Brilliant Lynn Al Redha steals the show

DUBAI - One of the biggest highlights of the UAE dressage season, the FEI World Dressage Challenge 2011, took place this week at the Emirates Equestrian Centre, a press release said.

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Published: Sat 26 Nov 2011, 12:09 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:24 AM

This prestigious event, which sees the very best of the UAE dressage riders compete against the world, was supported by Bonjour Equestrian Supplies. A total of 55 countries and their National Federations have participated in the event this year. The participating countries are divided into 11 zones. The UAE, in Zone 4, competed against Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.

All competitors in each class were put through the same test, adjudicated by the same ground jury of two FEI-appointed international judges, who travel to each country within the Zone. This year the judges were Joan Macartney of Canada and Dr. Slawomir Pietrzak from Poland.

The competition featured Prix St Georges (PSG), Advanced, Medium, Elementary and Preliminary classes for the Senior riders, and, for the up-and-coming junior riders, both Elementary and Preliminary classes.

The UAE continues to maintain its standing as an improving contender, with its riders yet again producing fantastic results.

Lynn Al Redha was the star of the evening winning convincingly both classes she rode in.

Al Redha, on her imposing Scottish bred stallion Tartan Special, competing at Prix St-Georges level, the highest level in the FEI World Dressage Challenge, won the class with a score of 67.96 per cent, and is currently placed 4th against all the competitors from other countries competing in the FEI World Dressage Challenge (FEI WDC).

Al Redha also rode in the Medium Class, and set the bar high riding an inspiring test on the Hanoverian mare Roma. The mare, owned by Al Redha’s sister Lesley Sayle, was in top form scoring a 71.13 per cent, the highest score for the night.

Al Redha commented: “I couldn’t be happier with my horses, they really gave me everything they had tonight.”

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