Anders Dahl dominated the dressage Grand Prix classes at last week’s Keysoe High Profile Show in Bedfordshire (December 5 – 8).
Riding his wife Fiona Bigwood’s Fidelio Van Het Blomenhof (Fidertanz x Jazz), pictured below, the West Sussex-based Dane was the runaway Grand Prix victor with a score of 75.40 per cent.
Second place belonged to Anna Ross with her own and Beverley Brown’s 11 year old Delgado (by Uphill) on 70.73% whilst Rebecca Hughes completed the top three partnered by Lorraine Sattin’s Rubini Royale (by Rubin-Royal).
British Dressage is looking ahead to a successful 2020 for teams selected to represent dressage in this country.
As a member of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) it has automatic links to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) for all international affairs.
Each year the federation selects teams to represent Great Britain at championships as part of Team GBR for senior, para, young rider, junior and pony levels. It oversees all affiliated dressage in the United Kingdom with around 17,000 members competing at 2,400 shows at 188 venues.
Dressage is a truly equal sport – and in Britain members aged from six to 92, men and women, compete on equal terms. Also disabled athletes compete in this discipline alongside their able-bodied counterparts or in dedicated classes.
Earlier this month, Rebecca Baybutt took top honours when she partnered Hey Mambo to win the Prix St Georges title at the British Dressage Small Tour Championships, which took place alongside Keysoe High Profile Show at The College Equestrian Centre in Bedfordshire.
British Dressage affiliated venues all meet minimum criteria and the competition is judged by qualified judges who undergo continuous training. The sport is also reliant on an immense team of volunteers who give their time to help maintain high dressage standards at events across the country.
The dressage competition structure in Britain ensures opportunity for all, while the regional network offers a support network and great training opportunities.