Perfect Finish for Disco Star
for Disco Star
Dressage champ Sheena Ross and Parkridge Disco SW have plenty of titles to there credit, but no HOY ones . . . until this year.
Much to her delight, the full time rider lived up to her favourite tag, winning the Level 6/7 Dressage Horse of the Year crown.
They’ve been consistent through the grades, winning level 1 and 7 and nationals, and 1, 3, 5 and 7 at North Islands.
She bought him as a foal. He is by German Hanoverian stallion Dancier and bred by Carol Eivers.
“I was riding grand prix that season and Carol said she had a gorgeous foal I should look at . . . I wasn’t’ even looking for one!”
However, she quickly fell in love with the very “elastic, perky and springy” little guy.
He is now eight and while this is just his first season at level 6/7, Ross says there is plenty more in the tank.
“I have had a lot of very positive feedback about him – Charlotte (Dujardin) loved his work ethic and energy. He has a very exciting hind leg and comes through sharp and quick.”
At just 16hh, the chestnut boasts a great attitude with looks to match.
“This has been my best season ever,” says Ross. “He is just a sensational little horse.”
In the past six weeks, the combination have won the North Island, National and HOY titles for level 6/7.
“Next spring we will start at level 8 and see how that goes. I don’t want to overface him but he loves to piaffe and passage and is already training fairly solidly at that level.”
Long term Ross would love to take him across the Tasman to a CDI.
“He definitely has the talent and we may look at a trip to Australia in the spring or winter.”
Ross so loved Disco, she bought his mother and has bred a full sister to him.
“She’s is two now and we are hoping for big things from her in the future.”
Ross is a full time rider who also trains other riders and runs a small Hanoverian stud Sterling Warmbloods. She herself is trained by Andrea Raves, Peter Storr and Monique Peutz.
Key to the whole operation is her husband Dermot Ross, who while not a rider, is a huge support.
Level 6/7 Dressage Horse of the Year: Sheena Ross (Clevedon) Parkridge Disco SW 1, Alex Matheson (Hamilton) Lingh II 2, Gregory Smith (Auckland) Avante Garde 3, Susan Tomlin (Palmerston North) Dancealong 4, Nicky Pope (Kaukapakapa) Saskatoon 5, Frankie Webb (Levin) Northern Ivanthus 6.