When Lindsey Ware bought the well-known dressage star Aristede, little did she know how quickly the pair of them would bond, writes Dannii Cunnane.
This month, we catch up with Lindsey Ware, a Young Rider from Victoria. Lindsey is 16, she’s been riding for 13 years and competes in dressage.
Despite it being early days, we think that it would be safe to say that Aristede, a crowd favourite with his previous owner, Shannan Goodwin, is the love of Lindsey’s life.
“Aristede is a 14-year-old Australian Warmblood standing at 16.1 hands high,” she says. “He’s a beautiful bay gelding by Aachimedes, with a lovely temperament and incredible movement. Even though I’ve only owned him since November 2018, we started competing in January 2019. Even in a few shorts months we have come a long way together and achieved much more than I could ever imagine.”
In their first competition together, the CDN-Young Rider class at the Victorian Youth Dressage Championships 2019, the pair placed first in each test resulting in an overall first place.
“The following week, we competed in the Boneo Classic at the same level, placing first in each test and subsequently first overall.”
They then repeated their performance at their first CDI at Willinga Park at Dressage by the Sea in the Young Rider competition.
A leap upwards was inevitable. “Most recently, we faced competing against adult riders at this year’s Dressage and Jumping with the Stars in the Prix St George’s cup,” says Skye. “In the Prix St George we placed third, behind two of Australia’s top riders and in the Intermediate I freestyle, we placed second.”