Gloucestershire based New Zealand Grand Prix Dressage rider Shiwon Green has been selected as the first representative from her country to compete at the prestigious World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses, from August 4 to 9 in Verden, Germany.
She will be competing on her own Oldenburg gelding F 1 (Floriscount / Roadster) whom she bought from breeder Patricia von Merveldt as a just-started three-year-old.
The qualification process was arduous with performance criteria; a nomination from the New Zealand National Federation and approval from both the Oldenburg studbook and British Dressage as her nation of residence was needed before she was accepted. This nomination was a fantastic boost for Green, after ongoing soundness issues with her FEI horse forced her to withdraw from her initial goal of riding at the Rio Olympics next year.
“It truly is a great honour to be the first New Zealander to ride at this elite event,” Green said.
“I am looking forward to showing off my fabulous horse in this, the ultimate show for young horses internationally. To be creating history once again with the first horse I have campaigned in Europe is awesome.”
Green and F 1 had a brilliant start to their competitive career last season in the British four-year-old young horse classes – winning on debut with 83.9% to qualify for the finals of the Badminton Young Dressage Horse of the Future series and topping the season with an outstanding 88% to qualify for the Potential International class at the British Dressage National Championships. They had a delayed start to their campaign this year after Green broke her shoulder blade in a fall, but they have been steadily improving and last weekend they were second in the Shearwater International Young Horse class to qualify for the finals to be held in conjunction with the Hickstead CDI at the end of July.
Green has also just started training with Olympic and World Champion Charlotte Dujardin to prepare for Verden with the longer term goal of competing at the 2020 Olympics.
Green, 43, has been based in Britain since 2013, running a small competition and training yard based in the grounds of Ampney Park, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
In 2011 she was among the riders who were the first to qualify a New Zealand dressage team for the Olympic Games. While living in New Zealand, Green combined dressage training with her riding with her career as an emergency nurse and mother to two young children.