6am till
4pm .SEE YOU THERE !!
DER VON WEDEL !! GO YOU GOOD THING !!
Der Von Wedel my Dimmagio import had his second ever competiton at the Adelaide Hills Dressage club , and his first ever time on grass , and won the preliminary with a whopping 77% and scored two 9.5 marks through his test !!! He had an excellent attitute to this competition,and seemed to enjopy himself on this sunny beautiful day , and I kept his test smooth and flowing and also kept him in first gear !! Might go up a couple of gears next competition !!!Couldnt be happier with him !!
Royal Hit mare first outing
My beautiful 5 year old Royal Hit mare (ridden by my young horse rider Casey Hallet) had her first ever outing today at the Adelaide Hills Dressage club for a look !!
She was an absolute pleasure to take ,she worked around all of the other horses as though she had done it all before , This outstanding mare is for sale ,and she is ready to compete,check her you tube footage and her details on my website !!!
Hatero DE PB first time Showjumping !!! WOWSER
Well just for fun and something different ,I took Hatero to his first ever show jumping competition at the Mallala Equestrian Centre ,we had only ever attempted jumping twice before in my indoor over a couple of jumps ,Anthony Thomas gave me some pointers and help and encouraged me to take him to the show, he also gave me confidence over the weekend that we could do this showjumping thing !!!
On the saturday we started in the lowest class at 45cm ,Hatero looked at some of
these strange colours and shapes and was unsure but trusted me and went over we went in to the next level then the next level and each time Hatero started to grow more confidence and opened his stride and I started to see the spot to the jump better.
As a dressage rider I am used to controlling his stride and at first was making him to deep into the jumps with to much collection ,but by the end of the weekend we jumped around the 90cm progressing to 1 metre class ,the higher the jumps went the higher he jumped !! I felt that in the end i could have pointed him at anything and he would have jumped it and I had to remind myself he has only just started and to keep a lid on it!! Hatero loved it and so did I , he showed 100% trust in me and I really felt very bonded to him , our dressage training certainly shone through and I was amazed at the scope and ability this imported Spanish stallion showed,if he was jumping a metre in the end he cleared it by a lot more !!
It was an amazing feeling !we even jumped in our dressage saddle !! which I will now need to convert to a jumping saddle I think !!
I am looking foward to now preparing Hatero for his first event at Reynella Horse Trials , he is owned in partnership with Kerrie Massey from Victoria and he has just been the most exciting stallions to train and ride and his versatilty is starting to shine !! However he wont be giving up his day job as a very competitive dressage horse ,we have many goals to acheive still in this arena !!! Hope you all enjoy the pics ,it was the best !!!
Annapurna wins first 2 star with Stuart Tinney !!
Exciting news !!
Annapurna sired by Donnerblitz (pictured)and ridden by Olympian Stuart Tinney has one her first start at 2 star level at SIEC in NSW!!
John Pittard owner of Annapurna reports ,Stuart said that this is the most exciting young horse he has had in his 36 years in the sport !! she can do everything Dressage, cross country and showjump !! she is like being on the end of a piece of cotton cross country just point her to the direction of the jumps and she does the rest !!! she will be joining her half brother Pluto Mio very soon at 3 star level !!
Congratulations to all connections , we are very excited about her future !!!
Donnerblitz is standing at public stud this season ,and we have some outstanding young stock available ,check our sales page !!( Donnerblitz pictured )
please go to the horse deals website for a picture of Annapurna !!
German Working Pupil,Isi Blomi !!
Isi Blomi has been working super hard at Danson Dressage,Cleaning, lunging ,sweeping ,shovelling ,more cleaning ,and generally working hard !! Isi is a lovely addition to Danson Dressage ,we are also learning more german to our vocabulary !!! Isi has proven to be a permanant fixture at danson Dressage and now willbe part of the team for the future !!
Sandro Hit purchase going great guns !!
I received this beautiful message from Micky Bray ,I absolutely love this horse !!! This delightful mare is sired by Sandro Hit out of a Carbid /Walt Disney mare,Jenny Bray (another professional rider an trainer and mother to Micky reports ) Micky has started hiding the mares bridle when she goes to school so only she can ride her !!!
This beautiful mare Sophie (Danson Sister ) was sold to Jenny and Micky Bray , and we cannot wait to micky starts her competiton career with this rising 4 year old talented filly !!!
Danson Wolkenaction and Mia Glass Victorian Winter series dressage champions!
WOW !!!!!Danson Wolkenaction and Mia Glass have won the Whittlesea Plenty Valley Dressage Club Winter series championships, winning both the preliminary and Novice series !!!
What a wonderful partnership this combination has developed since Mia purchased Action from Danson Dressage, they now are looking foward to starting at Elememtary level together ,and continueing their journey together through the ranks of dresssage !!
Mia sent me a beautiful DVD of her and Action competing and winning in Victorian dressage, I must say it brang a tear to my eye to see this quality young dressage horse that we Danson sold ,being so well ridden and loved by Mia ..
Thanks Mia and Action you make my job very rewarding !!
You tube footage of Stunning Royal Hit mare
Elegant and powerful Royal Hit mare , 4years old,16.3hh,three super fancy paces will be a high scoring young dressage horse ,go to the sales page for more details .
Donnerblitz purchase making another owner happy !!
I received this lovely message from Abby Proud ,Abby purchased Quest as a yearling and so far are having a wonderful journey together !!
A little update on Danson Donner Quest. Quest is by Donnerblitz out of Lottie. Quest was ‘Started’ under saddle in February of this year by Vicki Oliver with guidence from Wayne Banney. Quest has happily taken everything in his stride and is going very well. He recently had 2 months off. When he was ridden again he was just fine. There was no tension in him at all. A fine testament to the wonderful temperments the Donnerblitz progeny have. This young horse with only 6 weeks riding and 2 months off to be so chilled out and willing is just amazing! Quest has been out on a few mini trail rides and is working comfortably in the arena. We do a lot of natural horsemanship and he just thrives on the challenges the groundwork gives him. I could not be happier with my beautiful boy and love him to bits!!
Danson Wolkenaction star in the Weekly times !!
Heading on newspaper picture !!!DANSON QUEEN ;Michaela Glass and Danson Wolkenaction enjoyed two wins at Whittlesea, in the novice class and the preliminary 1B class. Pictures: Derek O'Leary
This was an article in the weekly times in Victoria featuring a lovely pic and write up on Danson Wolkenaction and Mia Glass !!
WHITTLESEA and Plenty Valley Dressage Club's winter series is a popular way to liven up the cold weather.
And plenty of horses appeared at the second of the series.
In the advance class, young riders were out in force with Sandra Norster's Ronja winning from Stuart Archibald's Roxbury Lucille and Tori Stuckey's Mayfield Be Brave.
Fern Wright was the only competitor in the under 25 years Grand Prix event, but she and the Welsh-bred Kamber Pryderi scored well and deserved their 61.8 per cent.
Tori Stuckey had a great day out, winning the FEI intermediate II class and the FEI Prix St George on Mayfield Miracle.
Adam Benson did equally well winning the Grand Prix and senior intermediate II on Northern Charmer, and the medium 4B test with Brookwood Park Primero.
Michaela Glass won the novice class and the preliminary 1B class with Danson Wolkenaction and Renee Rowland's AEA WP Alaska won the class for Para Equestrians.
There were some good scores in the pony section with Illawong Harvest Moon and Kate Parker scoring 66.5 per cent in the elementary pony class and 66.7 per cent to win the novice 2B class.
Dianne Proctor's Willowcroft First Glance did equally well, winning the preliminary pony class with 70.8 per cent.
Danson queen: Michaela Glass and Danson Wolkenaction enjoyed two wins at Whittlesea, in the novice class and the preliminary 1B class. Pictures: Derek O'Leary
Danson Stallions succesful for Thiacan Dressage !!
At Thiacan Dressage we are busy with weanling handling. We have been thrilled to bits with the foal crop this year. 5 Wedel Foals and 4 Donnerblitz Foals. They all have amazing temperaments and sensational movement. Thiacan will be returning mares for service this coming season to Danson... Thankyou for providing such wonderful Stallions for us to use! Several foals have been sold to lovely homes and their owners are as happy with them as we have been! This year we bred 2 extra special Warmblood ponies, one by Donnerblitz and one by Der Von Wedel. The result is pretty special!!
Danson Wolkenaction wins and scores an 80.20%
Wow ,we just received Danson Wolkenactions latest dressage results where he won the preliminary class with an 80.20% !!!
Mia Glass also reports he scored over 70% in the Novice class also and placed highly in both championships !! Mia said He is an absolute star I am so lucky to have such a talented horse !! The penciller in my novice ring told me that Action was the horse they all wanted to ride !!.
Danson Wolkenaction was purchased from Danson Dressage !!
Meet our new young horse rider Casey Hallet
I am delighted to welcome Casey Hallet to the young horse rider team at Danson Dressage ,Casey has recently come from the professional stable of Bennet Conn in Queensland riding the young horses and learning from Ben, Bennet has now based in germany working for Andreas Helgstrand and is obviously highly regarded for his skills ,Casey is very good also at long reining the young horses and also has a good talent for teaching the horses piaffe in hand, Bennett was extremely talented at both of these skills and has taught Casey well as she has developed and brought these skills to Danson Dressage , Casey has hit the ground running here at Danson riding to her hearts content on some very exciting young horses we have coming through including our triple froizen semen gelding Wiliam K ,sired by Wynton out of a Metall/sandro Hit mare and also our impressive swarovski /argentinus gelding MW Scotland , pics od casey on these awesome young horses will come shortly.
Casey will join Heather Currie along with Angela Donaldson,Elke Shorberl and Melissa Karutz who will be back on board soon after a nasty kick from a little pony broke her leg !! Danson Dressage is certainly a extremely busy stable , with beautiful purpose bred young horses undersaddle being produced for sale ,as well as valued clients horses that they entrust to Danson to expertly ride ,train and produce for them, Heather oversees this whole operation and is proud to say that we have produced some nationally competitive horses that are coming out of this stable and not just one !! It takes a dedicated team of riders and stablehands to acheive this behind the scenes !!
National Futures squad clinic 2013 with Ton De Ridder
Ton De Ridder was all the way from Germany to teach us lucky riders on pur futures mounts and also the National Squad horses,Ton is travelling around to the different states to host these clinics , SA riders had to travel to Werribee to combine with the Victorian riders, Myself,thanks to Julia Battams for overeseeing the whole event and also we are getting each lesson videoed for our perusal! ,Angela Donaldson and Ria Grivell made the trip over to a very cold cold Werribee park !!!In between my lessons the lectures on managenant of our elite competiton horses and swabbing on riders ,drugs in the sport etc, which was really good information and that I thoroughly enjoyed the vets knowledge was excellent on the current teqniques for managing injuries etc and also drugs used for management the best ones .etc what works, what studies have been done ,it was brilliant !I also managed to watch quite alot of the other riders ,Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina, Monica Bird and Quinlin to name a couple which where interesting to watch as Donnerblitz is working at Grand Prix like Diamnatina and Emporio is working at Quinlins level,small tour ,so also got a lot out of watching these riders and horses .
I was very pleased to be riding my Dimaggio import Der Von Wedel , Wedel had been back in work for a week and a half before making the trip over for this clinic,he had been sidelined for nearly six months after a paddock mishap where he had a small chip removed after being a delinqent in the day paddock !! the best news in as part of this clinic the team vets also looked over the horses and where highly impressed with Wedels soundness in every way which was great !! It was a huge ask for Wedel after a ten hour trip over and then the next two days of lessons with Ton , I was very pleased with his efforts ,Ton really worked on having the young horses deep round and through, getting a quick reaction of the aids and hind leg and also very helpful excercises to start to get the young horses taking more weight behind ,this was a valuable lesson for Wedel,it was the same message nothing different and and also what I call germanising the horses , pronounced flexion to either side of the circles really making sure they are moveable and around your inside leg ,if I thought I had plenty of flexion ,no their was more needed , put his nose on your knee ,watching the other lessons as well with some more of the advanced horses the message was definately the same ,reaction of the leg, round and through straightness etc ,but also not to over ride and over ask the horse , be happy with a good response not an extreme response, dont ride the horse in maximum power all the time ,take the throttle down then power then idle !! Know as I am ome thinking about the lessons I will also think about this whilst riding my Grand Prix horse Donnerblitz ,I had been varying his power as it was as he also responds to power then idle yhen power then no pressure , it really all mades perfect sense , but as I said he said nothing that we hadnt all heard before it is just good training and riding and being reminded of that !!, .
At the end of my second lesson on Wedel ,Ton is definately a man of few words he doesnt say anything he doesnt need to !! ,His comment was VERY GOOD , IS GOOD HORSE !! So I will take that as a motivation to keep on chipping away at my spider on legs , DER VON WEDEL !!! I am know looking fowrad to two coming comeptitons with him at Adelaide Hills and Southern Vales , we will then concentrate on the championship shows at the end of the year , really looking forward to this ..
Angela Donaldson rode her two Donnerblitz bred horses Destiny and Don Prestige , Prestige is a 5 year old,very tall elegant type of horse that is showing super potential,Ton also thought Prestige was a very good horse with potential which was music to my ears , as I have always picked him out to be a talent even as a youngster,also people where interested in his breeding which is always a good sign !!. Prestige will now be aimed for the young horse 6 year old classes ,we also eagerly await the full brother or sister to this gelding ,which is cooking away !Angela has told me she wants to buy the foal already !! and Ria Grivell also wants one like him !! so we shall see !!
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Danson Purchase ,Danson Wolkenaction winning again in Victorian Dressage !!
I received this fabulous message from Mia Glass and Danson Wolkenaction!!
Hi Heather ,
Action and I had another amazing day today at the second round of the Whittlesea Plenty Valley Dressage Club ,winning both the Novice on 68.5% and the prelim on 67.60%.
Action was a total champion all day and I couldnt be happier with how he is coming along ,Our next start is in just over a week at the Interschool state championships and Im really looking foward to taking my star out again !!
Hope you well , Mia xxx
Mia Purchased Wolkenactiuon from Danson Dressage as a 5 year old, he is sired by Wolkentanz out of a thorughbred mare ,we really enjoy Mias updates and success they are having together , proving that a quality horse with a dedicated and ambitious rider is a winning combination !!
Danson Purchase going on to success with young rider !!
I received this message from Puchi Stern ,this was a gelding that we originally sold through Danson Dressage to a Victorian vet he is now showing a young rider the ropes and obviuosly succesful, so glad to hear of the horses that have been sold through Danson so sucesfulin their careers !!
Here is a photo of Jackson Stern who is on the Young Rider Victorian
Dressage Squad, riding Adonis at training. At his first Interschool comp
he scored a whopping 72% in the Elementary. Just working on his changes
and should be ready for Medium very shortly.
Cheers and hope you like the photo.
Bio on Heather Currie for project at school !!
I had young rider Jemma Dodd contact me about writing a biography about someone they admire and aspire to , I was very honoured for her to want to write about me ,this is what she wrote it had to be a certain amount of words , Very nice Jemma !!
Heather Currie is a very talented and successful horse
rider/trainer/instructor who was born in the Memorial Hospital North
Adelaide, 17.3.71. Heather grew up in South Australia. Heather's family
were not into horses but she convinced them to buy her a horse when she
was seven. She learnt to ride without a saddle so that really helped her
natural feel of the horse. She trained her first ever horse to Grand Prix
by the age of 19 with the help of Clemens Dierks (Top German Trainer). She
has been on the State Squad multiple times. She has since trained several
horses to Grand prix and she has been very successful all over Australia.
She trained in NSW for 12 months. Some of her achievements are that she
has trained four horses to Grand Prix level, Horse of the year 2011,
Winner of the intermediate 1 freestyle 2011 on her stunning horse
Donnerblitz, Winner FEI and EA champion 2011 Royal Adelaide Show and SA
dressage rider of the year twice Winner of the Be active Novice Leader
board. Heather has won many more fantastic achievements throughout her