Alex wins two national titles
CORAMBA'S Alexandra Bruggisser has continued her winning run by taking out two first places at the 2006 national young rider dressage championships held at the International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park, Sydney.
Riding her four-year-old thoroughbred gelding Capricio, in strong fields of 29 riders from all over Australia and New Zealand, Alex had wins in the preliminary and novice levels of the competition.
She achieved an amazing 72 per cent score in the preliminary 1.3 test and 69.8 per cent in the novice 2.4 test.
"I was pretty pleased that I even qualified for the Nationals, let alone winning two of my tests," Alex said.
"My horse is really special, he just keeps getting better and better."
Capricio, who is a failed race horse, first came to National notice in the Victorian young dressage horse championships when he placed fourth in the four-year-old class in April.
The pair, who train regularly with Erica Henderson of North Coast Performance Horses at Coramba, are currently in Sydney for four months with show jumping and dressage professionals, George and Rachael Sanna.
Alex is doing her time as a working pupil while studying for her EFA level 1 riding instructors qualification.
"Its very hard work, and I'm homesick but it's an amazing experience and hopefully this will give me a way of being able to afford to keep on with my riding," Alex said.