15 September 2014
Tahuna – Typhoona
What do you do when the rain is sheeting down, the wind is blowing a gale and
the sand is flying enough to strip the paint off an oil-rig?
Why, if your are bold enough and mad enough, you take your horse and yourself
off to Tahuna for the dressage and beach ride held on 4th July. Although the
weather somewhat depleted the field a full compliment of helpers turned out to
support Lynda Keeler, Ride Organiser (with marker Laura Shand), including Carola
McCallum and Yvonne Thomson who also rode managed the barbecue behind the
shelter of the porta-cabin. Throughout the day Carolla delivered ‘tsunami’ coffee
to the helpers.
Six riders braved Class 1 Dressage in wild conditions in an open arena returning
good scores whilst only one, Donna Hemmings did Class 2 but she achieved the
highest individual score at this more complex test. The Dressage was judged by Viv
Law with Katie Keith as her writer and Freya van Midden acting as steward
Mary Stelmach supported by Sharon Chugg and Heather Duncan braved the wind
and the rain to take heart rates and assess trot-ups as the riders set out onto a
windswept beach. The fist leg was straight into the wind but coming home the wind
was in the tail and fast times were recorded by everyone and carefully logged by Rob
Winmill as Starter.
This combination of dressage and endurance is scored by the somewhat complex
‘Performance Formula’ which combines the dressage positions with a points score for
endurance which rewards speed and heart rate. (see formulae below) Leon Stelmach
was in the Caravan and calculated the scores as soon as the efficient Rona Kennedy
ran them up to him.
At the finish in the shelter of the porta-cabin Lynda presented the winners'
rosettes as follows: Class 1 – 1st Pat Dorward, 2nd Yvonne Thomson, 3rd Allison
Carrington, 4th Emma Kendal, 5th Ashley Duncan, 6th Daneille Cruickshank. Class 2 -
Ruth Riddell, as Chief Steward, managed this complex and difficult day with her
usual efficiency and was relieved that there had been no accidents in the foul
Everyone who rode, not only enjoyed the day, but also felt a great sense of
achievement and everyone learned just a little more about what they and their
horses are capable of. It is to be commended to you all as a diary date for next year.
(Speed x 2 - Minimum speed of ride x 100 ) divided by Final Heartrate.