British team for under 25 European dressage

The Senior Selection Panel of David Trott, Linda Whetstone and Judy Harvey have announced their selected quartet to contest the FEI u25 European Championships in Exloo, the Netherlands, from August 13 – 17. 

In alphabetical order the four riders are as follows;

Rebecca Edwards (21) from Reading, Berkshire with Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Delegate (chestnut, gelding, 16.2hh, 15yrs, Dimaggio x Akut)

Rebecca Edwards  and Headmore Delegate  competing in a Young Rider Individual Test – FEI European Dressage Championships  last year. Photo: British Dressage

Charlotte Fry (22) from Scarborough, North Yorkshire (based in Den Hout, the Netherlands) with her own and Anne Van Olst’s Dark Legend V (bay, gelding, 17hh, 10yrs, Zucchero x Tango)

Claire Gallimore (24) from St Albans, Hertfordshire (based in Hoorn, the Netherlands) with Jane Gallimore’s Annette Ballerina (bay, mare, 13yrs, 16.1hh, Scandic x Jazz)

Ryan Todd (25) from Halifax, West Yorkshire with Julie Todd’s Charlex Eskebjerg(bay, gelding, 16.2hh, 17yrs, Carano x Midt West Ibi Light)

First reserve
Ellie McCarthy (21) from New Milton, Hampshire with Bridget McCarthy’s Sir Lancelot M (grey, stallion, 13yrs, 16.3hh, Lordanos x Ginsberg 4)

Second reserve
Lucy Pincus (21) from Hereford, Herefordshire with David Pincus’s Sheepcote Doncalisto (bay, gelding, 12yrs, 16.3hh, Don Shufro x Lucky Boy)

Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive for British Dressage, commented: “It’s been an exciting season for these riders so far with some excellent scores posted here and abroad which puts us in a great position to send a strong team to Exloo.  We wish Rebecca, Charlotte, Claire and Ryan all the best as they prepare for the Championships next month and we will be following their progress with great interest.”

Dressage at Hickstead set for another season

The Dressage Masters championships held at Hickstead every year, with qualifiers all over the country, were the brain child of Sussex international dressage rider and trainer Dane Rawlins.

Dane felt that there was a need for a competitive league for riders of all levels.To fill this gap, he set up the Dressage Masters League.

Dressage Masters has grown from four regions nationwide to ten. Riders can compete from Preliminary up to Grand Prix, with the finals being held at the prestigious Dressage at Hickstead Premier League show each year.

Director of Dressage at Hickstead, Dane Rawlins riding Lady Pauline Harris’s former Grand Prix Horse, Sydney

The razzmatazz of this big show gives the finals of the Dressage Masters a real championship feel with excitement and anticipation for each of the sections.

Riders get to compete in the arenas with the nations’ flags flying, spectators and mounted prize givings.

This championship league has already seen emerging rider-horse partnerships make their mark with an eye on future selection for national and international representation, challenging established pairings.

“This has to be good for the development of new talent in our sport,” said Dane. “We will be testing our riders and their horses at the highest levels, expecting them to set new standards of excellence.”

For more information see www.dressageathickstead.com

Carl Hester to star at HOYS

Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is set to bring another unforgettable five days of entertainment to Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena this year (October 3-7 ) for the show’s 70th year anniversary.

With show stopping displays, exhilarating show jumping and outstanding showing championships, this year’s event is setting supreme standards by adding Olympic Gold Medallist and master of dressage, Carl Hester MBE to the line-up.

A renowned Olympic Dressage rider who needs no introduction, Carl is the trainer of the famous duo Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, who stole the heart of the dressage nation following their consecutive individual gold medal wins at the London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Carl Hester to star at HOYS

Having delivered the Dressage Masterclass at HOYS in 2016, HOYS fans can rest assured that they are in for a real treat! With Carl’s extensive knowledge of competing at such a high level he is the perfect rider and trainer to host the HOYS Dressage Masterclass for the 70th Anniversary Show.

You can watch Carl’s Masterclass on Thursday October  4, where it will be held in the Andrews Bowen International Arena. Carl will also make an appearance on the HOYS Live Zone for rider signings on the same day giving the opportunity to meet the man himself. The Masterclass aims to inform and inspire our audience whilst showcasing Carl’s much admired training methods and mindful coaching skills. Expect to see energy and precision riding from Carl’s team of riders and horses.

Prices start from £34.00 for a full day of entertainment. Thursday tickets include access to: Carl’s Dressage Masterclass, the HOYS Live Zone for the rider signings, the Dressage Future Elite Championship, entry to the TopSpec Arena and a huge 12hrs worth of shopping in the Retail Village.

To find out more and to book your tickets, visit http://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.

Carl Hester unveils his Tokyo prospect

Nine of Britain’s best dressage Small Tour combinations competed in this week’s inaugural Inter I Freestyle Invitational, supported by Equitop Myoplast, at the Liverpool International Horse Show. It proved to be a fitting finale to the Festive Season when the eagerly awaited debut of Carl Hester and his Tokyo prospect Hawtins Delicato proved to be a winning one.

Drawn last to go under the late night lights of the Echo Arena, Carl and the British bred ‘Del’, by Diamond Hit, wowed the crowds with a performance bursting with promise. It’s the first time they’ve shown together as the nine year old has been lightly competed so far by Charlotte Dujardin. Judges Peter Storr (C) and Stephen Clarke (E) were suitably impressed and awarded the duo 80.5% with both judges awarding eight for difficulty – quite a score for a young horse.

Carl Hester and Hawkins Delicato Photo: British Dressage

Reflecting on Hawtins Delicato’s performance, Carl commented: “It was the first time I had ridden him in a competition. I have been part of his life for four years, and for next year we are trying to qualify him for the World Games.

“My horse is very talented at the Grand Prix movements – that’s where his future lies – and these sort of shows are about preparing them mentally and getting used to the atmosphere.”

 

Third spot went to ‘local rider’ and UKCC Level 3 coach Sarah Higgins from Cheshire and the 13 year old Waldessarini, owned by Sarah Rao, on 73.75%, who was clearly thrilled to be sharing a podium with two Olympians.

Carl was clearly impressed with the latest top class venue and show to host dressage saying:”It is an absolutely superb show. I had never even been to Liverpool, let alone the show. It’s such a spectacular place – the arena is incredible.

“I didn’t think that Olympia (London International Horse Show) would ever be matched for an atmosphere, but I think we can honestly say that this event was also an awesome occasion. It was great to see so many children in the audience, especially.

“This is a huge atmosphere for dressage horses at Liverpool. Jumping horses can go in these sort of atmospheres all the time, but it’s so difficult to get exposure for these young up and coming horses for their future, so it has been an amazing experience to have both my horse and Charlotte’s horse at Liverpool.”

Dressage at Hickstead 2017

Dressage At Hickstead can look back on an outstanding summer season in 2017 when British riders enjoyed success in  CDIO3*/CDI2*/CDIYJP/CDIU25 at the  Sussex venue from July 27-30, with a number of them proving unbeatable at their respective levels.

The crowd was thrilled to see dressage star Charlotte Dujardin in action and, consistent with their good form, she and Hawtins Delicato were the ones to beat in the small tour divisions. The nine-year-old son of Diamond Hit, who has been earmarked by owner Carl Hester as his future Grand Prix horse, won by a margin of four percent before going on to victory in Friday’s Inter I.

Charlotte Dujardin in action Photo: British Dressage

“I’m so so proud of ‘Del’ who continues his super form to win the Inter I today. He’s such an exciting horse,” said Charlotte at the time.

Heading into Saturday’s Inter I Freestyle full of confidence, the pair rode an expressive test to a Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack. Their performance was not without mistake, as they had some glitches in the changes, but the quality of their work raked in the marks.

The pair earned a final of score of 77.85 per cent to take the class ahead of the emerging partnership of Maria Eilberg and Farah Al Khojai’s Sir Donnerhall gelding, Sarotti 57. Maria and Sarotti posted their best score to date of 75.62 per cent..

2009 European team silver medallist, Maria, also impressed aboard Royal Concert with victory in the Intermediate A and Intermediate B with cracking marks of 73.11 per cent and 68.61 per cent. The 14-year-old ‘Rico’ who is owned by Maria, BD Chairman Penny Pollard and Hermione Black, ‘kept his cool’ to show what he’s capable of and give a taste of what’s to come.

In the Grand Prix, British riders were kept at bay by their European and American counterparts, the class going to Frenchman Pierre Volla with the mare Baninda Altena. The French fielded a strong team, using Hickstead as a final opportunity to pick their quartet for the European Championships later this month. The highest placed Brit was Emma Hindle and her 11-year-old mare Romy Del Sol, scoring 70.70 per cent to place sixth.

Saturday’s Grand Prix Special also belonged to Volla, however the young British partnership of Becky Moody and Carinsio made an impression with an exciting second place.

Richard Davison and Bubblingh continued their run of form to win the Grand Prix Freestyle. Richard and ‘Bubbles’, Gwendolyn Sontheim’s 11-year-old son of Ballaseyr Royale, scored 74.18 per cent ahead of the Netherlands’ Jean-Rene Luijmes and Ashwin in second (73.04 per cent) and popular British lady rider Louise Bell with former working hunter champion, Into the Blue, in third (71.36 per cent).

HOYS dressage championships

This year’s Horse of the Year Show features the fifth running of the annual Dressage Future Elite Championship. Taking place during the evening performance on Thursday October 5, this prestigious competition provides a platform for the UK’s rising Grand Prix horses to gain invaluable experience under the spotlight at a world famous international event.

In conjunction with British Dressage, the popular Championship is designed for horses between eight and ten years old. The class will feature a total of eight horse and rider combinations that will each showcase an Intermediate I Freestyle.

Last year’s Future Elite was won by none other than Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin riding Hawtins Delicato who scored an incredible 78.62 per cent. Charlotte is back competing in the Championship again this year to defend her title, aboard her new ride Mount St John Freestyle.

Charlotte Dujardin in action Photo: British Dressage

 

The eight horse and rider combinations this year include:

  • Owen Cooper riding Don Dante
  • Rebecca Cowderoy riding Celicia
  • Charlotte Dujardin riding Mount St John Freestyle
  • Maria Eilberg riding Sarotti 57
  • Dan Greenwood riding  Chevalier O
  • Sadie Smith riding Keystone Dynamite
  • Vicky Thompson Winfield riding Artist
  • Sophie Wells riding C Fatal Attraction

Thursday is all about dressage at HOYS and at 2pm you can stop by the HOYS Live Zone in the Retail Village where Charlotte Dujardin will be doing a Q&A and rider signing. At 4:05pm Charlotte will be hosting this year’s Dressage Masterclass in the Andrews Bowen International Arena, and then the Dressage Future Elite Championship will commence at approximately 7:15pm.

Tickets are still available for pre-purchase or on the day purchase subject to availability, starting from just £33.00. Whilst Wednesday, Thursday and Friday tickets are valid for the full day, Saturday and Sunday are split into daytime and evening performances, with both options allowing full day access to the HOYS Retail Village. With more than 250 tradestands and a fun-filled five days of competition, it’s just the ticket to celebrate equestrian sport and enjoy a great family day out.

To book your tickets, please visit www.hoys.co.uk/tickets or call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.

Carl Hester fourth in European Championships

The final day of the dressage competition at the Longines FEI European Championships welcomed Great Britain’s Spencer Wilton and Carl Hester back to the arena.

With fifteen combinations coming forward to contest today’s event, both combinations produced fabulous tests in the Ullevi Stadium, to draw their 2017 European campaigns to a close.

Carl Hester warming up with Nip and Tuck
Photo courtesy of British Dressage

The conclusion of the Grand Prix Freestyle saw Germany’s Isabell Werth and Sönke Rothenberger once again take gold and silver after posting plus 90% scores, whilst Denmark’s Cathrine Dufour secured the bronze with 84.561%. Great Britain’s Carl Hester finished fourth with Spencer Wilton claiming 13th.

With Jen Goodman’s Super Nova II, Spencer Wilton was first to take to the arena for Great Britain, for only their second ever Grand Prix Freestyle test together. To the sounds of Adele and Justin Timberlake, the duo produced a superb test to see 75.443% awarded, for a huge new Personal Best.

Commenting afterwards Spencer said: “I’m really chuffed. He had a really tricky few moments outside with the noise – he’s never heard anything like this before. He’s so good; he’s hopefully gained some confidence here this week. You always want to do as well as you can, and I’m just taking this all as a huge positive.

“In the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special he understands the preparation for the movement, but today at times he just felt a bit lost. I’ve learnt a lot from this experience – and a lot about him as well. It’s going to give us a good boost for next year.”

Fourth last into the arena was Carl Hester with Jane de la Mare and his own Nip Tuck. With a difficult floorplan, Carl and Barney gave everything and produced a fantastic test to see a score of 80.614% confirmed.

“I’m pleased, but he was a little more difficult than I expected today,” said Carl. “I gave him an easy morning to make sure he wasn’t too tired but he was very excited! His scores have gone up all week and that’s very satisfying. We never thought he’d get this far but it’s testament to his temperament, he’s a worker. He finds it easy to do the difficult stuff, so time to work on a new freestyle – I know I can make it even harder!

The British senior teams are supported by the BEF’s UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme.

German inspiration behind ’17 BD National Convention

British Dressage has  unveiled the concept for this year’s British Dressage National Convention, Britain’s highly respected dressage training forum, in association with Harrison Clark Rickerbys. 

Held at the world-class Hartpury College International Arena in Gloucestershire over the weekend of November 25/26, the influence for 2017 comes from a country which has dominated dressage since records began: Germany.

British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler has entitled the two days ‘The German way forward: innovation, inspiration, insight’, as the convention discover the secrets of their success.

Paul Hayler
Photo courtesy of Blazewear Rugs

Over the Olympic, World and European Championships, a total of 162 medals have been claimed by German riders – but in the early part of the millennium they suffered a rare dip in form, which saw their tight grip on gold turn to silver and bronze.  At the World Championships in 2010, the unthinkable happened and the individual podiums didn’t even feature a single rider from Germany and the team only narrowly won bronze from the USA.  It was time to re-group and re-think.

And they’ve done just that.  In 2016 and the early part of this year, the German riders have dominated with a new approach.  Using the insight of classical training as the heart of their methods, they’ve taken inspiration from the riders and horses who rose to the top and added a degree of German innovation to present horses in a new, light, modern way, which is being duly rewarded by judges and bringing riders back to the top step on the podium.

Two of Germany’s leading trainers and riders, Dr Ulf Möller and Michael Klimke, will head up two days of instruction, debate and, hopefully, revelation.  Both are steeped in German dressage history as riders and producers of young horses, but also in training riders to get the best out of each horse.

Seven-time Bundeschampionate winner Dr. Ulf Möller won the World Young Horse Dressage Championships with Don Davidoff and the now legendary stallion Sandro Hit before retiring from competitive riding in 2011.  Also a qualified veterinarian, he spent 19 years at Hof Kasselmann where he oversaw the production and selection of the dressage horses for sale in the world-renown P.S.I. Auctions – so he has one of the best reputations around for selecting, training and producing a horse from young classes through to Grand Prix level.

Dressage rider Michael Klimke
Photo: John Simpson

A professional lawyer, Michael has a dressage pedigree like no other, as his father was Reiner Klimke, one of Germany’s most successful Olympic dressage riders – and he’s still based at their Munster family home.  Mother Ruth was an accomplished horsewoman in her own right and sister Ingrid has won two Olympic gold medals in eventing.   He enjoyed many successes in the nineties and was selected as the reserve rider for the 2000 German Olympic Team with his iconic partner, Entertainer.  After a decade away from competing to focus on his legal career, Michael returned in 2015 with a new string of talented horses.  His training methods mirror that of his father: classical, but always looking forward, with the horse’s welfare of prime concern.

Michael commented; “It’s an honour for me to be invited to be a part of the weekend.  My last trip to Britain for such an event was two years ago for the Hester/Davidson convention where the audience was fantastic.  I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas on training and discussing the important hot topics in our wonderful sport.” 

 A weekend ticket, is just £80 for BD paid members and £90 for non-members. Daily tickets are £50 for members and £55 for non-members – and all prices have been frozen at last year’s rate.

Tickets are on-sale now via the British Dressage website at www.britishdressage.co.uk. Alternatively, you can book over the phone with our Training and Education team on 02476 698833 or 02476 698831.

 

British Dressage Convention 2017

British Dressage has unveiled the concept for this year’s British Dressage National Convention, Britain’s highly respected dressage training forum, in association with Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Held at the world-class Hartpury College International Arena in Gloucestershire over the weekend of 25/26 November, the influence for 2017 comes from a country which has dominated dressage since records began: Germany.

British Dressage Training Director Paul Hayler has entitled the two days ‘The German way forward: innovation, inspiration, insight’, as we look to discover the secrets of their success.

Over the Olympic, World and European Championships, a total of 162 medals have been claimed by German riders – but in the early part of the millennium they suffered a rare dip in form, which saw their tight grip on gold turn to silver and bronze.  At the World Championships in 2010, the unthinkable happened and the individual podiums didn’t even feature a single rider from Germany and the team only narrowly won bronze from the USA.  It was time to re-group and re-think.

And they’ve done just that.  In 2016 and the early part of this year, the German riders have dominated with a new approach.  Using the insight of classical training as the heart of their methods, they’ve taken inspiration from the riders and horses who rose to the top and added a degree of German innovation to present horses in a new, light, modern way, which is being duly rewarded by judges and bringing riders back to the top step on the podium.

British Dressage is delighted to announce two of Germany’s leading trainers and riders, Dr Ulf Möller and Michael Klimke, will head up the two days of instruction, debate and, hopefully, revelation.  Both are steeped in German dressage history as riders and producers of young horses, but also in training riders to get the best out of each horse.

Dr Ulf Moller, winner of the World Young Horse Championship seven times. Photo courtesy of Eurodressage (c)

Seven-time Bundeschampionate winner Dr. Ulf Möller won the World Young Horse Dressage Championships with Don Davidoff and the now legendary stallion Sandro Hit before retiring from competitive riding in 2011.  Also a qualified veterinarian, he spent 19 years at Hof Kasselmann where he oversaw the production and selection of the dressage horses for sale in the world-renown P.S.I. Auctions – so he has one of the best reputations around for selecting, training and producing a horse from young classes through to Grand Prix level.

A professional lawyer, Michael has a dressage pedigree like no other, as his father was Reiner Klimke, one of Germany’s most successful Olympic dressage riders – and he’s still based at their Munster family home.  Mother Ruth was an accomplished horsewoman in her own right and sister Ingrid has won two Olympic gold medals in eventing.   He enjoyed many successes in the nineties and was selected as the reserve rider for the 2000 German Olympic Team with his iconic partner, Entertainer.  After a decade away from competing to focus on his legal career, Michael returned in 2015 with a new string of talented horses.  His training methods mirror that of his father: classical, but always looking forward, with the horse’s welfare of prime concern.

Michael commented; “It’s an honour for me to be invited to be a part of the weekend.  My last trip to Britain for such an event was two years ago for the Hester/Davidson convention where the audience was fantastic.  I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas on training and discussing the important hot topics in our wonderful sport.”

You can join us for a single day or make savings with a weekend ticket, which is just £80 for BD paid members and £90 for non-members. Daily tickets are £50 for members and £55 for non-members – and all prices have been frozen at last year’s rate.

Tickets are on-sale now via the British Dressage website at www.britishdressage.co.uk. Alternatively, you can book over the phone with our Training and Education team on 02476 698833 or 02476 698831.

Dressage At Hickstead is highly regarded

Dressage at Hickstead continues to promote Britain’s status in the sport of dressage and  this outstanding venue is now ranked as world class.It is highly regarded on the International scene, voted by riders as hosting the third best International show after Rotterdam and Aachen.
The brainchild of International dressage trainer Dane Rawlins, this venue has also contributed greatly to the opportunities available for our own British riders.
In 1998 it was  selected by the FEI to host the Junior and Young Rider European Dressage Championships, a great honour not only for Dressage at Hickstead but also for Great Britain.
This event was made even more memorable when the British Junior Team took the Bronze Medal.In 2003 Dressage at Hickstead was the home to the enormously successful FEI European Championships at which the British Team took the Bronze Medal behind Spain and winners Germany.

Director of Hickstead, Dane Rawlins, riding Lady Harris’s horse Sydney  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Dressage at Hickstead continues to grow today. In 2009 it welcomed the Exquis World Dressage Masters Series and Moorlands Totilas, who made history at Hickstead, competing for the first time abroad at Grand Prix level and scoring a new World Record in the Kur.Laura Bechtolsheimer also scored a new personal best.
The Dressage Masters League championships, with qualifiers all over the country, were the brain child of Dane Rawlins- providing a competitive league for riders of all levels.
Affiliated Dressage Dates 2017: May 27, Southern semi final June 3-4; Premier League and Dressage Masters Championship, June 20-24; BD Summer Regionals, July 14-16; Hickstead International and CDI03* and British Young Horse Championships, July 27-30.  August 12, September 2, September 27 and October 14.
Also held during the Hickstead International 2017 – National Young Horses 5yr and 6yr old championship on Saturday July 29 followed by the International Young Horse Championship for  5yr and 6yr old on Sunday July 30 .This championship aim is to encourage the production of top quality young dressage horses that will go on to represent their country internationally.