Monday 23 Jul 2018

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  1. Congratulations to coaches

    British Dressage is delighted to announce that the National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence for 2018/19 will begin in October with the largest cohort of coaches to date selected from British Showjumping, British Dressage, British Eventing, Endurance GB, Pony Club and the British Horse Society.

    The National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence (NDPCE) is aimed at those working with adults and young people who participate in equestrian sport for competitive recreation purposes and aims to recognise the importance of high performing coaches working with grass roots riders.

    All coaches selected for the programme hold their Equestrian Level 3 coaching certificate, endorsed by UKCC or equivalent, and have been selected for their passion in sustaining and growing participation within equestrian sport as well as their attitude to learning and the importance of continuous professional and personal development. They will embark on the 12 month cross-discipline programme which is now in its third year of running and is supported by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and Sport England.

    Nick Fellows, Chief Executive of the BEF says: “I am delighted we are able to support these coaches on their journey to becoming truly high performers in coaching grassroots participation. We know how important coaches are to participants’ development but most importantly enjoyment in our sport and we are proud to be able to support this excellent programme.”

    Selected coaches for 2018/19:

    British Showjumping
    Claire Edwards
    James Emblen
    Gemma Hallett
    Elizabeth Jackson
    Julia Nelson
    Erica Oldham

    British Dressage
    Patsy Bartram
    Melissa Beer
    Amy Blount
    Leonie Brown
    Angela Eastwood
    Gillian Liggins
    Alison Kenward
    Liz Properjohn

    British Eventing
    Sue Colley
    Linda DeMatteo
    Helen Martin
    Caroline Peatfield
    Jon Rogers
    Hannah Shea-Simonds
    Sam York

    Pony Club
    Jayne Almond
    Amanda Barton
    Liz Madeley

    Endurance GB
    Sally Hall

    Karen Farnsworth

  2. BEF seek Performance Director to lead programme

    The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has today launched the job description for its new Performance Director, to lead its World Class Programme and British senior teams on the journey to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

    The role, which reports to the Chief Executive Officer, is about exemplary leadership. As the strategic leader of the performance strategy, the post holder will drive the BEF’s ambition to deliver milestones and targets in the next two years up to Tokyo; providing the foundations for 2024 and beyond.

    The Performance Director, working in partnership with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, will oversee the management of athletes and horses, while supporting their owners and home teams, and develop emerging talent through identifiable pathways to ensure a rich pipeline for the future.

    Further information about the role and the job description can be found on the BEF Job Vacancies page.

  3. Summer Regional Championships: Somerford Park

    Double Olympic Champion Charlotte Dujardin made her intent for the 2018 LeMieux National Championships clear with a dominant performance of the upper levels at the Somerford North West Regional Championships last weekend. Afterwards, she dubbed her four mares, three of them British bred, her ‘dream girls’ (pictured) after they all earned places at Stoneleigh in September. And proving that that she’s grounded, it was just her and dedicated groom Alan Davies to travel, prepare and care for all four horses over the two days…who needs an entourage!

    Two busy days in blistering heat saw some first rate dressage action with all but two of the 14 sections won on scores topping the 70% barrier. The highest score went to Charlotte with her bright star Hawtins San Floriana whom she co-owns with Carl Hester. The San Amour x Florestan six year old posted an astonishing 79.95% in the TopSpec Medium Gold Section to take the win and her second Nationals ticket having qualified for the Shearwater Six Year Old Young Horse Championships last weekend at Hartpury.

    Charlotte rode a further 79%+ test with Emma Blundell’s seven year old Mount St John VIP to claim the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold title with 79.08%. Another young rising start, the Vivaldi x Donnerhall mare is already a Stoneleigh ‘veteran’ with the Shearwater five and six year old and Top Spec Medium open titles under her belt. Charlotte bagged a further place at the Nationals in finish with Carl Hester’s Benetton Dream x Dimaggio Brioso II with 74.78%.

    The final gold ticket for the Gloucestershire rider came in the Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold with the British bred River Rise Nisa, who’s by the same sire as her legendary partner Valegro, Negro. It’s winner takes all in this section as only the winner progresses and 76.75% put them top of the podium.

    The Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I title went to Jess Dunn from neighboring county Lancashire with Jennifer Whittaker’s Dutch-bred Alicante Valley. The duo are on prime form having won at PSG level internationally at last week’s Hartpury CDI3*.

    One of the most excited victory reactions came from Katie Owens who was the winner in the Childéric Elementary Silver section with her six year old British bred Saffira, by Showmaker. Their preparations didn’t go to plan when Katie had a fall the day before… on Friday the 13th! But the UKCC Level 2 qualified rider was none the worse for wear and made her trip over the Pennines from North Yorkshire a celebratory one with a score of 77.14%, which included an 81.09% score from judge Andrew Bennie.

    On Facebook, she claimed; “Actually think I’m the happiest person alive right now after winning the elementary silver regional today with my girl Steve on 77%. She was so amazing can’t believe I am lucky enough to have a horse like her and so so much thanks to Becky and all the Moodys for all the hours of help and opportunities they’ve given me!”

    It was also a good day at the office for Warwickshire rider Rebecca Hughes who declared she was ‘on cloud nine’ with Alison Croft’s young British bred star, Tantoni Dallaglio. The duo came together in late 2017 and have enjoyed winning ways ever since, never scoring under 70%. Their winning streak continued in the Childéric Elementary Gold with 73.91% which was followed the next day with an improved score of 74.37% in the TopSpec Medium Gold which, on a ‘normal’ day probably would have been enough for the win, but with the ‘Charlotte factor’, it gave them second but still at place at the Championships in September.

    British Dressage thanks organiser Wayne Burrow and his team plus the venue Somerford Park and all involved for a successful Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part.

    North West Regional Champions

    BackInAction Prelim Silver
    Section A
    Natasha Taylor with Elsinore Els, 70.98%
    Section B
    Suzannah Offley with Cliffhollins Mystry, 70.8%

    Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver
    Section A
    Katie Bagot with Zomaar, 72.28%
    Section B
    Hilary Janion with QEG Lux, 69.75%

    Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold
    Emma Wooley and Hancock V, 74.32%

    Childéric Elementary Silver
    Section A
    Florence Human with Fulgencio , 74.22%
    Section B
    Katie Owens with Saffira, 77.14%

    Childéric Elementary Gold
    Rebecca Hughes with Tantoni Dallaglio, 73.91%

    TopSpec Medium Silver
    Annabella Pidgley with Ine, 73.51%

    TopSpec Medium Gold

    Charlotte Dujardin with Hawtins San Floriana, 79.95%

    Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver

    Harriet Kipping with Camelot’s Black Knight, 67.72%

    Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold

    Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John VIP, 79.08%

    Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold
    Charlotte Dujardin with River Rise Nisa, 76.75%

    Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Gold
    Jessica Dunn with LG Alicante Valley, 73.11%

    Full results – click here


  4. BD Abroad: Deauville CDI3*/CDI2*/CDIYJP

    The following riders have been selected to represent Great Britain at Deauville CDI3*/CDI2*/CDIYJP in France this week (17 – 22 July 2018).

    CDI3* Big Tour
    Henriette Andersen (54) from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire with her own Flavio (bay gelding, 13yrs, 16.2hh, s. Florencio ds. Glueckspilz).
    Louise Bell (47) from Banbury, Oxfordshire with her own Into The Blue (roan gelding, 12yrs, 16.2hh, s. Ublesco ds. Calvaro Z).
    Michael Eilberg (31) from Redditch, Worcestershire with Ferdi Eilberg’s Marakov (bay gelding, 18yrs, 16.3hh, s. Rufus, ds. Mitjulands).
    Bobby Hayler (26) from Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham with Paul Hayler’s Aldborough Rubinhall (grey stallion, 16yrs, 17hh, s. Rubioso N ds. Panther) - pictured.

    CDI2* Middle Tour
    Henrietta Cheetham (61) from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire with her own Schattentanzerin (black mare, 11yrs, 16.2hh, s. San Remo ds. Wolkentanz).
    Maria Eilberg (34) from Redditch, Worcestershire with Farah Al Khojai’s Sarotti 57 (bay gelding, 11yrs, 16.3hh, s. Sir Donnerhall ds. Cagliostro XX).
    Maria Eilberg with her own, Penny Pollard and Hermione Black’s Royal Concert (grey gelding, 15yrs, 16.3hh, s. Royal Diamond, ds. Continue).

    CDI2* Small Tour
    Sally Bell (33) from Langport, Somerset with Sarah Goodwin-Davis’s Ceryl (chestnut gelding, 11yrs, 17hh, s. Flemmingh ds. Houston).
    Sally Bell with her own State Secret (chestnut gelding, 14yrs, 16hh, s. Manno).
    Henrietta Cheetham with her own Dancer Khan (bay gelding, 10yrs, 16.2hh, s. Dancier).
    Michael Eilberg with his own and Ferdi Eilberg’s Daltrey (bay gelding, 8yrs, 16.2hh, s. Desert Moon).
    Jenny Ward from Daventry, Northamptonshire with her own Brasil P (bay gelding, 12yrs, 16.2hh. s. Wolfgang).
    Dean Skeates (32) from Swindon, Wiltshire with Judy Peploe’s Super Blue (bay gelding, 14yrs, 17hh, s. Show Star ds. Florestan I).

    CDI Young Riders
    Rebecca Bell (18) from Faringdon, Oxfordshire with Caroline Bell’s Nibeley Union Hit (dark bay mare, 11yrs, 16.1hh, s. Nibeley Union Jack).

    CDI Juniors
    Megan Assouline (17) from Colchester, Essex with Jane Manley’s Ramanda EG (chestnut mare, 13yrs, 16hh).
    Merlyn Latimer Smith (18) from Betchworth, Surrey with her own Ambrosini (bay gelding, 13yrs, 16.1hh, s. Trento B).
    Charlotte Snape (16) from Beverley, East Yorkshire with her own Camelot III (bay gelding, 16yrs, 16hh, s. Carabas).

    CDI Ponies
    Lily Laughton (14) from Chippenham, Wiltshire with Maddy Whelan’s Ode To Shannon (bay mare, 9yrs, 14.1hh, s. Washington Postman).

    For start lists and results see the show website.

  5. Summer Regional Championships: Hickstead

    In searing heat, the first Summer Regional Championship of the 2018 season took place last week at Hickstead in Sussex (13 – 15 July 2018). The three-day show offered visitors a feast of high quality competition as seasoned professionals and talented amateurs alike went all-out for a place at the LeMieux National Championships in September.

    Friday the thirteenth may be unlucky some but not for the three riders who took home the spoils that day. The Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver was an incredibly close-fought affair with the top four combinations all within less than half a percent of each other. The winner, Ashleigh Hill (pictured) from Kent, had a show to remember with her two homebred chestnut mares. It was six-year-old Floriek (Floriscount x Jazz) - pictured left - who had the edge for victory with a score of 68.89%, whilst stablemate Dyani (Desperados x Regazzoni) was awarded 67.72% for fifth.

    “I’m absolutely over the moon with my two girls today!” said Ashleigh on her Facebook page. “My first homebred only went and won the Hickstead Regionals! Overwhelmed is an understatement.... I’m so incredibly proud of how they both performed at their first stay away show. Fleur [Floriek] worked her socks off and tried so very hard for me and I couldn’t be more impressed with how she’s developed! And Ruby [Dyani] did super to go first in the test and manage to hold fifth place.”

    Multi-talented local rider Helen Millichamp (42) from Billingshurst claimed the Backinaction Preliminary with the eventing prospect, Jalado’s Star. The six-year-old mare by Wish Upon A Star who’s known at home as Thelma was piloted by Helen to a score of 72.59%. Manon Evans (18) with her German bred nine-year-old Otto VII were runners up with Katherine McGrail and the Welsh Section D mare, Floreat Heartbeat, completing the top three.

    The Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold belonged to Kerry Mackin (36) from Horsham with the beautiful and talented young stallion, Izonik (Zonik x Jazz). A runner-up in the 2017 Shearwater Young Horse Four-Year-Old Championship, Izonik, who radiates quality, earned a score of 75.12% with proud owner Rowan Bryson looking on. Also at Hickstead with her competitor’s hat on, Rowan (23) achieved second in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver aboard her Laudabalis 11-year-old, Lazulith.

    Hickstead was bathed in sunshine all weekend as a further eight regional titles were distributed and qualifying spots earned. Australian Olympic Event rider Brook Staples claimed the Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver with 12-year-old event horse Doonaveeragh O Six who has competed internationally to 2* level; Alice Oppenheimer and Headmore Bella Ruby (Belissimo M x Rubinstein) took the Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold and pony power came to the fore in the form of Emilia Nelson (13) and the pony stallion WFS Top Red (by Top Yellow). The pocket-sized pair won the TopSpec Medium Silver with a superb 70.86%.

    The highest scorer on Sunday was Tom Goode with Emile Faurie’s handsome German seven-year-old, Langley – this new partnership took the TopSpec Medium Gold with 73.42%. Gary Hoult from Cranleigh impressed with Deborah Knight’s Rhodium-sired mare, B Jazzmin to claim the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold; reigning Petplan Equine Prix St Georges Silver Champions, Molly Key and Absinth W continue their fantastic 2018 by taking the winning ticket in the Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges; Adam Signy’s Jazz son, Formidable, certainly lived up to his name - with Essex’s Cornelia O’Mahoney in the saddle taking the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver; and Vicky Thompson Winfield and Exquisite-D, her beautiful 10-year-old Lord Loxley stallion earned 70.66% to win the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Gold by a margin of almost two percent.

    British Dressage thanks Dressage at Hickstead and all involved for a successful Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part.

    Regional champions:

    Friday 13 July

    Backinaction Preliminary Silver
    Helen Millichamp with Jalado’s Star, 72.59%

    Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver
    Ashleigh Hill with Floriek, 68.89%

    Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold
    Kerry Mackin with Izonik, 75.12%

    Saturday 14 July
    Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver
    Brook Staples with Doonaveeragh O Six, 70.78%

    Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold
    Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Bella Ruby, 71.93%

    TopSpec Medium Silver
    Emilia Nelson with WFS Top Red, 70.86%

    Sunday 15 July
    Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold
    Molly Key with Absinth W, 69.52%

    Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver
    Cornelia O’Mahoney with Formidable, 69.34%

    TopSpec Medium Gold
    Tom Goode with Langley, 73.42%

    Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold
    Gary Hoult with B Jazzmin, 69.52%

    Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold
    Vicky Thompson Winfield with Exquisite-D, 70.66%

    For full results click here.

  6. Team NAF on the ball in France

    Whilst the French people enjoyed a week of goals galore and golden ticker tape, the picturesque town of Fontainebleau played host to its own key sporting event, the FEI European Championships for Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Riders in the three Olympic disciplines.

    Team NAF enjoyed a great week across the board, with several top ten places and plus 70% scores for the seven riders who travelled to the Championships to represent their country.

    Children on Horses: Payne makes her mark

    Children on Horses features riders aged 12 to 14 compete across three tests equal to BD Elementary/Medium and has grown in popularity over the years; the 2018 Championship proved highly competitive with no less than 44 riders battling for the titles.

    It was second time lucky for Boston based Lily Payne who travelled to Roosendaal for last year’s European Championship but was sadly ruled out after her dancing partner, Ann Savage’s Beckhouse Cancara, twisted her shoe on the first day of competition. Putting her past disappointment behind her, 14-year-old Lily made every second of this year’s competition count and enjoyed a week of phenomenal results with ‘Cara’.

    Their campaign started with a solid 69.42% for 18th place in the Preliminary test before an even better tour around the team test resulted in 70.19% and a top ten finish. Lily and Cara without doubt saved their best until last as they performed a sublime test in the individual final resulting in a great score of 71.25% and a record sixth place. This is the highest placed finish for a British Children on Horses rider, congratulations to Lily and her team.

    The bulk of the medals belonged to the Netherlands who took home the team title as well as individual Gold and Silver.

    Juniors: Youngsters gain valuable mileage

    Two British Junior riders headed to Fontainebleau to represent Great Britain and Team NAF as individuals. Both Jessica McConkey and Maddy Whelan enjoyed a week of experience building tests that will without doubt set them up for strong results in the future.

    Drawn on day one of the Team competition, Maddy Whelan and Sandy Phillips’ stallion Diamond Design showed promise in their test alongside a couple of unfortunate mistakes to score 66.87%. They went on to score 64.41% in the Individual test and will without doubt return to their best on another day. “It’s been an amazing Championships, one I will never forget,” said Maddy on her Facebook page, “Not quite the scores we were hoping for but so much learnt!”

    16-year-old Jessica McConkey enjoyed an awesome European Championship debut with her own nine-year-old mare Lady Gaga II. In the team test, the elegant pair earned 68.87% from the panel of judges consisting of Raphael Saleh (FRA), Leif Tornblad (NOR), Henning Lehrmann (GER), Clive Halsall (GBR) and Thomas Lang (AUT). In the individual test a handful of small mistakes just kept the score from reaching the same notes as the previous round, however they still gained a creditable 66.70%.

    Repeating the success of their Children on Horses team, the Junior class was dominated by the Dutch. Strong team test performances from Daphne Van Peperstraten, Thalia Rockx, Kimberly Pap and Milou Dees meant that the ladies in orange left Championship favourites Germany in Silver medal position whilst the Danish team settled for Bronze. Dutch anchor Daphne went on to score a hat-trick with her family’s 11-year-old Johnson sired gelding Cupido to complete a brilliant week shrouded in gold.

    Young Riders: Debutants fly high

    Team NAF’s Young Riders arrived in Fontainebleau with high hopes and certainly didn’t disappoint. An ace combined effort in the Team Championship resulted in sixth place amongst some tough competition, just 3.8 points off a coveted medal.

    Charlotte Dicker earned the highest score of the British quartet in the team test from anchor position; her routine with Sabatini impressed the judges and was good enough for 10th place with 71.11%. Seasoned campaigner Charlotte enjoyed a return to the Championship teams following her Junior appearance in 2016, however the year has not been without drama for the Stockbridge based rider. Following a winning trip to Keysoe CDI Charlotte sustained two fractures to her spine, fortunately a speedy recovery and a successful trip to the Hagen Future Champions show secured her place on the team. After their brilliant Team test performance, Charlotte and ‘Soli’ scored 67.5% in their Individual test to conclude their solid week.

    Team newcomer Anna Jesty made waves in the team test with her own Aquiro as they excelled themselves to earn 70.35% and 14th place. Anna, a pupil of Anna Ross, went on to secure two further top twenty placings after their 68.85% individual test earned them a spot in the prestigious freestyle final. Proud trainer Anna Ross took to Facebook to celebrate her pupils’ success saying, “I couldn’t be prouder of Anna Jesty’s 70% on her team debut at the European Championships. It’s worth mentioning that the entire GBR Young Rider team is made up of young professionals who work in the industry and have trained their horses from scratch themselves. The future is bright!”

    Lewis Carrier also enjoyed a brilliant Championship debut despite a tricky start to the week. His own Diego V proved a little hot to trot in the team test and a couple of costly mistakes left the duo with 65.14%. The week however took a brilliant turn for 21-year-old Lewis who went on to earn the highest British placings in the Individual and Freestyle finals; the latter was an impressive 10th place after the judges awarded 71.07% following an energetic Western-themed music programme.

    Chew Magna based rider Alex Harrison contested his first Championships with his own exciting seven-year-old gelding, Diamond Hill. Alex and ‘Damo’ notched up a good score of 67.47% in the team test before unfortunately going on to encounter a few problems in the individual test. The future looks very bright for the Don Diamond gelding, with Alex commenting on his Facebook page ‘Not the scores we wanted and had a few uncharacteristic mistakes on both days but what a great experience for a young horse to come and experience this atmosphere.’

    The German team topped the tables and proved that consistency is key as their riders earned the Young Rider Gold medal for yet another year. The Dutch had to settle for Silver in this Championship in only one test as a week of sublime performances concluded with Esmee Donkers and Chaina (Sir Donnerhall x Rubioso N) strolling to two Gold medals and two European Champion titles in the Individual and Freestyle classes.

    Onwards and upwards

    It’s been another great Championship for Team NAF and our British riders continue to gain experience against the very best riders on the Continent. British Dressage thanks team supporters NAF, equestrian kit suppliers LeMieux, official vehicle supplier Land Rover and all the support teams behind our Championship representatives including team trainer Paul Fielder, team Vet Robert Oulton, Stable Manager Liz Walsh, Chef d’Equipes Cara Hayward and Nina Boex and the panel of selectors.

    Congratulations to the team at Grand Parquet Fontainebleau and title sponsors Longines for delivering a world-class championship experience for Dressage, Eventing and Show jumping riders.


    COH Preliminary
    1st Lara Van Nek with Fariska, 75.61% (NED)
    18th Lily Payne with Beckhouse Cancara, 69.42% (GBR)

    COH Team
    1st Lara Van Nek with Fariska, 76.15% (NED)
    9th Lily Payne with Beckhouse Cancara, 70.19% (GBR)

    Team rankings
    1st The Netherlands, 224.92
    2nd Germany, 223.07
    3rd France, 207.88

    COH Individual
    1st Sanne Buijs with Happy Feet, 76.50% (NED)
    6th Lily Payne with Beckhouse Cancara, 71.25% (GBR)

    JR Team
    1st Daphne Van Peperstraten with Cupido, 75.90% (NED)
    22nd Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga II, 68.87% (GBR)
    36th Maddy Whelan with Diamond Design, 66.87% (GBR)

    Team rankings
    1st The Netherlands, 219.75
    2nd Germany, 211.81
    3rd Denmark, 211.87

    JR Individual
    1st Daphne Van Peperstraten with Cupido, 74.47% (NED)
    37th Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga II, 66.70% (GBR)
    51st Maddy Whelan with Diamond Design, 64.41% (GBR)

    JR Freestyle
    1st Daphne Van Peperstraten with Cupido, 80.92% (NED)

    YR Team
    1st Esmee Donkers with Chaina, 77.26% (NED)
    10th Charlotte Dicker with Sabatini, 71.11% (GBR)
    14th Anna Jesty with Aquiro, 70.35% (GBR)
    40th Alex Harrison with Diamond Hill, 67.47% (GBR)
    51st Lewis Carrier with Diego V, 65.14% (GBR)

    Team rankings
    1st Germany, 222.52
    2nd Holland, 221.41
    3rd Sweden, 212.79
    6th Great Britain, 208.93

    YR Individual
    1st Esmee Donkers with Chaina, 77.29% (NED)
    11th Lewis Carrier with Diego V, 70.73% (GBR)
    18th Anna Jesty with Aquiro, 68.85% (GBR)
    28th Charlotte Dicker with Sabatini, 67.58% (GBR)
    48th Alex Harrison with Diamond Hill, 64.79% (GBR)

    YR Freestyle
    1st Esmee Donkers with Chaina, 80.50% (NED)
    10th Lewis Carrier with Diego V, 71.07% (GBR)
    13th Anna Jesty with Aquiro, 69.70% (GBR)

    Alex Harrison and Diamond Hill

    Charlotte Dicker and Sabatini

    Jessica McConkey and Lady Gaga

    Maddy Whelan and Diamond Design

    Anna Jesty and Aquiro

    Lewis Carrier and Diego V

    Lily Payne and Beckhouse Cancara

    Team NAF supporters

    For full results click here.

    Visit the BD Youth page for daily photos and stories from the event, click here.

    Photos by Adam Fanthorpe. 

  7. Do you have Podium Potential?

    Registration is now open for the British Equestrian Federation’s UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme Podium Potential 2019-2021 squad.

    The initial registration process, which is open for applications until 20 August 2018, follows the announcement of a new structure for the performance pathway as the World Class Programme builds to Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and beyond.

    International showjumper, William Whitaker, who is part of the World Class Programme Podium squad, says: “I’ve been on the Programme for just over 10 years and for me it has been a massive help. It has educated me on a lot of aspects of the sport and it has given me access to specialists across the equestrian industry.”

    The structure of the World Class Programme pathway has been redeveloped to ensure the best support is provided to both human and equine athletes to promote their continued development and enable Equestrian Team GBR to deliver medal success in the future. The programme supports athletes across the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines and is split into three different levels: Podium, Podium Potential and Podium Potential Pathway.

    BEF Head of Performance Pathways, David Hamer explains more about the structure: “Podium Potential aims to identify, support and develop partnerships that demonstrate the potential to deliver medal winning performances at senior championship level. The changes we’ve made to the policy recognise that it’s about the continuous development of two athletes – human and equine, as a combination.

    “We have revised our criteria and, recognising that at this level performance can fluctuate due mostly to athletes acquiring or losing the ride on a horse, we have removed the previous age restrictions to ensure that athletes at any stage of their development, who meet the selection criteria, are eligible to apply. Supporting riders in their progression along the pathway is an integral part of the World Class Programme."

    Registration for the Podium Potential Programme is now open! Anyone wishing to apply for the Podium Potential squad should visit the Equestrian Team GBR website for more information and to download a registration form. Please note that the initial registration process is open 16 July – 20 August 2018; any registrations submitted after this time will not be considered.  

    For those interested in applying for the Podium Potential Pathway Programme, initial registrations will open on 1 September 2018.

    More information on the selection process, timeline and minimum performance standards can be viewed by clicking here.

  8. BD Abroad: Aachen CDIO5*

    The following riders have been selected to represent Great Britain at Aachen CDIO5* in Germany, 17 – 22 July 2018.

    Emile Faurie (54) from Oxfordshire with Elena Knyaginicheva’s Delatio (black stallion, 14yrs, 16.3hh, s. De Niro, ds. Rubinstein).

    Lara Butler (29) from Gloucestershire with Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad - pictured - (bay gelding, 16yrs, 17.1hh, s. Rubin Royal, ds. Wanderbursch II).

    Start lists and results
    Live stream

  9. Bright future for young stars

    Last week saw the annual British Dressage Young Pony Championships take place at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire (Sunday 8 July).

    In the four-year-old Championships it was Elaine Coleridge-Smith’s WFD Rossini, presented by Alice Perry, to take the victory. The delightful mare by former Pony European Championship team gold medalist Rembrandt DDH showed much potential in her test and earned a winning score of 7.58.

    Briony Goodwin rode Roisin Close’s stallion RSC The Ogopogo to second place gaining 7.44, whilst third place went to Bathleyhills Swift Romance, owned by Janine Akid and ridden by Laura Woodcock.

    The highest score of the day was awarded to five-year-old Champion Hilkens Showgirl. Shirley Rixon’s sensational palomino daughter of Dreidimensional AT notched up a brilliant 8.82 with Jayne Turney at the reins.

    The Championship marks only a second arena appearance for ‘Lola’ who made her winning debut at Wellington Premier League last month. Lola looks set to be following in the footsteps of her phenomenal sire, Dreidimensional AT, who has multiple Young Pony titles to his name in his native country Germany as well as many successful sons and daughters.

    Pony squad rider Olivia Wrennall won the six-year-old title with her homebred gelding Don De Luxe, the powerful pony scored 7.68. Don De Luxe boasts an impressive pedigree – Champion De Luxe x Dornik B – both lines have produced countless Pony European Championship representatives.

    Second place went to Colina Pickles riding her own Tangaluna whilst Ashley Jenkins placed third with Fran Walkers’ BKS Daisy Duke.

    Congratulations to all who took part. 


    1st Alice Perry with WFD Rossini, 7.58

    1ST Jayne Turney with Hilkens Showgirl, 8.82

    1st Olivia Wrennall and Don De Luxe, 7.68

    For full results click here.

    Photos by Kevin Sparrow.
    Top: Hilkens ShowGirl
    Middle: WFD Rossini
    Bottom: Don De Luxe


  10. Summer Regionals qualifying ratios

    With Hickstead kicking off the season of Summer Regional Championships, we're releasing the qualification ratios for each level to progress to the LeMieux National Championships, 20 - 23 September. 

    Please take note of the following:

    1) Combinations scoring below 65% will not be eligible for qualification for the LeMieux National Dressage Championships as stated in the British Dressage Rule Book, UNLESS IT IS BY A WILD CARD.

    2) The number qualifying from each Summer Regional class will depend on the number of starters in that particular class according to the conversion charts. The number of qualifications per level varies according to the total number of horses qualified for the Regionals and the number of spaces available at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships.

    3) A ‘starter’ is a horse that actually enters the competition arena and goes down the centre line, even if it withdraws before finishing.

    4) The number of starters will not be known until the class is finished after which the organiser will calculate how many have qualified and mark them on the scoreboard. The number of direct qualifications will be announced at the prize giving. Everyone who has qualified MUST collect a qualification pack from the secretary before leaving the showground.

    NB: Entries for the LeMieux National Dressage Championships close on Friday 24 August 2018. No late entries will be accepted.

    5) The last Summer Regional finishes on Monday 13 August and on this week the BD Office will calculate how many unfilled spaces there are in each class at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships. THESE SPACES WILL BE FILLED BY THE HIGHEST SCORING UNQUALIFIED COMBINATIONS FROM ALL THE REGIONALS, WHO WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE OFFICE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN A WILD CARD.

    6) Entry packs will be sent from the BD Office no later than Monday 20 August to the rider of the horse. The entries should be sent immediately to the show secretary to arrive no later than Friday 24 August 2018. You may wish to use next day delivery to ensure receipt by deadline.

    7) The names of the combinations awarded wild cards will be put on the BD website on Tuesday 21 August. Please do not telephone the BD Office regarding wild card allocation before 2pm on this day.

    Numbers to qualify - all scores must be over 65%

    BackInAction Prelim Silver: 1 in 11 to qualifies
    1 – 11 = 1 qualifies
    12 –22 = 2 qualify
    23- 33 = 3 qualify

    Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver: 1 in 16 qualifies
    1 – 16 = 1 qualifies
    17 –32 = 2 qualify
    33 + = 3 qualify

    Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold: 1 in 7 qualifies
    1 – 7 = 1 qualifies
    8 – 14 = 2 qualify
    15 – 21= 3 qualify
    22 – 28 = 4 qualify

    Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver: 1 in 23 qualifies
    1 – 23 = 1 qualifies
    24 –46 = 2 qualify

    Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold: 1 in 7 qualifies
    1 – 7 = 1 qualifies
    8 – 14= 2 qualify
    15 – 21 = 3 qualify
    22 – 28 = 4 qualify

    TopSpec Medium Silver: 1 in 16 qualifies
    1 – 16 = 1 qualifies
    17 –32 = 2 qualify
    33 + = 3 qualify

    TopSpec Medium Gold: 1 in 5 qualifies
    1 – 5 = 1 qualifies
    6 – 10 = 2 qualify
    11 – 15 = 3 qualify
    16 – 20 = 4 qualify

    Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver: 1 in 16 qualifies
    1 – 16 = 1 qualifies
    17 –32 = 2 qualify
    33 + = 3 qualify

    Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver: 1 in 5 qualifies
    1 – 5 = 1 qualifies
    6 – 10 = 2 qualify
    11 – 15 = 3 qualify
    16 – 20 = 4 qualify

    Fairfax Prix St Georges Goldwinner qualifies providing score over 65%

    Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Goldwinner qualifies providing score over 65%

    Good luck everyone - don't forget to collect your plaque if you're competing - and your qualification pack if you finish as above!



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