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Monday, March 18

BD Abroad: ‘s-Hertogenbosch CDI-W/CDI3*/CDIU25

The Dutch Masters show returned to Den Bosch last week with a thrilling collection of classes playing out in one of Holland’s finest equestrian settings (14 – 17 March 2019). A tense final leg of the FEI World Cup Western European league qualifiers saw Europe’s best fighting for last minute points in the hope of grabbing a spot at April’s FEI World Cup Final, hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 3 – 7 April. Britain’s Richard Davison and Gwen Meyer’s Bubblingh (Lingh x Picandt) have enjoyed a strong winter season, accumulating 33 points in the Western European League. In ‘s-Hertogenbosch their consistency showed with a superb 71.58% in the CDI-W Grand Prix test, allowing a comfortable qualification to the freestyle where they performed a strong routine for 75.20%. The standard in ‘s-Hertogenbosch was evident in Saturday’s freestyle with seven combinations topping the 80% barrier impressing the panel of Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA), Monique Peutz (NED), Mariette Sanders (NED), Stephen Clarke (GBR) and Henning Lehrmann (GER). The Dutch Masters show also provides a first-rate opportunity for the Under 25 Grand Prix riders to show on one of Europe’s biggest stages. Dutch-based British star Charlotte Fry continued her strong start to 2019 with two top placings on board the Van Olst’s stallion Everdale. In Friday’s short Grand Prix the duo took third with 69.27% and went on to produce a phenomenal Grand Prix Freestyle test resulting in 76.07% and first place. Results CDI-W Grand Prix 1st Isabell Werth with Emilio, 77.19% (GER) 13th Richard Davison with Bubblingh, 71.58% (GBR) CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Daniel Bachmann Andersen with Blue Hors Zack, 84.89% (DEN) 12th Richard Davison with Bubblingh, 75.20% (GBR) CDIU25 Short Grand Prix 1st Thalia Rockx with Verdi de la Fazenda, 70.85% (NED) 3rd Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 69.27% (GBR) CDIU25 Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 76.07% (GBR) For full results click here . To view the standings of the FEI World Cup Western European League click here .

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Monday, March 18

Ideal results at Combined Training Championships

For the second consecutive year the Ideal Saddles Combined Training Championships returned to Fieldhouse EC, Staffordshire, to conclude an exciting 2018/19 dual discipline series with a final of outstanding quality both inside the white boards and over the coloured poles (17 March 2019). Sara-Jane Lanning enjoyed a spectacular Sunday with her two qualified rides Dreamcatcher III and Try Me Once, but it was the 18 year old Connemara x Irish Draught mare Dreamcatcher III (pictured) who exceeded all expectations to take home not one, but two Ideal Saddles Combined Training titles. Scoring 79.14% in Prelim 2, Sara-Jane and Tina-Marie Nethercliffe’s ‘Gracie’ went on to produce a faultless round in the 70cm jumping section to claim the first title of the day by an astonishing four percent. Second place in this class belonged to young rider Sophia Marston with Solitaire, whilst Kirsten Darbyson and Rogaire Rua took third. In the Novice and 90cm class, another polished dressage performance for 77.50% from Sara Jane gave a healthy lead before the jumping round; the duo had a pole and an unlucky time fault this time but with points already in hand the win was all but sealed. Sara-Jane’s former Grand Prix horse Try Me Once showed his multi-talented side for second, and Helen Dutton claimed third spot with Rowangarth Rhydian, their flawless jumping round a sure highlight. Moving up to the Novice ranks, Laura Fisher made the journey from North Wales more than worthwhile with a victory in the Novice 24 and 90cm class. On board her own Sam The Man Veldhoek, Laura posted a final score of 76.30% following a superb test and clear jumping round to earn the winners spoils. Next up for Laura and ‘Ozzie’ is a trip to the Winter Championships at Hartpury to contest the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships at Prix St Georges level – who said dressage horses can’t jump! In the final class of the day, Ellis Morton and Elsinore ELS showed their class to earn a win in the Novice 34 and 100cm Championship. After taking an early lead with 70.34%, the duo held their nerve to produce a clear jumping round in the Fieldhouse indoor arena. Chester-based Ellis has enjoyed both successful dressage and eventing careers to date with trips to the Mitsubishi Motors Cup as well as the British Dressage Regional and National Championships up to Novice level. Click here to take a look at her prize giving and lap of honour, if there were prizes for this she would’ve scooped up that accolade too. Derbyshire rider and Equine vet/dental technician Heather Urquhart placed just half a mark behind Ellis in second with her own eye-catching blue and white Crafty Wizard, whilst Kimberley Marshall and her lovely British-bred mare D Akieda claimed the final podium spot in third. British Dressage thanks the team at The Ideal Saddle Company for their generous support of this wonderful series. Competitors were treated to amazing prizes as well as the opportunity to take a look at the Ideal range, a collection of outstanding saddles, girths and leathers for all types of horse and rider. To find out more about the Ideal range click here . Thanks go to the team at Fieldhouse EC for another great championship event, congratulations to all competitors who travelled to Staffordshire to take part with a special well done going to our three champions. Champions Prelim 2 and 70cm Sara-Jane Lanning with Dreamcatcher III, 79.14% Prelim 18 and 80cm Sara-Jane Lanning with Dreamcatcher III, 75.19% Novice 24 and 90cm Laura Fisher with Sam the Man Veldhoek, 76.30% Novice 34 and 100cm Ellis Morton with Elsinore ELS, 70.24% For full results click here .
Thursday, March 14

Keysoe 2019: Barney’s back

Tomorrow marks the start of the first international dressage competition of the year on British soil as over 70 competitors from nine countries head to Bedfordshire’s premier venue, Keysoe for three days (15 – 17 March) of action over senior, young rider, junior and pony classes in the CDI3*, all supported by Childéric, Spillers, Equine Construction, TRM, Dodson & Horrell, Devoucoux and Keysoe Boutique. Leading the British charge is Carl Hester who brings his own and Jane de la Mare’s Nip Tuck, or Barney, who’s back in action after a break since the 2017 European Championships. Also travelling from the yard is Charlotte Dujardin with catch ride Erlentanz, who she’s riding for owner and normal jockey Sonnar Murray-Brown while his broken leg mends. She also has Mount St John VIP in the small tour ranks; a great warm up ahead of the NAF Five Star Winter Championships where the Vivaldi-sired mare has qualified for both NAF classes, the PSG and Inter I. Heath Farm in Oxfordshire also has two riders bound for Keysoe; Emile Faurie brings his newest star Café’s Caletta for a first CDI run on home turf while his stable jockey Tom Goode is making his big tour CDI debut with Samantha Geddes’ Vivaldi-sired Dior. British team rider Gareth Hughes will be looking to resume his 2018 form with Anne Keen’s Don Carissimo when they won both the Grand Prix and Freestyle at the May CDI3* in Aachen. Also flying the Union Flag in the Big Tour will be Henriette Andersen (Flavio), Liz Diegutis (Saskia Hit), Maria Eilberg (Royal Concert), Sara Gallop (Bandreo), Alex Hardwick (Royal Chester), Emma Hindle (Romy del Sol), Georgina Stokes (Talented Mr Ripley) and Vicky Thompson Winfield (Artist). Small Tour riders include: Katie Bailey (Boccelli 6), Nikki Barker (Durable), Henry Boswell (Folt), Katrina Cantrell (Woodlander Donna Summer), Kate Cowell (Dramatic Conquest), Louise Davison (De Galles), Jess Dunn (Alicante Valley), Paul Friday (Roman Noir Himself), Nathalie Kayal (Cleverboy), Kate Lister (World Exclusive), Sarah Turner (Eduardo) and Sarah Williams (Bohigas W). They join riders from Australia, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Portugal. Our selected Young Riders are: Rebecca Bell (Nibley Union Hit), Isobel Berrington (Bing), Angus Corrie-Deane (Tiny Tempur), Charlotte Dicker (Sabatini & Salomon Z), Jade Ellery (Porsche’s Eloy), Alex Hellings (Uvender V), Megan Ingham (Wanadoo), Thea Millward (Walentino 77) and Rebecca Swain (Bon Jovi). The Juniors include: Megan Assouline (Botero), Catlin Burgess (Chocotof), Charlie Grieve (Fedor van het Booienhoof), Clare Hole (Pro-Motion & Winnetou GEP), Jessie Kirby (Belle Amie), Juliette Lindsay (Prince May the First), Avery Maude (Double Agent), Charlotte McDowall (Alivia), Amelia Moncrieff (Billionaire), Chloe Naylor (Karisma), Charlotte Snape (Camelot III) and Olivia Wrennall (Disneyland). Finally, our Pony contingent is: Bonneville Bourne (Fin C We), Lavinia Johnson (Dublin), Holly Kerslake (Valhallas Zorro), Annabella Pidgley (Cognac IX & Ine), Steffi Thomlinson (Vavassa), Hermione Tottman (Brasil), Olivia Whitelaw (Brouwershavens’s Viceroy) and Mollie Witham (DZL Royal Sunrise). Timetable Friday 08:00 Young Rider Team Test 10:30 Junior Team Test 12:30 Pony Team Test 15:00 Prix St Georges 18:30 Grand Prix Saturday 08:00 Junior Individual Test 10:30 Pony Individual Test 12:30 Young Rider Individual Test 15:00 Intermediate I 18:30 Grand Prix Consolation 19:00 Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday 08:30 Pony Freestyle 10:30 Intermediate Freestyle 13:30 Junior Freestyle 16:30 Young Rider Freestyle Spectator tickets are available online at £12 each or you can purchase hospitality tables of eight at just £20 per person which include tea and coffee throughout the day and evening wine and nibbles. Click here to book . Not able to watch the action in person? Don't worry, the show will be covered by British Equestrian Sport TV .  Keep up to date with results here.  
Tuesday, March 12

Young competitors make an impression at Myerscough

The first Premier League Show of 2019 has reached its conclusion after five days of competition at Myerscough College in Lancashire (6 – 10 March 2019). Several younger riders were on winning form and Charlotte Dujardin was the convincing winner of the Grand Prix aboard a catch ride. Lucy Pincus (22) enjoyed a highly successful show with Sheepcote Fiesta (pictured), her father David’s 13-year-old Fürst Heinrich-sired mare. On Saturday they scored 67.32% to win the Cavalor Intermediate II, a class which turned out to be quite a Pincus family domination. Thanks to the efforts of Lucy and her mother Serena, the family and their home-bred horses took four of the top five places with Lucy also fourth on Sheepcote Doncalisto (by Don Schufro), and Serena third and fifth respectively with Sheepcote Fantasia and Sheepcote Corelator. The only rider to squeeze between them was Becky Moody who claimed the runner-up position, close behind the winner, with Jo Cooper’s talented 10-year-old Eureko (by Uphill). Lucy, from Herefordshire, has partnered Sheepcote Fiesta through the ranks from a novice in 2012 to the budding Grand Prix horse that she is now. They made their international debut at Hickstead last July where they were well placed in the CDIu25 ranks, as was Lucy with her other top ride, Sheepcote Doncalisto. “I am so over the moon with how our first big show and the first Premier League of 2019 went!” said Lucy on Lucy Pincus Dressage following Saturday’s win. “Sheepcote Fiesta and I won the Inter II! And Sheepcote Doncalisto came fourth. Well done to my mum, third with Sheepcote Fantasia and fifth with Sheepcote Corelator. Four Sheepcote Equestrian horses in the top five!” Adding to the haul, Lucy and Sheepcote Fiesta went on to also take Sunday’s U25 Grand Prix with a score just shy of 70% - a clear five percent lead and the unanimous winners for judges Helen Bradley at M, Jennie Loriston-Clarke at E and Switzerland’s Hans Voser at C. Another young rider from Herefordshire, Olivia Towers, rose to the fore winning both Saturday’s Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges and the Prix St Georges Freestyle, both with scores of 69%-plus. Her winning partner Mercian Calisso (by Timeless) – a 12-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Elizabeth Towers and known as ‘Wilfred’ – has been produced by Olivia for the past seven years. Olivia took to Facebook to say; “I don't think it is much of a secret how this day went! Wilfred was up first in the PSG and after a shaky warm-up (due to me more than Wilf!) we went in and had a fault-free test with some lovely canter pirouettes! He scored an impressive 69.5% and ...... ended up winning! "Myerscough has always been one of my favourite shows for how much effort they put in and also how much effort they make in the prize giving. So I am glad this was where Wilfred and I shared our first lap of honour.” Thursday’s Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges belonged to Nicola Mahoney with Charlotte Dunkerton’s 14-year-old Dimaggio son, Diablo VIII. This combination, who won at Addington High Profile in January, achieved the second highest score of the show with a PB of 74.34%. On Sunday, Charlotte Dujardin was pure class winning the competitive LeMieux Grand Prix with the 12-year-old Trakehner gelding Erlentanz (by Latimer) by scoring 77.57%. Erlentanz is familiar to many as the ride of World Class Podium Potential rider Sonnar Murray-Brown but Charlotte has temporarily been handed the reins by owner-rider Sonnar as he recovers from a broken leg. Second place belonged to Becky Moody and 12-year-old Carinsio (Painted Black x Beaujolais) who has made a recent return to competition following time out with a minor injury. The gelding who Becky co-owns with Julie Lockey achieved a very pleasing score of 71.20% for second with Matt Frost and Tribiani making up the top three. British Dressage thanks all the class sponsors as well as the team at Myerscough for putting on a fantastic event. Congratulations to all the winners listed below, and to all those who took part. Wednesday 6 March Class 1: Medium 75 Laura Rowe with Showstar, 70.07% Class 2: Equine Construction Advanced Medium Rebecca Hughes with Tantoni Dallaglio, 71.49% Class 3: Advanced 102 Sarah Higgins with Elixer, 67.72% Class 4: Equine Construction Advanced Medium 92 Fiona Brennan with De Angelis II, 70.95% Thursday 7 March Class 5: Equine Construction Advanced Medium 96 Fiona Brennan with De Angelis II, 70.18% Class 6: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Nicola Mahoney with Diablo VIII, 74.34% Class 7: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Becky Moody with Full Fusion BS, 71.14% Class 8: Shearwater Young Dressage Horse – six year olds Rebecca Jackson with Heli Friday 8 March Class 9: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Olivia Towers with Mercian Calisso, 69.04% Class 10: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Abigail Hutton with Farrell, 71.49% Class 11: Shearwater Young Dressage Horse – four year olds Jessica Dunn with MSJ Furstin Florida Saturday 9 March Class 12: Shearwater Young Dressage Horse – five year olds Matt Frost with G Star Class 13: Cavalor Intermediate II Lucy Pincus with Sheepcote Fiesta, 67.32% Class 14: Pony Individual Test Lavinia Johnson with Dublin, 68.74% Class 15: Prix St Georges Freestyle Olivia Towers with Mercian Calisso, 69.54% Class 16: Intermediate I Freestyle Jessica Dunn with LG Alicante Valley, 69.46% Class 17: Grand Prix Freestyle Matt Frost with Tribiani, 72.42% Sunday 10 March Class 18: Under-25 Grand Prix Lucy Pincus with Sheepcote Fiesta, 69.77% Class 19: Pony Team Test Steffi Tomlinson with Vivassa, 68.85% Class 20: LeMieux Grand Prix Charlotte Dujardin with Erlentanz, 77.57% For full results click here Photo © Karen Chaplin
Friday, March 8

BD launches new Youth Assessor Coach pathway

British Dressage is proud to release a pioneering new pathway for BD Youth Assessors and Coaches and brand new training to accompany this. Providing targeted training for those wanting to be involved with the development of young riders, it primarily aids those wishing to meet the prerequisite requirements to become a combined BD Youth Assessor Coach (able to both coach and assess). What are the benefits of Youth Assessor and Youth Coach training? You’ll get further development of your coaching remit, it will widen your ability to work with a variety of riders and it will help you to develop your ability to adapt your coaching style as necessary. There are two streams: Coaching Young People focuses on the specialist nature of working with young people and the different approaches that may be required to aid their progression and development. It covers areas such as; effectively communicating with young people, key stages of physical and cognitive development, assessing rider biomechanics and improving alignment, and delivering engaging sessions for young people. Youth Rider Skills Test Assessor covers the BD Youth pathway, Youth Squads and Rider Skills Tests. In order to standardise the assessment of young riders, the training includes observation of recorded tests and the review of score sheets. This training also incorporates aspects of rider alignment and biomechanical analysis, as well as how to appropriately and effectively feed back to young riders. Training days The content for Coaching Young People is covered in one full day’s training, from 10am-4.30pm. Youth Rider Skills Test training will also be covered in one day, from 10am to 4pm. Training days are run in each region around the country, from the beginning of April onwards - to find out when the next courses are running and to register for a training event near you, click here . Having completed the training, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance from BD. For those interested in becoming a certified BD Youth Assessor Coach, attendance at both Coach and Assessor training days will need to be evidenced, along with proof that you meet the prerequisites and hold current compliance documentation. Already a BD Youth Coach? You have until December 2020 to take the Coaching Young People training. To become a BD Youth Assessor Coach, you’ll need to take the Youth Rider Skills Test Assessor training. Already a BD Youth Assessor? As part of this pathway, current BD Youth Assessors have the opportunity to become a BD Youth Assessor Coach, subject to holding the relevant coaching qualifications. You have until December 2020 to take the Youth Rider Skills Test Assessor training. To become a BD Youth Assessor Coach you’ll need to take the Coaching Young People training. To find out more, including information regarding the application criteria and prerequisites, please contact BD Youth Development Coordinator Hannah James on 02477 0887801 or email hannah.james@britishdressage.co.uk .
Wednesday, March 6

The 2019 Premier League season is underway!

The 2019 BD Premier League season kicked off in style today with our opening leg at Lancashire’s Myerscough College in their impressive International Arena. Running through to Sunday 10 March, the show is the prime opportunity to catch some of the sport’s budding combinations kicking their summer qualification off alongside some established names with their young horses and regular campaigners alike. With classes from Medium to Grand Prix, including an u25 GP and FEI Pony tests, there’s something for all dressage enthusiasts. The show also is the start of our ever popular search for a star series, the Shearwater BD Young Horse Championships with classes for four, five and six year olds. Myerscough is the first of 19 qualifiers running through to June – one to follow through the coming months. Top names like Becky Moody, who had a great Regional Championships at Myerscough just a matter of weeks ago, European, World and Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Wells, Matt Frost, Dan Greenwood, Matt Hicks and Rebecca Hughes all feature among the entries – be assured there will be plenty of top riding talent on show. Saturday night is Gala Night where visitors can watch Freestyle classes at PSG, Inter I and Grand Prix so get your ticket – they’re just £5 – to watch all the music action. Call 01995 642115 to order by phone, or you can buy on line via Horse Monkey. Spectating is free at all other times and there’s a great café on site should you require refreshments. Start times are available by clicking here .  
Wednesday, March 6

BD Winter Regionals: Wellington Riding

Headmore Stud enjoyed an outstanding week at the hotly contested final winter regionals of the year at Wellington Riding, Hants, (26-February – 2 March) which proved popular with substantial entries and high scoring winners. Following their success at Merrist Wood’s regionals, Alice Oppenheimer got the Headmore team off to a flying start with a talented trio of home-breds winning the Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold on 78.59% with her stunning seven-year-old liver chesnut mare Headmore Bella Ruby (by Belissimo M). Riding to a musical theme from Les Miserables, compiled by Sara Green, they scored 9s for choreography and music earning them a personal best at this level. “’Princess Bella’ felt amazing; supple and very rideable, I came out of the arena buzzing,” said Alice. “She’s quite a hot horse, a real alpha mare, but we have a good rapport and a great relationship and together it felt like we could really go for it on the day.” This combination also finished a close second (by 2.5 marks) just behind Calum Whitworth and seven-year-old 16.1hh gelding Hennessy T (by Vivaldi) who took the title with 74.42% in the Equi-Trek Elementary Gold. Alice also triumphed with Amanda Radford’s Headmore Dionysus (Dillon) winning the Blue Chip Novice Gold (75.67%) and was close runner up in the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold (75.37%) won by Laura Wollen with Anne Seifert-Cohn’s striking Dutch six-year-old by Ampere, Ivan Carlos (77.40%). The final day provided more reasons for Headmore to celebrate. Riding her mother Sarah’s exciting nine-year-old chestnut mare Headmore Davina (by Dimaggio and full sister to Dionysus) in their first outing since competing in the Dressage Future Elite Championship at HOYS last year, Alice claimed both the Magic Prix St Georges Gold and Superflex Intermediate I Gold on plus 70% scores. “We played it a bit safe in the Inter I as we hadn’t been out since last year, but she felt so good that I asked for a bit more in the PSG and she was pure class,” said Alice, who trains with Erik Theilgaard. “Davina’s a horse with a very good brain that only makes mistakes if I do!” Also flying the flag for Headmore were Alice’s sister Kate, a small animal vet, and her own 15.3hh eight-year-old dun mare SOS Sealpoint (by Georgia Stokes’ Dutch New Forest Pony SOS Kantje’s Unicolor) winning the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver with 72.40%. Riding to Sara Green’s clever compilation from Jesus Christ Superstar, this combination who also successfully event and are aiming for the Badminton Grassroots Championships, made the family justifiably proud producing tears of joy from watching connections. Topping off a memorable week, Alice also celebrated several of her pupils’ successes at Wellington, including freelance groom/nanny Andrea Kirby’s win with her eight-year-old chestnut mare Headmore Dramatica (by Dimaggio) in the Prelim Silver, which Alice described as a “special moment”. “Andrea, who bought ‘Drama’ 18 months ago, works so hard to have her horse; she’s a real grafter and deserves this so much,” said Alice. “They were first in and produced a lovely, flowing, accurate test but the nervous wait for us all to find out the final placings was unbearable! “What an amazing way to end what has been the most amazing couple of weeks. Horses qualified at every level from Prelim to Inter I, we’re all really proud – it’s a huge achievement for a small stud like ours.” Also celebrating was Katie Bailey, who won the TheraPlate UK Medium Gold with her own eight-year-old 17hh gelding Hillgrounds Wolkenhall (by Wolkenderry) on 76.53%. Bought as a foal from breeder Claire Skinner, “Harry” produced a soft, flowing test with “a good amount of energy” which impressed the judges and earning 9s for the simple changes. “It was a hot class and I didn’t want to get my hopes up, but he felt amazing in the warm up and it felt like we kept that through the test,” said Katie, who was formerly based with Carl Hester and now runs her own competition and training yard in Newent, Glos. “Harry’s been a pleasure to train and ride through the levels and I’m excited at how well he’s turned out as it feels like there’s more to come. He’s the type of horse who is very confident in himself and just walks into the arena with a real ‘look at me’ quality, which really helps at competitions.” Following her success at Summerhouse regionals, Katie, who trains with Charlotte Dujardin, now heads to Hartpury with five horses qualified. Thanks go to the team at Wellington Riding, the Winter Championship class sponsors and all involved for an exciting Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to those who took part. Regional Champions: KBIS Preliminary Silver Andrea Kirby with Headmore Dramatica 71.89% Blue Chip Novice Silver Femke Mailand with Marvel 73.58 % Blue Chip Novice Gold Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Dionysus 75.67% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver Kate Oppenheimer with SOS Sealpoint 72.40% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold Laura Wollen with Ivan Carlos 77.40% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver Melissa Joannides with Silken Crème 72.44% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Calum Whitworth with Hennessy T 74.42% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Silver Debra Fews with Fabizio 73.52% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Bella Ruby 78.59% TheraPlate UK Medium Silver Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX 71.12% TheraPlate UK Medium Gold Katie Bailey with Hillgrounds Wolkenhall 76.53% Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver Katie Radzik with C’est La Vie 69.66% Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Nick Lawson with Fandango V 69.16% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Kate Rowland with Erasmus 1 67.67% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Tom Goode with Davranche 71.57% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Lucy Pye with Superstar III 70.88% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Dannie Morgan with Knoxxs Figaro 74.77 Magic Prix St Georges Gold Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Davina 74.29% Superflex Intermediate I Gold Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Davina 70.263% For full results click here .
Wednesday, March 6

Talent triumps at Equissage Pulse Para Winter Championships

The first major Para dressage fixture of 2019 didn’t disappoint as the Equissage Pulse Para Winter Championships returned to Myerscough College last week lighting up the main arena with a showcase of British talent. The Gold sections were dominated by British team riders and familiar faces. Sir Lee Pearson stormed to victory in the Grade II Championships after posting 71.76% on Breezer III, as well as taking the third and fifth spots with Julie Daly’s B Grandeur and his own Para World Equestrian Games partner Styletta. Erin Orford and her WEG star Dior claimed the Grade III competition, whilst Tryon reserve rider Izzy Palmer notched up a title of her own in the Grade IV on board Sophie Wells’ Touchdown M. In the Grade I Gold it was Caitlyn Saddington to take the spoils after a superb test with Diana Barley and Erin Orford’s Nirvana Morroko; the judges duly awarded them 69.29%. Molton lady Charlotte Cundall repeated her National Championship with Brenda Reddy’s Bambam; another great score and another Grade V title was added successfully to their collection. Charlotte made the week worthwhile by also picking up four top four placings in the North West Winter Regional Championships, plus a golden ticket to the NAF Five Star Winter Championships. Speaking on her Facebook page she said, “WHAT A WEEK!! I just love my ponies so much and literally cannot believe how lucky I am to have such fabulous dancing partners and an incredible team around me. Thank you to my absolutely amazing sponsors and supporters for all that you do for me and The Lady Joseph Trust and Brenda Reddy for allowing me to ride your boys - I am so grateful.” In the Silver section Natalie South broke the magic 70% barrier with Deborah Hall’s skewbald gelding Stady Boy to take the Grade II ahead of Natalie Povey and Kyrby Brown, whilst Vanessa Palmer and Encore impressed in Grade III. Jamie Winduss and Julie Frizzell each logged 67% scores to claim the Grade I and Grade V titles, with Sara Bates and Tango III earning the top spot in the Grade IV class. The Bronze Championships were a close fought affair across all five grades. Grade III rider Tom Dyer stood out with Henry XVII, the duo topped the Grade III Championship with a whopping 73.89%, the highest score of the show. Sophie Lingfield and Trust April took an emphatic victory in the Grade I competition scoring 66,72%; the duo are part of the Chigwell Riding Trust For Special Needs and certainly made their journey worthwhile. Jane Ogden and her own charming 19 year old Fairview Romeo were the standout combination in the Grade II section, Lindsey McLaren and the Rubinstein son Rockefeller took the spoils in the Grade IV and Chloe Chadwick earned the highest Bronze score, a stellar 67.5%, en route to winning the Grade V Championship with her dancing partner of six years, the lovely Irish Sports Horse Inosent Flight. British Dressage thanks Para Dressage Championship sponsors Equissage Pulse as well as the team at Myerscough for making the event a success for all involved. Congratulations to all title winning combinations and to those who took part. Equissage Pulse Para Winter Champions Gold Grade I          Caitlyn Saddington with Nirvana Morroko, 69.29% Grade II          Lee Pearson with Breezer III, 71.76% Grade III        Erin Orford with Dior, 69.26% Grade IV        Izzy Palmer with Touchdown M, 71.34% Grade V         Charlotte Cundall with BamBam, 69.17% Silver Grade I          Jamie Winduss with Wonnacott, 67.75% Grade II         Natalie South with Stady Boy, 70.54% Grade III        Vanessa Palmer with Encore, 67.4% Grade IV        Sara Bates with Tango III, 69.66% Grade V         Julie Frizzell with Namibian, 67.5% Bronze Grade I          Sophie Lingfield with Trust April, 66.72% Grade II         Jane Ogden with Fairview Romeo, 63.97% Grade III        Tom Dyer with Henry XVII, 73.89% Grade IV        Lindsey McLaren with Rockefeller, 65.88% Grade V         Chloe Chadwick with Inosent Flight, 67.5% For full results click here . 
Tuesday, March 5

Winter Championships wild cards

Following the successful completion of our eight Regional Championships, we're excited to announce the allocated wild cards for the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships, 3 - 7 April 2019. The close of entries date for wild cards is tomorrow, Wednesday 6 March 2019 and NO late entries will be accepted so please get your entry in as soon as you can. You must make your entry online via My Riding Life by visiting the Entries/Times/Results page on www.bdchampionships.com Please contact the office immediately if you can't take you place at the Winter Championships so your spot can be passed down to the next eligible combination. Congratulations to all! KBIS Preliminary Anne O'Brien, Ginvino H, 72.76% Stephanie Graves, Rockwell Farrah H.F.D, 71.67% Caitlin Borland, Diva VI, 71.26% Gaby Botfield, Woodcroft Oscar, 71.15% Laura Cooper, Woodlander Roxanne , 71.03% Emma James, Balthasar II, 70.80% Georgina Chalmers-Gray, Gems Kristina, 70.63% Natasha Macdonald, MGcom Services Sauvey Golden Condor, 70.52% Sophia Marston, Solitaire II, 70.46% Blue Chip Novice Silver Sara Malpass, Keystone Dicaprio, 71.11% Samantha Seaton, Hookys Wish, 70.00% Hayley Upton, Canterbury Himself, 69.94% Jessica Williams, Loriens Graceful, 69.63% Blue Chip Novice Gold Becky Moody, Jagerbomb, 71.67% Antonia Brown, SJL Generous, 70.68% Ashley Jenkins, Don Regent, 70.49% Jacky Stolper, Virtuoso G, 70.49% Patsy Bartram, Greenacres Cadiz , 70.49% Antonia Brown, Dubel Colours, 70.19% Melissa Chapman, Ipache, 70.12% Edward Johnson, Faberge Egg, 70.12% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver Richard Wood, Breezer III, 71.93% Chelsea Tolhurst, Hermitage De Jeu, 71.56% Carolyn Taylor, DCI Joe Black, 71.41% Gracie Catling, Henton For Fun, 71.20% Danielle Rhodes, Jannick, 71.20% Hannah Powel, Show Dance, 69.79% Jane Goodridge, D,Amore of Class, 69.74% Jennifer Harkness, Inouk, 69.69% William Roberts, Afortinius, 69.69% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Tahley Reeve-Smith, Woodcroft Valentino, 73.33% Maria Griffin, Cerruti, 72.08% Sam Rahmatalla, Becky W, 71.98% Emma Woolley, MSJ Furstin Rosa, 71.98% Sadie Smith, Imhotep, 71.93% Nikki Barker, San Pedro, 71.72% Charlie Hutton, Seagry Franchessca, 71.67% Melissa Richardson, Gravgaard's Sir Dundee, 71.46% Ryan Todd, Mount St John Di Romantica, 71.41% Theraplate UK Medium Silver Rachel Taylor, Faloya, 70.27% Hannah Bown, Sandro's Storm, 69.41% Ben Liles, Private Number, 68.42% Nicola Byam-Cook, Twyford Salamander, 68.38% Sara Malpass, Pitingo II, 68.33% Elice Willett, Gerento, 68.06% Helen Lees, Little Walero, 67.79% Patsy Bartram, Donnisbrock, 67.70% Chloe Naylor, Karisma, 67.70% Sarah Colborn , Furst Love 1, 67.66% Theraplate UK Medium Gold Emma Woolley, Hancock V, 72.34% Nikki Barker, San Pedro, 70.54% Jayne Turney, Costa III, 70.45% Antonia Brown, Krack De, 70.14% Maddy Whelan, Woodlander Rhythm N Blues, 70.00% Sarah Rao, Faydirime ZH, 69.82% Laura Wollen, Woodcroft Francisco, 69.64% Jessica Thompson, Fenwood, 69.41% Alex Chick, Giovanni BM, 69.01% Bryony Goodwin, Hawtins Soave, 68.96%   Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Lucy Pye, Fiderlight, 69.17% Helen Dunning, Bojack JX, 68.99% Charlotte Tuckwell, DHI Alligator, 68.77% Samantha Holland, Double Check, 68.42% Aimee Parry, Prototype, 68.25% Anna Miller, Adonis B, 68.11% Emma Bird, Soliman, 67.89% Lavinia Johnson, Dublin, 67.85% Sharon Hunt, Loughnatousa Winston, 67.63% Carlos Parro, Calcourt Landline, 67.54% Alice Begg, Farfan, 67.41% Nicky Heale, Retanach Request, 67.41% Natalie Tsuchiya, Fearless II, 67.28% Georgina Howard, Howards Mystery, 67.19% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Daniel Sherriff, Fx Bayford Hall Fergus, 70.53% Jessica Thompson, Fenwood, 70.18% Jessica Thompson, Grevens Tosca, 70.09% Nicola Buchanan, St Giles Fairytale, 69.96% Cornelia O'Mahony, Formidable, 69.74% Andrew Gould, Feiner Stern II, 69.47% Sarah Higgins, Faydirime ZH, 69.47% Sam Duckworth, Atterupgaards O2, 69.34% Daniel Timson, Bellagio,68.77% Damian Hallam, Glyndebourne, 68.73% Coll 170   Magic Prix St Georges Gold Jessica Wade, Empire H, 70.53% Charlotte Dicker, Sabatini, 70.31% Sarah Williams, Bohingus W, 70.22% Lara Edwards, Jazzed Up, 69.78% Lizzie Murray, Timolin, 69.56 % Amy Stovold Bobo L , 69.12% Nicola Buchanan, St Giles Fairytale, 68.99% Becky Moody, Full Fusion BS, 68.64% Jezz Palmer, Dutch Class, 68.25% Coll 125     Superflex Intermediate I Gold Imogen Chant, Dirty Dancing, 72.19% Elder Klatzko, Woodlander Little Richard, 69.78% Becky Moody, Full Fusion BS, 68.42% Kerry Mackin, Esquire III, 68.38% Katrina Cantrell, Woodlander Donna Summer, 68.33% Sarah Khairallah, Keystone Darling, 68.25% Sarah Rao, Waldessarini, 68.11% Sharon Edward, Rivaal, 67.76% Sarah Higgins, Alfranco, 67.76%   Freestyle to Music Wild Cards Baileys Horse Feeds Freestyle Novice Silver Vicky Rutherford, Dalvangs Design, 72.04% Sara Malpass, Keystone Dicaprio, 71.85% Laura Marshall, Cha Cha Herself, 71.76% Lucie Stokoe, Dolores II, 71.48% Emma Maisey, Bogelys Corporal, 70.83% Claire Shoesmith, Taiforgan Sir Monty, 70.56% Sam Gawn, Big Time Classic, 70.28% Charlotte Wells, Mission Colour, 70.28% Stephanie Jenkins, Chamonix II, 70.19% Darron Kaye, Flauris, 70.19% Elizabeth Jenkins, Salsad,Amour, 70.19% Baileys Horse Feeds Freestyle Novice Gold Nikki Barker, Dan Icarus, 76.67% Shelly Reeve-Smith, Gold Celeste Pilliere, 73.24% Lynn Wickes, Pauldarys Tiger Two Sox, 72.87% Edward Johnson, Faberge Egg, 72.59% Lewis Carrier, Di Donato, 71.85% Patsy Bartram, Greenacres Cadiz, 71.76% Coll 198.5   Suregrow Freestyle Elementary Silver Ruth Almond, Igor Du Banny, 70.90% Amanda Shirtcliffe, New Princess, 70.83% Ashleigh Hill, Westoak Midsommer, 70.64% Wendy Hudson, Chanel, 70.38%   Suregrow Freestyle Elementary Gold Georgia Davis, Keystone Diego, 75.45% Tahley Reeve-Smith, Woodcroft Valentino, 74.49% Sue Bradshaw, Genius K, 74.23% Jane Critchley, Firstino, 73.33% Jade Struthers , Ev Amore Mia, 73.14% Jacky Stolper, Virtuoso G, 72.82% Spillers Freestyle Medium Silver Phillippa Hamilton, Eastpoint, 72.83% Rebecca Belshaw, Evita Vienna, 72.22% Sophie Cox, Empire Of The Sun, 71.94% Fiona Newall, Fendy VCG, 71.61% Danielle Balsdon, Lord Lennox, 70.39% Lynn Perry, My Samber Rose, 69.83% Tracy Fall, Mount Pleasant San Lorenzo, 69.78% Amy Foster, Pikador, 69.39% Col 318.0 Spillers Freestyle Medium Gold Laura Wollen, Woodcroft Francisco, 72.61% Alice Peternell , Samson IV, 72.11% Sarah Cheetham, Stoiber's Black Pearl, 72.11% Louise Davison, Freddie Mercury, 71.83% Emily Harris, Fillinsky, 70.00% Helen Dutton, Rowangarth Rhydian, 69.50% Carmen Gammie, Champagne Bubbles, 69.28% Clare Knowles, Corona S, 69.22% Coll 319.5 Nupafeed Freestyle Advanced Medium Silver Tracy Fall, Mount Pleasant Fleur VII, 72.83% Jane Littlejohn, Urban Knight, 72.56% Chloe Naylor, Karisma, 71.06% Mandy Day, Eaton 1, 71.00% Stephanie Taylor, WGS Perugia, 70.67% Patrick Troddyn, Altogether Endeavour, 69.83% Sarah Colborn, Furst Love 1, 69.78% Rachel Tetley, Bono, 69.67%       Nupafeed Freestyle Advanced Medium Gold Alice Oppenheimer, Headmore Difinnity, 72.89% Louise Davison, Freddie Mercury, 72.22% Jezz Palmer, Obsessions Quickstep, 72.11% Beth Bainbridge, Quatermagic, 71.67% Jayne Turney, Cruz 111, 71.56% Beth Bainbridge, Diggo, 71.50% Jayne Turney, Penhaligon's Jupiter, 71.44% Abigail Hutton, Santorini, 71.00% Alice Peternell , Cynheidrefawr Creme de la Crème, 70.83% Charlotte Cundall, Bam Bam, 70.72% Lucy Amy, Rudy, 70.72% Sarah Kingwells, The Contact People Destiny D, 69.89%
Tuesday, March 5

BD Winter Regionals: Morris EC

Scotland’s Winter Regional Championships took place at Morris Equestrian Centre in East Ayrshire (22 – 24 February) where 118 competitors went down the centre line over the three days of competition. Nine senior listed judges officiated over 19 championship classes which saw several combinations taking home multiple titles. Popular West Lothian rider Jo Barry, who is no stranger to winning a succession of regional titles over the years, swept the board in impressive style once again claiming each of the four titles contested over three days with her two rides; her own and Lady Hope’s seven-year-old Hidalgo II (by Rousseau) and Gordon Grainger’s KWPN eight-year-old Goofy La Perle (by Belissimo). In the Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Jo delivered the highest winning score of the regional championships (77.37%) with Hidalgo II, who she also rode to victory in the Equi-Trek Elementary Gold (75.36%) (podium picture) taking the lead with a massive margin. Stable-mate Goofy La Perl, winner of the Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold Championships at last year’s LeMieux National Dressage Championships and the PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Gold champion at Hartpury in 2018, also rose to the challenge in the TheraPlate UK Medium Gold impressing judges Helen Bradley, Andrea Hessay and Jane Peberdy who awarded this talented combination 72.66%. This year has already got off to an exciting start for Jo. Having won HorseScotland’s Performer of the Year Award in 2016, she has once again been nominated this year, while owner Gordon Granger is nominated as Owner of the Year. The award winners will be announced at a special dinner in Dunblane on Friday 1 March with guest speaker Peter Scudamore MBE. Jade Struthers, runner-up in the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Gold Freestyle at last year’s NAF Five Star Winter Championships, also proved on top form taking home four tickets to Hartpury and is keeping fingers crossed for two wild cards in the Elementary Gold and Freestyle championships where she was placed second and third. Jade, who is studying Rural Business Management at SRUC Edinburgh, partnered Lindsay Moffatt’s stunning seven-year-old coloured mare EV Amore Mia (by Amour G), to win the TheraPlate UK Medium Silver and Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver. She also claimed the Blue Chip Novice Gold (69.32%) and Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold (72.78%) with six-year-old gelding Dalriada (by Dancier). Sharon Lindop, Acting Chairman for the Scottish region, pulled off an impressive double winning both the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold and Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold regional titles with her own 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Spielbanker (by Spielberg) who she bought in Germany as a six-year-old and trained on through the levels. Having recently celebrated her 50th birthday, this successful regional result was the icing on the cake for Sharon who trains with Paul Hayler and now plans to “crack on with PSG”. “Spiel is so much fun to ride, I absolutely adore him,” said Sharon. “In the freestyle, we rode to music I compiled from the movie The Mask of Zorro, which suits him really well as he reminds me a lot of Antonio Banderas – good looking and cheeky!” Liz Somerville, Practice Manager and Managing Director of Loch Leven Equine Practice in Kinross where she works with vet husband Hugh, made a memorable regional debut. Liz was the clear winner of the KBIS Preliminary Silver (73.51%) with her own Splash and Dash, a good-looking seven-year-old gelding by Dignified van't Zorgvliet, who was bred in Ireland and bought locally three years ago as an unbacked four-year-old. This well-matched duo, who train with Sarah and James Oakden, remain virtually unbeaten in Prelim and Novice classes since making their affiliated debut in 2017. “This was my first time at a regional and riding in front of more than one judge, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I did feel a bit of pressure before our first test, but just told myself to breathe and stay as relaxed as possible as we left the warm-up for our test,” said Liz, who travelled to the venue two days before competing in order to make the most of the arena walks. “Splash is the most kind, genuine person and an absolute pleasure to ride. He can be a bit of a worrier, but he tries so hard and has such a good temperament that even my eight-year-old son can lead him. “Spiel is the first horse I’ve had who’s been good at dressage and I’m looking forward to learning together and enjoying our journey up the levels.” Thanks go to the dedicated team at Morris Equestrian Centre, the Winter Championships class sponsors and all involved with another exciting Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part. Regional Champions: KBIS Preliminary Silver Liz Somerville with Splash and Dash 73.51% Blue Chip Novice Silver Carla Milne with Hey Good Looking GK 70.74% Blue Chip Novice Gold Jade Struthers with Dalriada 69.32% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver Carla Milne with Hey Good Looking GK 72.59% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold Jade Struthers with Dalriada 72.78% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver Chloe Milne with Cremdalla Crem 69.69% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Jo Barry with Hidalgo II, 75.36% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Silver Chloe Milne with Cremdalla Crem 71.41% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Jo Barry with Hidalgo II 77.37% TheraPlate UK Medium Silver Jade Struthers with EV Amore Mia, 69.64% TheraPlate UK Medium Gold Jo Barry with Goofy La Perle, 72.66% Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver Jade Struthers with EV Amore Mia, 73.06% Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Jo Barry with Hidalgo II, 72.00% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Susan Dunlop with Dancer RV, 67.98% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Sharon Lindop with Spielbanker 69.78% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Nicky Heale with Retanach Request 72.06% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Sharon Lindop with Spielbanker 71.44% Magic Prix St Georges Gold Eilidh Grant with Eranda Retto 69.43% Superflex Intermediate I Gold Eilidh Grant with Eranda Retto, 69.17% For full results click here .  
Tuesday, March 5

Packed timetable announced for Judges Convention

The Training and Education team is proud to present the full timetable for this year’s National Judges Convention, kindly supported by the BDSC. The event takes place at the outstanding Buckinghamshire venue Addington Equestrian on Tuesday 9 April and will start at 9.50am with an introduction to the day by our three standout hosts , Isobel Wessels, Clive Halsall and Judy Harvey. Join us as we aim to consider the different viewpoints of judges at the different viewpoints in the arena and how this affects the judge, the rider and the result. Each session will involve in depth discussion evaluating the movements performed and exploring how these can be improved with each combination. Expect a highly interactive day with plenty of time allowed for questions and healthy discussion, plus a dedicated question and answer session at the end of the day. Within each session attendees are invited to judge the movements using the dedicated scoring pages included in the complimentary event programme. To start the day, Novice 37a will be judged aloud, before all other sessions are open for attendees to have the opportunity to score what they see. Timetable: 9.50 Welcome to the National Judges Convention 10.00 Novice – Incorporating Novice 37a 10.40 Elementary – Incorporating Elementary 59 11.20 Medium – Trot sequences and lateral work 12.00 Advanced Medium – Canter sequences and flying changes 12.45 Lunch break 1.45 Prix St Georges – Trot sequences and centre lines 2.20 Prix St Georges – Canter sequences 2.55 Grand Prix – Canter sequences 3.30 Grand Prix – Trot sequences, passage and piaffe 4.00 Questions and conclusions Tickets are £30 for listed judges and for trainee judges and all others they are £35, booking fees apply. Please call Sophia Monington on 02476 698831 or click here to book online at any time.
Monday, March 4

BD Abroad: Lier CDI4*/U25

Under 25s European Champion Charlotte Fry made a winning return to the international arena at last week’s CDI Lier, hosted at the impressive Azelhof Horse Events centre, Belgium (27 February – 3 March 2019). Making her CDI debut at U25s level with the Van Olst’s outstanding stallion Everdale (Lord Leatherdale x Negro), Charlotte strolled to two victories earning top marks of 71.43% in the 16 – 25 Grand Prix and 75.26% in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Opting to step her European Champion partner up to senior level, Charlotte continued to make an impression finishing as best of the brits in the CDI4* Grand Prix with 69.65% and a creditable eigth place. The well-matched duo went on to score 69% in the Grand Prix Special for eighth. A busy week for the Yorkshire-born rider concluded with three more top ten placings, this time in the CDI4* Small Tour competitions with the Van Olst’s chestnut gelding Fendi T. Emma Hindle and Romy Del Sol also enjoyed a fantastic show, the 13 year old mare by Blue Hors Romanov showed her talent for tenth in the Grand Prix scoring 69.02% and fifth in the Grand Prix Special with 70.06%. A usually electric atmosphere at the busy show in Azelhof was sadly dampened by the news of the devastating barn fire at Gestut Erlenhof, home to the Rothenberger family who’d travelled to Belgium with their youngest daughter Semmieke to contest the Young Rider classes. The team at British Dressage send their sincere condolences. Congratulations to all British riders who took part on some fantastic results. Results of British riders CDI4* Prix St Georges 1st Ann-Christin Wienkamp with Nymphenburgs First Choice, 72.23% (GER) 2nd Charlotte Fry with Fendi T, 71.73% (GBR) CDI4* Intermediate I 1st Ann-Christin Wienkamp with Nymphenburgs First Choice, 71.47% (GER) 8th Charlotte Fry with Fendi T, 68.97% (GBR) CDI4* Intermediate I Freestyle 1st Kristine Moller with Standing O’vation TSF, 76.78% (NED) 7th Charlotte Fry with Fendi T, 71.25% CDI-U25 Grand Prix 1st Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 71.43% (GBR) 5th Ellen McCarthy with Belafonte, 63.48% (GBR) CDI-U25 Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 75.26% (GBR) 4th Ellen McCarthy with Belafonte, 66.77% (GBR) CDI4* Grand Prix 1st Nicolas Wagner with Quarter Back Junior, 72.84% (LUX) 8th Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 69.65% (GBR) 10th Emma Hindle with Romy Del Sol, 69.02% (GBR) 24th Sara Gallop with Bandreo, 63.87% (GBR) 26th Ben Martin with Dimaggik, 63.15% (GBR) CDI4* Grand Prix Special 1st Nicolas Wagner with Quarter Back Junior, 75.55% (LUX) 5th Emma Hindle with Romy Del Sol, 70.06% (GBR) 8th Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 69.00% (GBR) 14th Sara Gallop with Bandreo, 63.53% (GBR) CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Anne Meulendijks with MDH Avanti N.O.P, 76.44% (NED) 14th Ben Martin with Dimaggik, 63.94% (GBR) For full results click here .   
Monday, March 4

Talent triumphs at Equissage Pulse Para Winter Championships

The first major Para Dressage fixture of 2019 didn’t disappoint as the Equissage Pulse Para Winter Championships returned to Myerscough College last week lighting up the main arena with a showcase of British talent. The Gold sections were dominated by British team riders and familiar faces. Sir Lee Pearson CBE stormed to victory in the Grade II Championships after posting 71.76% on Breezer III, as well as taking the third and fifth spots with Julie Daly’s B Grandeur and his own Para World Equestrian Games partner Styletta. Erin Orford and her WEG star Dior claimed the Grade III competition, whilst Tryon reserve rider Izzy Palmer notched up a title of her own in the Grade IV on board Sophie Wells’ Touchdown M. In the Grade I Gold it was Caitlyn Saddington to take the spoils after a superb test with Diana Barley and Erin Orford’s Nirvana Morroko; the judges duly awarded them 69.29%. Molton lady Charlotte Cundall repeated her National Championship with Brenda Reddy’s Bambam; another great score and another Grade V title was added successfully to their collection. Charlotte made the week worthwhile by also picking up four top four placings in the North West Winter Regional Championships, plus a golden ticket to the NAF Five Star Winter Championships. Speaking on her Facebook page she said, “WHAT A WEEK!! I just love my ponies so much and literally cannot believe how lucky I am to have such fabulous dancing partners and an incredible team around me. Thank you to my absolutely amazing sponsors and supporters for all that you do for me and The Lady Joseph Trust and Brenda Reddy for allowing me to ride your boys - I am so grateful.” In the Silver section Grade III rider Tom Dyer stood out with Henry XVII, the duo topped the Grade III Championship with a whopping 73.89%, the highest score of the show. Jamie Winduss and Julie Frizzell each logged 67% scores to claim the Grade I and Grade V titles, whilst Sara Bates and Tango III earned the top spot in the Grade IV class. Natalie South broke the magic 70% barrier with Deborah Hall’s skewbald gelding Stady Boy to take the Grade II ahead of Natalie Povey and Kyrby Brown. The Bronze Championships were a close fought affair across all five grades. Sophie Lingfield and Trust April took an emphatic victory in the Grade I competition scoring 66,72%; the duo are part of the Chigwell Riding Trust For Special Needs and certainly made their journey worthwhile. Jane Ogden and her own charming 19 year old Fairview Romeo were the standout combination in the Grade II section, whilst Vanessa Palmer and Encore impressed in Grade III. Lindsey McLaren and the Rubinstein son Rockefeller took the spoils in the Grade IV and Chloe Chadwick earned the highest Bronze score, a stellar 67.5%, en route to winning the Grade V Championship with her dancing partner of six years, the lovely Irish Sports Horse Inosent Flight. British Dressage thanks Para Dressage Championship sponsors Equissage Pulse as well as the team at Myerscough for making the event a success for all involved. Congratulations to all title winning combinations and to those who took part. Equissage Pulse Para Winter Champions Gold Grade I Caitlyn Saddington with Nirvana Morroko, 69.29% Grade II Lee Pearson with Breezer III, 71.76% Grade III Erin Orford with Dior, 69.26% Grade IV Izzy Palmer with Touchdown M, 71.34% Grade V Charlotte Cundall with BamBam, 69.17% Silver Grade I Jamie Winduss with Wonnacott, 67.75% Grade II Natalie South with Stady Boy, 70.54% Grade III Tom Dyer with Henry XVII, 73.89% Grade IV Sara Bates with Tango III, 69.66% Grade V Julie Frizzell with Namibian, 67.5% Bronze Grade I Sophie Lingfield with Trust April, 66.72% Grade II Jane Ogden with Fairview Romeo, 63.97% Grade III Vanessa Palmer with Encore, 67.4% Grade IV Lindsey McLaren with Rockefeller, 65.88% Grade V Chloe Chadwick with Inosent Flight, 67.5% For full results click here .   
Friday, March 1

Election of Board Directors 2019

The following Director posts are, in line with the British Dressage Articles of Association, eligible for election at the AGM in September 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for members to get more involved in developing the future strategy for BD, so please do volunteer your services and help support the sport you love. Chairman International Director Sport Operations Director All applicants will need to meet the specified knowledge, experience and competencies required for a Board Director, which are available along with the role descriptions for each position on this web page . This notice is being posted as required under Articles 18.8 and 18.9, to invite anyone wishing to stand for election for any of the roles to request or download a nomination paper from the Board of British Dressage and return it completed to the office by 3.00pm on 1 May 2019. Candidates will need to provide a full curriculum vitae, together with a supporting statement detailing how they meet the role requirements, as well as complete a declaration of interests form. All applications will then be reviewed by the Nominations Committee, in accordance with Article 23.3, with interviews conducted before the successful candidates are put forward for election by members. Download: Nomination form Declaration of Interests form The elections will be voted on by members by electronic ballot, to take place before the 2019 AGM. Details of the nominees, including any candidates nominated by the Board of British Dressage under article 18.7.2, will appear in the BD magazine and on the BD website. For further information, please contact Angela Green, HR & Office Manager, by email or call 024 76 698844
Friday, March 1

BEF Vacancies

Performance Manager for Para-Equestrian Dressage  The British Equestrian Federation is looking for a Performance Manager to lead our highly successful Para-Equestrian Dressage team to international competitions, European Championships, World Championships and Paralympic Games. You will develop a high performance system that consistently delivers medal success at Championship level. You will be expected to provide leadership and management of the UK Sport World Class Para-Equestrian Dressage Podium programme, working collaboratively to utilise shared knowledge and experience across the programme in order to maximise performance gains and deliver world class medal-winning success. Full job description Application form Privacy notice Pathway Manager for Para-Equestrian Dressage The British Equestrian Federation is looking for a Pathway Manager to join our highly successful team that has consistently delivered medals at international competitions. You will provide highly effective management of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World Class Programme Podium Potential ParaEquestrian Dressage programme and work with the Performance Manager to utilise shared knowledge and experience to deliver an effective Performance Pathway Programme that recognises potential, nurtures growth and drives sustained medal success. You will develop, evolve and implement the technical development framework for para-equestrian dressage athletes to transition to the Podium squad and deliver medal-winning performances. Full job description Application form Privacy notice
Thursday, February 28

BD Winter Regionals: Merrist Wood

BD Southern region’s Winter Regionals were dominated by high scores and dual title winners (19 – 24 February 2019). Hannah Biggs firmly laid down the gauntlet in the Magic Prix St Georges and Superflex Intermediate I classes, taking two emphatic titles with her own Don Caledonia. The Don Schufro sired gelding excelled in both small tour level tests with two impressive winning scores of 76.36% and 77.98%. Having ridden and produced ‘Archie’ from BD six year old classes to Intermediate I, Hannah has enjoyed much success along the way with multiple trips to National and Winter Championships. Taking to Facebook to celebrate and share the news she said, “Today I took my gorgeous boy Archie for a little trip out in my lovely lorry up to Merrist Wood Regional Championships, along with lorry dog Logi. The sun was shining and I danced with my best friend. I think it’s safe to say Archie smashed out two fantastic tests to become double Regional Champion. We scored 76% in the PSG and 77% in the Intermediate I, today was a good day!” Judge Mark Ruddock was undoubtedly impressed with the duo’s performance in the Magic Prix St Georges class awarding no less than a nine for Hannah’s riding and adding a final general remark to summarise the test as “a display of harmony, preparation and great training”. Hampshire lady Alice Oppenheimer enjoyed yet another winning trip to the Winter Regionals, this time with rising star Headmore Dionysus, owned by Amanda Radford. The eight year old gelding showed all the potential for the future taking home an Elementary double after scoring 74.63% in the Equi-Trek Elementary Gold and 75.25% in the Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold. It was a positive week all round for Alice and the team at Headmore Stud, eight tests from prefixed horses resulted in three wins and five second places, what a triumph for British breeding. The highest score of the show also belonged to a Headmore horse. With Maeve Morris in the saddle, Headmore Footloose danced his way to 78.52% in the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver earning the duo a precious qualification ticket in fine fashion. Maeve and ‘Eric’ are no strangers to success having stormed to victory in last year’s BackinAction Preliminary class at the LeMieux National Championships. Katherine Lewis enjoyed a Medium double with her eye-catching Friesian stallion Jos K, by Tsjale 454. Having turned heads at 2018’s Championships, the duo will be back to contest the Theraplate UK Medium Gold and Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold after topping the podiums with 73.87% and 75.16% respectively. Last year’s Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver winner Holly Colgate-Hardaway also booked her place at Hartpury to contest this year’s Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver and Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Championships. Riding another two superb tests she scored 71.31% and 75.94% with her mother Zoe Sopp’s talented Danish bred gelding Dalvangs Lorenzo to pick up her qualification tickets in style. Thanks go to the team at Merrist Wood, the Winter Championship class sponsors and all involved for an exciting Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to those who took part. Regional Champions: KBIS Preliminary Silver Gill Peckham with Hero, 71.26% Blue Chip Novice Silver Rebecca Marsden with Harley I, 72.84% Blue Chip Novice Gold Anna Miller with Silver Star, 72.84% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver Maeve Morris with Headmore Footloose, 78.51% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold Jezz Palmer with Emma II, 77.77% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver Rebecca Marsden with Fiorello, 72.65% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Dionysus, 74.63% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Silver Florence Human with Fulgencio, 72.50% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Dionysus, 75.25% TheraPlate UK Medium Silver Joanne Price with Casino Scandal, 72.07% TheraPlate UK Medium Gold Katharine Lewis with Jos K, 73.87% Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver Christiane Oakley with Probono II, 72.16% Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Katharine Lewis with Jos K, 75.16% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Holly Colgate-Hardaway with Dalvangs Lorenzo, 71.31% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Dannie Morgan with Knoxx’s Figaro, 72.54% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Holly Colgate-Hardaway with Dalvangs Lorenzo, 75.94% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Jezz Palmer with Dutch Class, 73.05% Magic Prix St Georges Gold Hannah Biggs with Don Caledonia, 76.36% Superflex Intermediate I Gold Hannah Biggs with Don Caledonia, 77.98% For full results click here . Photo by Nicola Elliot 2018.  
Thursday, February 28

BD Winter Regionals: Myerscough College

Multiple winners were the order of the week at Myerscough College Winter Regional Championships in Lancashire (18 – 24 February 2019). First up, World Class Podium Potential rider Becky Moody was on very good form throughout the competition winning an incredible four regional titles over the seven days. With the baby of her team, five-year-old KWPN licensed stallion James Bond 2 (Desperado x Fidertanz) - pictured, Becky received the highest non-freestyle score – 75.74% - to win the Blue Chip Novice Gold. Owned by Jo Cooper, ‘Q’ as he’s known, moved to Becky’s stable in November 2017 and is an exciting prospect for his rider. “This young stallion really is an absolute babe - so talented and just a joy to work with,” said Becky on Moody Dressage Facebook . Becky shone at the FEI levels too, winning the Magic Prix St Georges with Lucy Swinden’s 11-year-old tobiano gelding Odwig’s Echo (by Stanhopes Odwig) on a score of 69.21%, and coming close second to Nathalie Kayal and DHI Cleverboy in the Superflex Inter I. Odwig’s Echo, who is amusingly dubbed the ‘the cow pony’ by Team Moody due to his colouring, is homebred by Lucy and sired by her Junior/Young Rider horse Stanhopes Odwig out of Spirit of Summer who Lucy rode to Advanced Medium. The following day, with owner Lucy at the reins, Odwig’s Echo also claimed the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver with a plus-70% performance. Becky’s success continued through the week with Heavenly Kiss BS (Fürst Kiss x Don Schufro), the imposing seven-year-old gelding who she co-owns with Julie Lockey. The 2017 Blue Chip Novice Gold Champions won both the TheraPlate UK Medium Gold and the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold with scores of 72.57% and 70.39% respectively. Becky has known the 18hh gentle giant, who’s known at home as ‘Hectorsaurus’, since he was a foal and has produced him since a three-year-old. Springfern Sporthorses’ Martin Schleicher, who was second to Becky in the Novice Gold, claimed two further tickets for the NAF Five Star Winter Championships, and both in competitive freestyles – the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold with John Minion’s seven-year-old gelding Faszination I (By Foundation) and the Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold with Pippa Geddes’ Tom Cruz, a Breitling W-sired 14-year-old. Sealing two victories for the younger generation, eighteen-year-old Charlotte Lutener from West Yorkshire won both the Equi-Trek Elementary Silver section 1 (71.77%) and the TheraPlate UK Medium Silver (70.68%) with AB Barroco, her Belissimo M-sired nine-year-old. “Winter Championships here we come,” said Charlotte on Charlotte Lutener Dressage after her first victory. “I am absolutely over the moon with my beautiful Bertie [Ab Barroco] winning the Medium Silver Regional Championships this afternoon on 70.68%! Bertie gave me such an amazing feeling in the test, we gave it our all and went for everything! A massive thank you to my trainer Jessica Dunn for being an endless support and a key part of our success!” British Dressage thanks Myerscough College, the Winter Championships class sponsors and all involved for a successful Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part. KBIS Preliminary Silver Natasha Taylor with Secret Britannia, 70.23% Blue Chip Novice Silver Hannah Anderson with Ike, 70.06% Blue Chip Novice Gold Becky Moody with James Bond II, 75.74% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver Rhiannon Hinton with Quaikin Horatio, 74.17% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold Martin Schleicher with Faszination I, 75.93% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver – section 1 Charlotte Lutener with Ab Barroco, 71.77% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver - section 2 Lauren Noble with Sugarhill Trifle, 74.32% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Sarah Higgins with Elixer, 72.55% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Silver Pamela Lupton with Gladiator DHI, 68.72% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Martin Schleicher with Tom Cruz, 74.62% TheraPlate UK Medium Silver Charlotte Lutener with Ab Barroco, 70.68% TheraPlate UK Medium Gold Becky Moody with Heavenly Kiss BS, 72.57% Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver Lavinia Johnson with Dublin, 74.89% Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Melanie Phillips with Ruxton Shogun, 69.94% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Lucy Swinden with Odwig’s Echo, 70.26% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Becky Moody with Heavenly Kiss BS, 70.39% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Izzy Palmer with Touchdown M, 73.33% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Melanie Phillips with Ruxton Showgirl, 70.56% Magic Prix St Georges Gold Becky Moody with Odwigs Echo, 69.21% Superflex Intermediate I Gold Nathalie Kayal with DHI Cleverboy, 70.75% For results click here
Wednesday, February 27

The Bourne Supremacy

Kent-based British Pony rider Bonnie Bourne has returned victorious from Nice CDI in France (21 – 24 February 2019) with a hat-trick of wins for Great Britain. Riding her 16-year-old gelding Fin C WE (Famos x Eiger III), Bonnie had much to celebrate in the beautiful setting of the French Riviera venue having achieved three CDI personal best scores. The winning pair claimed Friday’s Pony Team Test with 68%, Saturday’s Individual with 71.48% and Sunday’s Freestyle with a score of 73.47%. Bonnie is trained by Joyce Wood and also receives support from Tracey Collis at Westcroft Development and Performance who travels with Bonnie to ‘away’ shows as driver, groom and coach. “We couldn’t be happier,” said Bonnie’s mother, Jenny. “Her aim was to get 70% so to do this and win all three classes by a good margin was way beyond our expectations. Bonnie rode with much more confidence in the Individual Test and was also thrilled with the Freestyle result. The only time she’d previously ridden the routine was at Hickstead CDI and it really didn’t come off. We were thrilled that it went well this time. “Ros Emery-Kay compiled the music and it’s just a bit different. It has Kid Creole and the Coconuts’ Annie I’m Not Your Daddy for the canter and Michael Buble’s Sway for trot, and it got a really good reaction. “Fin hasn’t been an easy pony, but they’ve really grown as a partnership and have much more confidence in each other,” she added. Bonnie, who previously enjoyed success to FEI level with the Welsh palomino Twyford Salamander, is in her second competition season with ‘Fin’ with whom she’s been selected for the 2018/2019 Pony Prime Squad. Results FEI Pony Team Test 1st Bonnie Bourne with Fin C WE, 68.00% (GBR) 2nd Astrid Antunes Millou with Bandro Hit Linaro, 65.47% (FRA) 3rd Alexandre Cheret with Butterfly Dew Drop, 64.71% (FRA) FEI Pony Individual Test 1st Bonnie Bourne with Fin C WE, 71.48% 2nd Astrid Antunes Millou with Bandro Hit Linaro, 68.19% (FRA) 3rd Alexandre Cheret with Butterfly Dew Drop, 67.34% (FRA) FEI Pony Freestyle 1st Bonnie Bourne with Fin C WE, 73.47% (GBR) 2nd Alexandre Cheret with Butterfly Dew Drop, 70.52% (FRA) 3rd Layla Schmid with Ashen Dew Drop, 67.52% (FRA) For full results click here
Tuesday, February 26

BD Winter Regionals: Easton & Otley College

High scoring winners dominated across the levels at Easton & Otley College in Norfolk (19 – 23 February), where the Eastern Winter Regional Championships’ organising team earned high praise from competitors and connections over five action-packed days. Alex Hardwick enjoyed a “dream outing” hitting outstanding form and claiming no less than three regional titles and several placings on plus-70% scores, including winning both the Equi-Trek Elementary Gold and TheraPlate UK Medium Gold with Sally Hardwick’s seven-year-old Dutch-bred gelding Glasgow (by Uphill) - pictured - and the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold with the Bechtolsheimers’ 17.3hh Trakehner Polar Star III (by Polarian). “It’s been a crazy but truly memorable five days, one of the best weeks of our lives,” said Alex. “The horses all tried their hearts out and I feel incredibly blessed.” Alex travelled to the East Anglia venue with four horses accompanied by “my Supermum” Sally, who was also well placed in the Advanced Medium Gold championship on her seven-year-old Oldenburg gelding Dance On Top (by De Niro). The diminutive 16.1hh Glasgow (Buddy) was bought from his breeder in Holland two years ago and was originally intended to be Sally’s ride, but since forming a special partnership with Alex, including winning the Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold title at last year’s LeMieux National Dressage Championships, the Hertfordshire-based rider is delighted to be given the opportunity to keep the ride as they head to another championships. “I love this little guy, he’s the perfect package - mini but mighty! Like a wind-up toy; he just keeps getting better and better and is such a happy, jolly person, he makes me smile every time I ride him,” said Alex, a former winner of the Young Professionals Award and member of the European Young Rider team in 2012, who trains with both her mother and Carl Hester. Alex took on the ride of the talented nine-year-old 18hh-plus “gentle giant” Polar Star III (who she affectionately calls Amazing Albert) two years ago after being offered the opportunity by Dr Bechtolsheimer. “For such a big horse, he’s incredibly athletic and his desire to work is amazing. He’s my perfect horse; when I ride him it feels like he gives me wings and I know there’s even more to come!” said Alex. “Riding two such different horses makes it interesting. Albert feels like a Formula One power house, whereas Buddy is more like driving a smooth Mercedes S Class that you can push forward through the gears – it’s certainly going to be an exciting trip to the winters!” Antonia Brown was also on a high following her outstanding win in the Blue Chip Novice Gold scoring 76.66% with Sara Lucas’s 17.1hh five-year-old gelding by Blue Hors Zack, SJL Baks Zacco. Antonia was also placed third in the same class on 70.18% with her own six-year-old coloured gelding Dubel Colours (by Dreamboy) who is now offered for sale, and second in the Advanced Medium Championships with Sara Lucas’s 12-year-old DHI Buddy (by Trento B). Bought from the Brightwells Elite Dressage sales at Addington in 2017 as a three-year-old, Zacco has proved a consistent hi-scorer both in the Shearwater Four-year-old Young Horse Championship last year (placed third with Dan Greenwood) and novice classes with Antonia, who describes him as “super talented”. “He feels like a horse which has lived life before,” said Antonia. “He’s incredibly balanced, finds everything easy and feels like he’ll be able to do it all; it’s a real privilege to ride him.” In spite of having got up at 3.15am to set off at 4.30am from their Northamptonshire base to Easton with three horses, Antonia and husband Tim were full of praise for the venue and its organisers. “It was well worth the early start and a three-hour journey – Duncan [Whitney-Groom] and his team were outstanding, providing great facilities and a good atmosphere with mounted prizegivings which were organised in such a way that it was a positive experience. “We also appreciated the updates and video clips posted daily on their Facebook page, which meant that supporters and owners like Sarah who was away, could still keep in touch with what was happening.” Former Petplan Equine Area Festival Elementary Open champions in 2016 and third in last year’s Petplan Equine Advanced Medium Bronze Championships at Hartpury, Christine Cockerton with Evaldo scored an impressive double taking the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver and Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver regional titles. Christine, a McTimoney Chiropractor from Braintree, Essex, has produced her striking 10-year-old Dutch-bred gelding by Vivaldo through the grades from four-year-old classes. Following his KBIS Preliminary Silver regional title win at Addington earlier this month, 41-year old James Boulton from Lincolnshire made his mark once again taking a second title with his big moving 17.1hh Ampére-bred mare Florence PFB. This well matched combination impressed winning the Blue Chip Novice Silver regional title with 70.4% by a clear margin. Gracie Catling and her striking 14hh dun gelding Dalyhill Rocker, who is by the renowned Connemara sire Inverin Rocky, were also clear winners scoring 73.51% sending them forward to the finals of the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver at NAF Five Star Winter Championships at Hartpury (3 - 7 April). Thanks go to the dedicated team at Easton & Otley College, the Winter Championships class sponsors and all involved with another exciting Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part. Regional Champions: KBIS Preliminary Silver Kate Low with Maggies Hope, 71.32% Blue Chip Novice Silver James Boulton with Florence PFB 70.4% Blue Chip Novice Gold Antonia Brown with SJL Baks Zacco, 76.66% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver Gracie Catling with Dalyhill Rocker 73.51% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold Tahley Reeve-Smith with Gianni Versace, 77.13% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver Trisha Poison with Crime Suspect 70.05% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Alex Hardwick with Glasgow MH, 76.35% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Silver Lynn Perry with Starmaker, 71.92% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Nikki Barker with History 74.55% TheraPlate UK Medium Silver Margaret Phizacklea with Good Guy, 70.58% TheraPlate UK Medium Gold Alex Hardwick with Glasgow MH, 75.72% Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver Lily Payne with Beckhouse Cancara 73.77% Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Mandy Day with Glomf, 69.05% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Christine Cockerton with Evaldo, 69.38% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Alex Hardwick with Polar Star III 74.16% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Christine Cockerton with Evaldo 75.16% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Natalie Allen with Fichellio, 71.94% Magic Prix St Georges Gold Paul Friday with Hawtins Horatio, 69.38% Superflex Intermediate I Gold Nikki Barker with Durable, 73.24% For full results click here Photo © Fae Loudoun Photography
Friday, February 22

Exciting changes to Nettex Associated Championships

It was a bumper year in 2018 for the Nettex Associated Championships with over 915 combinations taking part across 10 individual championships and 2019 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. We’ve already announced our duo of venues hosting the new format Championships in Bury Farm and Vale View who will provide two amazing competitions but we have some further news for competitors. Following feedback, the following rules will be implemented for the 2019 series in the Nettex Championships: • We’ve upped the level for the Draught and Arab Championships so there’s now a Championship at Medium level. • In the Veteran Horse Associated Championships, winning combinations are no longer required to move up a level for the following year’s event. Understanding the stress on ageing horses, the Sports Operations committee agreed that previous winners should be allowed to defend their title. • In the British Native Pony, GB PRE, Lusitano, TGCA and RoR Championships, winning combinations at Medium level and above (where applicable) are no longer required to move up a level for the following year’s event so can return to defend their crown. “The Nettex Associated Championships are designed to be an event for all,” Sports Operations Manager Lou Jones commented, “We’ve listened to feedback from our competitors and hope that the recent changes will continue to make this Championship series one of the most inclusive on offer within the BD spectrum. With the continued support of Nettex, we’re sure that this year’s series will be the best yet.” Serena Kidd, National Equine Business Manager for Nettex added, “The Nettex product range offers something for every equine no matter what breed, age and discipline and this truly British brand is delighted to be supporting the riders in the Associated Championships. With top dressage rider Carl Hester putting his trust in our brand, we are proud that Nettex delivers products and customer support for riders of any level.” To celebrate this second year sponsoring the Associated Championships, Nettex is encouraging customers and competitors from last year to connect with us on social media @nettexequine and share their Nettex stories throughout the year - #nettexequine. Qualification for the Nettex Associated Championships got underway on 1 December 2018 and concludes on 31 August, to find out more about how you can get involved click here .
Friday, February 22

BEF Equine Flu update Friday 22 Feb

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) continues to closely monitor the equine flu outbreak and notes the latest update from the Animal Health Trust that there have been positive tests in Yorkshire, Sussex, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Kent. Throughout this outbreak the BEF has urged equine owners to ensure their horses' vaccination records are up to date. If it has been longer than six months since their last vaccination we strongly recommend discussing a booster with their veterinary surgeon. The BEF continues to urge all competition and training event organisers to check the equine ID passports of all horses to make sure they comply with vaccination rules (see below). A number of event organisers have put extra precautionary measures in place – as they are perfectly entitled to. The BEF continues to remind all participants that they should check venue requirements before they set out. BD members are reminded to have their passports ready for checking at competitions as full or spot examinations may take place. Please make sure your vaccination record meets the requirements as laid out in rule 9 (see below), if your horse has not had a vaccination within the past six months, we'd urge you to consider discussing a booster with your vet. Please remember that, under BD rules, the full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before the competition. BD members are reminded: • Any horses competing under BD rules at any level must be fully vaccinated. Rule 9 (p58 of the 2019 Members’ Handbook) states: To protect the health of the other competing horses and the biosecurity of the venue, a valid passport must accompany the horse to all competitions and be produced on request. Failure to comply is a disciplinary offence and will debar the horse from competing at the event for which it has been entered. A horse will not be permitted to compete unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza which complies with the following conditions: - An initial course of two injections for primary vaccination, not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart, are required before being eligible to compete - A first booster injection must be given between 150 and 215 days after the second injection of primary vaccination - Subsequent booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one calendar year, commencing after the first booster injection - The full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before the competition. The vaccination record(s) in the horse’s passport, must be completed, signed and stamped line by line, by an appropriate veterinary surgeon (who is neither the owner nor the rider of the horse). For those competing under FEI rules, please refer to FEI rules. The responsibility to comply with this rule lies with the competitor who should consult with their veterinarian. If you're unsure if your vaccination dates are correct, the BHA has a helpful online checker . As stated above, members are advised to give their horses a booster if they have not had one in the previous six months but please remember the seven day rule. • It’s law that your horse’s passport accompanies it at all times, this includes travelling – you’re liable for an unlimited fine if you can’t show a valid horse passport. Currently, we advise that you make sure you have the passport and full vaccination record ready to present at the venue when competing as there may be spot checks carried out. Organisers are permitted to request passports to check vaccinations comply with rule 9. If your horse’s vaccination record does not meet the requirements, you will not be permitted to compete.
Thursday, February 21

International Competition Grooms Group Launched

The International Competition Grooms Group (ICGG) has been launched to support any groom that works at international level competitions, whether in the UK or abroad. With representatives from each international circuit, the Group gives the opportunity for members to share their concerns and important opinions. The International Reps will work with the British Grooms Association (BGA) to collate, represent and feedback to governing bodies, organising committees and competition organisers - this is the smart and professional way to be heard; giving a united voice at this elite level. In addition the ICGG will also offer support to less experienced competition grooms and give them a friendly representative from their sport, who they can contact to get practical advice and support. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) President, Ingmar De Vos said, “We welcome the creation of the International Competition Grooms Group, which will give a stronger voice to these incredibly dedicated members of our community. The FEI set up a grooms working group in 2017 and we hope this new international organisation will be fully representative of this important group of people and will enable us to have an even better communication channel direct with the grooms. We look forward to a close collaboration with the ICGG.” Alan Davies, Head Travelling Groom to Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester added, “I am extremely proud to be an Ambassador for the BGA. It is informative and supportive on many levels and always striving to improve all aspects of our lives as grooms. The new International Competition Grooms Group adds another dimension, giving even more support for those of us facing the challenges of travelling the world.” Joining Alan on the team of ICGG Reps for dressage is Heidi Troniseck (Richard Davison), for show jumping Daniel Tarpey (Harry Charles), Zoe Herbert (William Funnell) and Sara Shears (freelance) and heading up the eventing grooms is Jess Errington (Harry Meade) and Debbie Carpenter (freelance). To join the ICGG simply go to www.britishgrooms.org.uk, select a membership option and on check out simply select ‘I groom at international level competitions as part of my job.’ For more information and to join. visit the website .
Wednesday, February 20

BD Winter Regionals: Bishop Burton

On the busiest week of the winter calendar Bishop Burton College, Yorkshire, took their turn to host the Northern Winter Regional fixture with both local riders, and those from further afield, shining on their route to gaining coveted tickets to the NAF Five Star Winter Championships (16 – 19 February 2019). Enjoying yet another successful Winter Regional Championships, Humberside rider Lara Edwards took home two titles with her 2018 BD Small Tour Champion Jazzed Up, owned and bred by Tracey and Laura Milner. The accomplished duo scored 71.10% to top the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold before going on to complete the set with victory in the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold, the score for this test an impressive 73.17%. Jazzed Up, a 10 year old son of Jazz known an ‘Felix’, has clocked up no less than 10 regional titles from Novice to Prix St Georges with Lara in the saddle, who’s produced the gelding from the age of five. Speaking from her Facebook page Lara said, “Weeks like this don’t happen often so I’m going to enjoy it! Advanced Medium Gold CHAMPION, Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold CHAMPION, Prix St Georges Gold reserve Champion (by 1.5 marks - gutted) but what a horse and this is on 1/2 power, had a few teething problems on the run up but still a super star and bring on the nationals in April this boy will be out for a national title!” Patsy Bartram made the journey from Derbyshire worthwhile to also claim a duo of wins with her own six year old, Greenacres Cadiz. The smart black gelding excelled at Elementary level scoring 70.36% to top the Equi-Trek Elementary Gold and subsequently the Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold with a whopping 74.74%. Mr Snowman, competed for a short spell by Patsy in 2018, also notched up a win in the Blue Chip Novice Silver with Charlotte Clark. The charming Irish Draught also took Charlotte’s mother Lesley to third in the KBIS Preliminary Silver. Claire Johnston and Sensation repeated their success at this show in 2018 with another Regional title, this time in the Equi-Trek Elementary Silver. To duo topped the podium convincingly having posted 74.90%, the highest score of the show. The eye-catching black mare by Sir Oldenburg is no stranger to Winter Championship success having won last year’s Blue Chip Novice Silver Championships at Hartpury with amateur rider and full-time mother of three Claire in the saddle. Claire bought her superstar partner as an unbacked three year old and has produced her sympathetically, and successfully through the levels. Hoping to gain qualification spots through to the Gala Performance freestyle finals will be Magic Prix St Georges winner Paul Hayler and Superflex Intermediate I winner Louise Davison. BD Training Director and popular rider/trainer Paul produced a polished performance with Sandra Cowing’s Balero II to win the competitive Prix St Georges qualifier with 69.91%. Whilst Louise excelled in the Superflex Intermediate I on board her reliable Desperados sired partner, De Galles, the pair scored 66.40%. Thanks go to the dedicated team at Bishop Burton, the Winter Championships class sponsors and all involved with another exciting Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part. Regional Champions: KBIS Preliminary Silver Heather Hopkinson with Brackenspa Houdini, 72.82% Blue Chip Novice Silver Charlotte Clark with Mr Snowman, 69.20% Blue Chip Novice Gold Melissa Chapman with Jubilant Al Sno, 73.40% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver Charlotte Martin with Briarwood Wild Beauty, 70.37% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold Rebecca Bates with Ekko Houston Nexen, 73.61% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver Claire Johnston with Sensation, 74.90% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Patsy Bartram with Greenacres Cadiz, 70.36% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Silver Lucy Robinson with Private Dancer V, 71.09% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Patsy Bartram with Greenacres Cadiz, 74.74% TheraPlate UK Medium Silver Jenny Martell with Fiderstan, 69.64% TheraPlate UK Medium Gold Sam Duckworth with Atterupgaards O2, 68.29% Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver Sophie Young with Atos, 72.67% Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Martin Schleicher with Springfern Gardena, 69.17% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Heidi Hutchinson with Ellison, 68.29% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Lara Edwards with Jazzed Up, 71.10% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Anna Brown with Bocelli V, 72.22% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Lara Edwards with Jazzed Up, 73.17% Magic Prix St Georges Gold Paul Hayler with Balero II, 69.91% Superflex Intermediate I Gold Louise Davison with De Galles, 66.40% For full results click here .  Photos kindly provided by Kevin Sparrow - Lara Edwards (top), Patsy Bartram (middle), Claire Johnston (bottom). 
Monday, February 18

BD Winter Regionals: Summerhouse

The 2019 Winter Regional Championships continued last week at Summerhouse Equestrian in Gloucestershire (14 – 16 February 2019) as 20 new Regional Champions were crowned and many came a step closer to their NAF Five Star Winter Championship goals. Birmingham rider Alexzandra Houldcroft (23) claimed two tickets to Hartpury with Cavallina Herself (pictured), her Cardinar x Weltmeyer eight-year-old. The Paul Friday-trained combination achieved second place and a coveted qualification spot in Wednesday’s Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver before winning Sunday’s KBIS Preliminary regional title with a score of 70.23%. Alexzandra’s tactful riding overcame a blip earlier in the week when she retired the young mare from a rather spooky, unsettled Novice Silver test. “We played the test safe after our mishaps on Thursday and it payed off! I couldn’t be any prouder of Cavallina and how much she tries for me! [I] Can’t thank Paul Friday enough, the support and training you put into us, and the team back at Chase lodge!” At the FEI levels, Katie Bailey dominated, winning both the Magic Prix St Georges and the Superflex Intermediate I with two of her exciting rides. The thirty-year-old Gloucestershire rider first took Wednesday’s Magic Prix St Georges regional title on a score of 72.01% aboard Hannah Dovey’s Eagle-Nouvelle (pictured), a Dutch bred 10-year-old son of Singapore; before taking Thursday’s Superflex Intermediate I regional crown with Lesley Forlee’s Bocelli VI (Belissimo M x Riccione) on 71.66%. In their third year of competition together, Katie and ‘Eddie’, as Eagle–Nouvelle is known at home, have been achieving PSG scores of up to plus-74%. Bocelli VI, with whom Katie won the Advanced Medium Silver National title in 2016, is now 12 and training Grand Prix at home. “We had great results at Summerhouse regionals and the sun was shining!” enthused Katie on her Katie Bailey Dressage Facebook . “Two out of three qualifying for the Winter Championships. Eddie getting a fab score 72% to win the PSG. Then Eric [Elinda] second in the Medium with 70% having only ever been to five shows in his life. And finally Bocelli, first in the Inter I with 71.6%. So [it was] a successful outing and [I’m] looking forward to Hartpury!” Katie, who learnt her craft training with and working as stable rider for Carl Hester, set up on her own in 2014 and is now based a stone’s throw from Carl’s Newent home. Laura Wollen (30) who hails from Ledbury in Herefordshire won her ticket for Hartpury by taking the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold aboard Woodcroft Francisco (pictured right). The pair scored 72.833%, just ahead of second-placed Jacky Stopler with her Lusitano stallion, Furo (72.00%). Woodcroft Francisco (Fidertanz x Wolkentanz II) is a nine-year-old gelding owned by Julie Steed. “I had an amazing start today to the 2019 Winter Regionals with Julie Steed’s Woodcroft Francisco becoming Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Regional Champion at Summerhouse Equestrian! With a score of 72.83% Frank has set the bar high.” British Dressage thanks Summerhouse Equestrian, the Winter Championships class sponsors and all involved for a successful Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part. Regional Champions: KBIS Preliminary Silver Alexzandra Houldcroft with Cavallina Herself, 70.23% Blue Chip Novice Silver Sarah Clack with Haybrook Welita, 71.173% Blue Chip Novice Gold Gijs Van Vooren with Hawtins Sandori, 71.667% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver Jocelyn Hill with Foxglove UCS, 74.259% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold Jacky Stolper with Virtuoso G, 78.056% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver – section A Tamsin Hembrough with Sancerre, 73.333% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver – section B Sarah Clack with Polo’s Discovery, 71.979% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Sonnar Murray-Brown with Hamlet, 74.792% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Silver Jayne Chapman with Life on Mars, 71.987% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Maria Griffin with Cerruti, 75.769% TheraPlate Medium Silver Hazel McCorriston with Blue Hors Zagato, 69.369% TheraPlate Medium Gold Sonnar Murray-Brown with Hamlet, 70.829% Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver Rebecca Marsden with Fiorello, 76.667% Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Maria Griffin with Cerruti, 72.722%% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Tyler Bradshaw with Gijsbert, 69.386% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Abigail Hutton with Farrell, 70.351% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Jane Morris with Quinet Du Buisson Z, 73.33% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Laura Wollen with Woodcroft Francisco, 72.833% Magic Prix St Georges Gold Katie Bailey with Eagle Nouvelle, 72.018% Superflex Intermediate I Gold Katie Bailey with Bocelli VI, 71.667% For full results click here
Monday, February 18

BEF Equine Flu update Monday 18 Feb

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes that the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has reported more positive tests for equine flu over the weekend in Shropshire, Worcestershire, Norfolk and Buckinghamshire. Sixteen horses returned positive tests at one premises in Worcestershire. The AHT reports that this is thought to be related to unvaccinated horses coming into contact with other horses at an event. The BEF continues to recommend strongly that unvaccinated horses do not mix with other horses. Our advice remains that owners MUST NOT take their horse to an event or competition if horses at their yard appear to be unwell. The current outbreak has demonstrated the importance of vaccinations and the BEF continues to urge all owners to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date. If it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend discussing a booster with their veterinary surgeon. The BEF has asked all competition and training event organisers to check the equine ID passports of all horses attending their event to make sure that they comply with vaccination rules. A number of affiliated venues have put extra precautionary measures in place regarding flu vaccinations. We would also remind participants that they should check venue requirements before setting out. BD members are reminded to have their passports ready for checking at competitions as full or spot examinations may take place. Please make sure your vaccination record meets the requirements as laid out in rule 9 and as stated above, if you're horse has not had a vaccination within the last six months, we'd urge you to consider discussing a booster with your vet. Please remember that, under BD rules, there must be seven days between any injection and the horse competing.
Thursday, February 14

Thursday Equine Flu update

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the latest update from the Animal Health Trust (follow @equiflunet on Twitter for more details) reporting more positive tests for equine flu in Sussex, Worcestershire and Leicestershire. The BEF continues to urge horse owners to be vigilant for signs of equine flu and to alert their vet if they think their horses are showing symptoms. As has been demonstrated in this outbreak, vaccinations are vital in tackling the spread of the disease so all owners MUST ensure their vaccination records are up to date. If it’s been longer than six months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend discussing a booster with their veterinary surgeon. The BEF notes that some venues are insisting – as they are perfectly entitled to – that all horses must have received a booster within the last six months. This is a decision based on a local veterinary risk assessment so we would remind participants to check the requirements of venues before they set off. We also remind owners that any contact with recently imported horses represents an increased risk so owners should follow veterinary advice by isolating any recently imported horse for a period of at least 21 days. BD members are reminded to have their passports ready for checking at competitions as full or spot examinaitons may take place.  Please make sure your vaccination record meets the requirements as laid out in rule 9 and as stated above, if you're horse has not had a vaccination within the last six months, we'd urge you to consider disscusing a booster with your vet. 
Wednesday, February 13

Wednesday Equine Flu update

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the latest update from the Animal Health Trust (AHT) that there have been three further positive tests for equine flu in Kent, Derbyshire and central Scotland. Although there have been a relatively small number of positive tests from the thousands of samples taken by the AHT, the BEF continues to urge horse owners to be vigilant for symptoms of equine flu and to call their vet if they think their horses are showing signs. Vaccinations are vital in tackling the spread of the disease so all owners must ensure that their vaccination records are up to date, and if it’s been longer than six months since the last vaccination we recommend discussing a booster with their veterinary surgeon. The BEF also notes that the AHT reports that in all three cases, the horses that tested positive were recently imported from Ireland or had had contact with other recently imported horses. Therefore the BEF asks owners to consider that any contact with recently imported horses represents increased risk as there have also been outbreaks of equine flu in other member states including France and Germany. All owners should follow veterinary advice by isolating any recently imported horses for a period of at least 21 days. The BEF has produced a Q&A giving further advice on how owners can keep their horses safe. BD members are also reminded: • Any horses competing under BD rules at any level must be fully vaccinated. Rule 9 (p58 of the 2019 Members’ Handbook) states: To protect the health of the other competing horses and the biosecurity of the venue, a valid passport must accompany the horse to all competitions and be produced on request. Failure to comply is a disciplinary offence and will debar the horse from competing at the event for which it has been entered. A horse will not be permitted to compete unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza which complies with the following conditions: - An initial course of two injections for primary vaccination, not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart, are required before being eligible to compete - A first booster injection must be given between 150 and 215 days after the second injection of primary vaccination - Subsequent booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one calendar year, commencing after the first booster injection - The full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before the competition. The vaccination record(s) in the horse’s passport, must be completed, signed and stamped line by line, by an appropriate veterinary surgeon (who is neither the owner nor the rider of the horse). For those competing under FEI rules, please refer to FEI rules. The responsibility to comply with this rule lies with the competitor who should consult with their veterinarian. If you're unsure if your vaccination dates are correct, the BHA has a helpful online checker . As stated above, members are advised to give their horses a booster if they have not had one in the previous six months but please remember the seven day rule. • It’s law that your horse’s passport accompanies it at all times, this includes travelling – you’re liable for an unlimited fine if you can’t show a valid horse passport. Currently, we advise that you make sure you have the passport and full vaccination record ready to present at the venue when competing as there may be spot checks carried out. Organisers are permitted to request passports to check vaccinations comply with rule 9. If your horse’s vaccination record does not meet the requirements, you will not be permitted to compete.
Tuesday, February 12

Tuesday equine flu update

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) welcomes the decision by the British Horseracing Authority to resume racing tomorrow (Wednesday 13 February). As there have been no further positive tests since the weekend, after thousands of samples have been tested by the Animal Health Trust, we're cautiously optimistic that the current outbreak of equine flu is relatively contained to a small number of cases. The BEF continues to closely monitor the situation and assess the risk to health of UK horses whilst in regular consultation with specialist vets and experts in equine influenza and epidemiology with experience of managing previous outbreaks. Their assessment remains that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events subject to local disease status and local veterinary advice. The BEF continues to urge horse owners to be vigilant for symptoms of equine flu – coughing, nasal discharge, loss of appetite, lethargy – and call their vet if they think their horses are showing signs. All owners must ensure that their vaccination records are up to date – and if it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, we recommend you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon. As has been demonstrated in this outbreak, vaccinations are vital in tackling the spread of the disease. Therefore we also recommend strongly that unvaccinated horses do not mix with other horses. Our advice remains that you MUST NOT take your horse to an event or competition if horses at your yard are showing any symptoms of being unwell. The BEF has produced a Q&A giving further advice on how owners can keep their horses safe. BD members are also reminded: • Any horses competing under BD rules at any level must be fully vaccinated. Rule 9 (p58 of the 2019 Members’ Handbook) states: To protect the health of the other competing horses and the biosecurity of the venue, a valid passport must accompany the horse to all competitions and be produced on request. Failure to comply is a disciplinary offence and will debar the horse from competing at the event for which it has been entered. A horse will not be permitted to compete unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza which complies with the following conditions: - An initial course of two injections for primary vaccination, not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart, are required before being eligible to compete - A first booster injection must be given between 150 and 215 days after the second injection of primary vaccination - Subsequent booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one calendar year, commencing after the first booster injection - The full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before the competition. The vaccination record(s) in the horse’s passport, must be completed, signed and stamped line by line, by an appropriate veterinary surgeon (who is neither the owner nor the rider of the horse). For those competing under FEI rules, please refer to FEI rules. The responsibility to comply with this rule lies with the competitor who should consult with their veterinarian. If you're unsure if your vaccination dates are correct, the BHA has a helpful online checker .  As stated above, members are advised to give their horses a booster if they have not had one in the previous six months but please remember the seven day rule. • It’s law that your horse’s passport accompanies it at all times, this includes travelling – you’re liable for an unlimited fine if you can’t show a valid horse passport. Currently, we advise that you make sure you have the passport and full vaccination record ready to present at the venue when competing as there may be spot checks carried out. Organisers are permitted to request passports to check vaccinations comply with rule 9. If your horse’s vaccination record does not meet the requirements, you will not be permitted to compete.  
Monday, February 11

Ballerina’s on pointe

Under 25s team medallist Claire Gallimore made a winning return to the arena in Le Mans, France, last week scoring two wins with her championship partner Annette Ballerina (7 – 10 February 2019). With Jane Gallimore’s Annette Ballerina (Scandic x Jazz), 24 year old Claire earned 67.02% to win the U25 Inter II on Saturday, before going on to top the U25 Grand Prix on the final day of the show with 68.84%. Speaking on her Facebook page Claire said, “First international of 2019 done… two first places! Very pleased with Miss Bella today she gave me such a great feeling in the arena! I really love this mare so much and so proud of our journey together so far and excited for what is still to come!” Previously based with Tristan Tucker in Holland, Claire has recently enjoyed a move back to East Sussex with her team of horses including Bella and rising star Joe Cocker B. Former British Young Rider team member Emily Harris also enjoyed a successful return to the international arena with the British-bred mare Freya FST, owned by breeder Fay Thomas. The duo achieved three top eight placings in the competitive small tour classes throughout the week. In the Pony ranks, 2018 championship team riders Annabella Pidgley and Isobel Lickley were both notching up valuable arena time with their second rides. On board Robert and Nicola Lickley’s Mister Snowman, Isobel achieved two top placings of fourth in the Pony Team and Freestyle tests scoring over 71% respectively; whilst team mate Annabella was hot on her heels with Sarah Pidgley’s Cognac IX achieving two plus 70% scores for sixth in the same tests. Results CDI2* Prix St Georges 1st Diederik Van Silfhout with Dahlhoff, 71.73% (NED) 4th Emily Harris with Freya FST, 68.47% (GBR) 5th Sarah Williams with Bohigas W, 67.91% (GBR) CDI3* Grand Prix 1st Nicolas Wagner with Quater Back Junior, 72.10% (LUX) 19th Emile Faurie with Cafes Caletta, 65.56% (GBR) 20th Sara Gallop with Bandreo, 64.78% (GBR) CDI2* Intermediate B 1st Marlies van Baalen with Dion Johnson, 68.45% (NED) 5th Sarah Millis with Behroez, 66.55% (GBR) Pony Team 1st Lucie-Anouk Baumgurtel with Classic Dream FH, 74.28% (GER) 4th Isobel Lickley with Mister Snowman, 71.76% (GBR) 6th Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 70.33% (GBR) U25 Intermediate II 1st Claire Gallimore with Annette Ballerina, 67.02% (GBR) CDI2* Intermediate II 1st Diederik Van Silfhout with Dahlhoff, 70.58% (NED) 6th Emily Harris with Freya FST, 66.58% (GBR) 10th Sarah Williams with Bohigas W, 64.94% (GBR) CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Morgan Barbancon with Bolero, 75.23% (FRA) 11th Emile Faurie with Cafes Caletta, 68.89% (GBR) CDI2* Intermediate II 1st Sune Hansen with Carso’Ni, 69.28% (DEN) 4th Sarah Millis with Behroez, 66.08% (GBR) Pony Individual 1st Lucie-Anouk Baumgurtel with Zinq Coriander FH, 73.37% (GER) 5th Isobel Lickley with Mister Snowman, 69.00% (GBR) 7th Annabella Pidgley with Cognax IX, 68.10% (GBR) CDI2* Intermediate I Freestyle 1st Danielle Heijkoop with Damirez, 75.00% (NED) 8th Emily Harris with Freya FST, 66.13% (GBR) 11th Sarah Williams with Bohigas W, 64.15% (GBR) U25 Grand Prix 1st Claire Gallimore with Annette Ballerina, 68.84% (GBR) CDI3* Grand Prix Special 1st Diederik van Silfhout with Expression N.O.P, 71.61% (NED) 7th Sara Gallop with Bandreo, 65.12% (GBR) Pony Freestyle 1st Lucie-Anouk Baumgurtel with Zinq Coriander FH, 79.12% (GER) 4th Isobel Lickley with Mister Snowman, 71.43% (GBR) 6th Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 70.41% (GBR) For full results click here . 
Friday, February 8

Equine flu update: Friday 17:30

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the latest update from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on Friday 8 February that there have been three further positive results for equine flu – bringing the total number of positive results to six – all of which are in the same racing yard. The advice from BEF veterinary experts remains that it's not necessary to cancel other equine events as there is as yet no evidence of widespread infection, however we will continue to monitor this situation closely and will issue further updates as more information becomes available. We continue to urge all horse owners to be vigilant and follow the recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease. The BEF also urge any owners with suspected cases to take immediate veterinary advice and if equine flu is confirmed by laboratory testing, they should contact their relevant member body. • It’s crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease – the FEI Q&A sheet is helpful for all owners and they have a webinar you can take via the FEI campus on Equine Influenza: a horse owners guide . • Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs. Keep a daily ‘TPR’ diary at a similar time each day, measuring temperature, pulse and respiration to help detect any changes as well as external checks for symptoms. Ensure your yard carries out good biosecurity practices . • If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately. • It’s essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take immediate veterinary advice. • If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon. BD members are also reminded: • Any horses competing under BD rules at any level must be fully vaccinated. Rule 9 (p58 of the 2019 Members’ Handbook) states: To protect the health of the other competing horses and the biosecurity of the venue, a valid passport must accompany the horse to all competitions and be produced on request. Failure to comply is a disciplinary offence and will debar the horse from competing at the event for which it has been entered. A horse will not be permitted to compete unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza which complies with the following conditions: - An initial course of two injections for primary vaccination, not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart, are required before being eligible to compete - A first booster injection must be given between 150 and 215 days after the second injection of primary vaccination - Subsequent booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one calendar year, commencing after the first booster injection - The full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before the competition. The vaccination record(s) in the horse’s passport, must be completed, signed and stamped line by line, by an appropriate veterinary surgeon (who is neither the owner nor the rider of the horse). For those competing under FEI rules, please refer to FEI rules. The responsibility to comply with this rule lies with the competitor who should consult with their veterinarian. As stated above, members are advised to give their horses a booster if they have not had one in the previous six months but please remember the seven day rule. • It’s law that your horse’s passport accompanies it at all times, this includes travelling – you’re liable for an unlimited fine if you can’t show a valid horse passport. Currently, we advise that you make sure you have the passport and full vaccination record ready to present at the venue when competing as there may be spot checks carried out. Organisers are permitted to request passports to check vaccinations comply with rule 9. If your horse’s vaccination record does not meet the requirements, you will not be permitted to compete. Further help sources: www.equiflunet.org.uk or follow @equiflunet BEF website - horse health and biosecurity section - including a really helpful equine flu info sheet    
Thursday, February 7

UPDATE 18:30: Equine flu info and advice

Update issued 18:30 - Further to the announcement by the British Horseracing Authority that horseracing will continue to be suspended until Wednesday 13 February, the British Equestrian Federation can confirm that our veterinary advice remains that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events at this time. However we will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue further updates once the full extent of this outbreak is known. We again urge all owners to be vigilant and follow the guidelines set out in our previous statement as a precaution. We recommend owners seek veterinary advice if necessary and ensure that all vaccinations are up to date. Issued: 11:20am Following British Horseracing’s decision to cancel all racing today (7 February) the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and British Dressage (BD) are closely monitoring the situation. Veterinary experts have advised that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events at this time, but we will issue a further update once the full extent of the outbreak is known. In the meantime, we recommend that all owners follow the guidelines below as a precaution and ensure that all vaccinations are fully up to date. If your horse is currently vaccinated, we recommend a booster if it has been longer than six months since your horse’s last vaccination. Please note, however, that (as stated within Rule 9 on page 59 of the BD Members' Handbook ) the full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before the competition. Actions for owners to take: • It’s crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease. • Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs. • If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately. • It’s essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take veterinary advice. • We advise that horses are vaccinated with a booster for equine flu with a vaccine that contains the Florida Clade 1. There are two such vaccines currently licensed in the UK, ProteqFlu and Equilis Prequenza. If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon. The BEF also has guidance on its website regarding equine infectious diseases and is urging owners to take the necessary precautions to avoid their horses becoming infected. information: www.equiflunet.org.uk or follow @equiflunet BEF website - horse health and biosecurity section - including a really helpful equine flu info sheet  
Thursday, February 7

BD Winter Regionals: Addington Equestrian

Competition of the highest quality was on the menu at Addington Equestrian in Buckinghamshire (31 January – 4 February 2019) as riders battled it out to secure a ticket for the NAF Five Star Winter Championships in April. Snowfall posed a challenge for organisers, officials and riders alike, forcing the postponement of Friday’s classes to Monday, but with slick organisation and the rescheduling of arrangements, the Championships proved a huge success. Addington was the first of the 2019 Winter Regional Championships and what better way to start the eight-date run than with Olympic Champion Charlotte Dujardin showcasing two of her promising young horses. This is the second year that non-freestyle PSG and Inter levels have featured, and Charlotte was crowned the winner of both, presenting Mount St John VIP (pictured) beautifully to take the Magic Prix St Georges and Superflex Intermediate I with 74.82% and 74.38% respectively. The exquisite Mount St John VIP (Vivaldi x Donnerhall), an eight-year-old mare owned by Emma Blundell, is quite rightly rated highly by her rider. Unbeatable in the Small Tour classes at Addington High Profile Show last month, Charlotte and VIP will be ones to watch at Hartpury in April. Charlotte also made a debut appearance with five-year-old MSJ Charmer (Charmeur x Danone I), a gelding bought by Charlotte from Mount St John when he was a foal. Competed until now by former international eventer Rob Barker, this was the horse’s first time in the arena with Charlotte at the helm. The pair scored 76.35% to claim the Blue Chip Novice Gold. Lincolnshire rider James Boulton took the KBIS Preliminary Silver regional title with his beautiful mare, Florence PFB (by Ampére) - pictured right, on a score of 73.67%. James (41) has returned to riding from a 20-year break, following a pivotal life moment in late 2017. “I’d had a cancer scare in the November and December,” he said. “I then saw Florence advertised on Amy Woodhead’s Facebook page last January and the mare made me reassess my life. “Florence had been with Amy, when Amy was working at Carl Hester’s. She was a broodmare and had a foal at three, then later another, by Uthopia. She’d done very little and only started full work last April. She was backed as a four-year-old by Holly Woodhead. Tracy [Amy and Holly’s mother] later fell in love with Florence, and thinking she was more suited to dressage and because she moves so well, put her in foal.” The connection between James and the Woodhead family goes back a long way. “I used to train with Ian Woodhead when I was in Juniors, before going to Talland on an apprenticeship, and I then helped Adam [Kemp] when he went solo.” Twenty years on, James is back in the Woodhead fold, taking time out of full-time work to focus on Florence and help out at Amy’s base, Weelsby Park in Grimsby. “That mare [Florence] is everything – she’s brilliant,” added James. “Amy always thought she needed that one-to-one relationship with a rider, and she does. She just really loves to work. Hacking worries her a little, and when in the field she just wants to come in, but her work she loves.” British Dressage thanks Addington Equestrian, the Winter Championships class sponsors and all involved for a successful Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part. Regional Champions: KBIS Preliminary Silver James Boulton with Florence PFB, 73.67 Blue Chip Novice Silver Postponed: to run on Sunday 10 February Blue Chip Novice Gold Charlotte Dujardin with MSJ Charmer, 76.35% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver Zoe Florence with Hirstmund Merlot, 73.88% Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold Amanda Shirtcliffe with New Princess, 73.51% Equi-Trek Elementary Silver Katie Roberts with Nemo VII, 72.91% Equi-Trek Elementary Gold Jennifer Martell with Fiderstan, 76.14% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Silver Gracie Catling with Henton for Fun, 72.17% Suregrow Elementary Freestyle Gold Jayne Turney with Hitchcock, 74.10% TheraPlate Medium Silver Melissa Richardson with Gravgaard’s Sir Dundee, 68.28% TheraPlate Medium Gold Fiona Brennan with De Angelis II, 69.64% Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver Sophie Watkins with Inca Spirit, 69.44% Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Sarah Williams with San Remo Hitt, 71.22% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver Antonia Brown with SJL Doc Holliday, 71.49% Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold Becky Edwards with Fantasia, 70.78% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver Keri Bates with Ekko Christianlund Gevalia, 74.77% Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold Lizzie Murray with Ulyssa, 76.50% Magic Prix St Georges Gold Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John VIP, 74.82% Superflex Intermediate I Gold Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John VIP, 74.38% For full results click here Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Monday, February 4

Preview: Addington Young Horse Forum

This week the Young Horse Forum circus sets up camp at Addington Equestrian, an event debut at the rejuvenated venue on the outskirts of Buckingham. Hosts Paul Fielder and Paul Hayler will be joined on Thursday 7 February by none other than international Grand Prix rider and trainer Judy Harvey. Judy brings a wealth of experience having produced countless horses through the levels alongside an impressive CV outside the saddle, including her appointment as BD International Teams Director. The following horse and rider combinations will be taking part in the day’s training and test riding: Four year olds Kapridon (Franklin x Wynton) owned by Sara Lucas and ridden by Nikki Barker Kalentis (Fairytale x D Day) owned by Woodcroft Stud and ridden by Beth Bexon Five year olds Fiderstar (Fiderbach x Don Schufro) owned by Charlotte Holes and ridden by Casey Mckenna SJL Baks Zacco (Blue Hors Zack x Don Schufro) owned by Sara Lucas and ridden by Antonia Brown Six year olds Iwan (Charmeur x Sir Oldenburg) owned by Sara Lucas and ridden by Nikki Barker Woodcroft Icon (Desperado x San Remo) owned by Woodcroft Stud and ridden by Beth Bexon Seven year old Farrell (Fabregas x Davignon) owned by Fenella Ross and ridden by Abi Hutton Tickets are still available for Addington Equestrian , Richmond EC and our recently announced Scottish forum taking place at Morris EC . To purchase your tickets click the highlighted venue name or call 02476 698833 if you’d prefer to book via phone.
Thursday, January 31

Young Horse Forums 2019: Visit Scotland

British Dressage is excited to announce the details of the fourth and final Young Horse Forum, taking place for the first time across the border in Scotland. First-rate Ayrshire venue Morris EC will host the young horse road show on Wednesday 15 May led by popular hosts Paul Fielder and Paul Hayler. Scotland and its strong contingent of riders and breeders is well-represented in the Young Horse divisions year after year with many combinations going on to achieve prominent success through the levels. Notable equine achievers include Hannah Biggs' rising Grand Prix horse Don Caledonia, born and raised in the Highlands by Reay Campbell and her team at Caledonia Dressage, Sugar Plum Fairy, another Champion bred by Caledonia, and the promising gelding French Noir MFS, ridden to championship success by Jess Dunn and bred by Caroline Ironside at MFS Stud. With so much local talent and a thriving dressage community within BD Scotland, it’s apt that the final Young Horse Forum takes place closer to home for our northernmost members. Riders, trainers, owners and breeders alike will be treated to a packed day covering everything from conformation and recognizing future potential to scoring young horses and test riding. Tickets are just £30 for BD members and £35 for all non-members, booking fees apply. To book your tickets today click here or call Viki Dicesare on 02476 698833 to book over the phone or find out more.
Wednesday, January 30

Winters qualification from 2019 Regionals

With the Winter Regionals getting underway tomorrow, please find below the information about qualification for the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships from the Regionals: 1) Combinations scoring below 65% will not be eligible for qualification for the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships as stated in the British Dressage Members' Handbook, unless it's by a wild card. 2) The number qualifying from each Winter Regional class will depend on the number of starters in that particular class according to the conversion charts. The number of qualifications per level varies according to the total number of horses qualified for the Regionals and the number of spaces available at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships. 3) A ‘starter’ is a horse that actually enters the competition arena and goes down the centre line, even if it withdraws before finishing. 4) The number of starters will not be known until the class is finished after which the organiser will calculate how many have qualified and mark them on the scoreboard. The number of direct qualifications will be announced at the prize giving. Everyone who has qualified MUST collect a qualification pack from the secretary before leaving the showground. NB: Entries for the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships close on Wednesday 6 March 2019. No late entries will be accepted. 5) The last Winter Regional finishes on Saturday 2 March and during this week the BD Office will calculate how many unfilled spaces there are in each class at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships. These spaces will be filled by the highest scoring unqualified combinations from all the Regionals, who will be notified by the office that they've been given a wild car. 6) The names of the combinations awarded wild cards will be put on the BD website on Tuesday 5 March. Please do not telephone the BD Office regarding wild card allocation before 2pm on this day. Numbers to qualify All scores must be over 65% KBIS PRELIMINARY SILVER: 1 in 19 to qualify 1 – 19 = 1 qualifies 20 –38 = 2 qualify 39 + = 3 qualify BLUE CHIP NOVICE SILVER: 1 in 19 to qualify 1 – 19 = 1 qualifies 20 –38 = 2 qualify 39 + = 3 qualify BLUE CHIP NOVICE GOLD: 1 in 9 qualify 1 – 9 = 1 qualifies 10 – 18 = 2 qualify 19 – 27 = 3 qualify 28 – 36 = 4 qualify EQUI-TRIK ELEMENTARY SILVER: 1 in 19 qualify 1 – 19 = 1 qualifies 20 –38 = 2 qualify 39 + = 3 qualify EQUI-TREK ELEMENTARY GOLD: 1 in 9 qualify 1 – 9 = 1 qualifies 10 – 18 = 2 qualify 19 – 27 = 3 qualify 28 – 36 = 4 qualify THERAPLATE UK MEDIUM SILVER: 1 in 12 qualify 1 – 12 = 1 qualifies 13 –24 = 2 qualify 25 – 36 = 3 qualify THERAPLATE UK MEDIUM GOLD: 1 in 6 qualify 1 – 6 = 1 qualifies 7 – 12 = 2 qualify 13 – 18 = 3 qualify 19 – 24 = 4 qualify CHARLES OWEN ADVANCED MEDIUM SILVER: 1 in 9 qualify 1 – 9 = 1 qualifies 10 – 18 = 2 qualify 19 – 27 = 3 qualify 28 – 36 = 4 qualify CHARLES OWEN ADVANCED MEDIUM GOLD: 1 in 6 qualify 1 – 6 = 1 qualifies 7 – 12 = 2 qualify 13 – 18 = 3 qualify 19 – 24 = 4 qualify MAGIC PRIX ST GEORGES GOLD: 1 in 12 qualify 1 – 12 = 1 qualifies 13 –24 = 2 qualify 25 – 36 = 3 qualify SUPERFLEX INTERMEDIATE 1 GOLD: 1 in 6 qualify 1 – 6 = 1 qualifies 7 – 12 = 2 qualify 13 – 18 = 3 qualify 19 – 24 = 4 qualify Freestyle Numbers to Qualify All scores must be over 65% BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS FREESTYLE NOVICE SILVER: 1 in 8 qualify 1 – 8 = 1 qualifies 9 – 16 = 2 qualify 17 – 24 = 3 qualify 25 – 32 = 4 qualify BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS FREESTYLE NOVICE GOLD: 1 in 5 qualify 1 – 5 = 1 qualifies 6 – 10 = 2 qualify 11 – 15 = 3 qualify 16 – 20 = 4 qualify SUREGROW FREESTYLE ELEMENTARY SILVER : 1 in 8 qualify 1 – 8 = 1 qualifies 9 – 16 = 2 qualify 17 – 24 = 3 qualify 25 – 32 = 4 qualify SUREGROW FREESTYLE ELEMENTARY GOLD: 1 in 5 qualify 1 – 5 = 1 qualifies 6 – 10 = 2 qualify 11 – 15 = 3 qualify 16 – 20 = 4 qualify SPILLERS FREESTYLE MEDIUM SILVER: 1 in 8 qualify 1 – 8 = 1 qualifies 9 – 16 = 2 qualify 17 – 24 = 3 qualify 25 – 32 = 4 qualify SPILLERS FREESTYLE MEDIUM GOLD:1 in 4 qualify 1 – 4 = 1 qualifies 5 – 8 = 2 qualify 9 – 12 = 3 qualify 13 – 16 = 4 qualify NUPAFEED FREESTYLE ADVANCED MEDIUM SILVER: 1 in 8 qualify 1 – 8 = 1 qualifies 9 – 16 = 2 qualify 17 – 24 = 3 qualify 25 – 32 = 4 qualify NUPAFEED FREESTYLE ADVANCED MEDIUM GOLD: 1 in 4 qualify 1 – 4 = 1 qualifies 5 – 8 = 2 qualify 9 – 12 = 3 qualify 13 – 16 = 4 qualify Good luck everyone!  
Friday, January 25

New host venues announced

British Dressage is proud to announce three host venues for this year’s Bronze Championships, Summer Music Championships and Nettex Associated Championships. The Nettex Associated Championships, a unique series of ten title opportunities for horses of all shapes and sizes, is set to be bigger and better than ever with the breeds combining to make two show-stopping festivals. The first of these will take place from 31 October – 3 November at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Buckingham, and will incorporate Championships for Draught, GB PRE, Lusitano, British Native Ponies, traditional gypsy cobs and Arab horses. The second Associated Championship fixture will be hosted by Leicestershire venue Vale View EC and will provide the setting for CHAPS, RoR, Thoroughbred and Veteran Horse and Rider combinations to battle for the accolades. Returning after a successful debut year, the Bronze and Summer Music Championships has a new home for 2019 in premier venue, Sheepgate Equestrian. The team at Sheepgate are no strangers to the big occasion, as hosts to the annual BD Youth Under 25s Championships, Sheepgate Premier League as well as an Area Festival, the Bronze and Music Championships promise to be ‘well worth the journey’. Date Championships Venue 31 October – 3 November Associated Championships (1)  Inc. Draught, GB PRE, Lusitano, Native Pony, TGCA, Arab horse Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire 7 – 10 November Associated Championships (2)  Inc. CHAPS, ROR, Thoroughbred, Veteran horse and rider Vale View EC,  Leicestershire TBC Bronze and Summer Music Sheepgate EC,  Lincolnshire    Sports Operations Manager Lou Jones commented; “I’m delighted to announce the allocation of three great championship opportunities to three venues who will without doubt deliver a top-class experience for all competitors. The Nettex Associated Championships will come together to form two celebrations of all breeds. The ten-strong championship series has grown steadily in number and gone from strength to strength with the valued support of title sponsor Nettex and we’re delighted that proven Championship venues Bury Farm and Vale View EC are on board as hosts. Sarah Payne’s team at Sheepgate EC are renowned for hosting major events and we’re confident that the Bronze and Music Championships will flourish under their care. Both myself and the Sports Operations team would like to thank all venues involved in the tender process and offer our congratulations to the three successful show centres, we’re very much looking forward to the year ahead.”  
Friday, January 25

Petplan Equine AF Championships Wild Cards

We're delighted to release the first group of wildcards for this year's Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships held at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships, 3 - 7 April at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. Informaiton packs are in today's post to all riders and entries must be made online. PLEASE NOTE – the close of entries date for the this release of wild cards is Wednesday 13 February and NO late entries will be accepted Please contact the office immediately if you won't be taking your place at the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships to enable your spot to be passed down to the next eligible combination. Preliminary Bronze Emma Slater, Goldbay V, 70.42% Marion Powell, Mister Tobias, 69.58% Catrin John, Llancayo Danny Boy, 69.24% Heather Driver, Stanhopes Mr Bluesky, 69.17% Hayley Martin, Wellbrow Chief, 69.17% Heidi Rees, Woodlands Tilly, 69.03% Catherine James, Sportsfield Dusty, 68.89% Kate Daly, Caipirinha II, 68.82% Preliminary Silver Alicia Rose Wilkinson, Incognito VI, 68.75% Gemma Lewis, Looney Les, 68.19% Chris Thorne, Fritz Louis, 68.13% Victoria Davis, Bonetta, 68.13% Leanna Osborne, Strathmore Florentina, 67.99% Terri Bates, Picanni Runako, 67.99% Sarah Hall, Millie X, 67.85% Demi Davis, Easy Does It, 67.78% Kim Dart, Jaysans (GB), 67.78% Elizabeth Little, Saras Ruby, 67.57% Verity Corbett, Honour, 67.29% Nicky Butters, Cor Blimey, 67.29% Tonya Ellis, Sammy IV, 67.29% Karen Carroll, Thornville Star, 67.22% Aimee Buchanan, Dragonfly, 67.22% Lauren Barney, Nivo, 67.01% Shelley Lynne Smith, Maylands Duffy, 67.01% Debbie Boylan-White, Henry Blue of Moorby, 66.94% Preliminary Under 21 Jasmine Watson, B Silktown Magnolia, 68.89% Jodie Johnson, Kitty II, 68.19% Amy Louise York, Eifl Morgan, 68.13% Sophia Marston, Solitaire, 67.99% Jessica Smith, Straughan, Red Diamond, 67.85% Megan Harrison, Templedruid Hapsburg, 67.78% Courtney Monks, Cedric II, 67.64% Liam Wattrus, Casper XV, 67.57% Katie King, Dreamy Gent, 67.50% Amy Wray, Sara, 67.50% Novice Bronze Sue Andrews, Quick BZ, 69.03% Emma Fearn, Charade-Up Town Girl, 68.96% Donna Fitzgerald, Castlelawn Diva, 68.75% Sarah Carrington-Gull, Vivace Springtime Spice, 68.61% Fiona Lawrie, The Alkomist, 68.47% Kimberley Ainsworth, Stockagate Son Shine, 68.26% Clio Georgiadis, Sir Alfred, 68.26% Helen Tegg, Tom the Bomb, 68.26% Helen Tegg, Pinto IV, 68.26% Lucy Cole, Sunny Bill, 68.26% Novice Silver Andrew Wright, Ice Cold Fever G, 69.31% Samantha Jimmison, Daria I Noor, 69.31% Jane Ingham, Bairdmoor Shooting Star, 68.75% Maria Veale, Gabbana, 68.61% Pamela Lupton, Gladiator DHI, 68.47% Tracey Jasper, Divine Rhapsody, 68.33% Sally-Anne Hicks, GB Times GVS, 68.33% Nikki Goldup, Wayward Wanderer, 68.26% Julie De Winton, Uppergraig Black Flyer, 68.26% Novice Under 21 Emma Chinn, Monnington Redlap, 68.19% William Collett, Billybong, 67.71% Grace Blenkinsopp, High Sheriff, 67.43% Annabel Coller, Twylands Tiffin, 67.36% Charlotte Merrigan Martin, Solaris Dwenqua, 67.22% Olivia Rimmer, Lago Enigma, 67.08% Chloe Ansell, Mister Ned, 67.01% Jessica Finney, Georgian Dante, 66.94% Anya Hitt, Cnoc An Noinin Clover, 66.94% Charlotte Livingstone, Galway Bay Excelsior, 66.94% Elementary Bronze Tiri Budd, Wing Man II, 67.84% Fields Wicker-Miurin, Gayuga, 67.69% Jo Mckeown, Amigo, 67.45% Sian Staples, Erlando, 67.40% Gemma Todd, Hilldown Parsley, 67.40% Olivia Robertson, Fine Feathers II, 67.21% Lisa Harrison, Deoniaeth Lanto, 67.16% Frances Strong, Sigh Of Relief, 67.11% Shelby Dowding, Peasedown Agatha, 67.06% Megan Guild, Princess Kiara, 67.01% Elementary Silver Stephen Allen, Don Proviano, 69.46% Kim Rowley, Falko, 69.17% Hallie Jeavons, Breitling Jack, 68.63% Tessa Halsall, Tresaison Hallmark, 68.48% Ruth Minton, Galahad II, 68.19% Rebethan Lord, Bracken IV, 67.94% Anna Bruce, Wolkenstein's Dream, 67.75% Carolyn Davis, General Lee, 67.60% Vivienne Spackman, Royal Rival, 67.60% Tracy Hoadley, Boston Peggy Sue, 67.60% Teri England, Coady Bay Logic, 67.50% Sarah Vousden, Daydreamer, 67.25% Elementary Under 21 Libby Johnson, Red Ebony, 68.04% Emily Collings, Chiddock Hour Glass, 67.74% Annabel Coller, Twylands Tiffin, 67.60% Issy George, Nyton Willy Wonker, 67.60% Lucy Butler, Newcott Bucanneer, 67.40% Gracie Catling, Dalyhill Rocker, 66.96% Molly Northmore, Winston, 66.72% Hattie Gill, Zalentine, 66.52% Phoebe Turnbull, Nairobi Star, 66.47% Medium Bronze Clare Smith, Dori Dragon Fly, 67.50% Stacey Escrig, Czarina R, 67.21% Vanessa Watson, Raphael V, 67.21% Joanna Cole, Beethovens Aria, 66.91% Tamara Strapp, Diamond Nosey, 66.86% Elice Willett, Gerento, 66.72% Sharon Gerard, Sven II, 66.67% Rachel Kirby, Promiss, 66.52% Kim Ford, Pronto GB, 66.27% Medium Silver Judi Foster, Leyla, 68.43% Charlotte Hussey, Singing Skyjacker, 68.33% Alan Daems, Vajnic, 67.94% Pippa Clifton, Fiasco, 67.35% Alisa Hunter Gordon, Eurythmics, 67.30% Sophie Young, Atos, 67.21% Jennifer Harkness, Filia, 67.01% Emma Beresford, Grand Master II, 66.81% Samantha Jimmison, Dayton Di Villa Lori, 66.72% Sue Brougham, Narramore Musicman, 66.56% Jessica Viney, Gershwin FH, 66.42% Medium Under 21 Amy Richards, Rotspons Rough Diamond, 67.11% Emily Jobling, Chapeau, 66.81% Amy Small, Triumph VD Laarseheide Z, 66.13% Bonnie Bourne, Fin C We, 65.69% Anna Bates, Jolianna, 65.05% Advanced Medium Bronze Caroline Evans, Zidane IV, 66.15% Hannah Bown, Sandro's Storm, 66.09% Zoe Golding, Enzo SR, 65.96% Katie Branley, Buntino, 65.45% Abigail Kench, Pick Poket Chapelle, 65.34% Natasha Gibbons, Broughton Envoy, 65.26% Juliet Allard, Fair Sovereign, 65.26% Shirley Wright, Vanilla Courage, 65.13% Rebekah White, Lord Robin, 64.96% Lauren Ruffle, Freeman H, 64.94% Julie Anthony, Tigger, 64.83% 158.0 Coll Advanced Medium Silver Emma Pewter, San Rafael, 67.14% Georgina Howard, Fred Astaire, 66.62% Claire Green, Apollo III, 66.58% Alison Trew, PSH Indiana, 66.50% Nikki Lushington, Braam, 66.28% Julie Hayes, Huxham Enchante, 66.24% Emma Bond, Drago's Felix, 66.11% Emma Bird,Famoya, 66.07% Liz Harding, Movie Maker, 66.03% Claire Randall, Undaunted, 65.98% Ryan O'Mahoney, Timon LL, 65.85% Anna Slosmanis, Cezare II, 65.85% Prix St Georges Bronze Linda Prescott-Clements, Menelaos, 66.62% Caitlin Burgess, Chocotof, 66.05% Rebecca Marsden, Balance, 65.79% Clare Hole, Pro-Motion, 65.61% Lynne Walkling, Ben III, 65.61% Sue Grice, Chao Lingshan, 65.48% Christine Cockerton, Evaldo, 65.13% Louise Robson, Quadrille, 64.91% Prix St Georges Silver Carrie Payne, Camillo Van De Ponderosa, 67.54% Helen Askey, Boston HS, 67.02% Stephanie Taylor, WQS Perugia, 66.92% Sheena Grierson, Windrushweirs Celosia, 66.80% Rachel Patrick, Nymo, 66.67% Samantha Fish, Gunstone Liberty Belle, 66.62% Claire Randall, Diamond Lil II, 66.62% Amy Blount, Gkar, 66.58% Ella-Louise Mayhead, Tirclyn Sportsman, 66.58% Intermediate I Bronze Rebecca Morris, Willis, 66.32% Claire Lewis, Dragonswick Czardas, 65.35% Sarah Stewart, Newho Philharmonic, 64.78% Gillian Parker, Zaphira, 64.04% Katherine Heslop, Spudley, 63.73% Lauren Darby, Mister Sampson, 63.42% Judith Bennett, Last Link, 63.03% Tracey Nelson, Charlston, 62.94% Intermediate I Silver Anne Marie Bork Eppers, Zeilinger Firfod, 68.46% Natasha Rumble, Westcroft Show Boy, 68.07% Georgina Howard, Capri, 67.01% Serena Gordon, Wonderland, 66.36% Sofie Butchart, Royalty, 66.32% Emma Bond, Limewalk, 66.23% Sheena Grierson, Windrushweirs Celosia, 66.10% Helen Askey, Boston HS, 66.01% Giselle Hyland, Bon Ami II, 65.70% Intermediate II Silver Louisa Spencer, Armstrong II, 66.18% Gemma Maddocks, El Paso Van Overis, 65.33% Izzy Chaplin, Vincente II, 63.20%  
Thursday, January 24

Horse sport prepares for Brexit

Although the outcomes of Parliamentary negotiations surrounding Brexit remain uncertain, the horse world has been working closely together to understand the implications for horse owners when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaders from a number of organisations from horse sport, racing, vets, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have been developing plans for what needs to be done in case the UK leaves with no deal. The chief concern for horse owners will be transportation. Our focus has been on the following areas: • All horses leaving the UK to enter the EU will need a new type of Export Health Certificate (EHC) which would require blood tests signed off by an Official Veterinarian (OV) to confirm it is free from disease. EHCs would last 10 days and would accompany the horse and its horse passport. Requirements for movements to the rest of the world remain largely unchanged. • Developing a new type of Equine Travel ID Document. This would be needed, as well as a horse passport, for horses which do not have studbook passports or are not registered with an international body which governs sport or racing (such as the FEI) • Given increased demand, ensuring there will be enough Official Veterinarians and other experts and specialists, to carry out health inspections, blood tests and produce EHCs • Submitting evidence to the EU about the UK’s health status so that the UK can be granted a Third Country status/category. This will determine the extent of the blood tests required by horses before moving • The effect on transport authorisations, certificates of competence and vehicle approval certificates • The extent of probable delays at channel crossing points (Channel Tunnel and ferry ports) and the need for more Border Inspection Posts both in the UK and the EU, because of requirements to check horse identity and health certificates • Tariffs on permanent horse movements • A system to take over from the EU’s movements recording database (TRACES) to enable the UK to keep its own horse movement records • Mutual recognition of EU and UK studbooks to preserve their registered horses’ ability to travel without the additional Equine Travel ID Document • Availability and recognition of veterinary medicines. British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Chief Executive Nick Fellows says; “The terms of the UK’s departure from the EU have not yet been confirmed but, given the serious implications for equestrian sport, we have been working closely with the relevant authorities. As soon as the situation becomes clearer the BEF will inform its members so that horse owners will be aware of actions they may need to take.”
Tuesday, January 22

Preview: Hurstbourne Young Horse Forum

Today (Tuesday 22 January) marks the seven day countdown to the first of our four Young Horse Forums. Hurstbourne EC, the Hampshire home of Grand Prix rider and trainer Matt Hicks, is the first location on a whistle-stop tour of the country for hosts Paul Fielder and Paul Hayler. Matt himself will join the duo as a guest speaker to discuss all things Young Horse throughout a packed day of training and test riding. We’re thrilled to announce the horse and rider combinations taking part in the demonstrations: Four year olds Headmore Flintstone (Flawless x Rubinstein) owned by Sarah Oppenheimer and ridden by Dannie Morgan WGS Kapri (Dreamboy x Don Graphit) owned and ridden by Stephanie Taylor Five year olds WGS Inanda (Rock Forever x Olivi) owned by Stephanie Taylor and ridden by Jezz Palmer Toska Too (Grey Flannell x Rubinstein) owned by Elite Dressage and ridden by Lewis Carrier Six year olds Headmore Figaro (Florencio x Belissimo M) owned by Sarah Oppenheimer and ridden by Dannie Morgan Hercules (Foundation x Royal Diamond) owned by Imogen Byers and ridden by Jezz Palmer Seven year old Quartermagic (Quaterhall) owned by Laura Arnold and ridden by Beth Bainbridge There’s still time to get your tickets for Hurstbourne plus the remaining three dates. Click the links below to choose your event and guarantee your place today. Click here to book for Hurstbourne, 29 January 2019 Click here to book for Addington Equestrian, 7 February 2019 Click here to book for Richmond EC, 9 February 2019 The date and venue for the Young Horse Forum taking place in Scotland will be announced shortly, keep an eye on our website and social media for the latest news. The Training and Education team look forward to welcoming many of you to Hurstbourne next week. If you’d like more information or would prefer to book over the phone please contact Viki Dicesare on 02476 698833 or email Viki.Dicesare@britishdressage.co.uk .  
Monday, January 21

Inaugural National Academy riders selected

British Dressage is delighted to announce the 12 riders who’ve been selected to attend the Sport England-funded BD Youth National Academy, supported by Avansce, which takes place over the weekends of 9-10 February and 2 – 3 March 2019 at Kilbees Farm in Berkshire. The 2019 BD Youth National Academy cohort is made up of the following riders selected from last year’s inaugural Foundation Academies: Danielle Balsdon (South West region), Caitlin Clancy (South West), Mollie Clough (Eastern), Emily Coller (Eastern), Manon Evans (Southern), Jersey Garrett (Southern), Florence Human (South West), Sofia Jankiewicz (Central), Libby Johnson (Wales), Izzy Lane (Eastern), Olivia Rose Robertson (South West) and Susie White (Northern). Selected on their talent, determination and trainability, the 12 young riders will receive coaching from British Olympian Spencer Wilton as well as number of high profile specialists from the industry. These include international groom Liz Geldard-Walsh, athlete mentor Charlie Hutton and practitioners such as physiotherapist Andy Thomas and TheraPlate – manufacturer of equine rehabilitation and sports conditioning platforms. Riders will also benefit from training sessions with Academy supplier Avansce which will involve an introduction to the Synchronicity System™ as well as individual rein contact analysis sessions. The sophisticated sensor-based system records rein tension on a smartphone app during riding and, with the aid of a scoring system, helps guide coaches and riders to find effective training solutions. “I’d like to congratulate all the riders on their selection,” commented BD Youth Director Claire Moir. “The Foundation Academies have proven to be a great success in their first year and it’s exciting to have so many committed and talented young people keen to develop their skills and carve out a future in the sport. “The purpose of the upcoming National Academy which is the ultimate stage of the series is to provide the selected riders with a 360 degree, comprehensive approach to both their own and their horses’ development, and we look forward to working with them over the two weekends. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the 2018 Foundation Academy athletes, and remind you that you’re invited to reapply for the 2019 Academies later in the year.” The 2019 Foundation Academy camps will take place between October and the end of the year. BD Youth Foundation Academy riders attend two two-day camps running at four locations across the UK. The camps include test riding, performance profiling and goal setting, rider fitness including a balance and core strength workshop, a lecture demo by an inspirational rider, sports psychology, BD branded Academy clothing and automatic eligibility for selection to the 2020 Sport England-funded National Academy. The dates and venues will be announced shortly and applications open in the summer. The BD Youth National Academy is funded by the National Lottery and Government Exchequer through Sport England to support and develop young athletes within the youth pathways to reach their full potential.
Friday, January 18

British breeders and grooms honoured

On Saturday 12 January, breeders of the top British-bred horses from around the country converged in London at the Grange City Hotel, for the British Breeders Dinner and Awards Ceremony, organised by the British Horse Foundation (BHF). There has been much to celebrate for British Breeding in 2018 and this glittering occasion affords the breeders of these potential world-class horses the special recognition they deserve. Guests arrived at the Competition Stallions-sponsored drinks reception before moving on to a sumptuous four-course dinner. The evening then moved on to the much-anticipated Awards ceremony, this year compered by Harry Meade, taking over the role from the much missed and loved Mike Tucker, who was fondly remembered by Vincent Jones, Chairman of the BHF during his opening speech. Young, professional and amateur breeders were well represented throughout the Awards Ceremony that began with the presentations of the British Breeding Futurity Certificates of Merit, amongst the winners was Sally Warner who was presented with an eventing foal certificate for Time to Fly, Penny Walster received the sports pony foal certificate for Bathleyhills Orion, whilst Tullis Matson collected the eventing yearling certificate of merit for Mesmerize-Me-SSH, on behalf of Solaris Sport Horses Ltd. Tammy Ruffles was on hand to be presented with her dressage yearling certificate of merit for Summer Solstice, whilst 2 year old certificates of merit were presented to Jennie Loriston-Clarke for Catherston Tick Tock (Dressage), Keith Lovelock for Masterclass (Show Jumping) and Elaine Coleridge Smith for WFD Diangello (Sports Pony); Karen Fryer collected her 3-year-old certificate of merit for Sunny Side Up (Eventing). In the prestigious Baileys Horse Feeds sponsored Futurity age awards, Rhiannon Stormonth collected the foal award on behalf of her mother Aileen, the breeder of Esme X, a potential showjumping prospect. Pippa Drew, breeder of Hammerwood Flamingo collected the yearling award, a potential dressage sports pony prospect, whilst Vanessa Francis, breeder of Cundlegreen Garanwyn, a potential eventing prospect, collected the 2 year old award, with Tom McManus collecting the 3 year old award as breeder of Barrowby Lord Darcy, a sports pony eventing prospect. Young horse awards were then presented to breeders of the best British bred young horses in the three main equestrian disciplines; Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping that saw a range of breeders step forward to collect their awards. The Dressage Young Horse Awards were once again very well represented by the Hawtins Stud, with Judith Davis stepping up to collect the 4 year old and 6 year old British Dressage Young Horse Awards respectively, as breeder of Hawtins Lirica and Hawtins San Floriana, this lovely mare has now completed the triumvirate of BD Young Horse Awards. Rebecca Hoare, breeder of Kiss & Tell was delighted to receive the 5-year-old British Dressage Young Horse Award. The British Horse Foundation trophy together with £1,000 prize money was presented to the breeder of the highest placed British bred horse at the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Horse Trials providing it finished in the first twelve places. This award went to Classic Moet bred by Elaine Hepworth, the horse winning it’s first CCI**** competition, ridden by Jonelle Price. The SPSS Award went to two British bred, SPSS passported and Elite graded dressage ponies, Ella and George Clooney B.S. both identically bred by Julie Lockey and who have represented Ireland and GB at the FEI Pony European Dressage Championships. The Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award went to Rubinsteena, a wonderful dressage broodmare, owned by Sarah Oppenheimer, who was absolutely thrilled to receive this award, as the broodmare sadly died in 2018 at the age of 22, leaving behind her a wonderful dressage dynasty. The British Equestrian Federation Award to the Highest Placed British Bred Horse at the FEI World Equestrian Games, Tryon went to the double world gold medal winning Para-dressage horse C Fatal Attraction, bred by Astrid Bolton and Betty Brandon. The Anglo European Studbook Award went to Summa’s Zorro, bred by Marily Power and Susan Lanigan O’Keefe in recognition of the horse winning the richest prize in showjumping, the $1,000,000 Spruce Meadows Masters. The British Hanoverian Horse Society presented awards to the breeders of the best British bred Hanoverians that gained the highest points in International competition during 2018 in the disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping. Judith Davis was the BHHS dressage winning recipient as the breeder of Hawtins Delicato, GB team bronze medallist at the FEI World Equestrian Games, Lucy Nelson, the BHHS eventing winning recipient as the breeder of Hester, who won the CCI** at Camphire, before representing NZ at Mondial du Lion in the CCU2* for seven year olds, ridden by Jonelle Price, with Nicola Williams the BHHS winning showjumping recipient as the breeder of Contendros Quest a 9 year old bay mare who is jumping at 2* Grand Prix level with Adrian Whiteway. Haddon Training continues to support the often ‘unsung’ heroes of the equestrian industry by it’s sponsorship of the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards of which there are 5 categories: - Lucy Seddon who works for Tom McEwen Eventing was the recipient of the British Grooms Award that was open to all grooms working in the UK equestrian industry; with Gabby Southern being awarded the runners-up prize who works at Catherston Stud. The Team GBR Grooms Award was open to any groom who supported a senior Team GBR athlete at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 with the award going to Sarah Charnley, who groomed for Ros Canter, who was part of the GB gold medal winning eventing team and who also won the individual gold medal in Tryon. Joe Castree was the recipient of the Team GBR Pony, Junior & YR Grooms Award, nominated by Jonquil Hemming, coach to the Pony Eventing team; Joe was key to managing the preparations up to the Pony European Championships and her ability in creating a calm environment in the stable yard during the Championships was instrumental to the GB Pony team winning team and individual gold medals. The Manager Award was presented to Emma Jayne Eldridge, yard manager at Stallion AI Services, with the Apprentice Award going to Poppy Zofia Graves who is based at Wimbledon Village Stables, with a Highly Commended certificate awarded in this category to Connor McCunn who is based with Daniel Watson. Since Haddon Training began its sponsorship of the British Grooms Awards five years ago the overriding message from all the winning recipients is one of appreciation that there is now the opportunity for all hard working grooms not only to be recognised but also to receive the acknowledgment that they quite rightly deserve and with the five categories that form the British Grooms Awards this allows for a wide spectrum of grooms to be recommended and rewarded for these prestigious awards. The culmination of the evening was the Stallion AI Services Meritoire Lifetime Achievement Award; this annual award is presented in recognition for a lifetime’s contribution to the breeding industry… The Award was presented to Jennie Loriston-Clarke, who received a resounding round of applause from everyone in the room, when it was announced who was the recipient for 2019 together with a standing ovation when it was presented.
Tuesday, January 15

Addington Equestrian High Profile

Who better than a pair of WEG medalists to kick off the 2019 season, and celebrate the rejuvenation of Addington Equestrian? With Emile Faurie and Charlotte Dujardin leading the pack, the first High Profile of the year didn’t disappoint with no less than 23 riders capturing wins at the premier Buckinghamshire venue (11 – 13 January 2019). With his rising star Café’s Caletta, Emile Faurie scored an impressive victory in the LeMieux Grand Prix class, scoring 73.20% for the Oldenburg mare’s debut test at the level. Taking to Facebook to praise his talented partner Emile commented, “Couldn’t be happier and so excited for this mare’s future!” With the Senior European Championships taking place at Rotterdam in August, Emile will surely be looking ahead with promise. Notching up four wins throughout the weekend, Charlotte Dujardin made her mark on the small tour classes with her two eight-year-old mares, Emma Blundell’s Mount St John VIP and Sarah Tyler-Evans’ River Rise Nisa. Each horse topped a Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges and Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I but it was River Rise Nisa to earn the highest score of the show – a supreme 77.19% in Saturday’s Inter I – though Mount St John VIP was hot on her heels earning 76.40% for her win at the same level. Speaking about VIP’s success on Facebook, proud owner Emma said “[I’ve] Loved her since she arrived with us as a beautiful foal! Thank you Charlotte for all your training and making her the amazing horse she is today!” Click here to take a look at some highlights from VIP and Charlotte’s test. Local rider, and long-term friend and pupil of Charlotte, Jayne Turney enjoyed a successful three days with her string of rides. Shirley Rixon’s Starnberg-sired Penhaligon’s Jupiter showed his quality to win two classes on Sunday, the Prix St Georges with 71.54% and the Advanced Medium Freestyle with 72.89%; whilst Sharon Bardsley’s Hitchcock (Negro x Hamlet) scored a fantastic 72.42% to claim Saturday’s TopSpec Medium 76. The TopSpec Medium and Equine Construction Advanced Medium sections were dominated by a host of double winners. Lucy Cliff (nee Fallen) and Fiona Brennan of Danewood Dressage enjoyed two Advanced Medium Gold wins plus a win in Saturday’s Medium 75 Gold with Victor Rawlinson’s Guarantee and Fiona’s own De Angelis II, Rebecca Marsden took home two Advanced Medium Silver victories with El Zorro and young rider Charlotte Lutener topped two Medium Silver classes with her own AB Barroco. Always popular as a season starter for our young riders, two packed Pony FEI classes were won by 2018 team rider Annabella Pidgley, her European Championships partner Ine taking the Individual class and stable-mate Cognac IX stealing the top spot in the Team test. Gloucestershire-based Charlotte McDowall started her 2019 campaign with 70.61% in the Junior Team test on board her new partner Alivia (Olivi x Jazz), a former Grand Prix ride of Julie Hugo-Ross, and 2017 Junior European Championships team member Jade Ellery scored 67.37% to win the Young Rider Team test with her own Porsches Eloy. British Dressage thanks the team at Addington Equestrian for an exciting start to a busy year, with a refreshed look, cafeteria and surfaces we can look forward to more upcoming fixtures including the Young Horse Forum in February and the Premier League show in the spring.  Winners Friday TopSpec Medium 75 Gold: Fiona Brennan with Guarantee, 69.19% TopSpec Medium 75 Silver: Kate Moisson with Welthausen’s Onour, 67.43% Equine Construction Advanced Medium 91 Gold: Fiona Brennan with De Angelis II, 72.44% Equine Construction Advanced Medium 91 Silver: Rebecca Marsden with El Zorro, 68.08% FEI Pony Team: Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 70.13% FEI Pony Individual: Annabella Pidgley with Ine, 71.63% Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold: Charlotte Dujardin with River Rise Nisa, 76.97% Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Silver: Nikki Clarke with Belicia Arion, 63.20% Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold: Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John VIP, 74.82% Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Silver: Angus Corrie-Deane with Tiny Tempur, 66.54% Cavalor Intermediate II Gold: Georgia Stokes with Talented Mr Ripley, 71.89% Saturday TopSpec Medium 76 Gold: Jayne Turney with Hitchcock, 72.42% TopSpec Medium 76 Silver: Charlotte Lutener with AB Barroco, 68.48% Equine Construction   Advanced Medium 92 Gold: Lucy Cliff with Guarantee, 69.73% Equine Construction   Advanced Medium 92 Silver: Rebecca Marsden with El Zorro, 71.22% FEI Junior Team: Charlotte McDowall with Alivia, 70.61% FEI Junior Individual: Chloe Naylor with Karisma, 69.93% Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold: Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John VIP, 76.67% Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Silver: Nikki Clarke with Belicia Arion, 62.59% Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold: Charlotte Dujardin with River Rise Nisa, 77.19% Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Silver: Jane Gilby with Sansisko, 63.16% LeMieux Grand Prix Gold: Emile Faurie with Café’s Caletta, 73.20% Sunday   TopSpec Medium 75 Gold: Louise Davison with Freddie Mercury, 67.43% TopSpec Medium 75 Silver: Charlotte Lutener with AB Barroco, 68.78% Equine Construction   Advanced Medium 96 Gold: Charlotte McDowall with Alivia, 73.11% Equine Construction   Advanced Medium 96 Silver: Georgina Howard with Howard’s Mystery, 69.59% Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold: Jayne Turney with Penhaligon’s Jupiter, 71.45% Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Silver: Jodie Pharaon with Bear, 66.05% FEI Young Rider Team: Jade Ellery with Porsches Eloy, 67.37% FEI Young Rider Individual: Camille Audo with Fort Knoxx, 66.80% Medium Freestyle Silver: Rebecca Belshaw with Evita Vienna, 70.22% Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold: Jayne Turney with Penhaligon’s Jupiter, 72.89% Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver: Avery Maude with Double Agent, 68.06% Prix St Georges Freestyle Gold: Debbie Poynter with Keystone For Real, 70.88% For full results click here .
Friday, January 11

World class athletes selected for 2019-2021 squad

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has selected 25 athletes for the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme Podium Potential squad for 2019-2021. Selected athletes from the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian disciplines were invited to Warwick University yesterday for their induction where they met members of the World Class Programme team. The 2019-2021 podium potential squad is made up of the following athletes: Dressage: Charlotte Fry (based in The Netherlands), Sonnar Murray-Brown (Gloucestershire), Becky Moody (South Yorkshire), Alice Oppenheimer (Hampshire) and Hayley Watson-Greaves (Gloucestershire) Eventing: Tom Jackson (Kent), Richard Jones (Leicestershire), Harry Meade (Wiltshire), Willa Newton (Leicestershire) and Georgie Spence (Wiltshire) Para-Dressage: Heather Bennett (East Yorkshire), Charlotte Cundall (North Yorkshire), Diane Green (Gloucestershire), Izzy Palmer (West Yorkshire), Julie Payne (Oxfordshire), Amanda Shirtcliffe (Buckinghamshire) and Georgia Wilson (Conwy County Borough) Showjumping: Alison Barton (West Yorkshire), Amanda Derbyshire (based in USA) Jamie Gornall (North Yorkshire), Amy Inglis (Sussex), Harriet Nuttall (Somerset), Anna Power (Somerset), Holly Smith (Leicestershire) and Ellen Whitaker (South Yorkshire) The BEF reviewed the performance pathway in early 2017 and this resulted in a wider pool of athletes being eligible to apply for the new structure and performance standards for the World Class Programme Podium Potential squad. The application and selection process assessed athlete and horse combinations on their potential to compete on a Senior Championship team for Great Britain and add to its medal success. This process included athletes being evaluated on a range of areas which included their competition record, performance attitude and the health and fitness of themselves and their horses. BEF Head of Performance Pathways, David Hamer says; “We revised the criteria for selection as we recognised at this level performance can fluctuate due mostly to athletes acquiring or losing the ride on a horse. We removed the previous age restrictions to ensure that athletes at any stage of their development, who met the criteria and have the horsepower required at Senior Championship level, were eligible to apply. We received a lot of impressive applications and we are very pleased to be able to welcome the selected athletes on to the Programme”. BEF Chief Executive Nick Fellows adds; “I would like to congratulate all of the athletes who have been selected for the Podium Potential squad. This is a very talented pool of athletes with exciting horse power and I cannot wait to see how they progress over the next two years on the Programme. “Our World Class team will be supporting these athletes and their horses on their journey as we seek to establish medal winners for the future.” As part of the induction, the athletes were given inspirational talks by former Marine, Ben McBean, who explained how his catastrophic injuries in Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban has helped to shape his positive attitude to have belief in the future and by Olympic sailor, Saskia Clark MBE who gave her insights into what it took to win a Gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Athletes on the Programme will receive tailored support in world-class coaching, human and equine sports science and medicine, nutrition and sports psychology, as part of an established training pathway.
Thursday, January 10

BD vacancy: Training & Education Assistant

British Dressage (BD) is the governing body for the Olympic sport of dressage and a member of the British Equestrian Federation. We aim to promote and develop dressage in the UK, with training at the very heart of everything that we do to continually improve our sport. As a result, an exciting new opportunity has arisen to join the head office team as Training and Education Assistant. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic person with excellent administrative and customer service skills to join us, working with the Training and Education Officers to develop and support training for coaches and judges, as well as helping to with the delivery of our key events. This will be a full time role based at our offices in Meriden, West Midlands. Reporting to the Training and Education Manager, you will have an integral role in the administration of our national training activity for judges, coaches and youth. As such, knowledge of qualifications and training would be advantageous. You’ll also play an important part in supporting the organisation of BD’s major national training events, such as the National Convention, Judges Convention, Principles Seminar and a range of other national training initiatives, experience of events management is essential. This is a busy and varied role where good communication, interpersonal and organisation skills are essential, along with a proactive ‘can do’ attitude. The successful candidate will support several projects simultaneously, so the ability to multi-task while taking a diligent, structured approach is also fundamental. You will be expected to build strong relationships with volunteers and colleagues within BD. As such, specific knowledge of dressage and / or familiarity with the equestrian world would be a distinct advantage. Due to the nature of our sport a flexible approach to working is required, including some attendance at events during weekends and evenings. The salary for this role will be circa £17,000 per annum, depending on experience. For more information please see www.britishdressage.co.uk or contact Angela Green for a copy of the Job Description. To apply, please send a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role and a copy of your CV by email to Angela Green: angela.green@britishdressage.co.uk Closing date: 29 January 2019 Interview date: 5 February 2019
Wednesday, January 9

Addington High Profile Show

Addington High Profile Show gets underway this week at Addington Equestrian in Buckinghamshire, 11 - 13 January 2019. If you’re looking for a winter fix of dressage, then look no further. Under the new management of Chris Parker, the venue has benefited from exciting recent developments, including the installation of new surfaces, and Chris and his team are looking forward to welcoming competitors and spectators to the first big UK dressage fixture of 2019. Addington High Profile is centrally located and typically attracts a high quality entry with many of our leading riders making a start to their 2019 campaigns. There’s plenty on offer for visitors to see, with classes from Medium to Grand Prix, two evening classes, FEI Pony tests and an afternoon of freestyles on Sunday. In the Small Tour divisions are some exciting combinations including Charlotte Dujardin with Sarah Tyler-Evans’ River Rise Nisa. Charlotte and the gorgeous bay, an eight-year-old mare by Negro, go at 10.54 Friday in the Fairfax Saddles PSG and at 12.23 Saturday in the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I. Charlotte also presents Emma Blundell’s Mount St John VIP (Vivaldi x Donnerhall) with whom she won the 2018 Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold title at Stoneleigh. Eight-year-old Mount St John VIP (pictured), another mare Charlotte rates highly, goes at 13.43 in Friday’s Inter I and at 10.16 in Saturday’s PSG. Further Small Tour combinations to watch include Jess Dunn with Jennifer Whittaker’s LG Alicante Valley, who made his international debut a winning one when claiming the PSG at the 2018 Hartpury CDI3*, and Tom Goode with Emile Faurie’s hot prospect Langley who so impressed at the National Convention. The Grand Prix takes centre stage on Saturday evening from 16.55 to 21.30. The line-up features experienced international campaigners Vicky Thompson-Winfield and Dane Rawlins plus several up-and-coming young riders. These include Joanna Thurman-Baker and Ellie McCarthy, riders who have both represented Great Britain in the youth divisions at FEI European Championships. Timetable Friday 11 January TopSpec Medium, 11.00 – 12.28 Equine Construction Advanced Medium, 12.50 – 15.42 FEI Pony Team Test, 11.00 – 12.48 FEI Pony Individual Test, 13.16 – 14.04 Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges, 8.30 – 12.38 Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I, 12.55 – 15.59 FEI Intermediate II, 16.20 – 20.28 Saturday 12 January TopSpec Medium, 9.00 – 11.12 Equine Construction Advanced Medium, 11.35 – 15.34 FEI Junior Team Test, 11.00 – 12.28 FEI Junior Individual Test, 12.50 – 13.46 Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges, 8.00 – 12.00 Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I, 12.15 – 16.31 FEI Grand Prix, 16.55 – 21.27 Sunday 13 January TopSpec Medium, 10.30 – 12.26 Equine Construction Advanced Medium, 12.55 – 14.23 Fairfax Saddles Advanced Medium, 9.00 – 12.52 FEI Young Rider Team Test, 13.10 – 13.26 Medium Freestyle, 13.30pm – 13.54 FEI Young Rider Individual Test, 13.58 – 14.14 Advanced Medium Freestyle, 14.30 – 15.42 Prix St Georges Freestyle, 16.00 – 16.32 Entry to the show is free on all three days. The cafeteria has also benefited from a recent refurbishment plus a new chef, Paul Capener. Paul produces fresh food on site with the emphasis on fresh, local produce including his award-winning pies. Overlooking the Indoor International Arena it provides the perfect place to relax for both competitors and spectators alike. For start times and results visit the event website For updates see Addington Equestrian 2019 Facebook Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Saturday, December 29

Dujardin lights up Liverpool

Nine of the country’s top Inter I combinations provided the perfect curtain raiser to this year’s Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show under the lights at the iconic Echo Arena. Competing for the honours in the invitational Equitop Myoplast Inter I Freestyle, Warwickshire rider Kate Lister got us underway with her British-bred World Exclusive and 71.813% from the two judges Jo Graham and Debbie Jones to set a great bench mark. It was then the turn of ex-Carl Hester stable rider Katie Bailey with the 11 year old Boccelli who she rides for Leslie Forlee. The leggy chestnut showed some lovely work in the trot half pass set to uplifting violin music and the judges were impressed to score 77.188% for a commanding lead. Double World Para gold medallist Sophie Wells was next with Charlotte Hogg’s C Fatal Attraction, the duo making their first outing since Tryon at the end of September. It was a huge atmosphere and ‘Jorge’ was a little stage struck. But Sophie knows him well and a calming walk around the arena before signalling the start of the music put him in the right mindset. A small blip in the changes and some inconsistency in the contact were the negatives and 76.813% was the score to go into second. Louise Davison was next into the fray with another British-bred contender, De Galles and their clever routine to music dominated by the violin scored 67.938%. Then onto North Lincolnshire’s Amy Woodhead riding Victoria Wright’s Breitling W stallion Branduardi. They showed some excellent work and were very consistent in the contact; Amy electing to ride in a snaffle. They scored 74.75%. Our sole international rider went next which was Oxfordshire based Ulrik Molgaard with Anji Lucas’s Salo. They put up a polished test with a lovely extended walk and some good canter work to rock guitar music to score 71.625%. It was then the eagerly awaited turn of the red hot favourites, Charlotte Dujardin with her own and the Dockely’s Florentina VI. Charlotte had already had a spin around the arena earlier in the evening but with her legendary partner, Valegro. The Liverpool crowd were treated to a rare display of Charlotte riding the double Olympic champion and rising 17, he’d lost none of his magic or ability. Charlotte rode to the same music as last year when she campaigned En Vogue here to finish second and it suited the Vivaldi-sired grey mare to a tee. The eight year old was clearly on her toes in the big atmosphere and there was a blip in the first line of two time changes but she went on to show two further clean lines. You can see the Grand Prix movements are not far off and a massive 81.938% was the confirmed score for the lead. Our final combination was Sarah Higgins and Waldassarini, owned by Sarah Rao and they were third last year so knew what awaited them in the Echo Arena. They showed some spectacular trot half pass work and ended the test with a perfect square halt to earn 74.25%; not enough for the lead. So it was Charlotte and ‘Flora’ who topped the podium, followed by Katie Bailey with Sophie Wells in third. Afterwards, Charlotte said; “She was amazing tonight. It’s such an incredible show and it’s so great to bring horses into an atmosphere like this. She nearly caught me out as for the first time ever she was spooky which was a surprise as she’s normally so reliable. But she tried her heart out. We’ll move up to Inter II next year with a view to try some Grands Prix by the end of the year.” Katie was pleased with her partner Bocelli 6; “I’m thrilled with him. He’s never been in an atmosphere like this and he was really looking at himself on the big screen in my first medium [trot]. After that he got stuck in and was really good.” And Sophie summed her ride up in saying; “He was really excited but he kept it together and got better through the test. I had some mistakes in my changes but that’s down to him being tense through the excitement as he’s not been out since WEG. I’m working to improve my PBs in my straight tests next year – I know there’s an 80% in there!”   Final results - click here    
Friday, December 28

Liverpool dressage action tonight!

The doors have just opened for this year’s Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show – equestrianism’s best way to ring in the New Year, 28 – 31 December. Following an afternoon of u25s show jumping, dressage takes centre stage in the evening performance at 9:25 with the Equitop Inter I Freestyle Invitational. Double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin finished in runners up spot last year in the iconic Echo Arena and will be hoping to go one better this time with the eye-catching Florentina VI whom she jointly owns with the Dockleys. The grey mare has had a memorable season, making her international debut at small tour where she remains unbeaten and is the National champion at both PSG and Inter I levels having won the Fairfax Saddles and Saracen Horse Feeds titles respectively. While Charlotte and ‘Flora’ will start favourites, Sophie Wells will be hot on their heels with her double World Championship para gold medallist C Fatal Attraction, owned by Charlotte Hogg. This duo have also had an incredible season and are unbeaten in Grade V competition this year, crowned by the two gold medals in Tryon. Sarah Higgins and Sarah Rao’s Waldassarini finished third here last year so will again be hoping for a podium place but the remaining six combinations in the field all have form at this level. Tonight’s competition is set to be a corker! Tickets are still available – you can buy on line and download or purchase on the door. If you’re not able to join us, British Equestrian Sport TV will be bringing you all the action via live stream. Entry list: Ulrik Molgaard riding Salo owned by Anji Lucas Katie Bailey riding Boccelli 6 owned by Leslie Forlee Nikki Barker riding Durable owned by Nikki Barker and Viv Gleave Louise Davison riding De Galles owned by Louise Davison Charlotte Dujardin riding Florentina VI owned by Charlotte Dujardin and Paul & Wendy Dockley Sarah Higgins riding Waldassarini owned by Sarah Rao Kate Lister, riding World Exclusive owned by Kate Lister Sophie Wells ridng C Fatal Attraction owned by Charlotte Hogg Amy Woodhead riding Branduardi owned by Victoria Wright Event website – click here Results – click here Live stream via British Equestrian Sport TV  
Friday, December 21

Happy holidays from British Dressage

It’s been another very busy year at BDHQ, but as 2018 comes to a close there’s plenty to celebrate and look forward to next year. 2018 will be remembered as a fantastic year that illuminated the pathway to Tokyo 2020 and filled us all with hope of what’s to come, as the next generation of young horses started to break through and make their mark on the international stage. The World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA, were a great success for Equestrian Team GBR, despite the best efforts of Hurricane Florence. Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin, Emile Faurie and Spencer Wilton all put in a supreme effort to bring home team bronze and secure the all-important Olympic qualification. Charlotte Dujardin made a welcome return to the world stage with Emma & Jill Blundell’s Mount St John Freestyle; their inspired performance in the battle for the Grand Prix Special medals left them with an unexpected individual bronze. At only nine years old, we can certainly be excited about the bright future ahead of this super mare. We will also follow the progress of Carl’s ride with great anticipation too, with his British bred gelding Hawtin’s Delicato also making the top ten in the GPS in his first major championship, aged just ten. Sophie Wells led the British charge at the Para World Equestrian Games a week later. Two gold medals and a world record Freestyle score were the award for two stellar performances on board her own and Charlotte Hogg’s C Fatal Attraction. Sophie has continued to receive plenty of plaudits since, winning honours at the AHT and BEWA awards in recognition of her amazing efforts. For the team, including Natasha Baker, Sir Lee Pearson and Erin Orford, along with Sophie, it was a silver medal this time. A experienced Dutch quartet rode at their best to win gold by the narrowest of margins, just 0.6%. With Paralympic qualification secured, the focus will now be on regaining their title in Tokyo. At the Under 25s European Championships, Charlotte Fry landed Freestyle Gold and Individual Silver with Van Olst Horses' Dark Legend. It was a phenomenal achievement. A first U25 team medal was also brought home by Charlotte and team mates Rebecca Edwards, Claire Gallimore and Ryan Todd – the colour this time, bronze. Let’s see what next year brings! For our bright rising star Charlotte, the medal haul began two weeks earlier where she and the Van Olst’s Glamourdale snatched the seven year old gold at the FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in emphatic style. As they say, success breeds success. Looking to other stars of tomorrow, a phase of building the foundations for the future continued for our NAF under 21 international teams. The pony team finished just outside of the medals on home soil at Bishop Burton, whilst the Young Riders achieved sixth place across the channel in beautiful Fontainebleau, France. Children on Horses rider Lily Payne excelled with Ann Savage’s Beckhouse Cancara, three top ten finishes in an age category gaining momentum is a fantastic achievement. Closer to home, the NAF Five Star Winter Championships and LeMieux National Championships saw many deserving winners crowned, with Lara Butler landing her first National title with Rubin Al Asad. The Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships were bigger and better than ever – and next year we can look forward to a special year for this series, which celebrates its 20th birthday. Over the year we’ve crowned so many worthy champions over the year including Kent & Masters Quest Championships, 90 titles on over in The Nettex Associated Championships, the Ideal Saddles Combined Training Championships and of course our inaugural Summer Music Festival and Bronze Championships. Congratulations too to those who were selected to represent their Region over the team competitions; the chance to ‘earn your flag’ is more popular than ever, inspired by seeing our teams on the podiums internationally no doubt. Earlier this month saw perhaps our most exciting milestone of 2018, the successful launch of Phase II of our IT transformation project. A year in development, months of testing and over 1.5 million data records have resulted in a bespoke, modern results portal for all of our stakeholders to use and enjoy. With Phase III already well advanced and progressing well, the CRM system remains on course to be completed by spring of 2019, providing BD with a much more efficient and effective IT platform. Hopefully you’re already seeing the benefits of this significant investment, with further updates still to come over the course of next year. The office will close at 4.00pm on Friday 21 December and reopens at 9:00am on Wednesday 2 January 2019. The online shop will still be taking orders during this time, but they won’t be processed until we return – so please allow extra time for delivery while we catch up in January. To bring our Christmas message to an end, we’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. From riders, trainers, owners, breeders and grooms, to our organisers, officials, sponsors, volunteers and supporters, no matter how you’re involved with British Dressage we want to say a special thank you for your ongoing support and contribution to our sport. There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the future, but in the meantime we hope that all of you enjoy the festive season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Kind regards, Linda Whetstone                Jason Brautigam BD Chairman                      BD Chief Executive  
Friday, December 21

2019 Young Horse Forums, treat yourself!

Looking for a last minute Christmas present? Why not book tickets for one of our Young Horse Forums! With three events to choose from across the country and a Scottish date to be announced soon, there’s plenty of choice. We’re excited to now announce the guest speakers for each event. Heading to Richmond EC will be none other than Ferdi Eilberg , Judy Harvey will be making an appearance at Addington and Matt Hicks will join Paul Fielder and Paul Hayler at Hurstbourne EC.   Click here to book for Hurstbourne, 29 January 2019 Click here to book for Addington Manor, 7 February 2019 Click here to book for Richmond EC, 9 February 2019 Each event will feature a packed timetable of education and inspiration! Take a look below at what’s in store. 10.00-10.30am - Registration 10.30am - Introduction & welcome 10.45-11.15am - Four year olds • Producing the 4 year old using the scales of training • Demonstration of commanded route plan for qualifying classes 11.15-11.30am Q&A session 11.30am-12.15pm Five year olds • FEI directives • Training following the scales of training • What is the judge looking for? • Demonstration of the commanded route plan for qualifying classes • Demonstration of the 5 year old championship test 12.15pm-12.30pm Q&A session 12.30-1.30pm Lunch 1.30- 2.45pm Six year olds  • FEI directives • Training following the scales of training • What is the judge looking for? • Demonstration of the 6 year old championship test 2.45 -3.00pm Q&A session 3.00-3.30pm Seven year olds • FEI directives • Training and development still following the scales of training • What is the judge looking for? • Potential problems and the next step • Demonstration of the FEI 7 year old championship test 3.30- 3.45pm Q&A session 3.45pm Final summary We look forward to welcoming riders, trainers, breeders, owners and supporters to each event. Tickets are just £30 for members and £35 for non-members. To purchase yours, click on your chosen venue above. For more information please contact Viki Dicesare on 02476 698833 or email Viki.Dicesare@britishdressage.co.uk.
Friday, December 21

BEF receives confirmation of compliance

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is delighted to announce it has received confirmation from UK Sport that they consider the Federation to be fully compliant with the Code for Sports Governance. Furthermore, they are content with the actions taken since the publication of the independent review in March 2018 to ensure the Federation meets the high standards expected of funded bodies. This follows the earlier confirmation from Sport England along similar lines and on-going funding from both organisations is now secured for the remainder of the current cycle. Nick Fellows, Chief Executive of the BEF, commented: “I am very pleased to receive the backing of our significant funding partners for the progress we have made, working closely with our Member Bodies, over the past nine months. Areas that were highlighted have been addressed and we have a really constructive working relationship with our 19 Member Bodies. “In particular, I would also like to thank British Dressage, British Eventing, British Showjumping and the British Horse Society who have all worked proactively alongside the BEF to help us achieve this within such a relatively short period of time. We can now focus on the year ahead as we deliver our objectives in the build-up to Tokyo 2020. The partnership approach will be a strong feature of our strategy and we shall strive to set and achieve the highest standards in all that we do.”
Wednesday, December 19

German style wins the day at Olympia

It was normal service resumed as we returned to the well-known format of Olympia FEI World Cup Freestyle evening after the unfamiliarity of last night’s pilot shortened Grand Prix. It was the same top three, albeit in a revised order after a top flight evening of Freestyle entertainment. Tonight it was the upcoming German name of Frederic Wandres, sporting a stylish bow tie in honour of the occassion, who stole the show with the Dimaggio sired 11 year old Duke of Britain with only the difference in artistic marks separating him from home darlings Charlotte Dujardin with Carl Hester, Lady Anne Evans and Ann Cory’s Hawtins Delicato as they both finished on 80.03%. The judges panel of Katrina Wuest, Andrew Gardner, Stephen Clarke, Hans-Christian Matthiesen and Maribel Alonso de Quinzanos found it very difficult to separate the two; the three on the short side had Frederic to win while the two at E and B felt Charlotte edged it. Frederic opted for a far more challenging floorplan with an average difficulty rating of 9.65 which he formulated just for his World Cup campaign to cracking music. Charlotte chose her original 2011 ‘How to train your dragon’ set which was Valegro’s first serious freestyle as it was only ‘Del’s’ second attempt at a Freestyle. Charlotte was the superior score for technical marks with an average of 85.76% but Frederic edged it on the overall artistic marks as is the decider in the Freestyle to give Germany its first ever Olympia Freestyle title. Both horses are British bred. Last night’s Grand Prix victor Hans Peter Minderhoud with Glock’s Dream Boy had to settle for third tonight when a busy season showed on the ten year old Vivaldi stallion and he simply ran out of energy. A 77.99% was still a first rate score when last to go. In fourth was Hayley Watson Greaves who really gave the crowd something to cheer with her extraordinary new floorplan with a 9.7 level of difficulty with Rubins Nite and 77.705%. This score marks a new international personal best for the duo and her points tonight moved her to 17th and best Brit in the FEI Western European World Cup League. British riders filled the final two top six placings with Richard Davison riding his ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ floor plan with Gwendolyn Sontheim’s Bubblingh in fifth after a bright, mistake free test for 75.68%, while Lara Butler and Rubin al Asad were sixth for owners the Bechtolsheimers despite a few spooks from ‘Rufus’ who was clearly feeling very well when ‘dancing’ to Dire Straits for 74.17%. So two great days of dressage at Olympia are sadly over for another year. Well done to the organising team who dared to bring us something new which will now be reviewed and ananlysed to see if there’s merit and for again providing the dressage public with a touch of Christmas magic. Final results – click here . Audio interview with Charlotte Dujardin – click here Photos © Tanja Davis for Kevin Sparrow Photography
Tuesday, December 18

Dream becomes reality for Minderhoud at Olympia

It was a night of firsts on the opening performance of this year’s Olympia London International Horse Show. Tonight’s FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix Qualifier, supported by Horse & Hound, was the eagerly awaited pilot of a new shortened test followed by instant rider reaction and scores in a bid to widen the appeal. It was a first London victory for the winner, Hans Peter Minderhoud, despite numerous trips to the iconic venue, riding Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P., the Vivaldi ten-year-old stallion in his first season of Grand Prix and competing in his first indoor show. Home favourite Charlotte Dujardin, who was ‘borrowing’ Hawtins Delicato from his regular rider Carl Hester, was first to go and our first ‘guinea pig’ to ride the test. Despite having not competed Lady Anne Evans and Ann Cory's Diamond Hit ten-year-old since April, Charlotte seemed to get a great tune from ‘Del’ and but for a blip in the one-time changes, it was a fair clear round which the judges awarded 73.026%. Charlotte held the advantage for much of the competition but then Olympia debutant Frederic Wandres looked like a contender with the British-bred Hof Kasselmann owned Duke of Britain. The duo have several 75%+ scores on their record and their performance this evening looked worthy of something approaching that level. The new format of the post-test rider interviews and dramatic revealing of the scores certainly added to the pressure and as a number of plus 70% marks were revealed, the tension grew… 72.632% was the final reveal, not quite enough. A similar tense wait was endured by the crowd during Hans Peter’s reveal and 73.895% was met with warm applause, despite the score relegating the home nation to second. Hayley Watson Greaves and Rubins Nite were next best Brits in fourth with 71.526% after a clear round and some really great work from the Rubin Royal 14-year-old. Richard Davison followed close behind with Gwendolyn Sontheim’s home bred Bubblingh on 71.368% while National Champions Lara Bulter and Rubin Al Asad, owned by the Bechtolsheimers completed the top six on 71%. “I’m very pleased with him. Tonight was new for us as riders as we’ve never had to get off and talk; it was difficult for us but it was cool when the scores came up. The old Grand Prix really suits stallions as you can get them forward straight away with the extended trot, we didn’t have that in this test. I found it hard to get into a rhythm but it’s good to try and improve the sport,” said Hans Peter afterwards. Charlotte said; “I’m pleased really. Going first, I didn’t get to watch anyone do the new test. He’s just ten and it’s his first season Grand Prix and his first indoor show. Riding here is incredible, like nowhere else; it’s like the crowd can touch you they’re so close. The new test rides very quickly; it’s not easy to get a flow. As riders we need to discuss it and work with the judges to improve.” For Frederic, it was a slightly different opinion; “It depends what horse you are riding but I found the test quite fluent. I felt more nervous than ever as it was new and my first trip here. My colleagues told me I must come to Olympia and it’s the nicest show I’ve ever been to, such a super atmosphere – I had to take a deep breath when I saw the arena.” For full results – click here Times for tomorrow night’s Grand Prix Freestyle, supported by Horse & Hound – click here Remember, you can watch on the BBC red button tommorow night or via FEI TV. Photos  ©  Jon Stroud Media
Friday, December 14

Get ready for the Judges Convention 2019

Popular with judges, trainers, riders and dressage fans alike, the National Judges Convention is back in the BD calendar! This year the event takes place on Tuesday 9 April at premier Buckinghamshire venue, Addington Manor, with Judy Harvey, Clive Halsall and Isobel Wessels set to star as hosts. Grand Prix rider, FEI 4* judge and trainer Judy Harvey FBHS brings a wealth of experience to the Convention. Throughout her career she’s enjoyed multiple championship wins and in 2005 won the British Horse Society award for training, awarded for her outstanding contribution to equestrianism. Judy also acts as BD International Teams Director alongside being a Senior Selector for the British teams. FEI 5* judge Clive Halsall has ridden nationally to Grand Prix level, internationally at small tour level and has represented Great Britain at the FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses. In recent years, he has forged a highly successful judging career, a vocation which has taken him all across the world. Based in Lancashire, British Pony Team Trainer Clive also travels extensively to train and take clinics, alongside his busy judging schedule. Having trained many horses to Grand Prix and won no less than ten national titles aboard star horse Chagall, Isobel Wessels is no stranger to success. Alongside riding, competing and training, Isobel has also achieved the status of FEI 5* Judge making her one of only four in Britain next to fellow host Clive, Stephen Clarke and Andrew Gardner. Within this role she has judged multiple European Championships for U21s riders, World Cup qualifiers, Nations Cup competitions and this year the World Young Horse Championships. Benefit from the expertise of three stand out personalities in dressage, tickets for the event are available for listed judges for £30, for trainee judges and all others they are £35. Please call 02476 698831 or click here to book online at any time to reserve your spot. A full timetable for the Convention will be released on the BD website nearer to the event.
Thursday, December 13

Edwards and Murray take Small Tour titles

A successful fourth running 0f the British Dressage Small Tour Championships took place last weekend alongside the Keysoe High Profile Show at The College Equestrian Centre in Bedfordshire (6 – 9 December 2018). Following 12 qualifying rounds held through late summer and autumn, more than 15 combinations came forward to compete for each of the two Small Tour titles on offer, with the combined score of the PSG or Inter I with its respective freestyle determining the overall winner in each. At Prix St Georges it was tight at the top, with the first three competitors all on a combined score of plus-69%. It was Lizzie Murray and Ulyssa (pictured) however who had the edge with a final total of 69.16% ahead of Katie Johnson and After Midnight in the runners-up position on 69.12% and Sara-Jane Lanning with Mi Amigo in third (69.03%). Lizzie, daughter of dressage doyenne Jennie Loriston-Clarke, was second in Saturday’s Prix St Georges, moving up to the top of the leader board with a score of 70.21% in Sunday’s Freestyle. Her ride, Ulyssa, is a seven-year-old mare owned by Ian McRobbie. By Uthopia (Metall x Inspekteur) and out of the mare Sabatini (Stedinger x Sherlock Holmes) - ridden to much success by Lizzie’s niece Charlotte Dicker - Ulyssa is certainly living up to the promise that her parentage would suggest. Last year’s PSG tile holders Lara Edwards and Jazzed Up returned, this time for the Inter I contest. The talented Jazz-sired gelding, now nine, who is owned and bred by Tracey and Laura Milner, was piloted to a fabulous Inter I score of 72.63% by his rider. Winning the first round by a margin of more than two percent, they subsequently claimed the Freestyle with a score of 71.96%, comfortably giving them the title with an overall 72.30%. “Small Tour Inter I Champions 2018, Small Tour PSG Champions 2017 – that’s some horse!” said Lara on Facebook following the four-day show where she was also joined by baby daughter Emily. Lara, who was also contesting the High Profile classes continued, “Well, what an amazing four days we have just had at Keysoe High Profile show competing Jazzed Up (Felix) and Cadans M. Emily, seven months, was there supporting me too which made it even more special. “Felix started well but just got better and better with four plus-70% scores at PSG and only his second ever Inter I getting 73% plus coming 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 1st and 1st! I love this horse to bits having trained him all the way through. He always gives me everything he's got and although feeling tired on the last day, he still dug deep and gave me more.” Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took part in this championship series. Thanks go to Simon Bates and his team at Keysoe Equestrian for all their work in making it such a successful event. Top Ten results Prix St Georges 1st Lizzie Murray with Ulyssa (PSG 68.11%, PSG FS 70.21%) - 69.16% combined 2nd Katie Johnston with After Midnight (67.85%, 70.38%) – 69.12% 3rd Sara-Jane Lanning with Mi Amigo (66.97%, 71.08%) – 69.03% 4th Devan Woodgate with Distaulgold (68.38%, 67.38%) – 67.88% 5th Emily Harris with Freya FST (66.54%, 68.29%) – 67.41% 6th Mark Forrest with Bonita VI (67.37%, 65.88%) – 66.62% 7th Jessica Thompson with San Diego V (64.78%, 67.13%) – 65.96% 8th Beverley White with Floran (63.51%, 68.38%) – 65.94% 9th Danielle Rhodes with Calva la Cornilliere (62.98%, 68.00%) – 65.49% 10th Laura Woodcock with Whispers (63.64%, 67.29%) – 65.47% Intermediate I 1st Lara Edwards with Jazzed Up (Inter I 72.63%, Inter I FS 71.96%) – 72.30% combined 2nd Daisy Coakley with Aramis T (68.25%, 71.50%) – 69.87% 3rd Kimberley-Alice Seaby with Wiona G (70.26%, 68.96%) – 69.61% 4th Anne Marie Bork Eppers with Zeilinger Firfod (67.59%, 71.58%) – 69.58% 5th Deborah Childs with Berrifield Stuntman (68.51%, 69.83%) – 69.17% 6th Chantal Peddar with Bentley IV (67.76%, 70.21%) – 68.99% 7th Amy Pugh with Vignoles Gambit (67.15%, 69.17%) – 68.16% 8th Clare Poole with Zero (68.42%, 65.92%) – 67.17% 9th Emma Bond with Limewalk (66.71%, 66.83%) – 66.77% 10th Amy Blount with Gkar (65.26%, 68.21%) – 66.74% For full results click here Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Wednesday, December 12

Start 2019 with the Young Horse Forums

Following a sell-out year in 2018, the Young Horse Forums return next year with not three…but four events scheduled to take place up and down the country. The experienced duo of Paul Fielder and Paul Hayler will lead the Young Horse Forum road show alongside several special guest speakers. BD is thrilled to announce the dates and venues, choose your event from the list below: Hurstbourne, Hampshire 29 January 2019 Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire 7 February 2019 Richmond, Yorkshire 9 February 2019 The fourth and final event will take place for the first time on Scottish soil, we’ll be announcing the date and venue very soon. Visit the Young Horse Forums to gain an unparalleled insight into producing four, five, six and seven-year-old horses to be the stars of the future. Our hosts will discuss topics such as: - Using the scales of training when teaching the young horse - Working with the FEI directives for five to seven-year-olds - The potential of the young horse - Paces and way of going - Criteria for judging Young Horses in the BD National tests. There will be plenty of opportunity to voice your queries in question and answer sessions throughout the day. Whether a rider, owner, judge, breeder or supporter, the Young Horse Forums are a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and be inspired. Tickets are just £30 for members and £35 for non-members. To purchase yours, click on your chosen venue above. For more information please contact Viki Dicesare on 02476 698833 or email Viki.Dicesare@britishdressage.co.uk .
Tuesday, December 11

Performance Director named

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is pleased to announce that Victoria Underwood has been appointed as the new Performance Director for the UK Sport National Lottery-funded equestrian World Class Programme. Vikki re-joins the BEF after working as the Head of World Class Development between 2001 and 2009. Most recently she has operated as the Director of Athlete Performance Support for High Performance Sport New Zealand which leads the country’s high performance sports system, working in partnership with its national sporting organisations. Vikki says; "I am delighted to accept this prominent position to orchestrate the equestrian high performance teams through to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020, and beyond to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. The great success that Team GBR has had to date needs to be sustained and built upon to ensure that UK Sport continue their incredible support for our sport through future cycles." Chief Executive of the BEF, Nick Fellows adds; “We are thrilled to welcome Vikki back to the BEF. Having worked in high performance sport for 18 years with a number of sports, including equestrianism, Vikki has a wealth of knowledge and a strong strategic mind-set which will aid the successful development and delivery of a performance-focussed World Class Programme. Her significant leadership experience and success in previous roles will make her a valuable addition to a high quality performance team as we continue on our journey to Tokyo and beyond.” From 2009 to 2015 Vikki led the Performance Operations team at the English Institute for Sport for the East Midlands, delivering support to athletes’ from over 40 sports. She then joined Loughborough University where she headed up their Sport Science and Medicine for Performance Sport team, leading a complete reform of their performance services and establishing practitioner development pathways linked with National Governing Bodies for sport. Vikki also played important roles with the British Olympic Association and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, in and around London 2012. As Performance Director, Vikki will lead and direct the BEF’s vision to nurture a winning environment and ensure that Great Britain maintains the most advanced performance programme in the world. Working in partnership with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, she will oversee the management of athletes and horses, while supporting their owners, and develop emerging talent through identifiable pathways to ensure a rich pipeline for the future. Vikki will take up her post on 24 January 2019 and will be working with a team of world-leading coaches, practitioners and support staff who will continue their work towards making Great Britain the leading equestrian nation on and off the field of play.
Tuesday, December 11

Hardwick takes Grand Prix at Keysoe High Profile

Young Hertfordshire rider Alex Hardwick has wrapped up a highly successful 2018 by winning the Grand Prix last Thursday at Keysoe High Profile Show in Bedfordshire (6 – 9 December 2018). With long-term ride Royal Chester (Royal Highness x Weltmeyer), a 13-year-old gelding owned by her mother Sally, she won the class with a pleasing 68.60%, ahead of Joanna Thurman-Baker with Highcliffe Apollo on 67.70% for second and Tamsin Vaughan with Casse-Cou third (67.33%). Royal Chester (pictured last year), trained by Alex from three-year-old, has really come into his own at the level since making his Grand Prix debut two years ago. During their time as a partnership the pair has competed in numerous CDIs and made a British team appearance at the 2016 FEI U25 European Championships held at Hagen in Germany. Most recently, they claimed a Grand Prix win at Bury Farm High Profile Show back in August. Clearly very happy with the horse she affectionately calls ‘Big Cheese’, Alex took to Facebook to say, “Big Cheese only went and won the Grand Prix at Keysoe High Profile. [I’m] So so proud of him! He really tried his hardest. Ten years of hard work we have put in together, and to have the feeling of him being so much more confident, relaxed and willing meant everything. Big big thank you to my mum and dad for helping in so many many ways, to my super sponsors who are so supportive and especially to Cheesy.” Another combination to come to the fore at Keysoe was Maria Eilberg with her own and Hermione Black’s grey gelding, Royal Concert (Royal Diamond x Continue). Maria, who almost a decade ago was on the silver medal-winning British team at the FEI European Championships at Windsor, is being rewarded for her patience with the gorgeous ‘Rico’ - a 15-year-old Oldenburg who although has always shown much talent, has occasionally struggled with competition day nerves. The pair won Thursday’s Inter II before taking a resounding victory in Friday’s Grand Prix Freestyle with a super score of 75.17%. In the Small Tour divisions, the Fairfax Saddles PSG classes were claimed by Abigail Hutton, Kate Cowell, Lizzie Murray and Rebecca Swain. Abi with Fenella Ross’s seven-year-old Farrell (Fabregas x Davignon), Kate with her Royal Duruto-sired nine-year-old Ray-Ban, Lizzie with Ian McRobbie’s seven-year-old Uthopia daughter Ulyssa, and Rebecca with her UB40 son Bon Jovi, a former ride of Dutch Olympic rider Diederik Van Silfhout. The winners:  Thursday Class 1: TopSpec Medium 75 - Emma Woolley with Hancock V, 70.95% Class 2: Equine Construction Advanced Medium 96 - Lucy Pye with Superstar III, 68.51% Class 3: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges - Kate Cowell with Ray-Ban, 71.75% Class 4: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I - Charlotte Dicker with Sabatini, 71.01% Class 5: Intermediate A – Sune Hansen with Chazz, 67.27% Class 6: Intermediate II – Maria Eilberg with Royal Concert, 69.74% Class 7: Grand Prix – Alex Hardwick with Royal Chester, 68.60% Friday Class 8: TopSpec Medium 76 – Tor Fenwick with Gucci III, 69.24% Class 9: Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98, Jezz Palmer with Obsessions Quickstep, 69.91% Class 10: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges – Abigail Hutton with Farrell, 71.54% Class 11: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I - Sarah Turner with Eduardo, 69.96% Class 12: Intermediate B – Tamsin Vaughan with Casse-Cou, 68.41% Class 13: Intermediate I Freestyle – Louise Davidson with De Galles, 69.50% Class 14: Grand Prix Freestyle – Maria Eilberg with Royal Concert, 75.17% Saturday Class 21: Medium 61 – Jessica Thompson with Grevens Tosca, 72.59% Class 22: TopSpec Medium 73 – Laura Woodcock with Salvator, 68.24% Class 24: Pony Team Test – Lavinia Johnson with Dublin, 67.09% Class 25: Equine Construction Advanced Medium 92 – Tyler Bradshaw with Gijsbert, 69.73% Class 26: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges – Rebecca Swain with Bon Jovi, 72.85% Sunday Class 32: Medium 69 – Margaret Phizacklea with Good Guy, 70.61% Class 36: TopSpec Medium 75 – Sarah Millis with Roxy III, 71.08% Class 38: Pony Individual Test – Lavinia Johnson with Dublin, 68.13% Class 39: Equine Construction Advanced Medium – Tyler Bradshaw with Gijsbert, 68.01% Class40: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges – Lizzie Murray with Ulyssa, 70.13% For full results click here Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Monday, December 10

McConkey makes her mark in Aachen

British Junior rider Jessica McConkey delivered two personal best scores at last week’s Aachen CDI-PJYR in Germany (6 – 9 December 2018). With her 2018 FEI Junior European Championship partner Lady Gaga II (Quaterback x Solos Landwind) - pictured - she achieved scores of 69.596% and 67.451% in the Team and Individual tests respectively, amongst strong competition at the iconic venue. Held in the Albert-Vahle-Halle on the showgrounds of the Aachen CHIO, the four-day festival dubbed Aachen Young Stars attracted many of the sport’s best young riders from across the Continent. “[I] could not be happier with the outcome of today’s test!” said Jess on Jessica McConkey Dressage Facebook following the combination’s assured Junior Team Test performance on the first day of competition. “We both managed a PB international score and sixth place at Aachen Young Stars! Millie is on top form at the moment and definitely loves the prize-giving a little too much!” she added, reflecting on the mare’s exuberant lap of honour. The class victor was the home nation’s Romy Allard with Summer Rose OLD (Sir Diamond x Rubinstein I), a combination which was so influential in Germany’s team silver medal win at this year’s FEI Junior European Championships in Fontainebleau. It was the German star who also took the following day’s Junior Individual, scoring 72.598%, with the British pairing securing a creditable eleventh spot with 67.451% - another international PB. In the final day’s Freestyle, Germany’s Elisabeth von Wulffen took the honours aboard the Belissimo M x Florestan I gelding, Babylon 26 (74.542%), with compatriots Lucie-Anouk Baumgürtel and Romy Allard making up the top three. The British combination showed super work for 12th place and certainly look exciting prospects for the future as the nine-year-old mare gains more experience. “So our Freestyle to Music test could be considered as entertaining!” said Jess. “Millie was super-hot once the music had started but she did begin to calm down and settle throughout the test. This level of competition is still very new to Millie and big atmospheres can be a little exciting to her to begin with. However Aachen Young Stars has been such a great way to end our season together, and gaining a PB in two of our tests was an added bonus! Thank you to the selectors so much for this amazing opportunity, now to focus on our training over the winter." Results: Junior Team Test 1st Romy Allard with Summer Rose OLD, 73.030% (GER) 6th Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga II, 69.596% (GBR) Junior Individual Test 1st Romy Allard with Summer Rose OLD, 72.598% (GER) 11th Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga II, 67.451% (GBR) Junior Freestyle 1st Elisabeth von Wulffen with Babylon 26, 74.542% (GER) 12th Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga II, 67.708% (GBR) For full results click here Photo © Fotografie Marx www.fotografie-marx.de
Friday, December 7

Preview: Keysoe High Profile and Small Tour Champs

The final High Profile Show of 2018 is underway at Keysoe EC (6 – 9 December 2018) with many of the UK’s top riders heading to the Bedfordshire venue. Classes at all levels up to Grand Prix and FEI tests for Pony riders and Children on Horses, plus the 2018 Small Tour Championships, have attracted a wealth of talented competitors. Sarah Williams with Georgina Howard’s Bohigas W, who’ve enjoyed the year of their career so far with a PSG fourth, Inter I second and Inter I Freestyle win at Nice CDI3* in October will be ones to watch in tomorrow’s Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges. The class kicks off at 9.15 in the morning and there are some good competitors forward. Emily Harris presents Fay Thomas’s eight-year-old Fidertanz-sired mare Freya FST, an exciting young prospect in her first year of PSG, and the Junior Prime Squad combination of Samantha Willson and Delhuren’s Sunshine, in their first season of PSG, feature too. The 2018 Small Tour Championships certainly look to be a competitive affair. Commencing Saturday afternoon at 13.00, the PSG start list features Lizzie Murray with Ian McRobbie’s seven-year-old Uthopia daughter Ulyssa and Sara-Jane Lanning with Mi Amigo who claimed the Prix St Georges Freestyle at the Bronze and Sumer Music Championships earlier this year. The Inter I, starting at 16.22 on Saturday, boasts great combinations too, including last year’s Small Tour PSG Champions Lara Edwards with Laura Milner’s nine-year-old Jazz son, Jazzed Up (pictured), young rider Daisy Coakley and Aramis T and the popular combination of Jane Lavington with her gorgeous dancing part-bred Clydesdale, Boston Deluxe. Then on to Sunday it’s time for the Small Tour finalists to take to the floor for their respective freestyles. Starting at 11.30 with the last to go at 16.52, the day is an excellent chance to see the many talented finalists in action.\ With classes over four days the show offers top class dressage and free entry to spectators as well as the welcoming facilities at Keysoe, including the wonderful Keysoe Boutique and café. It’s well worth a break from Christmas shopping to take a look at combinations on the rise for 2019. Start times Results Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Tuesday, December 4

We're live!

Yesterday was a huge day for British Dressage - we launched phase II of our IT transformation project which covers results and qualifications. A year in build, months of testing and over 1.5 million data records have resulted in a bespoke, modern portal for all our stakeholders to use and enjoy. There’s no interpretation of data required as with our previous system – it’s like a window to the system we see in the office so data is accurate. Designed and built in partnership with the team from Horse Monkey, the new system has a very similar look and feel to our scheduling platform (phase I) and provides three areas of search request; rider, horse and venue. The venue search also has several targeting criteria to help narrow the search. For rider or horse search, simply enter any part of a name and click on the blue magnifying glass to the right to search. This will return a list of names, just click on the one you want. For venues, use the drop down boxes to set your filters and click on the blue Show search button. The upload of results should be much quicker and the data much more accurate. BD venues currently using the Horse Monkey entries platform will be able to upload their results direct to the system on the day of competition and once verified by the office, they’ll be live. On launch day, three sets of results from the weekend were showing live by 2pm – an exciting development. This will save the team in the office a great deal of time and gives more opportunity for inputting of results from other venues to keep us as up to date as possible. We’ll be working on a similar upload feature for all venues in phase IV of the project. It’s early days in the new season but keep an eye out for automatic qualification emails as you achieve your necessary results. Quest riders and those hoping to qualify for the Summer Bronze and Summer Music Festival can run the leaderboards at any time using the search criteria to ‘build’ your own leaderboard with up to the minute results. As results are verified, the leaderboards will change by the minute. Leaderboards are accessed in the Results & Rankings left hand navigation menu. We hope you love the new system as much as we do! We’ve done a lot of testing but if there are any glitches or you have feedback, we want to hear it! There’s a simple online form for you to use – provide as much detail as you can as it’ll help us resolve any issues quickly. Here are a few FAQs you may have with the new system: How do I find it? Click on the Results & Rankings tab of the left hand website navigation and then follow the Latest Results link underneath. The guide on the landing page of Results & Rankings will help you with your search. How do I search? On the main page, you’ll find three options to search; rider, horse and venue (with other more specific search options via the boxes). Fill in part of any name and click on the corresponding blue search button. Results will be returned in a list, just click the one you require. Something isn’t right with my results/I have ideas for improvement – how do I feedback? The bottom of any page has a link to a feedback form where you can report issues, give us your ideas or make comment. Alternatively, you can click here . Why can’t I see all the information on my mobile? With a smaller display area comes restrictions on what we can show you so we’ve given what we felt was the most vital information. You can access more using the drop down boxes at the top of the display. I’m missing some recent results, why is this? Venues using the Horse Monkey system will send their results directly into the system so they’ll appear sooner than other venues. You'll therefore see them quicker. Other venues will take much longer to process. Venues have 48 hours to send their results electronically and then they’re manually checked and input so it takes a little longer. If you don’t think the above is the reason, please use the feedback form to report your issue. How do I return to the main BD site from the search? Simply click on the BD logo at the top of the page and you’ll be returned to the home page. What’s next? We’re already well advanced with phase III which looks after membership as it was required for the qualification aspects of this phase. We just need to work on joining, renewing and other CRM features and then we can start testing for launch next year. In parallel, we’ll be developing the website using the work we’ve already done previously so we can launch that shortly afterwards. There’s already a phase IV in planning which continues some of the phase II work as well as systems for judges, officials and coaches.
Friday, November 30

2018 BD annual trophies

Amongst two inspirational days of training at the 2018 BD National Convention supported by Harrison Clark Rickerbys (24 – 25 November) a handful of this year’s top performing riders and successful individuals in the sport were presented with awards to mark their achievements. Former Chairman Penny Pollard was presented with the prestigious British Dressage Medal of Honour for outstanding contribution to the sport after serving as a volunteer for over a decade on the Board. Thank you Penny for your unstinting support and remarkable dedication to the sport. Annual trophies were presented as follows: Worshipful Company of Saddlers – head collars Kindly donated by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, head collars were presented to the winners of the Summer Gold Para Championshiops at the LeMieux National Championships by Prime Warden James Welsh. Awarded to: Mari Durward Akhurst (Grade 1), Nicola Naylor (Garde 4), Charlotte Cundall (Grade 5), Amanda Shirtcliffe (Grade 3) and Georgia Wilson (Grade 2). Lucan Trophy Kindly donated by Mrs Kathryn Heappey, the Lucan Trophy goes to the highest placed British Pony rider in the Individual test at the European Championships, this year help in Kaposvar, Hungary. Awarded to: Sophie Taylor (16) who was 20th with 69.40% with her own George Clooney BS. Maureen Newell Trophy Presented in memory of Maureen Newall who was Chief Pony Selector from 1998 – 2003, this trophy is awarded to the pony and rider combination gaining the highest percentage in their first international trip abroad together in the Pony Team test. Awarded to: Lily Laughton who rode Ode to Shannon into sixth place in the team test at Deauville CDIP with 65.04%. BDSC Pony Trophy Kindly donated by the BDSC Committee, this trophy is awarded to the Pony rider who, in the Selectors’ opinion, has produced the best performances at Premier League shows during 2017. Awarded to: Sophie Taylor with George Clooney BS Trendell Trophy Kindly donated by long term supporter Mrs Christine Trendell, this trophy is awarded to the most successful Junior rider in the Team test at the Junior European Championships, this year held in Roosendaal, Holland. Awarded to: Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga who was 22nd with 68.87% in Fontainbleau, France. Medal of Honour Awarded to: Penny Pollard. Tyrell Trophy Kindly donated by Lady Caroline Tyrrell, the trophy goes to the highest placed British-bred mare competing at the National Championships in 2017. Awarded to: Hawtins San Floriana who is jointly owned by Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester (pictured receiving the tophy from BD Judges Director, Peter Storr), and bred by Judith Davis at the Hawtins Stud by the stallion San Amour out of her great mare Hawtins Floriana, our winner was partnered by Charlotte to win both the TopSpec Medium Championship and the Shearwater Six Year Old Young Horse title. Pablo Picasso Trophy Kindly donated by Penny and Fiona Bigwood, the trophy was commissioned to commemorate Fiona’s Junior/Young Rider horse, Pablo Picasso who made five European Championship appearances. On their behalf, it’s awarded to the highest placed British Young Rider in the team test at the European Championships which were held this year in Roosendaal, Holland. Awarded to: Charlotte Dicker with Sabatini who was tenth with 71.11% in Fontainebleau. Richmond Trophy Kindly donated by the Duke and Duchess of Richmond, this trophy is awarded to the highest placed Junior / Young Rider in the Freestyle at the European Championships each year. Awarded to: Lewis Carrier with Diego V who was tenth with 71.07% in Fontainebleau. Graduate Trophy Kindly donated by Rita and Kate Butling, the Graduate Trophy is presented to the rider in their last year of U21s who, in the Selectors’ opinion, has made the most progress in 2017. Awarded to: Alex Harrison who earned selection to the Young Rider team with his promising youngster Diamond Hill in just their second season together.
Wednesday, November 21

Nettex British Native Pony Associated Championships

A returning king of the show ring, a 10-year-old champion and a host of dual title winners were amongst the many highlights at the Nettex British Native Pony Associated Championships, the final event in 2018’s 10-strong series (15 – 18 November). Moelview Prince Consort is no stranger to success in the show ring and once again the Welsh poster boy was in the ribbons today, enjoying a day out in the dressage arena for a brief change of discipline. His rider, Sam Roberts, is equally as qualified, with a CV full of showing titles to the highest level. Their trip to the Nettex Associated Championships saw the duo claim both the Novice and Elementary pure-bred titles with two strong 69% scores. Speaking after her emphatic first win, a proud Sam took to Facebook to praise her winning partner and team: “Consort the champion! Today he was crowned Nettex BD Native Pony Elementary champion. What a day, one of the judges scored him with 74%! Absolutely over the moon, what a superstar of a pony. Words can’t express how much love, joy and charm this pony has and I’m so lucky to play with him. A very big thank you to Jenny Hadland and Richard Lovejoy for all their support. Helen Skirton for keeping him with me. We’ve has a bumpy road at times! Alice Oppenheimer for her help & encouragement. I’m not a dressage rider nor claim to do it properly at all, but my boy just seems to love it.” After winning the Intro full-bred class, 10-year-old Fi Grabham is surely the only one in her class at school with a National title to her name. The East-Sussex based young rider not only won her class, but also achieved the highest score of the show with an outstanding 74.13%. Her dancing partner, Waxwing Pocket Money, showed experience beyond his six years and impressed the judges panel consisting of Sue Staines and Alison Pepper. Rachel Jordan and Susan Bullock each took home two titles from the Championships. Rachel and her full-bred Welsh mare Glansiedi Kira Nerys (pictured) achieved their best results on their third trip to the Native Pony Championships. Starting her journey with Rachel as a project horse, ‘Kira’ showed her style with wins in the Advanced Medium and Prix St Georges classes. The duo have progressed from Novice to Prix St Georges in three years. Susan Bullock also did the double in the Medium and Advanced Medium part-bred Championships with her own 12-year-old Lynwood Crofter, a handsome chestnut bred at the Coventry-based Lynwood Stud. Susan and ‘Ernie’ have been a partnership for seven years and have notched up some super results and regional team appearances on their journey through the levels. Congratulations to all winners and those who took part in this hugely popular event, the standard was high in every class and each winner had to perform to their very best standard to be in with a shot at taking home the prizes. Thanks go to the team at Vale View EC and to title sponsors Nettex for their generous support of this incredible series of championships. Champions Intro full-bred Fi Grabham with Waxwing Pocket Money, 74.13% Intro part-bred Tahnee Burgess with Normoss the Duke, 63.37% Prelim full-bred A Emma Kelly with Greenwing Steptoe, 69.57% Prelim full-bred B Elizabeth Styler with Grovewestparc Raven, 71.21% Prelim part-bred Isabel Ritchie with Stambrook Lovejoy, 69.40% Novice full-bred Sam Roberts with Moelview Prince Consort, 69.73% Novice part-bred Samantha Britton with N’Ice Lad Mon Ami, 68.15% Elementary full-bred Sam Roberts with Moelview Prince Consort, 69.29% Elementary part-bred Annabel Coller with Twylands Tiffin, 67.05% Medium full-bred Abigail Doherty with Brohedydd Miss Molimia, 67.43% Medium part-bred Susan Bullock with Lynwood Crofter, 67.37% Advanced Medium full-bred Rachel Jordan with Glansiedi Kira Nerys, 65.99% Advanced Medium part-bred Susan Bullock with Lynwood Crofter, 63.16% Prix St Georges full-bred Rachel Jordan with Glansiedi Kira Nerys, 63.42% For full results click here .   
Tuesday, November 13

Inagural President's Commendation winners presented

At yesterday’s Regional Representatives Meeting, where all our regional volunteer committee members gather annually, we were delighted to welcome BD President Jennie Loriston-Clarke along to make three very special presentations. A new award was launched earlier in the year help mark our 20th anniversary celebrations in the form of the President’s Commendation. We asked for nominations for individuals who show ‘undoubted and unequivocal excellence’ in the dressage community. The could be long term voluntary service, selfless acts, innovation, dedication – just those truly special individuals who go the extra mile. The panel reviewed this year’s nominations and settled on three very worthy recipients;   Alicia Anderson who has given over to decades of her time to British Dressage as an organiser, judge and regional volunteer. She’s been instrumental in shaping and developing the South West Region both as Judges Rep and Chairman. Hard working, dedication and determined are all words regularly mentioned in her citation and it’s these attributes which make her a President’s Commendation winner. Steve Arnett wears many hats in the Wales region; judge, UKCC Level 3 Coach, Youth Assessor, mentor, volunteer, committee member and para trainer – he’s involved at every level, every ability, every chance he can. At the end of 2018, he will complete is eight year tenue as Chairman of the region and in that time he’s helped the membership to prosper both in numbers, ability and opportunity and will leave behind a great legacy. He has a life time of experience and knowledge which he willing gives back and asks nothing in return, making him a truly ‘lovely man’. Jill Day is one of dressage’s most unassuming stars and has been the driving force behind modernising and consolidating our coaching programme for over a decade. Her involvement in coaching, mentoring and inspiring has spanned a great many more years and few BD Youth riders have gone up the grades without some sort of inspirational impact from Jill. She’s respected, driven and dedicated and has worked tirelessly to bring about a programme which is now the envy of others.   Board Director Julie Frizzell, who helped bring the new award to fruition, was there to see the inaugural presentations. There’s nothing greater than seeing a reward as remarkable as the President’s Commendation go to three inspirational members of the British Dressage community. To see the award come to life and see it go to exactly the calibre of people we’d hoped for is really gratifying,” Julie commented. “Thanks to everyone who helped bring the award to reality and Alicia, Steve and Jill may have their place in history as our first winners but I’m looking forward to seeing the roll of honour build into a group of truly remarkable individuals who I’m humbled and honoured to work with and call my peers.”
Friday, November 9

Convention countdown...

Tomorrow (Saturday 10 November) marks the start of our two week countdown to this year’s British Dressage National Convention, 24 – 25 November at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. Held in association with Harrison Clark Rickerby, this year’s showcase training event will look at dressage with ’20:20 vision’ and our three international rider hosts have now confirmed their demo pupils and horses. 2018 WEG team bronze medallist Emile Faurie will be looking at both ends of the dressage spectrum in his sessions each day. He’ll start with Novice and the horse in the spotlight will be five year old Iwan (Charmeur x Sir Oldenburg), owned by Sara Lucas and ridden by Nikki Barker and then progress through Elementary and Medium. It’ll be the turn of Emile’s stable jockey, Tom Goode to ride two exciting prospects, five year old Sakira (San Amour x Rubinstein), owned by Eva Lin Black and then Langley (L’Espoir x Rimini), owned by Hof Kasselmann who Tom piloted to second place in this year’s TopSpec Medium Gold Championships. At the end of each day, we finish with Grand Prix. Saturday will focus on the straight test and how the level has evolved and Emile will be using Tom and Dior III, a ten year old owned by Sam Geddes and himself, to demonstrate. On Sunday, the focus turns to Freestyle and the test which gave rise to the ‘dancing horses’ and Emile will be in the saddle himself for this session with his latest star, Hof Kasslemann’s Café’s Caletta (Café au Lait x Calato) who is on the verge of making her competitive debut at Grand Prix. This is a horse Emile has high hopes for so the Convention is a great place to witness a star in the making and the techniques used by one of the world’s top producers. Gareth Hughes, himself a European and WEG team medallist, will look at the steps towards Grand Prix, Advanced Medium and Small Tour, Prix St Georges and Inter I. Gareth has enlisted the help of wife Rebecca and Alison Croft’s Danone II sired Tantoni Dallagio and having competed at the Nationals in both the Elementary and Medium Championships this September, the ten year old will be out campaigning at Advanced Medium this winter. Gareth takes to the saddle for Inter I where he’ll ride KK Dominant, a nine year old Diamond Hit x Rubin Royal stallion he’s started riding for the Kroll family and they’re quickly making a mark together. And for Inter I, he’s going to give us all a treat by bringing the expressive mare, Classic Briolinca, owned by the Hughes with Julia Hornig. On Saturday there will be a dedicated para dressage session and we’re delighted to have secured the FEI world number on ranked rider and double WEG gold medallist Sophie Wells to explain all. As a rider, she’s hit the top and managed to stay there with an exciting string of home produced horses but she’s making a name for herself as a highly respected trainer too. Star pupils Izzy Palmer (Grade IV) and Georgia Wilson (Grade II), members of the World Class Podium Potential and Excel Talent programmes respectively, will be there to help Sophie explain the requirements for both riders and trainers to help para riders discover their ability and achieve their potential. Woven throughout all the sessions will be expert opinion form FEI 4* judge Peter Storr and Dr Rachel Murray who will give their view on how their roles impact on the athletes, both equine and human and the part that each team component; rider, trainer, judge and support plays into getting a combination to their peak performance levels in training and in the arena. A coach may explain how to ride a movement, a judge will explain what’s needed to make a six for that movement turn into a seven while sport science support will ensure that repetition of that movement won’t be harmful to the horse. All components combining for a happy, healthy athlete. With such a world class line up of presenters, riders and horse power, it promises to be an inspiring and thought provoking weekend, whatever your interest in dressage. We're delighted to offer BD and BHS members the opportunity to buy discounted tickets for this year's event, take a look at the list below to choose your ticket. As a special 20th anniversary gift, we're also offering all U25s an amazing 20% discount, to make the most of this please call the office on 02476 698833 to verify age and book over the phone. Ticket prices: Day ticket BD Member - £50 Weekend ticket BD Member - £80 Day ticket BHS Member - £52 Weekend ticket BHS Member - £84 Day ticket non Member - £55 Weekend ticket non Member - £90 Young person (U25) day ticket - £40 Young person (U25) weekend ticket - £72 To get your tickets head to the BD online ticket page . Alternatively, you can book over the phone with our Training and Education team on 02476 698831 or 02476 698833.
Tuesday, November 6

Young Professional Programme welcomes second cohort

The class of 2018/19 has been inducted by British Equestrian Federation (BEF) on to the Young Professional Programme, funded by Sport England. The 12-month programme, launched in 2017, aims is to help young riders build a wider skill-set to support their personal and career development, enabling them to thrive and earn a living in the equestrian industry and transition out of the youth development pathway. The programme is delivered in collaboration with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping and features a series of interactive workshops, with the athletes benefiting from the expertise of business mentors from their sport and high profile speakers covering a range of topics. The first interactive workshop was held at Stoneleigh Park on 29 October where the inducted athletes met their mentors as well as dressage rider, Amy Schiessl, who was part of the first group of Young Professionals 2017-18, who explained how the programme had helped shape the way she now runs her business. Head of Performance Pathways at the BEF, David Hamer commented: “An overarching theme with young athletes starting up an equestrian business is their love of horses and horse sport. However, to be able to earn a living requires not only the knowledge of the financial and legal aspects of a running a business, it also requires a personal skill set to deal with the many challenges they will encounter with their business day-to-day. This series of workshops are designed to help them to run a business and also gain skills that will also help their overall personal and professional development”. After a brief introduction to the programme by David Hamer, the athletes had a keynote presentation from Kirsty Henshaw. Kirsty was the youngest entrepreneur at 23 years-old to receive investment from the BBC Dragons Den when she appeared on the show in 2010 with her range of healthy and free-from ice creams. Kirsty described her journey form starting in her kitchen to developing her business to where today it turns over £6m and is valued at over £8m. Kirsty commented; "Whilst the business has evolved, the aim and vision of the company remain unchanged. I have learned from my mistakes and seized opportunities as they arose. Starting a business is both challenging and exciting, but the hard work will pay off if you stick with it and believe in what you do”. Professor Tony Ghaye and Jane Mawdlsey from the English Institute of Sport then set the scene for the programme in the afternoon workshop with the first personal development planning session. Flora Young, an eventer selected on to the programme said: “When I saw the programme advertised online I thought it was something different to a lot of other programmes that were on offer. There’s so much concentration on the riding side but there is not so much offered on how to operate a business in the equestrian industry. This programme gives me a great opportunity to learn more. “It was really interesting meeting people from different disciplines who I wouldn’t have usually met and who are in a similar position to me. We got to listen to some great speakers and meet our mentors and I can’t wait for the next workshop.” The BEF Young Professional Programme includes eight workshops in total, running until summer 2019. Young Professionals selected on to the programme are as followed by discipline: Dressage: Joseph Bright, Laura Woodcock, Lucy Amy, Megan Roberts, Nathan Aston, Victoria Maw Eventing: Charlotte East, Dickon Reader, Flora Young, Freddie Best, Greta Mason, Laura Schroter, Lucy Robinson, Ollie Martin Showjumping: Ellen McPherson
Tuesday, November 6

Top talent at Nettex TGCA Championships

The Nettex TGCA Associated Championships, which took place at Solihull Riding Club last weekend (4 November 2018), truly celebrated what this popular and versatile breed has to offer within the dressage arena. Many of the UK’s top dressage cobs converged at the West Midlands venue, some travelling from as far as Scotland, to vie for the ten titles up for grabs. Sensible, yet active and with a super work ethic, gypsy cobs make fantastic dressage partners and this was evidenced throughout the day. Three combinations impressively won two championship titles apiece. Danielle Rhodes who travelled from Bruton in Somerset was unbeatable in the pure-bred divisions of the Elementary and Medium with Denise Kersley’s delightful black tobiano Tiger Tim (pictured above left). Their score of 71.68% gave them a five percent lead in the Elementary and they achieved 68.67% for their Medium. Thirteen-year-old Tim is by Denise’s stallion Bashful Bobby Dazzler who she bought directly from travellers. Tim, himself a TGCA licenced stallion, has had an illustrious career so far, proving that he can hold his own against the archetypal dressage horses. He won the Novice Restricted title at the 2013 National Championships with his former rider Alysia Matravers, and has been ridden to much success with Danielle since. Their achievements include Elementary Silver victory at the Mount Ballan Summer Regionals earlier this year. In the part-bred Elementary and Medium, it was Becky Jackman-Smith from Hereford who took the honours with her piebald 13-year-old, Black Diamond II (pictured above right). The handsome gelding was piloted by Becky to two solid tests earning 67.65% and 63.52% respectively. Competing together since 2012, highlights of their career include appearances at the Petplan Equine Area Festival Finals at Hartpury in both 2015 and 2016. In the close fought part-bred divisions of the Preliminary and Novice, Tonya Ellis from Hertfordshire had the winning edge with Michele Cooper’s 11-year-old gelding Sammy IV (pictured right). The pair was awarded plus-68% scores to take both titles in only their second season of affiliated competition. Enjoying a very good 2018, they were fifth in the Novice at the Nettex CHAPS Associated Championships in September, and their scores have been building since. Tonya and ‘Fluffy’, as the handsome piebald is known, have a wealth of experience in the show ring. They’ve competed at the Royal International and the Horse of the Year Show where they were placed eighth. Described as ‘kind and generous’, Fluffy really does symbolize all the fabulous qualities of the breed. The highest score of the day was awarded to young Staffordshire rider Leanne Bailey who claimed the Preliminary for pure-breds by a more than two percent margin. Partnered by Moira Johnston’s 10-year-old black tobiano mare Fairytale III (by Vines Magpie), who’s returned to competition following a year out, she achieved 71.87%. Leanne took to LB Equine Facebook to say, “She’s done it again! After having horrible laminitis and meaning she had to have the whole of 2017 off, she’s come back in 2018 with a bang! Winning her class with 71.87% at the TGCA Championships. A huge thank you to her wonderful owners for letting me have the ride.” British Dressage thanks the team at Solihull RC for a successful Championship event as well as title sponsor Nettex for their generous support of the Associated Championship series. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took part. The Champions: I ntro for pure-breds Ema Bayliss and Hit The Road Jack, 63.69% Intro for part-breds Katherine Lansdown and Sacha, 68.03% Preliminary for pure-breds Leanne Bailey and Fairytale III, 71.87% Preliminary for part-breds Tonya Ellis and Sammy IV, 68.64% Novice for pure-breds Anneleise Brown and The Wolf, 69.27% Novice for part-breds Tonya Ellis and Sammy IV, 68.86% Elementary for pure-breds Danielle Rhodes and Tiger Tim, 71.68% Elementary for part-breds Becky Jackman-Smith and Black Diamond II, 67.65% Medium for pure-breds Danielle Rhodes and Tiger Tim, 68.67% Medium for part-breds Becky Jackman-Smith and Black Diamond II, 63.52% For full results click here .
Tuesday, November 6

Europe’s best line up in Lyon

The hunt for elusive FEI Dressage World Cup points continued last week with the second leg of the Western European League series taking place at Equita Longines in Lyon, France. The bright lights of Lyon draw in the biggest names in dressage year on year with the alluring chance to score well and rise up the rankings on the World Cup qualification table. Britain’s sole representative, Hayley Watson-Greaves, put up a strong fight with her experienced campaigner Rubins Nite on her second appearance at this show. In the Grand Prix, the duo scored 70.63% for ninth place before going on to improve on their day one performance in the Freestyle test earning an impressive 77.35% and fifth position. Hayley and ‘Squeaks’ thrilled the judges with their brand new freestyle floorplan, which has a potential degree of difficult mark of 9.95 – 10. Packed with exciting combinations and high quality work, the effort paid off with a score that’s only 0.2% off their FEI Grand Prix Freestyle personal best. World Champion Isabell Werth was the winner of both classes in Lyon on board the enigmatic Emilio, whilst Patrick Kittel took home two runner up accolades with Elena Knyaginicheva’s black stallion Delatio, a former ride of Emile Faurie now based with the Swedish rider to be sold. The FEI World Cup circus now moves on to Stuttgart, Germany in two weeks’ time where the battle for points will continue. Results Grand Prix 1st Isabell Werth with Emilio, 75.32% (GER) 9th Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 70.63% (GBR) Grand Prix Kur to Music 1st Isabell Werth with Emilio, 84.41% (GER) 5th Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 77.35% (GBR) For full results click here . 
Tuesday, November 6

Charlotte targets Florentina at Liverpool

Dressage stars will light up the Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show stage at the iconic Echo Arena on the opening night of the equestrian and family extravaganza. Spectators will witness some of the country’s leading names including the legendary Charlotte Dujardin as they compete in the Equitop Myoplast sponsored Inter 1 Freestyle Dressage to Music. Charlotte will be bringing the super-talented, grey mare Florentina VI to compete in the magical atmosphere on the opening night. The partnership has been in fantastic form this year winning both the Prix St Georges and Inter 1 Freestyle Small Tour at Bolesworth International in June. And that’s not all, dressage maestro Carl Hester will join Charlotte for a meet and greet session, allowing fans to get close up and personal with the duo during rider signings. Said Charlotte: “Having competed at Liverpool International last year it is great to be returning and to partner Florentina in such an electric arena will be fantastic.” Other leading names on the start list include the multi-garlanded Sophie Wells Paralympic, World and European Gold Medallist, Nicky Barker and Lisa Marriott, to name just a few who will be riding at their best to take the coveted title. Said Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show, President, Nina Barbour: “We are delighted to have Carl and Charlotte returning to the show and to be hosting top class dressage once again. “We can always rely on Charlotte to provide a masterclass when it comes to competition riding. “The sport of dressage has grown beyond recognition and we are looking forward to watching some of the most talented and up and coming dressage horses in the country compete. “The Echo Arena is a fantastic venue and there will certainly be plenty of atmosphere to give the crowd a real taste of the very best dressage.” As well as dressage on the opening night, December 28, for those visitors making it a New Year to remember they can look forward to a showjumping feast on New Year’s Eve, December 31, with the prestigious Theraplate UK Grand Prix one of the highlights, when leading names will battle it out to take top honours. Hospitality at The Liverpool International Horse Show is second to none and makes a fantastic present for great friends and family. Whether on the purpose-built platform at the head of the arena or in one of the VIP boxes – you won’t be disappointed. This year’s Liverpool International Horse Show will see a host of leading names in action from December 28 to 31, at The Echo Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. For further information and to book tickets visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com To reserve VIP Hospitality tickets on the purpose-built stage at the head of the arena please contact Hospitality Manager, Melanie Simm on 01829 307676.  
Tuesday, November 6

Talent shines through at MyQuest Championships

Bigger and better than ever, the Kent & Masters My Quest Championships kick started the bumper grass roots weekend at Bury Farm with a bang last weekend (Friday 26 October). With classes full to the brim, all competitors had to be in their best form to have a shot at the prestigious titles and amazing prizes. Taking home the first title in the Open classes was Staffordshire based rider Francesca Smith (26) who stormed to victory in the Intro Championships with her own Future Enigma. Francesca (pictured) and the elegant five-year-old Irish Sports Horse (Future Gravitas x Hand In Glove XX) achieved 70.51% for their test to put them on the top step of the podium ahead of Becky Howells with Brooms Ottoman and Samantha Ireson with Kylemore Abbey Lara. Bred by Future Sport Horses, ‘Alfie’ has overcome adversity to win at the Championships for owner Francesca who nearly lost him as a two-year-old through a tendon sheath infection. Three years later, their strong partnership and Francesca’s dedication to her lovely horse was evident in their test and the future certainly looks bright for the talented duo. A super 68.85% was the score for Suzanna Smith and In The Limelight 1 who snatched the Open Prelim Championship win by two marks. In The Limelight 1, a home-bred nine-year-old by T Movistar, and Suzanne saved their best performance for the Championships, improving on their South West Quest Regional Final mark by no less than two percent! Suzanne, an RSPCA inspector and mother to 12-year-old twin boys, was thrilled to be awarded a wild card to the Championships and without doubt capitalized on the opportunity. In the Open Novice Championships, Amanda Hansen and False Alibi impressed the judges panel consisting of Jane Ellis, Joyce Head and Sue Staines to earn 68.97% and the winner’s spoils. In only their first season of British Dressage competition together, Amanda and schoolmaster ‘Al’ have enjoyed a brilliant year of competition culminating in a win at the MyQuest Championships and an appearance at the Nettex Veteran Associated Championships. In the under 21 categories, the stars of the future shone in three highly competitive classes. Thirteen-year-old Tegan Crook turned heads in the Intro C Championships with both her great riding and eye-catching choice of partner, her own 17.2hh palomino Koko, a horse she’s backed and produced from day one. The judges awarded their test a fantastic 69.49% which left the duo half a mark ahead of deserved runner-up Fi Grabham with her own charming Welsh pony Waxwing Pocket Money. Another 13-year-old to taste success was Bristol-based teen Amelia Hendy, who strolled to victory in the Prelim U21 Championship earning the highest score of the show en route with her own Coedfryn Secret Surprise. Linda Waller, Jane Tolley and Martyne Galland awarded Amelia with 71.45%, enough to earn her the Gill Drew trophy as well as the coveted Championship title and prizes. A keen member of the Beaufort Hunt Pony Club and Beaufort Belles Quest team, Amelia has retrained her part-bred Hanoverian ex-eventer ‘Magic’ for dressage with the help of trainer Beth Hobbs. The talented duo contributed two 70% scores to the Beaufort Belles over the weekend in the Team Quest Championships to complete their Quest campaign in style. At their first Quest Championships, Evie Hardwick and six-year-old Roxlan Jasper were successful in the Novice U21 class; they earned 70.51% to top the field as the sole plus-70% score. Hailing from North Yorkshire, 21-year-old Evie purchased her winning horse 18 months ago and has been training the attractive dun with the help of Kate Appleyard. Speaking on her Facebook page Evie said, “Wow! What a long couple of days! A five-hour journey to Bury Farm for the My Quest Novice Championships, a very long day waiting to do my test at 4:51 this evening, many a cup of tea and a very fidgety fed up pony wanting his field! It was well worth the wait, after a tense warm up which put my nerves up a notch, Jasper went and performed like the absolute star he is in the N30 to WIN with 70.51%. This boy really shines, proud of his attitude is an understatement, I’ve never known a horse like him.” Congratulations to all who took part in the Kent & Masters My Quest Championships. Thanks go to generous sponsors Kent & Masters and to host venue Bury Farm. Winners MQ Open Intro Francesca Smith with Future Enigma, 70.51% MQ Open Prelim Suzanne Smith with In The Limelight 1, 68.85% MQ Open Novice Amanda Hansen with False Alibi, 68.97% MQ Intro U21 Tegan Crook with Koko, 69.49% MQ Prelim U21 Amelia Hendy with Coedfryn Secret Surprise, 71.54% MQ Novice U21 Evie Hardwick with Roxlan Jasper, 70.51% For full results click here .
Monday, November 5

It’s all Chicks and Divas at the Team Quest finale

The leading Team Quest riders gathered for the fifth annual Kent & Masters Quest Championships at the end of October for two days of hot competition which warmed the chilly conditions at Bury Farm, the hosts for the weekend.  North West team the Cheshire Chicks have been to all but one of the five Quest Championships so far and this year managed to go one better than their 2017 finish to take the Open title. Original team members Isobell Maughan and the British bred Cracking Opposition returned again to the Buckinghamshire venue alongside team mates Shona Rooney (Tobago Bay) and mother/daughter duo Corrie and Ciara Mclellan sharing Ballastra van de Cumul. After day one, fine performances from all four team members gave them a clear advantage of nearly five and a half points over nearest rivals, Yorkshire’s Could B Rounder quartet of Samantha Duncan, Hannah Jolliffe, Amanda Snowden and Stephanie Thomson with the Norfolk Centreliners hot on their heels in third. On Saturday night as a distraction of second day nerves, the Questers were treated to a great FEI Freestyle Pick Your Own competition, judged by List 1 trio Carole Thornton, Anita Darken and Debbie Wardle. This was a new format this year and tests ranged to the Junior Freestyle as chosen by 16 year old Jessica Mcconkey who rode her Junior European Championship Freestyle with Lady Gaga II up to Grand Prix – so the audience could see a range of tests at the upper levels. Louise Bell got the evening off to a start with a quick demo of the movements they were likely to see before Jessica got the competition underway. It was Gareth Hughes who took the top honours eventually with the Kroll family’s gorgeous KK Dominant who was doing his firs Inter I Freestyle under lights. It was a polished performance which earned 74.21%, just ahead of Lousie Bell and Into the Blue who scored 73.46% with their Grand Prix. Completing the podium were past winners Joanna Thurman-Baker and Highcliffe Apollo who debuted their Grand Prix Freestyle for 73.17%. Fourth placed Nathalie Kayal is worthy of a mention for entering into the Quest Halloween spirit by performing with a spooky skeleton face painted on! A chilly Sunday morning greeted everyone for the final day of competition with all team members riding at their chosen level for a second time but this time with extra pressure. Would the Cheshire Chicks hold their advantage? Could a team make a late surge up the leader board? One thing was certain, it’d go down to the wire. All four Cheshire Chicks again rose to the challenge and certainly didn’t let any nerves show (if there were any!) as they all bettered their previous day scores – both Ciara and Shona broke the 71% barrier in Prelim 14 to widen the gap. Team Captain and main motivator Janet Maughan, mum of Isabelle, spurred them on by saying she wanted to bring a rug home having missed out last year so the incentive was laid out. Behind them, things didn’t quite go to plan for the Could B Rounder crew and valuable marks were lost, opening the door for the Norfolk Centreliners to seize a podium place. Trained by Nerys Leer, the quartet of Natasha Reynolds, Kerry Lake, Joanna Mclean and Connor Sharpe fought off a late charge from the Too Cool to School team from Carmarthenshire who rose from eighth after day one to third with two of their riders bettering their previous scores by about 5%. It was very close though; just 0.09% separated the two! So after five years of trying, Quackers, the Cheshire Chicks’ mascot, finally got to stand atop the Team Quest podium! In the U21 battle, it was the familiar name of Connor Sharpe who led the way with his Dressage Divas. Connor rode Tomrilland Billy as did team member Kate Joyce and they dominated the Intro classes with Connor taking the honours on Saturday, Kate on Sunday. The third member Megan Maclean partnered Cherrymount Rainbow and after a nervy start on Saturday for 61.74%, they brought their A game on Sunday and rode their best ever Intro test together to score 69.86% which clinched gold for the team by nearly 10% (pictured below). After Saturday’s action, The Hornettes lay second with Daisy, Ottille and Hettie-Mae Horn all scoring well but they just couldn’t fend off the challenge from the Southern challengers, The Pocket Rockets who all had outstanding second rides to rise from ninth to runners up spot. Fi Grabham turned things around with her Intro performance, going 70%+ on Sunday, as did Tia Holland in the Prelim while Edward Daniell and Sophie Moss both scored over 68% in the final Novice. The Derbyshire Young Riders, Tom and Lottie Dennett, Megan Lewcock and Jennifer Mottershead kept a firm grasp of third spot throughout and were all exceptionally consistent through their eight tests with scores between 66 and 69%. Well done to all our teams – you really make the weekend a special one! A massive thank you to our generous sponsors Kent & Masters who’ve got right behind the competition from the onset and we loved seeing you all in your fabulous saddle cloths – may they bring you much luck. And a final thanks to the team at Bury Farm who make it all work – there were a few issues which were managed and plans and ideas are already flowing for 2019. So, there’s a break of just five weeks and then we’re off and running with qualification for the 2019 regionals! Best of luck everyone…Bury Farm here we come! Full results – click here Pictures c www.kevinsparrow.co.uk 
Monday, November 5

Team Faurie on form at Equestrian Surfaces High Profile Show

Emile Faurie and his team enjoyed a highly successful outing to last week’s Equestrian Surfaces High Profile Show at Vale View in Leicestershire (1 – 3 November 2018), dominating the top level classes. In Friday’s Grand Prix, Tom Goode was the one to beat aboard Sam Geddes’ exciting young stallion Dior III (pictured). Tom, who works alongside Emile at his Oxfordshire base, and the striking Gribaldi-sired chestnut earned a score of 72.90% for their high quality and expressive work. The talented 10-year-old made his Grand Prix debut at Hunters Equestrian in March 2017, scoring 74.30%, and very much looks to have a bright future ahead of him. Next stop for Tom will be the British Dressage National Convention where we can look forward to him and Dior working as a demo combination with Emile, one of the five distinguished hosts. There was little between Grand Prix second and third, with Georgia Stokes and Talented Mr Ripley and Steph Croxford with Mr Hyde completing the top three on very good scores of 69.20% and 69.07% respectively. Emile meanwhile was thrilled with his young mare Café’s Caletta with whom he won the Inter II on the horse’s debut at the level. The pair was awarded a score just shy of 74% from judges Steph Cooper (C), Jane Peberdy (H) and Claire Ballantyne (B). The German-bred nine-year-old is proving to be an exciting prospect for her rider, as was shown by their super performance in the Dressage Future Elite Championship at the Horse of the Year Show last month. “We had a really good yard outing to Vale View High Profile show this week,” said Emile on Facebook . “Hof Kasselmann’s Café’s Caletta and I won the Inter II at our first attempt at this level with 74% and Tom rode my own and Sam Geddes’ Dior to victory in the Grand Prix with 72.9%.” At the Small Tour levels, Sarah Rao (20) and Waldessarini had the winning edge in both Thursday’s Magic Prix St Georges (70.39%) and Friday’s Superflex Inter I (71.58%). Sarah, who is based in Knutsford, Cheshire with Sarah Higgins and Alex Hua Tian at Cloud Strider Equestrian, has amassed some good results with the Wolkentanz II-sired 14-year-old who’s affectionately known as Foxy. They were third in the Magic PSG at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships earlier this year and just missed the top ten in the Fairfax Saddles PSG at the LeMieux National Championships. It was certainly a case of youth coming to the fore at Small Tour as two further combinations to enjoy success were Julia Giner (20) and Rebecca Swain (18). Julia and her 18.1hh nine-year-old, Carbo, won Friday’s Magic Prix St Georges with 71.58%. Then, Rebecca Swain (18) and the athletic chestnut Bon Jovi (UB40 x Krack C) took Saturday’s Magic Prix St Georges with a super 72.30%. Rebecca bought Bon Jovi, a former ride of Dutch star Diederik Van Silfhout, in 2017 and they’re certainly ones to watch for the future. The winners: Thursday Class 1: Medium 75 – Alex Hua Tian with Don Geniro, 69.19% Class 2: Charles Owen Advanced Medium – Alex Hua Tian with Don Geniro, 71.92% Class 3: Magic Prix St Georges – Sarah Rao with Waldessarini, 70.39% Class 4: Superflex Intermediate I – Nikki Barker with Durable, 72.19% Class 5: Intermediate II – Emile Faurie with Café’s Caletta, 73.90% Friday Class 6: Medium 76 – Beth Bainbridge with Diggo, 68.48% Class 7: Charles Owen Advanced Medium – Kate Cowell with Firmino, 72.57% Class 8: Pony Team Test – Isobel Lickley with Mister Snowman, 69.49% Class 9: Magic Prix St Georges – Julia Giner with Carbo, 71.58% Class 10: Superflex Intermediate I – Sarah Rao with Waldessarini, 71.58% Class 11: Grand Prix – Tom Goode with Dior III, 72.90% Saturday Class 12: Medium 75 – Louise Davison with Freddie Mercury, 69.59% Class 13: Charles Owen Advanced Medium – Alex Hua Tian with Don Geniro, 69.87% Class 14: Pony Individual Test – Olivia Whitelaw with Brouwershaven’s Viceroy, 70.61% Class 15: Magic Prix St Georges – Rebecca Swain with Bon Jovi, 72.30% Class 16: Spillers Medium Freestyle – Lavinia Johnson with Dublin, 71.50% Class 17: Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle – Lavinia Johnson with Dublin, 71.00% Class 18: Prix St Georges Freestyle – Katie Johnston with After Midnight, 68.38% For full results click here .
Thursday, November 1

Forces Equine Associated Championships

The Forces Equine Associated Championships saw several close battles play out at Moreton Morrell EC on Sunday 21 October. Designed for riders in HM Forces, Government Services, Public Services and their dependents, the Championships continue to grow in success year on year with the support of the dedicated team at Forces Equine. Charlotte Bagshaw made her journey from Leeds count as she took home two wins with her own Bunny Boy, a 15-year-old Irish bred gelding. Two sublime tests in the Introductory and Preliminary Championships saw the perfectly matched pair earn 73.70% and 71.92% for their efforts. Charlotte, a student at Leeds Beckett University, spoke to British Dressage about her win: “Me, Bunny and my mum and dad had a wonderful time, we have never attended the Forces Equine Associated Championships before! Debi and all the competitors made us feel incredibly welcome. It is both mine and Bunny Boy's first year doing BD dressage so both me and my fantastic instructor - Shirley Pickard - were thrilled with our percentages which were in the 70's.” Also leaving the show as a dual winner was Lisa Sterrow, hailing from Carterton in Oxfordshire. Proving tough to beat, Lisa and Erin Angel’s piebald gelding Montreal Skyline won both the Novice and Elementary Championships in style with 73.65% and 69.46%. This is the second Associated Championship experience of the year for Lisa who recently challenged at the Nettex CHAPS Associated Championship with her Forces Equine Champion ride. Inspector Lesley Wheatley of Northumbria Police (pictured) tasted victory in the Medium 75 Championship with her own Furst Lazlo. Lesley and her seven-year-old son of Furst Nymphenburg have enjoyed a great season of BD competition, including competing at the Rockrose Summer Regional Championships. Congratulations to all riders who took part in this unique Championships, thanks go to Forces Equine and to Wayne Rodwell and his team at Moreton Morrell College for another successful Championships. Winners Introductory B Charlotte Bagshaw with Bunny Boy, 73.70% Preliminary 18 Charlotte Bagshaw with Bunny Boy, 71.92% Novice 30 Lisa Sterrow with Montreal Skyline, 73.65% Elementary 50 Lisa Sterrow with Montreal Skyline, 69.46% Medium 75 Lesley Wheatley with Furst Lazlo, 65.81% For full results click here .
Tuesday, October 30

In memoriam: John Mead

It is with great sadness that British Dressage has learned of the passing of BD List 1 and FEI Judge John Mead at the age of 86, only weeks after the passing of his wife, Cath. John enjoyed a successful career in the motor industry but it was in the equestrian world that he preferred to spend his 'downtime'. He always owned horses including Giovanni who was partnered to success by Ferdi Eilberg, and had an interest in breeding too. Pursuing his passion for dressage he commenced his judge training in the early 1980s, progressing up the ranks to List 1 and ultimately FEI status. BD Judges Director Peter Storr paid tribute: "John was a highly respected man within the judging community and dressage as a whole. His contribution to dressage over the years, both here in Great Britain and throughout the world has been immense and he'll be fondly remembered by so many for his wisdom, generosity and fairness. He was always approachable and always encouraging. We have lost an excellent judge and a dear friend. Our prayers are with his family at this sad time." Fellow judge Sally Lidsey officiated alongside John on many occasions including at the iconic Goodwood international in 1986. "We trained at the same time. John was always reliable, and a modest, very approachable man," she said. "He experienced dressage as an owner too, and although he didn't compete, he continued to ride all his life." All at British Dressage offer their sincere condolences to John's family and friends. He will be greatly missed by so many in the sport. A Requiem Mass for John will be held on Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 2.30pm at Holy Cross RC Church, Signal Hayes Road, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B76 2RS.
Tuesday, October 30

App appeal with BD and Dressage TestPro

It’s finally here! British Dressage is proud to launch the digital app a number of riders and trainers have been waiting for. We’ve teamed up with Lion Dogs, creators of the Dressage TestPro app series, to bring you all our tests from Intro to Advanced on your mobile device for the most advanced test learning experience available. As well as the convenience of having your tests easily accessible without Wi-Fi or 4G connection, the BD Dressage TestPro app actively helps you learn your test – whatever style suits you. You can listen, follow or draw your way around your chosen test to get to grips with your test route. The straight-forward, easy to use format caters for users of all ages and abilities. British Dressage Chief Executive Jason Brautigam commented; “It’s really exciting to bring this new app to the market as part of the Dressage TestPro app series. Our members have been asking for a number of years and now they’ll have our tests easily accessible, completely portable and always up to date. Thanks to the Lion Dogs team for their support and drive to make it happen and I hope members will soon find this to be a great new feature in their competition kit.” View the test just as you would on paper with the PDF viewer. This handy feature allows you to become familiar with the sheet from the judges point of view. Know your double marks, collectives and directives inside out to maximise on your time in the arena. For the more technology-savvy, try the draw feature to test your knowledge. TestPro’s with you on-screen, every step of the way to let you know if you’re on track…or heading slightly astray! This interactive way of learning is suitable for any standard of phone-user – if drawing isn’t quite your style, simply tap the screen and TestPro will draw each movement for you so you can watch the test play from start to finish. There’s also a function to hear your test – play, pause, rewind and fast forward to navigate through the movements until you’re ready to trot down the centre line. Plug in your headphones or listen out loud and choose your ideal settings to start learning! Lion Dogs co-founder Tracy-Anne Ormrod said “We are delighted to bring a British Dressage version of TestPro to the market. In collaboration with BD we have enhanced TestPro to produce an App that we feel will be an essential part of dressage life. We are looking forward to providing dressage riders with further technology in the future to support them to be the best that they can be. “ Head over to the App store on iPhone or iPad to download a free trial and access any BD test for a limited amount of time. After you’ve had a go and seen the magic for yourself, you can subscribe for as little as 9p per test per month. Want to learn more with Dressage TestPro? FEI dressage, para and eventing versions are also available to download, as well as the recently launched Dressage Ireland app. Click here  head to the Dressage Test Pro Facebook page to find out more.
Wednesday, October 24

Nettex Arab Horse Associated Championships

Taking place at Solihull Riding Club last weekend, the Nettex Arab Horse Associated Championships were a highlight in the BD calendar for all riders and fans of this magnificent breed (20 October 2018). The highest score of the show belonged to star youth rider Ruby Gumbley (13) who produced a phenomenal test in the Prelim part-bred Championships with her own Mickey May. Despite only being a partnership for four months, the pint-sized duo blew the competition away earning 75.14% from the judges panel consisting of Islay Auty and Jill Price. Proud mum Suzanne said, “Her test was beautiful to watch and we can’t believe the score, it’s almost embarrassing! One of the judges even left a comment on Ruby’s Facebook to say how harmonious the test was. Ruby’s come off a very cheeky Dartmoor pony and onto Mickey; it’s been a huge learning curve over the last four months. We had a great day out at the [Nettex Arab Horse Associated] Championships, Ruby just wanted to get out and do a bit so we qualified for this show due to Mickey’s Arab bloodlines on his dam’s side.” Ruby and Mickey (pictured) have qualified for the Winter Regionals at Prelim level and are currently working towards completing their Novice qualification. “Ruby’s aiming to ride her first Elementary before Christmas and then keep progressing on to Medium. It’s her dream to make it on to the Pony Squads with this pony so that’s our goal for next year,” Suzanne concluded. Tamsin O’Connor enjoyed great results at this year’s Championships with her own and Jackie Hutchings Mellway Silver Sheen, heading home to Devon with the Prelim pure-bred title and the reserve title in the Novice Championships. Their winning score in the Prelim class was 69.16% which was enough to land them the top spot ahead of Ceri Phipps-Hewitt with Hurstpark Tikkaboo and Kelly Britton with Dhamma Fielen who took second and third respectably. Speaking fondly about ‘Sheen’ on Facebook Tamsin said, “What a fantastic day with Mellway Silver Sheen at the Nettex Arab Horse Associated Championships! This horse so deserves a sash!” Perhaps the most eye-catching winner of the day was the part-bred Prescoed Soloman, a stunning spotted gelding owned by Islay Auty and rider Jen Smithson. ‘Soli’ and Jen claimed the Elementary part-bred Championships in style, earning 69.92% for their immaculate test. A win at the Nettex Associated Championships marks a fitting conclusion to a wonderful year for the duo; their strong results have stretched far and wide with top placings at shows from Royal Windsor to the BD Senior Home International and Petplan Equine Area Festivals. Pauline Taylor and Trixie Belden were the eventual winners of the Novice part-bred Championships whilst Jo Retallack and PS Aurora Silk delivered a sublime performance in the Novice pure-bred competition. The six-year-old mare, owned by Natalie Tindall of Moonlight Arabians, is developing a great record at this show having placed with her owner and former rider in 2017’s Prelim Championships. With Jo in the saddle this year, their winning score was a super 69.19%. David Froggatt made the journey from Lancashire worthwhile with a win in the Elementary pure-bred Championships on board his own Sharrinah and Rebecca Gant was crowned the first winner of the day in the Introductory pure-bred Championships with the eye-catching grey, Binley Silver Spark. Thanks go to generous Championship sponsors Nettex, Solihull Riding Club and the Arab Horse Society for another successful running of this prestigious event. Winners Introductory Pure-bred Champions Rebecca Gant with Binley Silver Spark, 62.93% Prelim Pure-bred Champions Tamsin O’Connor with Mellway Silver Sheen, 69.16% Prelim Part-bred Champions Ruby Gumbley with Mickey May, 75.14% Novice Pure-bred Champions Jo Retallack with PS Aurora Silk, 69.19% Novice Part-bred Champions Pauline Taylor with Trixie Belden, 65.64% Elementary Pure-bred Champions David Froggatt with Sharrinah, 63.52% Elementary Part-bred Champions Jen Smithson with Prescoed Soloman, 69.92% Click here for full results. Photo kindly provided by 1st class images, click here to view the event gallery.   
Tuesday, October 23

New Structure at BDHQ

The countdown to the launch of phase II of BD’s transformational IT project is reaching its final stage. The new system will vastly improve the grading, qualification and results functionality for our Sport Operations Team and enhance the level of service we are able to deliver to members. This IT advancement has provided us with the opportunity to review our organisational structure at BD headquarters, alongside some new appointments. The sport side will now be overseen by a Sport Operations Manager with the areas of rules, fixtures, competitions and championships, both national and international, covered by a team of seven. We are delighted to announce that Lou Jones, currently Regional Development Officer for the North West, has been promoted to take on the new manager’s position from 19 November onwards. Lou has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from her time as RDO, with particular focus on working with our organisers and venues, making her ideally suited to this post. On the membership front, a new role of Member Experience Manager has been devised to meet the ever changing needs of our members and the business. This new role will head a customer service team, providing support to members on any aspect of the sport, so that most queries can be dealt with by a single point of contact in the office. Phase III of our IT project, due for completion in Q1 in 2019, will deliver a CRM system that will facilitate the ability to handle membership renewals, horse registrations, eligibility, qualification or results queries seamlessly. Rachel Smith, who has eight years of experience in BD, working in both the membership and sport teams, has been promoted to the new position with effect from 29 October onwards. We will also be recruiting for a new Marketing Manager, in place of the former Commercial Manager role, to work closely with Rachel on driving membership and events, as well as provide support to our commercial partners and sponsors, ensuring that our marketing and promotional activity keeps pace as the sport continues to grow. The BD Board has also sanctioned the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer to support the Chief Executive, to ensure that the day-to-day business continues to operate smoothly and with increased efficiency. Based full time at the BD HQ in Meriden, they will oversee the operation centrally, as well as provide the link between the office and our regional teams. The recruitment process for this position will commence in the next week. Importantly, the overall staffing costs and headcount will remain the same as before. The revised BD Senior Management Structure is below: BD Chief Executive Jason Brautigam commented; “We’re very excited about the launch of Phase II. Testing is going extremely well so far and the new system will hopefully alleviate many of the issues our members have experienced historically with their results and qualifications. Results will be more timely and accurate, plus qualification emails will be sent out as results are gained. A more efficient IT system also provides us with the opportunity to develop a more effective management structure, so the time is right to make a few changes. “I’m delighted to welcome Lou and Rachel to the Senior Management Team, who have both been appointed on merit and earned their promotions after the significant contribution they have made to British Dressage in their previous roles. We’ll now go through the recruitment process for a COO and Marketing Manager to bring the team to full strength, ready to face the opportunities and challenges ahead. It’s an exciting time to join the organisation, so I’m sure that there will be plenty of interest in both of these roles. “Thanks to our partnership with Horse Monkey, the full IT project will finally come to fruition in 2019 and as the needs of the sport continue to evolve my goal is to develop a team to lead the sport forward, provide high standards of customer service and build on the strengths we already have to make British Dressage one of the leading National Governing Bodies in the UK.”    
Tuesday, October 23

British riders flourish in France

British riders enjoyed a highly successful trip to Le Mans CDI3*/2*/U25/Y/J/P/Ch-A in France (18 – 21 October 2018). Gareth Hughes dominated the big tour. The World and European team medallist got off to a fantastic start achieving a one-two in Thursday’s Grand Prix. With wife Rebecca’s Classic Briolinca (Trento B x Royal Dance), the mare with whom he won the LeMieux Grand Prix title at Stoneleigh last month, he took the top honours with a score of 73.565%. With Claudine Kroll’s Swiss-bred KK Woodstock (Wolkentanz II x Landiosa) he also impressed to take second, scoring 70.804%. On to Saturday, Classic Briolinca (pictured above), with whom Gareth was also shortlisted for WEG this year, delivered a superb Grand Prix Special for a personal best score of 76.149%. In an unequivocal victory, the pair finished almost seven percent ahead of Germany’s Juliette Piotrowski and Sir Diamond in second. Not to be outdone by his stablemate, KK Woodstock headed the Grand Prix Freestyle. The 12-year-old gelding was awarded 73.775% ahead of fellow Brit Louise Bell with Into The Blue who achieved 71.700% following their super 68.022% top-five Grand Prix. In the Medium Tour divisions, World Class Podium Potential rider Sarah Millis and her rising star Behroez (pictured right) dominated. Sarah and the huge United x Gribaldi 12-year-old who were unbeatable in the small tour at Le Mans last year, won the Inter B with a score of 69.825% followed by an Inter II victory with 70.88%. “Great day in France with another win for Boss who tried his heart out in the CDI ** Middle Tour Inter II with a plus 70%,” said Sarah on Facebook . “So pleased with this super talented horse. Thank you everyone for all of the support!” In the U25 ranks, Joanna Thurman-Baker who is on the World Class Podium Potential Programme too, delivered two solid performances. With Highcliffe Apollo (Der Lenz x Laptop) she took second in both the Inter II and Grand Prix with scores of 67.765% and 66.154% respectively. This partnership, which has seemingly grown up together is enjoying a successful step up to U25s. “Another second place today,” said Joanna on Facebook . “A few mistakes crept in but I’m so proud of my ‘lil pony’. From Novice to U25 Grand Prix together.” Fourteen year old Soraya Rogers from Dorking had an international debut to remember with the lovely mare, Evita I (pictured right). Soraya and the Dutch-bred Jazz daughter, who is owned by Deborah Kamal, scored 70.379% to take the Children on Horses Prel A. Soraya and nine-year-old Evita are a relatively new pairing having been competing together since June this year. Their week continued with fourth in the Children on Horses Team Test and a close second in the Individual to the Netherlands’ Amber Schelstraete and Burberry. Junior rider Clare Hole (16) and Winnetou G.E.P, a Gribaldi sired 15-year-old owned by Rachel Murray, showed great promise with third place in the Junior Team Test on a score of 67.929%. Clare, who was part of the gold medal-winning British team at the FEI Pony European Championships in 2015, also took fourth with Lynne Jackson’s Pro-Motion (by Pro-Set). In the Pony divisions, which were a hotly contested affair, 2018 FEI Pony European team rider Annabella Pidgley delivered three assured tests with her mother Sarah’s Cognac IX – a German-bred palomino son of FS Chambertin. In the Pony Team Test she posted a score of 70.714% to claim third in the class which was won by the Dutch star pairing of Micky Schelstraete and Elin’s Noncisdador with 72%. The consistency of the rankings continued with a Schelstraete domination however Annabella remained in the frame with seventh in the Individual Test and a shared fourth spot with Belgium’s Noa Joosen in the Freestyle. Results of the British riders: CDI3* - Grand Prix 1st Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca, 73.565% (GBR) 2nd Gareth Hughes and KK Woodstock, 70.804% (GBR) 5th Louise Bell and Into The Blue, 68.022% (GBR) 10th Henriette Andersen and Flavio, 64.326% (GBR) CDI3* - Grand Prix Special 1st Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca, 76.149% (GBR) 6th Henriette Andersen and Flavio, 65.872% (GBR) CDI3* - Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Gareth Hughes and KK Woodstock, 73.775% (GBR) 2nd Louise Bell and Into The Blue, 71.700% (GBR) CDI2* - Intermediate B 1st Sarah Millis and Behroez, 69.825% (GBR) 5th Kirsty Mepham and Minain, 62.475% (GBR) CDI2* - Intermediate II 1st Sarah Millis and Behroez, 70.088% (GBR) 5th Kirsty Mepham and Minain, 61.971% (GBR) CDI2* - Prix St Georges 1st Matthias Alexander Rath and Danoenchen OLD, 73.412% (GER) 7th Ellen McCarthy with Belafonte, 67.088% (GBR) 11th Dean Skeates with Super Blue, 65.941% (GBR) 16th Kerry Mackin and Esquire, 65.059% (GBR) CDI2* - Intermediate I 1st Matthias Alexander Rath and Danoenchen OLD, 74.765% (GER) 6th Ellen McCarthy and Belafonte, 67.324% (GBR) 12th Dean Skeates and Super Blue, 65.735% (GBR) 15th Kerry Mackin and Esquire, 62.971% (GBR) CDI2* - Intermediate I Freestyle 1st Karen Nijvelt and Elysias, 74.275% (NED) 8th Ellen McCarthy and Belafonte, 67.925% (GBR) 9th Dean Skeates and Super Blue, 67.650% (GBR) 10th Kerry Mackin and Esquire, 66.675% (GBR) CDIU25 - Intermediate II 1st Yoeki Bos and Vivaldi, 69.176% (NED) 2nd Joanna Thurman-Baker and Highcliffe Apollo, 67.765% (GBR) CDIU25 - Grand Prix 16-25 1st Yoeki Bos and Vivaldi, 68.590% (NED) 2nd Joanna Thurman-Baker and Highcliffe Apollo, 66.154% (GBR) CDICh-A – Children on Horses Prel A 1st Soraya Rogers and Evita, 70.379% (GBR) 6th Amy Richards and Rotspons Rough Diamond, 62.121% (GBR) CDICh-A – Children on Horses Ch Team 1st Amber Schelstraete and Burberry, 67.692% (NED) 4th Soraya Rogers and Evita, 66.062% (GBR) CDICh – A – Children on Horses Ch Individual 1st Amber Schelstraete and Burberry, 69.940% (NED) 2nd Soraya Rogers and Evita, 68.333% (GBR) CDIY – Young Rider Team Test 1st Zoe Kuintjes and Primeval Brittsion, 71.471% (NED) 10th Megan Ingham and Wanadoo, 65.588% (GBR) 12th Angus Corrie-Deane and Tiny Tempur, 63.676% (GBR) CDIY – Young Rider Individual Test 1st Zoe Kuintjes and Primeval Brittsion, 70.392% (NED) 10th Angus Corrie-Deane and Tiny Tempur, 66.471% (GBR) 11th Megan Ingham and Wanadoo, 65.784% (GBR) CDIY – Young Rider Freestyle 1st Capucine Noel and Soleil Noir Vom Rosenhof, 72.875% (FRA) 8th Megan Ingham and Wanadoo, 68.458% (GBR) 11th Angus Corrie-Deane and Tiny Tempur, 65.958% (GBR) CDIJ – Junior Team Test 1st Emma-Lou Becca and Komet 282, 69.848% (LUX) 3rd Clare Hole and Winnetou G.E.P, 67.929% (GBR) 4th Clare Hole and Pro-Motion, 67.626% (GBR) 10th Jessica McConkey and Lady Gaga, 66.414% (GBR) CDIJ – Junior Individual Test 1st Emma-Lou Becca and Komet 282, 70.882% (LUX) 5th Clare Hole and Winnetou G.E.P, 67.304% (GBR) 7th Clare Hole and Pro-Motion, 66.667% (GBR) 8th Jessica McConkey and Lady Gaga, 66.412% (GBR) CDIJ – Junior Freestyle 1st Pem Verbeek and Fernando Torres, 72.958% (NED) 6th Jessica McConkey and Lady Gaga, 67.333% (GBR) 7th Clare Hole and Winnetou G.E.P, 66.792% (GBR)\ CDIP – Pony Team Test 1st Micky Schelstraete and Elin’s Noncisdador, 72.000% (NED) 3rd Annabella Pidgley and Cognac IX, 70.714% (GBR) 11th Annabella Pidgley and Ine, 68.714% (GBR) 14th Natasha Powell-Richards and Oosting Amigo, 67.524% (GBR) 18th Holly James and Classic’s Charmeur, 65.238% (GBR) CDIP – Pony Individual Test 1st Micky Schelstraete and Elin’s Noncisdador, 71.532% (NED) 7th Annabella Pidgley and Cognac IX, 68.739% (GBR) 14th Holly James and Classic’s Charmeur, 65.811% (GBR) 16th Annabella Pidgley and Ine, 65.180% (GBR) 17th Natasha Powell-Richards and Oosting Amigo, 63.694% (GBR) CDIP – Pony Freestyle 1st Micky Schelstraete and Elin’s Noncisdador, 74.958% (NED) =4th Annabella Pidgley and Cognac IX, 70.333% (GBR) =4th Noa Joosen and Miss Miracle, 70.333% (BEL) 13th Natasha Powell-Richards and Oosting Amigo, 66.333% (GBR) 16th Holly James and Classic’s Charmeur, 63.042% (GBR) For full results click here Photos from Boulerie Jump - Pôle Européen du Cheval
Friday, October 19

BD International Teams Update

After a busy summer of competing, selection and championships, there have been a number of changes within British Dressage for our International Teams. On the Senior front, it was announced at our Annual General Meeting that our International Director David Trott would be standing down for personal reasons. David was elected in 2012 and has made a significant contribution to the performance of our teams internationally, as well as to the sport generally at Board level. David has agreed to remain a member of the Senior Selection Panel so BD will continue to benefit from his invaluable knowledge, insight and support for our Senior teams. The BD Board have ratified the appointment of Judy Harvey FBHS as an Interim Director, responsible for International Teams. Judy has a strong CV to take on the role, having ridden and judged at the top levels internationally, with a comprehensive understanding of the international landscape. Judy will continue to be a Senior Selector. Following the membership vote to appoint an Interim Chair at the AGM, Linda Whetstone has retired from her position on the Senior Selection Panel. We’re delighted to announce that former Pony Selector, international competitor and List 1 judge Jenny Ward has been appointed to the panel in Linda’s place, and will work alongside Judy Harvey and David Trott as the three Senior Selectors. Earlier this summer a vacancy on our Para Selection Panel was advertised, following the retirement of Waveney Luke. After a competitive interview process, Jane Mcgarel-Groves was appointed to join Carolyn Gardiner and Joyce Head to complete our trio of Para Selectors. Following full evaluation of the 2018 season for the four Under 21 squads and further consultation with our team officials at a recent International Teams meeting, the BD Board have also agreed that a new single Under 21 Selection Panel should select for Pony, Children on Horses, Junior and Young Rider teams. Nikki Herbert and Leanne Wall, who looked after the Junior and Young Rider squads under the previous structure, have kindly agreed to take on the additional responsibility for Ponies and Children on Horses. The Chefs d’Equipe for the Under 21 teams will be taking a more active role in managing the squad preparation and training programmes throughout the year, with the trainers and coach advisor also more involved to support athlete development, thereby allowing the selectors to focus on competitions and the respective annual FEI Championships. There will be an Independent Chair on each of the three selection panels, an initiative that was successfully introduced for the Seniors and Paras this year and will now be extended to our Under 21 teams, to provide additional oversight and ensure that the selection process is in accordance with the published selection policies. BD Chairman Linda Whetstone commented; “We’re desperately sorry to be losing David’s excellent knowledge at Board level, although we are very thankful he’s agreed to stay on as a Senior Selector. He did an outstanding job last year across all our international teams, but it became apparent that concept of sitting on the panels for all of our Under 21 and Senior teams was just too much for one individual to take on. This new approach, with the addition of an Independent Chair for all selection meetings, should work much better in practice. “Judy has already made some useful contributions at her first board meeting we are delighted to have someone of Jenny’s stature to succeed me on our Senior Selection Panel. “A warm welcome to Jane as a Para Selector; her strong knowledge of para dressage will further strengthen the area as the team build towards next year’s European Championships, where they’ll no doubt be hungry to get back to winning ways. Our sincere thanks go to Waveney for her immense dedication and support of the Para team, over a period of unparalleled success. “In the area of under 21s, the Board felt that bringing in a single panel to oversee the selection of all squads, with the trainers and Chefs working more closely with the riders and their support teams, would be a strong move and will build better rapport and continuity. We very much look forward to putting this into practice over the coming months during a busy winter of training and team building towards selection. “Having been involved in selection for a number of years, it’s a tough role. There are many balls to juggle, tricky decisions to be taken and plenty of emotion involved from those competing for a place on our Championship teams. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our three volunteer selection panels for their time, input and contribution to the sport. 2019 is looking bright as we now have the infrastructure in place for our teams to flourish – so good luck to all the riders involved as they aim for selection next year.” The complete list of BD selectors is as follows: Senior Selection Panel Judy Harvey David Trott Jenny Ward Para Selection Panel Carolyn Gardiner Joyce Head Jane Mcgarel-Groves Under 21s Selection Panel Nikki Herbert Leanne Wall
Friday, October 19

Under 21s Prime and Progress Squads announced

The Selectors are pleased to announce the new intake of Pony, Children on Horses, Junior and Young Rider Prime and Progress Squads following the Viewing Days in September. PRIME SQUADS Selected for Pony Prime Squad Training 2018/2019 Bonnie Bourne and Fin C We Holly James and Classic’s Charmeur Holly Kerslake and Valhallas Zorro Lily Laughton and Armada Magic Cadillac Isobel Lickley and Valido’s Sunshine Emilia Nelson and WFS Top Red Annabella Pidgley and Ine Annabella Pidgley and Cognac Betsy Smetham and Golden Amber Hermione Tottman and Beekzicht’s Bolero Olivia Whitelaw and Brouwershaven’s Viceroy Selected for Children on Horses Prime Squad Training 2018/2019 Amy Richards and Rotspons Rough Diamond Soraya Rogers and Evita I Selected for Junior Prime Squad Training 2018/2019 Jessica McConkey and Lady Gaga II Charlotte McDowall and Alivia Samantha Willson and Delhurens Sunshine Selected for Young Rider Prime Squad Training 2018/2019 Rebecca Bell and Nibeley Union Hit Isobel Berrington and Bing Angus Corrie-Deane and Tiny Tempur Charlotte Dicker and Sabatini Alex Hellings and Uvender V PROGRESS SQUADS Selected for Pony Progress Squad Training 2018/2019 Beatrice Butterworth and Carlsson Claudia Davis and Rubinia 37 Myles Graham and Harnells Erasmus Steffi Tomlinson and Vivassa Mollie Whitham and DZL Royal Sunrise Selected for Children on Horses Progress Squad Training 2018/2019 Sophia Marston and Solitaire II Selected for Junior Progress Squad Training 2018/2019 Harriet Brick and World Dancer Jessie Kirby and Belle Amie I Junior Progress Reserves (in alphabetical order) Caitlin Burgess and Chocotof Avery Maude and Double Agent Sophie Morgan-Rodda and Zanthoos Himself Selected for Young Rider Progress Squad Training 2018/2019 Jade Ellery and Porsche’s Eloy - pictured Lara Kuropatwa and For Season Meghan Ingham and Wanadoo Bridget Tate and Hawtins Werona
Thursday, October 18

Haddon Training British Grooms Awards 2018

With the every increasing media coverage facilitating the rising awareness of the important role grooms play in their rider’s success and none more so than ever of those who supported the Team GBR riders at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, Tryon together with those who supported the Pony, Children Junior and Young Rider European teams as quite rightly they played such a big part in the overall success of Team GBR. Nevertheless, so many grooms do not receive the acknowledgement they deserve for their hard work and commitment to the equines in their care, however, through the Haddon Training sponsored British Grooms Awards this provides an opportunity for these often unsung heroes of the equestrian industry to be recognised and rewarded. Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training said, “Whilst the continuing media coverage is excellent in raising awareness of the valuable role grooms do play, particularly at elite level, I hope by sponsoring the British Grooms Awards it demonstrates the importance that is placed on all grooms who are the backbone of the equine industry and who very rarely get identified and recognised for all their hard work.” The winning recipients in the five categories of the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards will be presented with their awards at the annual British Breeders Awards Dinner in London on Saturday 12th January 2019. Amy Boynton, a senior groom at the World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rooming Centre and the winning recipient of the Haddon Training British Grooms Award in 2018 said, “To win the British Grooms Award really meant a lot to me, as I was really shocked I that I had been nominated for such a prestigious award. With Haddon Training sponsoring the British Grooms Awards it really shows there is the recognition for the hard work all grooms put in day after day and working with animals can bring great joy but also heartache at times, which is not always recognised outside of the equine industry”. Since Haddon Training began its sponsorship of the British Grooms Awards four years ago the overriding message from all the winning recipients is one of appreciation that there is now the opportunity for all hard working grooms not only to be recognised but also to receive the acknowledgment that they quite rightly deserve as they are very much the backbone of the equine industry and with the five categories that form the British Grooms Awards this allows for a wide spectrum of grooms to be recommended for these prestigious awards. Nominations are now open and to nominate a candidate for one of the five categories of the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards, click here for entry criteria and to complete the online forms. • HT British Grooms Award • HT Team GBR Grooms Award • HT Team GBR Pony, Junior & YR Award • HT Manager Award • HT Apprentice Award Nominations close Friday 16 November 2018.  © Craig Payne Photography - 2017 HT British Grooms Award winners   
Wednesday, October 17

Veteran joie de vivre at Vale View

Four days, forty classes and over 285 starters made up this year’s bumper instalment of the Nettex Veteran Horse & Rider Championships at Vale View, 11 – 14 October. With titles on offer from Intro to Prix St George accorss thee categories of rider (55 and over), horses aged 15 to 19 and horses 20 and older, it was a busy few days with plenty of first rate competition. Vale View owner and manager Julie Hyslop took the spoils in two of the Nettex rider championships claiming the Novice with youngster Rubin Star Lioness, an Oldenburg by Rubin Star N competing in just their fifth test together. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Julie partnered her own veteran DHI Krackatoa to victory in the PSG class on Saturday evening. The duo has been together for an amazing 12 years and have had a great 2018 together, winning every time out this season at small tour so the Nettex sash is the cherry on top. Our eldest victor in the sections was John Bowers who took the Elementary section riding Wiaronett with a score of 69.71% at 73 years young. Based not far from Vale View in Leicestershire, John has been a BD member since 1998, only missing posting results in two years, 2015 and 2017. In the Nettex Veteran Horse sections, Cornish raider Judi Foster, herself a veteran rider, did a double in the Elementary and Medium sections for horses aged 15 – 19 riding Sue Gilbert’s 17 year old Leyla. The duo are well established at Elementary but this is their first year competing at Medium level and taking the win with 66.61% proves you can teach an older horse new tricks! Para Grade III rider Amanda Shirtcliffe took the Novice 15 – 19 title with her own Michelangelo, a 15 year old Swedish warmblood by Lambourgini. In her own unique Facebook style, Amanda exclaimed; “Yesterday a sinner and today a National winner! With the threat of being gifted to the glue factory, Magic Mike bucked his ideas up and channelled his inner Hugh Hefner to charm the lady judges and take the Veteran Championship title. Good boy Mike – never doubted you for a second!” It was two touching tales of long partnerships in the 20 and over horse categories at Elementary and Medium levels. The biggest thanks at the end of any test went to West Sussex’s Amelia Ward who showered her 23 year old Tireve What’s Wanted with pats and cuddles knowing that he’d given his all for his rider in the Elementary. The Welsh Section C was bought by Amelia ten years ago when she was nine but it wasn’t plain sailing to begin with. “Six weeks after we bought him, he just about bucked me off every day for six months. We came within a week of selling him but family friend Richard Evans said bring him over and we’ve never looked back,” she recalled. “It our first season with BD as he’s really a jumping machine. In fact, he was quite disappointed when we arrived and there were no jumps. It’s only our fifth Elementary together and hopefully we can qualify next year at Medium. I’m so glad all those years I stuck with him; it was the best decision I ever made and I just love him to bits; he’s my best friend. I have to say a huge thank you to my trainer Daniel Timpson as I couldn’t have won without all he does for me.” In the Medium, it was a fairy tale win by Laura Henton and her 25 year old The Fieldmaster, by Embla Farmer, as the duo have been together for 21 years – they came together when she just 12 and the horse just four in Pony Club. A partnership in eventing flourished and they went on to represent Great Britain at the 2002 Junior European Championships in Waregem. They rose further through the ranks reaching three star level before leaving the jumping behind in 2007. In 2016, Laura rejoined BD after an eight year lapse with ‘Fred’ to keep him busy with great success. “What’s so nice about today was I came out thinking he really tried his best and it made me feel I didn’t really care what the judges think as to me he couldn’t have done better. To see he then came first was just the icing on the cake,” commented Laura. “When we were eventing, show jumping was his strongest phase and he was a great cross country horse but we’ve really had to work on his dressage. He’s given me so much, he’s my horse of a life time; my best friend! He’s part of the family. “He’s enjoying himself and is so fit and well so we’ll keep going. I’d like to try Advanced Medium but not sure at 25 we’ll be getting the changes right! I couldn’t be happier and it’s very emotional when you’ve had horses that long; they’re just such a part of your life,” she said. Laura added; “I’m so impressed with BD and all the things they offer – there really is something for everyone and it’s now such an open sport. To have something like this to aim for with a 25 year old is just fantastic.” Pictured is Sue Lanz riding Wellshead Foxtrot, who have a combined age of 90, were presented with their Advanced Medium prizes by Elizabeth Taylor of the Veteran Horse Society. A massive thanks to the team at Vale View who did a fantastic job over the four days, our valued sponsor Nettex for their support of the Associated Championships, the Veteran Horse Society and all the riders and their support crews who braved the weather and provided fabulous competition. Nettex Veteran Rider Intro Karen Davies (56) with Peggy, 63.04% Prelim Debra Stapleton (56) with Fuego’s Funny Guy, 72.41% Novice Julie Hyslop (59) with Rubin Star Lioness, 69.35% Elementary John Bowers (73) with Wiaronett, 69.71% Medium Shirley Hart (63) with Lord Harvey, 68.01% Advanced Medium Elaine Wilson (63) with Ebabelou, 66.05% Prix St Georges Julie Hyslop (59) with DHI Krackatoa, 66.71% Nettex Veteran Horse Intro 15 – 19 – Jade Taylor with Bennynthejets (16), 66.96% 20 and over – Stacey Ann Pride with Liquorice II (20), 66.74% Prelim 15 – 19 – Kirsty Christopher with Attack II (18), 69.14% 20 and over – Julie Willis with Dorothy (21), 68.28% Novice 15 – 19 – Amanda Shirtcliffe with Michelangelo (15), 68.24% 20 and over – Rebecca Hamilton-Fletcher with Smokin Gun (20), 71.48% Elementary 15 – 19 – Judi Foster with Leyla (17), 69.56% 20 and over – Amelia Ward with Tireve What’s Wanted (23), 68.39% Medium 15 – 19 – Judi Foster with Leyla (17), 66.69% 20 and over – Laura Henton with The Fieldmaster (25), 63.09% Advanced Medium 15 – 19 – Sue Lanz with Wellshead Foxtrot (16), 64.80% 20 and over – Sarah Halls with Pavarotti II (21), 65.86% Prix St Georges 15 – 19 – Samantha Fish with Cumeragh House Mac (17), 68.75% 20 and over – Laura Payne with Calderon (20), 62.70% For the full results – click here  
Tuesday, October 16

New RoR Showcase event

Following another successful RoR National Championships at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) will be back at the same venue on Saturday 3rd November 2018 with its first ever RoR Showcase. An inspirational training and educational event designed by RoR to highlight the talent and transition of thoroughbred racehorses to their second careers, the day is for anyone interested in former racehorses or considering having one, from grassroots to elite level. Visitors to the new RoR Showcase, which is supported by The Racing Foundation, will have the chance to enjoy live demonstrations and clinics featuring over 20 former racehorses, as well as a wide range of up-close demos, in and around two Arenas. Showing, dressage, jumping, eventing, endurance, natural horsemanship, western riding, long lining, and horseball will all be showcased. A line up of top trainers and experts including Olympian eventer Jeanette Brakewell, show producer Katie Jerram-Hunnable, British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler, natural horseman Guy Robertson and other equine specialists will share their knowledge on selecting, caring for, and retraining the thoroughbred after racing for various equine disciplines. Other racing industry experts include racehorse trainer Bryan Smart and vet Jenny Hall discussing the racehorse as an athlete and its transition to a new career, using real racehorses. One of the star attractions will be the popular educational company Horses Inside Out staging a live painted horse demonstration. Equine anatomist and sports therapist Gillian Higgins will paint the musculoskeletal system of a former racehorse throughout the day to highlight the physical changes in the transition from racehorse to riding horse. In addition, there will be an Ask The Experts Lounge where visitors will have the opportunity to ask one-to-one questions and gather more tips and advice from all the experts. The day runs from 9am to 5pm and will culminate with the RoR Grand Showcase finale featuring all of the day’s retrained horses including 2014 Grand National winner Pineau De Re and former Royal Ascot winner Namibian. Di Arbuthnot, RoR Chief Executive explains: “The RoR Showcase is intended to inspire and educate trainers, riders and owners at every level involved or interested in transitioning former racehorses to second careers, as well as providing information on the care, training and sale of these horses. This is a fantastic opportunity to come along and meet a host of experts and industry professionals all under one roof.” For more information, a full schedule, and to book tickets for the RoR Showcase day visit the RoR microsite . Tickets cost £15 each online (or £18 on the day).  
Tuesday, October 16

BD Abroad: Le Mans CDI3*/2*/U25/Y/J/P/Ch-A

The following riders have been selected to represent Great Britain this week at Le Mans CDI3*/2*/U25/Y/J/P/Ch-A in France (18 – 21 October 2018). CDI3* - Big Tour Henriette Andersen from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire with her own Flavio (bay gelding, 13yrs, 16.2hh, s. Florencio ds. Glueckspilz) - pictured. Louise Bell from Banbury, Oxfordshire with her own Into The Blue (roan gelding, 12yrs, 16.2hh, s. Ublesco ds. Calvaro Z). Gareth Hughes from Southam, Warwickshire with Rebecca Hughes’ Classic Briolinca (bay mare, 12yrs, 16.2hh, s. Trento B ds. Royal Dance) and Claudine Kroll’s KK Woodstock (brown gelding, 12yrs, 17.2hh, s. Wolkentanz II ds. Landiosa). CDI2* - Middle Tour Kirsty Mepham from Crawley, West Sussex with Anne Baldock and Rebecca Vinter’s Minain (brown mare, 15yrs, 16.2hh, s. Idocus ds. Michellino). Sarah Millis from Horsham, West Sussex with her own Behroez (bay gelding, 12yrs, 18hh, s. United ds. Gribaldi). CDI2* - Small Tour Kerry Mackin from Horsham, West Sussex with Angela Jones’ Esquire III (bay gelding, 9yrs, 17hh, s. Valeron). Ellie McCarthy from New Milton, Hampshire (based in Germany) with her own Belafonte (chestnut stallion, 14yrs, s. Belissimo M ds. Wendekreis). Dean Skeates from Swindon, Wiltshire with Judy Peploe’s Super Blue (bay gelding, 14yrs, 17hh, s. Show Star ds. Florestan I). CDIU25 – Inter II and Grand Prix 16-25 Isabelle Chaplin from Sevenoaks, Kent with Coral Ingham’s Vincente (bay stallion, 16yrs, 16.2hh, s. Gribaldi). Joanna Thurman-Baker from Henley-on-Thames with Samantha Thurman-Baker’s Highcliffe Apollo (bay gelding, 16yrs, 16.2hh, s. Der Lenz ds. Laptop). CDIY - Young Riders Angus Corrie-Deane from Salisbury, Wiltshire with his own Tiny Tempur (bay gelding, 13yrs, 17.1hh, s. Raikano). Megan Ingham from Wokingham, Berkshire with Coral Ingham’s Wanadoo (chestnut gelding, 17yrs, 16.2hh, s. Wolkenstein II ds. Cavalier). CDIJ - Juniors Clare Hole from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk with Lynne Jackson’s Pro-Motion (bay gelding, 15yrs, 16.2hh, s. Pro-Set) and Rachel Murray’s Winnetou G.E.P. (black gelding, 15yrs, 17hh, s. Gribaldi ds. Donnerhall). Jessica McConkey from Watlington, Oxfordshire with her own Lady Gaga II (bay mare, 9ys, 16.2hh, s. Quaterback ds. Solos Landwind). CDIP - Ponies Holly James from Horsham, West Sussex with Oliver Booth’s Classic’s Charmeur (palomino gelding, 11yrs, 14.2hh, s. Classic Dancer ds. Domingo). Annabella Pidgley from Windsor, Berkshire with Sarah Pidgley’s Cognac IX (palomino gelding, 10yrs, 14.1hh, s. FS Chambertin ds. Waldemar) and Sarah Pidgley’s Ine (chestnut mare, 11yrs, 14.1hh, s. Constantin ds. Handryk). Natasha Powell-Richards from Leatherhead, Surrey with Lara Dyson’s Oosting Amigo (black stallion, 9yrs, 14.1hh, s. Hagelkruis Valentijn ds. Verona’s Bo Gi). CDICh-A – Children on Horses Amy Richards from Bodmin, Cornwall with her own Rotspons Rough Diamond (black mare, 14yrs, 16hh, s. Rotspon). Soraya Rogers from Dorking, Surrey with Deborah Kamal’s Evita I (black mare, 9yrs, 16.3hh, s. Jazz). Start lists and results
Friday, October 12

New look GP to be trialled at Olympia

HPower Group, organiser of Olympia, The London International Horse Show, host to the UK leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™, has worked in consultation with the FEI and international dressage riders to revitalise the FEI Dressage World Cup™ competition by making it more interesting to a wider audience. The two evenings of the newly designed competition will be seen at Olympia on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 December 2018. Agreed by the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Committee, this will form a two-year pilot project, which seeks to actively engage the audience and broaden the discipline’s appeal, particularly during the Grand Prix test. The changes to the existing dressage format include significant alterations to the Grand Prix phase, although the test will still be judged and ridden in the same format as all other FEI technical tests and will continue to demand the highest level of technical ability, accuracy and precision. The Grand Prix changes include: • A shorter Grand Prix technical set test of five minutes • Music will be selected for each rider, by a professional Musical Director, for the Grand Prix Test, which will reflect each combination’s personality and interests • After the Grand Prix, riders will remain in the arena to watch the Judges scores, which will provide immediacy and instant reaction • During the Grand Prix, spectators will be able to assess their own marking skills against the professional Judges After each Grand Prix Test, riders will discuss their performance in a short interview in front of the audience. Collectively, it will give the audience a Masterclass from the rider’s perspective over the entire competition. Richard Davison, Dressage Consultant to the Olympia Organising Committee, who has been working together with the FEI on the project said, “The World Cup series is a really important opportunity for us to showcase dressage and widen its appeal. This pilot project is an exciting initiative aimed at adding considerably more spectator appeal, while maintaining traditional dressage values and a highly competitive format.” Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: “This new format is not a gimmick or a theatrical experiment. I have been convinced, for some time, that Dressage in the World Cup Series has been underperforming against its potential. Unashamedly – and I believe quite rightly – we want to make the Grand Prix evening at Olympia as meaningful, relevant and exciting as the Freestyle night. Two cracking nights of elite competition will do a lot to improve Dressage’s visibility amongst those who have not been initiated into the complexities of the sport.” Adding to the dressage entertainment will be The Reprise Des Douzes from La Garde Republicaine, who are renowned for their balletic dressage moves and technically difficult group riding. The Olympia Grand Prix evening, on Monday 17 December, is set to be an evening where the audience can immerse themselves in the highly skilled sport of dressage. Remember BD members are eligble for discounted tickets on Tuesday 18 December - 20% all but the highest priced tickets.  Contatct the BD office for details.  Click here for the Olympia Horse Show website for timetables, show info and to book tickets.  
Friday, October 12

Nettex Draught Horse Associated Championships

Clydesdales, Haflingers, Irish Sport Horses and full Irish Draughts were just some of the breeds down the centre line at the Nettex Draught Horse Associated Championship at Keysoe EC on 30 September. With classes ranging from Intro B to Elementary, there was a lot to see and admire. There were separate classes for full draught and part-draught horses. Full draught James McGivern and Graigueaverne Forester (pictured) were the show’s top scorers, with a fabulous 74.23% winning them the Nettex Novice title and they also had a second place in the Nettex Elementary. James comes from the Isle of Man and as the horse is a poor traveler and sometimes needs sedation, they arrived in Keysoe a week early. Their 600-mile round trip was worthwhile though, with such great performances. James bought ‘Mac’, an 18hh by Shenandoah Prince Holly, last year when he was seven. “He’s still sometimes a bit green in the arena but he felt really in front of me and for most of the test I was just steering!” commented James. “Afterwards the judges told me they were impressed by his correct training and that I had ridden the most accurate test of the day.” Mac is a bit of a self-harmer, having previously got stuck in the living of his lorry and a week before leaving for the mainland, he got all four legs stuck in a five-bar gate. In the past James has worked as a groom and rider but now owns a domiciliary care agency. Abbi Willetts has owned her Nettex Intro B winner, 15-year-old Clydesdale Arclid Alfie for nine years. She bought the bay roan with four white socks as her first horse from a trekking centre. An infected pastern joint threatened his ridden career but he has come right and Abbi affiliated him a year ago. “We did dressage as I thought it would be less taxing and it turns out he’s quite capable at it,” said Abbi. “He’s very light on his feet, a proper dancing diva. I’m very proud of my horse, he and I have come a long way. Abbi works in construction management and is the mother of five-year-old twins. This was her and Alfie’s first overnight trip. “He was a star – an absolutely gentleman throughout. My challenge for next year is to qualify for the Novice regionals and Elementary Area Festivals.” Nettex Elementary Champion was Heather White and Hawklands Echo, an 18hh seven-year-old by Avanti Amorous Archie. She has owned him since he was an unbroken three-year-old and bought him from Cornwall. “I’ve backed and produced him myself with the help of Clare Ballantyne,” said Heather who works full-time as a solicitor in Stoke-on-Trent. “He’s been to the summer regionals at Novice and Elementary and is qualified for winter regionals at Elementary and Medium. This was our first time at the Draught Championships – it’s been our goal every year but something always cropped up to stop us getting here.” “This was one of the best tests he’s ever done. He was really rideable and with me. His trot work was some of the best he’s done,” she commented. “It all came together and the judge at C gave me 72%! I was very proud of how he behaved at his first major championships. Last year Echo’s full brother Hawklands Argento Amore won the Prelim and Novice titles with Kirstie Clarke. Janet Mathews and Avanti Flirty Gerty had a super day, winning the Nettex Prelim title as well as being reserve Nettex Novice Champion. Janet has owned the British-bred 14-year-old mare since she was a yearling. Over the years they’ve done all the riding club disciplines but are now concentrating on dressage. Janet was thrilled to have taken part in two mounted prize-givings and to have won one of the coveted sashes. “She’s taken me to the BD regionals and Welsh championships,” said Janet who travelled all the way from Wales. “In the Prelim test she was a little excited in the outdoor arena and a bit fresh. She was more settled in the Novice. She’s an excellent horse – I’m so pleased with her.” Part-bred draught Former show horse and eventer, Moonshine II, won both Novice and Elementary championships. The 12-year-old gelding, ridden by Helen Airey, is by Touch Of The Blues and is owned by breeder Chris McGrann. “He stopped eventing after an injury and I’ve been riding him for nearly 12 months,” said Helen who works three days a week as a chartered accountant and has two young children. “Chris offered me the ride on Billy when my own horse was injured.” Billy’s transition to dressage has gone well and the pair were 17th at Novice Silver at the National Championships. “He was super in both tests and we got 8 and 9 in the Elementary for his final medium trot and halt. He’s a real character and lovely to have on the yard. His favourite thing is to turn the feed room light on and off.” Helen will be moving him up to Medium over the winter with the help of Chris, Sarah Rogers and the training with Stephen Clarke organised by the Northern Dressage Group. Nettex Prelim Champion Just Look At Me was bought four years ago as a three-year-old for the hacking business Zanna Saville was running at the time. “All he’d done was hunt in Ireland and hack. I bought him as he was safe as houses,” explained Zanna. “He’d never been in a school and couldn’t canter in the arena. We affiliated in April 2017 and qualified for Keysoe summer regionals in 2017 and 2018 and Eastern and Otley winter regionals this year.” “He felt amazing in the test, really relaxed,” said Zanna, who trains with international Grand Prix rider Paul Friday. “He’s a really willing horse and always tries so hard. “ Belinda Burdett and Treble Maker were the only combination to come forward for the Nettex Intro B class. She has owned ‘Lloyd’, an Irish sports horse, for four years and has evented him up to BE90. “He does tend to switch off in the dressage – he prefers jumping!” said Janet who enjoyed their first experience of competing away and taking part in the championships. Janet hails from Lowestoft where she works full-time in the motorsport industry. “It was nice to be judged by high level judges.” Congratulations to all the riders who took part. British Dressage thanks the team at Keysoe for a successful Championship event as well as title sponsor Nettex for their generous support of the Associated Championship series. The winners: Intro for pure-breds Abbi Willets with Arlid Alfie, 69.02% Intro for part-breds Belinda Burdett and Treble Maker, 63.04% Preliminary for pure-breds Janet Mathews with Avanti Flirty Gerty, 66.98% Preliminary for part-breds Zanna Saville and Just Look At Me, 71.56% Novice for pure-breds James McGivern and Graigueaverne Forester, 74.23% Novice for part-breds Helen Airey and Moonshine II, 70.96% Elementary for pure-breds Heather White and Hawklands Echo, 71.09% Elementary for part-breds Helen Airey and Moonshine II, 70.55% For full results click here Words by Helen Triggs
Thursday, October 11

Nettex Lusitano Associated Championship

The Nettex Lusitano Associated Championship gave this beautiful Portuguese breed the chance to step into the spotlight at Keysoe on 29 September. The breed is famous for its flamboyance and talent for dressage. Nika Vorster rides both PREs and Lusitanos in her job as rider at Premier PRE Dressage in Oxfordshire but it was the handsome grey Lusitano Curioso (pictured at the MCI Finals) that won her two titles at Keysoe, taking the winner’s sash in the Medium and Advanced Medium classes. Curioso had the highest score of the day of 70.81% in the Medium. Nika has been riding Louisa Collins’ 11-year-old for three years and recently they won the Medium Bronze at Sparsholt's Petplan Equine Area Festival Final. They also competed at Elementary and Medium at the Petplan Equine Area Festival Finals 2018 and were part of the silver medal winning British team at the MCI Dressage Masters European final. “He’s a very sensitive chap and relies on me to give him confidence,” said Nika. “Three years ago we were doing Novice classes and now he’s competing up to Advanced, so patience pays off.” “He was a little bit tense to start in the Medium but then started to come better in the second half of the test. He was much more relaxed in the Advanced Medium. Doing two tests was a big ask for him as he likes to do one and then go home!” Nika keeps Curioso sweet with a varied work programme and only schools him twice a week. He jumps, does groundwork and goes for hacks. Jess Ashwell and Sueste II, a stunning dark bay stallion, had the second highest score of the day, to win the Novice champion title. She was also reserve champion in the Elementary class at her first year at the level. Jess and Sueste were Preliminary Champions in 2016. The 19-year-old Sueste has had a varied career which includes being a member of the GB working equitation team competing all around Europe, showjumping and hunting. Jess has owned him for two-and-a-half years. “We only affiliated two years ago,” explained Jess. “He felt seriously up for it and I was nicely surprised by the score.” Nicky Thayer beat Sueste to take the Elementary title on Estribo with 66.88%. She has been competing Estribo in affiliated dressage since March 2016. This year they took 12th place at Elementary Silver at Wellington and Crofton Manor Area Festivals. They also placed second at Elementary in both straight and freestyle classes at the Iberian Performance Show. Nicky admitted that the bull-fighting bred nine-year-old has not been easy to train. She bought him unbacked and it took a year before he could be ridden. “We’ve been eliminated so many times in tests as he gets half way through the tests and then starts to object,” said Nicky. “I think it made a huge difference that I came on Friday and did all the arena walks. For once everything came together.” Veteran stallion, 20-year-old San Rafael wasn’t showing his age at all when he scooped the prestigious Prix St Georges Championship for owner Emma Pewter. This is the second sash for Rafael who was the Advanced Medium Champion in 2017.They also won an Advanced Medium title at the Veteran Horse Championships. Emma, who is programme manager for the College of West Anglia in Cambridge, is a BD judge and keen competitor. The pair have been part of the Eastern region team at the Home International and she trains with Mark Ruddock and John Bowen. They also represented Great Britain at the MCI Dressage Masters European Final. Emma has owned Rafael for five years and keeps him fit with lots of hacking and trotting over poles. Emma’s husband Gary, an ex-jump jockey also helps out with the hacking “I’ve thought of retiring him but he is still very fit and supple,” she said. “We don’t do much over the winter and if he still feels good in Spring, we’ll carry on.” “I was thrilled with him. We had one mistake in the final halt but he felt really good and sat well in his canter pirouettes,” said Emma. The Prelim title was especially sweet for Helen Delgaudio who has had a lot of lameness issues with Esporao and at one time she thought the nine-year-old would have to be retired or put to sleep. Fortunately a new farrier shod him differently and he is now out competing again. “He’s a cheeky chappy,” said Helen, who imported him three years ago. “He was a bit distracted as he’s not been to Keysoe before but he’s a bit of a showman who rises to the occasion.” Esporao was also reserve champion in the Novice class. Congratulations to all the riders who took part. British Dressage thanks the team at Keysoe for a successful Championship event as well as title sponsor Nettex for their generous support of the Associated Championship series. The winners: Preliminary Helen Delgaudio and Esporao, 68.54% Novice Jessica Ashwell and Sueste II, 69.04% Elementary Nicky Thayer and Estribo, 66.88% Medium Nika Vorster and Curioso, 70.81% Advanced Medium Nika Vorster and Curioso, 68.22% Prix St Georges Emma Pewter and San Rafael, 65.66% For full results click here Words by Helen Triggs Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Wednesday, October 10

BGA launches Grooms Minds online resource

To mark World Mental Health Day today, the British Grooms Association (BGA) launched Grooms Minds online which has eight areas to support mental health including a mental wellbeing checker, self-help zone, video scripts and real life case studies. The BGA has developed these online resources in response to its survey last year which revealed that over 70% of grooms have been bullied (including being the recipient of derogatory comments) within the workplace, either by their employer or by fellow workers and 83% of grooms who responded are suffering from stress and/or mental wellbeing problems. Just 12 months on, the BGA now has a strong message of ‘You are not alone.’ For so many grooms, this will become invaluable and life changing. Sylvia Bruce, a mental health in the workplace consultant who helped develop the web pages commented: “Grooms Minds is vitally important because it promotes the principle of talking mental health matters and encourages members’ mental health awareness and confidence. In addition it will enhance the profession, industry brand and reputation; aspiring to create more empathic, compassionate and supportive working environments thus attracting, engaging and retaining the best talent – surely a win/win for everyone involved.“ The Grooms Minds online project has been generously supported by British Dressage, British Showjumping, British Eventing, the British Horse Society, the Pony Club and World Horse Welfare. For more information visit the Grooms Minds website .  #GroomsMinds #Youarenotalone
Wednesday, October 10

Wins all round for Brits at Nice CDI3*

The three British riders who travelled to the South of France for Nice CDI3* (4 – 7 October 2018) have each returned victorious from the French Riviera venue. Prolific Grand Prix rider Emma Hindle has been ‘on tour’ this year with Romy Del Sol (pictured earlier this year) to give the horse experience in the show environment and it’s certainly paying off. So far this season, Emma and the 12-year-old Blue Hors Romanov mare have shown excellent results with consistent high placings and wins at CDIs across Europe including Keysoe, Aalborg, Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Rotterdam and Waregem. Maintaining this form, their campaign in France last week resulted in two personal best scores for the combination. A super mark of 71.522% gave them victory in the Grand Prix, with Germany’s Alexander Matthias Rath and Foundation 22 taking second and Russia’s Tatiana Miloserdova and Florento Fortuna completing the top three. Then on to Saturday, Emma held her domination to win once again, this time on 72.660%, with Miloserdova taking second and Rath, third - the ground jury of Alban Tissot (FRA) at H, Thomas Lang (AUT) at E, Eduard De Wolff Van Westerrode (NED) at C, Maria Colliander (FIN) at M and Magnus Ringmark (SWE) at B in total agreement of their placing of each competitor in the class. In the Small Tour divisions, Great Britain’s representatives both rose to the fore. In Friday’s Prix St Georges, Kate Lister and World Exclusive (World of Dreams x Rohdiamant) and Sarah Williams with Georgina Howard’s mare Bohigas W (Breitling W x Fabriano) delivered solid tests for 69%-plus for third and fourth place respectively. Kate and World Exclusive (pictured right) then claimed the next day’s Inter I just ahead of second-placed Sarah (pictured below) who went on take the Inter I Freestyle with 70.775%. “It’s a fantastic feeling,” Kate told British Dressage after her return home to Warwickshire. “This has finished my year beyond expectations.” Kate acquired 12-year-old ‘Wex’, a former ride of Lesley Peyton-Gilbert, in February of this year and quickly formed a good partnership with the handsome chestnut gelding. “He came in to Henry’s [Boswell who is based at Kate’s yard] to be sold. When I rode him we clicked immediately - I’ve never clicked with a horse that quickly before. The minute you get on it’s a wonderful feeling. To start with I tried to ‘ignore’ the horse but one day as I was riding, Henry shouted ‘you’ve got to buy him!” said Kate who credits Lesley as having done ‘a wonderful job’. This year, the new partnership has competed only in Premier Leagues, being placed in the top five each time. “We then went to the Nationals, being placed fifth in the Inter I and seventh in the Music. It’s taken me 18 years to get back to the Nationals so this was such a big boost.” Talking about her rides in Nice, Kate describes the PSG as a good, clean test. “He’s a good at pulling off a good, clean test on the first day. Then on the day of the Inter I it was very hot. I tried to keep the warm up short, and I rode him a bit harder as the heat was getting to him a little. But he just tried his hardest for me! The pirouettes we’ve been working hard to improve, and they really came off which I was very happy with.” Looking ahead, Kate, who trains with both Henry Boswell and Carl Hester is aiming for a CDI at Medium Tour before a step up to Big Tour next year. “He’s proven that he can cut the mustard,” said Kate, reflecting on the start to their international career. Results of the British riders: Grand Prix 1st Emma Hindle with Romy Del Sol, 71.522% (GBR) 9th Emma Hindle with Diesel 8, 63.674% (GBR) Grand Prix Special 1st Emma Hindle with Romy Del Sol, 72.660% (GBR) Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Remy Bastings with Dior S, 72.875% (NED) 2nd Emma Hindle with Diesel 8, 66.125% (GBR) Prix St Georges 1st Laureen Poncelet with Andretti 13, 70.265% (BEL) 3rd Kate Lister with World Exclusive, 69.441% (GBR) 4th Sarah Williams with Bohigas W, 69.206% (GBR) Intermediate I 1st Kate Lister with World Exclusive, 70.324% (GBR) 2nd Sarah Williams with Bohigas W, 70.265% (GBR) Intermediate I Freestyle 1st Sarah Williams with Bohigas W, 70.775% (GBR) 4th Kate Lister with World Exclusive, 68.400% (GBR) For full results click here Photo (Emma Hindle) © Keven Sparrow
Tuesday, October 9

Nettex GB PRE Associated Championships

It was the turn of the PRE, pure and part-bred Spanish horses to take the stage as the 2018 Nettex Associated Championships series arrived at Keysoe EC in Bedfordshire on 29 September. It is always exciting to watch these beautifully presented horses and the competition at Keysoe didn’t disappoint. Tasha Wakely and 10-year-old gelding, Elegido CXLVII, were on tip top form to win both Novice and Elementary titles with scores over 70%, both personal bests. Tasha, who runs a competition and sales livery, has had Elegido (pictured) for only three months. The 10-year-old is very green and had not competed before she bought him. “My mum fell in love with him and I loved his movement and temperament,” said Tasha who got hooked on PREs when she was 15 and got her first Spanish horse. “I was thrilled with him as it was his first time in an indoor arena and only his fourth ever competition.” “We had a wrong strike off in one of the simple changes but I only taught him them a couple of weeks ago! I was chuffed to bits that we got over 70% despite that. I’m beyond proud of him.” ‘Gido’ has lovely paces so they have an exciting future together. Stephen Allen was another double champion on the flamboyant grey stallion, Comico XVIII, owned by Neil and Sarah Brener. They won the Medium and were unopposed in the Advanced Medium. Stephen began riding the eight-year-old when Neil him imported a year ago from Spain. He has brought him on from Novice to Advanced Medium and has also qualified him as part of the British team at the MCI European Dressage Masters finals. “He was a bit of a handful in the warm-up but as soon as he was between the boards he shut up!” said Stephen. “It was the first time he’d been in the indoor school here and he was a bit fresh but he tried his heart out.” Comico’s scores of 69.26% in the Medium and 65% in the Advanced Medium were both personal bests for him “He’s still very green at Advanced Medium – everything has to be perfect for the changes to come off. A year ago he was very tense and had no stretch or reach but now he is much more chilled.” Comico has a very impressive medium trot now and Stephen says the horse considers it his ‘safe’ place. “He knows he’s good at it and gets praised for it, so if he gets worried about something, we go back to it.” Liza Donnelly has had her Prelim champion Entendido LXIV on loan for three months so were thrilled with their performance and made her last minute rush to qualify for the Championships worthwhile. “Nicola Crowther, his owner, offered him to me when I was short of horsepower. I hadn’t competed for over three years and just gelled with him straight away. It gave me the confidence to quickly try and qualify him for the GBPRE champs. I literally did it with two days to spare,” said Liza. “I knew nothing about the breed and quickly fell in love with his willing to work attitude and athleticism. I had no idea I had won my class, although I knew I had done a smooth test, so we undid his plaits to load him. Big mistake - I had to redo his plaits at the rate of knots for the presentation! “ The eight-year-old bay gelding has only ever done six BD competitions so is still green at shows.” I was delighted with his attitude at the championship. He felt super going into the arena and he really tried his hardest for me.” Congratulations to all the riders who took part. British Dressage thanks the team at Keysoe for a successful Championship event as well as title sponsor Nettex for their generous support of the Associated Championship series. The winners: Preliminary Liza Donnelly with Entendido LXIV, 67.08% Novice Tasha Wakely with Elegido CXLVII, 72.98% Elementary Tasha Wakely with Elegido CXLVII, 70.94% Medium Stephen Allen with Comico XXXIII, 69.26% Advanced Medium Stephen Allen with Comico XXXIII, 65.00% For full results click here Words by Helen Triggs Photo from Tasha Wakely Dressage
Saturday, October 6

Horse of the Year Show hat-trick for Dujardin

Charlotte Dujardin and Florentina VI raised the roof last night with their winning performance in the Dressage Future Elite Championship during the Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in Birmingham (3 – 7 October 2018). The Olympic dressage champion completed a Horse of the Year Show hat-trick when she won the class in dominant fashion in front of a packed out HOYS crowd. Charlotte, riding Florentina VI, posted a score of 79.12% to secure a treble and produce further evidence of her enviable string of horses in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A high class field also included her Great Britain colleague at the recent World Equestrian Games - Emile Faurie, and London 2012 team mate Laura Tomlinson. Second place went to Nicola Buchanan and Half Moon Dark Magic, with Becky Moody and Eureko taking third. This competition for up-and-coming horses, now in its sixth year, provides a unique opportunity to expose young horses to the big stage as well as acting as a shop window for our sport. At an event which is famed for show jumping and showing, the Andrews Bowen International Arena was jam-packed in anticipation for the dressage, testament to the popularity the sport now has within the wider equestrian community. For talented eight- to ten-year-old horses, this class is invitational based on rankings throughout the season from High Profile, Premier League and CDI shows on average percentage in Small Tour classes. The top ranked combinations are then invited to take part in an Intermediate I Freestyle competition. Eight competitors came forward last night under a top judging panel of Peter Storr (C), Andrew Gardner (H) and Stephen Clarke (M). First into the arena was Lewis Carrier who made his British team debut at the FEI Young Rider Championships in Fontainebleau this July, with his ride here, Diego V. Setting off to Western-inspired trot music, Lewis (21) rode with style and confidence, creating a picture of elegance with the 10-year-old bay son of Spielberg. The canter was assured with accurate pirouettes and three-time changes on a turn, in a lovely frame; and the walk covered much ground. Transitions were attentive throughout and they earned a creditable 71.37%. “For me the horse settled more in canter,” said Andrew Gardner, summarising the performance. “The structure of the canter was very good and it was nicely uphill. The trot could have been more elastic – the horse was a little tense, but he’s a young horse and he’ll benefit hugely from this experience.” Nicola Buchanan followed with her own and Diana Reynolds-Hale’s Half Moon Dark Magic, a nine-year-old by Dimaggio, interestingly a full brother the late Half Moon Dynasty who won here with Michael Eilberg in 2013. An instrumental adaptation of Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black accompanied the pair who performed technically demanding components with precision and panache. The big horse moved seamlessly from half passes to extended trots; two-time changes on the centre line were expressive and bold. They concluded their performance with a powerful extended trot towards the judges who awarded the pair 75.04%. “She took a lot of risk, and there was a lot of impulsion and expression,” said Stephen Clarke. “It was a very good test, and I particularly like the extended trot.” Experienced Grand Prix competitor Nikki Barker and the bay stallion Durable had a commanding presence as they came down the centre line. Riding to their Kill Bill soundtrack, Nikki and Durable who is a 10-year-old son of Spielberg and is owned by his rider and Viv Gleave, showed huge power and elasticity. Mistakes crept into the canter work but much of the work was breathtaking showing great promise for the future. They scored 70.79%. “There were lovely highlights in the extended trots. He’s an impressive, beautiful-moving horse,” said Peter Storr. Becky Moody, who is no stranger to this arena having won this class in 2015 with Carinsio, was next up with Jo Cooper’s Dutch-bred nine-year-old Eureko (by Uphill). The crowd loved their Sherlock programme and the judges were equally impressed, awarding them 74.70%. The trot segments were fluent and powerful with exemplary rhythm. The canter featured three-time and two-time changes on a turn and accurate pirouettes. “For me the music was just right and there was a certain drama,” said Andrew. “From a judging perspective, personal taste doesn’t come into it, it’s how it fits the performance that matters – and this did. “I liked the pirouettes. The horse showed ability to sit and wait and I liked that. They looked part of the canter.” At the midway point of the class, it was the turn of Alice Oppenheimer with Sarah Oppenheimer’s eight-year-old Headmore Davina (Dimaggio x Rubinstein). Entering to Supertramp’s Dreamer which all the trot was set to, the pair performed circles directly into fluent, expressive half passes the opposite way. The walk – ground covering and relaxed – preceded super canter work to Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. The two-time changes were beautiful. “It was a really obedient performance and it all went well,” commented Peter. “She’s a lovely mare and was well presented.” Emile Faurie and a young horse he thinks a lot of, Café’s Caletta, followed Alice. The tall German-bred mare is only nine, with limited experience under her belt, but she’s an exciting future prospect her rider. Moving off in a powerful extended trot to compelling music, followed by half pass in a lovely frame and balance. In the canter there was some loss of rhythm during the pirouettes but the tempi-changes were full of quality and verve. They scored 74.54%. “She’s a lovely elegant horse and there were some really expressive parts of the test,” summarised Stephen. “Obviously she’s a bit green and there were a few errors including the pirouettes, but it’s a strong horse for the future. The elasticity and elegance is lovely.” The penultimate rider was the defending Dressage Future Elite title holder Charlotte Dujardin and the anticipation in the crowd was palpable as she rode down the tunnel on the dapple grey Florentina VI (Vivaldi x Rubels). Florentina, at eight, was one of the youngest horses in the class but nonetheless she looked very at home in the iconic arena. Starting boldly in extended trot on the centre line, they went on to show super-elastic shoulder-ins which were simply to die for, and expressive trot half passes. Riding to a Tom Hunt compilation using music from animated films The Snowman and the Snowdog and Ice Age the pair were full of class. The canter featured three-time changes, in which there was a costly error, then into a canter pirouette right, and two-time changes to a pirouette left. Rather than a response from one of the judges, this time the roving mike was taken to Carl Hester who was watching on from a seat in hospitality. “Charlotte still can’t quite count to three! This is something we’ll talk about on the way home in the car!” he quipped. “She’s a gorgeous horse. Very energetic and elegant. If you blink on the mistake, it was a wonderful piece of riding.” Up went the score – 79.12%, taking them into the lead. The final competitor of the evening was Laura Tomlinson, who was so influential in Great Britain’s medal success at London 2012. Six years on, and with two young children and another on the way, Laura’s enthusiasm for competing looks as strong as ever. She rode to a catchy Latin compilation with her father Wilfried’s lovely Fallatijn Van Kairos, an eight-year-old gelding by the same sire as Florentina, Vivaldi. The horse is a little green being new to the level but showed great energy and expression. “Laura did a great job.” said Peter. “The horse is lovely. He’s a young horse and there were green mistakes but he’s an exciting horse for the future. “We’ve seen some lovely young horses tonight. It will be exciting to see them out at Grand Prix in the future,” concluded Peter. Reflecting on her victory, Charlotte said: "This is Florentina's first real big indoor show, so she has never really been in an atmosphere like this and I wasn't sure how she was going to cope with it, but she felt really good. I am really happy. "It's great to bring horses like her here and get them used to this environment and atmosphere. It's great to be able to do that and such a great experience for her. “She’s a very brave horse, and I didn’t even do the arena walk. She’s such a soldier,” she added. “And we’re so lucky that we get to do demos such as at Your Horse Live with the young horses. It’s a very good education for them.” Talking about her music, Charlotte said; “Tom Hunt came up with it. I like to follow themes of cartoons as they’re familiar and they always tell a story.” It has been a busy schedule for the Gloucestershire-based rider in recent weeks, having claimed two bronze medals at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, then travelling straight to the LeMieux National Championships in Warwickshire before arriving at Horse of the Year Show. "I have literally come home from WEG, went straight to the National Championships, and then to here. It has been non-stop, but WEG was fantastic. We weren't sure if we were going to bring home a medal, but it went better than we could have ever have thought. I have learnt so much from going to WEG. With me, dealing with different aspects of it with Valegro, there was so much pressure, and now it is about bringing on another horse. I have got a fantastic string of horses, and heading towards Tokyo I think I will have about four Grand Prix horses lined up, which is a great position to be in. It's fantastic."   Results 1st Charlotte Dujardin with Florentina VI, 79.12% 2nd Nicola Buchanan with Half Moon Dark Magic, 75.04% 3rd Becky Moody with Eureko, 74.70% 4th Emile Faurie with Café’s Caletta, 74.54% 5th Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Davina, 73.75% 6th Laura Tomlinson with Fallatijn Van Kairos, 73.58% 7th Lewis Carrier with Diego V, 71.37% 8th Nikki Barker with Durable, 70.79% For full results including judges’ breakdown click here Photo © 1st Class Images Videos courtesy of Horse of the Year Show Audio interview courtesy of Horse of the Year Show
Monday, October 1

MCI European Championships come to the UK

The Iberian Dressage Masters (IDM) is the British organisation for the MCI, offering competitors with Iberian horses the opportunity to compete internationally against fellow Iberians at the annual European Championships. This year, for the first time ever, it is being held in Great Britain, at Bury Farm in Buckinghamshire (4 - 7 October). Following the success of Britain’s representation at the MCI finals in Belgium in 2015 and Italy in 2016, in which Team MCI GB came away with a very creditable 4th place on both occasions, last year in France Team MCI GB achieved Team Silver. The British campaign has gradually strengthened in numbers and they are “going for Gold” this year! Set up in June 2015, the IDM and MCI GB are gaining in popularity, with over 220 members and many qualifying venues throughout the UK. This year the British contingent has doubled, with a team of 50 riders and horses competing in classes ranging from Young Horse up to Grand Prix. The MCI GB series of qualifying venues, and the success of the British team last year has helped to raise the profile of Iberian horses in British dressage. "We are enormously grateful to the MCI Europe for organising such an incredible event and providing the opportunity to compete with other riders and horses across Europe and we are delighted to host the Finals and look forward to welcoming the other European nations to England," says IDM Director Karen Bourdon. "Next year we will be organising our own MCI GB National show which will also include part-breds – dates to be announced shortly." Spectator tickets at £5 per day will be available on the door. Come and support the British team and see the best Iberian horses in Europe competing at these Finals! For the full programme click here  and to view the list of competitors representing Great Britain follow this link . If you can’t attend you still can watch it through: Horse & Country TV Clip my Horse TV EQ Sportsnet in the USA OSN in the Middle East and North Africa
Monday, October 1

Dressage riders confirmed for HOYS 2018

This year’s Horse of the Year Show features the sixth running of the annual Dressage Future Elite Championship. Taking place during the evening performance on Thursday 4 October, this prestigious competition provides a platform for the UK's rising Grand Prix horses to gain invaluable experience under the spotlight at a world famous international event. In conjunction with British Dressage, the popular Championship is designed for horses between eight and ten years old. The class will feature a total of eight horse and rider combinations that will each showcase an Intermediate I Freestyle to music. For the last two years Charlotte Dujardin has taken the title; 2016 riding Hawtins Delicato scoring 78.62% and in 2017 with Mount St John Freestyle scoring 84.91%. Both horses have recently been on the world stage competing at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, proving the worth of the Future Elite Championship at HOYS. This year Charlotte is back competing with the young grey mare Florentina; the pair have recently won the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Freestyle at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships 2018. Will she retain her tile this year and make it a hat-trick? The eight horse and rider combinations competing this year are: • Nikki Barker with her own and Viv Gleave’s Durable • Nicola Buchanan with her own and Diana Reynolds-Hale's Half Moon Dark Magic • Lewis Carrier with Diego V • Charlotte Dujardin with her own Florentina V • Emile Faurie with his own Café’s Caletta • Becky Moody with Jo Cooper’s Eureko • Alice Oppenheimer with Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Davina • Laura Tomlinson with Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Fallatijn Van Kairos Thursday is all about dressage at HOYS. At 2:00pm you can stop by the HOYS Live Zone in the Retail Village where Carl Hester will be doing a Q&A and rider signing ahead of his Masterclass at 4:00pm in the Andrews Bowen International Arena with Charlotte as one of the pupils. Then in the evening, visitors can watch the mesmerising young talent in the Dressage Future Elite Championship which will commence at approximately 6:10pm. There is still chance to buy tickets, head to https://www.theticketfactory.com/hoys/online/ or call 0844 581 8282.
Friday, September 28

Line-up announced for HOYS Future Elite

This year’s Horse of the Year Show at the NEC, Birmingham (3-7 October 2018) features the sixth running of the annual Dressage Future Elite Championship. Taking place during Thursday's evening performance in the Genting Arena, this prestigious competition provides a platform for the UK's rising Grand Prix horses to gain invaluable experience under the spotlight at a world famous international event. In conjunction with British Dressage, the popular Championship is designed for horses between eight and ten years old. The class will feature a total of eight horse and rider combinations who will each showcase an Intermediate I Freestyle. Last year's Future Elite was won by none other than Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin riding Mount St John Freestyle who scored an incredible 84.91%. Charlotte is back competing in the Championship again this year to defend her title, this time with Florentina V. The eight horse and rider combinations competing this year are: • Nikki Barker with her own and Viv Gleave’s Durable • Nicola Buchanan with her own and Diana Reynolds-Hale's Half Moon Dark Magic • Lewis Carrier with Diego V • Charlotte Dujardin with her own Florentina V • Emile Faurie with his ownCafé’s Caletta • Becky Moody with Jo Cooper’s Eureko • Alice Oppenheimer with Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Davina • Laura Tomlinson with Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Fallatijn Van Kairos The Dressage Future Elite Championship will commence at 6.10pm on Thursday 4 October. It can be watched via the live stream  plus we'll be posting live updates throughout the competition on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to see a Dressage Masterclass with Carl Hester during the afternoon performance on Thursday at 4.20pm. The 40-minute masterclass aims to inform and inspire the HOYS audience whilst showcasing Carl’s much admired training methods and mindful coaching skills. To find out more about the show and to buy tickets  visit the show website .
Thursday, September 27

Jump into autumn with Combined Training

With just over one week to go until the first fixture, we’re looking forward to the welcome return of the Ideal Saddles Combined Training series to the British Dressage Calendar. Open to existing members holding a minimum Club registration, this series is a great way to get a little variety into your winter calendar. If you haven’t joined yet you can still get involved, click here to visit our membership pages and sign up as a Club member for just £30. There’s no need for your horse to be registered so taking part is easy, cheap and fun! The competition format stays the same as last year, which will see tests run at Prelim and Novice levels alongside show jumping from 70cm to 100cm. Finish in the top two and you’ll be on your way to a magnificent Championship final to be held at Field House EC on 17 March 2019. Choose your class: BD dressage test                          Showjumping height Prelim 2 (2016)                             Maximum height 70cm Prelim 18 (2002)                           Maximum height 80cm Novice 24 (2010)                          Maximum height 90cm Novice 34 (2009)                          Maximum height 100cm                  Choose your venue: Venue County Date Epworth North Lincolnshire 06/10/18 Easton & Otley Norfolk 07/10/18 The Cabin Aberdeenshire 07/10/18 Colraine Cornwall 13/10/18 Bold Heath Cheshire 13/10/18 Allens Hill Worcestershire 10/11/18 Port Royal North Yorkshire 24/11/18 Bury Farm Buckinghamshire 25/11/18 Wellington Hampshire 02/12/18 Mount Ballan Monmouthshire 09/12/18 Reaseheath Cheshire 09/12/8 Moreton Dorset 28/12/18 Northallerton North Yorkshire 19/01/19 Field House Staffordshire 27/01/19 Onley Grounds Warwickshire 30/01/19 Keysoe Bedfordshire 05/02/19 Ian Stark EC Borders 09/02/19 Vale View Leicestershire 10/02/19 West Wilts Wiltshire 10/02/19 Blue Barn Kent 23/02/19 We look forward to welcoming many of you to the qualifiers over the coming months! Click here to out more about the Ideal Saddles Combined Training series.