With the 8th Annual QLD Festival of Dressage behind us, we'd like to thank an amazing voluntary committee who work tirelessly and selflessly to bring this celebration of dressage to life.
We cannot do it without the support of extraordinary sponsors, including Horseland, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Prydes Easifeed, QLD Hire, Equestrian Land Developments, International Horse Breeders, The Saddle Fitter, Hi Form & Johnsons Natural Formula, Horsezone, Mitavite, and Remi Stud.
To Horseland, we thankyou so much for your ongoing partnership with our event, which allows us to bring the event to life.
Also, a particular thanks to Pryde’s Easifeed, who sponsored our Master Class with Anna Merveldt.
To Anna, what can we say! Thankyou for travelling all the way from your family and horses in Italy, to share some of your tremendous experience and knowledge with us. Your enthusiasm for training radiates from you, and I know you have inspired hundreds of people with your golden drops of wisdom throughout the week’s clinics and at The Festival. We hope that you have had a great time with us Aussies and that you’ll want to come back!
To our other International guest, Scott McKenna (aka Harold the Horse), thankyou for entertaining us once again!
To our interstate presenters, Dr Andrew McLean, Stuart Tinney, Jacqui van Montfrans and Antoinette Foster, thankyou for travelling to and being part of our event. Please know you have inspired SO MANY people!
To our local presenters, Mary Seefried, Mark Lilley, Sally George, Penny Newbold and Fiona Edwards, thankyou for sharing your knowledge and time.
The QLD Festival of Dressage committee also thanks the participating members of the 2014 Dressage QLD State Squad for being part of the event and inspiring all with their breathtaking work, and to the IC Frith and Associates QLD State Young Rider Squad for their wonderful display, and help throughout the day.
We thank Equestrian QLD and Dressage QLD for their support; and we thank Bronwyn Dickinson and the team at QSEC for their endless help and professionalism to help us run this event.
We would like to thank the amazing AVP Production team for their technical brilliance, patience and dedication to the success of this event.
Thankyou to the wonderful trade vendors, and stallion owners, for adding such exciting atmosphere to this unique event; and to all those who donated goods and services to the Festival Raffle and Silent Auction. In particular to Leesa Murray who donated her beautiful Grand Prix dressage horse, APH True Seville for someone to WIN a lesson on.
An enormous thankyou to all 38 of our amazing Festival volunteers, and to our commentators, Sheryl Herring and Liz Coe.
And to our working CREW, who definitley would have covered marathon distances on set up, event and pack down days.
To each committee member, thankyou for continuing to pour your hearts and souls into this event, and to all your partners and family members for sharing you with us!
With the proceeds from this event, we have been able to give back to all avenues of the sport, the judges, competitors, clubs, volunteers and the State Squads.
And last, but not least, THANKYOU to everyone who came! It is the spectators that continue to inspire and motivate us into producing a Festival that is remembered long after it’s over. Please take the time to fill out the feedback from on our website to let us know what you would like to see at future events and on possible areas of improvement. We build this event for the spectators to fundraise for the sport in the hope that one day, it will grow big enough to earn a spot on the nightly news next to surfing and golf!
Hope to see you all next year.
Nicole Tough - Event Director
On behalf of the QLD Festival of Dressage Organising Committee