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Helidon equestrienne finishes year on high

SUPERB EFFORT: Helidon equestrienne Lesleigh Kruse placed fourth with her horse Ambathala Cellini in the six-year-old Young Horse category at the Dressage Queensland Awards for 2014.
SUPERB EFFORT: Helidon equestrienne Lesleigh Kruse placed fourth with her horse Ambathala Cellini in the six-year-old Young Horse category at the Dressage Queensland Awards for 2014. Megan Willis Photography

YEARS of meticulous and perfected training in the dressage ring resulted in state recognition for a Helidon equestrienne on the weekend.

Lesleigh Kruse capped off a successful year by being nominated to attend the Dressage Queensland Awards for 2014.

Kruse's horse Ambathala Cellini was short listed for the six-year-old Young Horse title after competitions both here in Queensland and at the Sydney CDI in April where the pair placed first in the Consolation Final for six-year-old horses.

The awards night had Kruse and Ambathala Cellini honoured among 215 other horse/riders/judges and volunteers nominated across 45 categories.

Ambathala Cellini finished up placing fourth in the six-year-old Young Horse category during the Dressage Queensland Awards.

Remi First Fleet, a horse bred at Remi Stud Laidley by Cheryl O'Brien, took the coveted first place in the category.

Kruse (58) was also presented with a rider pin for the Masters Challenge which is for riders over 50 years of age.

"That's the first time I had got good enough scores to be nominated," Kruse said.

"It was a great night, there were so many people there.

"A lot of people there were people who had been nominated nationally too, so they're fairly high quality classes.

"I worked really hard this year and I knew this horse had talent.

"I bred this horse from a local stallion and mare I bought from a friend and it turned out this time, I'm very lucky."

The nomination is just the beginning for Kruse, who looks to train Ambathala Cellini up to bigger and better things.

"I've always said my goal was to go to a Grand Prix Test (FEI) by the time I'm 75," she said.


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