Warwick Hall Cup Cup Final Round this weekend

Monday, August 19

Two top class performances put Britain in silver

It’s been fabulous day one at the Longines FEI European Championships in Rotterdam for Team GBR with two riders complete for most teams. Charlotte Fry rode for the first time under the Senior flag with Dark Legend while Gareth Hughes firmly laid a few demons to rest with Classic Briolinca and both gave the assembled British contingent of fans much to cheer about. It was a meteoric start to Charlotte Fry’s senior Team GBR career riding the 11 year old Zucchero x Tango gelding Dark Legend whom she jointly owns with her employers, Van Olst Horses. There was a sharp intake of breath as ‘Darkie’ routed himself to the spot as he caught sight of the imposing Rotterdam Arena but it’s a normal trick for the cheeky chap and like a well-oiled machine, her support team leapt to action to coax him in. There was another anxious moment as groom Claire struggled to unclip the lead rein but once free, the pair set sail on their familiarisation lap around the arena and they looked at home. After an inattentive first halt, he first passage/piaffe tour was super and the changes all secure, easily getting the 15 one time changes in. The canter zig zag was exceptionally tidy and accomplished and the final halt was also short but present to end a performance all concerned could be proud of. All seven members of the judging panel agreed on their performance with each awarding 74% with differing fractions afterwards but 74.31% was the final score which put them, and the team, into second after the first round of riders. For someone so young, she appeared to thrive from the added pressure of going first for the team and while Darkie was nervous, she kept him fairly calm and impressed with her ability under the extreme conditions. Afterwards she said; “I’m really pleased – he was amazing. He was a little nervous going in – almost star struck – but he gave me all he had in there. He can be a nervy horse but we’ve been together such a long time and I know his so well. I quite enjoy the pressure and the hype! I don’t think it really sunk in until I arrived.” Second last rider of the day was Gareth Hughes for Team GBR with his own, wife Rebecca and Julia Hornig’s Classic Briolinca (Trento B x Royal Dance). The duo has been in fine fettle this year with strong performances but today was the ideal opportunity to shine. And they did just that. As the 13 year old trotted up the centre line, memories of Compiegne CDIO still fresh where she didn’t halt sprung to mind but today, there was no sign and four feet planted square and still. Moments later, that was followed by a second square halt and neat reign back which was rewarded with an aggregate 8.2 from the seven judges. The first extended trot diagonals were conservative but with good reason. She’d done two excellent halts and the piaffes was next, her nemisys...but no worries, they were duly executed, the first tentatively, the second looking very secure. As a violin rendition of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ echoed out of the tannoy, a really pleasing canter tour unfolded. Fifteen clean one time changes and two tight pirouettes, all scoring eight or more followed. Confidence now high, Gareth let Briolinca fly on the final extended trot to further boost the marks. It looked good and he needed 75% plus to keep Britain’s hopes of silver strong. The final score was confirmed as 76.31% which was exactly what was needed and even better, a new personal best score for the duo. It’s also Gareth’s career best Grand Prix score – what a day to do it! “Phew…it’s been such a long day! I had about four hours sleep last night with anxiety and then that horrible fall fast asleep just before your alarm. When you’re riding that late in the day it’s tough here. There’s nowhere to go and have some quiet time. The lorries are a long way away and when I’m nervous, I get tired so normally I’d go and watch a DVD or sleep but instead I’ve been watching the others. That gives you time worry about what could go wrong which isn’t good as you focus on the negative. But I didn’t let that happen today! “Normally if I get the halt and walk, I don’t get the piaffe and vice versa but today, I got them all! She tried so hard and I couldn’t be happier. Everyone knows the issues we’ve had with the horse; I owe so much to my team. Ben [Benson] the farrier, Rob [Cnockaert] and Steph [Sharples] my groom have worked hard to get her here and myself, Rebecca and Julia [Hornig] are so grateful. Lottie did a great job to ride with nerves of steel.” Sadly the team from Luxembourg are out of the competition as Nicolas Wagner was eliminated for blood in the mouth after his ride reared and must have nicked his mouth in the process. As they had a team of three, this rules them out. France’s Charlotte Chalvignac also fell foul of the judges when the judge at C, Isabel Judet, rang the bell for unlevel strides. The Germans were in a dominant mood as expected and look untouchable for gold with an 80.23% already on the board from Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH but the battle for silver will make day two a nail biter! Full results and start times for tomorrow – click here Photos © Kevin Sparrow

Monday, August 19

British combinations are ready in Rotterdam

All four British horses are safely through today’s Horse Inspection and looked a picture thanks to the stunning efforts of our grooms Alan, Lucy, Steph and Claire. Emma & Jill Blundell’s Mount St John Freestyle, Ann Cory, Lady Anne Evans and Carl Hester’s Hawtins Delicato, Gareth & Rebecca Hughes and Julia Hornig’s Classic Briolinca and Lottie Fry and Van Olst Horses’ Dark Legend all sailed through without issue. One of the favourites, Bella Rose, the ride of Isabell Werth, showed she’s feeling well ahead of the competition with some unscheduled above the ground moves but was passed fit and well ahead helping Germany to defend their team gold won two years ago in Gothenburg. The British riders then had chance to have a close inspection of the impressive main arena which also went smoothly with each horse running through a few Grand Prix essentials in between the showers. The para horses have also arrived and are settled into their stables with the riders arriving late this afternoon. The news in is that Nicki Greenhill will now ride her second horse, King Edward I as her first ride, Betty Boo, hasn’t recovered adequately from being cast in her stable. In the draw this evening, Britain came out of the hat in a favourable 14th out 15 teams with hosts the Netherlands last to go. The Germans are 12th with Sweden 13th making it a very competitive last few riders in each cycle. Performance Manager Caroline Griffith named the team order as debutante Lottie Fry as our pathfinder with ‘Darkie’ at 11:40 CET/10:40 BST and then Gareth Hughes and Briolinca ending day two at 15:50 CET/14:50 BST. Then on Tuesday 20 August it’s Carl Hester and ‘Del’ in action at 11:00 CET/10:00 BST before Charlotte Dujardin hopefully rides for a medal at 14:50 CET/13:50 BST with Freestyle. The GP action will be on FEI TV by subscription but it’s worth checking the FEI You Tube Channel or FEI Dressage Facebook page too. Follow us on social media for updates, scores and quotes from the riders. Full start times and results – click here Full British TV coverage: BBC Thursday 22 August 9am – Showjumping team competition day one (Red Button live coverage) Friday 23 August 10am – Showjumping team competition day one (Red Button repeat) 2pm – Showjumping team competition day two (Red Button live coverage) Saturday 24 August 2pm– Dressage Freestyle individual competition (Red Button live coverage) Sunday 25 August 10am – Dressage Freestyle individual competition (Red Button repeat) 2pm – Showjumping individual competition (Red Button live coverage) Monday 26 August 10am – Showjumping individual competition (Red Button repeat) 1pm – Highlights (BBC2) Click here to access Red Button live coverage *timings and discipline coverage may be subject to change Horse & Country TV Saturday 24 August – 8pm – Dressage Grand Prix team competition highlights Tuesday 27 August – 8pm Dressage Grand Prix Special individual competition highlights Wednesday 28 August – 8pm – Showjumping team competition highlights Thursday 29 August – 8pm – Dressage Freestyle individual competition highlights Friday 30 August 8pm – Showjumping individual competition highlights  
Friday, August 16

LeMieux Nationals '19 wild cards

British Dressage can now announce the wild cards for this year’s LeMieux National Dressage Championships. Congratulations to all the riders, owners and horses concerned. PLEASE NOTE – The close of entries date for wild cards is Tuesday 20 August 2019. NO late entries will be accepted 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 via email if you will not be attending the LeMieux Championships to enable your place to be passed down to the next eligible combination. BackinAction Preliminary Silver Stephanie Graves, Rockwell Blue, 72.41% Samantha Crosdil, Venezia 1, 71.84% Ursula Treadgold, Tyler II, 71.44% Eliza Mackworth-Praed, Thacka Playboy, 71.38% Katie Robotham, My Lady Myfanwy, 71.15% Laura Barrow, Angel II, 70.98% Chloe Arnold, Full House, 70.92% Jennifer Colbourne, Alvescot Dakato, 70.57% Melissa Percy, Giolita, 70.46% Sally Crane, Florance, 70.23% Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver Jordan Kavanagh, Billy James, 70.62% Louise Moses, Forever Endeavor, 70.12% Kathy Staples, John Travolta 11, 70.12% Bethan Young, Jackpots Forsetti, 70.06% Louise Robson, Remi 11, 70.00% Clare Bennett, Jozef S, 69.94% Laura Hill, Jobarde-E, 69.81% Natasha Baker, Keystone Dawn Chorus, 69.69% 168 coll Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Jennifer Johnston Harman, Jazzman MfS, 71.98% Jayne Turney, Fred Astaire WD, 71.73% Dan Greenwood, SJL Baks Zacco, 71.48% Nikki Barker, Dan Icarus, 71.48% Lotte Seal, Fenix, 71.23% Sara Squires, Laetitius C, 70.93% Claire Ballantyne, Dvorak, 70.86% Antonia Brown, Impulz De B, 70.74% Jennifer Harkness, Inouk, 70.62% Dianne Breeze, Fittipaldi, 70.56% Childéric Elementary Silver Lyndsay Gammon, Glorestan Jazz, 71.20% Claire Johnston, Sensation, 70.94% Roberta Collyer, Fiasco II, 70.83% Janine Jansen, Spitfire III, 70.57% Danielle Brown, Wasara, 70.52% Emma Murray, Wainthropp, 70.31% Cath Creemer, Floris, 70.00% Childéric Elementary Gold Melissa Chapman, TCE Jubilant Al Sno, 71.98% Nicky Heale, Furstinclaire, 71.35 % Sara Squires, Billy Jean D, 70.99% Melanie Phillips, Ruxton Shogun, 70.94% Jayne Turney, Donna Frederica, 70.94% Nick Lawson, Fandango V, 70.89% Benjamin Franklin, De Angelis, 70.83% Nikki Barker, History, 70.63% 173 coll TopSpec Medium Silver Simon Lawrance, Sir Wilfred, 70.99% Hazel McCorriston, Blue Hors Zagato, 70.86% Sissel Hansen, Le Rondine, 69.32% Katie Owens, Saffira, 69.10% Niki Compton, Roulette MKM, 68.87% Linda Barnes, First Miss Sunrise A.S., 68.51% Debra Fews, Fabizio, 68.38% Patsy Bartram, Donisbroc, 68.33% Ali Govani, San Salvador III, 68.20% TopSpec Medium Gold Nicky Heale, Furstinclaire, 70.77% Jo Barry, Goofy La Perle, 70.18% Laura Wollen, Ivan Carlos, 69.82% Georgina Roden, Harley, 69.77% Lucy Cartwright, Grandio, 69.73% Eilidh Grant, Mount St John Doornroos II, 69.73% Joshua Hill, Mallards Sirena, 69.19% Darcas Lever, Flying Dream II, 68.92% Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver Taylor Denness, Amaro O, 69.52% Jane Morris, Quinet Du Buisson Z, 69.47% Rebecca Marsden, El Zorro, 69.39% Antonia Brown, SJL Jackson, 69.39% Charlotte Hollis, Suitably Gracious, 68.99% Millie Gover, Kamil T, 68.86% Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold None at present – to be advised Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold Premier Leagues None at present – to be advised Regionals None at present – to be advised Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold Premier League None at present – to be advised Regionals None at present – to be advised Cavalor Intermediate II Gold None at present – to be advised LeMieux Grand Prix Gold All riders will be contacted individually early next week. If you qualified directly by winning a Premier League GP and DO NOT intend competing, can you please let the office know by emailing Charlene Bryant .  Shearwater Young Horse Championships 4yr old King Boy ridden by Dylan Deutrom 8.1 First Lady ridden by Semke Meiland 8.06 Keystone Drum Role ridden by Fred Hodges 8.04 Princess Florina ridden by Georgina Day 8.02 5yr old Djoe Dimagio ridden by Katie Bailey 8.02 TCE Jubilant al Sno ridden by Melissa Chapman 8.0 Jenny Wren ridden by Ashley Jenkins 7.9 Active Scalini ridden by Charlie Hutton 7.86 6yr old SP Bento ridden by Judy Harvey 7.98 Freeman ridden by Hannah Biggs 7.98 Woodlander St Louis Blues ridden by Carsten Sandrock 7.84 Hawtins Quattro ridden by Lucinda Elliot 7.84
Thursday, August 15

Summer Regionals: Bicton Arena

Bicton was beset by heavy rain and gale force winds but this didn’t put off competitors determined to secure their golden tickets for the LeMieux National Championships at the final Regional of the season. The organisers put on a great show, despite the weather, with a lovely extra touch of a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for the winners, just like the big continental shows, courtesy of Halley Floral Design .  International Grand Prix rider and former British team member at Junior, Young Rider andU25 levels, Becky Edwards, was on top form. She aced the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I with her homebred mare, Fantasia I (Roxy) winning with a personal best score of 71.54% (pictured). Roxy was bred by Becky’s mum Leigh and is by Florencio out of Leigh’s Advanced mare, Baroness III (by Barloewe). The 10-year-old mare has been lightly competed and started her Small Tour campaign in November last year. “I’ve been doing a bit more competing to give her more experience and confidence in the arena and felt like it all came together in the test,” said Rebecca, who lives near Henley. “The Inter I seems to suit her better than the Prix St Georges (PSG). She got nines for her halt and rein back, extended and collected walks and eights for her trot work and lateral movements.” Second in the Inter I and hoping for a wild card was Emily Harris and Fay Thomas’s Freya FST. They had better luck in the Fairfax PSG where they won the title on 70.75%. Emily has been riding the Fidertanz x Weltmeyer nine-year-old mare since she was three. The pair has had an exciting year, with placings internationally at Deauville and Le Mans. “This is her first year of campaigning at Small Tour and she suddenly feels she’s got her confidence,” commented Emily. “She’s a horse who likes to know what she’s doing. I know there’s more power in her but I’m letting her enjoy herself this year.” Off-spring of Hawtins Stud foundation mare, World Finest, took two titles with Sam Rahmatallah winning the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold on her own Hawtins Falerno (by Fuerst Romancier) and Lucinda Elliot on Judith Davis’s Hawtins Bellegra (by Belissimo) took the TopSpec Medium Gold title. Sam has owned Hawtins Falerno (Doodle) since she persuaded Judith to sell him as a two-year-old. “I had set my heart on a Fuerst Romancier horse and went to see one of her four-year-olds but saw Doodle and loved him. It’s a great honour to have him and I try and do him justice,” said Sam who was also reserve champion in the Fairfax PSG with him. “This Advanced Medium isn’t my favourite test but we got eights for our serpentine. He felt up for it and had lots of power. I train every week with Mike Eilberg and we’re pushing onto Grand Prix work which makes him stronger. We’re hoping to do our first international at Keysoe later this year.” Hawtins Bellegra (Foxy) is a lovely substantial chestnut mare that Lucinda has been riding for about 18 months. “She’s a great mare – bold, but sensible and not spooky,” commented Lucinda rides for Hawtins and trains with Serena Pincus. “She tried her hardest and it was a clean test. Her canter work is her highlight and she has amazing reach in her half passes. I’m working on getting more expression and power and being more accurate in the test.” Jenny Martell travelled all the way from Amy Woodhead’s yard in Lincolnshire. She was rewarded with the Equine Construction advanced medium silver title with Jade Ivy–Guyton’s 11-year-old For Compliment gelding, Fiderstan. “This was only his fifth Advanced Medium test so he was put in at the deep end,” explained Jenny. “He wasn’t foot perfect but he coped really well. He’s really green so I wasn’t expecting to win at all.” Jenny and Fiderstan are the current Theraplate UK Medium Silver winter champions and it will be Jenny’s first appearance at the LeMieux Nationals. Cath Creemer’s accident prone ride, Floris (Wynton x 007), has been hard to keep on the road so she was absolutely thrilled with his victory in the TopSpec Medium Silver and winning her first regional sash. Floris is owned by Sandra Biddlecombe who imported him from Holland. “He didn’t make any mistakes – though I made a couple!” said Cath, who trains with David Pincus. “It will be the first time at the Nationals for him.” Sadie Smith is no stranger to regional titles and added another sash to her collection in the Childeric Elementary gold with Imhotep, Carl Hester and Coral Ingham’s six-year-old Everdale x Vivaldi gelding. ‘Pete’ and Sadie were third at the Winters at Spillers Novice Freestyle Gold this year and this boy has a good chance of success at the Nationals if he can keep a lid on his exuberance. “In the Novice on the first day he was so naughty – he bucked in the canter,” said Sadie. “This is a horse that never runs out of energy, even though he lives out in the field. On the Saturday we got up early and did the arena walk and then I rode him and put him away. The only way he copes is if he’s a little bit tired. He was much more settled and relaxed in the Elementary test – I think Novice is too boring for him. He needs more to think about!” “He’s an amazing horse for the future. I absolutely love him because he’s so powerful to ride.” It’s probably safe to conjecture that Simon Lawrance will be the only Hunt Master dancing between the white boards at Stoneleigh. Simon, who evented to 5* level and continues to coach in the displine, is Joint Master and Field Master of the Heythrop Hunt but is now adding dressage to his list of talents. His mount Sir Wilfred was bought with a dressage career in mind and has made a great start, heading for the pair’s first LeMieux National Championships at Elementary Silver, sponsored by Childeric. Simon bought the Samba Hit III x Weltmeyer seven-year-old a year ago from his breeder, Dan Henson, and owns him with Mel Buckler. He started competing him in March and they have now won eight out of their ten classes. Wilfred was also second in the TopSpec Medium with a plus-70% score, so fingers crossed for a wild card. “He was a bit starstruck at the atmosphere, particularly in the medium,” said Simon, who scored over 72% in the Elementary class. “He’s very nice and trainable and I’m lucky to have him. I’d love to have more dressage horses to ride.” Lucy Amy and Jaliva (Mary) gave a super performance in the Dodson & Horell Novice Gold, which the judges obviously liked as the pair had the highest score of the show – 74.14%. They were almost four per cent ahead of the field. Lucy bought Mary from Holland from a video as a two-year-old. Now five, she was only backed at Christmas and Lucy believes she is the best five-year-old she’s ever ridden. “She’s got loads of energy and, although she’s still a bit green, she has a good tempo and is nice in her frame,” commented Lucy. “I had a lesson the day before the show with Roland Tong which really helped.” Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver winners, Ellie Maguire and Frouke (by Junior STV) didn’t have the best preparation for Bicton as a recent move left them without an arena to practice in. “She’s now quite established at Novice so luckily she remembered everything. I had quite low expectations so was very excited to win,” recalled Ellie. “She’s a late starter, only being backed as a five-year-old, and she’s also had time off with ulcers. She’s very trainable and consistent.” After her test, Ellie discovered she had competed with only three shoes. Frouke spooked as she trotted around the outside of the arena and pulled off a shoe. Jessica Colvin and her 11-year-old skewbald mare, Dreamer V, will be making their first appearance at the Lemieux National Championships this year in the BackinAction Prelim Silver championship. After competing in the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships last year, Dreamer was diagnosed with kissing spine which required injections and a substantial rehabilitation programme. “I got back on in November and have spent the months getting her stronger and fitter,” said Jessica who works part-time as an estate agent. “This was the biggest competition we’ve been to since Hartpury and I wasn’t sure how she would deal with the wind and the rain. Once she got onto the centre line she was fine, she knew her job.” Jessica has owned the pretty cob mare for four years and it is a great achievement to have got her past her problems so effectively. British Dressage thanks the team at Bicton Arena as well as the National class sponsors for their generous support. Bicton was the last summer regional so congratulations and good luck to all competitors heading to the LeMieux National Championships at Stoneleigh Park. Regional champions: Backinaction Preliminary Silver Jessica Colvin and Dreamer V 71.03 Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver Ellie Maguire and Frouke 71.91 Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Lucy Amy with Jaliva 74.14 Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver Simon Lawrence and Sir Wilfred 72.4 Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold Sadie Smith with Imhotep 72.03 TopSpec Medium Silver Cath Creemer with Floris 71.3 TopSpec Medium Gold Lucinda Elliot with Hawtins Bellegra 71.17 Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver Jennifer Martell with Fiderstan 67.89 Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold Sam Rahmatallah with Hawtins Falerno 71.1 Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold Emily Harris with Freya FST 70.75 Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold Becky Edwards with Fantasia I 71.54.
Thursday, August 15

Update: Championship Pathway and Calendar Review

As you’ll already be aware, the Sport Operations Committee has been focusing on developing the Championship pathways available within British Dressage. Earlier this year, a Working Group was set up to review, evaluate and analyse our existing Championships in order to make a series of recommendations and proposals for changes to the current system, with effect from 2020 onwards. The Working Party set out to achieve the following objectives: - Simplification and evolution of the current Championship structure - Improved member satisfaction, with increased opportunity - Reduced administration and central resource - Development, maintenance and growth of membership - Increase in competitor participation and starter numbers Summary of Key Findings Using an evidence based approach which included analysis of results, a sample of starters, survey feedback and consultation, an imbalance in our current programme was identified, which has had an impact across our sport, on competitors, organisers and officials. Most of our Championship finals fall in the third and fourth quarter of the year. This results in a congested programme, where members have a number of different Championship options at certain times of the year, but very limited opportunities available at other points in the calendar. It was also recognised that the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships currently span over three rule books and an 18 month time period, which in itself is far from ideal from a planning perspective. Most importantly, this does not support progression through the levels and has often resulted in confusion amongst some members. Due to the prolonged time period from Area Festival qualification through to the Championship finals, some horses have already progressed to higher levels – and in some cases have qualified at Regionals for the Winter Championships. The findings from the recent membership survey supported the recommendations of the Championship Working Group, with 60% saying that they wanted to see the calendar more evenly spread over the course of the year and a third stating that there were too many different championship options available currently. Since the new competition structure was introduced four years ago, members requested the opportunity to have two championships at Bronze, Silver and Gold. We piloted the Bronze and Summer Music Championships in 2018; however, these have not delivered the cohesive all-inclusive programme that we originally envisaged. In particular, the leader board qualification system caused confusion and was often counter-productive, as riders have stopped competing by mid-season once they fell outside the qualification places. So it actually acted as a disincentive to compete. In addition, the message back from the Member Survey 2019 was clear: we need to simplify, streamline and consolidate the current competition structure where possible. Therefore our aim is to revitalise the Area Festival Championship Series by essentially mirroring the existing Regional Championship structure to provide consistency and continuity at all levels of the sport. Exciting Changes Ahead The first major step is to realign the seasons. The 2020 Members’ Handbook will be effective from 1 December 2019 and will end on 31 December 2020 (and therefore cover a 13 month period, as a one-off), with the aim of establishing two equal competition seasons for each half of the year. So from 2021 the Members’ Handbook will start on 1 January and the two seasons will run from 1 January – 30 June (summer) and then 1 July – 31 December (winter). Based on the numbers competing, we have decided to stop running the Bronze, Summer Music and Small Tour as separate Championships. Revisions to the Area Festival structure, as outlined below, will mean that the vast majority of opportunities will be covered by the summer series – so members won’t lose any chances to qualify for a Championship. Plus, all qualifications will now be on a points basis – rather than a mixture of points, percentages and leader boards, which members have often found confusing. Competitors will now just have to check what number of points are required for each level and Championship. The move to two equal seasons will mean that riders in the Silver section will need to plan ahead, based on their Championship ambitions. It will be necessary to choose your competition pathways carefully, as there will be restrictions on competing in Area Festivals and Regionals in the same calendar year. Petplan Equine Area Festival Series 2020 – a new era for grass roots competition Having consulted with our sponsors Petplan Equine and venue organisers, who have been very supportive of our plans, we’re delighted to announce that we will be introducing a two season Area Festival Series from next year onwards; a new Championship in the summer months to complement the existing Area Festival Series in the winter. This includes a new addition, the Summer Area Festival Music Championship for Silver and Bronze sections. The 2019 Petplan Area Festival Championships that is currently underway will take place at Hartpury as usual in April 2020. Qualification for the inaugural Petplan Equine Summer Area Festivals will start on 1 December to qualify for the Summer Championships, which will take place in September 2020 (at a venue to be confirmed). Qualification for the Winter Area Festivals then starts on 1 June, with the Winter Area Festival Championships once again at Hartpury in April 2021. The new Petplan Equine Area Festival structure will feature: • Two distinct seasons, providing equal qualification periods from 2021 onwards. • A points based qualification system, in line with BD Regional Championships. • Between 16 and 18 Summer Area Festivals, mapped to provide a geographical spread across the country, with the Championship taking place in September. • Music classes included at the Summer Area Festivals Championships for Bronze and Silver sections, from Prelim to Inter I. • Between eight and 10 Winter Area Festivals, again spread across the regions to provide a good geographical spread, with the Championship Finals at Hartpury, alongside the Winter Championships in April. Due to limited demand and relatively small numbers of qualifying combinations, Inter II will no longer be part of the Area Festival Championship Series and we will look to incorporate this elsewhere within the competition structure. A separate Working Group has been set up to consider the championship options available at FEI levels for Small, Medium and Big Tour, with further proposals to follow. The move to incorporate the music sections within the Summer Area Festivals mean that Gold Music sections will no longer feature as part of the summer series. Taking on board feedback we have received from members, it is important we re-affirm the status of the Area Festival Series as the grass roots championships for riders in the Bronze and Silver sections. In addition, there will no longer be separate Under 21 classes. Instead, the top scoring U21 rider at each level will receive a rosette to recognise their achievements. These proposals were discussed in detail and approved by the Sport Operations Committee and Board last month, so we wanted to let all members know more about these exciting plans at the earliest opportunity. Whether you’re a competitor, owner, organiser, official or supporter, we hope that you will welcome this evolution of our Championship programme, ahead of implementing the new-look structure later this year. Full details on the relevant rule changes, including the qualification and eligibility criteria, will be announced at the end of August in time for inclusion in the 2020 Members’ Handbook. . For now, we've prepared a FAQ document to help with any questions. Initial expressions of interest have been received from organisers and a formal tendering process will take place over the coming weeks before allocating Area Festival fixtures to venues for the next three year cycle, beginning in 2020. These initiatives are in direct response to feedback we have received from members and follow extensive data analysis. As this demonstrates, we’ve listened to you and taken your comments on board: 70% of you said that the competition structure is currently too complex, 51% wanted more straightforward rules and 60% wanted to see a more even spread of the calendar. We hope that these new initiatives will go some way to addressing these points and that members will embrace this revised championship structure, heralding an exciting new era for the Petplan Equine Area Festivals – our longest running, most popular and successful competition series. To see the email sent to paid members yesterday - click here  
Wednesday, August 14

Wilson warms up for Euros at Bishop Burton CPEDI

For three days last week, representatives from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America travelled to East Yorkshire for the popular Bishop Burton CPEDI1*/2*/3* hosted by Bishop Burton College (5 – 9 August 2019). Great Britain’s Georgia Wilson took the opportunity to give her ride, Midnight, a pre Europeans run. The 23 year old from Wales took three categorical wins in the 3* Grade III divisions aboard the black mare with whom she’ll make her FEI Championship debut in Rotterdam next week. Showing the quality which earned them a hat-trick at Hartpury CPEDI last month, the stylish pair (pictured earlier this year) claimed the Team, Individual and Freestyle honours by a good margin, no doubt filling them with confidence as they head towards their first team appearance. Georgia, who last year was selected as reserve for the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA, trains with Sophie Wells who alongside Nicky Greenhill and Mari Durward-Akhurst make up the Rotterdam four. “Another great international with ‘Mids’,” said Georgia on Facebook . “Three scores 72, 73, 74%, three red ribbons and highest placed British rider out of all the grades over the three days. Onwards and upwards to Rotterdam now. Thanks Sophie Wells for all your help.” The CPEDI3* Team competition was secured by the home team of Georgia and Midnight, Heather Bennett with Zavailantika (Grade IV), Izzy Palmer with Grand Bolero K (Grade IV), and Amanda Shirtcliffe with New Princess (Grade III), ahead of Ireland and Hong Kong. Sophie Christiansen introduced her young horse Die Furstin to the international stage, making a stunning debut in the process. They enjoyed a triumphant triple win in the Grade I scoring 71.86%, 72.25% and 74.50% across the Team, Individual and Freestyle tests. Die Furstin (Dankeschon x Fürst Piccolo) is a six year old German bred mare known at home as Stella and owned by Sophie. The biggest score in the 2* competition was international debutant Jemima Green (30) with Blue Chip Forever (by Johnson), a 13 year old KWPN gelding who she co-owns with Clare Blaskey. This combination was rewarded with scores of 72.35% in the Novice, 69.39% in the Team and 71.17% in the Freestyle. In the CPEDI1*, Dorset’s Jamie Winduss made his mark aboard Wonnacott by achieving the highest scores across all grades with 68.70%, 68.10% and 70.03% in the two Novice tests and Freestyle respectively. 2019 has been a momentous year for the 17 year old from Christchurch. In March, he was crowned Equissage Pulse Grade I Silver Champion and later, he lead the South West region to victory at the Para Home International – both with the talented Wonnacott, an attractive Lord Sinclair-sired gelding who is owned by Alice Pearse. Jamie’s para dressage career was initiated at South Bucks RDA a hotbed of talent which has produced numerous big names in the sport, not least Sophie Christiansen and Julie Payne. Results of the British riders CPEDI3* Grade I Team Test 1st Sophie Christiansen with Die Furstin, 71.86% (GBR) 3rd Diane Green with Miss Remexico, 69.07R (GBR) 6th Caitlyn Saddington with Nirvana Morroko, 67.11% (GBR) Grade I Individual Test 1st Sophie Christiansen with Die Furstin, 72.25% (GBR) 2nd Diane Green with Miss Remexico, 70.50% (GBR) 6th Caitlyn Saddington with Nirvana Morroko, 65.04% (GBR) Grade I Freestyle 1st Sophie Christiansen with Die Furstin, 74.50% (GBR) 3rd Diane Green with Miss Remexico, 72.09% (GBR) 4th Caitlyn Saddington with Nirvana Morroko, 68.73% (GBR) Grade II Team Test 1st Georgia Wilson with Midnight, 72.06% (GBR) - Team 2nd Natasha Adkinson with Sweet Caledonia, 70.61% (GBR) 3rd Julie Payne with Pandora, 68.91% (GBR) Grade II Individual Test 1st Georgia Wilson with Midnight, 73.32% (GBR) - Team 2nd Julie Payne with Pandora, 70.44% (GBR) 3rd Natasha Adkinson with Sweet Caledonia, 69.18% (GBR) Grade II Freestyle 1st Georgia Wilson with Midnight, 74.37% (GBR) - Team 2nd Julie Payne with Pandora, 73.80% (GBR) 3rd Natasha Adkinson with Sweet Caledonia, 72.20% (GBR) Grade III Team Test 1st Amanda Shirtcliffe with New Princess, 69.94% (GBR) - Team 2nd Amanda Shirtcliffe with Remi, 69.29% (GBR) 4th Erin Orford with LJT Diamond Crusador, 68.38% (GBR) Grade III Individual Test 1st Amanda Shirtcliffe with New Princess, 70.06% (GBR) - Team 4th Erin Orford with LJT Diamond Crusador, 67.68% (GBR) 6th Amanda Shirtcliffe with Remi, 65.82% (GBR) Grade III Freestyle 1st Amanda Shirtcliffe with New Princess, 74.07% (GBR) 3rd Erin Orford with LJT Diamond Crusador, 71.47% (GBR) Grade IV Team Test 1st Izzy Palmer with Grand Bolero K, 69.13% (GBR) - Team 2nd Marcelle Ward with Dornroeschen, 69.05% (GBR) 3rd Laura Gulliver with Garuda K, 68.70% (GBR) 4th Heather Bennett with Zavailantika, 67.55% (GBR) - Team 6th Katie Radzik with C’est La Vie, 66.35% (GBR) 7th Julie Blanchard with Echo Supreme, 63.43% (GBR)\ Grade IV Individual Test 1st Marcelle Ward with Dornroeschen, 70.90% (GBR) 2nd Izzy Palmer with Grand Bolero K, 69.37% (GBR) - Team 3rd Laura Gulliver with Garuda K, 67.98% (GBR) 4th Heather Bennett with Zavailantika, 67.46% (GBR) - Team 6th Katie Radzik with C’est La Vie, 65.37% (GBR) Grade IV Freestyle 1st Marcelle Ward with Dornroeschen, 74.88% (GBR) 2nd Izzy Palmer with Grand Bolero K, 71.16% (GBR) 3rd Laura Gulliver with Garuda K, 70.47% (GBR) Grade V Team Test 1st Charlotte Cundall with LJT Simply Red, 75.00% (GBR) Grade V Individual Test 1st Charlotte Cundall with LJT Simply Red, 69.07% (GBR) Grade V Freestyle 1st Charlotte Cundall with LJT Simply Red, 75.33% (GBR) Team standings 1st - Great Britain Georgia Wilson with Midnight Heather Bennett with Zavailantika Izzy Palmer with Grand Bolero K Amanda Shirtcliffe with New Princess 2nd - Ireland Michael Murphy with Skjoldsgaard Hippo-VO Angela Lyons with Woodcroft Santa Cruz Tamsin Addison with Donna Siesta Lucinda Blakiston with Happy Feet 3 3rd – Hong Kong Natasha Pui Ting with Baxo Timothy Tin Chi with Jockey Club Cethegus M Fleur Schrader with Jockey Club Sarago Raphael CPEDI2* Grade I Novice 1st Gabriella Blake with Strong Beau, 68.25% (GBR) 2nd Caitlyn Saddington with Dremallo, 64.95% (GBR) Grade I Team Test 1st Gabriella Blake with Strong Beau, 68.75% (GBR) 2nd Caitlyn Saddington with Dreamallo, 63.32% (GBR) Grade I Freestyle 1st Gabriella Blake with Strong Beau, 71.25% (GBR) 2nd Caitlyn Saddington with Dreamallo, 66.17% (GBR) Grade II Novice 1st Jemima Green with Blue Chip Forever, 72.35% (GBR) Grade II Team Test 1st Jemima Green with Blue Chip Forever, 69.39% (GBR) Grade II Freestyle 1st Jemima Green with Blue Chip Forever, 71.17% (GBR) Grade III Novice 1st Sara Davies with Hundon Lodger, 68.36% (GBR) 2nd Emma Kent with Zandokan, 63.76% (GBR) 3rd Vicky Nurcombe with Rubieux, 61.92% (GBR) Grade III Team Test 1st Sara Davies with Hundon Lodger, 65.26% (GBR) 2nd Vicky Nurcombe with Rubieux, 57.88% (GBR) 3rd Emma Kent with Zandokan, 51.94% (GBR) Grade III Freestyle 1st Sara Davies with Hundon Lodger, 66.53% (GBR) Grade IV Novice 1st Sara Bates with Tango, 67.28% (GBR) 2nd Fiona Maynard with Diesel, 66.97% (GBR) 3rd Keeley Squires with Stanbeck By Request, 62.28% (GBR) Grade IV Team Test 1st Sara Bates with Tango, 64.10% (GBR) 2nd Fiona Maynard with Diesel, 63.58% (GBR) 3rd Keeley Squires with Stanbeck By Request, 60.83% (GBR) Grade IV Freestyle 1st Fiona Maynard with Diesel, 68.65% (GBR) 2nd Sara Bates with Tango, 63.49% (GBR) 3rd Keeley Squires with Stanbeck By Request, 61.57% (GBR) CPEDI1* Grade I Novice 1st Jamie Winduss with Wonnacott, 68.70% (GBR) Grade I Novice 1st Jamie Winduss with Wonnacott, 68.10% (GBR) Grade I Freestyle Jamie Winduss with Wonnacott, 70.03% (GBR) Grade II Novice 1st Jane Ogden with Fairview Romeo, 65.04% (GBR) Grade II Novice 1st Jane Ogden with Fairview Romeo, 64.17% (GBR) Grade II Freestyle 1st Jane Ogden with Fairview Romeo, 59.23% (GBR) Grade III Novice 1st Olivia Cornick with Ronaldo V, 67.68% (GBR) Grade III Novice 1st Olivia Cornick with Ronaldo V, 68.48% (GBR) Grade III Freestyle 1st Olivia Cornick with Ronaldo V, 66.37% (GBR) Grade IV Novice 1st Sara Bates with Parsley, 66.59% (GBR) 2nd Alicia Griffiths with Aegrus Ophelia, 66.59% (GBR) 3rd Marcelle Ward with Ivanho, 62.00% (GBR) 4th Katie Radzik with IBA, 57.41% (GBR) Grade IV Novice 1st Alicia Griffiths with Aegrus Ophelia, 66.24% (GBR) 2nd Sara Bates with Parsley, 65.28% (GBR) 3rd Marcelle Ward with Ivanho, 63.69% (GBR) 4th Katie Radzik with IBA, 62.76% (GBR) Grade IV Freestyle 1st Sara Bates with Parsley, 67.35% (GBR) 2nd Katie Radzik with IBA, 62.84% (GBR) 3rd Marclle Ward with Ivanho, 61.85% (GBR) 4th Alicia Griffiths with Aegrus Ophelia, 57.90% (GBR) Grade V Novice 1st Julie Frizzell with Namibian, 63.50% (GBR) Grade V Novice 1st Julie Frizzell with Namibian, 63.28% (GBR) Grade V Freestyle 1st Julie Frizzell with Namibian, 61.55% (GBR) For full results click here Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Sunday, August 11

Important update: BDSW Area Festival move

It’s with great sadness and apologies that, in conjunction with BD South West Regional Development Officer Amanda Heath, Duchy College has made the decision to relocate their Petplan Equine Area Festival, scheduled to run on 16-18 August 2019 to near by Bicton Arena . Following significant investment to renew all ground works, infrastructure and install a new 20 x 60 silica sand mix surface at the College, it’s been agreed that more time is needed to enable the arena to bed in to ensure that it reaches its top class potential for future competitions at Duchy. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond the control of the Duchy team, it’s not been possible to achieve this for the Petplan Equine Area Festival. Helen West, Arena Manager at Bicton Arena, said “We’re so disappointed for Duchy College not to be able run their show because their new arena is not quite ready for such a high profile competition. We’re delighted to be able to step up and assist them to provide our BD south west members with an alternative venue allowing this show to continue and run as planned, just at a different venue.” Duchy College Organiser Hazel Young added, “We’re really sad that following the significant investment made to completely renew our outdoor arena, it’s not yet bedded in sufficiently to host such a prestigious event. Time got the better of us, despite the onsite team working hard to get everything to the best standards for competitors. We’re grateful that our neighbours Bicton Arena have been able to step up and support us at such short notice and we are confident that the BD members will have a great show and we wish each and every one of them good luck. We look forward to welcoming them back to Duchy soon.” All entries for the warm up and Pet Plan classes will be directly transferred to Bicton Arena. Due to the change in venue, we will now only run on Saturday and Sunday which has resulted in the Friday classes now running on Saturday . The warm up classes will now run in 20 x 60 arenas and different tests will be used. Please refer to the attached sheets one and two for more information and details. All class entry fees will be directly transferred and honoured by Bicton Arena. All stabling and hook ups will be automatically refunded in full by Duchy College , please contact Hazel Young with any queries regarding this. If you require stabling or hook up , please go to www.bicton-arena.co.uk and following link on the home page in a purple box. A revised show timetable is attached showing provisional class running times – but please continue to check as this may be subject to change. Late entries are now being taken but only for riders who have met the original qualification criteria for competing at Duchy, these will close at midnight on Tuesday 13 August 2019. Times will be released around 1500 on Thursday 15 August 2019. Bedding and forage may be purchased on arrival. The stabling link will go live at 1000 on Monday 12 August 2019. No horses will be admitted on site before 1900 on Friday 16 August due to another event being hosted at Bicton on that day. We thank all members for their affected for their patience. Any questions or enquiries can be directed to Amanda Heath, RDO on 07894 232355.
Friday, August 9

National Convention 2019: Demo rider competition launched!

With the hosts in place for this year’s National Convention in partnership with Harrison Clark Rickerbys , British Dressage is excited to launch our search for a very special combination to join us as a demo rider at Addington Equestrian on 23 – 24 November! The lucky winner will take part in a session with one of our three hosts, Daniel Bachmann Andersen, Chris Bartle and Michael Eilberg, and hone their skills in a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the most prestigious training event in the BD calendar. With this year’s focus on using a varied workout routine and exercises to develop your performance, no matter your level, horse type or competition goals, we want our demo riders to represent YOU, the BD member and competitor! To be considered for selection, we’re searching for the following: - Riders to be 16 years old and over - Consistently achieving 68% or above at the level you are competing at - Exposure to a big competition environment is favourable, such as a Petplan Equine Area Festival or Quest Championship. All you need to do to enter is tell us a brief description of why you’d love to be a demo rider at the National Convention, upload a photo of you and your horse, and fill out a few simple questions to tell us more about your competition level and section. The closing date for entries is Sunday 15 September 2019! Enter our demo rider competition here. Spread the news about this amazing opportunity! Send to a friend or family member, print off this story and leave it in your yard tack room or share on social media with the hashtag #bdnationalconvention. If you don’t fancy experiencing the National Convention stage from the saddle, why not join us as a spectator. Early bird discount tickets for members and non-members are still available, click here to buy online .
Thursday, August 8

Summer Regional Championships: The Cabin

The most northerly summer regional saw some fierce competition with Jo Barry on fighting form, taking home three titles while Robyn Smith dominated the Small Tour classes. Jo Barry and Hidalgo II and Nicky Heale and Furstinclaire went head to head in the Childeric Elementary and Top Spec Medium Gold championships. In the event, Jo won both, but the combinations were only separated by one collective mark in the elementary. Hidalgo (Humphrey) is by Rousseau and is owned by Jo and Lady Hope. He’s a half-brother to her very successful horse, Vivaldi V. His dam was bought with him in vitro and he was born at Jo’s yard. “He hasn’t stopped growing – I’m afraid to put a measuring stick on him,” said Jo. “Fortunately he’s not hugely wide so I survive riding him! “He was fairly wild in the Elementary class so I had to do a bit of damage limitation,” confessed Jo. “He has so much energy and power, sometimes he doesn’t know what to do with it. That power will help in the future but at the moment it can be a bit too much. “He was much more on-side in the Medium class. He kept a lid on it. He’s starting to co-ordinate his body, it’s just takes time to find the strength.” Goofy La Perle (Belissimo x Jazz) made a few mistakes in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold but still managed a 70%+ score to take the title. The eight-year-old was bought for Jo two years ago by Gordon Grainger of the Kingfisher Group. He was Elementary Gold champion at the LeMieux Nationals last year and won three titles at the Scottish Championships 2018. “He’s made good progress through each stage and has developed strength and balance,” said Jo. “He was very chilled about learning his changes.” With the lovely Retanach Request, her12-year-old Welsh Section D, Nicky Heale threw off the ‘seconditis’ and won the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver championship. Nicky is a full time paramedic and she and Rocco have been to six consecutive Winter Championships at every level from Novice to PSG, and the National Championships at Medium and Advanced Medium. They’re currently competing at Inter I and will soon aim for Inter II and GP. Both small tour classes were won by Robyn Smith and her 11-year-old Florencio stallion, Francesco 77. In their Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I test, they were almost 4% ahead of their nearest rival. Robyn has been working hard all year on improving Frank’s performance so was thrilled when it all came off on the day. She explained that on his way down to the arena he was very bright and wanted to say hello to everybody but 10 steps into the arena he transformed. “He just said ‘Yeah, I can do this’,” said Robyn who competed him at his first internationals at Bolesworth and Hartpury recently. “For the last few weeks we’ve been going back to basics to try and resolve any issues. I’ve been working on the canter pirouettes as he hasn’t always wanted to sit enough and we got some eights for them this weekend. I bought him in Germany when he was a small gangly stallion and thankfully nobody else wanted him.” Jade Whitelaw had her 19th birthday the day before she won the Childeric Elementary Silver with Dauphin III, the first time she’s qualified for the summer Nationals. “My trainer Jennifer Johnston helped me warm up and I was very pleased with the test, we had no major mistakes. He’s a really easy safe horse and very trainable. He’s not a super flashy mover but he’s very elegant and judges seem to like him.” The pair was restricted Prelim and Novice champions at the 2015 Winters. When Teresa Smith bought her 12-year-old Costa Rica II four years ago she thought of it “as an alternative to going to the gym.” However it wasn’t long before she got hooked on dressage and the pair are now the new Dodson & Horell Novice Silver regional champions. “The more he does and the harder he works, the happier he is,” said Teresa who is another of Jennifer Johnston’s pupils and also has help from Pammy Hutton. “He’s not been the most straightforward horse. Balance is an issue as he has a massive stride and it’s taken him time to develop enough strength.” No doubt all the hard work will feel worthwhile when they trot down the centre line at Stoneleigh. Charlotte Lutener and Ab Barroco will be attending their first summer National Championships together after winning the Top Spec Medium Silver title. Charlotte bought the nine-year-old Bellissimo gelding two years ago and has been competing him since last summer. “In the last few months we’ve come together as a team,” explained Charlotte. “Bertie is completely different to my previous horse. He has so much power and is quick to learn.” Charlotte finished her A levels last year and has spent time since training her horses with the help of Jess Dunn. Jess also went back to Burnley with a title – she won the Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold on Charlotte’s four-year-old mare, MSJ Furstin Florida. Florida has only ever been to three shows before her regional appearance and has won four out of the five classes she’s entered. British Dressage thanks the team at The Cabin as well as the National class sponsors for their generous support. Congratulations to all competitors and good luck to those heading to the LeMieux National Championships at Stoneleigh Park. Regional champions: Backinaction Preliminary Silver Abigail Gray with Glynoch Red Rascal, 69.83% Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver Teresa Smith with Costa Rica II, 70.25% Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Jessica Dunn with MSJ Furstin Florida, 72.9% Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver Jade Whitelaw with Dauphon III, 71.09% Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold Jo Barry with Hidalgo II, 71.35% TopSpec Medium Silver Charlotte Lutener with Ab Barroco, 70.09% TopSpec Medium Gold Jo Barry with Hidalgo II, 71.17 % Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver Nicky Heale with Retanach Request, 68.42% Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold Jo Barry with Goofy La Perle, 70.57% Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold Robyn Smith with Francesco 77, 70.88% Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold Robyn Smith with Francesco, 72.06%
Thursday, August 8

Summer Regional Championships: Mount Ballan

As always the Summer Regionals at Mount Ballan didn’t disappoint, with three days of riveting competition. Although there were withdrawals from some top names like Charlotte Dujardin, Henriette Andersen and Paul Friday, there were plenty of exciting combinations making their mark. The highest scorer of the competition was Laura Wollen who travelled from Herefordshire with Anne Seifert-Cohn’s lovely six-year-old, Ivan Carlos (Ampere x Jazz). The pair notched up 75.26% to win the Childeric Elementary Gold. ‘Blackie’ is also known as ‘Mr Consistent” and will be off to his first summer National Championships. “He’s a clever horse who we’ve not had to push much and is such a delight to ride,” enthused Laura. “We didn’t have a great start to the test as he stumbled into the halt but then he trotted away and did his job. His simple changes were brilliant and he got four nines for them.” Blackie was also fourth in the Top Spec Medium Gold so fingers crossed for a wild card. The Childeric Elementary Silver title went to Louise Berry and Woodcroft Daisy Duke, ahead of Cath Creemer and Floris. They scored 70.89%, very close to their personal best. Louise has owned the Don Frederico eight-year-old since he was three and Louise believes, “She’s the most accident prone creature on the planet!” Accidents in the field, getting her leg through a stable partition and jumping over the stable door are just some of her antics. Fortunately, she seems to have put these ways behind her and has been consistently in work since February 2018. Louise, who is an instructor at Summerhouse EC, trains with Tessa Thorne, with whose help the pair are learning changes in anticipation of moving on to advanced medium. “The elementary test felt fantastic, she felt like she loved it,” said Louise who admitted to having a little cry when she won. “It’s our first ever sash!” “At the winter regionals I forgot my test so my whole goal was to remember it this time!” said Louise. Melissa O’Brien Shawcross followed up an elementary win at Moreton Morrell Petplan Equine Area Festival in July by taking the Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver title on Rubatino ML. In the gold section, international young rider Lucy Pincus was victorious with Johnson homebred, Sheepcote Just Daisy. Although she’s seven, Daisy is only lightly competed and this was her first regional and first stay-away show. “I wasn’t quite sure how she would cope but she behaved really well,” said Lucy. “She’s quite a brave mare, with lovely energy.” Lucy and Daisy scored 73.02% - not surprising when you look at her record; she’s won 11 out of her 12 starts. Male riders took all the sashes in the Top Spec Medium and Advanced Equine Construction Medium classes. Welsh rider Brendan Tegg had to contend with Sarah Davies’ breeding stallion Sunset Boulevard’s testosterone levels. ‘Springers’ took his mind off the ladies long enough to squeak into the Top Spec Medium Silver title position in front of Maisie Hodge and Garant H. “It’s not the easiest time of year for us,” said Brendan. “He took a little bit of riding but he’s a kind horse who says ‘yes’. He’s getting more established and his rhythm stayed good. It was a clean test. Hopefully I’ll be able to ask for more pizazz at the Nationals in September when the testosterone levels are lower!” Rob Barker was the only double winner at the show. He won the Top Spec Medium Gold on Christine Kirk’s Hamlet and Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver on Alison Haste’s Woodlander Romance. Rob won the Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver national summer title on Hamlet (Uthopia x Jazz) in 2017 and he was sixth in the Elementary Silver at the 2018 winter championships. Sonnar Murray-Brown, Rob’s partner, took over the ride, notching up a fifth in elementary gold at last year’s summer championships. When Sonny broke his leg in February this year, the ride reverted to Rob, who’s very enthusiastic about the seven-year-old. “He’s a really good horse – very powerful and talented,” said Rob. “He can get hot in the bigger atmospheres (at shows) but he was very rideable in the test. I was able to braver in the mediums and still able to collect for the simple changes. He was able to travel up and down the gears.” Woodlander Romance has been Rob’s ride since the seven-year-old Rousseau mare was four. He reported on social media that they had some miscommunication issues in the Medium which led to an eventual seventh place but these were ironed out by the time of the Advanced Medium championship. “She’s still very green at the level,” commented Rob. “But she gave it her all. She tries very hard in training and at shows and is always thinking ‘what’s next?’. She just needs to get stronger and more confident.” They won the class ahead of another Woodlander horse, Woodlander Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, ridden by Maddy Frewin. Two out of the three judges gave Calum Whitworth and Fernando (pictured) 74% and that was enough to win them the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold victory ahead of Abi Lyle and Suspension Giraldo. The United x Special D nine-year-old, owned by Sue and Rob Fearis, has been winning Premier Leagues at PSG so was stepping down a level at Mount Ballan. “You never quite know what you’re going to get with him,” said Calum, “but he seemed to like it in Wales and we had a calm day. He did a really nice consistent test and felt confident in all the work.” Fernando is also heading to the Nationals to contest the Fairfax PSG class. A mark of 71.45% from one judge was enough to win Debbie Childs the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I title and give her 13-year-old Stedinger gelding his first regional win. “I was thrilled as I didn’t expect it,” said Debbie whose goal is Grand Prix. “He’s been improving all year and it’s the icing on the cake to be going to the Nationals. I’ve been working all year trying to get his tests clean and correct – and this test was. Now I need to work on getting more power and expression. I’ve been training with Roland Tong for a couple of years and he’s really turned us round.” Hannah Dovey’s Eagle Nouvelle has also been improving all year with Katie Bailey. Their Fairfax PSG Gold win follows a win at Magic PSG freestyle at the Winter Championships and placing fourth in the straight PSG. Eighteen combinations went down the centre line and judges Richard Baldwin, Christian Landolt and Carol Thornton were unanimous in picking Katie and ‘Eddie’ for their champions with a super score of 73.29%. “His trot work was some of the best I’ve had in a test,” Katie said afterwards. “He was a little bit tight in the changes but in the main the test was free-flowing with no major mistakes. He’s been getting more confident in the arena since we started working on the Grand Prix movements at home. He’s a very sweet horse and tries his hardest.” BackinAction Prelim Silver champion Katie Byam-Cook rode her Dimaggio mare, Diminutive, into the lead with 71.95%, just ahead of Katie Robotham and My Lady Myfanwy. The seven-year-old is British-bred by UK Hanoverians. British Dressage thanks the team at Mount Ballan as well as the National class sponsors for their generous support. Congratulations to all competitors and good luck to those heading to the LeMieux National Championships at Stoneleigh Park. Regional champions: Backinaction Preliminary Silver Katie Byam-Cook with DiMinutive 71.95% Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver Melissa O’Brien Shawcross with Rubatino ML 71.89 Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Lucy Pincus with Sheepcote Just Daisy 73.02% Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver Louise Berry with Woodcroft Daisy Duke 70.89 Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold Laura Wollen with Ivan Carlos 75.26% TopSpec Medium Silver Brendan Tegg with Sunset Boulevard 69.91 TopSpec Medium Gold Rob Barker with Hamlet 71.62% Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver Rob Barker with Woodlander Romance 71.75 Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold Calum Whitworth with Fernando 73.73 Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold Katie Bailey with Eagle-Nouvelle 73.29 Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold Debbie Childs with Berrifield Stuntman 68.29.
Thursday, August 8

New organiser for Pencoed College

Following a recent meeting with the Equine Department and Curriculum Head at Pencoed College, it has been agreed that the British Dressage competitions will be reinstated at the venue and outsourced to a new organiser, Zoe Mann. As an unaffiliated dressage judge, mother of a BD Youth rider and Pencoed livery owner, Zoe has extensive knowledge of British Dressage competitions and is keen to run the shows as a new project. Vanessa Archer, Wales RDO commented;”Pencoed College’s last British Dressage show was in June 2018 so there has been a gap for competitions in the area for quite some time. The College has always been popular for competitions and other BD activities so we didn’t want to lose the venue altogether. It has also hosted the Petplan Area Festival in the past so the venue has great capacity for prestigious events”. The new organiser Zoe Mann expressed her enthusiasm about the show allocation; “I am really excited about getting the shows back at Pencoed College, it’s an excellent venue and everyone is so helpful! Fingers crossed it’s a huge success!” Vanessa added; “I’ve known Zoe for a number of years and I know that she will take ownership of the British Dressage competitions. I am looking forward to the months ahead”. Whilst welcoming Zoe, the competitions also say farewell to Jenna Capel, the previous organiser; “Jenna did a fantastic job of running the shows at Pencoed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jenna for all her hard work and I know she will be very helpful to Zoe during this transition,” said Vanessa. Three initial show dates have been scheduled for next year. Zoe will host her first show at Pencoed College on Saturday 28th March 2020 with core Summer and Autumn dates of Saturday 4th July and Saturday 10th October to follow. British Dressage Wales will also offer evening training clinics prior to each of these dates. Zoe would welcome any help and support with these shows so if you would like to offer your services as a writer or steward then please get in touch, Zoe Mann .  
Wednesday, August 7

Applications invited for BD BEF Board Director

In line with the British Equestrian Federation Articles of Association, British Dressage is entitled to nominate a Director to sit on the BEF Board. The current Nominated Director, Lotte Olsen, completes her first term at the end of this year and has indicated that she would like to stand for a second term. However, we are also opening this up to other nominations from the British Dressage membership, for anyone who would like to put their name forward to work with the BEF Board to help develop the future direction of the Federation and implement the new five-year strategic plan. All applicants will need to meet the specified knowledge, experience and competencies required for a Board Director, in accordance with the defined Terms of Reference . Anyone wishing to submit a nomination should download and complete a nomination paper and declaration of interests form (see links below). In addition, candidates will need to provide a full curriculum vitae, together with a supporting statement detailing how they meet the role requirements by midday on Friday 30 August. All applications will then be reviewed by the BD Nominations Committee in September, before a recommendation is put forward to the BEF Nominations Committee for final ratification. Download: • BEF Board Director Terms of Reference • Nomination form • Declaration of Interests form For further information, please contact Angela Green, HR & Office Manager, by email or call 0247 669 8844.
Monday, August 5

Brilliant Bronze weekend at Sheepgate

The second British Dressage Bronze Championships proved a massive hit with the competitors who all judged new venue Sheepgate Eqestrian ‘well worth the journey’ after two days of battle across Prelim to Advanced Medium. The Prelim title is headed to Wales, Carmarthenshire to be exact, as 12 year old Bryley Llewelyn took the championship with her own eye catching skewbald Cwmtyysswg Will (pictured right), who she lovingly refers to as Will I Am, in homage to the star judge on The Voice, a favourite in her music collection. Bryley has had Will for two years and has produced him herself. They enjoy doing a bit of everything and compete with the Pony Club as well as their BD career. Bryley and Will were the overnight leaders after a fantastic day one score of 70.27% but it was tight on Sunday when Rebecca Lock and Brickell Mr Pickwick pushed them hard and won the test on 68.79%. However, the Welsh duo’s 68.05% was enough to secure the win, but by just 0.85%. After her win, Bryley said; “He felt a little tired today so I did have to use my legs a bit more but yesterday’s test felt perfect!” Bryley enjoys maths and art at school – two great subjects to help with any budding dressage rider! A duo taking some time out from eventing claimed a dominant victory in the Novice division. Gloucestershire rider Steph Woolley and the British bred Freckleton Matador, by Monte Carlo, topped the leaderboard on both days with two great scores. Saturday it was 70.75% and on Sunday, they cruised to a 72.31% which gave them a clear victory over Grace Lynch and Jara H. All of this on top of winning Friday’s Petplan Equine Novice Bronze Area Festival at Sheepgate! Steph has had the now 11 year old since he was two when she bought him from breeder Penny Roots at the small Wawickshire stud whose prefix his name bears and this is their first full season with BD. “He’s just fab, I love him to bits. He’s not always been the most straightforward though. We evented together but at the moment he’s just lost his love for the cross country so I decided to focus on our dressage this year,” said Steph. “I have to say a huge thanks to Rob Barker who we’ve started having lessons with and he’s made a huge difference.” Far from resting on their laurels, the duo has a busy few weeks to come with the Riding Club Championships at Lincoln, an Area Festival Final at Fieldhouse, Riding Club Dressage to Music Championships and they’re hoping for selection to represent her region at the Home International at Wellington. The Elementary crown went to another horse and rider combination who’ve moved their focus to dressage from eventing. Dutch-born rider Hente Dorhout-Meers returned to riding after taking a long break for university, getting married and having children. In her teen years, she worked in a dressage yard but then her life’s focus changed. Once children were older and riding horses themselves she rediscovered her love of riding and purchased Troef van de Vive la Vie as an eventing schoolmaster. ‘Doodle’ was bred to show jump but went on to event to advanced level before Hente got him but veterinary issues have now forced a focus on dressage – and the change has clearly suited them both. The rich chestnut was a winner on both days, scoring 70.75% on Saturday which was followed by 69.43% on Sunday. Hente said; “The first day he was really good; calm and rideable but today he was more himself and just a bit stressy. We’re lucky he’s here really as we nearly lost him to kidney failure last year and he’s had a few bone chips which means he can’t jump or gallop anymore so dressage is his new job. I just adore this horse!” So what are the plans for the future? “We’ve done one Medium and would like to do more next year so perhaps work towards the Regionals at Elementary and Area Festivals at Medium,” Hente added. The win was special…but came at a cost! “I said that if I won, I’d buy my daughter a new tailcoat she spotted so we’re off to pay Tack and Togs a visit!” laughed Hente. Runners up were Hampshire’s Deanne Courtnadge and the Ace of Spaces on a total of 137.70. It was a worthwhile journey from Kent for Roberta Collyer and her talented Jazz son Fiasco II when they claimed the Medium title. Roberta, who runs RC Equine Bodyworks, started riding as a child but made dressage her choice aged 14. She and Fiasco dominated the Medium ranks over the weekend, winning on both days. A great 68.91% got their campaign underway on day one and this was followed with an impressive 71.06% on Sunday which gave them the coveted winner’s sash and rosette by over 6% ahead of nearest rivals, Sophie Bennett riding Vallon du Rock. “We’ve really loved it here! It’s a six hour journey but has been worth it,” enthused Roberta. “I’ve had the ride on him for three years but bought him outright this year. He was a very hot youngster, a typical Jazz but everything is just now clicking into play. Getting to these championships was a goal for the season so to win is amazing,” she added. And she’s got high hopes for Fiasco, “I’d really love to get him to Grand Prix – I hope he’s got it in him! We’ve just started the changes which can be exciting but whatever I ask, he always tries his heart out,” she ended. The final section, Advanced Medium , was a popular win for local rider Alice Elliott and her lovable British bred Chatsworth Chieftain, who live just 17 miles away from Sheepgate and are regulars at the centre. They’ve been together for seven years and have risen up the ranks from Prelim and they’ve made a few attempts at Prix St Georges. Alice has competed a horse every year with British Dressage since 1999 but this is the first horse she’s got to this level. Saturday’s Advanced Medium was claimed by Tyler Bradshaw and Igor VIII but they couldn’t hold their advantage on day two, allowing Alice and ‘Murph’ to take the title after they topped the class having been second on Saturday. Abi Uden pulled up with Rain Dance to be reserve champions. “I’ve had an absolutely fantastic couple of days. He’s a shire cross and gives you everything he can. He’s taken me to places I never dreamed I’d get to! We’ve done a couple of PSGs but that’s as far as I’ll take him. I’m looking at getting a youngster – even a my age!” quipped Alice. Thanks to everyone who made these championships possible! The Sheepgate team pulled out all the stops on the back of a busy Petplan Equine Area Festival show to make sure everyone was welcome and the competition ran like clockwork. All weekend there was a tremendous atmosphere with a huge sense of camaraderie – so well done to our riders, officials and volunteers. Championship podiums: Prelim 1. Bryley Llewelyn and Cwmtysswg Will, 138.31 2. Rebecca Lock Brickell and Mr Pickwick, 137.46 3. Lauren Crowe and Scout, 135.22 Novice 1. Steph Woolley and Freckleton Matador, 143.06 2. Grace Lynch and Jara H, 140.94 3. Amy Hamilton and Zico II, 138.66 Elementary 1. Hente Dorhout Mees and Troef van de Vive la Vie, 140.17 2. Deanne Courtnadge and The Ace of Spades, 137.70 3. Hilary Janion and Sir Wilhelm, 137.13 Medium 1. Roberta Collyer and Fiasco II, 139.97 2. Sophie Bennett and Vallon du Rock, 133.69 3. Annabel Whittet and Ballynoe Hallo, 133.66 Advanced Medium 1. Alice Elliot and Chatsworth Chieftain, 134.61 2. Abi Uden and Rain Dance, 132.34 3. Nicola North and Damons Gold, 131.55 Full results – click here . 
Monday, August 5

FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses

A highlight in the calendar of any dressage enthusiast, this year’s FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses didn’t disappoint with spectators treated to four days of world class competition as the stars of tomorrow did battle for the prestigious accolades. Five talented British combinations headed to Ermelo, the Netherlands, with each putting in a promising performance for the future, gaining valuable mileage and proving their perspective against some of the most outstanding breeding stallions and sport horses in Europe. Five year old Hawtins Lirica, bred by Judith Davis of Hawtins Stud, has enjoyed a winning streak on the national scene with skillful jockey Lucinda Elliot producing the standout mare to a Shearwater four year old title in 2018 amongst numerous other victories. In Ermelo, a touch of tension in the preliminary qualification round just kept the top marks at bay for the bright chestnut mare by Lemony’s Nicket, however an improved test the following day resulted in a superb ninth place in the small final for five year old horses. Proud breeder Judith commented, “Well that was an amazing day! Lucinda and Hawtins Lirica finished ninth out of thirty in the small final with an overall score of 8.12! Lyra was much more relaxed today so it was great that she got super scores for her paces and also really lovely comments from the judges in the commentary after the test. Thank you to the rest of Team GB for their great support! A big thank you especially to Serena Pincus for her invaluable training and support as always.” Susan Pape brought forward the Vivaldi sired Harmony’s V-Plus to the five year old competition and achieved 20th in the Preliminary round with 8.02, followed by 14th in the small final on another encouraging mark of 7.82. The American owned V-Plus was bred at Lewitz Stud in Germany and changed hands to Leslie Malone of Harmony Sport Horses at the 2018 PSI Auction. 2019 Senior European Championships team rider Charlotte Fry continued a busy summer with an appearance in the six year old championship on board Van Olst Horses’ Inclusive. The eye-catching bay (Everdale x Uptown) impressed in the preliminary competition, scoring well with the judges panel of Annette Fransen-Iacobaeus (SWE), Christoph Hess (GER), Susan Barrup (DEN) and Isobel Wessels (GBR), with his trot the highlight earning 8.8. Leah Beckett and Gunther Schulz’s Merlot Royal will be ones to watch for the future, they scored 69.38% and 67.99% in their two seven year old tests. “An amazing accomplishment to ride down this centre line and so proud of how Merlot rose to the challenge. Green moments in the canter work will not take away from his future, he’s such a dude! Thank you to all the support crew, incredible owners Johanna-Sophie Schulz and Gûnther Schulz, Sune Hansen and all at home” Leah said reflecting on the experience on social media. UKCCL3 and BHSI Elizabeth Allen took time out of her busy schedule at Collective Equestrian to campaign the Uphill gelding Heraldik alongside Leah in the seven year old class. Two solid scores in the mid-sixties were the reward for a great home team effort and top quality riding. Congratulations to the winners of each FEI World Championship and to all British riders, breeders and their support teams. Winners and results of the British combinations Qualification for five year old horses 1st Jessica Lynn Thomas with Secret (Sezuan x St Moritz) – SWE – 9.54 20th Susan Pape with Harmony’s V-Plus (Vivaldi x Furst Romancier) – GBR – 8.02 32nd Lucinda Elliot with Hawtins Lirica (Lemony’s Nicket x Dimaggio) – GBR – 7.40 Qualification for six year old horses 1st Frederic Wandres with Zucchero OLD (Zonik NOP x Prince Thatch XX) – GER – 9.46 18th Charlotte Fry with Inclusive (Everdale x Uptown) – GBR – 7.80 Qualification for seven year old horses 1st Severo Jurado Loez with d’Avie (Don Juan de Hus x Londonderry) – ESP – 85.04% 33rd Leah Beckett with Merlot Royal (Millennium x Rubin Royale) – GBR – 69.38% 39th Elizabeth Allen with Heraldik (Uphill x Silvano N) – GBR – 63.50% Small final for five year old horses 1st Eva Moller with Espe (Escolar x Dimaggio) – GER – 8.72 9th Lucinda Elliot with Hawtins Lirica (Lemony’s Nicket x Dimaggio) – GBR – 8.12 14th Susan Pape with Harmony’s V-Plus (Vivaldi x Furst Romancier) – GBR – 7.82 Small final for six year old horses 1st Yvonne Osterholm with Ironman H (Bordeaux x Rousseau) – FIN – 8.96 9th Charlotte Fry with Inclusive (Everdale x Uptown) – GBR – 8.02 CH-M-D YH Final for five year old horses 1st Andreas Helgstrand with Jovian (Apache x Tango) – DEN – 9.66 2nd Jessica Lynn Thomas with Secret (Sezuan x St Moritz) – SWE – 9.64 3rd Andreas Helgstrand with Queensparks Wendy (Sezuan x Blue Hors Soprano) – DEN – 9.42 Small final for seven year old horses 1st Jeanna Hogberg with Astoria (Sir Donnerhall II OLD x Quaterback) – SWE – 79.60% 23rd Leah Beckett with Merlot Royal (Millennium x Rubin Royale) – GBR – 67.99% 26th Elizabeth Allen with Heraldik (Uphill x Silvano N) – GBR – 66.92% CH-M-D YH Final for six year old horses 1st Frederic Wandres with Zucchero OLD (Zonik NOP x Prince Thatch XX) – GER – 9.66 2nd Andreas Helgstrand with Revolution (Rocky Lee x Rouletto) – DEN – 9.44 3rd Andreas Helgstrand with Zhaplin Langholt (Zonik NOP x Stedinger) – DEN – 9.34 CH-M-D YH Final for seven year old horses 1st Severo Jurado Lopez with d’Avie (Don Juan de Hus x Londonderry) – ESP – 85.10% 2nd Jan Moller Christensen with Hesselhoej Donkey Boy (Era Dancing Hit x Milan) – DEN – 85.02% 3rd Isabel Freese with Total Hope OLD (Totilas x Blue Horse Don Schufro) – NOR – 84.25% Watch the highlights from the FEI WBFSH Championships .   Full results . 
Friday, August 2

Scotland Macbeth takes BD Youth Hl title

Scottish team, Scotland Macbeth, won a thriller of a competition at the BD Youth Home International, held last week at Arena UK in Lincolnshire (26 – 28 July 2019). The quartet of Rose Foley, Carmen Gammie, Matilda Haley and Eilidh Roberts took an early lead on day one, with two riders impressively breaking through the 70% benchmark - Eilidh Roberts from Berwickshire with her black Irish gelding Flashy Rocko competing in the Novice, and Elementary combination Matilda Haley from Aberdeenshire and her KWPN gelding Go. In pole position overnight, hopes were high on Sunday morning for the Macbeth four, however last year’s winners, and winners of the 2019 BD Youth Inter Regional - South West Donald Ducks - were not going to release their grip of the trophy easily. Just two percent off the leaders overnight, the South West challengers made up ground on day two, but it wasn’t enough to dislodge the Scottish challengers from the podium. Maintaining their focus, Aberdeenshire’s Carmen Gammie and her Welsh pony Champagne Bubbles (17) posted a super 72.06% in the Medium, Matilda and Go. 70.49% in the Elementary, whilst Dumfries and Galloway’s Rose Foley with Shona Leckie’s Cordici K earned 68.14% in the Elementary, and Eilidh and Flashy Rocko scored 69.95% at Novice to bolster the team total. “It was a fantastic competition!” said Scotland RDO Emma Stewart, reflecting on the success of her young riders. “Ending day one in the lead by a narrow margin meant a nail biting day two but all the team were outstanding to hold their nerve and put in excellent individual performances. I’m so proud of the whole squad for supporting each other throughout the competition and making the weekend a great experience for everyone.” Individual honours Riders from north of the border featured highly on the winners’ roster of the individual championship titles. Matilda Haley and Go, an eight year old son of Carosso VDL, took the Elementary with a score average of 71.42%, and Carmen Gammie with the evergreen Champagne Bubbles (17) made the Medium honours theirs with 70.22%. The Novice belonged to North West’s Sophia Marston with her British bred mare Solitaire II (San Amour x Hotline). The combination which is trained by Michael Eilberg won on a percentage average of 71.19 over the two days of competition. Sophia who’s from Meriden, a stone’s throw from BDHQ, also claimed Saturday’s Children on Horses class. Jessica Whitehead did the Southern region proud with a win in the FEI Junior Championship partnered by her 12 year old German son of Samarant, The Amazing Spiderman, and the FEI Pony Championship went the Northern Region, thanks to two solid performances by Meghan Anderson. Meghan, from County Durham, and 16 year old Berlioz (by Benetton S) who is owned by Sean Anderson, achieved an average of 63.34% over the two days. British Dressage thanks the team at Arena UK for putting on a fantastic event. Congratulations to all the prize-winning teams and individuals and to everyone who took part. BD Youth is open to every young person under the age of 25 who would like to be involved in regional training, competitions and camps. It is also a great way to meet new friends and learn more about the sport. To find out more visit www.britishdressage.co.uk/under_25s Team results 1st - Scotland Macbeth – 425.16 Rose Foley with Cordici K (Elem) Carmen Gammie with Champagne Bubbles (Med) Matilda Haley with Go. (Elem) Eilidh Roberts with Flashy Rocko (Nov) 2nd - South West Donald Ducks – 421.35 Chloe Dawes with Femme Lijbra (Med) Florence Human with Flugencio (Med) Tom O’Bryan with DHI de Rouet (Elem) Alexa Palmer with Global Super Nova (Nov) 3rd – North West Guinevere – 413.77 Amy Charlton with Vanabyt van het Kleuterhof (Nov) Danielle Marshall with Galant IV (Elem) Sophia Marston with Solitaire II (Nov) Overall individual winners Novice – Sophia Marston with Solitaire II (North West), 71.19% Elementary – Matilda Haley with Go. (Scotland), 71.42% Medium – Carmen Gammie with Champagne Bubbles (Scotland), 70.22% FEI Test winners Pony - Meghan Anderson with Berlioz (Northern), 63.34% Junior – Jessica Whitehead with The Amazing Spiderman (Southern), 66.53% Young Riders - awaiting results Children on Horses – Sophia Marston with Solitaire II (North West), 68.63% Photo left to right: Carmen Gammie, Matilda Haley, Rose Foley, Eilidh Roberts
Thursday, August 1

Chosen four for Rotterdam Euros

The British Equestrian Federation and British Dressage have today, 1 August 2019, announced the UK Sport National Lottery funded dressage squad which will compete at the FEI Longines European Championships in Rotterdam, Holland (21–25 August 2019). Team GBR stalwarts Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester will be looking to build on the team and individual bronze medals they earned in Tryon at last year’s World Equestrian Games, while Gareth Hughes and Charlotte (Lottie) Fry are capitalising on some successful Nations Cups results this season. This will be Lottie’s first senior championships, although she and Dark Legend achieved Individual silver and Freestyle gold at the European Under 25 Championships in 2018. In alphabetical order, the selected squad has been named by the British Dressage selectors as: • Charlotte Dujardin CBE with Emma and Jill Blundell’s Mount St John Freestyle   (bay, mare, 10yo, 16.2hh, Fidermark x Donnerhall. Grooms – Alan Davies and Lucy Scudamore) Charlotte commented:  “It’s a real privilege to be riding on the team – and such an exciting team too! I’m really looking forward to returning to Rotterdam where I first rode for Britain at the European Championships in 2011 with Valegro, it’ll feel special to be back there.” • Charlotte Fry with van Olst Horses and her own Dark Legend   (bay, gelding, 11yo, 17hh, Zucchero x Tango . Groom – Claire James) Charlotte commented; “I am super excited and so thankful for the whole team around me and my horses for making this possible. And I'm honoured that in my first year of competing at seniors, I've been given this amazing opportunity.” • Carl Hester MBE with Lady Anne Evans, Ann Cory and his own Hawtins Delicato (bay, gelding, 11yo, 16.2hh, Diamond Hit x Regazzoni - Grooms – Alan Davies and Lucy Scudamore). Carl commented;  “I’m delighted to be part of such an exciting team heading to Rotterdam for the European Championships. It’s wonderful that we’ve got our Olympic qualification secured so that we can just enjoy it and ride to our best in search of a medal.” • Gareth Hughes with Rebecca Hughes, Julia Hornig and his own Classic Briolinca (bay, mare, 13yo, 16.2hh, Trento B x Royal Dance. Groom – Steph Sharples) Gareth commented:  “There is no greater honour than to represent your country. I’m very proud to be riding Classic Briolinca because Rebecca and myself, along with our long-time friend and supporter Julia Hornig, have owned her since she was three or four years old. Steph Sharples, my travelling groom and Head Girl, has looked after Briolinca throughout her career, so it will be exciting and emotional for all of us to be there. It’s great to be back on the team with Charlotte and Carl, and to have Lottie with us – she has been one of the most exciting stars this year. We have a very strong team and it will be an exciting championship.” Charlotte Dujardin has also been selected with a direct reserve horse, Sonnar Murray-Brown’s Erlentanz. In addition, two reserve combinations have been selected: First reserve: Richard Davison with Gwendolyn Meyer and his own Bubblingh Second reserve: Lara Butler with Wilfred and Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad Performance Manager Caroline Griffith said “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with such a fantastic team this year. All the combinations have had phenomenal results in preparation including several personal bests and scores which evidence they are amongst the best in the world. The selectors have included young horses, older horses, young riders and more experienced riders, combined it has all the ingredients of an amazing recipe for success. I feel honoured and privileged to be working with the riders, owners and grooms all of whom play such a major part in making this happen and I have absolutely no doubt that we head to the Championships excited by the opportunity to show our capabilities to the full. The riders have asked me to thank everyone for their support, they are keen now to get on with the job and make Team GBR proud.” Jason Brautigam, British Dressage Chief Executive, commented; “It’s great to have a new addition to the team in Lottie Fry and, with the experience of Carl, Charlotte and Gareth, it makes for a very strong squad. Lottie has made such a strong impression in the last 12 months since winning gold at the European U25 Championships, while Carl and Charlotte obviously impressed us all with their exciting young horses last year at the World Equestrian Games. All four riders can use Rotterdam as an important stepping stone towards the Olympics in 2020, so hopefully Team GBR will be able to make a strong statement of intent a yearout from Tokyo.” The British senior teams are supported by the BEF’s UK Sport National Lottery-funded World Class Programme.  
Wednesday, July 31

Italian adventure for Team NAF Juniors and YRs

The British contingent of Youth riders rode with professionalism and cool in the heat of the FEI Junior and Young Rider European Championships at San Giovanni in Marignano, near Rimini in Italy (24 – 28 July 2019). The Team NAF Young Riders gained invaluable championship experience and showed much potential in the face of soaring temperatures at the fabulous Horses Riviera Resort, whilst our Juniors, competing as individuals, each admirably achieved placings amongst the top ranked riders. Young Riders gain valuable mileage Team NAF’s Young Rider trio showed much promise despite not quite achieving the ‘clear rounds’ they’d hoped for. Team pathfinder Rebecca Bell and the gorgeous British bred Nibeley Union Hit delivered a solid 66.61% on day one of the Team competition, even though they had some costly mistakes. They went on to score 66.08% in their Individual test which showed more power in the trot but with a couple of miscommunications in the canter section keeping their score in check. Alex Hellings and Uvender V had a challenging start to the week with an uncharacteristic 64.38% in the Team competition. The warm up went well for Alex and ‘Uvi’ but tension crept into their test, affecting the way of going. Alex and the evergreen Uvi (18) showed what a great team they are by bouncing back with a super 67.58% to finish 41st in the Individual and best of the Brits. Hellings and Bell have a collection of Pony Europeans medals between them and were on the same silver medal-winning team in 2014, so are championship riders who will only build on this experience. Championship debutant Rebecca Swain presented strong highlights with Bon Jovi. Mistakes in the Team competition were expensive, resulting in an uncharacteristic 63.11%. However they showed character to come back with a 67.41%-earning Individual. Rebecca and ‘Bobby’, who this year achieved wins at Compiègne and Keysoe CDIs, have heaps of ability which, combined with this championship experience, gives them a very bright future to look forward to. Germany headed the team competition, spearheaded by Semmieke Rothenberger and the black 12 year old mare Dissertation (Don Crusador x Glückspilz) who earned a phenomenal 77.55%. The German star was unbeatable all week, winning the Individual with 78.94% and the Freestyle on 78.05%. Juniors make their mark Great Britain’s Junior representatives for Team NAF, Jessica McConkey and Charlotte McDowall, enjoyed an awesome European Championships at San Giovanni in Marignano. Jessica rode the test of her career so far with the beautiful mare Lady Gaga (Quaterback x Solos Landwind) for a personal best score of 71.587% and 13th out of 78 in the Team competition. They then scored an admirable 68.08% in the Individual. Charlotte McDowall and Alivia meanwhile, scaled the ranks from 57th in the Team test due to a couple of mistakes, to 16th in in the Individual with plus-70% securing them a coveted place in the Freestyle final. The elegant partnership of just 12 months posted a victory at Keysoe CDIJ earlier this year with their tried and tested freestyle routine, and this time, under Italian skies, impressed again. The panel of Oliver Smeets (BEL) at E, Elke Ebert (GER) at H, Barbara Ardu (ITA) at C, Clive Halsall (GBR) at M and Hans-Christian Matthieson (DEN) at B awarded the Brit 70.425% to finish in the top 15. “I have had the most incredible time at the Europeans here in Italy,” said Charlotte. “‘Liv’ has been an absolute star all week and after a couple of mistakes on my part in the team test, I am still in complete shock that we managed to score 70.3% in the individual yesterday to place 16th (out of 77!) and qualify for the freestyle. It was a dream come true to be able to ride it here and despite a pretty tired Liv, we managed to score 70.4% to finish 15th.” It was a clean sweep for Germany as they added the Junior team title to their haul, with Jana Schrödter claiming Individual and Freestyle Gold with Der Erbe, an 11 year old Oldenburg stallion son of Dimaggio. Looking forward The 2019 FEI Junior and Young Rider Europeans has been another great Championship for Team NAF, both for some promising individual achievements and also the opportunity it’s given riders to compete against the very best in Europe. British Dressage thanks team supporters NAF, equestrian kit suppliers LeMieux, and all the support teams behind our Championship representatives including Team Trainer Paul Fielder, Team Vet Robert Oulton, Stable Manager Liz Walsh, Chef d’Equipe Nina Boex and the panel of selectors. Congratulations to the team at Horses Riviera Resort for delivering a world class championships for Juniors, Young Riders, U25s and Children on Horses. Results Young Rider Team 1st Semmieke Rothenberger with Dissertation, 77.559% (GER) 30th Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit, 66.618% (GBR) 45th Alexandra Hellings with Uvender V, 64.382% (GBR) 52nd Rebecca Swain with Bon Jovi, 63.118% (GBR) Team rankings 1st Germany, 74.745 2nd The Netherlands, 73.030 3rd Sweden, 69.687 Young Rider Individual 1st Semmieke Rothenberger with Dissertation, 78.941% (GER) 41st Alexandra Hellings with Uvender V, 67.588% (GBR) 43rd Rebecca Swain with Bon Jovi, 67.412% (GBR) 49th Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit, 66.088% (GBR) Junior Team 1st Valentina Pistner with Flamboyant OLD, 76.940% (GER) 13th Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga, 71.576% (GBR) 57th Charlotte McDowall with Alivia, 66.879% (GBR) Team rankings 1st Germany, 76.081 2nd The Netherlands, 73.485 3rd Denmark, 71.959 Junior Individual 1st Jana Schrödter with Der Erbe, 77.971% (GER) 16th Charlotte McDowall with Alivia, 70.353% (GBR) 39th Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga, 68.088% (GBR) Junior Freestyle 1st Jana Schrödter with Der Erbe, 78.440% (GER) 15th Charlotte McDowall with Alivia, 70.425% (GBR) For full results click here . Visit the BD Youth page for daily photos and stories from the event, click here .
Wednesday, July 31

Applications invted for BD BEF Board Director

In line with the British Equestrian Federation Articles of Association, British Dressage is entitled to nominate a Director to sit on the BEF Board. The current Nominated Director, Lotte Olsen, completes her first term at the end of this year and has indicated that she would like to stand for a second term. However, we are also opening this up to other nominations from the British Dressage membership, for anyone who would like to put their name forward to work with the BEF Board to help develop the future direction of the Federation and implement the new five-year strategic plan. All applicants will need to meet the specified knowledge, experience and competencies required for a Board Director, in accordance with the defined Terms of Reference . Anyone wishing to submit a nomination should download and complete a nomination paper and declaration of interests form (see links below). In addition, candidates will need to provide a full curriculum vitae, together with a supporting statement detailing how they meet the role requirements by midday on Friday 30 August. All applications will then be reviewed by the BD Nominations Committee in September, before a recommendation is put forward to the BEF Nominations Committee for final ratification. Download: • BEF Board Director Terms of Reference • Nomination form • Declaration of Interests form For further information, please contact Angela Green, HR & Office Manager, by email or call 0247 669 8844.
Tuesday, July 30

Exciting mix for Para Euros 2019

The British Equestrian Federation and British Dressage have today, 30 July 2019, announced the UK Sport National Lottery funded para-equestrian dressage squad which will compete at the FEI Longines European Championships in Rotterdam, Holland (21–25 August 2019). This year’s team includes three combinations who will be contesting their first senior championships, while Sophie Wells and C Fatal Attraction will be out to defend their Freestyle gold medal from the European Championships in 2017. In alphabetical order, the selected squad has been named by British Dressage selectors as: • Mari Durward-Akhurst (Grade I) with Glesni Owen’s Sky O’Hara (brown, gelding, 16.2hh, 20yo, Welt Hit II x Lector) . Mari commented; “I am really excited to be competing at my first Senior Championships. It’s so nice to be recognised by the selectors after our hard work over the last couple of years – dreams do come true. Thank you to everyone who has supported me, my amazing home team and my trainer Rob Waine. I also have to thank my wonderful equine partner, Sky O’Hara, who continues to improve with age, and his owner, Glesni Owen, who has given me the opportunity to build such a special partnership with him. I hope that Sky and I will do everyone proud.” • Nicky Greenhill (Grade IV) with her own and Gary Greenhill’s Betty Boo (black, mare, 16.3hh, 10yo, Benetton Dream x Londonderry) . Nicky commented;  “I was obviously incredibly shocked to receive the news, but now feel very proud and honoured to be able to represent my country.” • Sophie Wells (Grade V) with Charlotte Hogg’s C Fatal Attraction (dark brown, gelding, 16.1hh, 12yo, Fidertanz x Olivi) . Sophie commented;  “It’s a massive honour to be selected to represent Team GBR again with C Fatal Attraction, and I’m also really pleased to have my pupil, Georgia Wilson, on the squad with me. This is an exciting time for British Dressage ahead of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year, with such a broad range of talented horses and riders for the selectors to call upon. I’d like to thank C Fatal Attraction’s owner, Charlotte Hogg, for her support and my home team for all their hard work – without them, this selection wouldn’t have been possible.” • Georgia Wilson (Grade II) with her own and Geoff and Julie Wilson’s Midnight (brown, mare, 15.3hh, 10yo, Hilkens Black Delight x Cassander) . Georgia commented;  “I’m excited but nervous at the same time because this is my first major championships but I’m really looking forward to it.” Nicky and Sophie have also been selected with direct reserve horses, Nicky with Gary Greenhill and her own King Edward I and Sophie with her own Diadeem. Performance Manager Georgina Sharples said “Many congratulations to all the selected combinations, their owners and support teams. It is wonderful to see three first-time championship athletes included in this selection – they’ll have the chance to experience a championship environment as part of the build up to Tokyo 2020. Also representing Great Britain in her eleventh major championships, Paralympic, World and European multi-medallist Sophie Wells, will bring a wealth of experience as will a highly committed and knowledgeable support Team.” Jason Brautigam, British Dressage Chief Executive, commented; “It’s fantastic to see three new names getting the call-up to the team this year, alongside the extensive Championship experience of Sophie Wells. With qualification for next year’s Paralympics already assured, it’s great to provide opportunities for new combinations to make their mark on the international stage. Competition for places has been fierce this year, with a number of riders in line for selection, which shows the fantastic depth we have in the programme just one year out from Tokyo. Congratulations to the chosen four and we look forward to cheering you on in Rotterdam.” The British senior teams are supported by the BEF’s UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme.    
Sunday, July 28

Hickstead CDIO/CDI - day four

Victory in the CDIO FEI Dressage Nations Cup final leg was emphatically claimed by the all-male quartet each riding Lusitano stallion today when their two Freestyle riders got the necessary results today at Hickstead. Rodrigo Torres posted 74.62% with the grey Fogoso to a grand Pink Floyd routine but the class victory went to Britain. It was Lara Butler who posted a career best with the Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad of 78.26% who took the spoils. ‘Rufus’ may be 17 this year but the enforced break while Lara took a few weeks out when baby Jack arrived has invigorated both of them and he looked better than ever. Their trademark Dire Straits routine was executed perfectly – mistake free and some great passage and truly impressive canter pirouettes. “He was awesome!” declared Lara. “The power was there, the concentration was there and he’s the best condition wise I’ve ever had him. He tried so hard and today we really showed our partnership.” Hayley Watson-Greaves completed the podium with a spritely Rubins Nite. They didn’t get off to the best start when their music didn’t start and then ‘Squeaks’ had a shy at a speaker which put them off their first tricky line but then the gorgeous black gelding switch off to the surroundings and on to his pilot and the marks began to flow for a final score of 73.24%. “Once I got him back there was some really good quality work and I was happy with the mark. That’s just him…that’s just horses.” This is the first season for some time that Hayley has competed him in acoustic ears following an incident at Doha which saw them miss a few months and today maybe was a case to try them again. “I’m keeping the ears off. He has much more about him without them, I just need to learn how to ride him without,” she explained. So after the three stages, Portugal reigned supreme on a score of 17, Britain finished on an overall score of 23, the Netherlands completed the podium on 36 while Ireland scored 51. With this final result in, Sweden are the overall winners of the series. The day ended on a massive high with a popular victory for Louise Bell in the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle . If her inaugural win on Friday wasn’t enough emotion, today she scored a new PB with the eternally cheeky Into the Blue of 76.05% much to the delight of the crowd and supporters. They danced to their now trademark country routine featuring Sweet Home Alabama and Desposito and it was the cleanest performance of the floor plan so far. “He’s really busy – so very saucy normally – but today I went in and he almost felt tired so I thought to myself, let’s just go through it and enjoy it, we know exactly what we’re doing. I just wanted to ride him nicely and the judges obviously liked what they saw. He gave me such a harmonious feel. I’m so proud; he’s got to be the happiest horse in dressage!” she exclaimed. Second went to Vicky Thompson Winfield and reigning MCI champion Mango Jacaro, owned by Samantha Francis who were super in their James Bond/Mission Impossible routine which showed high levels of difficulty to demonstrate the stallion’s great manouverability. They scored 74.05%. Third was British resident Dane Ulrik Moelgaard and Michigan, another veteran horse showing you’re never too old, with 71.1% Amy Schiessel and Mr Mercury completed an U25 CDI double by taking today’s Grand Prix by a two percent margin and showed that age is no barrier with the 18 year old looking fresh as a daisy to score 67.38%. “It was pretty much mistake free and his changes were good. The sun came out just as we were about to go in and it got hot but I couldn’t have asked for more. He’ll have a little break now and I’m hoping for a Nationals invite but he’ll resume his grandpa duties on the yard to my three year olds!” she joked. Kaja Tharaldsen Olsen was another rider to top a great week with a win in the Freestyle, this time in the Young Rider division for Norway. Riding Solhoej’s Lord Falcor, she posted 70.34% to take the spoils in her first ever CDI. The duo have been together for three and a half years and have moved up the levels together before travelling to Britain to spend time with the Eilbergs training. Kaja said; “It’s been an amazing week! It’s my first international and the atmosphere here is really good. My horse has been fresh and had great energy – he’s been so fun to ride. This year he’s really grown up so next year is exciting.” Kaja and Falcor will journey home to Norway for their National Championships before coming back to resume her training with the Eilbergs. In second was World Class Podium Pathway rider Angus Corrie-Dean riding Tiny Tempur to…you guessed it…Tiny Tempur music put together by Ros Emery-Kay. Afterwards Angus said; “He was quite physically tired today – it’s a long week and with the heat of Thursday – but he really tried,” said Angus. German 17 year old Emely Van Loon made it a Junior hat-trick with a resounding win the CDIJ Freestyle on her first trip to British shores. Riding FBW Desperaux, a ten year old the Van Loon family have owned from a two and half year old, Emely posted her third 70% plus score of the week when last to go. The judges all had her to win with a final score of 75.96%, a new personal best for the duo. Emely said; “He did a super good job today! He has a very good trot and we focus on that in my floorplan and also his extended canter is like flying! I was happy with my test and I expected a good score.” The duo have been part of a winning German Junior Nations Cup team but this week is her first individual international win – and she’s achieved three in one week! Emily and Deseraux are considering competing at Exloo this seadson before the move up to Young Riders next year and the young talent has progressing on to the German u25 squad in her sights. Emely is hoping to make riding her career and is current looking for a professional stable to join when she finishes school. Second and best of the Brits was Catlin Burgess from Devon with her Dutch bred Chocotof, by Lord Leatherdale. They scored 71.26% with a revised Inter I floorplan borrowed from the Huttons at Talland where she trains. “Charlie did the music, Pippa the floorplan and Pammy is my trainer,” declared Catlin. “I’m really happy with him today; it’s only our third Freestyle and this our third International together, I couldn’t have asked any more of him today,” she concluded. In the Hickstead British Five Year Old International Young Horse class it was a win for Mark Forest and Sandy Senior’s GF Sezuki with a score of 80.6%. The elegant Sezuan mare competed in the National class yesterday but upped her performance to overtake Sara Lucas’s SJL Baks Zacco ridden by Dan Greenwood for the top honours. “She was much better than yesterday, the work really came off,” explained Mark. “We had a small error in the counter canter section but we corrected quickly and she was so brave. She’s very consistent and seems to get better the mores he does; she’s as cool as anything and is a real trier.” Sandy, who runs Glossoms Farm Stud just north of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire bought the mare as a foal from breeder Christian Heinrich as she wanted to get Sezuan’s bloodlines into her breeding programme. Indeed GF Sezuki has an ET foal due next season. The  Hickstead British Six Year Old International Young Horse  title went to Olivia Oakeley and Rock Diva but it was again a tight battle with yesterday’s winners, Jezz Palmer and WGS Inanda with the winning margin just 0.2%. Olivia has produced ‘Rocky’, by Rock Forever, from an unbroken youngster and was delighted with today’s win on 75.6%. “Today she was on good form. She’s really noise sensitive and when I saw there were Freestyle competitions in the other ring I was worried but she was great. I got my changes, the walk wasn’t great but I could really feel the strength in her. I really feel she’ll be a Grand Prix horse in the future,” she said. “It’s so exciting to have a horse that enjoys her job so much; she just loves to work and is the most trainable horse I’ve ever had.” Congratulations to the Dressage at Hickstead team who've put on a great week with a typical mix of British weather but they always kept smiling and friendly to make sure the competitors and their horses were never left wanting. There's been to top competition, worthy winners and a great spirit throughout the show - so thank you to all involved. Full results - click here Photo c www.kevinsparrow.co.uk  
Saturday, July 27

Hickstead CDIO/CDI - day three

It was Grand Prix Special day for the FEI Nations Cup competitors and a one-two for the Portugese further extended their lead ahead over the home team in the standings. Joao Miguel Torrao and Coudelaria Monte Velho’s Equador have won a legion of fans in the six weeks they’ve been based in Britain with Carl Hester and today they won their first Grand Prix level competition and with a personal best score of 75.78% to boot when last to go. Compatriot Durate Nogueira was second some four marks adrift on Beirao on 72.85%. It was a picture in the prize giving with the two bay Lusitano stallions proudly representing their breed and country. 26 year old João was emotional after his win as he’s trained the horse for the last five years and they’ve worked up the grades together. They’ve been impressive in their first year at Grand Prix and, on their first Nations Cup appearance for their country, today they cemented their credentials for a place on the Portuguese team for Rotterdam. “It’s all been a dream come true. I always said one day I’d score 75% in a Grand Prix and today I’ve done it. Equador is amazing, he always tries is hardest and today I had a really good feeling. His frame was good and he was in front of my leg – a small mistake in the half pass was our only problem. He has such a kind heart and is such a fighter; he’s frightened of nothing. He makes me emotional as he’s my teacher – I’ve learned everything with him, he’s amazing.” The Brits were competitive but off the pace a little today. Sara Gallop rode a strong test with Bandreo who’s ever improving – today’s piaffe passage tour and final centre line was one of the best we’ve seen from ‘Chippy’ for a 68.12%. Emile Faurie was first to go with Hof Kasselmann’s Café’s Caletta and they had a tricky ride. Their start was delayed by an AWOL when they were ready to start and then a restless crowd caused the mare to spook during her extended walk so the score 66.8%. So our Freestyle riders have a bit to do tomorrow to take the top honours but Hayley and Lara are two very capable riders sat on two of the best dancing horses around. British based Finnish rider Mikaela Soratie showed that no matter how low things may feel, never give up. Just weeks ago she finished on 60% at Hartpury and didn’t qualify for the Special, today she backed up her Grand Prix fourth place from yesterday with a close win in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special riding her own Dacor on 68.51%. Just 0.02% behind was Emile Faurie with Niina Nilosaari’s  Quentano 2   who rode a test full of promise on the impressive nine year old contesting his first Special. Emile has high hopes for him. “He’s world class but just needs more competition exposure,” he said. A job with Katja Kustila lured Mikaela to British shores after a two year stint in Germany and she now makes West Sussex her home. She’s had Dacor since he was four and this is their first year at Grand Prix. She was delighted with today’s performance, her first international win; “The Special really suits him as there’s plenty of extended trot which is his highlight. I’ve really struggled with him this season, it’s been up and down but it was great today to show what I know he can do. I only hope we can keep this level of work and the scores!” Mikaela trains with Gareth Hughes and is currently longlisted for the Finnish team for a place at the Rotterdam Euros. She and Dacor travel to the Netherlands this week for team training and will shortly find out their selection fate. The win today will certainly have brought that coveted team place a step closer. In the Hickstead five year old Young Horse Championship , it was a resounding with for Dan Greenwood and the Danish-bred SJL Backs Zacco ( Zack x Don Romantic ) on 82.4% from a masterfully presented test. Runner up was Jayne Turney with Lindsey Roberts’s Fred Astaire (s. Fiderbach) on 79.6%. Owner Sara Lucas purchased him as a three year old from Brightwells and regular rider Antonia Brown has produced him at home where he’s gone from strength to strength. Dan partnered him to third place last year as a four year old in the Shearwater Young Horse Championships and this year as well as qualifying for the Hickstead final, he’s Stoneleigh bound once again as he and Dan won their Shearwater semi-final at Port Royal.   “I’d say that’s his best test to date and really showed his ability to close and open. He has an outstanding temperament and just gets on with it; he has an amazing hind leg. He’s tall at 18hh but has amazing balance and while he’s not flash, he’s a slow burner and with time will really come on. We’ve had a bespoke saddle for him as he may be leggy but he’s very short in the back and it’s made such a difference. “Toni has done a great job; she does the hard work and qualifying and I just get to ride the nice bits! She’ll be sad to have missed it as she’s laid up at home with back trouble but this will be news to cheer her up!” said Dan. It’s a busy few weeks ahead for Dan and Zacco as they are set to contest the Summer Regionals at Novice and Elementary in search of more tickets for Stoneleigh. Jezz Palmer kept up his winning Hickstead Young Horse record with victory in the six year old class riding Steph Taylor’s classy mare WGS Inanda by Rock for Ever with a score of 82.4%. Just 0.4% behind was Hannah Biggs with David Johnson’s Freeman in second. A happy Jezz said; “You never really know what young horses are going to do here, it’s such a big atmosphere. Today, she really rose to the occasion; I was pleased with her walk and canter but her trot wasn’t quite what I can get at home. Plus, I did my walks the wrong way round so got a two mark deduction – I’d have been cross with myself if I’d have lost because of that!” ‘Indy’ was purchased from Holland via Rebecca Dudley of RD Sport Horses and Jezz says the mare ‘has been everything Rebecca said she was’. Jezz, who runs JLP Dressage with partner Lucy Pye, paid tribute to his trainer Paul Fielder. “He’s great, he’s really my mentor and is always at the end of the phone and has helped me so much. Jezz faces the agonising wait to see if he has a wild card with Indy for the Nationals having just missed out at their recent Regional. Almost exactly a year to the day Nottinghamshire’s Olivia Whitelaw once again found herself in the winner’s position in the CDIP Freestyle class. Last year it was on her International debut with Brouwershaves’s Viceroy but a year on and the duo have progressed leaps and bounds to the point they were long listed for this year’s Team NAF Pony squad for the Europeans. Sadly they weren’t selected as one of the four but today’s win, on the back of victory yesterday in the Individual test, will go some way as a consolation. Olivia has had the Dutch bred ‘Leo’ since he was five and has taken him from a novice right up to producing him as an international winner with help from trainers Andrew Fletcher, Daryl Thickitt and Clive Halsall. Their performance was magical today with great music which grabs the attention and a brave start in walk to the spine tingling theme of the hit TV show Victoria. A mistake strike off into canter instead of trot was quickly left behind them for a polished test to score 71.61%. Afterwards, Olivia said; “He has a bit heart and tries so hard! Julie Geraghty from Equivisions did the music but I wanted to do my own floorplan. My friend Maddie Frewin helped me. We wanted something regal to match Leo and I thought it’d be different to start in walk and we enter to the theme from Victoria my trot music is Road to Victory and canter is Empire of Angels. Sadly, this is their final year together and Leo is now looking for a new owner and once he’s sold, she’ll be looking for a horse and plans to buy a youngster to produced up the levels as she’s so successfully done. Olivia has had a tricky summer combining her training with Leo and taking her GCSEs as she has her sights firmly set on becoming a doctor in the Army. This is one focused and determined young lady so there’s no doubting she’ll achieve just that. It was all change on the podium today from yesterday’s Inter A with three new names rising to the top in the Inter B . It was a combination which have been together for a while now and have been one of the most consistent at small tour both nationally and internationally who shone through. Nathalie Kayal and Homerun, or Jojo as he’s known, are using the Medium Tour classes to their best advantage as they’re climbing the ladder together and today they posted 68% to take the win. “It’s a bit like the blind leading the blind at the moment!” she exclaimed. “At Small Tour we’re established and I can anticipate and quickly correct things in the test, at this level it’s still new. In the Inter A I was pleased with his way of going but there were too many mistakes. Today, my normal International groom Casey Marsh didn’t make it for the test – she was stuck in traffic but gave me a good piece of advice over the phone, ‘don’t ride for a nine, just aim for correct’ and I did just that. It was one of those tests where as a rider you come out and say ‘I don’t care what the mark is’, I knew it was the best we could do today,” she explained. Nathalie was quick to praise the Dressage at Hickstead team and leader Dane Rawlins. “I used to come here with my mum as a teenager and it was a dream to compete. I’m just grateful to Hickstead for offering the Middle Tour classes for riders like me. I’m sure they don’t make any money for the show but they give us chance to put everything we work on at home into practice; it’s hugely appreciated.” And her final comment was something which will resonate with any rider; “I never thought I’d have the chance to ride with the British flag on my saddle cloth but Jojo has made it possible; I just owe him everything!” Jess Dunn crowned a great week, and amazing season overall, with a win in the Inter I Freestyle with Jennifer Whitaker’s Alicante Valley. Things didn’t start well when she raised her arm to start her music and someone else’s tunes bellowed from the tannoy.   A momentary silence from the commentary box and then they tried again…but that music was for the previous competitor. More silence…but eventually the CD played and Jess and Chello were underway to their uplifting Greatest Showman music. It was a demanding and technical floorplan with plenty of opportunity to show all the compulsory moves and the judges. It was well rewarded by the judges with 77.4% which overtook Alice Oppenheimer and Headmore Davina who’d previously lead on 74.32%. Duthc rider Lynne Maas, who’s impressed all week, snuck into second when last to go with Fantastiqe on 76.43%. Jess told us; “The start was slightly annoying…I’ve never had that happen before. One of my CDs is scratched so I don’t have a backup and I just hoped it would play. It didn’t bother us; I’m ready as soon as I enter the white boards. I was really pleased today as it was the first time I felt we were exactly in the right place with the music. We’ve been working toward this all year and he’s proved himself now. He’ll have a well-earned break now and then it’s time to press on to Big Tour.” The CDIU25 got underway this afternoon with the Inter II for the five all female British line up. It was Gloucestershire rider Amy Schiessel, who runs her own yard in Cirencester, who took the spoils with the evergreen Mr Mercury in a tight battle on 66.97%. A fraction behind was Megan Ingham on Coral Ingham’s Wanadoo on 66.55% with Ellie Mccarthy and Belafonte just .35% adrift in third on 66.2%. Amy and Mr Mercury have been together for 12 years so know each other well. He started as mum Gina’s hunter but the eye catching skewbald (Mars x Demonstrator) then went to Amy and she’s taken him from novice up to Grand Prix including representing their country at the 2016 Young Rider European Championships. “We had a slight saddle malfunction in the warm up and he also felt a bit fresh today but I’d rather have him forward really. There were plenty of good parts with some mistakes but I’m thrilled – I wasn’t expecting it! It’s our first international under 25 win so really special.” For full results and start times – click here Photo c www.kevinsparrow.co.uk
Friday, July 26

Hickstead CDIO/CDI - day two

After yesterday’s competitive Prix St Georges, it was Jess Dunn who triumphed today in the Inter I with Jennifer Whittaker’s Alicante Valley. Drawn early at fifth to go at 8:30 this morning, Jess put together a polished test with ‘Chello’ to set the early pace 73.23% in their sixth international of 2019 together. They went in the peak of the heat yesterday but thankfully it clouded over to give a bit of relief. Jess admitted to being a bit worried what yesterday may have taken out of the big moving Caricello 14 year old but she needn’t have as, in her words, ‘he came out fresh as a daisy’. Her biggest threat was yesterday’s winner, Luis Principe but R.S. Raphael was a bit on the spooky side today to pin their marks back to 71.42%, normally enough to win many a class, but today it was Jess and Chello’s day. “He was awesome!” proudly declared Jess who’s had a remarkable season internationally so far. “I struggle with his power at times so I’ve made a few changes at home. He was wild at Hartpury…and I heard a comment on the livestream which said he was a bit fat so he’s been on a strict diet. I’ve forced myself to work more on the trot too as I admit I avoided it. But 101 transitions later and we’re improving! He’s been super this week, really on it, and I’m dead proud of him today." The CDI3* got underway with a strong Grand Prix class which was hard to call a favourite for the win from the long list of entries. Vicky Thompson Winfield set the early pace with the ever popular Mango Jacaro, owned by Samantha Francis, on a strong 68.89% with some fabulous piaffe/passage. The next contender was Laura Tomlinson with the powerful black Rhodium sired stallion Duval’s Capri Sonne Jr. ‘Cas’ as Laura calls him at home put up an impressive performance at Hartpury but a lapse in concentration marred a high score but today, with the help of trainer Klaus Balkenhol, he looked focussed and excelled in what went wrong at Hartpury but it was the tempi changes which eluded him today. Such is his the power of each change that he just doesn’t have enough room. Laura was brave as ever to ride a powerful extended canter but again, there was so much power, he changed before asked as she couldn’t collect in time. The quality was there to merit 70.15% so when it all comes right for the duo, the scores will be impressive. However, the top honours went to a rider who earned her senior flag here at Hickstead exactly a year ago and what a 12 months it’s been for the show rider turned dressage star. Fresh from a crowd pleasing performance at Aachen last weekend, Louise Bell and Tonya Wood’s Into the Blue just oozed quality today – in fact if anything, ‘Dynamo’ was a bit on his toes – cheeky really. It was relatively mistake free, just a few unrequired one time changes at the end of the line of twos were the only blips. The final aggregate score was 70.3% and it wasn’t a unanimous win – two of the five judges had the duo first and others ranged down to fifth. It will take a while for her first international win to sink in; after hearing the final result, Louise chatted and told us; “He was totally full of energy in the warm up which was NOT what I expected after Aachen. I was extremely lucky to have Carl [Hester] here to help me warm up this morning and we kept him very entertained! He gave me exercises to help with the flying changes as I had trouble in Aachen including changes on a circle. It helped as they felt great but in the two I had nine perfect ones and then he took matters into his own hands and slipped in a couple ones! His piaffe and passage felt epic today! He’s certainly not the finished article either which is so exciting. We’re get the reward for what he does well and the rest we’ll carry on working on. It just makes me so happy to have a horse so happy in his work!” Amazing to think the bubbly roan gelding last won here as a six year old when he and Louise galloped round the main ring iconic Hicstead jumping arena as supreme working hunter champions. What a journey they’ve had in seven years. The finale of the FEI Dressage Nations Cup series started with the Grand Prix and on the eve of selection, new mum Lara Butler made a last minute case for her inclusion in the Rotterdam team with a win with the Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin al Asad. They rode a strong ‘clear round’ and ‘Rufus’ belied his 17 years, looking as fresh as ever. 73.76% was the score with the judges largely agreeing on his score although there were two 75% plus marks amongst the five. Hayley Watson-Greaves and Rubins Nite were next best Brits in fifth on 71.17%. ‘Squeaks’ looked a picture as ever today but he had his mind set on a gremlin he decided was living in the K marker which caused him to miss a one time change on the diagonal headed to K which was followed by a loss of rhythm at the end of the line. Ever the professional, Hayley got him back and rode her final extended trot towards the dreaded K marker on full power with Squeaks showing his trademark trot with controlled power to everyone’s delight. Sara Gallop was the team pathfinder with Bandreo and they showed some great work today but he was another feeling fresh for some momentary concentration lapses for some errors. They posted 68.5% which left them ninth overall. Emile Faurie and Hof Kasselmann’s Café’s Caletta are continuing to develop their partnership and the mare is really developing into a strong Grand Prix contenders but today wasn’t their top performance. There was some inconsistencies in the piaffe and an unfortunate loss of canter in the first pirouette which then impacted the centre line flying change. But the changes are much stronger and her work more secure, 65.67% was their final score. The strongest showing of the day was from the Portugese team with all four riders partnering Lusitanos. Lara may have won but their counting riders finished in second, third and seventh which leaves them on a score of 12 and leaders overnight. Britain is second 15, the Netherlands third with 23 and Ireland are fourth with 30. So it’s close at the top with the Grand Prix Special to come tomorrow. Emile and Sara are our nominated riders with Lara and Hayley in the Freestyle on Sunday. After the prize giving Lara said; “Finally…a mistake free test! He was super but he still tests me. I seem to leave it to the last minute to peak as it was all right today. He just keeps carrying on getting better and better but with that extra sparkle. It’s great to do well at a ‘home’ international and even though it only my third show since coming back, our average is better this year. I feel the break gave me time to refresh and refocus which has made me more determined than ever.” In the u21 sections it was Individual test day. In the Young Rider ranks it was a rise from the third of yesterday to a win today for Norway’s Kaja Tharaldsen Olsen with Solhoej’s Lord Falcor on 68.67% and Ruth Hole was the best Brit in second with Easy VZ, who events for fun, with 67.69%. Emely van Loon continued her winning streak for Germany in the Juniors with FBW Despereaux with all three judges declaring her the winner on an overall score of 71.37%. Jessie Kriby was second and best of the home side with Belle Amie on 69.6%. Olivia Whitelaw topped the podium for Britain with Brouwershavens’s Viceroy on 69.14% in the Pony ranks. For full results and start times – click here The action continues with a full day tomorrow and r emember you can watch the International arena live via   Horse & Country TV on subscription   – just £5.99 per month which give you access to lots of great content and live streams. Photo copyright  www.kevinsparrow.co.uk
Thursday, July 25

Hickstead CDIO/CDI - day one

It’s been nothing short of scorching on day one at this year’s Hickstead International. With temperatures forecasted break the highest ever recorded, plenty of provision was made on the show ground to keep horses, riders, officials and supporters well watered and cool and everyone rode appropriately for the conditions. The FEI Pony Team test which got the action underway this morning and two of the Dutch riders lead the way. Nina Van Bakel was the only rider to break the 70% barrier with Mastro’s Night and Day to claim the class on 70.14%. Compatriot Syrah van de Rovaart was just behind on 69.28% with Donna Daria 8 while the Best Brit accolade went to South Yorkshire rider Mollie Witham with DZL Royal Sunrise with a score of 68.42%. Germany lead the way in the Junior ranks with Emely van Loon and FBW Depereaux putting up a stylish performance to go 72.42% but Clare Hole with Rachel Murray’s Winnetou G.E.P. gave them a close run with 70.65% for second. Maddy Frewin completed the podium for Britain with Christine Kirk’s Woodlander Rhythm n Blues, just shy of 70% on 69.78%. In the Young Rider section there was an emphatic win for Jasmine Harding-Heitzman with her own Valeron sired Deco with a great 68.18%. Just behind were Angus Corrie-Dean and Tiny Tempur on 67.5% and Norwegian visitor Kaja Tharaldsen Olsen was just .45% adrift in third with Solhoej’s Lord Falcor. British based Aussie Warwick McLean (pictured) was the winner in the first test of the Middle Tour competition, the Inter A, with Hendrix II on 67.73. In her first international competition for over four years, Pammy Hutton was a popular second with her loyal partner Belmondo on 66.82% and she was also fourth with Armagnac – quite a day for a rider in her ‘fifth decade’ of competing. Alice Oppenheimer was third with Caroline Dibden’s impressive dun Headmore Diffinity; a mistake in the twos just held the score to 66.32% in his first start at the level. A sizable Prix St Georges got the CDI Small Tour under way and it was a familiar name at the top of the leaderboard. Luis Principe and R.S. Raphael are enjoying a great run of form having taken the Inter I and Freestyle at Hartpury earlier this month and today they showed that winning way with a convincing victory scoring 73.47%, the highest mark of the day. Dutch rider Lynne Maas, who sported a stunning hat/tail coat combo featuring rose gold accents, occupied second with Fantastiqe on 72% even. Katie Bailey made sure the Union flag appeared on the podium with a polished performance on Leslie Forlee’s Boccelli 6 to score 71.23%. It was a mammoth performance by everyone involved – riders, grooms, owners, spectators, officials, judges - at Hickstead to battle the conditions but congratulations to all who kept their cool, put horse welfare to the fore and worked to keep everything on track in tough temperatures. It’s set to cool down tomorrow so it promises to be a great day – and with two Grand Prix classes, the action will be as hot as the weather! For times and results – click here Remember you can watch the International arena live via Horse & Country TV on subscription – just £5.99 per month which give you access to lots of great content and live streams. Photo copyright www.kevinsparrow.co.uk
Wednesday, July 24

Hickstead here we come!

For the next four days, all eyes will be on Hickstead for their feature competition which incorporates a CDIO3* which is the finale of the FEI Dressage Nations Cup Series, a CDI3*, CDI2* with Medium and Small Tour classes and CDI sections for u25, Young Rider, Junior and Ponies, 25 – 28 July. The iconic dressage event shares the showground with the Royal International Horse Show which features an array of show jumping and showing classes but the dressage side has plenty to watch with a range of food and shopping outlets. Tickets are available on the gate and are £25 per head each day with a £10 car park charge. Entrance tickets also include a seat in the British Dressage Covered Grandstand so you can shelter from the sun or rain – whatever the weather decides to do! There’s a huge British contingent entered to support as detailed below alongside riders from The Netherlands, Australia, Germany, China, Italy, Norway, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Thailand, Czech Republic, Singapore and Slovenia. So there’ll be a great international flavour to the four days of top flight competition. For the first time ever, the event will be live streamed via Horse and Country for subscribers only – you can join for just £5.99 a month which gives you access to the live stream and plenty of other great content. Keep up to date via the Dressage at Hickstead website and their scoring pages – plus the Facebook page. BD will be onsite with social media coverage across our channels and daily reports. Daily programme Thursday 25 July • 2* Small Tour PSG • Juniors • Young Riders • Ponies • Inter A Friday 26 July • CDIO Nations Cup Grand Prix 3* • CDI3*Grand Prix • Small Tour Inter I • Young Riders • Juniors • Ponies Saturday 27 July • CDI3* GP Special • CDIO Nations Cup Grand Prix Special • Inter I Freestyle • Inter B • U25s Inter II • Pony Freestyle • Hickstead British Young Horse • Dressage at Hickstead Summer BBQ Party Sunday 28 July • Nations Cup Grand Prix Freestyle • CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle • Young Riders Freestyle • Junior Freestyle • U25s Grand Prix • Hickstead British Young Horse British entries:  CDIO3* Nations Cup Team Lara Butler from Gloucestershire with Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad (bay gelding, 17yrs, s. Rubin Royal ds. Wanderbursch II). Emile Faurie from Oxfordshire with Hof Kasselmann’s Café’s Caletta (bay mare, 10yrs, s. Café au Lait ds. Calato). Sara Gallop from Gloucestershire with her own Bandreo (bay stallion, 13yrs, s. Sandreo). Hayley Watson-Greaves Gloucestershire with her own Rubins Nite (black gelding, 15yrs, s. Rubin Royal, ds. Limbo). CDI3* Big Tour Henriette Andersen from Oxfordshire with her own Flavio (bay gelding, 14yrs, s. Florencio ds. Glueckspilz). Louise Bell from Oxfordshire with her own and Tonya Wood and her own Into the Blue (roan gelding, 16.2hh, 13yrs, Ublesco x Calvaro Z) Lara Butler with Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Kristjan (bay gelding, 14yrs, s. Polarion ds. Napoleon Quatre). Liz Diegutis from Hampshire with her own Saskia Hit (bay mare, 14yrs, s. Sandro Hit). Maria Eilberg with her own and Hermione Black’s Royal Concert (grey gelding, 16yrs, s. Royal Diamond, ds. Continue). Emile Faurie from Oxfordshire with Niina Nilosaari’s Quentano 2 (brown mare, 11yrs, s. Quaterback ds. Dartagnan). Tom Goode from Oxfordshire with Samantha Geddes’ Dior III (chestnut stallion, 11yrs, s. Gribaldi ds. Goodtimes). Daniel Greenwood from Gloucestershire with Juliet Leighton’s Chevalier-O (bay gelding, 12yrs, s. Lord Leatherdale). Willow Kemp from London with her own Dragon Heart (chestnut gelding, 16yrs, s. Dresemann). Keith Robertson from Hertfordshire with Boheme Af Sulstead (chestnut gelding, 15yrs, s, Bernstein). Vicky Thompson-Winfield from West Sussex with Samantha Francis’s Artist (palomino gelding, 11yrs, s. Abanos) and Samantha Francis’s Mango Jacaro (bay stallion, 14yrs, s. Rondeño IX). Laura Tomlinson from Gloucestershire with her own and Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Duval’s Capri Sonne Jr (black stallion, 12yrs, s. Rhodium ds. San Remo). CDI2* Small Tour Katie Bailey with Leslie Forlee’s Boccelli 6 (liver chestnut gelding, 12yrs, s. Belissimo M ds. Riccione). Immogen Chant from Hampshire with Susan Chant’s Dirty Dancing 29 (dark bay gelding, 13yrs, s. Don Frederico ds. Rodgau). Kate Cowell from Worcestershire with Helen Illes’ Sirocco (brown gelding, 13yrs, s. Sandro Hit). Dylan Deutrom from Berkshire with Matt Hicks and Sarah Warry’s Sunlit Uplands (chestnut gelding, 11yrs, s. Don Henrico). Jessica Dunn from Lancashire with Jennifer Whittaker’s Alicante Valley (liver chestnut gelding, 14yrs, s. Caricello). Paul Friday from Warwickshire with Sarah Overson’s Hawtins Horatio (bay gelding, 10yrs, s. Hotline). Andrew Gould from West Sussex with Terry and Joan Barnett-Knott’s Blue Hors Dexter (black gelding, 12yrs, s. Don Schufro ds. Blue Hors Cavan). Daniel Greenwood from Gloucestershire with Diana Louvain-Miller’s Exige M (grey gelding, 10yrs, s. Samarant). Pammy Hutton from Gloucestershire with her own Armagnac (bay gelding, 14yrs, s. Krack C) and her own Belmondo (bay gelding, 18yrs, s. Bernstein). Nathalie Kayal from Buckinghamshire with her own Cleverboy (bay gelding, 12yrs, s. Sandreo) and her own Homerun (bay gelding, 14yrs, s. Hochadel ds. Mooiman). Elder Klatzko from Somerset with Little Richard (bay gelding, 18yrs, s. Longchamp). Kate Lister from Warwickshire with her own World Exclusive (chestnut gelding, 13yrs, s. World of Dreams ds. Rohdiamant). Kirsty Mepham from East Sussex with Anne Baldock’s Minain (brown mare, 16yrs, s. Idocus ds. Michellino). Alice Oppenheimer from Hampshire with Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Davina (chestnut mare, 9ys, s. Dimaggio ds. Rubinstein) and Caroline Dibden’s Headmore Difinnity (dun gelding, 9yrs, s. Dimaggio). Jezz Palmer from Hampshire with Samantha Dyer’s Dutch Class (chestnut gelding, 11yrs, s. Jazz). Tahley Reeve-Smith from Hertfordshire with her own Special (brown gelding, 17yrs, s. Sandro Hit). Cara Shardlow from North Yorkshire with her own Detonator (bay gelding, 13yrs, s. Demonstrator). Zoe Sleigh from Worcestershire with Christine Sleigh’s Finero (brown gelding, 10yrs, s. Fidertanz). Vicky Thompson-Winfield from West Sussex with Angela Jones’ Esquire (bay stallion, 10yrs, s. Valeron). CDIU25 Isabelle Chaplin from Kent with Coral Ingham’s Vincente II (dark bay stallion, 16.1hh, 17yrs, s. Gribaldi) Megan Ingham from Berkshire with Coral Ingham’s Wanadoo (chestnut gelding, 16.2hh, 18yrs, Wolkenstein II x Cavalier) Ellie Mccarthy from Hampshire with Bridget Mccarthy’s Belafonte (chestnut gelding, 17.1hh, 15yrs, Belissimo M x Wendekreis) Amy Schiessl from Wiltshire with her own Mr Mercury (skewbald gelding, 16.2hh, 18yrs, s. Mars) Tamsin Vaughan from Hampshire with her own Casse Cou (bay gelding, 16.1hh, 17yrs, s. Carpaccio) CDIYR Angus Corrie-Dean from Wiltshire with his own Tiny Tempur (bay gelding, 17.1hh, 14yrs, s. Raikano) Millie Gover from West Sussex with Phillip Gover’s Kamil T (bay gelding, 16hh, 9rs, s. Thunder van de Zuuthoveve) Jasmine Harding-Heitzmann from Berkshire with her own Deco (dark bay gelding, 17.1hh, 11yrs, s. Valeron) Ruth Hole from Suffolk with Dr Rachel Murray’s Easy VZ (dark bay gelding, 16.2hh, 10yrs, s. Maestro) Bethany-Rose Horobin from Suffolk with her own Cachet II (bay gelding, 16.3hh, 12yrs, Vivaldi x Nourejev) Lara Kuropatwa from Wiltshire with Sian Kuropatwa’s For Season (liver chestnut gelding, 16.2hh, 9yrs, Fifty Cent 2 x Voltaire) CDIJ Harriet Brick from Herefordshire with her own World Dancer (chestnut gelding, 16.1hh, 20yrs, s. Wolkentanz II) Caitlin Burgess from Devon with her own Chocotof (dark brown gelding, 16.1hh, 12yrs, s. Lord Leatherdale) Anna Dalrymple from West Sussex with Oliver Weston’s Ibis II (chestnut gelding, 16.2hh, 11yrs, s. Calderon) Maddy Frewin from Oxfordshire with Christine Kirk’s Woodlander Rhythm N Blues (dark bay gelding, 16.1hh, 12yrs, s. Woodlander Rockstar) Clare Hole from Suffolk with Dr Rachel Murray’s Winnetou G.E.P. (black gelding, 17hh, 16yrs, Gribaldi x Donnerhall) Jessie Kirby from Oxfordshire with her own Belle Amie (black mare, 17hh, 13yrs, s. Ronaldo) Avery Maude from Kent with her own Double Agent (chestnut mare, 16.1hh, 12yrs, s. Donnersohn) Sophie Morgan Rodda with her own Zanthos (bay gelding, 15yrs, s. Negro) Chloe Naylor from Derbyshire with her own Karisma (chestnut, gelding, 15.2hh, 12yrs, s. Holme Grove Prokofiev) Soraya Rogers from Surrey with Dr Deborah Kamal’s Evita I (black mare, 16.3hh, 10yrs, s. Jazz) Charlotte Snape from East Yorkshire with her own Camelot III (bay gelding, 16hh, 17yrs, s. Carbas) Samantha Willson from Hampshire with Jacqueline Willson’s Delhurens Sunshire (dark bay mare, 16hh, 10yrs, s. Deans San Ciro Hit) Olivia Wrennall from Buckinghamshire with Tessa Thorne’s Disneyland (liver chestnut gelding, 16.1hh, 10yrs, s. Diamond Hit) CDIP Caitlin Clancy from Somerset with Katy Price’s Browbank Jacob Black (black gelding, 14hh, 9yrs, Foryd Dafydd Ddu x Sydenham Dragon) Claudia Davis from Essex with her own Rubinia 37 (bay mare, 14.1hh, 13yrs, s.Constantin) Myles Graham from Wiltshire with Caron Roberts’ Harnells Erasmus (dun mare, 14hh, 9yrs) Scarlett John from Devon with her own BKS Grand Design (bay gelding, 14hh, 11yrs, s. FS Golden Moonlight) Olivia Langley from Leicestershire with Bathleyhills Sea Wurzel (grey gelding, 14hh, 12yrs, s. Caesar 171) Emilia Nelson from Berkshire with Sarah Steggall’s WFS Top Red (chestnut stallion, 14hh, 11yrs, Top Yellow x Pilgrims Red) Betsy Smetham from Kent with her own Amber V (palomino gelding, 14.2hh, 9rys, s. Orchard Limb-Lopper) Olivia Whitelaw from Nottinghamshire with Brouwershaven’s Vicerory (bay gelding, 14.2hh, 10yrs, s. Jurjen H) Mollie Whitham from South Yorkshire with her own DZL Royal Sunrise (chestnut gelding, 14hh, 8yrs, Domingos Golden Sunrise x Brockwell Prince Charming)  
Wednesday, July 24

Summer Regional Championships: Richmond EC

As the 2019 Summer Regional Championship season approaches the halfway marker, last week attention was on Richmond Equestrian Centre in North Yorkshire for Regional Championship number four (19 – 21 July 2019). The 29-strong Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver belonged to local lady Nicola Naprstek (pictured) with her 11 year old Don Henrico-sired gelding, Don Cru. Nicola, who runs a private yard in North Yorkshire, enjoyed considerable success as an under 21 rider and has kept her name in the game since. Now 41, she’s competed up to Inter I and qualified various horses for regional and national championships. Amy Woodhead headed two classes with her rides, Branduardi and Don Cara M. With Branduardi she won the Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold and with Don Cara M, the TopSpec Medium Gold. Branduardi (Breitling W x Weltmeyer) and Amy, who are in the third year of their partnership, rode a test full of quality for owner Victoria Wright earning a mark of 68.29% to put them in front of Louise Davison with De Galles (67.89%) and Lisa Megginson on Breit Crusador (67.06%). Branduardi, whose career is balanced with life as a breeding stallion, is a reliable Small Tour partner for Amy who he’ll be appearing with at Stoneleigh for a third consecutive year. Don Cara M impressed too with his plus-69% winning round in the TopSpec Medium Gold. Owned by Rowland Kinch, the 10 year old Dutch bred son of Don Jovi has been a resident at the Woodhead family home, Weelsby Park in Grimsby, since 2017. Katie Owens, an apprentice rider at Moody Dressage, enjoyed a regionals to remember with a victory in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver aboard her British bred mare Saffira (by Showmaker). Katie and ‘Stevie’, as Saffira is known at home, scored 69.43%. “It was the best feeling this morning to wake up and remember that my beautiful girl Stevie and I are regional Advanced Medium champions and have our ticket to the Nationals! Can’t describe the love I have for this girl she is a dream come true,” said Katie on Facebook . Becky Moody meanwhile took the Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver Gold with her six year old KWPN gelding Immerado BKO (by Desperado). Nicknamed Marvilicious in the famously inventive Moody style, Immerado is a gorgeous bay talent that many would wish to have in their stable. Seventy-three percent was the score on the board for the pair despite a blip in the rein back. British Dressage thanks the team at Richmond as well as the National class sponsors for their generous support. Congratulations to all competitors and good luck to those heading to the LeMieux National Championships at Stoneleigh Park. Buy your LeMieux National Championships tickets here . The winners: Friday 19 July Class 1: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold Rebecca Hughes with Ibisco, 69.21% Class 2: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold Amy Woodhead with Branduardi, 68.29% Class 3: TopSpec Medium Silver Steffi Tomlinson with Vivassa, 69.28% Class 4: TopSpec Medium Gold Amy Woodhead with Don Cara M, 69.28% Class 5: Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver Katie Owens with Saffira, 69.43% Class 6: Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold Emma Blundell with Mount St John Furstin Fugger, 70.39% Saturday 20 July Class 7: Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Victoria Maw with Benito Dorato, 74.14% Class 8: Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold Becky Moody with Immerado BKO, 73.49% Class 9: Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver Aimee Gascoigne with Mount St John Diva Dannebrog, 70.63% Sunday 21 July Class 10: Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver Nicola Naprstek with Don Cru, 69.81% Class 11: BackinAction Preliminary Silver Fiona Boddy with Krafty Saratoga, 71.09% Full results
Tuesday, July 23

Team fifth for bright British team in Aachen

A British team featuring new talent achieved fifth place in a close-fought Nations Cup team competition at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen in Germany (17 – 21 July 2019). Before the vet inspection, team member Susan Pape was unfortunately forced to withdraw the magnificent Don Noblesse, as the stallion had a small infection, so the team didn’t run on the full complement of four. This aside, the trio, spearheaded by Charlotte Dujardin with the inexperienced Erlentanz, showing-turned-dressage star Louise Bell with Into The Blue, and young gun Charlotte Fry with her U25 European Championship Individual silver and Freestyle gold partner Dark Legend rode with supreme professionalism to hold their own in world class company. Dujardin and Sonnar Murray-Brown’s Erlentanz (pictured), after only a handful of shows together, were so impressive. Trakehner gelding ‘Erly’ may not have many miles on the clock but this would be difficult to tell watching his Grand Prix on Thursday in the Deutsche Bank Stadium. Barring a little irregularity into the first piaffe and the final piaffe on the centre line, the test was beautiful – the pair earning 79.15% for third in the CDIO5* Grand Prix behind the home nation’s Isabell Werth and Bella Rose 2 (82.78%) and Dorothee Schneider and Showtime FRH (80.60%). In the Special, again the pair was superb, scoring a phenomenal 80% for third place with Werth and Schneider taking the two top spots. Louise Bell and Into The Blue, on their second Nations Cup appearance, realised a dream to make 70% in Aachen. Louise was visibly emotional as she left the arena following her super Grand Prix on Thursday. Louise and ‘Dynamo’, who come from a showing background and together won a working hunter title at HOYS, have made an incredible transformation into an effective international dressage partnership. To be at Aachen and to make such a strong contribution to the British campaign is simply testament to the talent and drive of this popular lady from Oxfordshire. In the Special, Louise and Dynamo had costly errors in the one-tempis but even so, they scored plus-68%. Everybody sat up to watch young star Charlotte Fry and Dark Legend. At only their fourth CDI Grand Prix appearance, 23-year-old Fry defied her youth with an intelligent and mature ride aboard 11-year-old Dark Legend who she co-owns with her employer Van Olst Horses. Seventy-four percent was their score putting them into twelfth place, and on Saturday their incredible Grand Prix Special was awarded with 75.12% to make the top ten – a very exciting achievement for any international rider, let alone someone so young. The combined scores from the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special decided the team standings, with Germany, Denmark and the United States making the top three, and a photo finish between Sweden and Great Britain for fourth and fifth. Glamourdale is glorious in Small Tour Charlotte Fry piloted Van Olst Horses’ Glamourdale to two emphatic Small Tour victories. Eleven months on from taking the seven year old title at the 2018 Longines FEI WBFSH World Breeding Championships, and in his first season at Small Tour, the Lord Leatherdale x Negro stallion and his British rider continue to show their undoubted potential. Unanimous winners of Wednesday’s Prix St Georges with 77.97% and Saturday’s Intermediate I with an astonishing 80.41%, they delivered two performances of unmatched class. Reminiscent of the 2016 performances of Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Farouche, they made an impression on the knowledgeable Aachen crowd as well as the jury. Results of the British riders: CDIO5* Grand Prix (Nations Cup) 1st Isabell Werth with Bella Rose 2, 82.783% (GER) 3rd Charlotte Dujardin with Erlentanz, 79.152% (GBR) 11th Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 74.435% (GBR) 23rd Louise Bell with Into The Blue, 70.043% (GBR) CDIO5* Grand Prix Special (Nations Cup) 1st Isabell Werth with Bella Rose 2, 84.447% (GER) 3rd Charlotte Dujardin with Erlentanz, 80.277% (GBR) 10th Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 75.128% (GBR) 25th Louise Bell with Into The Blue, 68.851% (GBR) Nations Cup - team result (CDIO5* Grand Prix and Special combined) 1st Germany, 489.477 2nd Denmark, 457.515 3rd United States of America, 450.775 4th Sweden, 447.953 5th Great Britain, 447.886 6th Ireland, 428.104 7th Spain, 423.588 CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Isabell Werth with Bella Rose 2, 90.450% (GER) 5th Charlotte Dujardin with Erlentanz, 83.995% (GBR) 15th Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 75.465% (GBR) CDI4* Grand Prix 1st Sönke Rothenberger with Cosmo 59, 81.370% (GER) 9th Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 71.913% (GBR) CDI4* Grand Prix Special 1st Sönke Rothenberger with Cosmo 59, 82.213% (GER) 7th Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 72.979% (GBR) Prix St Georges 1st Charlotte Fry with Glamourdale, 77.971% (GBR) Intermediate I 1st Charlotte Fry with Glamourdale, 80.412% (GBR) Full results Photo © DigiShots
Monday, July 22

Senior nominated entries for Rotterdam released

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and British Dressage have today released the nominated entries for the FEI Dressage European Championships, taking place in Rotterdam from 18–24 August. In alphabetical order by athlete surname, the nominated entries are: Lara Butler with Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s 17-year-old bay gelding Rubin Al Asad Richard Davison with Gwendolyn Meyer and his own 13-year-old bay gelding Bubblingh Charlotte Dujardin with Sonnar Murray Brown’s 12-year-old bay gelding Erlentanz and Emma and Jill Blundell’s 10-year-old bay mare Mount St John Freestyle Charlotte Fry with van Olst Horses and her own 11-year-old bay gelding Dark Legend and van Olst Horses’ 10-year-old black stallion Everdale Carl Hester with his own, Lady Anne Evans and Ann Cory’s 11-year-old bay gelding Hawtins Delicato Gareth Hughes with his own, Rebecca Hughes and Julia Hornig’s 13-year-old bay mare Classic Briolinca From this list, up to four riders will be chosen to represent Great Britain in Rotterdam. World Class Performance Manager for Dressage, Caroline Griffith, commented: “We’re really excited about, and looking forward to, the European Championships at Rotterdam. It’s a showground we know well and one that’s been the setting for some fabulous performances from Team GBR dressage combinations in the past. As we build towards the Championships we have seen some fantastic results from all the combinations on the nominated list. I anticipate some tough decisions for the selectors when the final team is chosen. Achieving a place on this list will have been the aim of the owners, riders and their support teams and they have done a phenomenal job to get to this stage.”
Monday, July 22

BD Abroad: Deauville CDI3* results

British riders achieved exciting results at Deauville CDI3* in France (18 – 21 July 2019) last week. In the CDI2* Small Tour, both Lara Edwards and Emily Harris impressed; Lara with Laura Milner’s 10-year-old Jazzed Up (by Jazz) - pictured left, and Emily Harris with Fay Thomas’s nine year old mare Freya FST (by Fidertanz) - pictured right. Samantha Willson dominated the CDI Junior classes with Jacqueline Willson’s Delhurens Sunshine (by Deans San Ciro Hit), Annabella Pidgley claimed two second places with Sarah Pidgey’s Cognac IX, while Lindsay Hancock was on winning form in the CDI Amateur classes with her own Barachiel. Results of the British riders: CDI2* Prix St Georges 1st Thibault Vandenberghe with Santiago Song, 72.843% (BEL) 3rd Lara Edwards with Jazzed Up, 71.716% (GBR) 4th Emily Harris with Freya FST, 71.520% (GBR) CDI2* Intermediate I 1st Thibault Vandenberghe with Santiago Song, 74.020% (BEL) 5th Lara Edwards with Jazzed Up, 70.735% (GBR) 8th Emily Harris with Freya FST, 69.755% (GBR) CDI2* Intermediate I Freestyle 1st Maxime Collard with Happy Lady, 74.300% (FRA) 3rd Lara Edwards with Jazzed Up, 73.267% (GBR) 6th Emily Harris with Freya FST, 69.742% (GBR) CDIJ – Junior Team Test 1st Samantha Willson with Delhurens Sunshine, 69.091% (GBR) CDIJ – Junior Individual Test 1st Samantha Willson with Delhurens Sunshine, 70.098% (GBR) CDIJ – Junior Freestyle 1st Samantha Willson with Delhurens Sunshine, 72.558% (GBR) CDIP – Pony Team Test 1st Robin Heiden with Oosterbroek Fenix, 72.000% (NED) 2nd Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 69.667% (GBR) CDIP – Pony Individual Test 1st Louise Brauwers with N-Constantino V/D Bolkerhoe, 71.802% (BEL) 2nd Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 71.396% (GBR) CDIP – Pony Freestyle 1st Robin Heiden with Oosterbroek Fenix, 75.542% (NED) 6th Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 71.883% (GBR) CDI Amateur - Prix St Georges 1st Lindsay Hancock with Barachiel, 68.529% (GBR) CDI Amateur – Intermediate I 1st Severine Vanhamme with Gio Van De Kokerij, 68.382% (BEL) 2nd Lindsay Hancock with Barachiel, 68.284% (GBR) CDI Amateur – Intermediate I Freestyle 1st Lindsay Hancock with Barachiel, 69.358% (GBR) For full results click here Photo from Lara Edwards Dressage  
Monday, July 22

Summer Regional Championships: Sparsholt College

BD Southern’s Summer Regional Championships took place last weekend at Sparsholt College, Winchester, and saw hot competition to brighten up the somewhat gloomy British weather (19 – 21 July 2019). The Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold and Silver classes were a showcase of talented under 25s riders. In the Gold section Ellie McCarthy’s Donna Summer gave new rider Tarka Abraham a super ride to take the title on a super score of 69.78%. Seventeen year old Tarka is enjoying a stellar first BD season, having recently taken up the reins of experienced campaigner ‘Rio’, a former Youth European Championship team horse for both Ellie and Olivia Oakeley. Speaking on social media, proud owner Ellie commented “So unbelievably proud of Tarka and Rio today! They won the [Equine Construction] Advanced Medium Gold regionals and have qualified for the National Championships in September! After only six months of her riding him and having never competed BD before March - clearly your hack galloping round the forest yesterday with him was perfect preparation!” Fellow former European Championships representative, Georgia Davis (23) claimed the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver with rising star Keystone Diego, by Dimaggio. The duo were awarded 70% from the judges panel, Alison Duck, James Rooney and Sue Wood. Hampshire based Georgia (pictured) bought ‘Doogie’ as a foal and has produced him through the levels whilst working as a freelance rider and coach. Notching up another win for the U25s, Dylan Deutrom produced a strong performance in the Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver to take home the spoils with Matt Hicks and Sarah Warry’s six year old Identiek BH (Furst Heinrich x Florencio). Their winning score of 70.67% was enough to put them on the top step of the podium in a highly competitive class where only 4.5 marks split the top six combinations. Coming to Sparsholt off the back of a Petplan Equine Area Festivals win at Elementary level, Sam Mirehouse and Pauldarys Tiger Two Sox were convincing winners of the Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver. Sam and her 11 year old by Pauldarys Tiger Aspect placed first ahead of runners up Sam McEwan with Sunnystone The Highwayman and Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver winners Zoe Kiff and Platinum Barbarian who took third spot in their second class of the week. Andrew Gould booked his LeMieux National Championships ticket on board Terry and Joan Barnett-Knott’s Blue Hors Dexter in Friday’s Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges qualifier; the former breeding stallion by Don Schufro excelled in the Sparsholt arena to earn 69.86%. Whilst after taking second place in the Prix St Georges, Damian Hallam went one better in the Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I with Keith Miller’s Black Jack Sollenburg scoring an ace 68.68% to steal the top spot. Debbie Poynter and the British Hanoverian Keystone For Real placed second, with Lucy Amy and Extra Time claiming third. The highest score of the show belonged to Backinaction Preliminary Silver winner Sallie Snow, who earned a magnificent 75.11% with her own 17 year old Welsh Cob Winmark Jade. British Dressage thanks the team at Sparsholt College as well as the National class sponsors for their generous support. Congratulations to all competitors and good luck to those heading to the LeMieux National Championships at Stoneleigh Park. Buy your LeMieux National Championships tickets here . Regional champions: Backinaction Preliminary Silver Sallie Snow with Winmark Jade, 75.11% Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver Sam Mirehouse with Pauldarys Tiger Two Sox, 69.69% Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Dylan Deutrom with Identiek BH, 70.67% Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver Zoe Kiff with Platinum Barbarian, 70.36% Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold Nicola Buchanan with St Giles Bon Bon, 71.51% TopSpec Medium Silver Lauren Ruffle with Freeman H, 68.28% TopSpec Medium Gold Alistair Ridyard with Golden Ray, 71.12% Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver Georgia Davis with Keystone Diego, 70% Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold Tarka Abraham with Donna Summer, 69.78% Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold Andrew Gould with Blue Hors Dexter, 69.86% Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold Damian Hallam with Black Jack Sollenburg, 68.68% Full results Photo by Kevin Sparrow . 
Friday, July 19

Para long list for Rotterdam Euros announced

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and British Dressage have today confirmed the combinations which have been long-listed for the FEI Para-equestrian Dressage European Championships 2019. The championships are this year being held in Rotterdam from 21–25 August. In alphabetical order by athlete surname, the nominated entries are:  Mari Durward-Akhurst (Grade I) with Glesni Owen’s 20-year-old gelding Sky O'Hara Nicky Greenhill (Grade IV) with her own and Gary Greenhill’s 10-year-old mare Betty Boo and 11-year-old gelding King Edward I Erin Orford (Grade III) with Annabel Whittet’s 16-year-old mare Dior Julie Payne (Grade II) with her own 18-year-old mare Pandora Sophie Wells (Grade V) with Charlotte Hogg’s 12-year-old gelding C Fatal Attraction and her own 11-year-old mare Diadeem Georgia Wilson (Grade II) with her own, Geoff and Julie Wilson’s 10-year-old mare Midnight World Class Para-equestrian Dressage Performance Manager, Georgina Sharples, commented: “Great Britain’s nominated para-dressage list is comprised of a mix of potentially first-time championship partnerships alongside Paralympic, World and European medal-winning expertise – it’s a great reflection of the strength and depth of the riders within the Equestrian Team GBR pathway. I’m thrilled for the nominated athletes, their support teams, and the horse owners who invest so much into the sport, that their passion and commitment has resulted in performances worthy of inclusion on the European Championship nominated list.” More information on the FEI Para-equestrian Dressage European Championships 2019 in Rotterdam can be found here .
Thursday, July 18

BEF update: Chief Executive

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is today announcing that its CEO Nick Fellows is to step down from the organization. BEF Chair, Mohamed Elsarky commented “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Nick for the work he has undertaken since he joined the BEF, and I wish him well for the future”. The BEF is pleased to announce that Iain Graham, CEO of British Showjumping, has agreed to act as Interim CEO, effective immediately. The BEF Board was keen to make the transition as smooth as possible and to maintain continuity so approached Iain, who has years of experience working across the equestrian industry. He joined British Showjumping in 2009 as Head of Sport and Performance and also worked closely with the committees that preside over the sport from grassroots to championship level. He then took the role of CEO in May 2010. Before his time at British Showjumping he was Regional Director for Scotland and the North of England at British Eventing. Mohamed Elsarky commented “Since the Independent Review in 2018, and during my time as Chair of the Board, we have established a strong collaborative culture across the Federation and its Member Bodies. Iain brings a wealth of experience as a leader with a proven track record in equestrian both within the UK and internationally. We thank British Showjumping for releasing Iain to support British equestrianism in this capacity”. Iain Graham added “I am really excited about taking up this opportunity, working with the BEF and its member bodies as we head into the final qualifying period for Tokyo.” Further information regarding the recruitment process to appoint a new CEO will be announced at a future date.
Tuesday, July 16

Bright awarded 2019 British Dressage YPP Bursary

Joseph Bright (25), owner of Bright Dressage in Kent, has been awarded the 2019 British Dressage YPP bursary of £3,500. This is an additional opportunity offered to the dressage participants in the cross-discipline Sport England-funded Young Professionals Programme (YPP) and candidates were required to submit a career plan and attend an interview to apply for the bursary. To be in with a chance of winning, the dressage candidates were required to create a personal statement, a five year plan and a business plan. Followed by a 10 – 15 minute presentation on the future of BD Youth in the next five years, to Stephen Arnett, Penny Pollard and BD Youth Director Clair Moir. Joe (pictured) impressed the panel with his interview and presentation skills on the day and clearly communicated his vision for Youth within the sport of British Dressage. Joe’s enthusiasm and professionalism earned him the bursary, just ahead of the other talented candidates Megan Roberts (20), Laura Woodcock (25), Victoria Maw (25) and Lucy Amy (21). Having sat on the panel, Penny Pollard was delighted to announce Joseph Bright as the recipient of the British Dressage bursary. “We were impressed with Joe’s enthusiasm, professional manner, creative suggestions, and thorough approach. He has a confident manner and is motivated to help others in the equestrian industry. He is an asset to our sport. Joe is a delight to be and work with – we wish him all the very best for the rest of his career.” The BEF Young Professionals Programme is run in collaboration with fellow Olympic disciplines, British Eventing and British Showjumping and supports athletes looking to make a career in the equestrian industry. Specifically tailored for individuals aged 19 – 26, the programme is designed to help support personal development, career planning and enhancement, leaving a wider and well-adapted skill-set that builds the confidence needed to grow a business and make it a success. The structure of the programme features up to eight core sessions delivered cross-discipline, with topics covered ranging from business management and business operations to media awareness, personal development and communication skills. YPP aims to promote young people into equine business rather than riding. They are taught skills such as accounting, tax, HGV law, marketing etc. to expand their knowledge on what happens behind the scenes to make a business run successfully. Reflecting on the 2018-19 programme, Penny Pollard commented: “It has been a pleasure to support and offer the Young Professional Programme again this year. The enhanced programme design offers a great opportunity for our young members (age range 19-26). All the YPP participants from this year’s cohort, are already making a valuable contribution to the dressage world.” Applications for the 2019/20 Young Professionals Programme are now open.  Read more here . Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Monday, July 15

Freestyle festival at Hartpury's CDI

It was billed to be the battle of Britain’s dressage heavyweight and the action didn’t disappoint. With places in Team GBR’s senior team for the Rotterdam Euros at stake and the long awaited debut of Charlotte Dujardin’s new music with Mount St John Freestyle it was a treat for spectators, judges and riders alike. In the Big Tour ranks Charlotte Dujardin continued her 2019 form with Emma and Jill Blundell’s 10 year old Mount St John Freestyle with a new personal best in Friday’s Hazelwoods Grand Prix for 81.89% for the win. There was just a blip with the flying change at the end of the extended canter but the rest of the test showed increased maturity in just a month since their last outing at Bolesworth. Charlotte said afterwards; “I’m getting there! My aim was to do a clear round and I was just so close! I was a bit bolder than normal in the extended canter and just didn’t get her back in time which hurried the transition – it just didn’t happen in time. A case of ‘slap the rider, pat the horse’! It was annoying but I couldn’t dwell as the zig zag comes up next. The piaffe passage work felt good – she’s getting so much stronger and confident in the arena. Sometimes she sits so much [in the piaffe] she gets stuck coming out.” In her post performance chat it came out that she still hadn’t received her final music from composer Tom Hunt to debut the next evening… So a frantic download session in the lorry followed for the sound check! Second spot in the Grand Prix went to Charlotte’s mentor Carl Hester with his own, Lady Anne Evans and Ann Cory’s Hawtins Delicato. With a place on the team all but assured, Carl was searching for that big score as proof of the 11 year old British bred’s talent and quality. Largely it was there but a missed first change in the line of ones and some uncertainty in the piaffe to just pin some marks back but 76.54% is still astounding and bodes well for Rotterdam. “They were probably the best pirouettes he’s done – we really nailed them today. But those ones will be the death of me! I think I’m not going to get them in and then I over ride,” Carl said. “Normally my second piaffe is the good one but today he just got a bit funny in the contact but then then he picks it up again. That’s the nice thing, the maturity I’ve got in him this year. I just need to get the one big test in the bag – I should be getting about two percent more and I will be by the time the Euros come. I’ve got to be happy with today.” Third spot went to Gareth Hughes and the Trento B mare Classic Briolinca, whom he jointly owns with wife Rebecca and Julia Hornig. The duo again showed their class and that they’re ready for their first senior team appearance together with some impressive work to score 75.92%. Saturday’s Superflex Grand Prix Freestyle was a grand occasion as a packed International Arena at Hartpury was treated to a great display of music and dressage alongside the Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges (see the Premier League report) plus a hugely entertaining masterclass from Anna Ross. It was the chance many had been waiting for to see Charlotte’s newest freestyle creation when Hurricane Florence intervened in proceedings at the World Equestrian Games. There has been some tweaking since and it was the first time Charlotte and ‘Freebie’ had actually ridden to the music together. It also had an air of expectation back to 2012 when Charlotte used Hartpury to debut her music with Valegro which went on to be one of the sport’s most iconic freestyle routines. The music was inspired by Disney’s global hit Frozen but with that unique Tom Hunt take and Charlotte didn’t hold back on the difficulty of the floorplan – it was technical, it was tricky, it was full on and together it combined to bring a performance which for seven minutes, captivated the audience with everyone holding their breath as they sailed down the final centre line in the mare’s characteristic and breath taking extended trot but there was a moment when it looked like they might just join judge Eddie de Wolff van Westerode at his table at C but they came to an abrupt halt, saluted and the crowd erupted. They knew they’d seen something remarkable, momentous and truly special. The final score came through as 87.6% with two judges giving 89%. Not quite yet at the dizzy heights of Valegro who scored 92% that same night in 2012 but nonetheless it’s clear there’s much more to come with fine tuning and a bit more practice! “I’m just thrilled!” she said afterwards. “That test has an immense degree of difficulty and there’s no room for error. She’s done around seven Grands Prix and to pull off a test like that just makes me want to cry. The music is magical and tells such a story – it gave me goosebumps after my first extended trot!” It was an extra special occasion for Charlotte who proudly declared she had “ridden for Roy” in the arena as earlier in the day it was the memorial service for long term supporter Roy Burek of Charles Owen hats who died suddenly in April. Second place went to 2017 British National Champions Hayley Watson-Greaves and Rubins Nite who were back out competing after an enforced break when ‘Squeaks’ slipped over and fell on concrete at Doha CDI in April. This duo know each other inside and out and rode with great harmony to their dramatic music set to a high degree of difficulty floorplan and returned a new personal best of 77.96%. It was third again for Gareth Hughes, this time with his newest GP star, KK Woodstock, owned by the Kroll family whose string and piano music earned 75.92%, just a fraction behind Hayley. Sunday’s Baileys Horse Feeds Grand Prix Special stuck to the script with a win for Carl and Hawtins Delicato but some variation in the judges marks left some scratching their head. There was again some amazing work from the Diamond Hit gelding – moments of brilliance even – only some trepidation in the piaffe appeared to be the sole negative. Three judges awarded 77% plus scores but there was surprisingly a 71% which brought the overall percentage down to 75.89%. Carl told Horse & Hound; “I’m not one to complain about judging, but I am disappointed. There were a couple of errors but it felt like a 77% or 78% test. He felt nice in the hand and was in lovely self-carriage. I just can’t wait for that breakthrough day but I’ve got to be patient. It’s so lovely to still be getting scores like that when it’s not perfect.” We have to remember this horse is just 11 and has never scored less than 75% in his international career to date. Gareth and Classic Briolinca went second with 73.55%. They weren’t quite on song with some tension in the piaffe but this mare’s positive outlook and willingness to please always shine through and Gareth was far from disappointed. Portugal’s newest star duo João Miguel Torrao and 10 year old Lusitano stallion Equador finished third with 70.72% and won many new fans over the week. They’re spending the summer based with Carl which João says ‘is a dream come true’ in a bid to secure a place on the Portuguese squad for Rotterdam. In the small tour ranks, it was Gareth Hughes who set the competition alight in the first class, the Freeflex Prix St Georges with his own and Judy Firmston-William’s Sintano van hof Olympia, the nine year old’s first international start. The Sandro Hit gelding is full of promise with impressive elastic qualities, abundant candence and a great outlook and has Grand Prix written all over him; 72.32% was the winning score. Hot on his heals was British based Portugese rider Luis Principe riding Vanessa Worthington’s RS Raphael with 72.23% and Katie Bailey completed the podium with Leslie Forlee’s Boccelli 6 on 70.14. In the Classic Dressage Inter I, the honours were reversed as Luis finished on top, the only rider to break the 73% barrier in the class. R.S. Raphael is by the renowned stallion Blue Hors Romanov and at 18.2hh is a big horse to navigate around the arena but at 6’2”, Luis looks right at home. They had a costly mistake in their two time changes and then missed their final transition into trot but were pleased with 73.64% and the win. “He doesn’t tend to make mistakes so it’s frustrating and very uncharacteristic for him – they were two stupid mistakes to lose points on but I’m happy. I owe it to the owners who also bred him; they’ve been my clients for 18 years and this was their daughter’s horse. I took the ride over in December when I came back from breaking my ankle and we’ve just cracked on. He’s a super horse with a great character and is getting better and better. We have high hopes for him and he’s already doing the majority of the Grand Prix work,” explained Luis. The duo will probably do one more show at Small Tour before tackling Grand Prix. “I’d like to do Olympia with him in December which I think is achievable as he’s quite quick to learn,” he added. Gareth and ‘Piglet’ scored just less than in the PSG at 72.2% for second and third went to Jess Dunn with Jennifer Whittaker’s Alicante Valley with 71.73% to add a further top placing to their impressive international tally so far this season. In the Equikro Inter I on Sunday, Luis made the class his own again with a stunning score of 77.25% while Jess was third on 73.15% and it was a new name on the podium in the form of Hong Kong rider Jacquline Wing Ying Sui riding Jockey Club Fuerst on Tour who scored 72.05%. Full results – click here CDI3* results Where combination's name is linked - click to see the video of the winning test Small Tour Freeflex Prix St Georges 1st Gareth Hughes with Sintano van hof Olympia , 72.32% (GBR) 2nd Luis Principe with R.S. Raphael, 72.23% (POR) 3rd Katie Bailey with Boccelli 6, 70.14% (GBR) Classic Dressage Inter I 1st Luis Principe with R.S. Raphael, 73.64% (POR) 2nd Gareth Hughes with Sintano van hof Olympia, 72.2% (GBR) 3rd Jess Dunn with Alicante Valley, 71.73% (GBR) Equikro Inter I Freestyle 1st Luis Principe with R.S. Raphael , 77.25% (POR) 2nd Jess Dunn with Alicante Valley, 73.15% (GBR) 3rd Jacqueline Wing Ying Siu with Jockey Club Fuerst on Tour, 72.05% (HKG) Big Tour Hazelwoods Grand Prix 1st Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John Freestyle , 81.89% (GBR) 2nd Carl Hester with Hawtins Delicato, 76.54% (GBR) 3rd Gareth Hughes with Classic Briolinca, 75.69% (GBR) Superflex Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John Freestyle , 87.6% (GBR) 2nd Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 75.96% (GBR) 3rd Gareth Hughes with KK Woodstock, 75.92% Baileys Horse Feeds Grand Prix Special 1st Carl Hester with Hawtins Delicato , 75.89% (GBR) 2nd Gareth Hughes with Classic Briolinca, 73.55% (GBR) 3rd João Miguel Torrao with Equador, 70.72% (POR)
Monday, July 15

Dujardin wins Small Tour double at Hartpury

The Hartpury Festival of Dressage staged five days of top class Premier League competition alongside its annual CDI3* (3 - 7 July 2019). Spectators were treated to a high quality entry of British dressage talent as Hartpury brought the curtain down on the 2019 Premier League season. Local girl Charlotte Dujardin and new ride Mount St Valencia (pictured) created much excitement with two fabulous winning rides over the week, first of all taking their section of Wednesday’s Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges and later, the Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I on Thursday. Emma Blundell’s sporty chestnut mare and her multi-gold medal rider produced a 76.01% performance on Wednesday in section B of the Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges section A to take the class by a wide margin from second placed Dannie Morgan and Knoxx’s Figaro (71.62%). The following day, Charlotte and the Vivaldi x Ferragamo nine year old again delivered to take the Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I with a plus-76% score. An energetic, balanced test was a joy to watch, the horse uphill and expressive from the first centre line to the final halt. There was a little greenness in the changes, but the quality is exciting, the horse so happy to work and with much more to come. Charlotte also won Wednesday’s Cavalor Intermediate II aboard pocket rocket eight year old Gio (Apache x Tango), on his first attempt at the level scoring 76.93%. “It’s been an amazing start at Hartpury Festival of Dressage as mine and Renai Hart’s Pumpkin (Gio) won the Inter II with 76.9% and Mount St John Valencia won the PSG with 76.1% and then the Inter I with 76.8%; only her third PSG test and her second Inter I test to date!” said Charlotte on Facebook . “I cannot even tell you how happy I was with both these horses who really tried hard for me in the tests.” Michael Eilberg enjoyed a good show winning Sunday’s Cavalor Intermediate II with Farah Al Khojai’s Sarotti 57 who he plans to step up to Grand Prix soon. They scored 73.33% on only Michael’s third appearance with the 12 year old Sir Donnerhall gelding. New dad Michael, whose wife Maya recently gave birth to their first child, Joshua Ferdinand, also won Thursday’s qualifying round for the Elite Stallions Young Horse PSG for horses aged seven to nine. His winning ride Daltrey (nine), who he co-owns with Ferdi Eilberg, earned 71.62% securing a place in Saturday night’s Elite Stallions Championship Final. In front of a knowledgeable gala evening crown in the Hartpury Arena, eight top young Small Tour horses were presented. Giving their best test to date, Jayne Turney and Pengaligon’s Jupiter (by Starnberg), owned by Shirley Rixon, earned 72.94% for victory, with Dannie Morgan (Knoxx’s Figaro) and Sam Duckworth (MSJ Top Secret) completing the top three. Jayne, whose friend and mentor Charlotte Dujardin was on hand to help, put an emotional message on Facebook, “For every little girl that goes to bed on Christmas Eve wishing for a pony, and every person wondering why we are doing what we do! Don’t ever stop wishing and dreaming! With hard work, perseverance and having the right people cheering you on, it’s amazing what you can achieve.” British Dressage thanks all the class sponsors and the team at Hartpury for putting on a fantastic event. Congratulations to all the winners listed below and to all those who took part. The winners: Wednesday Class 1a: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Dylan Deutrom with San Marco, 72.28% Class 1b: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John Valencia, 76.01% Class 2: Cavalor Intermediate II Charlotte Dujardin with Gio, 76.93% Class 3: NAF M Power Advanced Medium Dean Skeates with Rossana, 72.43% Class 4: Baileys Horse Feeds Advanced Medium Bronte Watson with Guess Van De Moerhoek, 70.66% Thursday Class 5a: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John Valencia, 76.05% Class 5b: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Rebecca Hughes with Ibisco, 69.47% Class 6: LeMieux Grand Prix Carl Hester with Nip Tuck, 73.98% Class 7: JS Team Wear Advanced 105 Eilidh Grant with Mount St John Doornroos, 68.33% Class 8: Elite Stallions Young Horse PSG Michael Eilberg with Daltrey, 71.62% Friday Class 9: Hickstead British Young Horse National 5YO Qualifier Abigail Lyle with Jefferson P, 8.1 Class 10:Hickstead British Young Horse National 6YO Qualifier Michael Eilberg with MSJ Dante VX, 8.82 Class 11: Hickstead British Young Horse FEI 5YO Qualifier Martina Ott with Just Jet, 7.46 Class 12: Hickstead British Young Horse FEI 6YO Qualifier Mia Mordecai-Smith with Innocent, 7.6 Saturday Class 16: Equine Construction Advanced Medium Charlotte Dujardin with Hawtins San Floriana, 75.79% Class 17: Elite Stallions Championship Final Jayne Turney with Penhaligon’s Jupiter, 72.94% Sunday Class 18: Andrews Bowen Junior, Young Rider and Pony Team Test Soraya Rogers with Evita I, 69.64% Class 19: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Calum Whitworth with Fernando, 70.92% Class 20: Cavalor Intermediate II Michael Eilberg with Sarotti 57, 73.33% For full results follow this link   Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Friday, July 12

Shearwater Young Horses shine at Hartpury

A competitive line up of future stars made the journey to the Hartpury Festival of Dressage last week to do battle for the prestigious direct qualifier tickets to one of the summer’s highlights, the Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Finals taking place once again at the LeMieux National Championships in September. 2017 winning four year old champion jockey Greg Sims produced a smooth ride on board his own and Stena Hoerner’s Furstenball gelding Waverley Fellini to top the first class of the day in the Hartpury arena. The four year old bred by Sara Longworth of Waverley Stud scored a whopping 8.86. Speaking on Facebook about Fellini Greg commented, “So excited for the Nationals with this unbelievably talented horse.” With seven horses earning top marks over the magic 8.0 barrier, the remaining two qualification tickets were hotly contested. Second spot belonged to Jamie Reynolds, Cherry Elvin and Cat Wood’s Kensington II (Sezuan x Fabriano), the tall KWPN scored 8.30 with Ashley Jenkins doing a stellar job in the saddle. In form rider Jess Dunn picked up her Championship ticket on board Charlotte Lutener’s MSJ Furstin Florida, another Furstenball offspring bred by Emma Blundell at Mount St John Stud. The light-footed Lemony’s Nicket mare Hawtins Lirica continued her outstanding record with yet another Shearwater victory as she claimed the five year old semi-final title in fine fashion. Owned by breeder Judith Davis and ridden by stable jockey Lucinda Elliot, ‘Lyra’ excelled to score 8.64, with the general impression and potential mark an impressive 9. Samantha Gualtieri placed second with Femme Fatale 2, a powerful daughter from Paul Schockemohle’s popular Grand Prix stallion Foundation, whilst Sadie Smith claimed the final ticket in this age group with Charlotte Dujardin’s All at Once mare, Alive and Kicking. In the six year old category Mount St John showed strength in numbers as MSJ Dante VX and MSJ For Rome each claimed their qualification ticket. Michael Eilberg expertly piloted class winner MSJ Dante VX to a superb score of 8.16, the Dante Weltino gelding was a dual winner throughout the week as he also picked up the first place accolades in the Hickstead Young Horse National Qualifier a day prior to his Shearwater win. A second place tie saw Zoe Sleigh with MSJ For Rome (For Romance x Donnerhall) and Olivia Oakeley with Rock Diva (Rock Forever) each earn their Nationals spot with 8.0. Congratulations to all winners and qualified combinations and their associated breeders, riders and connections. The second Shearwater Young Horse Semi Final takes place at Port Royal Equestrian next week, 17 – 18 July 2019. Thanks go to BD Official Insurance Partner Shearwater Insurance for their valued support of this exciting championship series. Results Four year old 1st Greg Sims with Waverley Fellini, 8.86 2nd Ashley Jenkinson with Kensington II, 8.30 3rd Jessica Dunn with MSJ Furstin Florida, 8.24 4th Dylan Deutrom with King Boy, 8.10 5th Bryony Goodwin with Hawtins Floresta, 8.08 Five year old 1st Lucinda Elliot with Hawtins Lirica, 8.64 2nd Samantha Gualiteri with Femme Fatale 2, 8.14 3rd Sadie Smith with Alive and Kicking, 7.94 4th Ashley Jenkins with Jenny Wren, 7.90 5th Charlie Hutton with Active Scalini, 7.86 Six year old 1st Michael Eilberg with MSJ Dante VX, 8.16 2nd Olivia Oakeley with Rock Diva, 8.00 2nd Zoe Sleigh with For Rome, 8.00 4th Judy Harvey with SP Bento, 7.98 5th Hannah Biggs with Freeman, 7.989 Full results Hawtins Lirica in action at last year's Shearwater Young Horse Championships | Photo by Kevin Sparrow.   
Friday, July 12

Nationals qualification from 2019 Regionals

With the Summer Regionals getting underway today, please find below the information about qualification for the LeMieux National Championships from the Regionals: 1) Combinations scoring below 65% will not be eligible for qualification for the LeMieux National Dressage Championships as stated in the British Dressage Members' Handbook, unless it's by a wild card. 2) The number qualifying from each Summer 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 LeMieux National 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 LeMieux National Dressage Championships close on Tuesday 20 August 2019. No late entries will be accepted. 5) The last Summer Regional finishes on Sunday 11 August and on this week the BD Office will calculate how many unfilled spaces there are in each class at the LeMieux National 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 HAVE BEEN GIVEN A WILD CARD. 6) The names of the combinations awarded wild cards will be put on the BD website on Thursday 15 August 2019. 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% BACKINACTION PRELIMINARY SILVER: 1 in 12 to qualify 1 – 12 = 1 qualifies 13 –24 = 2 qualify 25- 36 = 3 qualify DODSON & HORRELL NOVICE SILVER: 1 in 16 qualify 1 – 16 = 1 qualifies 17 –32 = 2 qualify 33 + = 3 qualify DODSON 7 HORRELL NOVICE GOLD: 1 in 7 qualify 1 – 7 = 1 qualifies 8 – 14 = 2 qualify 15 – 21 = 3 qualify 22 – 28 = 4 qualify CHILDERIC ELEMENTARY SILVER: 1 in 24 qualify 1 – 24 = 1 qualifies 25 –48 = 2 qualify CHILDERIC ELEMENTARY GOLD: 1 in 7 qualify 1 – 7 = 1 qualifies 8 – 14 = 2 qualify 15 – 21 = 3 qualify 22 – 28 = 4 qualify TOPSPEC MEDIUM SILVER: 1 in 17 qualify 1 – 17 = 1 qualifies 18 –34 = 2 qualify 35 + = 3 qualify TOPSPEC MEDIUM GOLD: 1 in 6 qualify 1 – 6 = 1 qualifies 7 – 12 = 2 qualify 13 – 18 = 3 qualify 19 – 24 = 4 qualify EQUINE CONSTRUCTION ADVANCED MEDIUM SILVER: 1 in 16 qualify 1 – 16 = 1 qualifies 17 –32 = 2 qualify 33 + = 3 qualify EQUINE CONSTRUCTION ADVANCED MEDIUM GOLD: 1 in 6 qualify 1 – 6 = 1 qualifies 7 – 12 = 2 qualify 13 – 18 = 3 qualify 19 – 24 = 4 qualify FAIRFAX PRIX ST GEORGES – Winner qualifies providing score over 65% SARACEN HORSE FEEDS INTERMEDIATE I – Winner qualifies providing score over 65% Good luck everyone!
Thursday, July 11

Orford, Wells and Wilson unbeatable at Hartpury

British riders Erin Orford, Sophie Wells and Georgia Wilson were in dominant form, each winning a hat-trick in their respective grades, at Hartpury CPEDI (3 – 7 July 2019). Sophie Wells MBE won the Grade V Team, Individual and Freestyle tests with scores of 75.30%, 76.81% and 80.14% aboard star ride C Fatal Attraction, owned by Charlotte Hogg. “In the team test yesterday Jorge was good but slightly inattentive to win on 75%, with Dime in third with just under 70%,” said Sophie on Facebook , referring to C Fatal Attraction and up-and-coming ride, Diadeem, a mare who made her Grand Prix debut at Somerford Premier League in May. “Both were good but with room for improvement. Today were the individual classes… Jorge was mega and today Ange [trainer Angela Weiss] was pleased with us!” On the concluding day of the CPEDI classes, she added, “[We] Finished the week on a high at Hartpury Festival of Dressage to win the freestyle on 80%. I love my Tom Hunt music he composed for us last year.” Sophie is the reigning Individual and Freestyle World Champion with the Fidertanz 12 year old and will have a spot at next month’s European Championships in Rotterdam well within her sights. One of the the UK's top Small Tour combinations too, they’ve won PSG classes at Somerford and Wellington Premier Leagues this year. The Newark-based Paralympian is equally adept in the role of trainer, with her students achieving great success. One such rider is Georgia Wilson (23) who last year was selected as reserve for the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Continuing along her uphill path, at Hartpury she posted three personal best scores to dominate the Grade II with 74.27%, 73.29% and a super 76.54% in the Freestyle. Her winning partner Midnight (Hilkens Black Delight x Cassander) - pictured - is a 10 year old British bred mare who Georgia has been competing since April last year. “I have had an amazing week with Midnight at Hartpury,” she said. “Three PBs and three wins with 74.23, 73.29% and 76.54% which I never thought I would ever get but Sophie Wells’ training has definitely paid off and I can’t thank her enough.” In the close-fought Grade III classes, Erin Orford impressed by winning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Annabel Whittet’s Dimaggio-sired mare, Dior UKH. The pair, who are reigning European team gold and World team silver medallists, earned scores of 69.32%, 69.44% in the Team and Individual tests before a plus-74% Freestyle. Throughout the week, the USA’s Rebecca Hart and Great Britain’s Amanda Shirtcliffe jostled for second and third. Riders from South America made an impression at Hartpury, with Europe-based Brazilian competitors Sergio Oliva (Grade II) and Rodolpho Riskalla (Grade IV) both tasting victory. Sergio and the Dutch mare Coco Chanel M (Tuschinski x Rousseau) took the Grade I Team and Individual tests ahead of Mari Durward-Akhurst, though the tables turned in the Freestyle with the Brit showing her mettle with a winning score just shy of 73%. Rodolpho won all three Grade IV divisions culminating in a 76.86% Freestyle with the gorgeous Don Henrico (Don Frederico x Lauries Crusador xx), owned by Germany’s Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff. Belgium’s Michèle George (Grade V), who won Individual and Freestyle Gold at London 2012 plus Freestyle Gold in Rio, took the runner-up spot to Sophie Wells on all three days with new ride Best of 8, a nine year old German mare by Bonifatius. Top-three results: Wednesday Grade V Team Test 1st Sophie Wells with C Fatal Attraction, 75.302% (GBR) 2nd Michele George with Best Of 8, 72.512% (BEL) 3rd Sophie Wells with Diadeem, 69.721% (GBR) Grade IV Team Test 1st Rodolpho Riskalla T with Don Henrico, 72.400% (BRA) 2nd Kate Shomaker with Solitaer 40, 70.300% (USA) 3rd Nicky Greenhill with Betty Boo, 69.825% (GBR) Grade III Team Test 1st Erin Orford with Dior, 69.324% (GBR) 2nd Rebecca Hart with El Corona Texel, 68.735% (USA) 3rd Amanda Shirtcliffe with New-Princess, 68.294% (GBR) Grade II Team Test 1st Georgia Wilson with Midnight, 74.273% (GBR) 2nd Suzanna Hext with Abira, 72.121% (GBR) 3rd Lee Pearson with Styletta, 69.939% (GBR) Grade I Team Test 1st Sergio Oliva with Coco Chanel M, 72.786% (BRA) 2nd Mari Durward-Akhurst with Sky O’Hara, 70.429% (GBR) 3rd Michael Murphy with Skjoldsgaard Hippo-Vo, 70.107% (IRL) Full results:  Team Test Thursday Grade V Individual Test 1st Sophie Wells with C Fatal Attraction, 76.810% (GBR) 2nd Michele George with Best Of 8, 71.190% (BEL) 3rd Sophie Wells with Diadeem, 69.905% (GBR) Grade IV Individual Test 1st Rodolpho Riskalla with Don Henrico, 72.878% (BRA) 2nd Nicky Greenhill with Betty Boo, 71.268% (GBR) 3rd Kate Shoemaker with Solitaer 40, 71.220% (USA) Grade III Individual Test 1st Erin Orford with Dior, 69.441% (GBR) 2nd Amanda Shirtcliffe with New-Princess, 69.235% (GBR) 3rd Rebecca Hart with Fortune 500, 68.971% (USA) Grade II Individual Test 1st Georgia Wilson with Midnight, 73.294& (GBR) 2nd Lee Pearson with Breezer, 70.941% (GBR) 3rd Lee Pearson with Styletta, 70.824% (GBR) Grade I Individual Test 1st Sergio Oliva with Coco Chanel M, 72.143% (BRA) 2nd Mari Durward-Akhurst with Sky O’Hara, 69.821% (GBR) 3rd Michael Murphy with Skjoldsgaard Hippo-Vo, 68.857% (IRL) Full results: Individual Test Friday Grade V Freestyle 1st Sophie Wells with C Fatal Attraction, 80.140% (GBR) 2nd Michele George with Best Of 8, 74.560% (BEL) 3rd Tamsin Addison with Donna Siesta, 71.475% (IRL) Grade IV Team Test 1st Rodolpho Riskalla with Don Henrico, 76.860% (BRA) 2nd Kate Shoemaker with Solitaer 40, 74.080% (USA) 3rd Nicky Greenhill with Betty Boo, 73.345% (GBR) Grade III Freestyle 1st Erin Orford with Dior, 74.867% (GBR) 2nd Rebecca Hart with Fortune 500, 73.113% (USA) 3rd Amanda Shirtcliffe with New-Princess, 71.333% (GBR) Grade II Freestyle 1st Georgia Wilson with Midnight, 76.540% (GBR) 2nd Suzanna Hext with Abira, 74.340% (GBR) 3rd Julie Payne with Pandora, 71.193% (GBR) Grade I Freestyle 1st Mari Durward-Akhurst with Sky O’Hara, 72.960% (GBR) 2nd Michael Murphy with Skjoldsgaard Hippo-Vo, 70.973% (IRL) 3rd Sergio Oliva with Coco Chanel M, 70.933% (BRA) Full results: Freestyle Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Wednesday, July 10

Team NAF Pony riders selected for Poland Euros

The British Dressage u21 Selectors Judy Harvey, Leanne Wall and Nikki Herbert have today confirmed their Team NAF foursome for the upcoming Pony European Championships in Strzegom, Poland on 14-18 August 2019. Team (in alphabetical order): Bonnie Bourne (16) from Kent with her own Fin C We (liver chestnut, gelding 16yrs, 14.2hh, Famos x Eiger III) Holly Kerslake (15) from Devon riding Carl Trock and her own Valhallas Zorro (black, stallion, 10yrs, 14.1hh, Valhallas Lord Matrafal x Fjordglimts Sir Johnson) Isobel Lickley (14) from Staffordshire riding Robert & Nicola Lickley’s Mister Snowman (liver chestnut gelding, 13yrs, 14.1hh, The Braes My Mobility x Llanarth Most Triton) Annabella Pidgley (14) from Berkshire with Sarah Pidgley’s Cognac IX (palomino, gelding, 11yrs, 14.1hh, FS Chamertin x Waldemar) with a direct reserve of Sarah Pidgely’s Ine (chestnut, mare, 12yrs, 14.1hh, Constantin x Handryk) First reserve: Hermione Tottman (15) from Hertfordshire with Nicola Tottman’s Brasil (dark bay, gelding, 12yrs, 14.2hh, Sandokkans Leonardo x Orchard Davranches). The squad of five will travel to Kent for a final Pony Pre-European Team Camp on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August at the yard of John Parker International Horse Transport, who are travelling the ponies to Poland. The competition at Stzegom gets underway on Wednesday 14 August with two days of Team test, where the first medals will be decided. The riders then battle it out for Individual medals over the following two days before the Freestyle honours are decided on Sunday 18 August. British Dressage would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous team sponsors NAF for their ongoing support of our Under 21 International teams, as well as our official equipment suppliers LeMieux. We are very grateful for their support.  
Wednesday, July 10

BD CEO Quarter 2 update

It’s hard to believe that we’re six months into the year already. The time has flown by as we’ve been busy working on various different initiatives at BDHQ and in the regions. It’s been challenging at times keeping so many plates spinning, but also very rewarding with a number of projects progressing well, so I’d like to take this opportunity to update you all on what we’ve achieved in the year to date. Member Survey 2019 The Membership Survey was a major initiative for the team at HQ this spring and I’d like to say thank you to all who took the time to complete the questionnaire. We received a total of 3,715 responses overall – that’s a 23% participation rate – which surpassed our expectations. A strong mix of riders, officials and owners, with a good cross section of members from Full to Club and Youth to Para, across the various different levels and sections, has given us a huge amount of data and feedback to digest. We focused on two main areas; membership and competitions. It perhaps won’t surprise you to learn that 97% of members say that access to affiliated competitions is their primary motivator with 68% saying it’s extremely important. So this highlights why it’s absolutely vital that we get things right in this key area. Access to competitions scored a satisfaction rating of 4.2 out of 5, which shows that members are largely happy with what’s currently on offer. But there’s no room for complacency and you gave us plenty of valuable feedback on areas that you feel could be improved, which we have fed into the strategic planning process, so rest assured that we have taken all of your comments on board. In particular, there is still some concern that our rules, eligibility and qualification processes are difficult to understand, with 70% saying that the competition structure is too complex and 51% wanting more straightforward rules. So the clear message is to simplify, streamline and consolidate the existing system, so that our sport is easier to navigate, while still providing a good choice and range of competition opportunities for riders at all levels. Measuring the development of your horse, progressing up the competition ladder, qualifying for championships, and having fun while competing were the prime motivations for all member groups, so we need to ensure the structure facilitates these priorities. Other headline results revealed that:   97% enjoy competing with us, with 83% indicating that they have good access to competitions within reach of where they live and 82% happy that there was a clear distinction between the grass roots and professionals. 84% agreed that qualifying was an achievable goal and 71% stated that the championship offer currently suits their needs However, 60% want to see the calendar more evenly spread over the course of the year, while 60% also think that there are currently too many different championship options. While many of you felt that the competition structure and rules were too complex, 58% still said that eligibility and qualification was easy to understand. There is some disparity in the results, perhaps reflecting the polarised views among members, so this is something we clearly still need to address in order to ensure that the sport is seen as accessible to all. Above all else, we’re a membership organisation so we wanted to gauge just how satisfied you are with us and the results are very encouraging:   81% of you say that we are a professional and successful organisation, with over 70% also agreeing that we are passionate about our sport and respectful to members. Overall, you gave us a satisfaction rating of 7.0 out of 10, with 43% awarding an 8 or more. Those who’ve had contact with the team at BDHQ rated us as 7.8 out of 10, with 62% going 8 or higher. The regional teams, staff and volunteers, also got a big thumbs up, with an average of 8.0 and 68% scoring between 8 and 10. In dressage, we certainly don’t give marks of 7 or higher lightly so this has to be a very positive reflection of how British Dressage is perceived as an organisation and National Governing Body. We are incredibly proud of our hard-working staff and volunteers – and clearly when you have direct contact with us, you have had a good experience, which is great to hear. A massive 96% of respondents said they’re likely, highly likely or will definitely renew their membership, which is another big positive – and we are extremely grateful for your ongoing support. This is just a snapshot of what we’ve learned so far - we’re still working through the data and comments and will do some more detailed analysis. We’ve already been given an invaluable steer on some of our projects already in motion, so it was a well-timed exercise, as well as providing input to our short, medium and long-term goals. More detail on our member survey results will follow in the coming weeks, while we will also be making some exciting announcements about changes planned for 2020. Watch this space… Membership & Sport Operations Overall numbers are generally looking healthy at around the 16,900 mark. Club membership is up by almost 4% on the same time last year, while full members are marginally down by 0.8%. The number of horses registered to compete continues to grow, with full horse registrations up by 3%, while Club horses have grown by 13%. With the weather being mostly favourable this year, you’ve been out competing more with starters up by 4.6% on forecast. With only a few results left to process for June, it looks like the trend is going to continue, meaning that we’ve exceeded our budget targets for five of the six months of the year to date. In total there have been 1,615 competition days run in the first half of the year, 72% full BD shows and 28% for Quest, which is again up 4% on the same period last year. All of the Petplan Equine Area Festival and Summer Regional notifications have now been sent and we’re on to processing notifications for the two championships that currently utilise leaderboards for qualification, the Summer Music and the Bronze Championships. We’re expecting to get emails out next week to those qualified, ahead of entering the two championships at Sheepgate in August. IT update Further to my last update, we’ve made great progress with Phase III of our IT transformation project, which is our new CRM system that provides our membership database and horse registrations. The user acceptance testing phase has gone well and the system is virtually ready for launch. However, as I have emphasised from the outset, the outputs are only going to ever be as good as the inputs and as we have gone through this testing process it’s clear that there are some issues with the existing data that needs to be imported from the current system. It’s vitally important that we get this right: the quality and integrity of the information we hold on our members has to be our paramount consideration. Transferring over one million records from one system to another was never going to be straightforward or easy, so we are going to take some extra time to cleanse the data and ensure that the new system will be as robust and reliable as possible. Some of you will have already received communication from us about data that may be missing from your records, such as an email address or contact telephone numbers. We also have some duplicate email addresses, multiple accounts and under 16s without a registered parent, guardian or carer. So we will continue with the process of cleansing the database over the course of the summer and look to release Phase III in the autumn now instead. This won’t have any impact on you as a member competing, we would just ask for your help in updating your membership records and ensuring that you have a registered current email address, as you will need this for logging on to the new system when we do go live. This will also enable us to continue developing the new website in parallel with our CRM system and ideally launch them simultaneously later this year. This will mark a significant milestone for BD, which has been a long time coming, and we have to thank you all again for your patience. However, in taking time to get this right I am confident that members will have a greatly enhanced experience once the IT project is complete. We will of course keep you updated in your monthly Engage newsletter, as well as additional communication as we countdown to launch. HQ news You’ll have seen the update on directors that we posted last week in the latest BD newsletter. Linda Whetstone and Judy Harvey were the sole nominations for the Chair and International Director roles, so they will be put forward for members to ratify at the AGM in September. The Nominations Committee also approved the applications from four candidates for the position of Sport Operations Director, who will now go forward for election by members, so please look out for your voting email coming out on Monday 8 July. The announcement of our first Extra Director was another significant milestone in BD’s history and illustrates that having a mix of elected and appointed directors is key to getting the right balance of skills, knowledge and expertise on the Board. I’m delighted to welcome Suzanne Homewood as our first Business Development Director and the professional credentials she brings, alongside her enthusiasm and passion for dressage, make her a fantastic addition to BD. We have a new Membership Assistant who has joined the office team – so a warm welcome to Katie Benn – and we’re also about to appoint a new Training and Education Officer to start in a month’s time. This will leave just one more vacancy in marketing, as we look to recruit someone who has specific experience in digital content and design. They will join our new Marketing Manager, Becca Tuttle, who has already made a positive impact in her first three months, and bring the team in Meriden up to full strength. At the six month stage the indications currently are that we should generate another six figure surplus come the end of the year. The newly established Finance and Business Development Committee will be looking at an investment strategy as part of their remit, now we’ve hit our reserves target of £2 million, and the Board will be considering how we can best invest any additional surplus generated for the future development of our sport. Special projects In my last CEO Update , I highlighted two specific projects we’re working on, reviewing our Championship structure and the Judges’ examination system. Both are progressing well, with further information, feedback and comments from the member survey now incorporated into this process. The recommendations from the Championship Structure Review have been further developed by the Sport Operations Committee and will now be put forward for final approval by the Board at their meeting later this month. These plans will then be communicated to members in August before the changes are implemented from next season onwards, effective from 1 December and included in our next Members’ Handbook. The work has focused primarily on the ever popular Area Festivals series and I think members will be pleased with the changes that have been proposed. The Judges Examination Working Group has had two productive meetings and shared their concepts with the Board, Judges Committee, Regional Chairs and Judges Representatives. Initial feedback has been very supportive of the changes in principle, so we are now working on a more detailed development plan in advance of the next Judges Committee meeting in mid-July. Again, this will go to the Board at the end of the month and we’ll look to update judges and members more fully on the new system in August. It has been a busy and productive first six months for the organisation; the office teams are settling in to their new structure, we’re driving projects in key areas which will have a major impact on all stakeholders, and overall the numbers that impact the bottom line are generally on an upward trajectory. But this doesn’t give us any excuse to take our foot off the pedal! Next year is an Olympic year which brings another huge opportunity for British Dressage. We will have a new five year strategy to launch, all the work done in our special projects will start to come to fruition and course we’ll also be looking to address and develop the areas for improvement that were identified in the Members’ Survey – so we constantly move forward and evolve into a modern, progressive and professional National Governing Body. In the meantime, I hope you are having a successful 2019 so far and your season is on track in terms of your personal goals and ambitions. Enjoy the summer! Best wishes, Jason Brautigam CEO, British Dressage
Monday, July 8

Notice of AGM 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of British Dressage will be held at the The Oak Tree, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire on 12 September 2019 at 6.30 pm for the purpose of considering the matters set out below. AGENDA Ordinary Business The following will be proposed as Ordinary Resolutions: 1. To elect the Chairman. 2. To elect the International Director. 3. To elect the Sports Operations Director. 4. To receive the Financial Statements of British Dressage for the year ended 31 December 2018 and the Directors’ and Auditors’ Reports thereon. 5. To appoint, pending the outcome of the tender process, the chosen auditors of British Dressage and to authorise the Board to fix their remuneration.   By order of the Board Jason Brautigam Chief Executive Meriden Business Park Copse Drive Meriden West Midlands, CV5 9RG Company number: 3443026 Dated: 11 June 2019     Notice is hereby given that the following documents will be available on British Dressage’s website on or before 8 July 2019 (Documents): British Dressage's Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 December 2018 The website address to access the Documents is www.britishdressage.co.uk. The Documents may be accessed on the website by typing the link provided above. If you do not have internet access and would like a hard copy of the Documents, please contact Angela Green, HR & Office Manager at British Dressage on +44 (0) 24 7669 8844. Note: Any member of British Dressage entitled to attend and vote at the meeting convened by this Notice is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in his or her place. A proxy need not be a member of British Dressage. The completed proxy form must be received at the registered office not later than 48 hours before the date and time that the meeting is due to commence. Proxy forms can be obtained by writing to the Chief Executive with a stamped addressed envelope. Voting opens today (8 July) and all eligible members that we have a valid email address for will receive an email with their personal link to vote on-line. If you haven't had an email, or are having trouble voting, please contact Mi-Voice - phone: 0845 241 4148 or email: support@mi-voice.com. Alternatively, you can vote using a paper ballot by downloading a form and posting to Mi-Voice. Important downloads: To download this notice of AGM - click here To downoad the Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017 - click here To view the candidate profiles - click here To download a ballot form - Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) If you require a form by post, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to request one to: Angela Green, British Dressage, Building 2020, Copse Drive, Meriden Business Park, Meriden, West Midlands CV5 9RG. If you would like a hard copy of the documents, please contact Angela Green, HR & Office Manager at British Dressage on +44 (0) 24 7669 8844. Board election update The only nominations received for Chairman and International Director were from those currently covering the roles on an interim basis. Linda Whetstone (Chair) and Judy Harvey (International) both submitted nomination papers including their CV, completed Conflict of Interest form and a statement of suitability and motivations for the role. Both applications have now been reviewed by the Nominations Committee and both candidates will be put forward for ratification to the posts at the AGM on 12 September.
Wednesday, July 3

New and established combinations shine at Sheepgate

Sheepgate Premier League (28 - 29 June) offered two days of inspiring dressage. While the classes were not as large as at some southerly Premier Leagues, both spectators and riders enjoyed this very competitive and well-run event. Each day’s Grand Prix was won by Steph Croxford and her reliable Mr Hyde. Enjoying a rare child-free weekend, Steph took the opportunity to take both ‘Mr H’ and her up-and-coming ride, Mr Benn II, to their first show together. “Mr H is never going to be Valegro but he shows consistency and does his best within his natural ability,” said Steph. “Both horses went out and tried.” Mr Hyde scored over 69% in Saturday’s qualifying LeMieux grand prix, beating Joanna Thurman-Baker and Highcliffe Apollo into second place. Ten-year-old Mr Benn came third and fifth in his Cavalor Inter II classes. “He looks like he should be the drum horse at the Trooping of the Colour,” said Steph who had to find an emergency farrier on Friday after he pulled off a shoe the day before. “He’s not called Thug at home for nothing!” Double winner Becky Moody is one of our most successful riders and her performances at Sheepgate didn’t disappoint with wins on both days. She began her red rosette haul on Friday with a narrow win on Odwigs Echo in the Fairfax Prix St Georges (PSG), just nudging out Lara Dyson and Jazzed Up by one mark. In the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I she took the lead from Jessica Thompson and Ibi Kanobi. The 11-year-old coloured gelding is owned by his breeder Lucy Swindon and normally she and Becky share the ride. However, at the moment Lucy is pregnant so it’s been down to Becky to introduce him to small tour. 2019 is his first full season at the level and it got off to a good start with a third place in the Magic PSG freestyle at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships. “He’s really cool,” commented Becky. “He’s got a very good walk but his other paces aren’t particularly special. But he’s very rideable and gets consistent sevens and sometimes we can squeeze a bit more.” Eureko improved from ninth in Friday’s Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I to win the class on Saturday by almost four per cent ahead of Amy Woodhead and Branduardi. Eureko (by Uphill) has been owned by Jo Cooper since he was five and as Jo works abroad, she shares the ride with Becky. “He started at Inter II at Myerscough and [the higher level] is helping me get him into shape and he’s feeling stronger. “On Friday he felt a bit fragile when we went into the arena and I rode it a bit fragile too so we had a catalogue of mistakes. I rode much more positively the next day.” Amy Woodhead improved Branduardi’s scores of 68% in Friday’s PSG and Inter I to over 70% in the same classes on Saturday. She won the Fairfax PSG on the exuberant Breitling W x Weltmeyer stallion and only lost out to Becky Moody and Eureko by 1.5 marks in the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I class. “Bran has been standing at stud and I only picked him up two days before the show,” explained Amy. “On the first day I was trying to find the buttons again and by Saturday I’d got it! He’s a fantastic horse and was great to ride in the competition.” Branduardi stands at Caunton Manor Stud and is owned by Victoria Wright. Mares rule The prestigious Mount St John Stud showed the depth and quality of their breeding programme with a trio of mares all scoring successes. Aimee Gascoigne was recruited as a rider three months ago and, as well as focusing on riding the four-year-olds, she has been given the ride on WEG para dressage silver medalist, Mount St John Diva Dannebrog. For both rider and horse it was their first Premier League. Diva (by Don Schufro) competed at grade III para dressage for a year with Natasha Baker – a level which does not require cantering. She resumed her able-bodied dressage career with Aimee in May and has quickly adapted to her new regime. Aimee started the show with a second place in Medium 73 to Amy Woodhead and Fhillipo, improving to first place in Medium 27 on the second day. Good results for a new partnership. “We clicked straight away,” said Aimee. “She went to big shows with Natasha so nerves don’t affect her, she’s a true professional.” Sam Duckworth was successful with another stunning Mount St John mare, MSJ Top Secret (Totilas x Dacaprio), who at eight years old is the oldest of Emma Blundell’s homebreds. The pair were a close second in Saturday’s Fairfax Prix St George and won the Advanced Medium 98. “She’s been a bit more quiet on the competing front as she has been in the breeding programme and has five foals due next season [by embryo transfer],” explained Emma Blundell. “I’m so pleased with how she’s done here. She’s got a lot of talent for the collected work for her age and is training a lot of the Grand Prix movements at home. She gets very excited at shows so we need to get her out more.” The horse that Emma calls “the prettiest mare we’ve got”, Mount St John Kom Fairy Tale, won Saturday’s Cavalor Inter II with Sam Duckworth at her first attempt at the level. Third in the Inter I at the LeMieux National Championships 2017 with Charlotte Dujardin, Fairy Tale (known at home as Princess) has had some time out and is now back and raring to go. By Furst Heinrich, she is part of the Stud’s breeding programme and her embryo transfer foal will be the last one to arrive this year. “Her forte is the Grand Prix work,” commented Emma. “She’s very talented for all the collected work. She hasn’t done so much competing so still gets very excited at shows. It’s a new partnership with Sam and they showed some really good work.” Close call Friday’s Cavalor Inter II was a close contest between Lara Edwards’ stallion Bodyguard Moorland and Lisa Marriott’s Valucio, with Bodyguard clinching first place. “He’s not a big, flashy mover but he has a natural ability to sit and collect,” said Lara who has trained for seven years with Rhett Bird. “He feels very established at Inter II now. He struggled a bit with the first medium trot but otherwise he gave me a great ride.” For the first time ever, Bodyguard (Gribaldi x Negro) got his tongue over the bit towards the end of his second Inter II test and had to retire - a shame as he was scoring seven point fives and eights before that point. Friday’s Advanced Medium classes were both won by Natasha Leak and Belissimo with 71%+ scores. In one test, Natasha scored a nine for her riding and a perfect 10 for the final halt. On Saturday, it was Darcas Lever’s turn to take the prize in Advanced Medium 85 with Flying Dream II (by Feedback), who she has been riding since the beginning of the year. Mollie Whitham and DZL Royal Sunrise were the best of Saturday’s pony combinations and won both team and individual tests, each with personal best scores. Mollie, who trains with Becky Moody, said on Facebook that she was pleased with how ‘Pads’ really tried hard in the heat and felt really good. The pair’s next appearance is at Hickstead CDI where they will represent Great Britain. Class winners Friday Class 6 Fairfax PSG – Becky Moody with Odwigs Echo 71.23% Class 7 Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I – Becky Moody with Odwigs Echo, 70.46% Class 8 Cavalor Inter II – Lara Edwards with Bodyguard Moorland, 68.29% Class 9 Grand Prix – Steph Croxford with Mr Hyde, 68.1% Class 10 FEI Pony Team – Meghan Anderson with Berlioz, 64.27% Class 11 FEI Pony Individual - Meghan Anderson with Berlioz, 64.84% Class 12 FEI Children on Horses Team – Annabel Coller with My Delilah, 62.5% Class 13 FEI Children on Horses Individual - Annabel Coller with My Delilah, 58.1% Class 18 Equine Construction Advanced Medium – Sam Duckworth with Mount St John Top Secret, 72.68% Saturday Class 20 FEI Pony Team -  Mollie Witham with DZL Royal Sunrise, 68.97% Class 21 FEI Pony Individual - Mollie Witham with DZL Royal Sunrise, 70.08% Class 22 FEI Children on Horses Team – Annabel Coller with My Delilah, 66.73% Class 23 FEI Children on Horses Individual - Annabel Coller with My Delilah, 64.58% Class 25 Fairfax Prix St Georges – Amy Woodhead with Branduardi, 70.57% Class 26 – Saracen Horse Feeds InterI – Becky Moody with Eureko, 72.32% Class 27 – Inter II – Sam Duckworth with Mount St John Kom Fairytale, 67.89% Class 28 – LeMieux Grand Prix – Steph Croxford with Mr Hyde, 69.13% Full results - click here    
Wednesday, July 3

South West defend their title at Youth Inter Regionals

Over 160 riders descended on Keysoe Equestrian for the 2019 Youth Inter Regional on the weekend of 28 – 30 June, with more than forty teams of riders aged between eight and 25 contesting the team championship. Defending their 2018 Inter Regional title, it was South West who took home the trophy for the top performances by the quartet of riders in their Donald Ducks team. With riders across four different Squads; Hannah Clack (C+), Alexa Palmer (B), Florence Human (B+) and Chloe Dawes (A), the team posted a combined winning total of 531 – seven marks clear of the Southern Titanium team in second place on 524. South West also took the final place on the team podium with the Daffy Ducks (scoring 523.5), closely followed by North West Salinero in fourth, Scotland Rhythm and Suppleness in fifth and Northern Revolution in sixth. Every region demonstrated great teamwork and dedication over the weekend and despite the sudden heatwave all of the young riders showed great support for one another and presented some top performances in the Rider Skills Tests. Despite having travelled all of the way from Scotland to Keysoe, young rider Abigail Gray (Rascal) dominated the D Squad individual competition all weekend scoring 95.8 on Saturday and 94.4 on Sunday to top the podium on Sunday evening. The C squad individual title was taken by Southern rider Kate Hewson on her own Laithehill Flute and the C+ title went to Central rider Alexzandra Houldcroft. Member of the third placed team South West Daffy Ducks, Daisy Davies and Armarda Dyffryncothi Bridget also took the individual title in B squad, with fellow South West rider Florence Human (member of the winning South West team Donald Ducks) also topping the podium in the B+ individual competition scoring over 90 on both days. Lying seventh after Saturday’s test in the sweltering heat, Tom O’Bryan (also from South West) had a runaway victory on Sunday scoring 93.5 to take the title for A Squad. In the new squad for 2019, Northern region’s Charlotte Clark on her 6 year old OFS Ferrari pulled off two great performances in the A Young Horse Rider Skills Tests to score consistently in the mid-eighties on both Saturday and Sunday. BD Youth Development Co-ordinator Hannah James said; “Throughout the weekend at Keysoe every region demonstrated great teamwork and the importance of the great support teams behind every rider was highlighted in the sweltering heat! Thank you to all of the enthusiastic riders who showcased the values of BD Youth over the weekend, and thanks also to the parents and families, Youth Reps, coaches and Ambassadors who provided behind the scenes support to each and every horse and rider in the competition. We’re grateful as ever to Simon Bates and the team at Keysoe for putting on another fantastic competition.” Congratulations to all of the winning teams and individuals, and to everyone who took part. Team Standings: 1. South West Donald Ducks – H Clack, A Palmer, F Human, C Dawes – 531 2. Southern Titanium – D Marcus, N McDonald, K Hewson, J Garrett – 524 3. South West Daffy Ducks – O Luscombe, K Palmer, D Davies, O R Robertson – 523.5 4. North West Salinero – C Chan, J Finney, D Marshall, S Marston – 521.9 5. Scotland Rhythm & Suppleness – A Gray, S Donaldson, E Sutherland, Z Florence – 521.2 6. Northern Revolution – A Hurst, Z L Monks, P Corner, B Edginton - 517.9 Individual winners:  A Squad champion – Tom O’Bryan with DHI du Rouet (SW Daisy Ducks) B+ Squad champion – Florence Human with Fulgencio (SW Donald Ducks) B Squad champion – Daisy Davies with Armarda Dyffryncothi Bridget (SW Daffy Ducks) C+ Squad champion – Alexzandra Houldcroft with Cavallia Herself (Central Calipo) C Squad champion – Kate Hewson with Laithehill Flute (Southern Titanium) D Squad champion – Abigail Gray with Rascal (Scotland Rhythm & Suppleness) Full results – click here  
Tuesday, July 2

Stars on show at Hartpury Festival

It's just a matter of hours before the 2019 running of the Hartpury Festival of Dressage. The show hails the start of a summer of equestrian sport at Hartpury, followed just weeks later by the Showjumping Spectacular and NAF International Horse Trials. The show will once again attract dressage superstars from around the world to compete in over 40 dressage and para-dressage including CDI3*, CEPDI3* and Premier League classes from 3-7 July. With competition for squad places for both the senior and para teams reaching fever pitch, the action promises to be as epic! Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Emile Faurie, Gareth Hughes, Hayley Watson Greaves, Richard Davison, Lara Butler and Laura Tomlison all feature alongside some of Britain's best International riders. In the Para International, Sir Lee Pearson, Julie Payne, Suzanna Hext, Erin Orford, Amanda Shirtcliffe, Izzy Palmer, Nicky Greenhill, Nicola Naylor, Charlotte Cundall and Sophie Wells lead the British charge. As well as the CDI3* with Big and Small Tour classes, there's the finale of the Premier League and the Shearwater Insurance Young Horse Championship semi-finals for four, five and six year olds - making for five of the busiest - and best - in the dressage calendar! A strong contingent of Hartpury students and graduates is also expected to take part once again, with Sarah Rao, Jessica Hickey, Tesla Whittaker, Lucy Pincus, Olivia Oakley and Hope Hayward already confirming their attendance. This year, Saturday’s popular gala evening will be headlined by international dressage rider and former Dressage Personality of the Year, Anna Ross-Davies, who made her British team debut in Saumur back in 2007. The demonstration will form part of an entertaining evening that also includes the Grand Prix Freestyle and Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St. George Final. The festival continues to grow year on year, regularly attracting Olympic and European champions. In 2016, the event was used as Team GBR’s preparation for the Rio Olympic Games and the 2019 running takes place just a year from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. “Hartpury delivered a spectacular show for Great Britain team members to practice their Rio preparations in 2016. The footing is perfect, the stabling is fantastic, and the organisation and friendly atmosphere continue to make it one of the premier events in the country” says Carl Hester MBE, Olympic Champion. Want to attend this year’s festival? Entry to the festival on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July is free for spectators. Entry on Friday 5, Saturday 6 (daytime) and Sunday 7 July costs £6 per person. Tickets for the Saturday Gala Evening cost £17 including admission to the festival for the entire day. A combined ticket is available for Friday – Sunday at a cost of £15. Tickets can be purchased here. For those not able to attend this year’s festival, a livestream will broadcast the action from both arenas and live Twitter commentary will provide instant results and rider reaction on all five days. Don’t miss a brand-new daily podcast rounding up the day’s action and providing another chance to listen to rider interviews and views throughout the competition. Sponsors of this year’s event include NAF, Baileys Horse Feeds, Hazlewoods, Freeflex, Kempley Catering, JS Teamwear, Sporting Hares, Classic Dressage and Equikro. Stay up to date with all the latest news by following the Hartpury Festival of Dressage on Instagram , Facebook and Twitter . Event website for entries, start times, results and live stream - click here  
Tuesday, July 2

BD abroad: Fritzens and Exloo

The British riders competing at  CDI4* Fritzens-Schindlhof and CDI3*/CDIJ/CDIP Exloo acheived some excellent scores and placings:    CDI4* Fritzens-Schindlhof Grand Prix 1. Isabell Werth with Bella Rose GER, 82.95% 10. Louise Bell from Oxfordshire, with her own and Tonya Wood’s Into the Blue, 69.6% Grand Prix Special 1. Isabell Werth with Bella Rose GER 81.51% 9. Louise Bell from Oxfordshire, with her own and Tonya Wood’s Into the Blue, 69.4% Full resutls - click here Exloo CDI3* Grand Prix 1. Jil-Marielle Becks with Damon’s Satelite GER, 72.78% 3. Emma Hindle with her own Diesel 8, 70.43% Grand Prix Special 1. Helen Langehanenberg with Hollywood 48 GER, 70.46% 3 Emma Hindle with her own Diesel 8, 70.43% CDIJ – Juniors Team test 1. Marten Luiten with Fyona NED, 75.05% 17. Maddy Frewin with Christine Kirk’s Woodlander Rhythm n Blues, 66.91% Individual test 1. Marten Luiten with Fyona NED, 76.37% 5. Maddy Frewin with Christine Kirk’s Woodlander Rhythm n Blues, 70.14% CDIP – Ponies Team test 1. Micky Schelstraete with Elin’s Noncisdador NED, 73.61% 10. Annabella Pidgley with Sarah Pidgley’s Ine, 70.9% 12. Isobel Lickley with Robert and Nicola Lickley's Mister Snowman, 70.14% 14. Bonnie Bourne with her own Fin C WE, 69.61% 24. Olivia Whitelaw with her own Brouwershaven’s Viceroy, 66.95% Individual test 1. Micky Schelstraete with Elin’s Noncisdador NED, 74.18% 7. Isobel Lickley with Robert and Nicola Lickley's Mister Snowman, 70.94% 11. Annabella Pidgley with Sarah Pidgley’s Ine, 69.86% 12. Bonnie Bourne with her own Fin C WE, 69.5% 23. Olivia Whitelaw with her own Brouwershaven’s Viceroy, 66.93% Freestyle test 1. Micky Schelstraete with Elin’s Noncisdador NED, 79.26% 4. Isobel Lickley with Robert and Nicola Lickley's Mister Snowman, 74.95% 12. Annabella Pidgley with Sarah Pidgley’s Ine, 71.16% 15. Bonnie Bourne with her own Fin C WE, 68.95% Full results - click here   
Friday, June 28

BD Director Elections – June 2019

The nomination process for this year’s election for the Board Director positions of Chairman, International Director and Sport Operations Director is now complete. For the roles of Chair and International Director, the current post-holders of both positions on an interim basis were the only individuals to be nominated, while four candidates came forward for the Sport Operations Director position. • Chair – Linda Whetstone (proposed by Stephen Clarke and seconded by Peter Storr) • International Director – Judy Harvey (proposed by Stephen Clarke and seconded by Carl Hester) • Sport Operations Director – Simon Bates (proposed by Karen Gray and seconded by Emma Woolley), Ros Ingledew (proposed by Wendy Wood and seconded by Gill Collinson), Sandy Phillips (proposed by Alicia Anderson and seconded by Susan Cumine) and Kelly Thompson (proposed by Clive Halsall and seconded by Sir Lee Pearson). The applications of all six candidates were considered by the Nominations Committee, in accordance with Article 23.3, and were approved to proceed to election. Linda Whetstone and Judy Harvey will now go forward for ratification by the membership at the Annual General Meeting on 12 September, while there will be a formal election for the position of Sport Operations Director. The election opens on Monday 8 July, when candidate profiles and voting information will be published on the BD website and in the members’ magazine. Voting will be by electronic ballot, conducted by independent company Mi-Voice. Postal voting papers will be available on request. We’re also excited to announce our first ever appointed Extra Director to the Board covering the area of Business Development. Changes to our Memorandum and Articles of Association last year enabled us to further enhance the skillset of the Board by appointing independent non-executive directors where they could provide specific skillsets or areas of expertise. After an interview process and subsequent approval by the Nominations Committee, Suzanne Homewood was ratified by the Board and attended her first meeting earlier in June. A keen dressage rider, having ridden to Intermediate I level, Suzanne has forged a successful career in the mobile telecommunications industry with brands like Orange, T-Mobile, EE and Samsung, her current company, where she holds the position of Enterprise Sales Director. With key skills in customer and employee engagement, business transformation and change, leadership and strategy, Suzanne will provide an invaluable contribution to the Board as we prepare our next five year strategic plan. Alongside Finance Director Caroline Godfrey, Suzanne will be part of the new Finance and Business Development technical committee, which is currently recruiting additional members with specialist knowledge in HR and fundraising. Further updates will follow on this key leadership area as the roles are filled. British Dressage CEO Jason Brautigam commented; “The new processes that were implemented, as approved by members at last year’s AGM, have worked extremely well to provide us with a robust process to ensure that candidates at Board level have the necessary credentials and experience. Linda and Judy have already demonstrated that they are ideal candidates for their respective roles in the last nine months, so I’m confident the members will back their formal appointment in September, while I wish Simon, Ros, Sandy and Kelly the best of luck in their election campaigns. In all four candidates we have someone who can bring a great deal of vision and direction to the Sport Operations Director vacancy. Tamsyn Cowie has done a sterling job over her two terms and she will undoubtedly be a hard act to follow. We wish her all the best as she can now take the time to enjoy dressage as a judge and supporter, rather than at the sharp end of the sport! “We’re exceptionally fortunate to have someone of Suzanne’s calibre join the Board and she impressed everyone already at her first meeting earlier this month. Suzanne’s commercial acumen alongside a good knowledge of dressage will make her a real asset to the organisation. The British Dressage team is excited to work with Suzanne to continue to drive the sport forward for increased growth, member satisfaction and success, while we are also looking forward to welcoming the new Sport Operations Director on board in the autumn.”
Thursday, June 27

Team NAF Junior and YR Euro riders announced

The British Dressage Under 21 Selectors Judy Harvey, Leanne Wall and Nikki Herbert have today unveiled their final selected riders for the Team NAF Junior and Young Rider squads at the upcoming FEI European Championships in St Giovanni, Italy, 24 – 28 July 2019. Juniors Two riders will travel to Italy and compete as individuals at the Championships: Jessica McConke y (17) from Oxfordshire with her own Lady Gaga (dark bay, mare, 10yrs, 16.2hh, Quarterback x Solos Landwind). Charlotte McDowall (17) from Gloucestershire with her own Alivia (black, mare, 14yrs, 16hh, Olivi x Roemer). Young Riders The Selectors have chosen three riders who will compete as a team and individuals: Rebecca Bell (19) from Oxfordshire with Caroline Bell’s Nibeley Union Hit (dark bay, mare, 12yrs, 16.1hh, Nibley Union Jack x Sandro Hit). Alex Hellings (19) from Derbyshire with her own Uvender V (bay, gelding, 18yrs, 16hh, Krack C x Juventus). Rebecca Swain (19) from Surrey with her own Bon Jovi (chestnut, gelding, 13yrs, 16.2hh, s. Krack C). The Pre-European Team Camp will be held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July at Kilbees Farm in Berkshire, which is compulsory for all selected riders/horses. International Director Judy Harvey also confirmed that Britain will not be sending any riders to the FEI U25 European Championships at the same venue. She commented; “As selectors our role is to monitor performance against the Selection Policy and then select combinations who can be competitive in a Championship environment, where the standards are exceptionally high and the pressure intense.” She added; “We have to make sure that every place awarded has the potential to win a medal, which makes securing a place very tough. This does mean that we need sufficient combinations performing at the required level to form a competitive team, otherwise we will look to send those who can still compete as individuals instead. “The selected riders and the teams behind them have put in a great deal of hard work and dedication to achieve this opportunity,” she continued. “Our Junior representatives both performed well at the weekend at Hickstead, while the Young Rider trio also has proved themselves admirably this spring. We’re in a period of transition with the Under 25 squad but have high hopes for developing this area further in the next few years. I wish the five selected riders ‘buona fortuna’ and look forward to following their performances in Italy.”
Thursday, June 27

BD statement: Oldencraig EC

It is with much sadness and regret that we announce Oldencraig Equestrian Centre will no longer be able to host British Dressage affiliated shows from the end of August this year, although any scheduled shows up to that date will still go ahead as planned. The Petplan Equine Area Festival Final scheduled for 4 – 6 October will be reallocated to an alternative Southern venue, with a formal announcement to follow in the very near future. Sport Operations Manager Lou Jones and Southern Regional Development Officer Sharon Walker are currently working to secure a replacement Area Festival Final and they will also review if any other fixtures gaps have been created with Oldencraig’s departure. As soon as arrangements for a replacement venue have been finalised, it will be announced on the BD website and via social media. Sharon Walker commented; “It’s always sad to lose venues from the BD community, but an equestrian centre with the standing, reputation and longevity of Oldencraig closing is undoubtedly a big blow for our sport. It’s been an honour and a pleasure working with Ian Winfield, Vicky Thompson Winfield and all of the team at OEC, we have enjoyed many years of amazing fun and memorable events.” Jason Brautigam, British Dressage CEO, continued; “Oldencraig will be very much missed from the BD calendar and I am sure all members will join me in thanking them for all of their support for British Dressage over the years. I understand Vicky will continue to ride, train and compete, while Ian will also carry on with OEC brand worldwide. We wish them all the best in their future competition endeavours and business ventures.”
Wednesday, June 26

Team NAF Junior and YR Euros Cham riders announced

The British Dressage Under 21 Selectors Judy Harvey, Leanne Wall and Nikki Herbert have today unveiled their final selected riders for the Team NAF Junior and Young Rider squads at the upcoming FEI European Championships in St Giovanni, Italy, 24 – 28 July 2019. Juniors Two riders will travel to Italy and compete as individuals at the Championships: Jessica McConke y (17) from Oxfordshire with her own Lady Gaga (dark bay, mare, 10yrs, 16.2hh, Quarterback x Solos Landwind). Charlotte McDowall (17) from Gloucestershire with her own Alivia (black, mare, 14yrs, 16hh, Olivi x Roemer). Young Riders The Selectors have chosen three riders who will compete as a team and individuals: Rebecca Bell (19) from Oxfordshire with Caroline Bell’s Nibeley Union Hit (dark bay, mare, 12yrs, 16.1hh, Nibley Union Jack x Sandro Hit). Alex Hellings (19) from Derbyshire with her own Uvender V (bay, gelding, 18yrs, 16hh, Krack C x Juventus). Rebecca Swain (19) from Surrey with her own Bon Jovi (chestnut, gelding, 13yrs, 16.2hh, s. Krack C). The Pre-European Team Camp will be held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July at Kilbees Farm in Berkshire, which is compulsory for all selected riders/horses. International Director Judy Harvey also confirmed that Britain will not be sending any riders to the FEI U25 European Championships at the same venue. She commented; “As selectors our role is to monitor performance against the Selection Policy and then select combinations who can be competitive in a Championship environment, where the standards are exceptionally high and the pressure intense.” She added; “We have to make sure that every place awarded has the potential to win a medal, which makes securing a place very tough. This does mean that we need sufficient combinations performing at the required level to form a competitive team, otherwise we will look to send those who can still compete as individuals instead. “The selected riders and the teams behind them have put in a great deal of hard work and dedication to achieve this opportunity,” she continued. “Our Junior representatives both performed well at the weekend at Hickstead, while the Young Rider trio also has proved themselves admirably this spring. We’re in a period of transition with the Under 25 squad but have high hopes for developing this area further in the next few years. I wish the five selected riders ‘buona fortuna’ and look forward to following their performances in Italy.”
Tuesday, June 25

Applications open for Talent Spotting Career Pathway

For the first time the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) talent spotting pathway will be opened up to young athletes across British Eventing, British Dressage, British Showjumping and Para Dressage, who would like the opportunity to excel in their sport. The prestigious talent pathway, run by leading apprenticeship provider Haddon Training, has a limited number of spaces available to aspiring athletes who wish to develop their professional careers, both in and out of the saddle. Chris Hewlett, Founder and Managing Director of Haddon Training says, “I am thrilled that all four disciplines have joined together to promote and develop their talent base through our AASE programme. “Over the last six years it’s had far reaching results to people’s careers, not only in their equine skills, but also their personal growth. The programme has produced outstanding performances from individuals, many of whom have gone on to be hugely successful both as riders and the development of their own businesses.” International Showjumper and World Class Trainer Andrew Saywell coaches on the AASE programme and said, “AASE is a springboard to riders who aspire to perform at top level by providing access to a range of vocational experts and training from internationally acclaimed coaches.” The 2019 programme will begin in October and as part of the pathway applicants will have access to a number of training camps throughout the year, as well working towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence which includes learning a range of additional skills comprises of career planning, physical health, performance psychology, communication and managing the media. Up and coming equine athletes who are successfully competing in British Eventing, British Dressage, British Showjumping and Para-Dressage are now invited to apply. To find out more about the criteria and how to apply, visit the Haddon Training website .
Tuesday, June 25

Team GBR grab podium place in Geesteren

Team GBR’s all-female team excelled last week at the five day equestrian festival CHIO Twente in Gesteeren, Netherlands (19 – 23 June). Whilst the riders in orange claimed the top accolades at their home Nations Cup event, Louise Bell, Lara Butler, Charlotte Fry and Sara Gallop impressed amongst tough company to achieve third place on the team podium. 23 year old Charlotte Fry enjoyed a monumental week on board her own and Anne van Olst’s Dark Legend. Building on their senior team debut in Compiegne last month, Charlotte produced two top results for Team GBR earning two new personal best scores for her effort. In the Grand Prix an inspired performance was rewarded with 74.40% from the judges panel; Jacques van Daele (BEL), Mariette Sanders-van-Gansewinkel (NED), Maria Colliander (FIN), Clive Halsall (GBR) and Francis Verbeek (NED). In Saturday’s Special a couple of spooks at a rogue camera man amongst some otherwise solid work resulted in 72.48% with the placings both days a fantastic fifth. Lara Butler made a welcome return from her baby break to add her positive contribution to the team total. With Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad, Lara rode to ninth in the Grand Prix and seventh in the Grand Prix Special with two superb scores of 72.41% and 71.40%. Lara also gave her rising star Kristjan two great rides in the CDI3* Big Tour classes, gaining some valuable mileage and results for the Polarion sired gelding in just his sixth start at Grand Prix level. Speaking about her Geesteren experience on Facebook Lara said, “Wow what a show we have had CSI Twente…It was definitely a little different at this show for me as not only was I busy with the two horses but also trying to look after my ten week old son, who actually made my life very easy by sleeping and eating really well throughout the show!” After promising starts in Uggerhalne at the end of May, Louise Bell and Sara Gallop returned to the team line up and achieved further great results for their country. Both ladies achieved a top ten placing in Sunday’s hot CDIO3* Freestyle with stellar +70% scores. Sara summarized a exciting week on social media , “What a week! CHIO Twente Geesteren - you know how to put on a show! It was incredible. To top it off, I got to stand on my first podium for an Equestrian Team GBR Nations Cup Team with these incredible ladies – Louise Bell, Lara Butler and Lottie Fry – against some of the world’s best, including the Dutch A Team including my idol Emmelie Scholtens. Thank you British Dressage for this amazing opportunity!” Congratulations to all four riders and their support teams, and Chef d’Equipe Caroline Griffiths. Results of the British riders CDI3* Grand Prix 1ST Adelinde Cornelissen with Zephyr, 73.60% (NED) 8th Lara Butler with Kristjan, 69.13% (GBR) CDIO3* Grand Prix 1st Edward Gal with Glock’s Zonik NOP, 78.30% (NED) 5th Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 74.41% (GBR) 9th Lara Butler with Rubin Al Asad, 72.41% (GBR) 16th Sara Gallop with Bandreo, 68.60% (GBR) 20th Louise Bell with Into the Blue, 67.67% (GBR) CDI3* Grand Prix Special 1st Emmelie Scholtens with Apache, 74.08% (NED) 6th Lara Butler with Kristjan, 65.66% (GBR) CDIO3* Grand Prix Special 1st Juliette Ramel with Buriel KH, 79.91% (SWE) 5th Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 72.48% (GBR) 7th Lara Butler with Rubin Al Asad, 71.40% (GBR) CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Edward Gal with Glock’s Zonik NOP, 82.25% (NED) 6th Louise Bell with Into the Blue, 73.62% (GBR) 8th Sara Gallop with Bandreo, 70.74% (GBR) CDIO3* Nations Cup standings 1st Netherlands, 17 points 2nd Sweden, 19 points 3rd Great Britain, 48 points 4th USA, 61 points 5th France, 65 points 6th Belgium, 85 points Full results Photo c. Sara Gallop
Monday, June 24

Thompson Winfield tops Hickstead highlights

Vicky Thompson Winfield couldn’t stay away from the podium at Hickstead Premier League last week (18 – 22 June) as she led the vast charge of riders vying for qualification tickets to the LeMieux National Championships. Vicky started the week in winning fashion riding Angela and David Jones’ Valeron sired stallion Esquire III to a Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges victory scoring 70.18%. The future looks full of promise for this relatively new combination as their debut Premier League win comes in just their fourth test together. Continuing a successful week on board Samantha Francis’s eye catching palomino Artist, the Horsham based rider painted just the picture the judges wanted to see in both the Cavalor Intermediate II and the LeMieux Grand Prix direct qualifier classes to win with convincing scores of 70.26% and 70.16%. She then went on to complete a quartet of wins in Saturday’s Grand Prix Special, this time with Samantha Francis’s PRE stallion Mango Jacaro, scoring 68.92% from a unanimous judging panel of Anita Darken, Maryanne Horn and Fiona Wilson. Across five busy days of competition at the premier Sussex venue, on the site of Douglas Bunn’s All England Jumping Course, no less than nine National Championship spots were up for grabs. Tom Goode with Emile Faurie’s Langley and Dannie Morgan with Lisa Morgan’s Knoxx’s Figaro each claimed a Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges win whilst three competitive Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I classes were won by Sara-Jane Lanning with Mi Amigo, Nathalie Kayal with DHI Cleverboy and Dean Skeates with Super Blue. The Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98 direct qualifier was won by an in-form Alice Oppenheimer with Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Bella Ruby. The elegant mare has stepped up a level since her success at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships and has taken to Advanced Medium with talent and ease much to the delight of rider Alice, “Princess Bella (Headmore Bella Ruby) was a superstar at Hickstead Premier League today. She won the [Equine Construction] Advanced Medium 98 with 72.2% to qualify straight through to the Nationals. She gave me such a great ride in only her fourth Advanced Medium at seven years old, she’s such a star. I’m so lucky to train these amazing horses.” Alice also enjoyed a win in Tuesday’s Inter A with Caroline Dibden’s Headmore Diffinity gaining valuable mileage at Medium tour, their winning score was 69.63%. In the under 21 ranks, the FEI Young Rider, Junior and Pony team classes were each won by a combination shortlisted for this year’s youth European Championships. Following a hat trick of wins at Keysoe CDI and a successful trip to Compiegne CDI in May, Rebecca Swain and Bon Jovi (s. Krack C) showed their class in the Young Rider section to win with 71.23%. Gloucestershire based Charlotte McDowall made the journey well worthwhile with her own 14 year old mare Alivia, 70.41% was the reward for a polished test; whilst Bonnie Bourne and Fin C WE delivered the goods in the Pony Team competition to top the Hickstead podium. British Dressage thanks the team at Hickstead for a successful Premier League as well as all BD national sponsors for their invaluable support. Congratulations to all competitors. Results Tuesday 18 June Class 5: Intermediate A Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Diffinity, 69.63% Wednesday 19 June Class 7: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Tom Goode with Langley, 72.85% Class 7A: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Vicky Thompson Winfield with Esquire, 70.18% Class 8: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Sara-Jane Lanning with Mi Amigo, 71.27% Class 9: Intermediate B Kirsty Mepham with Minain, 67.74% Class 10: Hickstead National Young Horse 5 Years Q Lucy Jane Amy with Jaliva, 78.40% Class 11: Hickstead International Young Horse 5 Years Q Dannie Morgan with Breit Fantastic, 72.60% Thursday 20 June Class 12: Hickstead National Young Horse 6 Years Q Sarah Millis with Impressive, 84.00% Class 13: Hickstead International Young Horse 6 Years Q Sarah Millis with Impressive, 86.20% Class 14: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Dannie Morgan with Knoxx’s Figaro, 71.01% Class 15: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Nathalie Kayal with DHI Cleverboy, 72.15% Class 16: Cavalor Intermediate II Vicky Thompson Winfield with Artist, 70.26% Friday 21 June Class 17A: FEI Young Rider Team Test Rebecca Swain with Bon Jovi, 71.23% Class 18: LeMieux Grand Prix Vicky Thompson Winfield with Artist, 70.16% Class 19: FEI U25 Grand Prix Amy Schiessl with Mr Mercury, 65.81% Class 20: FEI Junior Team Test Charlotte McDowall with Alivia, 70.41% Class 21: FEI Pony Team Test Bonnie Bourne with Fin C WE, 68.76% Saturday 22 June Class 22: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Dean Skeates with Super Blue, 70.92% Class 23: Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98 Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Bella Ruby, 72.24% Class 24: FEI Young Rider Individual Test Millie Gover with Kamil T, 69.54% Class 25: FEI Junior Individual Test Samantha Wilson with Delhurens Sunshine, 70.13% Class 26: FEI Pony Individual Test Scarlett John with BKS Grand Design, 65.30% Class 27: Prix St Georges Freestyle Rachael Hawkins with Don Antello, 72% Class 28: Grand Prix Freestyle Isobel Wessels with Chagall, 72.88% Class 29: Grand Prix Special Vicky Thompson Winfield with Mango Jacaro, 68.92% Full results
Saturday, June 22

NDPCE 2019/20 applications open

The National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence is aimed at coaches working with adults and young people who participate in equestrian sport for competitive recreation motives. Coaches looking to join this programme will be ambitious in improving their own performance and will already have success in getting more people participating in equestrian sports and retaining them by creating enjoyable coaching environments. This is a cross discipline programme involving; British Showjumping, British Dressage, British Eventing, The Pony Club, British Horse Society, British Endurance. The National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence programme is now accepting applications for 2019/2020. The programme will have four aims; to recognise the importance of high performing coaches working with riders at a recreational level, use research and case studies from within and outside of equestrian sport to inform coaching practice, support coaches to reflect and review their own performance and set personal development plans and develop coaches with expertise that can influence coaching programmes that improve rider experiences. Who should apply? • Coaches wanting to improve their own performance and be interested in supporting recreational competitions • Coaches with UKCC level 3 qualification or equivalent • Coaches demonstrating a degree of high performing criteria Interview Dates Weeks commencing 26 August and 2 September 2019. Workshop Days • 21 - 22 October 2019 • 10 - 11 December 2019 • 11 - 12 February 2019 • 21 - 22 April 2020 Full details on the programme and how to apply can be found HERE . If you have further questions, please call Laura Rolph on 02476 6988288 or email laura.rolph@britishshowjumping.co.uk . Complete and return to Laura Rolph, either via email or to Meriden Business Park, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands, CV5 9RG. Applications close: Friday 2 August 2019
Wednesday, June 19

Hickstead PL underway

The sixth British Dressage Premier League at the iconic southern venue of Hickstead got underway yesterday with three futher days of action planned. Alice Oppenheimer who brings a number of horses from the Headmore Stud opened her account early with a win in the Intermediate A on Tuesday. Dannie Morgan is also already a winner with Lisa Morgan and David Knox’s Knoxx’s Figaro in one of three Fairfax Prix St Georges sections which gives them a spot at the LeMieux National Championships in September. Alongside the Premier League action, there’s the Championship finals of The Hickstead Masters, qualifiers for the MCI (Iberian Dressage Masters) Championships and qualifiers for the Hickstead Young Horse Championships. The action continues throughout today with Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I and Inter B classes. Tomorrow, there’s a Cavalor Inter II section which qualifies the winner for the Nationals while on Friday the Grand Prix action starts with a 21-stong entry for the LeMieux qualifier plus a dedicated u25 Grand Prix class alongside Team Tests for our FEI Pony, Junior and Young Rider competitors which are crucial as we’re nearing final selection for the three Team NAF squads. Saturday is the finale with Grand Prix Special and Freestyle classes plus the Individual tests for the under 21 riders for one final chance to impress the Selectors. Plus, an all-important direct qualifier for the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Championships at Stoneleigh. See below for a full timetable. There’s an amazing entry with some of dressage’s top competitors all vying for ribbons but names to watch out for include; Tom Goode, Andrew Gould, Daniel Watson, Henry Boswell, Hannah Biggs, Pammy & Pippa Hutton, Matt Hicks, Isobel Wessels, Vicky Thompson Winfiled, Emile Faurie, Liz Deigutis, Natalie Kayal, Rebecca Hughes, Sadie Smith, Nichola Buchanan and Lizzie Murray – but there’s plenty of other riders who could earn a spot on the podium over the coming days. Entry today is free and then on Thursday it’s £10, Friday is £20 and Saturday £25. For the full details including a link to times and results, visit www.dressageathickstead.com Good luck to everyone competing! Full Schedule 2019 18 June • Dressage Masters Preliminary Championship P17A • Dressage Masters Novice Championship N37A • Dressage Masters Elementary Championship E53 • Dressage Masters Medium Championship M73 • Intermediate A 19 June • Fairfax Prix St Georges SQ Fairfax • Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I SQ • 5YR Old National (yhe5 2016)and International (YHP5 2009) Young Horses Q • Dressage Masters Advanced Medium Championship AM91 • Intermediate B 20 June • Fairfax Prix St Georges SQ • Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I SQ • 6yr Old National (YHM6 2016) and International (YHP6 2009)Young Horse Q • Cavalor Intermediate II SQ 21 June • Farifax Prix St George (1st round of the Dressage Masters Small Tour Championship AND Young Riders Team Test) • Under 25 Grand Prix • Pony Team Test • Junior Team Test • LeMieux Grand Prix SQ (includes 1st round of the Dressage Masters Large Tour Championship) 22 June • Pony Individual Test • Young Rider Individual Test • Junior Individual Test • Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I SQ • Equine Construction Advanced Medium 96 SQ • MCI Music Qualifiers • PSG Music (2nd Round of the Dressage Masters Small Tour Championship) • Grand Prix Music (2nd round of the Dressage Masters Large Tour Championship) • Grand Prix Special
Wednesday, June 19

Team NAF Pony short list

The British Dressage u21 Selectors Judy Harvey, Leanne Wall and Nikki Herbert have today released a short list of combinations for a place on the Team NAF squad at the upcoming Pony European Championships in Strzegom, Poland on 14-18 August 2019. This list indicates pony and rider combinations from which a team and reserves will be selected, subject to combinations meeting the criteria as per the 2019 Pony Rider Selection Policy. This shortlist can be added to if riders produce outstanding results. Riders in alphabetical order are: Bonnie Bourne (16) from Kent with her own Fin C We (liver chestnut, gelding 16yrs, 14.2hh, Famos x Eiger III) Holly Kerslake (15) from Devon riding Carl Trock and her own Valhallas Zorro (black, stallion, 10yrs, 14.1hh, Valhallas Lord Matrafal x Fjordglimts Sir Johnson) Isobel Lickley (14) from Staffordshire riding Robert & Nicola Lickley’s Mister Snowman (liver chestnut, 13yrs, 14.1hh, The Braes My Mobility x Llanarth Most Triton) Annabella Pidgley (14) from Berkshire with Sarah Pidgley’s Cognac (palomino, gelding, 11yrs, 14.1hh, FS Chamertin x Waldemar) or Sarah Pidgely’s Ine (chestnut, mare, 12yrs, 14.1hh, s. Constantin) or Sarah Pidgely’s Farbenfroh (brown, gelding, 16yrs, 14.2hh, Farewell I x Rakt’s Rocky) Steffi Tomlinson (15) from Cheshire with Tracy Tomlinson’s Vivassa (liver chestnut, mare, 12yrs, 14.1hh, s. Vivaldi) Hermione Tottman (15) from Hertfordshire with Nicola Tottman’s Brasil (dark bay, gelding, 12yrs, 14.2hh, Sandokkans Leonardo x Orchard Davranches). The Team NAF Pony quartet and reserves will be announced in the week commencing Monday 8 July. Pre-European Team Camp – Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 August The Pony Pre-European Team Camp will be held on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August at Parkers yard, Kent. This camp is compulsory for all selected riders/ponies. Thanks to NAF for their loyal support of our BD Youth teams and to team suppliers LeMieux.
Tuesday, June 18

BD Abroad: Hagen CDIOP and Stockholm CDIU25 results

Results of the British riders who competed last week at Hagen CDIOYJPCh/CDIYJPCh in Germany (11 – 16 June), and Stockholm CDI3*/CDIU25 in Sweden (13 – 16 June 2019). Hagen CDIOYJPCh/CDIYJPCh CDIOP – Pony Team Test 1st Nathalie Thomassen with Lykkehoejs Dream of Dornik, 74.714% (DEN) 10th Hermione Tottman with Brasil, 70.524% (GBR) 15th Steffi Tomlinson with Vivassa, 69.00% (GBR) 21st Lily Laughton with Steendieks Cadillac, 66.381% (GBR) CDIOP – Team Standings 1st Denmark, 149.190 2nd Germany, 146.572 3rd The Netherlands, 142.524 4th Sweden, 141.143 5th Team NAF for Great Britain, 139.524 -pictured 6th Poland, 137.477 7th Belgium, 136.952 8th Russia, 135.190 9th Switzerland, 132.143 10th France, 131.143 11th Ireland 129.048 CDIOP – Pony Individual Test 1st Rose Oatley with Daddy Moon, 75.766% (GER) 14th Steffi Tomlinson with Vivassa, 68.108% (GBR) 21st Hermione Tottman with Brasil, 66.622% (GBR) 25th Lily Laughton with Steendieks Cadillac, 65.450% (GBR) CDIOP – Pony Freestyle 1st Antonia Busch-Kuffner with Daily Pleasure WE, 79.334% (GER) 11th Steffi Tomlinson with Vivassa, 71.459% (GBR) CDIOP – Consolation Pony Freestyle 1st Tatiana Bierieznow with Gluckspilz, 71.292% (POL) 3rd Hermione Tottman with Brasil, 70.750% (GBR) 9th Lily Laughton with Steendieks Cadillac, 67.667% (GBR) For full results follow this link Stockholm CDI3*/CDIU25 CDIU25 - Grand Prix 16 – 25 1st Emma Jönsson with Donizetti, 66.949% (SWE) 4th Ellen McCarthy with Belafonte, 66.154% (GBR) CDIU25 – Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Marina Mattsson with Quartermain, 74.900% (SWE) 5th Ellen McCarthy with Belafonte, 70.325% (GBR) For full results follow this link
Monday, June 17

Team NAF Junior and Young Rider short list

The British Dressage Junior and Young Rider Judy Harvey, Leanne Wall and Nikki Herbert have today released a short list of combinations for a place on the Team NAF squad at the upcoming Junior and Young Rider European Championships in St Giovanni, Italy, 24 – 28 July 2019. Juniors Clare Hole (17) from Suffolk with Dr Rachel Murray’s Winnetou G.E.P. (black, gelding, 16yrs, 17hh, Gribaldi x Donnerhall). Jessica McConkey (17) from Oxfordshire with her own Lady Gaga (dark bay, mare, 10yrs, 16.2hh, Quarterback x Solos Landwind). Charlotte McDowall (17) from Gloucestershire with her own Alivia (black, mare, 14yrs, 16hh, Olivi x Roemer). Young Riders Rebecca Bell (19) from Oxfordshire with Caroline Bell’s Nibeley Union Hit (dark bay, mare, 12yrs, 16.1hh, Nibley Union Jack x Sandro Hit). Alex Hellings (19) from Derbyshire with Sonia Baines’s Uvender V (bay, gelding, 18yrs, 16hh, Krack C x Juventus). Rebecca Swain (19) from Surrey with her own Bon Jovi (chestnut, gelding, 13yrs, 16.2hh, s. Krack C). The horse and rider combinations listed are those from which team/individuals are likely to be selected, but others may be considered for selection if they reach the requirements set out in the Selection Policy. The selected Juniors and Young Riders will be announced week commencing Monday 24 June. The Pre-European Team Camp will be held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July which is compulsory for all selected riders/horses and reserves. Thanks to NAF for their loyal support of our BD Youth teams and to team suppliers LeMieux.
Thursday, June 13

Dujardin completes Bolesworth hattrick in a day of new PBs

It was a perfect day at the office for Charlotte Dujardin despite the continued wet and grey conditions at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show as she took both the Theraplate UK Grand Prix Special and the Equitop Myoplast Grand Prix Freestyle to complete a Boleswoth hattrick. The morning’s Special was a perfect chance to put some of the potential team members for this year’s FEI European Championships in Rotterdam head to head and measure where they are in their training. Gareth Hughes upset the equilibrium for some with his second place yesterday riding his wife Rebecca’s Classic Briolinca and today’s test looked like it could do the same. There were no major mistakes for a clear round with some very strong piaffe/passage work despite the Trento B mare not having much experience of the test. The judges rewarded it with 76.78%, just shy of their PB they scored when winning the Special in Compiegne in May but it did give them the lead. Emile Faurie was next to go with Hof Kasselmann’s newest star, Café’s Caletta, in only the mare’s fourth international and her first ever Special. Originally bred and produced to show jump, she posted 70.65% in the GP yesteday and was sixth in hot company and today she looked more at home in the expansive Bolesworth International arena. A few green mistakes in the technically demanding test lead to 69.31% but there’s so much more to come as this partnership develops and she becomes more established. Next was the turn of Charlotte and yesterday’s Grand Prix victor, Emma and Jill Blundell’s Mount St John Freestyle and again it was breathtaking to watch. The ‘ring’ rustiness’ of yesterday put behind them and Charlotte said she ‘had a word with herself’ after overriding yesterday. Just a late transition from walk to passage was the only blip – and it was minor. The canter pirouettes were captivating, half passes with extreme reach and trademark Dujardin transitions…just a privilege to watch. Judge at E Peter Storr awarded three four tens – both halts, the right canter pirouette and for her riding. A massive 82.97% was the score – a new PB and over 1.5% more than her previous best. Henriette Andersen followed with her own Florencio I sired Flavio with a pleasing test which the judges hovered around the 6.5 to 7.0 mark throughout to score 69.8%, enough to go ahead of Emile. The final rider was Carl Hester with Lady Anne Evans, Ann Cory and his own Hawtins Delicato and they upped their game more today with Carl riding with more ‘joie de vivre’. An agitated first halt, a missed change at the start of the line of two times and a flat change at the end of the extended canter diagonal were the only errors. The test was just more naturally forward with a bit more attack which the judges rewarded well with 78.93% - a new PB in a day of new records – to go second behind Charlotte and Freestyle. After the prizegiving, Charlotte said; “I’ve not put that test [the Special] together at home but I watched the video of WEG so I knew what I wanted to recreate. Yesterday I was disappointed with myself as I overrode but today I was more relaxed and realized I needed to do less. She felt fantastic but I didn’t ride on full power and to say she can score like that is incredible. For her to extend like that and then come back to the extreme of passage feels incredible. And she does it through her body not tension and she’s so elastic, like a rubber ball. “I have to be careful as a rider not to overdo it as she tries to give me more than I need. In the walk to piaffe movement I just tried to sit quietly but it didn’t happen but that was our only mistake really. When you have a ride like that and feel they’ve given everything gives you such a buzz and it quite emotional.” Carl was clearly pleased with today’s performance; “Today everything came together and the score was where I wanted it to be; he felt so much better than yesterday. His piaffe and passage were so much better and I’m pleased my plan [of four shows in four weeks] has paid off. Sadly our mistakes were in the easy stuff but I got three good piaffes from him and the easy things can be fixed. Doing four competitions in a row has really changed the horses, and me! I’m really in to it and it’s paid off…as painful as it’s been!” Always with an eye on the Championships, Carl added; “Results like yesterday and today are so important for the team. I’ve always said that it’s not good enough to have one rider to rely on. Now were here with three new horses that can score 75% plus and Gareth beating me yesterday is only a plus for the team going forward.” Third placed Gareth was also in buoyant mood after a good performance; “I’m very happy. She was so consistent and actually took me by surprise by feeling a bit lazy in there. It’s so exciting; she doesn’t have the biggest paces naturally but this test, which she’s not done much, really opens her up and improves the extended paces. It’s a difficult test but in a different way to the Grand Prix which is technically difficult but this [the Special] is physically demanding. But she’s so strong in the piaffe and passage it really suits her.” The Equitop Mypolast Freestyle followed after a slightly delayed start as result of the arena PA system giving up but the ever efficient Bolesworth team quickly had us up and running. Danish rider Ulrik Moelgaard set the early benchmark with his loyal partner now 18 year old Michigan, owned by Claus Munkedal, who danced to their upbeat Jackson Five medley to score 73.83%. He was followed by Charlotte Dujardin, this time riding Sonnar Murray-Brown’s Erlentanz, riding to her favourite ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ music. Although it was mixed for Valegro, it’s perfect for the spritely ‘Erly’. It was a pleasure to watch with Charlotte clearly enjoying being able to ride without pressure and her equine partner so eager to please. No mistakes, every change on the beat and the perfect mix of difficulty set to an artistic floorplan. The judges scored a massive 84.1%...huge. The highest score she’s received since the days of Valegro and it was well deserved. Richard Davison elected for the Freestyle with Gwendolyn Meyer’s Bubblingh, giving us the chance to watch his unique routine set to a variety of music including Robbie Williams and Gangsta’s Paradise. ‘Bubbles’ improves with each outing and 78.78% was just reward for a job well done to go second, their best score together and Richard’s highest ever mark internationally in all his years of competing. Charlotte was beaming after prizegiving with Erly – it could have been that she finally had chance to do a lap of honour as all the ceremonies up until then had been unmounted in hospitality – or maybe it was the magical performance. “I just love riding this little horse!” she said. “He’s so much fun and just tries so hard. It was one of those tests where everything went to plan and I just didn’t want it to end. I’m not looking forward to the day when Sonnar is ready to have him back as, there may be tears!” Sadly, the remainder of the show which now focuses on show jumping will take place behind closed doors as the already saturated ground won’t drain to safely park the public – but you can watch via www.britishequestriansport.tv . Full results – click here
Thursday, June 13

Princess Anne opens National RDA Centre

Yesterday, the Princess Royal officially opened the first National Training Centre for Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in Warwickshire. Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is President of the RDA and a patron of the centre which will bring together, train and inspire the charity’s volunteers and coaches from almost 500 RDA centres across the UK. The opening event, sponsored by Childs Farm, coincided with the 50th anniversary of the charity, which is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through horse riding and carriage driving. The RDA’s new home is based at Lowlands Equestrian Centre, in Shrewley, and the charity is aiming to deliver an important service across Warwickshire. The centre already provides horse riding opportunities to 100 disabled children and adults in the county – a number the charity hopes to double in the coming months – while Lowlands also offers group and private riding lessons to the public, while proving a popular venue to hire. Princess Anne, who spoke to riders and presented rosettes during her visit, said: “RDA has built a world-class reputation on the strength of its expertise, coaching and horsemanship. These are strengths that must remain at the heart of everything we do in the coming years. “The Lowlands project will ensure we can maintain our high standards and develop our training programmes to ensure the best possible experience for RDA’s riders and carriage drivers long into the future. “As RDA looks forward to the next 50 years, this national training centre will draw on all the experience and strength of community in RDA to create a vital and inspirational focal point for learning of which we can all be proud.” Over recent years, the charity, which helps 25,000 disabled children and adults, has further developed the range of activities it offers as well as the areas of training provided to volunteers – including equine welfare, safeguarding, disability awareness and volunteer management. In addition, the RDA’s 18,000 qualified coaches and volunteers are supporting ever more complex forms of disability, especially in the areas of multi-disability, learning disabilities and mental health problems. Paralympian superstar Sophie Christiansen CBE, who boasts eight Paralympic gold medals, is also a patron of the new centre – a commitment made in recognition of her local RDA centre in Berkshire, which helped her rise to stardom. “As someone whose life was transformed by learning to ride with RDA, I am delighted to be able to support this national training centre,” she said. “I was lucky enough to be taught by a series of inspirational coaches, without whom I would never have discovered a talent for riding. “RDA could see my potential as a young athlete and supported me every step of the way to the Paralympics. However, ‘achievement’ does not have to mean a gold medal. It could be teaching a rider to sit up straight so they can go on to live independently or to be able to communicate to others to help on the journey to employment. Coaches can change lives.” The centre is home to the four existing RDA groups which currently operate there, plus stables and grazing for 20 horses, indoor and outdoor arenas and training and conference facilities. The charity’s staff team will also relocate to the site. It also boasts a working yard with indoor and outdoor arenas and classrooms to provide the ideal environment for hosting practical training sessions, workshops and demonstrations as well as events and competitions. The focus of training will be putting riders’ and drivers’ needs first, and the RDA insists that this message will be at the heart of everything that happens at Lowlands. For more information on RDA, please visit: www.rda.org.uk .
Wednesday, June 12

She’s back…and with a new 80% PB

Charlotte Dujardin made a welcome return to the competition arena with Emma and Jill Blundell’s Mount St John Freestyle in the Theraplate UK Grand Prix as part of the CDI3* at The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show in challenging wet conditions. The ten year old Fiedermark sired mare looked delighted to be back and despite the heavy rain and dull conditions, their performance lit up the Castle Arena. There was a slight miscommunication at the start of the first passage/piaffe tour but apart from that, it was clear that the time off has benefited the combination to mature and develop. The judges panel were unanimous in declaring them the winners with an aggregate score of 80.34% - a new international personal best for the duo as it’s the first time they’ve broken the 80% barrier in the Grand Prix. A delighted Charlotte said; “I have to admit I was a bit nervous going in. It all felt a bit ring rusty but she was really good. She’s been great at home so it’s good to be back out. Considering she’s not been in the ring for such a long time it was amazing; she was so enthusiastic. She just tries so hard and I over-rode the first passage so he was really reactive. “She just feels now like she needs a few more tests; she’s still so inexperienced. Alan and I had a little tear on the way out as it just felt special to be out again. It’s been a bit testing with the weather but I’m over the moon with her. I felt I wanted to do so well but big or small, she does it all!” Behind Charlotte and Freestyle, it was the battle of the 75% scorers but the best was Gareth Hughes with wife Rebecca’s Classic Briolinca. The duo was still flying high from their performance at Compiengne CDIO a matter of weeks ago and today’s Grand Prix was even better. There was just a blip at the start of the one time changes but the rest was fairly fault free. Halts nailed, stunning piaffe and great reach in the half passes all contributed towards 75.76%. Gareth was overheard to say ‘that wasn’t on the script, I was supposed to be fourth!’. Nothing is ever a given in dressage and rarely is there a script! Charlotte finished in third with her ‘borrowed’ ride, Sonnar Murray-Brown’s Erlentanz. The pairing really wowed at Windsor in May and that form showed again today. Charlotte is deputizing for Sonnar while he mends from a broken leg but each time she competes with ‘Erly’, the likelihood of him being returned diminishes! It was a worrying time in the warm up when Erly knocked himself but a quick check by Team GBR vet Andre and lots of walking and they were good to go. The test was packed full of energy – almost a little too much at times where the aids for flying changes were misinterpreted but everything was a pleasure to watch and the score was 75.71%, just 0.05 behind Gareth. Charlotte told us; “We had an issue in the warm up when he kicked himself so I did a lot of walking but I’m really happy with him. He’s more confident and braver in the arena. I clipped him thinking it was going to be warm here and he’s been really sensitive since, particularly in the changes so that’s where our mistakes were. I don’t feel the pressure with him and he’s so much fun to ride.” Fourth spot went to Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato, owned by Carl with Lady Anne Evans and Ann Cory and today ‘Del’ was a bit on his toes which lead to some tension and Carl to ride economically. A mistake in the one time changes kept the score in check but they finished on 75.6%, just 0.11 adrift. The morning got underway early with the Owens Horseboxes five year old trial which was won by Lucinda Elliot with Judith Davis’s Hawtins Lirica (Lemony’s Nicket x Dimaggio) on an outstanding 81.81 while in the six year old division, supported by The Brooke, victory went to Alex Harwick riding her own Izaloe (Jazz x Rhodium). The final combination in the Braabners seven year old trial took the honours – that was Elizabeth Allen with her own Heraldik (Uphill x Silvano N) on 71.94. There was also an invitational Advanced Medium class, supported by Rawson Digital and Sarah Higgins took the top two spots with her rides Elixer, owned by Ellie Barlow, and Penny Lindop’s Easter Bunny II on 70.52% and 68.94% respectively. The climax of the day was the CDI small tour Inter I Freestyle, sponsored by British Dressage. First to go, Jacqueline Wing Ying Siu set 69.6% with her first ride, Jockey Club Fuerst on Tour and it proved a difficult mark to beat. That was until Carl Hester had his turn. He claimed last night’s Prix St Georges with the British bred chestnut mare Brioso who he owns with Andrew Fletcher and Charlotte Dujardin and he was focused on a small tour double. A lively routine set to equally lively music with a clever, flowing floor plan was a winner, scoring 78.52%. Carl was clearly delighted with the nine year old who he found in a local point to point yard as a four year old. “She’s just sensational to ride. In three weeks we’ve gone from wild at Somerford, improving at Wellington and then amazing here – she’s gone up the ladder tenfold. She’s classy, supple, athletic and uphill – just so nice to sit on. I’d even say she’s the nicest horse in the mouth I’ve ever ridden. I just enjoy riding her; I don’t have to worry, she’s owned by friends and if I’m loving it, they love it too. I just adore her, she’s a proper diva!” Luis Principle, last to go with RS Raphael for Portugal, stole into second with 75.8% while Jessica Dunn and Alicante Valley, owned by Jennifer Whittaker, completed the podium on 74.2%. Sadly the hard-working organising team at Bolesworth have taken the extremely difficult decision to close the show to the public for the rest of the week due to the waterlogged land – it just isn’t safe to park cars. The competition will go on and specators can watch via www.britishequestriansport.tv . Full results and times for tomorrow’s GP Special and GP Freestyle – click here
Wednesday, June 12

Equissage Pulse Para Gold Semi Finals

The great and good of British para dressage took centre stage during the first two days of the Wellington Premier League show in Heckfield, Hampshire (5 – 10 June 2019). The Waterloo Arena was the setting for the semi finals of the Equissage Pulse Para Gold Championships which attracted many of the country’s top riders competing for a coveted place at the LeMieux National Championships at Stoneleigh in September. Grade V Three-star eventer turned para dressage rider Charlotte Cundall claimed the Grade V Team Test on day one with Henrietta Cheetham’s Danish 10 year old, LJT Simply Red. She scored 69.593%, enough to have the edge over her second-placed ride, BamBam (69.244%). Charlotte, from North Yorkshire, was one of our leading ladies at Randbøl CPEDI3* in Denmark earlier this year when the British won the Nations Cup. Charlotte’s Randbøl teammate, Sophie Wells, was untouchable in the following day’s Individual, scoring 75.774% with Charlotte Hoggs’s C Fatal Attraction aka Jorge. “[We had] A good day at Wellington Riding yesterday for the Para Semi Final. Jorge did a good test to win with 75.7%,” said Sophie on Facebook . “Big well done to Charlotte Cundall for her second place, well deserved, she works so hard in every area to improve performance and is a lovely friend.” Grade IV Katie Radzik and her Florencio x Balder 12 year old C’est La Vie were victorious in the Grade IV Team Test. The contenders from Kent earned a solid 67% ahead of second-placed Rachel Collins and Finetime (by Fifty Cent). The Grade IV Individual belonged to Nicky Greenhill with her husband Gary’s King Edward I, a black 11 year old she has partnered since 2015. Nicky who is visually impaired and relies on husband Gary calling the markers to navigate the arena, took to Facebook to say, “Super proud of Eddie today winning the Semi Finals at Wellington on +71%. So much love for this horse it’s ridiculous!” Grade III Erin Orford, who was celebrating a birthday during the show, added to the festivities with a double of wins aboard her two rides. She took the Team test with her 2017 FEI European Championships and 2018 WEG partner, Dior UKH, and won the Individual with new ride LJT Diamond Crusador (pictured) scoring 72.20% and 74.92% respectively. Diamond Crusador aka Loki is a handsome six year old Diamond Hit gelding owned by the Lady Joseph Trust. He joined Erin’s stable in March this year and she describes him as ‘an exciting addition to the team’. Grade II Georgia Wilson and her British-bred mare, Midnight II, showed all the quality that led to their selection as reserves for WEG 2018. The pair from Wales, who train with Sophie Wells, enjoyed a convincing win in the Grade II Team test with a mark of plus-71%. Julie Payne who famously won triple gold with Athene Lindebjerg at the 2017 Europeans was on top form with long-term ride Pandora. Pandora has been a faithful servant to Julie and at the age of 18 years young is looking as good as ever. The established pair won the Grade II Individual convincingly with 74.191%. Grade I Mari Durward-Akhurst and Sky O’Hara won the Team and Individual with 71.16% and 72.23% respectively. Sky O’Hara, a 20 year old Welt Hit II gelding owned by Glesni Owen has been Mari’s competition partner since 2012 and they're the reigning Equissage Pulse Para Gold Grade I Champions. Mari is looking forward to defending her title at Stoneleigh and what’s more, she has two rides qualified having secured the Individual test runner-up spot with her 10 year old Laudabilis gelding, Lebensfreude who's affectionately known as ‘Bear’. “I do not think the fact that I came first and second yesterday has sunk in yet” said Mari on Facebook . “Or the fact that I got over 70% with Bear and 72%+ with Sky! Or the fact that I have qualified both boys for the Gold Nationals! Hard work really does pay off and I cannot thank my team enough! British Dressage thanks Niagara Equissage for their sponsorship of the Equissage Pulse Para Dressage Championships and the team at Wellington Riding for putting on a fantastic event. Congratulations to all the winners listed below and to all those who took part. The winners: Wednesday 5 June Class 1: Equissage Pulse Grade V Team Test Charlotte Cundall with LJT Simply Red, 69.593% Class 2: Equissage Pulse Grade IV Team Test Katie Radzik with C’est La Vie, 67.000% Class 3: Equissage Pulse Grade III Team Test Erin Orford with Dior UKH, 72.206% Class 4: Equissage Pulse Grade II Team Test Georgia Wilson with Midnight II, 71.061% Class 5: Equissage Pulse Grade I Team Test Mari Durward-Akhurst with Sky O’Hara, 71.161% Thursday 6 June Class 10: Equissage Pulse Grade V Individual Test Sophie Wells with C Fatal Attraction. 75.774% Class 11: Equissage Pulse Grade IV Individual Test Nicky Greenhill with King Edward I, 71.159% Class 12: Equssage Pulse Grade III Individual Test Erin Orford with LJT Diamond Crusador, 74.926% Class 13: Equissage Pulse Grade II Individual Test Julie Payne with Pandora, 74.191% Class 14: Equissage Pulse Grade I Individual Test Mari Durward-Akhurst with Sky O’Hara, 72.232% For full results follow this link .
Wednesday, June 12

Principles of Judging Seminar: Timetable announced!

With FEI 5* judges Isobel Wessels and Clive Halsall, plus FEI 4* judge and BD Judges Director Peter Storr lined up to present this year’s Principles of Judging Seminar, the BD Training and Education team is delighted to release the complete timetable for the weekend. Visit Moulton College on Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 October 2019 to benefit from the wealth of expertise shared between our three hosts. All members are welcome, whether rider, coach, judge, owner, breeder or supporter, non-judge tickets allow access to the live arena demonstrations taking place in the Moulton College Indoor throughout the weekend.  The arena sessions will be test riding discussion and development focused, with the added opportunity for those in the audience to enjoy an interative element by scoring and commenting throughout demonstrations. Listed and trainee judges also have access to exclusive lecture theatre sessions where Isobel, Clive and Peter will further delve into discussion on the specific talking points detailed in the timetable.  Saturday 6th October 10.00 - 10.45  Indoor Arena  - Quality of Paces  All       10.45 Comfort break         11.00 - 12.00 Indoor Arena  - Elementary 59: Discuss and Develop  List 4 - 3a Sports Hall  - Understanding the Way of Going and Quality of Paces Trainee - List 5       12.00 Comfort break         12.15 - 13.15 Indoor Arena  - Intro C: Discuss and Develop Trainee - List 5 Sports Hall  - Lateral Work List 4 - 3a       13.15 - 14.15 Lunch         14.15 - 15.15 Indoor Arena  - Medium 75: Discuss and Develop List 4 - 3a Sports Hall  - Scale of Marks and Summing up Trainee - List 5       15.15 Comfort break         15.30 - 16.30 Indoor Arena  - Prelim 17: Discuss and Develop Trainee - List 5 Sports Hall  - Walk and Walk Pirouettes List 4 - 3a Sunday 7 October 2018 10.00 - 10.45  Indoor Arena  - Way of going All       10.45 Comfort break         11.00 - 12.00 Indoor Arena  - Adv Med 98: Discuss and Develop  List 4 - 3a Sports Hall  - Expectations of transitions and differences within the paces Trainee - List 5       12.00 Comfort break         12.15 - 13.15 Indoor Arena  - Novice 37a: Discuss and Develop Trainee - List 5 Sports Hall  - Simple changes and flying changes List 4 - 3a       13.15 - 14.15 Lunch         14.15 - 15.15 Indoor Arena  - PSG: Discuss and Develop List 4 - 3a Sports Hall  - Preparation for panel judging and practice judge P19, N37a and E59 Trainee - List 5       15.15 Comfort break         15.30 - 16.30 Indoor Arena  - Elementary 59: Discuss and Develop Trainee - List 5 Sports Hall  - Preparation for panel judging and practice judge M75, AM98 and PSG List 4 - 3a There’s only two days left to benefit from the early bird ticket discounts, buy your tickets online here or call the Training and Education team to book over the phone on 02476 698831.
Tuesday, June 11

Hindle and Romy Del Sol on song at Wiesbaden CDI4*

Emma Hindle and Romy Del Sol posted top results amongst strong company at Wiesbaden CDI4* in Germany (7 – 10 June 2019). Sunday’s Grand Prix for Special featured a high-powered field, with Katrina Wüst (GER), Peter Hansaghy (HUN), Isobel Wessels (GBR), Oliver Smeets (BEL) and Henning Lehrmann (GER) in the judges’ seats. The class was ultimately won by German maestro Isabell Werth and DSP Quantaz, with Matthias Alexander Rath and Foundation and Dorothee Schneider with Pathetique making a German one-two-three. A cracking score of 71.06% however placed Emma and her Blue Hors Romanov x Danny De Vito mare (pictured last year) within tantalisingly close reach of the home nation’s leading trio. In 2018, Emma made a plan to go ‘on tour’, taking Romy Del Sol out into the world and exposing her to new environments. It’s a plan that’s certainly paying off. The horse is more secure in her work, Emma can ride for the higher marks, and their trademark harmony is being recognised and rewarded by the judges. The CDI, which takes place in front of the magnificent baroque backdrop of the Biebrich Palace, continued into Monday. In yesterday’s Grand Prix Special, Emma went one better to take third behind Werth and Schneider on a solid mark of 71.53%. Her compatriot Laura Tomlinson with her own and Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s fabulous Rhodium x San Remo stallion, Duval’s Capri Sonne Jr, also climbed the ranks. Some mistakes in the Grand Prix kept their score in check for seventh but a super Grand Prix Special for 70.63% earned fourth for this exciting combination. The Grand Prix for Freestyle and Grand Prix Freestyle were won by Germany’s Ingrid Klimke with the 11 year old Hanoverian stallion, Franziskus (Fidertanz x Alabaster) on scores of 74.26% and 80.68% respectively. Above: Laura Tomlinson and Duval's Capri Sonne Jr en route to seventh in the Grand Prix Results of the British riders: Grand Prix (qualification for Special) 1st Isabell Werth with DSP Quantaz, 75.087% (GER) 4th Emma Hindle with Romy Del Sol, 71.065% (GBR) 7th Laura Tomlinson with Duval’s Capri Sonne Jr, 67.543% (GBR) Grand Prix Special 1st Isabell Werth with DSP Quantaz, 76.255% (GER) 3rd Emma Hindle with Romy Del Sol, 71.532% (GBR) 4th Laura Tomlinson with Duval’s Capri Sonne Jr, 70.638% (GBR) For full results follow this link . Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Tuesday, June 11

Fry and Everdale on fire at Kronenberg CDI3*

On only their second big tour appearance, hot prospects Charlotte Fry and Van Olst Horses' Everdale once again showed much promise for Great Britain with two top-three placings at Kronenberg CDI3* in the Netherlands (7 – 10 June 2019). The rising partnership achieved third in Friday’s Grand Prix behind the Belgian combinations of Fanny Verliefden with Indoctro V/D Steenblok (Rubin Royal x Gribaldi) and Laurence Roos with Fil Rouge (Stedinger x Argentinus). The British pair earned a score of 70.565% from judges Frederico Pinteus (POR) at E, Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel (NED) at H, Freddy Leyman (BEL) at C, Christoph Hess (GER) at M and Maarten Van Der Heijden (NED) at B. Charlotte, who is reigning FEI U25 European Champion with Dark Legend and famously piloted Glamourdale to victory in the seven-year-old title at the 2018 Longines FEI WBFSH World Breeding Championships, is a key player in the development of the Van Olsts’ world class competition horses. This is evidenced in the superb introduction she’s giving Everdale to the big stage. Just last month, in Compiègne, she and Everdale won the Freestyle on the stallion’s international Grand Prix debut, and at Kronenberg they stole the show yet again. On Sunday, for his first Grand Prix Special, the elegant black Everdale (Lord Leatherdale x Negro), now 10, was coolly ridden by Charlotte for 71.42% to take close second behind the winning Belgian challenger, Verliefden. The young Brit also shone in the small tour, winning the Prix St Georges with Fendi T, Anne Van Olst’s nine-year-old Negro x Lester gelding. They achieved a score of 71.20% before going on to claiming second in the Intermediate I (68.76%). Results of the British rider: CDI3* Grand Prix 1st Fanny Verliefden with Indoctro V/D Steenblok, 71.304% (BEL) 3rd Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 70.565% (GBR) CDI3* Grand Prix Special 1st Fanny Verliefden with Indoctro V/D Steenblok, 71.447% (BEL) 2nd Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 71.426% (GBR) CDI3* Prix St Georges 1st Charlotte Fry with Fendi T, 71.206% (GBR) CDI3* Intermediate I 1st Geert Jan Raateland with Painted, 68.882% (NED) 2nd Charlotte Fry with Fendi T, 68.765% (GBR) For full results follow this link .
Thursday, June 6

Farewell Escapado

Carl Hester’s former team ride Escapado has sadly passed away at the age of 26. Bought as five year old by Roly Luard, the Oldenburg son of Ex Libris went on to play a pivotal role in Carl’s international career. They accumulated domestic accolades including the 2004 National Champion title, they won international Grands Prix, were highest placed Brits with a 13th place at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and flew to Los Angeles for the 2005 FEI World Cup™ Final. Later that same year, they were on the British team at the FEI European Championships in Hagen, Germany, where they achieved a sensational third in the Grand Prix Special which, at the time, Carl said was “the best ride I have had on any horse”. Escapado later teamed up with the Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud as the first international Grand Prix horse for the now well-known Dutchman. In 2011, at the age of 18, Escapado returned to the UK to commence a long and happy retirement with his former groom, Caroline Dawson. Carl paid tribute to Escapado on Facebook ; “Sad day today as I said goodbye to a very special friend, Escapado aka Peanuts. He was 26yrs old and took me from last place in Aachen in 2003 to the highest placed Brit at Athens Olympics 2004, then finishing third in the Special at the 2005 European Champs. Peanuts then took Hans Peter Minderhoud to the start of his international career before we took him back to retire at 18 years old. "I want to thank his faithful groom and my friend Caroline [Dawson] for giving him a gorgeous retirement. Peanuts lived out his days with two Shetland ponies who he adored. I can’t thank Caroline enough for his last few years, he will be much missed.” The memory of Escapado will be firmly etched in the hearts of those who knew him, those who followed his career, and also in the history of the sport.
Wednesday, June 5

Leading lights hotfoot it to Bolesworth

Major British and continental dressage stars are heading to this year’s Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show (12 – 16 June 2019). The show is set to host a number of viewing trials for the FEI WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championships for Young Horses as well as the prestigious Equitop Myoplast CDI3* Grand Prix and Freestyle. Following its huge success over the past two years, the Wednesday and Thursday will see top-level dressage return with the Bolesworth CDI3* attracting leading riders to the magnificent Cheshire estate. Big names to look out for on the dressage front are Carl Hester and Britain’s golden girl, Charlotte Dujardin MBE, who so enjoyed last year’s show. Carl and Charlotte will be riding their current top rides, Hawtins Delicato and Mount St John Freestyle (pictured). They’ll be joined by Richard Davison and Bubblingh, Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca and Emile Faurie with Café’s Caletta to name just a few. Wednesday afternoon will play host to the Equitop Myoplast CDI3* Grand Prix and the evening will include a demonstration with Carl Hester and Peter Storr. Following his hugely successful demonstrations over the past two years, Carl has teamed up with renowned dressage rider, trainer and FEI 4* Judge, Peter, for the 2019 event. This well-known duo will bring to spectators a fascinating showcase titled - ‘80% Is The New 70%’ – Through The Eyes Of The Judges’ – on Wednesday, 12 June at 6.40pm. Carl is simply legendary in the sport of dressage having ridden and produced so many horses to Grand Prix level over the years. A multi-garlanded gold medallist across so many championships teams, Carl is also held in high regard for training a plethora of leading dressage riders in the modern-day sport. Carl’s latest star is the 11 year old Diamond Hit son, Hawtins Delicato - an attractive dark bay gelding that he co-owns with Lady Anne Evans and Ann Cory. Together they formed part of the bronze medal winning team at last year’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina. Charlotte returns with Mount St John Freestyle, the bay mare who was so successful at last year’s show. Bolesworth International is the mare’s first competition since WEG where the pair led the British team to win bronze and came away with individual bronze after the Grand Prix Special. Emile Faurie is one of the country’s leading international riders and trainers and has represented Great Britain at World, European and Olympic level. He was part of the bronze medal winning team at last year’s WEG, riding Dono Dimaggio. VIP Hospitality experiences are still available for all sessions throughout the event, and are the perfect way to enjoy the show up close with access to the luxury ringside marquee and fine dining. General admission tickets with 20% off gate prices can still be bought online at www.bolesworthinternational.com
Tuesday, June 4

RDA marks 50th anniversary with 50 Faces campaign

To celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2019, Riding for the Disabled Association is marking the milestone through its 50 Faces campaign, telling the stories of some of the amazing people who make RDA the extraordinary organisation it is today. Para Dressage rider, Sophie Christiansen, adds her story to the 50 Faces explaining how without RDA she wouldn’t be where she is today, and her ambitions for continued success and her desire to help other riders achieve their dreams. Here we meet… Sophie Christiansen Eight time Paralympic gold medallist, Sophie Christiansen, would never have even sat on a horse if it wasn’t for RDA. Sophie was born two months prematurely with cerebral palsy and began riding at the age of six on the recommendation of a physiotherapist who believed in the benefit of horse riding for children with disabilities. Instead of doing PE at school, Sophie attended her local RDA Centre, South Bucks RDA. Said Sophie: “I guess riding gave me a sense of freedom, I couldn’t walk or run like the other children but when I sat on a horse I felt free and it kind of escalated from there. “I was always quite sporty and used to love playing football and hockey but I was rubbish at them and kept falling over. Dressage was the only sport I was good at, so I was determined to see how far I could go.” At 16, Sophie was the youngest athlete for Great Britain to compete at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, returning home with an unexpected bronze medal, having originally just travelled to the Games to gain valuable experience. Now a Paralympic veteran, Sophie says her most memorable moment came at London 2012 when the 10,000 capacity crowd erupted at the end of her Freestyle test. “I had specifically put the test together to be very British and I was coming out of the arena and the audience had been told not to clap because of health and safety. I could feel the anticipation in the air and my brother and two cousins whipped off their shirts to reveal ‘We love Sophie’ written on their chests. As they shouted ‘We love you, Sophie’, the whole crowd joined in. “There are no words to describe that feeling – I still get a bit emotional thinking about it now!” Sophie acknowledges that without riding and RDA she wouldn’t be the person she is today as it has given her the confidence to accept her disability. “I work as a software developer for investment bank, Goldman Sachs, and so many of the skills I use in day-to-day life are testament to how RDA and riding has helped me develop. Without getting on a horse I wouldn’t be where I am today. RDA has a lot to answer for!” added Sophie. Looking to the future, Sophie aims to compete at Tokyo 2020 but is also working towards leaving a legacy to help other riders make the transition from RDA therapy riding to Para Dressage. To achieve this Sophie has launched a membership club to raise money and get people closer to the action of Para Dressage as well as share her journey with members from RDA to winning gold. For more information about Sophie’s membership club visit www.sophiechristiansen.co.uk/goldclub You can read Sophie’s story, and meet the other 49 Faces of RDA at www.rda.org.uk  
Monday, June 3

Susan Pape and Harmony's Don Noblesse win in Hamburg

Great Britain’s Susan Pape and Harmony’s Don Noblesse were on winning form last week at Hamburg CDI4* in Germany (29 May – 2 June). Following their success at Hagen CDI4* in April, Susan and Don Noblesse’s Hamburg campaign began in superb style with second place in Thursday’s CDI4* Grand Prix. Frederic Wandres with his 2018 Olympia CDI-W winning partner Duke of Britain claimed the class for Germany, the British pairing scored 71.739% for second. On to Saturday, Susan and Don Noblesse (Dancier x Don Davidoff) - a 12-year-old black stallion owned by Colorado-based Harmony Sporthorses - delivered a well-executed, expressive, winning routine on their CDI Freestyle debut riding to a captivating Coldplay compilation produced by Ralf Roder. The unanimous winners in the eyes of the judging panel of E: Hans-Christian Matthieson (GER), H: Raphael Saleh (FRA), C: Isobel Wessels (GBR), M: Ulrike Nivelle (GER) and B: Elke Ebert (GER), the pair was awarded 75.850%, a clear five percent in front of their closest rivals, Sweden’s Charlotte Haid Bondergaard with Roberto Des Frettes (70.550%). Frederic Wandres and Duke of Britain won the Grand Prix Special. “So mega proud of Harmony's Don Noblesse in Hamburg,” said Susan on Facebook. “We were able to win the freestyle! My big thanks to Leslie and John Malone [of Harmony Sporthorses] who make this possible to me!” CDI4* Grand Prix 1st Frederic Wandres with Duke of Britain, 73.761% (GER) 2nd Susan Pape with Harmony’s Don Noblesse, 71.739% (GBR) 15th Susan Pape with Grafit, 66.630% (GBR) Full results CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle 1st Susan Pape with Harmony’s Don Noblesse, 75.850% (GBR) Full results
Wednesday, May 29

BD abroad: Uggerhalne

A development quartet was selected for the second European instalment of the FEI Nations CupTM at the Equitour Aalborg show in Uggerhalne, hosted by Danish entrepreneur Andreas Helgstrand. Louise Bell was the ‘veteran’ of the team having been in one previous Nations Cup team at Hickstead last year while Sara Gallop, Liz Diegutis and Georgia Stokes were all awarded their red pocket flag for the first time representing Great Britain on an international team. Rainy, blustery conditions met the riders on arrival which weren’t ideal but the quartet coped well in a high pressure situation. Extra nerves, wind, competing in a team for the first time and a huge international stage kept some scores in check but Sara Gallop and her own Bandreo put in a really strong performance in the first round to earn a top ten place with 69.17%, an International personal best in the Grand Prix. The team may have missed out on a podium finish but the experience gained will last a lifetime and only drive them forwards with their careers and training. Liz Diegutis took to Facebook on arrival home after two long days of travel to say; “What can I say? I achieved a dream this last week and it’s just made me hungry for more in a sport I adore and given more dreams I want to achieve!” What a great way to sum up an amazing experience. For full results – click here CDIO Grand Prix 1. Daniel Bachmann Andersen with Blue Hors Don Olymbrio (DEN), 77.65% 10. Sara Gallop with her own Bandreo, 69.17% 15. Louise Bell with her own Into the Blue, 66.56% 18. Georgia Stokes with her own Talented Mr Ripley, 64.45% 19. Liz Diegutis with her own Saskia Hit, 61.34% Grand Prix Special 1. Daniel Bachmann Andersen with Blue Hors Don Olymbrio (DEN), 78.8% 8. Sara Gallop with her own Bandreo, 66.76% 9. Georgia Stokes with her own Talented Mr Ripley, 65.85% Grand Prix Freestyle 1. Agnete Kirk Thinggaard with Jojo AZ (DEN), 77.48% 7. Louise Bell with her own Into the Blue, 71.66% 9. Liz Diegutis with her own Saskia Hit, 68.59% FEI Nations Cup 1. Denmark, 16 2. Sweden, 20 3. Germany, 43 4. Finland, 57 5. Great Britain, 67 CDI – Small Tour Prix St Georges 1. Nanna Skodborg Merrald with Blue Hors St Schufro (DEN), 77.23% 14. Rebecca Edwards with her own Fantasia, 65% Inter I 1. Nanna Skodborg Merrald with Blue Hors St Schufro (DEN), 77.23% Ret Rebecca Edwards with her own Fantasia, 65% CDIU25 Inter II 1. Victoria E. Vallentin with Ludwig der Sonnenkoenig 2 (DEN), 74.75% 8. Ellen Mccarthy with Bridget Maccarthy’s Belafonte, 66.07% U25 Grand Prix 1. Victoria E. Vallentin with Ludwig der Sonnenkoenig 2 (DEN), 72.26% 7. Ellen Mccarthy with Bridget Maccarthy’s Belafonte, 66.32%  
Wednesday, May 29

Somerford showcases premier talent

Four days of Premier League dressage at Somerford Park proved a resounding success with strong entries across all classes over the bank holiday weekend (24 -27 May 2019). Sophie Wells, both a leading light in para dressage and prolific competitor on the able bodied circuit, was unbeatable in the Small Tour classes she contested. Aboard C Fatal Attraction (pictured), with whom she’s reigning Grade V Individual and Freestyle World Champion, Sophie set the standard in Saturday’s 39-strong Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges. She scored 74.21% to take victory ahead of talented young rider Dylan Deutrom (21) with William Deans’ San Marco, though twenty four hours on it was Dylan’s turn to taste victory, winning Sunday’s PSG on 74.08%, with the new combination of Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Valencia on their coat tails with 73.03% On Saturday, Sophie said, “I’m thrilled with the win today, he’s not done a straight able bodied test since April last year. We were concentrating on WEG last year and this year wanted to get in the arena to do some changes as he gets quite excited. His general way of going is so much better and the quality is really coming.” Sophie and ‘Jorge’, as the 12 year old Fidertanz son is known, also won Sunday’s Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I with another cracking score of 73.33%, with Michael Eilberg and Sarotti 57 and Carl Hester with Brioso II completing the top three. Sophie also earned fourth in both the Cavalor Inter II and LeMieux Grand Prix with her up-and-coming Grand Prix mare, Diadeem. “Wow wow wow what a weekend at Somerford Premier League. I am bursting with pride for both of them…” is how Sophie began her concluding comment on Sophie Wells MBE Dressage Facebook . The combination of Katie Bailey and Eagle Nouvelle landed a win in Saturday’s Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I, continuing their run of good form with a score of 71.84% for owner Hannah Dovey. “He felt quite ‘go-ey’ today so I had to rein him in a little bit,” said Katie who trains with Charlotte Dujardin. “But it was a clean test and I was pleased with the changes and my left canter pirouette was very good. He was very consistent and I was really happy with him.” A seven and a half hour trip from the Devon and Cornwall border proved successful for Holly Kerslake with Carl Trock’s 10 year old Welsh Cob stallion Valhallas Zorro who clinched Saturday's Pony Team Test. The pair, who were double winners at Keysoe CDI earlier this year, were awarded a score of 71.54%. “I was really happy with the test. We’ve been working on some stuff at home which came off in the arena so he was a really good boy,” said Holly. “My major goal for this year is the Europeans.” English student Rebecca Bell took a short trip out from Oxford University to claim the Young Rider Team Test on a score of 69.74%. The 2015 Pony European team gold medallist said, “I’ve been campaigning for European selection, and I’ve got to prove consistency so I’m really pleased with today’s result.” Sunday’s LeMieux Grand Prix hosted a healthy field of twenty. An on-form Tom Goode and Dior III (Gribaldi x Goodtimes) registered a score of 70.34% to finish second, with Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato (Diamond Hit x Regazzoni) repeating their 2018 victory to take the class by a plus three percent margin. Fresh from Compiègne CDIO where they were part of the winning British team in the FEI Nations Cup™, Carl and ‘Del’ delivered a high quality if not error-free performance to lead the class with a score 73.72% from the judging panel of Norway’s Trond Asmyr (E), Stephen Clarke (H), Clive Halsall (M), France’s Jean-Michel Roudier (B) and Peter Storr (C). “Hawtins Delicato wins the Grand Prix today at Somerford. Not perfect yet - you get some bits better, then compromise on others, but always fun to ride!” said Carl on Facebook . Megan Ingham, riding her mother Coral Ingham’s 18 years young Wanadoo (by Wolkenstein II), claimed the U25 Grand Prix with a promising score of 68.84%. Megan and Wanadoo have been together for two years and have only ridden two Inter IIs so Megan was thrilled with the win in their first U25 Grand Prix. “He’s an absolute superstar,” she said. “He’s always been a challenge but he’s a dream to ride and he is the best team mate in the world. “This is a new personal best and I’m absolutely amazed, it’s the hardest test I’ve ever done so I’m over the moon,” she added. Looking towards the rest of the season? “A couple more Inter IIs are on the cards this season and I’m hoping to go abroad with the U25s and possibly a couple more Grands Prix by the end of the year.” Sarah Higgins proved a prolific winner throughout the weekend taking Saturday's Cavalor Inter II and Monday’s Inter I, sponsored by Saracen Horse Feeds. “I’ve had a great weekend, I’ve had quite a few horses here and feel quite weary!” said Sarah. “My best result to date was my win in the Inter II on Saturday on Sarah Rao’s Alfranco. I was terrified as it’s a very new level to me and only my second time I’ve ridden at that level, although ‘Alfie’ is super experienced and just awesome. He held my hand the whole way through.” Another Monday winner was Cara Shardlow from North Yorkshire with Detonator II, her 13 year old son of Demonstrator. Cara was over the moon with her win particularly as they’ve only made a recent return to competition following injury. “It means so much to come here and win today and is just the motivation I need,” said Cara. “[I’m] looking forward to competing the rest of the season and hoping to do some more Premier Leagues.” Winner of Monday's Pony Team Test was Steffi Tomlinson with Tracy Tomlinson’s Vivassa, a 12 year old chestnut daughter of Vivaldi – a combination long listed for the Pony European Championships in August. “We had a few mistakes but [I’m] still really pleased,” said Steffi. “Her canter work is always her best work, but her trot work did improve in the test.” British Dressage thanks all the class sponsors and the team at Somerford Park for putting on a fantastic event. Congratulations to all the winners listed below and to all those who took part. The winners: Friday 24 May Class 1: Shearwater Young Horse 4YO Qualifier Tom Goode with Special Diva Class 2: Shearwater Young Horse 5YO Qualifier Darcas Lever with Sandrovski Class 3: Shearwater Young Horse 6YO Qualifier Melissa Chapman with Inocencio DHI Class 4: Medium 73 Ryan Todd with Mount St John Di Romantica, 71.03% Class 5: Equine Construction Advanced Medium 96 Tom Goode with Sakira, 70.39% Saturday 25 May Class 6: Hickstead British Young Horse National 5YO Qualifier Charlie Hutton with Active Scalini, 7.88 Class 7: Hickstead British Young Horse National 6YO Qualifier Michael Eilberg with MSJ Dante VX, 8.02 Class 8: Hickstead British Young Horse FEI 5YO Qualifier Lucinda Elliott with Hawtins Lirica, 8.22 Class 9: Hickstead British Young Horse FEI 6YO Qualifier Michael Eilberg with MSJ Dante VX, 8.14 Class 10: Cavalor Intermediate II Sarah Higgins with Alfranco, 68.55% Class 11: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Katie Bailey with Eagle Nouvelle, 71.84% Class 12: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Sophie Wells with C Fatal Attraction, 74.21% Class 13: FEI 7 YO Preliminary Test Tom Goode with Feine Schufro, 72.08% Class 14: Prix St Georges Freestyle Eilidh Grant with Eranda Retto, 71.96% Class 15a: Pony Team Test Holly Kerslake with Valhallas Zorro, 71.54% Class 15b: Junior Team Test Clare Hole with Winnetou GEP, 67.64% Class 15c: Young Rider Team Test Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit, 69.74% Sunday 26 May Class 16: Equine Construction Advanced Medium Jessie Kirby with Bell Amie I, 68.60% Class 17: U25 Grand Prix Megan Ingham with Wanadoo, 68.84% Class 18: LeMieux Grand Prix Carl Hester with Hawtins Delicato, 73.72% Class 19: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Sophie Wells with C Fatal Attraction, 73.33% Class 20: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Dylan Deutrom with San Marco, 74.08% Class 21: Pony Individual Test Emilia Nelson with WFS Top Red, 68.41% Monday 27 May Class 22: Pony Team Test Steffi Tomlinson with Vivassa, 68.97% Class 23: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Cara Shardlow with Detonator II, 68.68% Class 24: Equine Construction Advanced Medium Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John Valencia, 75.57% Class 25: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I| Sarah Higgins with Waldessarini, 71.10% Class 26: Grand Prix Special Ryan Todd with Charlex Eskebjerg, 68.46% For full results click here
Thursday, May 23

BD abroad: Uggerhalne CDIO4* & CDIU25

The following riders have been selected to represent Great Britain this week at Uggerhalne CDIO4* & CDIU25 in Denmark (23 – 25 May 2019). The Equitour Aalborg show in Uggerhalne has evolved into one of Europe’s largest dressage and show jumping internationals, hosted by Danish equestrian mogul Andreas Helgstrand. BD International Teams Director Judy Harvey expressed her delight in fielding a British team at this event for the first time; "We’re thrilled to give the next level of British Grand Prix riders the opportunity to gain team experience at an exciting event. This week’s team are new to the level whilst last week we saw a team at almost full strength take the win in Compiegne’s 5* Nations Cup Competition. "Louise Bell is an experienced competitor in great form. She enjoyed super results at Windsor earlier this month and has already arrived in Uggerhalne with Into the Blue settling in well. She’s joined by former Junior team member Liz Diegutis who’ll enjoy a debut senior team experience and continue to build for the future, alongside Saskia Hit she has a lovely young horse waiting in the wings. Georgia Stokes was over the moon to receive her senior team call up and brings a super home produced horse to the competition, whilst Sara Gallop has the chance to give her talented stallion Bandreo some good exposure at Nations Cup level - we’re sure she’ll deliver the goods. "Overall, it’s an amazing opportunity to widen the base of the pyramid of potential team riders and improve our strength and depth.” CDIO4* Nations Cup Louise Bell from Oxfordshire with her own and Tonya Wood’s Into the Blue (roan, gelding, 13yrs, s. Ublesco ds. Calvaro Z). Elizabeth Diegutis from Hampshire with her own Saskia Hit (bay, mare, 14yrs, s. Sandro Hit). Sara Gallop from Gloucestershire with her own Summerhouse Bandreo (bay, stallion, 13yrs, s. Sandreo ds. Bruin). Georgia Stokes from Cornwall with her own Talented Mr Ripley (bay, gelding, 14yrs, s. Nekton). CDI3* Small Tour Rebecca Edwards from Berkshire with her own Fantasia I (liver chestnut, mare, 10yrs, s. Florencio I). CDIU25 Rebecca Edwards from Berkshire with Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Delegate (chestnut, gelding, 16yrs, s. Dimaggio ds. Akut). Ellie Mccarthy from Hampshire with Bridget Mccarthy’s Belafonte (chestnut, gelding, 15yrs, s. Belissimo M ds. Wendekreis). For times and results click here .
Wednesday, May 22

Stellar line up at Somerford Park PL

Excitement is building as we head into this Bank Holiday’s Somerford Park Premier League in Cheshire, 24 - 27 May 2019. A stellar line up of British Dressage’s elite, will be on hand to produce a dazzling display of dressage including Carl Hester, Charlotte Dujardin, Michael and Maria Eilberg, Emile Faurie, Becky Moody, Charlie Hutton, Amy Woodhead, Anders Dahl and Isobel Wessels to name just a few. Spectators can expect to see a full range of talent throughout the weekend, Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato will launch a bid to retain their Grand Prix title, with the a special prize from Firmdale Hotel Group presented to the winning owner. ‘The Premier League Dressage has always been well supported and we’re thrilled that this year has seen such high entries,’ said Event Organiser Millie King. ‘We’re very excited to have both Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin heading the line up of Britain’s dressage elite across the weekend, it’s always a wonderful opportunity for spectators in the North West to watch and be inspired by these world-class individuals.’ Don’t miss out on four action packed days of competition and fun for all the family at Somerford Park Premier League Dressage Show, Cheshire this bank holiday weekend. Somerford Park is situated half way between Congleton and Holmes Chapel, on the main A54 with easy access from the M6 at junction 18. Gates open from 8am. Entry is charged at £10 per car. If you show your BD membership card this will allow you free access. For further information go to www.somerfordparkpremierleage.com
Wednesday, May 22

Team GBR are champions of Compiegne

Britain’s riders across the international levels were in dominant form at the 2019 Compiegne CDI in northern France. The feature class was the first European leg of the FEI Nations Cup TM Series and we selected a very strong team in Carl Hester with Ann Cory, Lady Anne Evans and his own Hawtins Delicato, Gareth Hughes with Julia Hornig, Rebecca Hughes and his own Classic Briolinca, Richard Davison with Gwendolyn Meyer and his own Bubbling and senior team debutante Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend who she jointly owns with Van Olst Horses. Newbie Charlotte was first to go in the Grand Prix with her 2018 FEI U25 European Freestyle Champion Dark Legacy and they had a great warm up but the horse was unsettled by the entry gate just before the start of the test and the duo found it tough to recover enough to get the high marks. But ‘Lottie’ kept her cool and stuck to the task at hand to get the team underway with a solid score of 67.08%. From the expectation of youth to the experience of years, Richard Davison followed with his homebred Bubblingh who had a great show at Windsor just days ago. The Lingh gelding is becoming more and more relaxed on the international stage and a 72.67% was a useful addition to the team. Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca had a great show at Compiegne last year and the mare clearly loves the venue and showed a bit of unwanted piaffe in her first halt, just to show her delight at being in the arena but she soon settled well and showed her extraordinary talent in the piaffe and passage plus some lovely changes to score 74.96%, a new international PB for this test. Then it was the turn of Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato in their first international outing together since the World Equestrian Games. As with Gareth and Briolinca it was a slightly edgy start with the Diamond Hit British-bred gelding clearly in a cheeky mood and not fully focused on his rider. The test still oozed brilliance and that bit of Hester magic to post 76.34%. Sweden’s Patrik Kittel was the GP winner with his star performer Well Done de la Roche CMF, the duo were part of the winning Nations Cup team here last year – could it be a repeat performance? Gareth and Carl were nominated to contest the Special while Richard and Lottie were in the Freestyle mix. Carl was drawn third last to go and again, ‘Del’ was on his toes and niggling mistakes kept the score to a more than respectable 75.31% but still huge mark towards the team total. Gareth followed immediately and Briolinca clearly had got her focused ears on and their test was a pleasure to watch. Focus, harmony, athleticism, expression, partnership; the test had it all and the judges agreed in awarding 77.17%, as second international PB of the weekend and eventual victory of the class. It was also a great score towards the team tally. Lottie and Dark Legend were back on song in the Freestyle and 72.01% all but sealed the Nations Cup victory even before Richard and ‘Bubbles’ set foot in the arena. Richard certainly raised the roof with his characteristic ‘gangsta’ routine to 75.67% to cement gold in the team competition and sixth spot for himself overall. Lottie was just two places behind in eighth. Team GBR finished on 24 points, three clear of Sweden and a development team from the USA were third on 51. In the CDI3* Big Tour, we had three riders in action. In a weekend of debuts, Lottie Fry rode Everdale (Lord Leatherdale x Negro) in their first senior CDI together. She jointly owns the black stallion with her employers, Van Olst Horses and the duo were impressive to score 70.41% Daniel Watson was the next Brit to go with Nicola Naylor’s faithful partner Amadeus VI and they scored 66.28%. Then it was the turn of the vastly experienced Emma Hindle with her Blue Horse Romanov mare Romy Del Sol. The ultra-sensitive mare has shown huge potential in her two years at GP level and has a mixed record of scores but in the sunshine of Compiegene she and her rider were on song to score 70.45% which left them second overall. Charlotte was fourth and Daniel 19th. In the Freestyle, which all three opted to do, our riders dominated with Lottie taking the win on a huge 76.07%, Emma second with 75.57% and Daniel in 10th with 69.45%. In the Small Tour division we also fielded three riders, a very busy Lottie being one of them. In another debut, it was her 2018 World Young Horse Champion Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale x Negro) in his first full international competition and he didn’t disappoint any of his fans with two victories on 77%+ scores. Jess Dunn has been in great international form this spring with a brace of wins at Saumur and she’s carried her form on with Jennifer Whittaker’s Alicante Valley as they finished on the podium just behind Lottie in both tests. Katie Bailey had mixed fortunes with Leslie Forelee’s Boccelli 6 in her first senior CDI abroad. Nerves go the better of the Gloucestershire rider in the PSG and an error of course pegged the score back to 67.08% and 25th place but in the Inter I the duo were back to the form they’ve shown to score 71.91% to give a completely British podium. Rebecca Swaine and Bon Jovi, by Krack C, were our lone representatives in the Young Rider ranks and they had a strong show. In the opening Team test they finished third, followed by a fifth in the Individual test and then saved the best until last for the Freestyle where they won with 73.71%. Jessica McConkey and Lady Gaga flew the flag in a competitive junior division with this being their third international this year. They finished 11th in the Team test and 13th in both the Individual and Freestyle. Three riders featured in the Pony competition, Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, Lily Laughton with Steendieks Cadillac and Hermione Tottman riding Brasil. Over the three tests, Annabella rode fantastically with her smart palomino and occupied every position on the podium. Her campaign got off to the perfect start with a win in the Team test on 71.04% and on Individual day a strong score of 71.89% put them third while on Sunday she climbed on place to runner up spot in the Freestyle with a cracking 76.93% Hermione finished 11th, 14th and 9th while Lily was 11th and 18th, just missing out on a Freestyle spot. This trip to France was certainly a successful one with some great scores, amazing wins and selection-earning performances – a great start to the summer season. Full results – click here Photo - © PSV J. Morel www.psvphoto.com British placings CDIO5* - FEI Nations Cup Grand Prix 1. Patrik Kittel with Well Done De La Roche CMF (SWE), 77.28% 2. Carl Hester with Hawtins Delicato, 76.34% 5. Gareth Hughes with Classic Briolinca, 74.69% 7. Richard Davison with Bubblingh, 72.67% 27. Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 67.08% Team standings after GP 1. GBR 14 2. SWE 17 3. USA 36 Grand Prix Special 1. Gareth Hughes with Classic Briolinca, 77.17% 3. Carl Hester with Hawtins Delicato, 75.31% Grand Prix Freestyle 1. Emmelie Scholtens with Desperado (NED), 81.58% 6. Richard Davison with Bubblingh, 75.67% 8. Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 72.01% Final team standings 1. GBR 24 2. SWE 27 3. USA 51 4. NED 55 5. FRA 74 CDI3* Grand Prix 1. Malin Wahlkamp-Nilsson with Eddieni (SWE), 71.56% 2. Emma Hindle with Romy del Sol, 70.45% 4. Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 70.41% 19. Daniel Watson with Amadeus, 66.28% Grand Prix Freestyle 1. Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 76.07% 2. Emma Hindle with Romy del Sol, 75.57% 10. Daniel Watson with Amadeus, 69.45% Small Tour Prix St Georges 1. Charlotte Fry with Glamourdale, 77.35% 2. Jessica Dunn with Alicante Valley, 72.52% 25. Katie Bailey with Boccelli 6, 67.08% Inter I 1. Charlotte Fry with Glamourdale, 77.10% 2. Jessica Dunn with Alicante Valley, 72.84% 3. Katie Bailey with Boccelli 6, 74.91% CDIY Team 1. Kimberly Pap with Vloet Victory (NED), 72.69% 3. Rebecca Swaine with Bon Jovi, 71.47% 12. Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit, 68.72% Individual 1. Elizveta Lyban with Erantos (RUS), 70.14% 5. Rebecca Swaine with Bon Jovi, 69.55% 23. Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit, 65.58% Freestyle 1. Rebecca Swaine with Bon Jovi, 73.71% CDIJ Team 1. Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt with Romantico Ymas (ESP), 71.81% 11.  Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga, 68.13% Individual 1. Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt with Dhannie Ymas (ESP), 72.35% 13. Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga, 67.59% Freestyle 1. Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt with Romantico Ymas (ESP), 75.07%% 13. Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga, 68.29% CDIP Team 1. Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 71.04% 11. Lily Laughton with Steendieks Cadillac, 67.33% 14. Hermione Tottman with Brasil, 66.9% Individual 1. Lara Van Nek with Brouwershaven’s Nairobi (NED), 74.18% 3. Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 71.89% 14. Hermione Tottman with Brasil, 67.92% 18. Lily Laughton with Steendieks Cadillac, 67.33% Freestyle 1. Lara Van Nek with Brouwershaven’s Nairobi (NED), 74.18% 2. Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX, 76.93% 9. Hermione Tottman with Brasil, 71.35%    
Friday, May 17

Eastern team takes title at Senior Inter Regionals

Thirty-four teams of riders representing seven BD regions congregated at Keysoe Equestrian in Bedfordshire for the 2019 Senior Inter Regional event (10 – 12 May 2019). After months of hard work and prep it was local squad Eastern Greatest Showman who took top team honours. The victorious Eastern team of Sian Sheridan (Ardie), Debra Stapleton (Fuego’s Funny Guy) and Samantha Williams (Jim Murphy) posted a cracking total score of 413.620, each riding two tests at their respective level to secure the coveted title. Filling the team podium was Wales Balerion (409.182) and Wales Faranth (407.755), with the remaining dragon inspired Welsh teams following in fifth, sixth and ninth place. Talking about the weekend, which featured the Senior Inter Regional and Equissage Pulse Para Home International running concurrently, Eastern region RDO Katharine Perry proudly commented, “It was fabulous to have our Para and Senior riders all together at Keysoe this weekend. Although we relinquished our Para title, we didn’t go home empty handed as the Senior Inter Regional Trophy came home to the East! Our four riders in the Eastern Greatest Showman Team all rode their socks off to achieve high scores across the levels. “It truly was a whole team effort this weekend, with Para Rep Joanne Dagley Cleworth, Chairman Lotte Olsen, Rider Rep Hayley Liddiard, Team Coach Mark Ruddock, Team Chef Matt Fawcett and the many other partners, parents, friends and supporters who all came and cheered us on and partied with us! It was a proud moment to see Eastern riders on the top of the podium for the Senior Inter Regional and in third for the Para Home International. To see both our Senior and Para riders all gathered together in the sunshine at the prize giving made the weekend even more special!” Dragon power was in evidence with the prolific results of the teams who travelled from Wales. “As I write this there are 20 plus horses in their transport heading to the four points of Wales as they return from a brilliant weekend at Keysoe,” said Wales Chairman Mike Mullis on Facebook . “As Chairman I feel so humble to have watched the 27 riders from Wales at the Para Home International and the Senior Inter Regional achieve so much, five teams in the top ten and the Para team coming fourth. This success is down to their commitment and teamwork and I thank you all for putting yourselves forward for selection and becoming such a successful group of riders. A quick thanks to the supporters who came to help the team, and a special thanks to Sue [Cottrell] our Chef d'Equipe and Vanessa [Archer] for all the work they have put in leading up to the competition and during the weekend. Well done all and I look forward to meeting many of you at the Welsh Championships in a few weeks.” Individual accolades Sian Sheridan from the winning Eastern Greatest Showman team, competing at Medium, remained unbeaten all weekend with her daughter India’s 14 year old UB40 x Metall gelding, Ardie. The pair broke the 70% benchmark both days to edge ahead of runners-up Helen Hopwell and Freshman from team Wales Faranth. Sian’s teammate, Debra Stapleton took the Novice individual title with Fuego’s Funny Guy, her British bred nine year old son of Fuego. The combination, in its second year of dressage, won on Saturday with 71.94% and scored 67.21% for eighth on Sunday - a good enough performance to secure them the overall Novice title. Despite their short time in the sport, they’ve already tasted success. Fuego’s Funny Guy won the Petplan Equine Area Festivals Horse of the Month last September for earning a ticket to Hartpury on his first ever foray into the Area Festivals series, and before the year was out, he and Debra won the Nettex Veteran Rider Prelim Championship at Vale View. The Prelim individual title belonged to Briony Cutler and Pantywaun Branwen (Tynyrheol Lloyd x Buckswood Idris) from the fifth placed team, Wales Norbetta. Briony and ‘Bron’, a 12 year old black Welsh Cob mare owned by Caroline Richards, followed their second place on Saturday with a runaway 72.92% victory Sunday for an overall percentage score of 71.16. A rider from South Yorkshire, another with a winning Welsh pony, won the individual Elementary title for the Northern region. Nine year old gelding Gwendraeth Welsh Dancer (Glantraeth Welsh Dancer x Nebo Daniel) was piloted by Heather Woodhead from the Northern Impact team to win with an overall score of 70.34%. Heather has produced the talented chestnut herself with the help of trainer Hannah Esberger Hancock. British Dressage thanks Simon Bates and the team at Keysoe for putting on a fantastic weekend. Congratulations to the winning teams and individuals, and to everyone who took part. Team standings: 1. Eastern Greatest Showman – S Sheridan, D Stapleton, S Williams - 413.620 2. Wales Balerion – S Cottrell, A Jones, S Jones, S Dando-Mansell - 409.182 3. Wales Faranth – A Daye, N Fletcher, H Hopwell, E Thompson Warren - 407.755 4. Southern Bollinger – C Ashley, S Ashwell, L Westaway, T Pardew - 407.644 5. Wales Norberta – B Cutler, T Ormrod, E Stanford-Roberts, V Western - 407.449 Individual winners: Preliminary -  Briony Cutler with Pantywaun Branwen, 71.16% Novice -  Debra Stapleton with Fuego’s Funny Guy, 69.58% Elementary -  Heather Woodhead with Gwendraeth Welsh Dancer, 70.34% Medium -  Sian Sheridan with Ardie, 70.87% For full results click here Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Friday, May 17

Nirvana Spa support for Wellington Riding PL

Wellington Riding is proud to host leg five of the British Dressage Premier League 2019 season over 5 – 10 June.. With an estimated 700 entries of national and international competitors, it promises to be one of the most exciting events of the Hampshire venue's 2019 calendar. The highlight of the entire show is without a doubt the Gala Evening on Saturday 8 June which centers around  Prix St George Freestyle To Music. Wellington is delighted to announce that John and Diana Barley, owners of Nirvana Spa, a stunning day spa located in Berkshire, are once again title sponsor of the feature Gala Evening Class. Nirvana Spa’s  sponsorship brings a remarkable first prize of £2,000, the highest level of prize money awarded to a first placed rider at a British Dressage Premier League. This year their support will extend to cover £500 for the runner up combination in the class. The venue is extremely grateful to Nirvana Spa for being such a generous gala sponsor for the third year in a row. John and  Diana have created a legacy with this much anticipated class attracting the public and equestrian media to watch top class riders compete for the coveted first prize. “Wellington Riding was one of the first centres in the country to run Dressage to Music. Our Waterloo Arena with 8000 square metres of performance space will indeed prove to be a music freestyle battle field for these high profile PSG competitors with such a prize at stake thanks to Nirvana Spa," commented David Sheerin, General Manager of Wellington Riding. Nirvana Spa’s Gala Sponsorship is perfectly matched as Diana Barley’s long term passion for horses, in particular dressage, which began with her very first lesson at Wellington Riding. Since that time, she's been a passionate advocate for equestrianism and Nirvana Spa’s dedicated sponsorship continues not only as Annual Affiliated Sponsors of Wellington Riding but also supporting British Dressage encouraging people into the sport with the Nirvana Spa Volunteer of the Month Award. For more info on the Premier League fixture at Wellington Riding - click here .  
Thursday, May 16

BD Abroad: Compiègne CDIO5*/CDI3*/CDI2*/CDIYJP

The following riders have been selected to represent Great Britain this week at Compiègne CDIO5*/CDI3*/CDI2*/CDIYJP in France (16 – 19 May 2019). CDIO5* - Nations Cup Richard Davison from Staffordshire with Gwendolyn Sontheim’s Bubblingh (bay gelding, 13yrs, s. Lingh ds. Picandt). Charlotte Fry from North Yorkshire but based in the Netherlands, with her own and Anne Van Olst’s Dark Legend V (dark bay gelding, 11yrs, s. Zucchero ds. Tango). Carl Hester from Gloucestershire with his own, Lady Anne Evans and Ann Cory's Hawtins Delicato (bay gelding, 11yrs, s. Diamond Hit) - pictured. Gareth Hughes from Warwickshire, with Rebecca Hughes’ Classic Briolinca (bay mare, 13yrs, s. Trento B ds. Royal Dance). CDI3* - Big Tour Charlotte Fry with Anne Van Olst’s Everdale (black stallion, 10yrs, s. Lord Leatherdale ds. Negro). Emma Hindle from Greater Manchester with her own Romy Del Sol (brown mare, 13yrs, s. Romanov Blue Hors). Daniel Watson from Kent with Nicola Naylor’s Amadeus VI (bay gelding, 14yrs, 16.1hh, s. Olivi ds. Sandro Hit). CDI2* - Small Tour Katie Bailey with Leslie Forlee’s Boccelli 6 (liver chestnut gelding, 12yrs, s. Belissimo M ds. Riccione). Jessica Dunn from Lancashire, with Jennifer Whittaker’s Alicante Valley (liver chestnut gelding, 14yrs, s. Caricello). Charlotte Fry with Van Olst Horses’ Glamourdale (black stallion, 8yrs, s. Lord Leatherdale ds. Negro). CDIY – Young Riders Rebecca Bell from Oxfordshire with Caroline Bell’s Nibeley Union Hit (bay mare, 12yrs, s. Nibeley Union Jack ds. Sandro Hit). Rebecca Swain from Surrey with her own Bon Jovi (chestnut gelding, 13yrs, s. UB40 ds. Ramdra). CDIJ – Juniors Jessica McConkey from Oxfordshire, with her own Lady Gaga II (dark bay mare, 10yrs, s. Quaterback). CDIP – Ponies Lily Laughton from Wiltshire with Alicia Laughton’s Steendieks Cadillac (chestnut gelding, 14.2hh, 8yrs, s. FS Chambertin). Annabella Pidgley from Berkshire with Sarah Pidgley’s Cognac IX (palomino gelding, 11yrs, s. FS Chambertin ds. Waldemar) and Sarah Pidgley’s  Ine  (chestnut mare, 12yrs, s. Constantin ds. Handryk). Hermione Tottman from Hertfordshire with Nicola Tottman’s Brasil (dark bay gelding, 12yrs, s. Sandokkans Leonardo ds. Orchard Davranches). Start lists and results Live stream Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Wednesday, May 15

SW Donald Ducks dominate Equissage Pulse PHI

A bumper weekend of Regional Team competition was hosted by Keysoe EC in Bedfordshire over 10 – 12 May and for the first time the Equissage Pulse Para Home International ran alongside the Senior Home International to give a busy weekend full of awesome dressage action. Eight teams came forward with England strongly represented with two riders from Wales; two from the Northern Region, two from Eastern, both supported by CU Phosco, one from South West, one from Southern and then two were mixed teams. Open to riders graded I to IV and in any section the teams were made of three or four riders with titles for the highest performances in each grade and of course the all-important team honours. In the battle for the team title, the riders from the south west proved tough to topple and a final score over two intense days, the foursome of SW Donald Ducks, Tom Dyer, Anna Mae Cole, Jemima Green and Jamie Winduss finished on 426.36, over 10% to the good of their nearest rivals, Southern Lanson. Grade III Silver rider Tom Dyer rode Elsbeth Greenall’s piebald Henry XVII, who he partnered to win the Winter Championship title in March and their 69 and 72% plus scores were a vital part of helping the team alongside Anna Mae Cole with her own The Gingerbread Man VI, a new partner for the Newton Abbot rider this season. Both Jemima and Jamie were top scorers in their grades which inevitably clinched the team result too. Jemima rode Clare Blaskey and her own Blue Chip Forever. Dutch bred by Johnson, the bay gelding competed up to Advanced Medium in able bodied before Jemima started riding him in March and they’ve already formed quite a bond with a number of 70% plus scores on their record toghether. Grade I Jamie Winduss (17), who combines his riding with comping in wheelchair basketball, rode Alice Pearse’s Wonnacott, his winning partner at this year’s Equisssage Pulse Winter Championships. The duo have been competing together since November last year and are quickly gaining notoriety in the Grade I ranks. Victorious RDO Mandy Heath said; “The region is absolutely thrilled with the great success this weekend of all of our SW para riders. We were lucky to have some experienced team riders alongside some new members this year, riding at a Home International for the first time. Nick Rodgers has worked hard to encourage, support and help our riders and what an amazing job he has done. Congratulations – we’re delighted for each and every one of you!” The Grade III champion was Sharon Kelsall, riding for the Southern Lanson team. She rode Valentino XVIII, who she jointly owns with Louise Latimer Smith. This is another partnership who are in the beginnings of their career together but they’re unbeaten this year in BD competition. Kent rider Katie Radzik dominated the Grade IV with her two rides; C’est la Vie II in the Southern Lanson team and Lollipop in the Swales Rainbows (an amalgamation of riders from Wales, Southern and South West. It was with Joyce Wood’s Lollipop that she triumphed individually with C’est la Vie II, owned by Miranda Vivienne, in second. Bronze Grade V rider Chloe Chadwick was the champion by a comfortable margin. She was riding in the composite team NWC Mergers aboard her own Inosent Flight and added a second individual title of 2019 to the one she earned at the Equissage Pulse Winter Championships. Congratulation to all our riders, their support crews and the team behind the competition for a great few days where the camaraderie, sportsmanship and spirit was truly inspirational. Teams First - South West Donald Ducks, 426.36 Tom Dyer with Henry XVII, Grade III Silver Anna Mae Cole with The Gingerbread Man IV, Grade II Gold Jemima Green with Blue Chip Forever, Grade II Silver Jamie Winduss with Wannacott, Grade I Silver Second – Southern Lawson, 415.5 Katie Radzick with C’est La Vie II, Grade IV Gold Rachel Collins with Finetime, Grade IV Gold Sharon Kelsall with Valentino XVIII, Grade III Silver Third – Eastern CU Phosco Shining, 414.19 Olivia Cornick with Ronaldo, Grade IV Silver Eleanor Currington with Drunkeen Boy, Grade III Bronze (test 21) Sophie Lingfield with Trust April, Grade I Bronze (test 3) Mari Ackhurst with Lebensfreude, Grade I Gold Para Individual Champions Grade I Jamie Winduss with Wonnacott, South West Donald Ducks (Silver) Grade II Jemima Green with Blue Chip Forever, South West Donald Ducks (Silver) Grade III Sharon Kelsall with Valentino XVIII, Southern Lawson (Silver) Grade IV Katie Radzik with Lolliop, Swales Rainbows (Gold) Grade V Chloe Chadwick with Inosent Flight, NWC Mergers (Bronze) Full results – click here Senior Inter Regional report to follow soon. Photo  © www.kevinsparrow.co.uk
Wednesday, May 15

Happy 20th Petplan Equine Area Festivals!

The 20th anniversary of the iconic British Dressage competition, the Petplan Equine Area Festivals, begins on May 23 2019 and sees 24 Area Festivals and eight Area Festival Finals taking place throughout the summer season. The series, which was launched in 2000 and is aimed at grass roots riders, has grown from 15 Area Festivals around the country with 555 tests completed in its’ first year to 24 Area Festivals, eight regional Area Festival Finals and the Championships with over 6,000 dressage tests ridden in the 2018/19 series. The Area Festival Championships which was introduced in 2001 had 84 competitors in its’ first year. The most recent Championships in April 2019 had almost 500 tests ridden, illustrating how the Petplan Equine Area Festivals have grown exponentially. As the 20th anniversary season begins the Petplan Equine Area Festivals is the largest competition in the British Dressage portfolio with more than a third of all members at all levels participating. As part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary Petplan Equine is launching the Petplan Equine Area Festival Awards. These very special awards have been designed to recognise the hard work and endeavour that grassroots competitors and their support teams put in to take part in the much-loved Area Festivals. The award categories are: • Inspirational star of the series – do you have a particularly interesting qualification story? • Surprise star of the series – is there something different about your horse or dressage partnership? • Support star of the series – have you got a special supporter you couldn’t be without? • Progressive star of the series – have you worked your way up through the levels? • Perseverance star of the series – have you had to overcome any significant obstacles on your Area Festival journey? Entries open on Wednesday 22 May and close on Tuesday 1 September. The nominations will then be judged by an independent panel of equestrian experts. To take part go to www.petplanequine.co.uk/area-festivals/awards where you can nominate your friends, family or yourself. At every Area Festival there will also be the opportunity to nominate for the Awards. Kate Hopkins, Marketing Consultant at Petplan Equine commented, “It seemed fitting in our 20th anniversary year to celebrate the people who make the Petplan Equine Area Festivals what they are and that is the riders, horses and helpers who take part. Over the years we have heard some quite extraordinary stories from competitors. Petplan Equine is so proud to have been a sponsor right from the beginning; we have seen the Area Festivals grow and change and become what is now a fundamental part of the British Dressage calendar.” Linda Whetstone, now Chairman of British Dressage created the concept of the Area Festivals in 2000 and has been astounded at the development of the original idea into the huge competition it is today. “When I first had the idea of the Area Festivals it was quite a different era for British Dressage and I very much wanted to build a competition to encourage grassroots riders to participate. I take great satisfaction from seeing how they have developed with the fantastic support of Petplan Equine. I am sure ‘The Petplans’ as they are fondly known will continue to be a jewel in British Dressage’s crown for decades to come.” Further information about the Petplan Equine Area Festivals is available from the Petplan Equine website or the BD website .
Tuesday, May 14

Eilberg on winning form at Addington

The sun shone brightly on three days of Premier League dressage competition at Addington Equestrian in Buckinghamshire (10 – 12 May 2019). Maria Eilberg pulled off a double victory with her long-term ride, Royal Concert, the 16-year-old gelding she co-owns with Hermione Black. The partnership of six years (pictured) won Friday’s close-fought Cavalor Intermediate II, the grey Royal Diamond son a little on edge but growing in confidence as the test progressed to earn 71.53% and finish in front of second-placed Nicola Buchanan with Half Moon Dark Magic (70.92%) and Joanna Thurman-Baker with Highcliffe Apollo in third (70.26%). Competing on all three days, Maria and ‘Rico’ contested Saturday’s LeMieux Grand Prix – the score kept in check with some costly mistakes in the canter tour. Still, a respectable 67% was on the board for fifth place. With another day in front of them, the pair put on their dancing shoes for Sunday’s Grand Prix Freestyle and deliver they certainly did, with a runaway plus-four percent lead for their 74.29% performance. “Royal Concert was on top form again in his freestyle today, winning with 74%,” said Maria on Facebook . “He loves his music [and was] very happy with himself after his test.” Maria and Rico have shown much talent in the Grand Prix work as was evidenced with their double Medium Tour victory at Deauville CDI last June. The horse has battled with his nerves in the past but once relaxed, his enthusiasm and quality, channelled by Maria’s riding, can earn them marks from the higher end of the scale. Annabella Pidgley, British team rider at the 2018 FEI European Pony Championships, dominated Saturday’s Pony Team Test by taking first and second with her rides, chestnut mare Ine and the attractive palomino son of FS Chambertin, Cognac IX. Ine (Constantin x Handryk) was number one, winning the class with phenomenal PB of 74.61%, for an almost six percent lead. Annabella and Cognac IX earned 68.63%, just ahead of Olivia Langley and Bathleyhills Sea Wurzel who posted 68.24% to complete the top three. Sunday was a momentous day for young Devon-based rider Scarlett John who won the Pony Individual Test with her 11-year-old gelding BKS Grand Design on their Premier League debut. They scored 69.02% ahead of runners-up Betsy Smethan and Golden Amber, with Olivia Langley and Bathleyhills Sea Wurzel, third. Scarlett trains with Diane Thurman-Baker. Dan Greenwood and Exige M (Samarant x Jazz) impressed in both Friday’s and Saturday’s Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I classes for owners Jenny Welham and Diana Louvain-Miller. Friday saw them claim a second place to Jess Bennett and JB Dukaat, Saturday they won with 73.07%. A ticket to the LeMieux National Championships is now secured for Cotswolds-based Dan and Exige M, who is no stranger to Stoneleigh having won the 2014 Shearwater Supreme title there as a five-year-old. British Dressage thanks all the class sponsors and the team at Addington Equestrian for putting on a fantastic event. Congratulations to all the winners listed below and to all those who took part. The winners: Friday Class 1: Hickstead British Young Horse National 5YO Qualifier Lucinda Elliott with Hawtins Lirica, 8.06 Class 2: Hickstead British Young Horse National 6YO Qualifier Victoria Maw with Benito Dorato, 7.02 Class 3: Hickstead British Young Horse FEI 5YO Qualifier Lucinda Elliott with Hawtins Lirica, 7.90 Class 4: Hickstead British Young Horse FEI 6YO Qualifier Tom Goode with Sakira, 7.80 Class 5: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Kate Cowell with Dramatic Conquest, 71.93% Class 6: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Jess Bennett with JB Dukaat, 70.83% Class 7: Cavalor Intermediate II Maria Eilberg with Royal Concert, 71.53% Saturday Class 8: Pony Team Test Annabella Pidgley with Ine, 74.61% Class 9: Equine Construction Advanced Medium Fiona Brennan with De Angelis II, 70.81% Class 10: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Becky Moody with Full Fusion BS, 70.96% Class 11: Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Dan Greenwood with Exige M, 73.07% Class 12: LeMieux Grand Prix Becky Moody with Carinsio, 70.76% Sunday Class 13: Pony Individual Test Scarlett John with BKS Grand Design, 69.02% Class 14: Equine Construction Advanced Medium Jayne Turney with Cruz III, 70.48% Class 15: Advanced 105 Antonia Brown with SJL Duuk, 62.10% Class 16: Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gareth Hughes with Sintano Van Hof Olympia, 71.22% Class 17: Shearwater Young Horse 4YO Qualifier Dylan Deutrom with King Boy, 7.74 Class 18: Shearwater Young Horse 5YO Qualifier Lucy Amy with Jaliva, 8.06 Class 19: Shearwater Young Horse 6YO Qualifier Judy Harvey with SP Bento, 7.94 Class 20: Prix St Georges Freestyle Olivia Towers with Mercian Edjena, 70.45% Class 21: Grand Prix Freestyle Maria Eilberg and Royal Concert, 74.29% For full results click here Photo © Kevin Sparrow
Monday, May 13

Visit the Principles of Judging Seminar this autumn!

The BD Training and Education team is delighted to announce the lineup for this year’s Principles of Judging Seminar. Returning to Moulton College in Northamptonshire on 5 – 6 October, judges, trainers, riders and dressage fans alike will be treated to a rare opportunity to learn from three of the most globally respected FEI judges, Isobel Wessels, Clive Halsall and Peter Storr. Leading lady Isobel Wessels is one of only four FEI 5* judges in Britain. As part of this prestigious role she’s judged at the 2018 World Young Horse Championships, Senior European Championships, multiple European Championships for U21s riders and World Cup qualifiers. Away from her judging duties, Isobel has competed successfully to Grand Prix and also passes on her knowledge as a much sought after coach. Fellow FEI 5* judge Clive Halsall has been part of panels worldwide at many a high profile international event and will also judge at this year’s FEI Senior European Championships to be held in Rotterdam in August. For Lancashire based Clive, a busy judging schedule is balanced alongside coaching commitments, including his position as British Pony Team Trainer. BD Judges Director and FEI 4* level judge Peter Storr returns to the Principles of Judging Seminar following a popular appearance in 2018 and will without doubt bring all of his expertise, as a judge, rider and trainer. Having ridden at World Equestrian Games, European Championships and been reserve for the British Team for the Sydney Olympics in 2002, Peter made the decision to commit his career to judging and has forged an impressive reputation which has taken him all across the world. With live arena demonstrations and class room sessions, expect an interactive, immersive weekend of education led by three progressive judging talents. Covering Intro to Prix St Georges, sessions will delve into discussion around quality of paces, lateral work, scales of marking, test riding and more with plenty of opportunity to participate, ask questions and voice your opinion. The full timetable will be released later in the year, follow the BD website for the latest news. Early bird tickets are on sale now! Discounted tickets* are available for just £30 (day) and £60 (weekend) for listed and trainee judges, and for and all others £35 (day) and £65 (weekend). Why not make a weekend of it? Join us on the Saturday evening for a drinks reception and meal with the BD team, Judges Committee and fellow judges, add this option, alongside weekend accommodation, when buying your tickets. Buy tickets online today or call the Training and Education team on 02476 698833 to book over the phone. *Please note: booking fees apply when purchasing tickets online. Early bird ticket sales close at 23.59 on Friday 14 June 2019.
Monday, May 13

Key appointments for Team GBR paras

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is delighted to confirm the appointment of GEORGINA SHARPLES as the new Performance Manager for Para-equestrian Dressage. The British Para-equestrian Dressage team is one of the most successful in the world – with the Rio 2016 Paralympics and Tryon 2018 WEG yielding 15 medals in total. Georgina will work with such riders as Paralympic gold-medallists Sir Lee Pearson CBE, Sophie Wells MBE and Natasha Baker MBE. She will lead the team at international competitions, European Championships, World Championships and Paralympic Games. A former international hockey player and bobsledder, Georgina led the Trampoline Programme at British Gymnastics, and is no stranger to Paralympic sport having been Head of Performance at ParalympicsGB overseeing athlete services, Games preparation, classification, sport science and sport medicine since London 2012. Georgina will take up the Para-Dressage role whilst retaining a Head of Performance Support strategic role with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) across the Equestrian Team GBR World Class Programme (WCP). The BEF will continue to work in collaboration with the EIS on further developments in this area. Commenting on her new role Georgina said “I am delighted to be joining the team and immensely privileged to have the opportunity to lead such a well-regarded and high-performing World Class Programme on the journey to Tokyo 2020 and beyond. This is a really exciting time to be involved. It is a Programme with strength in depth; established medal-winning partnerships, exciting developing combinations, talented athletes combined with an incredible support team and I know we will relish the journey as we fully focus on our preparation for delivering personal best performances next summer in Tokyo 2020.” Performance Director at the BEF, Vikki Underwood, says “We are delighted that Georgina will take up the role of Performance Manager for the Para-equestrian Dressage Programme following a unanimous decision by the selection panel. We will also continue to benefit from her retaining the strategic leadership of the Performance Support services which will be critical as we move closer to Tokyo and the new Paris cycle.” The BEF is also delighted to announce that ERIK MACKECHNIE-GUIRE will be the new Performance Pathway Manager for Para-equestrian Dressage. There are exceptional riders coming through the ranks and Erik will work alongside these riders to support them on their journey to the podium. Erik has more than 20 years’ experience working with high performance athletes including as a coach with the Team GBR Para-equestrian Dressage team and as Para-equestrian High Performance Manager with Team Australia. Commenting on his new role, Erik said “It is a really exciting time to be joining the team. I am looking forward to working with an outstanding team of practitioners who collectively underpin and support our Paralympic athletes to create an environment where our athletes can grow and develop to achieve Podium success for Team GBR”. Erik and Georgina will work together to deliver an effective programme that recognises potential, encourages growth and drives medal success in Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 and beyond. BEF Chief Executive Nick Fellows, says “I am delighted with these new appointments and the high level commitment we are able to demonstrate to our Paralympic programme. Both Georgina and Erik have excellent knowledge and experience and know our team well. They will bring an added edge to our preparations for Tokyo 2020 and help us ensure we maximise all possible performance advantages as well as building the programme for the future.”