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Sydney CDI Young Horse Guest Rider

March 2016

Melanie Schmerglatt will be the young horse guest rider at the 2016 Sydney CDI at Sydney International Equestrian Centre fom 7 to 9 April 2016.

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Schmerglatt was born in Maryland, U.S.A. and moved with her mother Linda and her brother Robert to Queensland, Australia, when she was only 3 years old. Very early on in her childhood she showed a natural talent and passion for horses and riding, and it was not surprising to soon see her in the competition arena, following in her mother’s footsteps.

Schmerglatt was selected onto the Queensland State Young Rider Squad for two consecutive years with her rather ‘unpredictable’ but stunning grey warmblood gelding “Masterpiece”. Together, under the guidance and expert teachings of Linda, they successfully competed to Prix St George level. Since then Schmerglatt has trained and competed numerous successful horses to all levels of dressage.

Currently she is a highly regarded professional trainer and auction rider at the world renowned Hannoveraner Verband e.V. stables in Verden, Germany.  While in Germany she has been training, riding and competing some very talented young horses for which the Hannoveraner Verband have great future hopes for, including an extremely talented young stallion that Schmerglatt was training called "Dream of Australia", a Don Index son that she won with in a number of young horse classes.  They went on to be highly placed in the finals of the Hanoverian championship in Verden, at the World Young Horse Championships last year.

Schmerglatt is currently training with Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen, who is considered one of Germany's top trainers, on a number of young horses and on her eight year old Fidertanz gelding and six year old Soliman de Hus mare which she plans to compete on in Germany this year. 

The Young Horse qualifying competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday and the top three horses in each age group will be eligible to take part in the final round on Saturday afternoon.  Performances in young horse qualifiers leading up to this event are a strong indication that it will be a close contest.

The Sydney CDI Young Horse Championships are sponsored by: Mustad Saddleworld, Saffron Stables and the Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia.

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