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.

Badr’s two good dressage horses for 2017

Sussex rider Badr Al Oman is better known for his talented successes in the dressage arena, but earlier this year showed his arena eventing skills are just as good,  when competing in those competitions at Pyecombe.
While his chief love will always be dressage, he enjoyed competing there with Sue Bunn’s striking home red Brighton Rock over winter. He followed a string of consistent high placings with a win and was overall league champions for 2016/2017.
“Dressage will always be my main passion but I’ve been enjoying competing Brighton Rock in all disciplines of dressage, jumping and cross country. He has been regularly placed in British Showjumping  and British Dressage events, and will also do some local one day events too this year,” he said.
Badr and Rebus, owned by Elise Lawrence, competing Photo: Spidge Event Photography +44 1444-413110 Mobile: (07880) 835596 Email:peter@spidge.co.uk

Badr and Rebus, owned by Elise Lawrence, competing
Photo: Spidge Event Photography +44 1444-413110 Mobile: (07880) 835596
Email:peter@spidge.co.uk

Now he is looking forward to the 2017 dressage season where he will again be competing with dressage horse St. Schufro, affectionally known as Rebus, owned by Elise Lawrence.
Badr said: “Last year was very successful  for Rebus and he won more than a dozen classes at novice, elementary and medium level  while qualifying for the regionals at those levels too.
“He spent much of the winter in light training but mainly hacking along the lanes and Sussex downs as he is still a young horse. He is a very talented and clever horse and finds everything easy. He has just started to competing again for the first time since last October and has already won two classes.”
Elise Lawrence’s St. Schufro will probably be aimed for elementary and medium regionals and the Hickstead dressage masters league semi finals. He should be starting advanced medium by the end of the year and has the class to achieve good results.
Badr and Gatsby

Badr and Gatsby

 Badr added: “I have also been competing Gatsby D’Capri owned by Mary Jennings from Hurstpierpoint. He is a 15.1hh Andalucian gelding. He will be aimed at novice and elementary classes as well as the Iberian Dressage Championships. He picked up good placings at his first show this year.”
Badr has won at Intermediarre 1 level dressage and is a group 2 rider.  He is BHS registered and offers lessons and training for riders of all disciplines. He is based near Hickstead and holds regular clinics with the South East Connemara Society, local riding clubs and dressage rallies for Southdown Hunt West pony club. 
Badr can be contacted on 07870 485339.

Top dressage horse goes to Denmark

A top British dressage horse has been sold to Denmark. West Sussex dressage rider Fiona Bigwood’s Atterupgaards Orthilia has joined Danish rider Agnete Kirk Thinggaard.
Fiona partnered the 12 year old Gribaldi sired mare, known as ‘Tillie’, as part of the British team for the 2015 European Championships in Aachen, Germany and the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, winning team silver at both.
Fiona, a mother of three, said: “It was a very hard decision but Tillie is in the prime of her competition career and I want the best for her.  My home commitments mean I can only do around four top level shows a year and she deserves to have her full potential realised.
Fiona Bigwood competing with Atterupgaards Orthilia Photo: British Dressage Photo copyright ©

Fiona Bigwood competing with Atterupgaards Orthilia
Photo Copyright: British Dressage

“She’s the most talented, generous and clever horse I’ve ever ridden, but I know she’ll have the best home and chance of success with Agnete.  We waved her off yesterday on her journey to her new home in Denmark.”
Fiona and her husband Anders [Dahl] have recently located to a new base near Haywards Heath in West Sussex which needs major renovation and development which, alongside being mum to Mette, Morten and Lars, will take much of her time.  However, riding is still very much part of her life and she has no plans to retire.
“I love training and competing so my career is far from over.  I have some exciting youngsters at home and am currently looking for another so I’m not ready to hang my boots up just yet!” she said.
Anders Dahl, Fiona Bigwood and Atterupgaaards Orthilia Photo: Rose Lewis

Anders Dahl, Fiona Bigwood and Atterupgaaards Orthilia Photo: Rose Lewis

 “My priority is my family and home so while I won’t be out competing at the big internationals for a while, I’ll still be busy at home working on producing a future Olympic champion for Britain.”
Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive of British Dressage commented; “I’m sure everyone in the dressage community will be sad to see Tillie go and break this magic partnership.
She’s hugely talented and still has great potential for the future, so this is a big loss to Team GBR.
“On behalf of British Dressage, we would like to thank both Fiona and Tillie for their significant contribution to the two team silver medals in 2015 and at last year’s Olympics.  While this combination will be much missed, Fiona’s stable of exciting youngsters will hopefully mean that she’s back as part of our medal-winning teams in the near future.”
Acting British Equestrian Federation Performance Director, Sarah Armstrong added; “Fiona and Tillie have been superb members of the British team for the past couple of years and have contributed greatly to the two team silver medals won during this time, at Aachen Europeans in 2015 and at last year’s Olympic Games.
“The relationship that they developed was very special, and I’m sure this decision for Fiona was not taken lightly. We have greatly enjoyed watching the duo over the years and Tillie will be greatly missed, but we look forward to still seeing her compete on the international circuit.”

Sam is new dressage chairman

The British Dressage Board has unanimously selected Sam Osborn as the new new chairperson for its Southern Region. Based in Haslemere, Surrey, Sam has taken over the post with immediate affect as Dan Watson has finished his term of office.
Sam has been on the Southern Committee for two years as one of two BYRDS Reps and has been actively involved in dressage since 1989 when she became a member of the newly created BYRDS (British Young Riders Dressage Scheme).  A committed supporter through a large part of BD’s history and development, she has ridden all her life, initially starting in the show ring until having lessons with David Hunt with whom she has trained ever since.
Sam Osborn, new dressage chairperson Photo British Dressage

Sam Osborn, new dressage chairperson
Photo British Dressage

Her daughter, Phoebe, is a keen member of BYRDS and, although Sam doesn’t compete herself, she’s very active within the region and enjoys working with young riders and grass roots riders, encouraging them to become involved with BD.
BD Regional and Volunteer Manager Sue Harrison said of the appointment: “I’m delighted to welcome Sam as the new Regional Chair for Southern Region.  Sam has done a tremendous job in growing BYRDS during her time as BYRDS Rep.  As she now takes on this new and exciting role, I know she’ll continue that development throughout all areas within the Southern Region.”
“Sam takes over from Dan Watson and I would like to thank Dan for giving his time so freely and for all his hard work during four years as Regional Chair.”
In the past, Sam has had extensive involvement with The Pony Club, enjoying a seat on the committee of the Chiddingfold branch for three years until 2011, during which time she held the post as Secretary.
She was then appointed as Assistant District Commissioner from 2012 to 2015, which no doubt stood her in good stead for her BYRDS Rep role.
Currently, she organises a number of clinics, dressage and showjumping competitions at Parwood Equestrian in Surrey, working with British Showjumping and British Eventing, as well the local Pony Clubs and Riding Clubs. She’s also working towards her UKCC Level 2 exam and is training to become a listed dressage judge.
“I’m very excited to be taking over the role of Southern Region Chair from Dan,” said Sam. “I’m looking forward to working with both the regional committee and the members within the Southern Region.  I would welcome any ideas or suggestions that members may have, so please do get in touch directly with me.”

Dressage medallists in honours list

Olympic and Paralympic dressage medallists were recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list including a knighthood for Lee Pearson, Charlotte Dujardin and Sophie Christiansen were both CBEs while Anne Dunham received an OBE.

Lee holds an impressive tally of 37 championships medals which had a further gold and silver added from Rio this summer. He was also voted to be the Paralympics GB flag bearer at the opening ceremony so this honour crowns an extraordinary year for the Staffordshire rider. Lee was first recognised in 2001 with an MBE which was followed by an OBE in 2005 and then CBE in 2009. He’s joined by Andy Murray and Mo Farah while Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katherine Granger received damehoods.

Lee Pearson OBE Photo: British Dressage

Lee Pearson OBE Photo: British Dressage

An excited Lee said; “It’s just surreal! I’d known for about a month and a half and told close family. I’m truly humbled to be recognised like this; previously it’s just been a case of adding letters after my name, now I have to completely change it! People have been so generous with their messages – I’ve had thousands and I’m grateful for all of them. I’m still in shock, it’s going to take time to get my head around it; I keep asking myself ‘why me’ but friends have said ‘well, look at what you’ve done’ but I don’t look back, only forward! I’ll still be just Lee…but will be happy if anyone wants to call me Sir Lee!”

Sophie Christian matched her Paralympic triple gold haul in London with her new ride in Rio, Di Redfern’s Athene Lindebjerg to bring her Paralympic medal tally to ten, eight gold. Just days ago she finished fifth in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – top female and top para athlete – so her CBE crowns a stellar year.

Sophie Christiansen following previous Olympic Victory Photo:British Paralympic Association

Sophie Christiansen following previous Olympic Victory Photo:British Paralympic Association

Charlotte Dujardin made history in Rio in becoming the first ever female athlete to successfully defend a gold medal when she won Freestyle gold with Carl Hester, Roly Luard and Anne Barrott’s Valegro. Her historic double gold performance in London was recognised with an OBE so the CBE is fitting recognition for this year’s Olympic achievement, her gold was the icing on the cake following a hard-fought team silver.

Charlotte Du Jardin Photo: British Dressage

Charlotte Du Jardin Photo: British Dressage

Anne Dunham has competed at five of the last six Paralympic Games and was part of the gold medal team at every one including Rio. She also scooped two individual silvers behind Sophie Christiansen with the Lady Joseph Trust’s LJT Lucas Normark to bring her Paralympic medal total to ten. Her MBE came in 2009 and the promotion to OBE is just reward for a career spanning over 20 years for the rider who celebrated her 68th birthday in September.

British Dressage Chief Executive Jason Brautigam commented; “Congratulations to our four tremendous riders. It’s great to see them recognised in such a prestigious way; for Lee to be one of only three sporting knighthoods is testament to his consistency and dedication to the sport. Charlotte and Sophie were phenomenal in Rio while Anne’s longevity and dependability is unequalled. We’re very proud of them all and the inspiration they provide to every rider out there.”

Show jumping rider Nick Skelton was also recognised with a CBE following his emotional individual gold in Rio with Big Star and British Dressage would like to extend congratulations to him and his team.