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01AUG2015 Valenzia
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gorgeous weanlings have arrived from Australia
From left to right in photo
Brugs Nicholls weanlings - Wynton x Totilas, Versace x Blue Hors Zack
18DEC2015 Wynter
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Wynter (Colt) Born

(Wynton x Totilas)
04DEC2015 Valenzia
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Valenzia (Colt) Born

(Versace x Zack)

(since) Led Open Victoria Assessment Tour full size
2nd 88.20%
27SEP2015 Lulu
Canterbury Dressage - 4Yr FEI Test

30AUG2015 Lulu
Canterbury Dressage - 1A

First show ever
03MAY2015 Vinny
Grand Prix
1st 62.56%
12APR2015 Vinny
Grand Prix
Canterbury Dressage - Graded Autumn Series
29-31JAN2015 Vinny
Grand Prix
Pryds South Island Festival of Dressage
05-07DEC2014 Vinny
Grand Prix
Canterbury Dressage Championships 2014
1st 60.5% 1st
1st 61.25% 1st
1st 54.3% 1st

Local Dressage Star Continues to Shine

- By Sally Lawson

Local dressage star, Brugs Nicholls, has again demonstrated her expertise in the dressage arena, taking out the Champion Grand Prix Dressage Horse at the 2014 Canterbury Dressage Championships in early December.

Brugs was riding SH Vinny, a beautiful 12 year-old mare imported from Holland 6 years ago. Since then, this formidable partnership of rider and horse has dominated the Canterbury dressage arena, consistently being placed in Canterbury and National dressage events.

Brugs’ and Vinny’s achievements this year alone include Reserve Champion in the South Island Dressage Championships - Level 8; Bates National Champs Level 8 4th Overall; 1st - Canterbury Dressage Autumn Graded - 8A; 1st - Canterbury Dressage Spring Graded - 8A and 1st - Grand Prix Canterbury Dressage Spring Graded event.

Brugs’ rise to dressage stardom began in the UK where for many years she was classically trained by the master of dressage himself - Franz Rochowansky (Rocky), together with Vicky Thompson. Rocky was the Oberbereiter (Chief Rider) at the world famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna between 1937 - 1955 before leaving to train the UK Olympic Dressage team. He also became the Olympic team trainer for the Netherlands and USA. Tutelage from him was indeed something to be revered, and Brugs went on to become Head Girl at Rocky’s UK yard.

Brugs subsequently trained three horses to Grand Prix level, including being acknowledged in 1987 as “the youngest ever combination to compete and train their own horse to Grand Prix level in England”. She was named as Reserve Rider British Team for YR European Championships in 1986, and also long-listed for the Olympics team in 1988.

Since arriving in NZ, Brugs has established the renowned Elite Dressage Training facility near Burnham and where she not only breeds and trains quality young-stock for her yard and for sale, she continues the work of “Rocky” whose philosophy was simply “I must teach what I was taught”. In so doing, Brugs brings the discipline and world-class dressage standards of the Spanish Riding School to New Zealand.

This year alone, Brugs has coached and mentored rising stars to success: 14-year-old Lily Barrett-Power. Lily took out the Level 4 Champion Pony at the 2014 Canterbury Dressage Championships on Rifesyde Prancer.

Brugs acknowledges the huge part played by sponsors and volunteers in the success of Canterbury Dressage events, and in particular would like to acknowledge Conqueror International (Garage Doors), as main sponsors of the Canterbury Dressage Championships; Class sponsors, Zilco and Superior Rubber Surfaces.

The formidable trio of Brugs and Lily will definitely be ones to watch in the dressage arena in 2015.

See more about Brugs and her yard on www.brugs.co.nz

05OCT2014 Vinny
Grand Prix
Canterbury Dressage Spring Graded
1st 59.68%
03AUG2014 Vinny
Canterbury Dressage Spring Graded - 8A
1st 61.875%
04MAY2014 Vinny
Canterbury Dressage Autumn Graded - 8A
1st 59.19%


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    Canterbury Champs PSG 3rd 63.61%
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    Canterbury Champs MFS 4th 63.61%
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    Canterbury Champs 6.3 6th 58.81%
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    Canterbury Dressage Spring Graded (Level 6) FEI PSG 09 1st 64.47%
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    Canterbury Dressage Spring Graded (Level 6) 6.2 2nd 64.01%
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    Canterbury Dressage Spring First Graded (Level 6) 6.1 1st 63.73%
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    Canterbury Dressage Winter First (Level 6) 6.1 1st 62.61%
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