Joseph Lyddy Ambassadors
Horse Trials, Dressage, Combined Trainings, Games, Handy Mount, Show Jumping, Jumping Equitation and Showing
Our newest Ambassador is 14 year old Naomi Miller – one of our brightest, up and coming young riders.
Naomi is from Toronto, Canada. She grew up around horses and started riding when she was just 2 years old. At the age of 4, she was already putting polo wraps on ponies and picking out their feet, yet she wasn’t able to tie up my own shoe laces or do my hair. In December 2004, she and her family moved to Australia and that was when she got my first pony – who was a small 10h Shetland. When she isn’t riding a pony, she is either drawing, petting or thinking about them.
Here are some of her recent achievements –
- Overall Show Jumping champion at Werribee Interschool Championships, 2012 (run over 2 days).
- Interschool Show Jumping (ISJ) Champion x 4 on three different horses, 2011 & 2012.
- Victorian Equestrian Centre, Interschool Challenge. 1st Show Jumping, 1st Jumping Equitation, 1st Games, 1st Handy Mount & overall champion of all age groups and levels, 2012.
- Victorian Equestrian Centre Dressage Day, grade 4 overall champion 2013 and 2014 on two different ponies.
- PCAV Gisborne Show Jumping Bonanza, 1st place and 2nd place on two different horses. She also received the Best Equitation Award, 2014.
- ISJ, 2nd place out of 44 riders, 2014.
- EFA Boneo Park show jumping, 1st place 75cm class, 2014.
- Victorian Stud Pony Show Bendigo, 1st place Junior Handler 2012.
Australian Champion Olympic Eventing and Show Jumping Rider and Gold Medalist
An equestrian athlete committed to competing her Elite horses at the highest level of Equestrian Sports in both the Eventing & Show Jumping disciplines. Wendy is currently based in the UK with Koyuna Sun Dancer (AI3DE 4*winner 2010) aimed at Badminton CCI 4* and Koyuna Sun Set aimed at the Nomination events, Jumping in Europe as selection trials for London 2012.
Wendy, at just 21 years of age, became the youngest female Olympic Gold Medalist in the Equestrian Team Three Day Event riding Sunburst at the Atlanta Games, 1996.
Here’s Wendy’s latest update –
I flew out of Heathrow at 2pm Wednesday afternoon, October 15, arriving back to Adelaide at 9pm Thursday night, October 16. My brother, Tony picked me up and it was great to catch up with him even if he didn’t leave Hahndorf until after midnight by the time we had looked at old baby photos for a project he was doing at work. Landing at night was perfect as I go to sleep rather than battlling to get through the day when arriving early morning. I did blame jet lag on Saturday morning when I somehow managed to put 100 litres of unleaded fuel, not diesel, into my horse truck on the way to the Reynella Horse Trials! Fortunately our truck mechanics, My Barker Truck and bus repairs have an emergency call out service and were able to come out and syphon the unleaded out before I had started the engine so no damage done. I was extremely grateful as moving the truck would have done my fuel injectors which would have then been some $7000 – $8000 to replace!! Just as well I had left home early to ride young horses at the venue so that I could absorb the 2 hrs of lost time before my 4pm dressage.
Sun Showers demonstrated very good trot work with the extensions being her speciality but was tense in her canter work which brought her score down to 58 (62%) 3 points off the lead. She then stormed around the XC, not before pinging a front shoe off in the warm-up and needing that to get replaced as she is not one that you would ever consider running without a shoe – intentionally anyway. She then pulled the other front shoe during her round and visited the farrier again! I was grateful that the starters held the course fo rme for over 10 minutes which then meant that they had to run the next class at 1 minute intervals to catch up. A clear round XC with 15.6 time (fastest in the class) brought her into the lead by just over 4 points and the only clear round in the Show Jumping phase extended her lead to 8.3 penalties.
A good start to her campaign towards the Australian International Three Day Event. After speaking with Secretary, Andrea Goddard though we decided it was best to enter the CCI** and upgrade to the CCI**** if I felt that Sun Showers was ready rather than downgrade to the CCI** which was sure to have a greater number of entries. As she had had a distrupted season through injury and had been ridden by ‘deputy’ riders who were not qualified to ride her above 2* and I only had ridden her once since October 2013 to take her total of 3* starts to 5, I felt the 4* would be a big ask.
Para Equestrian Dressage – Olympic Athlete
Joseph Lyddy are excited to announce Anne Skinner as our newest addition to the stable. Anne Skinner was delighted to accept the role of Ambassador and Sponsored Rider.
Anne is an accomplished Para Equestrian – Dressage Olympic athlete, State Coach for Riding for the Disabled Victoria. Anne competed in Dressage in the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney and 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
Anne has represented Australia at two Paralympics, 2003 Para equestrian World Championships in Belgium, multiple State and National competitions, current member of the National ‘A’ squad and she is a dedicated HRCAV rider.
With her beloved horse Cossack she also gained a PB in Grade 3 in 2010 and Winning Grade 3 Individual and Team Tests at 2011 RDA National Championships.
Although Anne and Cossack missed out on Beijing, and London (due to an unfortunate mishap of tripping on a lead rope and breaking her ribs), Anne is determined to achieve her immediate goals.
The World Championships at Normandy in 2014 will most likely be Cossack, now 15 years old, final international appearance if they make it through selections. Cossack will continue to compete on the local stage provided he is happy to do so. To Anne, his well being comes first.
Anne is on the lookout for another horse for Rio Paralympics in 2016, a good horse with a super walk, great tempo and rhythm in the trot. Anne believe she is in with a fighting chance as she is now a Grade 2, that is restricted to a Dressage walk and trot means she is no longer inhibited by her range of movement during canter in a small arena.
Joseph Lyddy want to wish Anne Skinner and Cossack all the best on their path towards Normandy and Rio, and we are delighted to be on this journey with them, even if it is only in a very small way.