Dressage put on hold for Masters
By ADAM HICKS
BOB MULLER has been in the saddle for the best part of 50 years, but the old rider will have to temporarily dismount now the Masters Games dressage events have been given a spell.
At aged 70, Muller would have been one of the oldest riders when the Masters Games giddy-up and get going later this month, but organisers have been forced to postpone the events because of the equine influenza (EI).
"It's a bit disappointing. But you get an extra few months to prepare your horses," he said.
Masters Games dressage co-ordinator Judy Mason, of the Summerland Dressage club, said the event would now be held in March.
"We didn't want to cancel it because that would mean a gap of four years between competitions," Mason said.
"Some of the older riders were saying, 'Well, I don't know if I'll still be riding in another two years'."
But Muller, who has ridden all over the country, reckons age isn't the only factor.
"I will still be riding regularly," he said. "You have to keep doing it. "You have to use it or lose it."
Muller won a gold, silver and bronze in dressage events at the 2005 Masters Games and said he was looking forward to the larger competition.
Fifty-three riders have signed up for more than 200 rides and organisers say the competition will be twice the size of previous events just a little late.
"We are meeting with the council on Monday to discuss the details further and people will be informed when the operational details are ironed out," Mason said.