Partners win after battle in the heat
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
FOR five years Coramba's Kim Duver has been competing in equestrian events at state level and now she's finally getting the results that she has been working toward.
After two great rides in Canberra at the Pony Club of NSW Dressage Championships, Duver can lay claim to being the state's 15-17 years champion, thanks to a partnership with her trusty horse Malmark.
Prior to the state title ride, the 16-year-old spent a week at Sydney's Olympic equestrian site for an intense instructional week where 15 of the top dressage riders in the state were invited to attend so they could receive some wisdom from some of the top riders in the country, namely George Sanna, Shaun France and Sam Lyle.
It was in Canberra though that most of the action happened.
The young rider admitted that her major concern was the opressive heat in the nation's capital and how it would affect her beloved 'Brownie', the stable name for her trusty steed.
Battling 38 degree heat, conditions were as difficult as any you could find.
"I think we went through 24 bottles of water in one day, it was that hot," the new state champ said.
"'Brownie' was OK, I rode him at at something like 8:30 in the morning, so it wasn't so hot at that stage."
A little disappointed with the first ride, Duver said that she was relieved that the judges thought more of her performance than she did.
After a ride in both the novice 2.3 and 3.1 elementary tests, the year 12 student was locked in a very tight two-way battle for the title.
"There was one girl who was on two seconds and I had a first and a third,"
"I think on a countback she should've got it but we were waiting for what seemed like ages for the announcement.
"Then they announced the decision and I was so happy I'd won."
Next on the agenda for Duver will be a return to Sydney for the Interschools Championships and then she's hoping for a start at the National Pony Club Championships to be held in Queensland.