Emile Faurie dressage masterclass at HOYS this year

Emile Faurie to deliver the Dressage Masterclass at HOYS .The Dressage Masterclass at Horse of the Year Show is a firm favourite amongst fans and has seen advice and training tips shared from the likes of four-time Olympian Richard Davison, Olympic Gold Medallist Charlotte Dujardin and her trainer and fellow team rider, Carl Hester.

For 2019, top international dressage rider, Emile Faurie, is set to inspire the HOYS audience on Dressage Thursday as he hosts the demo for the very first time.

Emile Faurie competing
Photo British Dressage

Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1963, Emile’s early experiences with horse riding were far from what they are now. It was not until the late Molly Sivewright, founder of the Talland School of Equitation, came to visit Emile at the age of 20 that he decided that this was the career for him. Little did he know that he was about to embark on a journey which would shape the rest of his life.

In 1982 Emile moved to Germany to work for the famous Performance Sales International (PSI), helping back and prepare youngsters for auction. In this he gained understanding on how to recognise a good horse and expand his horse knowledge to form the career he has today. In 1993, Emile won an individual bronze and team silver medal at the European Championships riding a horse called Virtu.

His work with PSI allowed him to set up his own yard in Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire in 1996, where he continued to train and work with the young horses from Germany. Emile went on to represent Great Britain in three more European Championships, two Olympic Games and three World Equestrian Games, including 2018 in Tryon where he helped Britain secure team bronze with the 12-year-old Dono Di Maggio.

At Horse of the Year Show last year, Emile was placed fourth in the Dressage Future Elite riding Café’s Caletta scoring 74.5%. The 10 year old mare mwas bred to showjump but had a change of career at the age of six. She is now competing successfully at Grand Prix level with Emile this season.

Emile’s picturesque yard is based in the heart of the Cotswolds. There he trains and rides with up and coming rider Tom Goode, who has established a name for himself recently with Grand Prix wins aboard a stunning chestnut stallion Dior III, who is owned by Sam Geddes.

Speaking about what the HOYS audience can expect from his Dressage Masterclass on Thursday at Horse of the Year Show, Emile commented: “It’s a great honour to have been asked to host the Dressage Masterclass; HOYS is such an iconic show and the crowd there really know their stuff, so it is a little bit nerve wracking but an honour all the same.

Emile Faurie
Photo: British Dressage

“HOYS has just got this special quality to it, you can’t encapsulate it in words. It has a great sense of tradition and it is so special to be a part of, I really enjoy competing there.

“For the masterclass I will be bringing three young horses from Germany from the Performance Sales International who I work for; they will demonstrate exactly what it is we look for in a world class dressage horses and I will talk through how we start them out in their training.

Then in the second half, Tom [Goode] will ride Dior who is enjoying his first season at Grand Prix level this year, so they will demonstrate the higher level movements and show the levels of progression through to the finished product.”

Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “We are so excited to announce that Emile Faurie will be hosting our Dressage Masterclass on Thursday at HOYS this year.

“He is one of the most successful British riders who is still competing on the circuit and has a wealth of experience which he is eager to share with the HOYS crowd this year.

“I am sure that visitors will be left feeling inspired with plenty of ideas of exercises to try and home with their horses.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place this year at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena,  from October 2- 6. Thursday tickets are Gold Tickets, meaning that they allow you full access to the show for the full day.  That is more than 16 hours of equestrian entertainment at its best with prices starting from £34.00.

Visit https://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.

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.

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%.

 

Outstanding success of Hartpury Festival of Dressage

Charlotte Dujardin brought the third day of competition to a sizzling finale at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage. With a drawn order time of 19:06, crowds stayed on to enjoy the first of two opportunities to see Mount St John Freestyle at this show.

The Hanoverian daughter of Fidermark was well worth the wait, pulling out all the stops in the Hazlewoods FEI CDI Grand Prix and posting a score of 81.891%. Despite just falling short of the 82.979% earned at Bolesworth in the Grand Prix Special, owner of Mount St John Stud, Emma Blundell, was duly delighted.

Charlotte and Mount St John Freestyle competing  at Grand Prix level   Photo: British Dressage

“Freestyle is in great form and we can’t wait for Saturday,” said Emma. “She’ll be performing to her own music for the first time so it will be a really special moment for all involved”.

Mount St John Freestyle has now won 11 of her 13 career starts and is yet to be beaten at Grand Prix level.

The afternoon proved a star-studded affair with Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato also drawn late in the afternoon. The pair posted an impressive score of 76.543% and the son of Diamond Hit replicated his Bolesworth Grand Prix Special placing, finishing in second.

Gareth Hughes was in particularly good form on Friday 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 Grand Prix (75.696%).

Gareth’s Prix St Georges performance meant long-time leader Luis Principe had to settle for second place on a score of 72.235%.

Young equine talent was on show in the Hartpury Arena in the Hickstead National and International 5 and 6-year-old classes.

In the Hickstead National, 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. Michael Eilberg’s Hickstead National 6-year-old class was won by 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.

In the CPEDI3* Freestyle, Sophie Wells and C Fatal Attraction won the Grade V competition with an upbeat test that scored 80.140%. In the Grade IV, double world silver medallist Rodolpho Riskalla and Don Henrico of Brazil earned 76.860%, beating off nearest rival Kate Shoemaker of the USA who is making her European debut at the show.

Great Britain’s Erin Orford and Dior (74.867%), Georgia Wilson and Midnight Z (76.540%), and Mari Durward-Akhurst and Sky O’Hara (72.960%) took top honours in the remaining Grades III, II and I respectively.

Success for dressage rider Susan Pape

Great Britain’s Susan Pape achieved top-ten placings in strong company at the prestigious Hagen CDI4* in Germany recently,  British Dressage has reported.

This year the theme was ‘Horses & Dreams meet France’ .

Riding Harmony’s Don Noblesse (Dancier x Don Davidoff), a 12-year-old black stallion owned by Harmony Sporthorses, Susan achieved ninth in the Grand Prix for Special on a score of 71.63% followed by 10th in the Special with 70.66%. Both classes were won by the home nation’s Sönke Rothenberger and Cosmo 59 at their first show since a fire destroyed the Rothenberger family’s training centre at the end of February.

“I’m very pleased with him [Don Noblesse],” commented Susan following her return home to Hengststation Pape in Hemmoor, North Western Germany, where she’s based with husband Ingo Pape. “I’m very happy. The horse has gained so much more strength and although there are still areas where he can improve, he gave me a very good feeling. He’s a marvellous horse, and my favourite of them all.”

Susan_Pape_competiing withHarmony’s Don Noblesse
Photo :British Dressage

As a five year old, Harmony’s Don Noblesse reached the finals of the Bundeschampionate and was subsequently bought from the PSI auction. He stood in the finals of the prestigious Nürnberger Burgpokal and in the Louisdor Cup for upcoming Grand Prix horses and finished third in both classes. In 2017, in his first Grand Prix season, he earned several wins and high placings to get selected for the Nations Cup in Rotterdam.

Following a year out after Rotterdam, the breeding stallion has come back stronger than ever, as was evidenced with two plus-70% Grand Prix Special scores at Wellington in Florida where Susan bases herself for two months of every year. “And he’s not even at his peak yet,” she says. “He’s a strong horse and it’s a nice feeling knowing that there’s more to come.”

Susan, who trains with her husband Ingo and Michael Klimke, moved to Germany in 1982 and enjoyed several years under the tutelage of the great Herbert Rehbein and his wife Karin, rider of the legendary dressage stallion Donnerhall. “I did my apprenticeship and worked with Karin Rehbein for seven years. It was an incredible time, grooming for Karin and the great Donnerhall, and it was there that I met my husband.”

She accredits many of her top ride’s qualities to his Donnerhall ancestry. “I can see and feel Donnerhall in Don Noblesse. The strength in the body…the talent for collected work…the way of collecting. There are so many similarities. He has a very good mind also. It doesn’t matter what stall he’s in at a show, or flying, so long as he has something to eat, he’s fine.

“I’m delighted to ride such a horse and thankful for the opportunity they [Harmony Sporthorses] give me to ride these horses.”

First British international dressage event of year today

Today marks the start of the first international dressage competition of the year on British soil as more than 70 competitors from nine countries head to Bedfordshire’s premier venue, Keysoe for three days  of action over senior, young rider, junior and pony classes in the CDI3*, all supported by Childéric, Spillers, Equine Construction, TRM, Dodson & Horrell, Devoucoux and Keysoe Boutique.

Leading the British charge is Carl Hester who brings his own and Jane de la Mare’s Nip Tuck, or Barney, who’s back in action after a break since the 2017 European Championships.

Dressage rider Carl Hester competing at the Olympics Photo: Georges Souvier

Also travelling from the yard is Charlotte Dujardin with catch ride Erlentanz, who she’s riding for owner and normal jockey Sonnar Murray-Brown while his broken leg mends. She also has Mount St John VIP in the small tour ranks; a great warm up ahead of the NAF Five Star Winter Championships where the Vivaldi-sired mare has qualified for both NAF classes, the PSG and Inter I.

Charlotte Dujardin in action Photo: British Dressage

Heath Farm in Oxfordshire also has two riders bound for Keysoe; Emile Faurie brings his newest star Café’s Caletta for a first CDI run on home turf while his stable jockey Tom Goode is making his big tour CDI debut with Samantha Geddes’ Vivaldi-sired Dior.

British team rider Gareth Hughes will be looking to resume his 2018 form with Anne Keen’s Don Carissimo when they won both the Grand Prix and Freestyle at the May CDI3* in Aachen.

Also flying the Union Flag in the Big Tour will be Henriette Andersen (Flavio), Liz Diegutis (Saskia Hit), Maria Eilberg (Royal Concert), Sara Gallop (Bandreo), Alex Hardwick (Royal Chester), Emma Hindle (Romy del Sol), Georgina Stokes (Talented Mr Ripley) and Vicky Thompson Winfield (Artist).

Small Tour riders include: Katie Bailey (Boccelli 6), Nikki Barker (Durable), Henry Boswell (Folt), Katrina Cantrell (Woodlander Donna Summer), Kate Cowell (Dramatic Conquest), Louise Davison (De Galles), Jess Dunn (Alicante Valley), Paul Friday (Roman Noir Himself), Nathalie Kayal (Cleverboy), Kate Lister (World Exclusive), Sarah Turner (Eduardo) and Sarah Williams (Bohigas W).

They join riders from Australia, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Portugal.

Our selected Young Riders are: Rebecca Bell (Nibley Union Hit), Isobel Berrington (Bing), Angus Corrie-Deane (Tiny Tempur), Charlotte Dicker (Sabatini & Salomon Z), Jade Ellery (Porsche’s Eloy), Alex Hellings (Uvender V), Megan Ingham (Wanadoo), Thea Millward (Walentino 77) and Rebecca Swain (Bon Jovi).

The Juniors include: Megan Assouline (Botero), Catlin Burgess (Chocotof), Charlie Grieve (Fedor van het Booienhoof), Clare Hole (Pro-Motion & Winnetou GEP), Jessie Kirby (Belle Amie), Juliette Lindsay (Prince May the First), Avery Maude (Double Agent), Charlotte McDowall (Alivia), Amelia Moncrieff (Billionaire), Chloe Naylor (Karisma), Charlotte Snape (Camelot III) and Olivia Wrennall (Disneyland).

Finally, our Pony contingent is: Bonneville Bourne (Fin C We), Lavinia Johnson (Dublin), Holly Kerslake (Valhallas Zorro), Annabella Pidgley (Cognac IX & Ine), Steffi Thomlinson (Vavassa), Hermione Tottman (Brasil), Olivia Whitelaw (Brouwershavens’s Viceroy) and Mollie Witham (DZL Royal Sunrise).

Changes to British Dressage Nettex championships

It was a bumper year in 2018 for British Dressage’s Nettex Associated Championships with more  than915 combinations taking part across 10 individual championships and 2019 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

Its duo of venues hosting the new format Championships in Bury Farm and Vale View  has already been announced. These venues will provide two amazing competitions but there is further news for competitors.

Top dressage rider Carl Hester support Nettex Championships

Following feedback, the following rules will be implemented for the 2019 series in the Nettex Championships:

  • The level for the Draught and Arab Championships has been upped so there is now a Championship at Medium level.
  • In the Veteran Horse Associated Championships, winning combinations are no longer required to move up a level for the following year’s event. Understanding the stress on ageing horses, the Sports Operations committee agreed that previous winners should be allowed to defend their title.
  • In the British Native Pony, GB PRE, Lusitano, TGCA and RoR Championships, winning combinations at Medium level and above (where applicable) are no longer required to move up a level for the following year’s event so can return to defend their crown.

“The Nettex Associated Championships are designed to be an event for all.” Sports Operations Manager Lou Jones commented.

“We’ve listened to feedback from our competitors and hope that the recent changes will continue to make this Championship series one of the most inclusive on offer within the BD spectrum. With the continued support of Nettex, we’re sure that this year’s series will be the best yet.”

Serena Kidd, National Equine Business Manager for Nettex added:“The Nettex product range offers something for every equine no matter what breed, age and discipline and this truly British brand is delighted to be supporting the riders in the Associated Championships.

“With top dressage rider Carl Hester putting his trust in our brand, we are proud that Nettex delivers products and customer support for riders of any level.”

To celebrate this second year sponsoring the Associated Championships, Nettex is encouraging customers and competitors from last year to connect it on social media @nettexequine and share their Nettex stories throughout the year – #nettexequine.

Qualification for the Nettex Associated Championships got underway on December 1 2018 and concludes on August 31. To find out more about how you can get involved visit https://www.britishdressage.co.uk/competitions/associated_championships

British 2019 dressage bronze championships

British Dressage has announced three host venues for this year’s Bronze Championships, Summer Music Championships and Nettex Associated Championships.

The Nettex Associated Championships, a unique series of ten title opportunities for horses of all shapes and sizes, is set to be bigger and better than ever with the breeds combining to make two show-stopping festivals.

The first of these will take place from October 31 –  November 3 at Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Buckingham, and will incorporate Championships for Draught, GB PRE, Lusitano, British Native Ponies, traditional gypsy cobs and Arab horses. The second Associated Championship fixture will be hosted by Leicestershire venue Vale View EC and will provide the setting for CHAPS, RoR, Thoroughbred and Veteran Horse and Rider combinations to battle for the accolades.

Returning after a successful debut year, the Bronze and Summer Music Championships has a new home for 2019 in premier venue, Sheepgate Equestrian Centre in Lincolnshire.

Dressage at Sheepgate Equestrian Centre , which will host the 2019 Bronze and  Summer Music dressgage championships.  Photo: courtesy of Sheepgate  Equestrian

The team at Sheepgate are no strangers to the big occasion, as hosts to the annual BD Youth Under 25s Championships, Sheepgate Premier League as well as an Area Festival, the Bronze and Music Championships promise to be well worth the journey.

Date Championships Venue
31 October – 3 November Associated Championships (1)
Inc. Draught, GB PRE, Lusitano, Native Pony, TGCA, Arab horse
Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire
7 – 10 November Associated Championships (2)
Inc. CHAPS, ROR, Thoroughbred, Veteran horse and rider
Vale View EC,
Leicestershire
Date to be confirmed

 

Bronze and Summer Music Sheepgate EC,
Lincolnshire

The Nettex Associated Championships will come together to form two celebrations of all breeds. The ten-strong championship series has grown steadily in number and gone from strength to strength with the valued support of title sponsor Nettex and proven Championship venues Bury Farm and Vale View EC are on board as hosts.

Sarah Payne’s team at Sheepgate EC is renowned for hosting major events and the Bronze and Music Championships will flourish under their care.

She said: “Both myself and the Sports Operations team have thanked all venues involved in the tender process and offered congratulations to the three successful show centres. We are very much looking forward to the year ahead.”

Twelve dressage riders chosen for coaching

British Dressage has announced the 12 riders selected to attend the Sport England-funded BD Youth National Academy, supported by Avansce, which takes place over the weekends of February 9-10 and  March 2 – 3 March 2019 at Kilbees Farm in Berkshire.

The 2019 BD Youth National Academy cohort is made up of the following riders selected from last year’s inaugural Foundation Academies:

Danielle Balsdon (South West region), Caitlin Clancy (South West), Mollie Clough (Eastern), Emily Coller (Eastern), Manon Evans (Southern), Jersey Garrett (Southern), Florence Human (South West), Sofia Jankiewicz (Central), Libby Johnson (Wales), Izzy Lane (Eastern), Olivia Rose Robertson (South West) and Susie White (Northern).

Selected on their talent, determination and trainability, the 12 young riders will receive coaching from British Olympian Spencer Wilton as well as number of high profile specialists from the industry.

Montage of British Dressage teams Photo courtesy of British Dressage

These include international groom Liz Geldard-Walsh, athlete mentor Charlie Hutton and practitioners such as physiotherapist Andy Thomas and TheraPlate – manufacturer of equine rehabilitation and sports conditioning platforms.

Riders will also benefit from training sessions with Academy supplier Avansce which will involve an introduction to the Synchronicity System™ as well as individual rein contact analysis sessions.

The sophisticated sensor-based system records rein tension on a smartphone app during riding and, with the aid of a scoring system, helps guide coaches and riders to find effective training solutions.

“I would like to congratulate all the riders on their selection,” commented BD Youth Director Claire Moir. “The Foundation Academies have proved to be a great success in their first year and it is exciting to have so many committed and talented young people keen to develop their skills and carve out a future in the sport.

“The purpose of the upcoming National Academy which is the ultimate stage of the series is to provide the selected riders with a 360 degree, comprehensive approach to both their own and their horses’ development, and we look forward to working with them over the two weekends. ”

“I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the 2018 Foundation Academy athletes, and remind you that you’re invited to reapply for the 2019 Academies later in the year.”

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British Dressage rider Carl Hester competing at the Olympics Photo: Georges Souvier

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