Rising dressage star impresses ahead of BHS conference

A DATE for the diary for all riders is the National Access Conference on Saturday November 16 at British Horse Society Headquarters in Warwickshire.

This offers the chance to hear from expert speakers about project 2026, the future for access in England, Active Travel and more. There will also be opportunities to increase  knowledge during interactive breakout sessions and great opportunities to network with others interested in equestrian access.

Experts Sarah Bucks and Will Steel will be running a 2026 surgery as a follow-up to their training days. Appointments have been booked with the Access Department in advance and prior to the conference to allow time for Sarah and Will to assess them. Appointments have been given on a first come, first served basis.

Ahead of this month’s National Convention in association with Harrison Clark Rickerbys, there has been the chance meet international sensation Daniel Bachmann Andersen at Addington Equestrian for his first training convention in the UK.

Daniel Bachmaan Anderson  has become a  major dressage star      Photo courtesy of British Dressage

Daniel Bachmann Andersen became a household name to those passionate followers of the FEI dressage scene. Numerous Western European World Cup league wins followed, and this 28-year-old Danish rider is rapidly becoming a major star through his partnership with Blue Horse Stud and the string of talented stallions under his care at the esteemed Randbøl breeding and training centre.

This season, Daniel earned fourth spot in the World Cup Final on board Blue Hors Zack – the impressive Rousseau x Jazz stallion with major achievements in both the sports arena and the breeding industry – before going on to achieve further strong results at this summer’s FEI European Championships in Rotterdam.

From  being a  notable under 25s rider, he has progressed to become one of the most exciting talents of the modern dressage era.  Daniel will make his first UK training appearance at this year’s National Convention in association with Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

 

BRC NAF Interdressage League 2019/2020

British Riding Club and Interdressage are running an online competition league, covering dressage and a number of other disciplines, over the winter months.

This is open to all BRC Clubs and Riding Club Centres, now with great monthly NAF prizes too.

The League started in October and ends on April 30 2020. It has been designed to encourage more BRC Riding Club and Riding Club Centre members to ‘Give Interdressage a Go,’ by making it possible for you to ride your tests/classes in a relaxed manner from the comfort of familiar surroundings.

It is suitable for absolutely any level of rider, from the true beginner to the more advanced competitor.

All you need is an arena, or fairly flat, marked out field and a friend to film your test, then just upload to YouTube and enter via the Inter-dressage website: www.interdressage.com. It is even possible with a camera and tripod to record your own test.

An Inter-dressage league competitor recording her test.  Photo: BRC Inter-dressage

As well as Dressage at various levels, Inter-dressage offers Baroque Dressage, Style Jumping, Ridden and In Hand Showing, plus Practical Horsemanship and Handy Horse classes, and from time to time a number of fun Novelty classes, including a charity Hobby Horse Dressage class.

All the tests are professionally judged, with comprehensive feedback and cost just £12.00 per class to enter. So a huge range of great value classes to have a go at. This year, each month NAF will be awarding the highest placed BRC Interdressage individual competitor with a special prize.

At the end of the League we will be awarding impressive BRC rosettes for the winning Riding Club / Riding Club Centre and a wonderful overall individual prize from sponsor NAF, plus a rosette and sash. In addition the highest placed four winning Club/Centre riders and overall winning individual rider will be invited to lunch and a presentation at the BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships, at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, in August 2020.

All the monthly Interdressage classes also have rosettes up to 10th place, with prize money awarded too, and you could be competing Internationally with riders from all over the World taking part. There is a great social Interdressage Facebook page for any questions or tips and advice.

It really is an ideal way for those not confident enough to go out competing to start competing. Or a great way of trying out a more advanced level, or just to keep practising over the winter months for those more experienced competitors not wanting to venture too far. And the beauty of it all is you can compete when you want, where you want, and you don’t have to be particularly smart or have a super clean horse, absolutely ideal for the winter months.

A short video has been produced showing how to get involved – http://bitly.ws/6rtn

Katrina Hawkridge, Interdressage said:“It is always a pleasure to meet up once a year for the BRC Interdressage League presentation and being able to meet members of the winning Club.

“Feedback for the League and Interdressage, is always so positive and it is heart-warming to hear that Interdressage, after twelve years of offering online video competitions, still continues to encourage and support riders, especially those who are just starting out on their competition path.

“We are lucky to have an excellent team of BD judges and professional coaches to judge our classes and offer feedback for those who need it. Interdressage has developed into a worldwide community without losing the personal touch.”

“Malvern Hills RC has been taking part in the BRC Interdressage League for the past four years. We started off small, with just four members meeting up and having a go at the tests, taking it in turns to film each other and generally just seeing what it is all about. Since then, it’s grown into an important part of our winter schedule, with dedicated filming days each month at our local equestrian centre, ” said Caroline Bates, Malvern Hills Chairman.

Last seasons overall Individual winner Henrietta Senn competed with her horse Bobby. She said:”I started entering Interdressage as I didn’t have the confidence to go out to competitions. With brilliant feedback on the test sheets I have learned so much and now go out competing as well as still doing Interdressage online.”

Interdressage is open to anyone, anywhere and is enjoyed by riders worldwide. All standards of riders are catered for and there is a wide variety of dressage, showing and Baroque style classes to choose from every month.

This innovative format makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to compete from the convenience and familiarity of their own arena, online, via video in monthly competitions.

For more information :Tel: 07900 887527 – www.interdressage.com

 

 

 

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Notes to editors

Contact: British Riding Clubs on: 02476 840518 or email: ridingclubs@bhs.org.uk

British Riding Clubs (BRC)

BRC is a National Organisation of 480 affiliated Riding Clubs and Riding Club Centres, operating under the umbrella of The British Horse Society. With over 31,000 members of all ages, these clubs span the length and breadth of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, from the Orkneys to the Channel Islands. The aim of BRC is to reach all types of horse/pony and rider, from the dedicated competitor to the recreational rider. Through our network of affiliated riding clubs and riding club centres, we offer a whole range of support and encouragement for our grass roots members, including competitions, lessons, training and social activities, aimed at both junior and senior riders. Riders can also join BRC as an individual member.

The British Horse Society

As the largest equine charity in the UK, The British Horse Society is dedicated to equine welfare, protecting and increasing access to bridleways and equestrian routes, safety for horse and riders, and education. The Society’s thriving and active community of staff and volunteers is committed to improving the lives of horses everywhere.

Interdressage

Interdressage was launched in 2007 by Equine Physiotherapist and Freelance Riding Coach, Karina Hawkridge and British Dressage judge and Equestrian Artist, Glynis Mills. It is the original online dressage and showing competition website. Interdressage is open to anyone, anywhere and is enjoyed by riders worldwide. All standards of riders are catered for and there is a wide variety of dressage, showing and Baroque style classes to choose from every month. This innovative format makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to compete from the convenience and familiarity of their own arena, online, via video in monthly competitions.

Tel: 07900 887527 – www.interdressage.com

Interdressage, Broadacres Stables, The Old Coach Road, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 8HA.

Charlotte’s fourth Dressage Future Elite title

Charlotte Dujardin maintained her hold on the Dressage Future Elite Champion  title, winning it for the fourth consecutive year at HOYS.

She has won the title with four different horses proving her sheer talent for producing horses to the highest level. Her win this year was with nine-year-old chestnut mare, Mount St John Valencia owned by Emma Blundell, performing a beautiful freestyle to be awarded a score of 78.041%.

Dressage Future Elite Champion Charlotte Du Jardin: Photo Julian Portch

The young mare has only been with Charlotte for six months, but she joins Charlotte’s strong line up of horses ahead of Tokyo 2020.

Becoming a regular at Horse of the Year Show, Charlotte commented: “I’m really proud of her [Valencia]. She only did her first freestyle at the British Dressage Championships in September and to ride into an arena like this with a big crowd and the big screen, I think she found it a little daunting.

“She hesitated a little in the changes, but she stayed composed. It is such great experience for these young horses to be able to compete at a show like this; you can’t replicate this kind of atmosphere anywhere. I feel honoured to be able to bring different horses here each year and she shows a lot of potential, she just needs more exposure and experience in the arena.”

Second placed rider, Katie Bailey, is a student of the training duo Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester and was delighted to have come second to Charlotte with Eagle Nouvelle, achieving an impressive 77.625%.

Charlotte commented: “I’m really proud of her [Valencia]. She only did her first freestyle at the British Dressage Championships in September and to ride into an arena like this with a big crowd and the big screen, I think she found it a little daunting.

“She hesitated a little in the changes, but she stayed composed. It is such great experience for these young horses to be able to compete at a show like this. You can’t replicate this kind of atmosphere anywhere. I feel honoured to be able to bring different horses here each year and she shows a lot of potential, she just needs more exposure and experience in the arena.”

Having ridden at Horse of the Year Show as a young girl, Charlotte is the idol of so many young equestrians in the audience this evening, she added: “It’s a privilege to be back here again this year, it was always a childhood dream to ride down that centre line under the spotlight at HOYS and I love coming here and seeing old friends that I grew up and competed with. For anyone out there wanting to follow their dream, I would say to just keep going.”

Emile Faurie to deliver Dressage Masterclass at HOYS 2019

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. Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1963, Emile’s early experiences with horse riding were far from what they are now. It wasn’t 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.

Emile Faurie
Photo: British Dressage

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, who was bred to showjump but had a change of career at the age of six, is now competing successfully at Grand Prix level with Emile this season.

Emile Faurie riding Cafe’s Caletta at HOYS 2018
Photo: British Dressage

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.

“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 at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena, October 2 – 6 2019. 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.

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).