Multi-Australian dressage Champions, Jessica Greelish and Riverndell Parador, have set their sights on basing in Lippetal, Germany, with Hayley Beresford.
Readers of The Horse Magazine had the opportunity to witness the magic that took place throughout our three part series with Hayley and Jessica. These lessons ultimately lead Jessica to her decision: “I found Hayley quite inspirational and a great combination for Parador. We learnt so much while taking part in the Gold Coast clinic and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress we can make together. I feel I have a lot to learn from Hayley with her International experience from riding in the Olympics and the World Equestrian Games.”
Along with the 13-year-old Westphalien gelding, Parador (Paradiso / Zalin), Jessica will also be taking her five-year-old gelding, Jazze (Jazzman / Rubinstein / Donnerhall). They will leave for Germany in May, after the Sydney CDI in April.
Jessica hopes to establish the Grand Prix work on Parador under Hayley’s guidance, and compete both horses on the European circuit: “I’m really looking forward to the competitions in Europe and the opportunity to immerse myself in the Dressage culture. I feel it will be a great opportunity to see first hand some of the best horse, rider, and trainer combinations in the world. I hope to continually improve my Grand Prix work with Parador, and would love the opportunity to one day represent my country.”
Like many riders before her, Jessica feels relocating to Europe will give her the best chance of success: “We thought long and hard about the decision to relocate, weighing up the pros and cons, but in the end we decided this is the best way to improve our training and competition performances. It will be a great opportunity to be based at a working stable and under the guidance of a full time trainer.”
Jessica has been a strong contender for many years on the Australian competition scene, and she is grateful for the support she has received along the way: “I would like to thank Thomas Muehlenbeck for laying the foundation blocks of my riding when training my first horse, Dudley Do Right, from novice to FEI, as well as Ben Conn, for helping me not only find Parador in Germany, but train him to big tour. I’d also like to thank my sponsor, Uberhorse. It will be great to learn all that I can from this experience so that I can pass it on to other dressage enthusiasts.”
Jessica also wanted to share this parting message: “Thank you Shannan (Makauskas) and The Horse Magazine for covering my experiences in the Hayley Beresford Clinic. A fond farewell to all our friends in the horsey world!”
You can view part one of the Hayley Beresford series online here