Survey names UK’s top horse feed

The 2019 British Equestrian Trade Association National Equestrian Survey has showed that once again Dengie is the UK’s favourite horse feed.
The company topped the chart for the most popular feed brand purchased by horse owners for the second consecutive time, increasing its lead from the last survey that took place in 2015.

The Dengie range of horse feed

The survey also showed a marked increase in horse owners feeding fibre-based diets.

With full traceability and accountability at the forefront of its operations, and with crops fully traceable from seed to feed, Dengie is a highly trusted company, known for its consistency in producing good quality crops, traceable from seed to feed, that prioritise the horse’s health, and has  been doing so for more than 50 years.

“We are very proud to say that Dengie is the pioneer of fibre feeding. The benefits of a high fibre diet are now accepted as being the best and most natural way to feed a horse,” said Dengie’s managing director Ian Hassard.

He added: “Our feeds are top quality, traceable and produced to a very high standard, whilst protecting the environment and ensuring a sustainable future. We are delighted with the survey results showing that buyers have total confidence in this product.”

British team named for crucial Hickstead leg

The squad of five riders has been named ahead of this year’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at Hickstead (26 July), with two breakthrough stars lining up alongside experienced campaigners.

Both William Funnell and Ben Maher have made a number of Nations Cup appearances at Hickstead, while US-based Amanda Derbyshire returns for a second year in a row. They are joined by Amy Inglis and James Wilson, both of whom have been very impressive in their first senior Nations Cups this season.

Amanda Derbyshire in action
Photo: Nigel Goddard

Amanda Derbyshire, 31, originally hails from Lancashire but is now based in the USA. She has been selected with either Luibanta BH or Roulette BH. Luibanta BH was on the team at last year’s Hickstead leg, where she impressed with just one down in the first round and a clear round in the second. Amanda also finished third in the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup with Roulette BH.

Surrey-based William Funnell, 53, is no stranger to success at Hickstead – he is a four-time winner of the Al Shira’aa Derby, with the most recent of these wins coming in 2018 with Billy Buckingham. He has been selected with the talented nine-year-old Billy Diamo, who has had five-star placings at Windsor, Olympia and in Dubai.

Amy Inglis, 22, lives very locally to Hickstead and has been coming to the showground all of her life – her father is international showjumper Duncan Inglis. She rides the 11-year-old chestnut mare Wishes, on whom she made her senior Nations Cup debut in La Baule in May. With a clear and a single time fault across their two rounds, it was an impressive first appearance for this talented pair.

Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher MBE, 36, from Hertfordshire, has been selected with Tic Tac, a 16-year-old bay stallion. Ben has had an extraordinary few seasons on the Longines Global Champions Tour, winning the series in 2018 and currently lying third on the 2019 leaderboard. He returns to Hickstead, where his major wins include the Hickstead Derby in 2005 and the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup in 2013.

Somerset-based James Wilson, 25, has been selected with the 11-year-old Imagine de Muze. The pair made their senior Nations Cup debut at St Gallen in June where they produced a superb double clear. It will be James’ first time competing at the Hickstead CSIO 5*.

The British showjumping team – gold medallists at London 2012 – has yet to secure qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. Its only chances to do so are at the FEI European Championships in August, or at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona in September.

Only the top eight teams from European Division One qualify for the final, and Britain are currently sitting eighth. They still have a chance to gain points at their home leg at Hickstead and the final leg in Dublin in August, but the pressure is on with both Italy and Sweden (currently ninth and tenth) also eligible to win points at these final two competitions. The other teams competing for honours at Hickstead are Ireland, the USA, Germany, Belgium and Brazil – all of whom have been victorious in recent years.

Britain has not won their home leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series since 2010, although they came very close last year when finishing runners-up to Ireland. A strong performance at Hickstead will give their chances of making the final – and picking up one of those crucial Olympic qualifying tickets – a real boost.

“This year’s team is a real mix of youth and experience, with two very talented riders in Amy Inglis and James Wilson making their Hickstead team debuts,” says Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

“After winning team gold at London 2012 and an individual gold at Rio 2016, it’s unthinkable that the British showjumpers wouldn’t be at Tokyo. Hopefully a strong performance here at Hickstead will secure a ticket to the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, as well as boosting confidence ahead of the Europeans in Rotterdam.”

Tickets for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (23-28 July) are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk

Laminitis discussed by Dr Sarah Davidson BVMS MRCVS

In our latest veterinary feature, Dr  Sarah Davidson, BVMS MRCVS of the Sussex Equine Hospital at Ashington, discusses laminitis.

 DR SARAH DAVIDSON  BVMS, MRCVS 

 

Laminitis is a painful condition that affects all types of horses at all times of the year but in the spring leading into summer vets certainly diagnose it more frequently and unfortunately, seem to see more severe cases.

This is not a coincidence, one of the potentiating factors of laminitis is lush, green grass, not even in large quantities in some cases. The condition involves inflammation of the laminae, these are structures within the hoof that attach the soft tissues within the foot to the hard, keratinous outer hoof wall. In severe cases, these structures separate and the pedal bone within the hoof capsule ‘sinks’ or ‘founders’ and can also rotate.

Horses that develop pedal bone rotation and sinking in an acute presentation of the disease have a poor prognosis for recovery and long-term survival.

Healthy hoof and a laminitiic hoof

There are three broad causes of laminitis, a horse or pony can suffer from one or more of these at any one time and unfortunately, once a horse or pony has had a laminitic episode they are at constant risk of another and careful management must be employed.

  1. Endocrine which encompasses both Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), which is effectively a form of insulin resistance and Cushing’s disease or PPID, which is a disease that many older horses are diagnosed with. This is characterised by dysfunction of the pars pituitary intermedia, an important endocrine gland found in the brain
  2. Sepsis or infection resulting in the release of toxins into the body can also cause laminitis. Examples would include colitis, complications following colic surgery, retained placenta and also grain overload where abnormal colonies of bacteria in the gut produce toxins
  3. Overload due to
    1. Limb overload due to injury of the opposite limb
    2. Excessive exercise on hard ground

Recognising a horse with laminitis in some cases is very straight forward but in others the signs are subtle and the whole clinical picture must be carefully assessed. Most commonly vets see laminitis in the front feet although it can involve all four feet, one foot and occasionally just the back feet. Typical signs of laminitis include:

  • An abnormal stance, rocking the weight back onto the heels to relieve pressure on the more painful toe region. Horses will often also be leaning back over the hind quarters to reduce overall load bearing on the front feet as they are commonly affected to a greater degree
  • Reluctance to walk or very slow gait with a stilted and stiff appearance, it may also be noted that the heels are loaded first. Some horses may even lie down and refuse to stand
  • Walking on a soft surface is likely to be much preferable. The softer ground fills around the frog and provides support to the internal structures
  • Clinical signs are ‘bounding’ pulses on the back of the fetlock, a hoof capsule that is warm to the touch and snatching of the foot when tested at the toe region with hoof testers.

If you see any of the above symptoms and therefore suspect your horse is suffering from laminitis, you should contact your vet immediately for advice. They may well insist that you have a visit as soon as possible as early treatment will result in the most positive outcome. You may be given some ‘first aid’ advice over the phone, these things will include moving your horse from pasture to a stable with a deep shavings bed, administering pain relief in the form of phenylbutazone if you have any available and make sure well soaked hay and water are close by to minimise the need for your horse to move.

When the vet arrives they will perform a thorough clinical exam of the whole horse or pony and a take a detailed history, this will allow them to determine how best to manage your horse in the immediate, short and long term future. In the first instance, treatment will be aimed at making the horse more comfortable using drugs and padding the feet, if shoes can be removed without causing too much distress, your vet may also do this. Strict box rest is a must to minimise movement and therefore continued damage to the laminae, a feeding regime may also be instigated to tackle any underlying systemic disease.

The recovery period can be prolonged in horses that have had an acute, severe laminitic episode and requires a high level of dedication from the owner. Once your horse is comfortable, this may be a few weeks down the line, enlisting the help of a farrier is essential and if radiographs are possible, this is even better. This allows the feet to be trimmed accurately to minimise rotational force from the toe when walking and can also help to guide the farrier if there has been sinking or rotation.

Long term prognosis is very variable between horses and welfare should remain the top priority. Once the underlying cause is identified, every effort should be made using drugs and management changes to get it under control. Some horses may be lucky enough to only have one laminitic episode in their lifetime and others may only manage a few months between flare ups despite their owner’s best efforts, in these cases euthanasia should be strongly considered.

For more information regarding laminitis and Cushing’s disease, visit http://www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.uk/ and https://careaboutcushings.co.uk/ respectively. You can also discuss any questions, concerns or treatment options with your vet.

Trevor Breen wins at Pyecombe Horse Show

Trevor Breen has won the Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter Second Round at Pyecombe Horse Show in Sussex.

Forty-three combinations went forward with the hopes of producing a treble clear to claim one of two direct qualifying tickets up for grabs for the Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter Championship Final at Horse of the Year Show in October.

Rafael Suarez’s course proved challenging as faults occurred all over but eleven combinations managed to conquer the first two rounds and keep their qualifying hopes alive.

Trevor Breen from Albourne, West Sussex piloted Jenny Bingham’s Donvier, a seven-year-old British bred gelding by Don VHP Z, to victory from the offset by setting a lightning fast time of 36.56 seconds, 3.82 seconds quicker than his nearest opponent William Funnell.

Trevor Breen and Donvier on their way to victory at Pyecombe Horse Show
Photo: Spidge Photography

William steered Billy Take That, a 7 year-old by Billy Mexico bred by the Billy Stud, into the runners up spot crossing the finish line in 40.38 seconds, just pipping wife Pippa and Billy Picador by 0.12 seconds.

The top two combinations secured their place in the Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter Championship Final at Horse of the Year Show and the top five took home the chance to compete in the Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships.

Pyecombe Horse Show Results

Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter Second Round
1st Trevor Breen & Donvier – 0/0/0 – 36.56 seconds
2nd William Funnell & Billy Take That – 0/0/0 – 40.38 seconds
3rd Philippa Funnell & Billy Picador – 0/0/0 – 40.50 seconds
4th Holly Brougham & Chacco Time – 0/0/0 – 42.27 seconds
5th Keith Doyle & Hoxynula – 0/0/0 – 42.54 seconds

 

Image: Trevor Breen and Donvier competing in the Senior Foxhunter Second Round at Pyecombe Horse Show on Tuesday 9th July [CREDIT: Spidge Photography]

The Horse of the Year Show 2019 will take place from October 2 – 6 at Birmingham’s NEC. The British Showjumping National Championships 2019 will take place during the 6th – 11th August at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Pony Club’s 90th anniversary celebrations

There is only a short time to go until Ride Around The World Day on August 3 2019. This day is an opportunity  for Pony Club Members, both past and present, to  unite in celebration of the Pony Club’s 90th anniversary year since its formation,

Everyone is welcome to take part whether riding, competing, joining in a musical ride, grooming or simply spending time with horses and friends.

Pony Club celebrations not to be  missed

There is even music kindly provided by Andrew Lloyd Webber, husband of Pony Club President, Lady Lloyd Webber for those who wish to use it as the soundtrack to their activity or on videos created on the day.

The Pony Club is asking everyone to post about their plans in the run up to the day as well as share photos and videos on August 3 by using the hashtag #PonyClubWorldRide on social media.

The Pony Club will be re-posting and sharing its favourite photos and videos from the day on the official Pony Club Facebook and Instagram accounts too. To find out how to get involved with Ride Around The World Day contact your local branch of the Pony Club to see what activities you can get involved with.

Past members are welcome to become involved to and more information is available by email from communications@pcuk.org  

Olympic horse to retire at Hickstead

Tripple X III, the horse who took Britain’s Ben Maher to Olympic team gold at London 2012, is to be officially retired at Hickstead.

A retirement ceremony will take place shortly before the year’s Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, a class he won in 2013 with Ben Maher.

“It is fitting that Tripple X III will be retired here,” said Lizzie Bunn, director of the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead. “The Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup was the pair’s final five-star Grand Prix win together, and their win was the last time a British rider has taken this historic title at Hickstead.”

Ben Maher bred the dark bay stallion, whose stable name is Hugo, and he went on to huge international success, winning five-star Grands Prix around the world. It was no surprise when he and Ben were selected for the British team for their home Olympic Games in 2012, especially after helping them to secure European Team bronze in 2011.

Ben Maher and Tripple X
Photo courtesy of Hickstead

“Tripple X has had a remarkable career in top level showjumping, and who can forget the part he played in helping Team GB to win gold at London 2012,” added Lizzie. “I was so lucky to be at Greenwich that day to see the British team win their first showjumping team gold medal in 60 years. It was thrilling jump-off, like the equestrian equivalent of a penalty shootout, and Ben and Tripple X’s fast clear round came at a pivotal time to put real pressure on the Dutch riders.”

Shortly after winning the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, Tripple X III was sold to Canada, where he was campaigned by showjumper Tiffany Foster. The pair went on to have further international success, including winning a team gold medal for Canada at the Toronto Pan American Games, and they were part of the Canadian team at the Rio Olympics.

Tripple X III is now 17, and the decision has been made to retire him from top level sport.

“After a few attempts to bring him back from minor injuries, his owners – Andy and Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms – and I have decided that we think it is time for him to retire from international competition,” Tiffany wrote in an online statement.

“He is happy and sound now and we want him to stay that way so he can enjoy his time out hacking and in the paddock. I can’t really put into words what this horse means to me. All I can say is that for me, he will always be one of the greatest and I will cherish the moments that I had with him.”

Both Ben and Tiffany will be at the Longines Royal International Horse Show later this month, and the retirement ceremony will take place on Sunday July 28.

“We are  honoured that they have chosen our show for Tripple X’s retirement ceremony, which is sure to be an emotional event as showjumping fans get to say a farewell to one of the most prolific horses in recent years,” said Lizzie.

Tickets for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 23-28 ) are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk

 

Fitting finale for Hartpury’s Dressage Festival

Portugal’s Luis Principe brought down the curtain on this year’s Hartpury Festival of Dressage with a victory in the Equikro FEI CDI Intermediate I Freestyle. The win was a fitting way to conclude a week of dazzling international performances, world debuts and stunning displays.

With 14 nations represented, the festival lived up to its international credentials and offered team selectors an insightful preview ahead of the European Championships later this summer.

Earlier on Sunday, crowd favourite Carl Hester stormed to an impressive victory in the Baileys Horse Feeds FEI CDI Grand Prix Special with Hawtins Delicato (75.894%). The Newent-based pairing scored 76.543% on Friday in the Hazlewoods FEI CDI Grand Prix.

Top dressage rider Carl Hester
Photo: British Dressage

Friday evening also gave crowds their first opportunity to see the hugely talented combination of Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle. Drawn last in the Hazlewoods FEI CDI Grand Prix, spectators stayed on late to witness the pair notch up a score of 82.979%, just short of their Grand Prix Special score at Bolesworth a few weeks ago.

Just over twenty-four hours later, the festival’s blue riband event – the NAF Superflex FEI CDI Grand Prix Freestyle was surely Charlotte Dujardin’s to lose. Once again paired with Mount St John Freestyle, the combination performed their long-awaited and highly-anticipated kür, a world debut of a new routine choreographed to Frozen-inspired music.

Charlotte Dujardin  in top class dressage action

The 10-year-old daughter of Fidermark danced her way to a huge winning score and personal best of 87.6%. Emma and Jill Blundell’s mare earned no less than 86% from the judges with two even awarding the pair 89%.

Speaking to Horse & Hound after her performance, Charlotte said “I’m absolutely thrilled because the degree of difficulty is immense; it is one thing after another and there is no room for error at all. On the last centre line I really didn’t know if I was going to stop — she was still raring to go.”

“I don’t know what it is about that horse, but she makes me cry every time, and that music feels so magical to ride to.”

The NAF Superflex FEI CDI Grand Prix Freestyle was filled with personal bests. Second-placed Hayley Watson-Greaves earned an impressive 77.69% with Rubins Nite while Gareth Hughes scored 75.93% aboard KK Woodstock.

Gareth Hughes was in particularly good form on Friday too, following up an earlier win on Sintano Van Hof Olympia in the Freeflex FEI CDI Prix St Georges (72.324%) with a third placing aboard Classic Briolinca in the Hazlewoods FEI CDI Grand Prix (75.696%).

Saturday’s Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges championship was another hugely competitive affair during the popular gala evening with Jayne Turney and Shirley Rixon’s Penhaligon’s Jupiter coming out on top with 72.94%. Eventer and dressage rider Dannie Morgan scored 71.04% to take second place on board Knoxxs Figaro.

Elsewhere on Super Saturday, Charlotte Dujardin notched up yet another win in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98 with her own and Carl Hester’s Hawtins San Floriana on a score of 75.79%.

Hartpury students and graduates enjoyed a good week with solid performances across the board. Graduate Lucy Pincus finished in sixth place during Saturday’s NAF Superflex FEI CDI Grand Prix Freestyle scoring 68.535%. Student Tesla Whitaker’s 67.63% with Barcelona in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98 earned her a special prize courtesy of Andrews Bowen Equestrian Surfaces.

Kate Shoemaker of the United States made a promising European debut in a competitive para dressage offering alongside compatriot Rebecca Hart. Shoemaker’s impressive 71.220% in the FEI Para Individual Championship Test Grade IV and 70.300% in the FEI Para Team Test Grade IV, were particularly eye-catching on the opening day.

Great Britain took the para team championship overall helped by impressive performances from Sophie Wells, Erin Orford and Georgia Wilson. Brazil also enjoyed individual championship successes with Sergio Oliva and Rodolpho Riskalla topping their respective grades. Ireland was once again well represented with popular rider Michael Murphy returning to Hartpury with Rohan and Skjoldsgaard Hippo-Vo.

If the young equine talent on show is anything to go by, the future of the sport looks promising. In the Hickstead 5-Year-Old National Qualifier, Abigail Lyle took the top spot with the De Niro bred gelding Jefferson P on a score of 8.1. In the international equivalent, it was the Franziskus bred gelding Time Will Tell that reigned supreme under Martina Ott. The Hickstead National 6-Year-Old Qualifier was won by Michael Eilberg and the Dante Weltino bred MSJ Dante VX on a score of 8.82 with the international equivalent won by Mia Mordecai-Smith and the Johnson-sired Innocent with a score of 7.6.

Young human talent was on display during the final day with Soraya Rogers and Evita I winning the Andrews Bowen Junior, Young Rider and Pony Team Test with a score of 69.64%.

Alice Peternell and Hillgarth Nixon proved popular winners of the British Dressage Young Pony Finals for 4-year-olds on a score of 7.48, while Bryony Goodwin and RSC The Ogopogo, and Jayne Turney and Hikins Showgirl claimed the 5 and 6-year-old finals respectively.

Sunshine beamed down on Hartpury for much of the festival and attendance figures were near 5,000 across the five days.

The Hartpury Festival of Dressage returns in 2020 just a month before the Tokyo Olympics. The event is already anticipated as the last chance to see some of the world’s best combinations in action before the Games.

HOYS 2019 will feature Pony Club Musical Ride

Horse of the Year Show, “The Ultimate Celebration of the Horse” is delighted to welcome the Pony Club Musical Ride to this years’ show as part of the organisation’s 90th Anniversary Celebrations.

Formed in 1929 and granted independent charitable status in 1997, the Pony Club is the biggest youth organisation in the world.  With nearly 40,000 members in the UK and 340 branches, the Pony Club is dedicated to teaching young people to ride, care for horses and to develop into well rounded members of society.

Line up of young riders at Pony Club championships  Photo courtesy of The Pony Club

Throughout it’s 90 year history The Pony Club has been pivotal in producing an overwhelming majority of leading international riders, both past and present,  with 11 out of 12 riders from the British Olympic team in Rio being Pony Club graduates.

Performing the uniquely choreographed 90th Anniversary Musical Ride will be 20 riders ranging from 4 to 21 years from the East Cheshire Pony Club. Masterminded by Susan Goodridge and set to popular music compiled by husband Mark, the ride will be providing the audience an insight into ’90 Years From Now’ and embracing the next steps for Pony Club as they seek to extend their boundaries.

From Shetland ponies to two large horses, the ride will be performing on the Friday evening of the show, a day that also hosts the first rounds of the Prince Phillip Cup and the Leading Pony Showjumper of the Year.

Nestled in the foothills of the Peak District and created in 1961, the East Cheshire Branch of the Pony Club are no strangers to Horse of the Year Show having previously qualified their Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games Team for the final in 2015. Two members of that team are now involved in the musical ride that will be performing live at the show – Emma Walton and Mary Goodridge.

Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “We are delighted that the Pony Club will be celebrating their 90th anniversary with us on the Friday of Horse of the Year Show.

The Pony Club involvement with the show goes back decades and we are therefore delighted that members past, present and future will be able to join us at the show to see the performance.  Tickets for Friday are Gold tickets, valid for the whole day and with a special group ticket offer available to current Pony Club members we hope that people will come along and support the youngsters in this fantastic musical ride.”

Musical ride co-ordinator, Susan Goodridge commented “It is a tremendous honour for this team of 20 riders to represent The Pony Club in their 90th Anniversary celebrations and for East Cheshire to showcase a musical ride at the Horse of the Year Show.  For these children it will be the opportunity of a life time to perform in the main arena and wow the audience.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena, – from October 2-6 2019. Friday tickets are Gold Tickets, meaning that they allow you full access to the show for the full day; that’s over 16 hours of equestrian entertainment at its best with prices starting from £34.00. Offers are available for Pony Club members and groups. Visit https://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.

Memorial Polo Trophy marks tragic death of King Power chairman

Cowdray Park Polo Club has announced a new programme for Quarter Finals weekend of the 2019 King Power Gold Cup.

On Sunday July 14, the inaugural Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Trophy will be played as the 3.00 pm match to mark the tragic loss of King Power chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash at the King Power football stadium in Leicester in October 2018.
A new trophy has been commissioned and will be presented to the winning team.

This all-important fourth quarter final match of the weekend will be preceded by a programme of entertainment to both encompass Vichai’s sporting passions and to also celebrate the life of the philanthrophic Thai businessman.

 

Vichai Srivaddhanprabha, chairman of King Power, pictured with children before his death. Photo copyright Mark Beaumont

Amongst the entertainment planned is a children’s football match between local boys and girls making up a Leicester City and a Midhurst away shirts.

To recognise Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s passion for equestrian sport, there will also be a parade of some of his racehorses, planned to include the King Power stables’ Cleontewinner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes on the final day of Ascot 2019.

The King Power Foxes polo team won the Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017, having first entered the Gold Cup in 2014.  In 2018 Cowdray Park Polo Club was delighted to see King Power take over sponsorship of the prestigious 22 goal British Open in a three year contract.

Vichai Srivaddhahaprabha loved the friendly and laid-back atmosphere at Cowdray Park and the club is keen to mark his polo legacy by making his Memorial Trophy a permanent fixture of the Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship.

On Saturday July 13, the afternoon’s 3.00 pm match will be the Hungarian Ambassador’s Cup, played for a second year in front of guests of His Excellency Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky, who will be presenting the handsome trophy he commissioned in 2018..

The four winning teams in the Quarter Finals go forward to the Semi Finals to be played on Wednesday July 17 with the Final taking place on Sunday July 21.  Team information will be available after July 10.

Please visit http://www.cowdraypolo.co.uk for more information

Winning world debut for Mount St John Freestyle

Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle’s highly anticipated kür made a winning world debut at Hartpury’s Festival of Dressage on Saturday night

The ten-year-old daughter of Fidermark pulled out all the stops, earning a personal-best mark of 87.6%. No judge marked the combination lower than 86% with two judges even awarding 89%. Emma and Jill Blundell’s mare danced her way through clean changes and near-perfect pirouettes before theFrozen-inspired music reached its powerful climax.

Speaking after her performance, Charlotte said “I’m absolutely thrilled because the degree of difficulty is immense; it is one thing after another and there is no room for error at all. On the last centre line I really didn’t know if I was going to stop — she was still raring to go.”

Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle made winning world debut at Hartpury

“I don’t know what it is about that horse, but she makes me cry every time, and that music feels so magical to ride to.”

The NAF Superflex CDI Grand Prix was filled with personal bests. Second-placed Hayley Watson-Greaves earned an impressive 77.69% with Rubins Nite while Gareth Hughes scored 75.93% aboard KK Woodstock.

The Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges championship was another hugely competitive affair with Jayne Turney and Shirley Rixon’s Penhaligon’s Jupiter coming out on top with 72.94%. Eventer and dressage rider Dannie Morgan scored 71.04% to take second place on board Knoxxs Figaro.

Saturday’s ever-popular gala evening also included a rather humorous and highly informative demonstration by dressage rider, Anna Ross.

Earlier in the day, young horses were on display in the Shearwater 4, 5 and 6-year-old semi-finals. In the 4-year-olds, Greg Sims scored 8.86 riding Stena Hoerner’s Waverley Fellini. Lucinda Elliot earned the first 5-year-old qualification spot with Judith Davis’ Hawtins Lirica scoring 8.64 while Michael Eilberg and MSJ Dante VX took 6-year-old honours on 8.16.

Elsewhere, Portugal’s Luis Principe put a number of second-placed efforts behind him by winning the FEI CDI Intermediate I aboard James Walker’s R.S.Raphael (73.647%).

Charlotte Dujardin had started a super Saturday by winning the Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98 with her own and Carl Hester’s Hawtins San Floriana posting a score of 75.79%.