By Yvette Morrissey.

I must say it was a relief not get drenched today! While the weather was cool and cloudy for the spectators, it provided great conditions for the riders in preparation for the anticipated roasting temperatures this weekend.

This morning it was time to check out the dressage over at the polo grounds- something that stirred the inner dressage diva in me. It was a lovely set-up for the dressage horses, nothing like the hustle and bustle of action across the road.

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Levels 1-4 in the ponies and horses featured at the polo grounds, with the Level 3 MFS, 4, and 5 title classes reserved for the dressage oval.

The Level 1 Title class attracted a whopping 35 entries. Karla Tarr aboard Kinnordy Ravel claimed the title with 72.5% and Amanda Berridge riding Glamorgan By Design were Reserve Champions with 69.42%.

Victoria Hewson riding Arife F claimed the Hansen Products Level 5 title with 69.81%. Sophie de Clifford aboard Ashanti were Reserve Champions with 68.28%.

In the Level 2 Musical Freestyle Title class, Vanessa Way aboard NSC Pronto was crowned Champion with 74.84%. Debbie Barke and RM Limbo were Reserve Champions with 73.75%.

Vanessa Way also won the Harrison Lane Level 3 Musical Freestyle riding NRM Andreas with an impressive 77.27%. Reserve Champions were Tracy Smith and Florero de Jeu with 70.94%.

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At lunchtime it was time to go and watch the Rising Star Park Hacks. The turnout was spectacular- a real testament to the many dedicated strappers and grooms that stood by the sidelines with baby wipes and towels in-hand.

Leigh Jones from Canterbury, a first time competitor at Horse of the Year, was thrilled with placing fourth in the Rising Star Park Hack of the Year aboard Aschwood Acapella.

We will be covering Leigh’s journey to HOY in the first issue of Equine Online magazine, out April 1.

All results from today are available on Equestrian Entries.

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