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  1. Inagural President's Commendation winners presented

    At yesterday’s Regional Representatives Meeting, where all our regional volunteer committee members gather annually, we were delighted to welcome BD President Jennie Loriston-Clarke along to make three very special presentations.

    A new award was launched earlier in the year help mark our 20th anniversary celebrations in the form of the President’s Commendation. We asked for nominations for individuals who show ‘undoubted and unequivocal excellence’ in the dressage community. The could be long term voluntary service, selfless acts, innovation, dedication – just those truly special individuals who go the extra mile.

    The panel reviewed this year’s nominations and settled on three very worthy recipients;

     Alicia Anderson who has given over to decades of her time to British Dressage as an organiser, judge and regional volunteer. She’s been instrumental in shaping and developing the South West Region both as Judges Rep and Chairman. Hard working, dedication and determined are all words regularly mentioned in her citation and it’s these attributes which make her a President’s Commendation winner.

    Steve Arnett
    wears many hats in the Wales region; judge, UKCC Level 3 Coach, Youth Assessor, mentor, volunteer, committee member and para trainer – he’s involved at every level, every ability, every chance he can. At the end of 2018, he will complete is eight year tenue as Chairman of the region and in that time he’s helped the membership to prosper both in numbers, ability and opportunity and will leave behind a great legacy. He has a life time of experience and knowledge which he willing gives back and asks nothing in return, making him a truly ‘lovely man’.

    Jill Day
    is one of dressage’s most unassuming stars and has been the driving force behind modernising and consolidating our coaching programme for over a decade. Her involvement in coaching, mentoring and inspiring has spanned a great many more years and few BD Youth riders have gone up the grades without some sort of inspirational impact from Jill. She’s respected, driven and dedicated and has worked tirelessly to bring about a programme which is now the envy of others.
     

    Board Director Julie Frizzell, who helped bring the new award to fruition, was there to see the inaugural presentations. There’s nothing greater than seeing a reward as remarkable as the President’s Commendation go to three inspirational members of the British Dressage community. To see the award come to life and see it go to exactly the calibre of people we’d hoped for is really gratifying,” Julie commented. “Thanks to everyone who helped bring the award to reality and Alicia, Steve and Jill may have their place in history as our first winners but I’m looking forward to seeing the roll of honour build into a group of truly remarkable individuals who I’m humbled and honoured to work with and call my peers.”

  2. Convention countdown...

    Tomorrow (Saturday 10 November) marks the start of our two week countdown to this year’s British Dressage National Convention, 24 – 25 November at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. Held in association with Harrison Clark Rickerby, this year’s showcase training event will look at dressage with ’20:20 vision’ and our three international rider hosts have now confirmed their demo pupils and horses.

    2018 WEG team bronze medallist Emile Faurie will be looking at both ends of the dressage spectrum in his sessions each day. He’ll start with Novice and the horse in the spotlight will be five year old Iwan (Charmeur x Sir Oldenburg), owned by Sara Lucas and ridden by Nikki Barker and then progress through Elementary and Medium. It’ll be the turn of Emile’s stable jockey, Tom Goode to ride two exciting prospects, five year old Sakira (San Amour x Rubinstein), owned by Eva Lin Black and then Langley (L’Espoir x Rimini), owned by Hof Kasselmann who Tom piloted to second place in this year’s TopSpec Medium Gold Championships.

    At the end of each day, we finish with Grand Prix. Saturday will focus on the straight test and how the level has evolved and Emile will be using Tom and Dior III, a ten year old owned by Sam Geddes and himself, to demonstrate. On Sunday, the focus turns to Freestyle and the test which gave rise to the ‘dancing horses’ and Emile will be in the saddle himself for this session with his latest star, Hof Kasslemann’s Café’s Caletta (Café au Lait x Calato) who is on the verge of making her competitive debut at Grand Prix. This is a horse Emile has high hopes for so the Convention is a great place to witness a star in the making and the techniques used by one of the world’s top producers.

    Gareth Hughes, himself a European and WEG team medallist, will look at the steps towards Grand Prix, Advanced Medium and Small Tour, Prix St Georges and Inter I. Gareth has enlisted the help of wife Rebecca and Alison Croft’s Danone II sired Tantoni Dallagio and having competed at the Nationals in both the Elementary and Medium Championships this September, the ten year old will be out campaigning at Advanced Medium this winter. Gareth takes to the saddle for Inter I where he’ll ride KK Dominant, a nine year old Diamond Hit x Rubin Royal stallion he’s started riding for the Kroll family and they’re quickly making a mark together. And for Inter I, he’s going to give us all a treat by bringing the expressive mare, Classic Briolinca, owned by the Hughes with Julia Hornig.

    On Saturday there will be a dedicated para dressage session and we’re delighted to have secured the FEI world number on ranked rider and double WEG gold medallist Sophie Wells to explain all. As a rider, she’s hit the top and managed to stay there with an exciting string of home produced horses but she’s making a name for herself as a highly respected trainer too.
    Star pupils Izzy Palmer (Grade IV) and Georgia Wilson (Grade II), members of the World Class Podium Potential and Excel Talent programmes respectively, will be there to help Sophie explain the requirements for both riders and trainers to help para riders discover their ability and achieve their potential.

    Woven throughout all the sessions will be expert opinion form FEI 4* judge Peter Storr and Dr Rachel Murray who will give their view on how their roles impact on the athletes, both equine and human and the part that each team component; rider, trainer, judge and support plays into getting a combination to their peak performance levels in training and in the arena.
    A coach may explain how to ride a movement, a judge will explain what’s needed to make a six for that movement turn into a seven while sport science support will ensure that repetition of that movement won’t be harmful to the horse. All components combining for a happy, healthy athlete.

    With such a world class line up of presenters, riders and horse power, it promises to be an inspiring and thought provoking weekend, whatever your interest in dressage.

    We're delighted to offer BD and BHS members the opportunity to buy discounted tickets for this year's event, take a look at the list below to choose your ticket. As a special 20th anniversary gift, we're also offering all U25s an amazing 20% discount, to make the most of this please call the office on 02476 698833 to verify age and book over the phone.

    Ticket prices:

    Day ticket BD Member - £50
    Weekend ticket BD Member - £80

    Day ticket BHS Member - £52
    Weekend ticket BHS Member - £84

    Day ticket non Member - £55
    Weekend ticket non Member - £90

    Young person (U25) day ticket - £40
    Young person (U25) weekend ticket - £72

    To get your tickets head to the BD online ticket page. Alternatively, you can book over the phone with our Training and Education team on 02476 698831 or 02476 698833.

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  3. Young Professional Programme welcomes second cohort

    The class of 2018/19 has been inducted by British Equestrian Federation (BEF) on to the Young Professional Programme, funded by Sport England.

    The 12-month programme, launched in 2017, aims is to help young riders build a wider skill-set to support their personal and career development, enabling them to thrive and earn a living in the equestrian industry and transition out of the youth development pathway.

    The programme is delivered in collaboration with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping and features a series of interactive workshops, with the athletes benefiting from the expertise of business mentors from their sport and high profile speakers covering a range of topics.

    The first interactive workshop was held at Stoneleigh Park on 29 October where the inducted athletes met their mentors as well as dressage rider, Amy Schiessl, who was part of the first group of Young Professionals 2017-18, who explained how the programme had helped shape the way she now runs her business.

    Head of Performance Pathways at the BEF, David Hamer commented: “An overarching theme with young athletes starting up an equestrian business is their love of horses and horse sport. However, to be able to earn a living requires not only the knowledge of the financial and legal aspects of a running a business, it also requires a personal skill set to deal with the many challenges they will encounter with their business day-to-day. This series of workshops are designed to help them to run a business and also gain skills that will also help their overall personal and professional development”.

    After a brief introduction to the programme by David Hamer, the athletes had a keynote presentation from Kirsty Henshaw. Kirsty was the youngest entrepreneur at 23 years-old to receive investment from the BBC Dragons Den when she appeared on the show in 2010 with her range of healthy and free-from ice creams. Kirsty described her journey form starting in her kitchen to developing her business to where today it turns over £6m and is valued at over £8m.

    Kirsty commented; "Whilst the business has evolved, the aim and vision of the company remain unchanged. I have learned from my mistakes and seized opportunities as they arose. Starting a business is both challenging and exciting, but the hard work will pay off if you stick with it and believe in what you do”.

    Professor Tony Ghaye and Jane Mawdlsey from the English Institute of Sport then set the scene for the programme in the afternoon workshop with the first personal development planning session.

    Flora Young, an eventer selected on to the programme said: “When I saw the programme advertised online I thought it was something different to a lot of other programmes that were on offer. There’s so much concentration on the riding side but there is not so much offered on how to operate a business in the equestrian industry. This programme gives me a great opportunity to learn more.

    “It was really interesting meeting people from different disciplines who I wouldn’t have usually met and who are in a similar position to me. We got to listen to some great speakers and meet our mentors and I can’t wait for the next workshop.”

    The BEF Young Professional Programme includes eight workshops in total, running until summer 2019.

    Young Professionals selected on to the programme are as followed by discipline:

    Dressage:
    Joseph Bright, Laura Woodcock, Lucy Amy, Megan Roberts, Nathan Aston, Victoria Maw

    Eventing:
    Charlotte East, Dickon Reader, Flora Young, Freddie Best, Greta Mason, Laura Schroter, Lucy Robinson, Ollie Martin

    Showjumping:
    Ellen McPherson

  4. Top talent at Nettex TGCA Championships

    The Nettex TGCA Associated Championships, which took place at Solihull Riding Club last weekend (4 November 2018), truly celebrated what this popular and versatile breed has to offer within the dressage arena.

    Many of the UK’s top dressage cobs converged at the West Midlands venue, some travelling from as far as Scotland, to vie for the ten titles up for grabs. Sensible, yet active and with a super work ethic, gypsy cobs make fantastic dressage partners and this was evidenced throughout the day.

    Three combinations impressively won two championship titles apiece. Danielle Rhodes who travelled from Bruton in Somerset was unbeatable in the pure-bred divisions of the Elementary and Medium with Denise Kersley’s delightful black tobiano Tiger Tim (pictured above left). Their score of 71.68% gave them a five percent lead in the Elementary and they achieved 68.67% for their Medium.

    Thirteen-year-old Tim is by Denise’s stallion Bashful Bobby Dazzler who she bought directly from travellers. Tim, himself a TGCA licenced stallion, has had an illustrious career so far, proving that he can hold his own against the archetypal dressage horses. He won the Novice Restricted title at the 2013 National Championships with his former rider Alysia Matravers, and has been ridden to much success with Danielle since. Their achievements include Elementary Silver victory at the Mount Ballan Summer Regionals earlier this year.

    In the part-bred Elementary and Medium, it was Becky Jackman-Smith from Hereford who took the honours with her piebald 13-year-old, Black Diamond II (pictured above right). The handsome gelding was piloted by Becky to two solid tests earning 67.65% and 63.52% respectively. Competing together since 2012, highlights of their career include appearances at the Petplan Equine Area Festival Finals at Hartpury in both 2015 and 2016.

    In the close fought part-bred divisions of the Preliminary and Novice, Tonya Ellis from Hertfordshire had the winning edge with Michele Cooper’s 11-year-old gelding Sammy IV (pictured right). The pair was awarded plus-68% scores to take both titles in only their second season of affiliated competition. Enjoying a very good 2018, they were fifth in the Novice at the Nettex CHAPS Associated Championships in September, and their scores have been building since.

    Tonya and ‘Fluffy’, as the handsome piebald is known, have a wealth of experience in the show ring. They’ve competed at the Royal International and the Horse of the Year Show where they were placed eighth. Described as ‘kind and generous’, Fluffy really does symbolize all the fabulous qualities of the breed.

    The highest score of the day was awarded to young Staffordshire rider Leanne Bailey who claimed the Preliminary for pure-breds by a more than two percent margin. Partnered by Moira Johnston’s 10-year-old black tobiano mare Fairytale III (by Vines Magpie), who’s returned to competition following a year out, she achieved 71.87%. Leanne took to LB Equine Facebook to say, “She’s done it again! After having horrible laminitis and meaning she had to have the whole of 2017 off, she’s come back in 2018 with a bang! Winning her class with 71.87% at the TGCA Championships. A huge thank you to her wonderful owners for letting me have the ride.”

    British Dressage thanks the team at Solihull RC for a successful Championship event as well as title sponsor Nettex for their generous support of the Associated Championship series. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took part.

    The Champions:

    Intro for pure-breds
    Ema Bayliss and Hit The Road Jack, 63.69%

    Intro for part-breds
    Katherine Lansdown and Sacha, 68.03%

    Preliminary for pure-breds
    Leanne Bailey and Fairytale III, 71.87%

    Preliminary for part-breds
    Tonya Ellis and Sammy IV, 68.64%

    Novice for pure-breds
    Anneleise Brown and The Wolf, 69.27%

    Novice for part-breds
    Tonya Ellis and Sammy IV, 68.86%

    Elementary for pure-breds
    Danielle Rhodes and Tiger Tim, 71.68%

    Elementary for part-breds
    Becky Jackman-Smith and Black Diamond II, 67.65%

    Medium for pure-breds
    Danielle Rhodes and Tiger Tim, 68.67%

    Medium for part-breds
    Becky Jackman-Smith and Black Diamond II, 63.52%

    For full results click here.

  5. Europe’s best line up in Lyon

    The hunt for elusive FEI Dressage World Cup points continued last week with the second leg of the Western European League series taking place at Equita Longines in Lyon, France. The bright lights of Lyon draw in the biggest names in dressage year on year with the alluring chance to score well and rise up the rankings on the World Cup qualification table.

    Britain’s sole representative, Hayley Watson-Greaves, put up a strong fight with her experienced campaigner Rubins Nite on her second appearance at this show. In the Grand Prix, the duo scored 70.63% for ninth place before going on to improve on their day one performance in the Freestyle test earning an impressive 77.35% and fifth position.

    Hayley and ‘Squeaks’ thrilled the judges with their brand new freestyle floorplan, which has a potential degree of difficult mark of 9.95 – 10. Packed with exciting combinations and high quality work, the effort paid off with a score that’s only 0.2% off their FEI Grand Prix Freestyle personal best.

    World Champion Isabell Werth was the winner of both classes in Lyon on board the enigmatic Emilio, whilst Patrick Kittel took home two runner up accolades with Elena Knyaginicheva’s black stallion Delatio, a former ride of Emile Faurie now based with the Swedish rider to be sold.

    The FEI World Cup circus now moves on to Stuttgart, Germany in two weeks’ time where the battle for points will continue.

    Results

    Grand Prix
    1st Isabell Werth with Emilio, 75.32% (GER)
    9th Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 70.63% (GBR)

    Grand Prix Kur to Music
    1st Isabell Werth with Emilio, 84.41% (GER)
    5th Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite, 77.35% (GBR)

    For full results click here

  6. BD Abroad: Oldenburg CDI

    Congratulations to Lara Butler who was the sole representative attending the Oldenburg CDI in Germany last weekend.

    Lara achieved two top seven placings on her international Grand Prix debut with Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer’s Kristjan, a home bred 13-year-old son of Polarion. The pair have enjoyed a successful season at Inter II before continuing their good form on the step up to Grand Prix. Speaking on her Facebook page Lara said, “So proud of super Kristjan. His first international GP and he acted like a total pro… So much more to come too so I’m so glad the judges liked him!”

    German riders Hubertus Schmidt and Kathleen Keller were emphatic winners in front of their home crowds at the indoor competition which hosts both show jumping and dressage classes, including the prestigious Louisdor Cup qualifier for German Developing Grand Prix horses.

    Results

    Grand Prix
    1st Hubertus Schmidt with Imperio, 73.76% (GER)
    7th Lara Butler with Kristjan, 69.89% (GBR)

    Grand Prix Kur to Music
    1st Kathleen Keller with San Royal, 76.93% (GER)
    3rd Lara Butler with Kristjan, 73.86% (GBR)

    For full results click here.

  7. Charlotte targets Florentina at Liverpool

    Dressage stars will light up the Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show stage at the iconic Echo Arena on the opening night of the equestrian and family extravaganza.

    Spectators will witness some of the country’s leading names including the legendary Charlotte Dujardin as they compete in the Equitop Myoplast sponsored Inter 1 Freestyle Dressage to Music.
    Charlotte will be bringing the super-talented, grey mare Florentina VI to compete in the magical atmosphere on the opening night.

    The partnership has been in fantastic form this year winning both the Prix St Georges and Inter 1 Freestyle Small Tour at Bolesworth International in June.

    And that’s not all, dressage maestro Carl Hester will join Charlotte for a meet and greet session, allowing fans to get close up and personal with the duo during rider signings.

    Said Charlotte: “Having competed at Liverpool International last year it is great to be returning and to partner Florentina in such an electric arena will be fantastic.”

    Other leading names on the start list include the multi-garlanded Sophie Wells Paralympic, World and European Gold Medallist, Nicky Barker and Lisa Marriott, to name just a few who will be riding at their best to take the coveted title.

    Said Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show, President, Nina Barbour: “We are delighted to have Carl and Charlotte returning to the show and to be hosting top class dressage once again.

    “We can always rely on Charlotte to provide a masterclass when it comes to competition riding.

    “The sport of dressage has grown beyond recognition and we are looking forward to watching some of the most talented and up and coming dressage horses in the country compete.

    “The Echo Arena is a fantastic venue and there will certainly be plenty of atmosphere to give the crowd a real taste of the very best dressage.”

    As well as dressage on the opening night, December 28, for those visitors making it a New Year to remember they can look forward to a showjumping feast on New Year’s Eve, December 31, with the prestigious Theraplate UK Grand Prix one of the highlights, when leading names will battle it out to take top honours.

    Hospitality at The Liverpool International Horse Show is second to none and makes a fantastic present for great friends and family. Whether on the purpose-built platform at the head of the arena or in one of the VIP boxes – you won’t be disappointed.

    This year’s Liverpool International Horse Show will see a host of leading names in action from December 28 to 31, at The Echo Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

    For further information and to book tickets visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com

    To reserve VIP Hospitality tickets on the purpose-built stage at the head of the arena please contact Hospitality Manager, Melanie Simm on 01829 307676.

     

  8. Talent shines through at MyQuest Championships

    Bigger and better than ever, the Kent & Masters My Quest Championships kick started the bumper grass roots weekend at Bury Farm with a bang last weekend (Friday 26 October). With classes full to the brim, all competitors had to be in their best form to have a shot at the prestigious titles and amazing prizes.

    Taking home the first title in the Open classes was Staffordshire based rider Francesca Smith (26) who stormed to victory in the Intro Championships with her own Future Enigma. Francesca (pictured) and the elegant five-year-old Irish Sports Horse (Future Gravitas x Hand In Glove XX) achieved 70.51% for their test to put them on the top step of the podium ahead of Becky Howells with Brooms Ottoman and Samantha Ireson with Kylemore Abbey Lara. Bred by Future Sport Horses, ‘Alfie’ has overcome adversity to win at the Championships for owner Francesca who nearly lost him as a two-year-old through a tendon sheath infection. Three years later, their strong partnership and Francesca’s dedication to her lovely horse was evident in their test and the future certainly looks bright for the talented duo.

    A super 68.85% was the score for Suzanna Smith and In The Limelight 1 who snatched the Open Prelim Championship win by two marks. In The Limelight 1, a home-bred nine-year-old by T Movistar, and Suzanne saved their best performance for the Championships, improving on their South West Quest Regional Final mark by no less than two percent! Suzanne, an RSPCA inspector and mother to 12-year-old twin boys, was thrilled to be awarded a wild card to the Championships and without doubt capitalized on the opportunity.

    In the Open Novice Championships, Amanda Hansen and False Alibi impressed the judges panel consisting of Jane Ellis, Joyce Head and Sue Staines to earn 68.97% and the winner’s spoils. In only their first season of British Dressage competition together, Amanda and schoolmaster ‘Al’ have enjoyed a brilliant year of competition culminating in a win at the MyQuest Championships and an appearance at the Nettex Veteran Associated Championships.

    In the under 21 categories, the stars of the future shone in three highly competitive classes. Thirteen-year-old Tegan Crook turned heads in the Intro C Championships with both her great riding and eye-catching choice of partner, her own 17.2hh palomino Koko, a horse she’s backed and produced from day one. The judges awarded their test a fantastic 69.49% which left the duo half a mark ahead of deserved runner-up Fi Grabham with her own charming Welsh pony Waxwing Pocket Money.

    Another 13-year-old to taste success was Bristol-based teen Amelia Hendy, who strolled to victory in the Prelim U21 Championship earning the highest score of the show en route with her own Coedfryn Secret Surprise. Linda Waller, Jane Tolley and Martyne Galland awarded Amelia with 71.45%, enough to earn her the Gill Drew trophy as well as the coveted Championship title and prizes. A keen member of the Beaufort Hunt Pony Club and Beaufort Belles Quest team, Amelia has retrained her part-bred Hanoverian ex-eventer ‘Magic’ for dressage with the help of trainer Beth Hobbs. The talented duo contributed two 70% scores to the Beaufort Belles over the weekend in the Team Quest Championships to complete their Quest campaign in style.

    At their first Quest Championships, Evie Hardwick and six-year-old Roxlan Jasper were successful in the Novice U21 class; they earned 70.51% to top the field as the sole plus-70% score. Hailing from North Yorkshire, 21-year-old Evie purchased her winning horse 18 months ago and has been training the attractive dun with the help of Kate Appleyard.

    Speaking on her Facebook page Evie said, “Wow! What a long couple of days! A five-hour journey to Bury Farm for the My Quest Novice Championships, a very long day waiting to do my test at 4:51 this evening, many a cup of tea and a very fidgety fed up pony wanting his field! It was well worth the wait, after a tense warm up which put my nerves up a notch, Jasper went and performed like the absolute star he is in the N30 to WIN with 70.51%. This boy really shines, proud of his attitude is an understatement, I’ve never known a horse like him.”

    Congratulations to all who took part in the Kent & Masters My Quest Championships. Thanks go to generous sponsors Kent & Masters and to host venue Bury Farm.

    Winners

    MQ Open Intro
    Francesca Smith with Future Enigma, 70.51%

    MQ Open Prelim
    Suzanne Smith with In The Limelight 1, 68.85%

    MQ Open Novice
    Amanda Hansen with False Alibi, 68.97%

    MQ Intro U21
    Tegan Crook with Koko, 69.49%

    MQ Prelim U21
    Amelia Hendy with Coedfryn Secret Surprise, 71.54%

    MQ Novice U21
    Evie Hardwick with Roxlan Jasper, 70.51%

    For full results click here.

  9. It’s all Chicks and Divas at the Team Quest finale

    The leading Team Quest riders gathered for the fifth annual Kent & Masters Quest Championships at the end of October for two days of hot competition which warmed the chilly conditions at Bury Farm, the hosts for the weekend. 

    North West team the Cheshire Chicks have been to all but one of the five Quest Championships so far and this year managed to go one better than their 2017 finish to take the Open title. Original team members Isobell Maughan and the British bred Cracking Opposition returned again to the Buckinghamshire venue alongside team mates Shona Rooney (Tobago Bay) and mother/daughter duo Corrie and Ciara Mclellan sharing Ballastra van de Cumul.

    After day one, fine performances from all four team members gave them a clear advantage of nearly five and a half points over nearest rivals, Yorkshire’s Could B Rounder quartet of Samantha Duncan, Hannah Jolliffe, Amanda Snowden and Stephanie Thomson with the Norfolk Centreliners hot on their heels in third.

    On Saturday night as a distraction of second day nerves, the Questers were treated to a great FEI Freestyle Pick Your Own competition, judged by List 1 trio Carole Thornton, Anita Darken and Debbie Wardle. This was a new format this year and tests ranged to the Junior Freestyle as chosen by 16 year old Jessica Mcconkey who rode her Junior European Championship Freestyle with Lady Gaga II up to Grand Prix – so the audience could see a range of tests at the upper levels. Louise Bell got the evening off to a start with a quick demo of the movements they were likely to see before Jessica got the competition underway.
    It was Gareth Hughes who took the top honours eventually with the Kroll family’s gorgeous KK Dominant who was doing his firs Inter I Freestyle under lights. It was a polished performance which earned 74.21%, just ahead of Lousie Bell and Into the Blue who scored 73.46% with their Grand Prix. Completing the podium were past winners Joanna Thurman-Baker and Highcliffe Apollo who debuted their Grand Prix Freestyle for 73.17%. Fourth placed Nathalie Kayal is worthy of a mention for entering into the Quest Halloween spirit by performing with a spooky skeleton face painted on!

    A chilly Sunday morning greeted everyone for the final day of competition with all team members riding at their chosen level for a second time but this time with extra pressure. Would the Cheshire Chicks hold their advantage? Could a team make a late surge up the leader board? One thing was certain, it’d go down to the wire.

    All four Cheshire Chicks again rose to the challenge and certainly didn’t let any nerves show (if there were any!) as they all bettered their previous day scores – both Ciara and Shona broke the 71% barrier in Prelim 14 to widen the gap. Team Captain and main motivator Janet Maughan, mum of Isabelle, spurred them on by saying she wanted to bring a rug home having missed out last year so the incentive was laid out.

    Behind them, things didn’t quite go to plan for the Could B Rounder crew and valuable marks were lost, opening the door for the Norfolk Centreliners to seize a podium place. Trained by Nerys Leer, the quartet of Natasha Reynolds, Kerry Lake, Joanna Mclean and Connor Sharpe fought off a late charge from the Too Cool to School team from Carmarthenshire who rose from eighth after day one to third with two of their riders bettering their previous scores by about 5%. It was very close though; just 0.09% separated the two!

    So after five years of trying, Quackers, the Cheshire Chicks’ mascot, finally got to stand atop the Team Quest podium!

    In the U21 battle, it was the familiar name of Connor Sharpe who led the way with his Dressage Divas. Connor rode Tomrilland
    Billy as did team member Kate Joyce and they dominated the Intro classes with Connor taking the honours on Saturday, Kate on Sunday. The third member Megan Maclean partnered Cherrymount Rainbow and after a nervy start on Saturday for 61.74%, they brought their A game on Sunday and rode their best ever Intro test together to score 69.86% which clinched gold for the team by nearly 10% (pictured below).

    After Saturday’s action, The Hornettes lay second with Daisy, Ottille and Hettie-Mae Horn all scoring well but they just couldn’t fend off the challenge from the Southern challengers, The Pocket Rockets who all had outstanding second rides to rise from ninth to runners up spot. Fi Grabham turned things around with her Intro performance, going 70%+ on Sunday, as did Tia Holland in the Prelim while Edward Daniell and Sophie Moss both scored over 68% in the final Novice.

    The Derbyshire Young Riders, Tom and Lottie Dennett, Megan Lewcock and Jennifer Mottershead kept a firm grasp of third spot throughout and were all exceptionally consistent through their eight tests with scores between 66 and 69%.



    Well done to all our teams – you really make the weekend a special one! A massive thank you to our generous sponsors Kent & Masters who’ve got right behind the competition from the onset and we loved seeing you all in your fabulous saddle cloths – may they bring you much luck. And a final thanks to the team at Bury Farm who make it all work – there were a few issues which were managed and plans and ideas are already flowing for 2019.

    So, there’s a break of just five weeks and then we’re off and running with qualification for the 2019 regionals! Best of luck everyone…Bury Farm here we come!

    Full results – click here

    Pictures c www.kevinsparrow.co.uk 

  10. Team Faurie on form at Equestrian Surfaces High Profile Show

    Emile Faurie and his team enjoyed a highly successful outing to last week’s Equestrian Surfaces High Profile Show at Vale View in Leicestershire (1 – 3 November 2018), dominating the top level classes.

    In Friday’s Grand Prix, Tom Goode was the one to beat aboard Sam Geddes’ exciting young stallion Dior III (pictured).

    Tom, who works alongside Emile at his Oxfordshire base, and the striking Gribaldi-sired chestnut earned a score of 72.90% for their high quality and expressive work. The talented 10-year-old made his Grand Prix debut at Hunters Equestrian in March 2017, scoring 74.30%, and very much looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

    Next stop for Tom will be the British Dressage National Convention where we can look forward to him and Dior working as a demo combination with Emile, one of the five distinguished hosts.

    There was little between Grand Prix second and third, with Georgia Stokes and Talented Mr Ripley and Steph Croxford with Mr Hyde completing the top three on very good scores of 69.20% and 69.07% respectively.

    Emile meanwhile was thrilled with his young mare Café’s Caletta with whom he won the Inter II on the horse’s debut at the level. The pair was awarded a score just shy of 74% from judges Steph Cooper (C), Jane Peberdy (H) and Claire Ballantyne (B). The German-bred nine-year-old is proving to be an exciting prospect for her rider, as was shown by their super performance in the Dressage Future Elite Championship at the Horse of the Year Show last month.

    “We had a really good yard outing to Vale View High Profile show this week,” said Emile on Facebook. “Hof Kasselmann’s Café’s Caletta and I won the Inter II at our first attempt at this level with 74% and Tom rode my own and Sam Geddes’ Dior to victory in the Grand Prix with 72.9%.”

    At the Small Tour levels, Sarah Rao (20) and Waldessarini had the winning edge in both Thursday’s Magic Prix St Georges (70.39%) and Friday’s Superflex Inter I (71.58%). Sarah, who is based in Knutsford, Cheshire with Sarah Higgins and Alex Hua Tian at Cloud Strider Equestrian, has amassed some good results with the Wolkentanz II-sired 14-year-old who’s affectionately known as Foxy. They were third in the Magic PSG at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships earlier this year and just missed the top ten in the Fairfax Saddles PSG at the LeMieux National Championships.

    It was certainly a case of youth coming to the fore at Small Tour as two further combinations to enjoy success were Julia Giner (20) and Rebecca Swain (18). Julia and her 18.1hh nine-year-old, Carbo, won Friday’s Magic Prix St Georges with 71.58%. Then, Rebecca Swain (18) and the athletic chestnut Bon Jovi (UB40 x Krack C) took Saturday’s Magic Prix St Georges with a super 72.30%. Rebecca bought Bon Jovi, a former ride of Dutch star Diederik Van Silfhout, in 2017 and they’re certainly ones to watch for the future.

    The winners:

    Thursday
    Class 1: Medium 75 – Alex Hua Tian with Don Geniro, 69.19%
    Class 2: Charles Owen Advanced Medium – Alex Hua Tian with Don Geniro, 71.92%
    Class 3: Magic Prix St Georges – Sarah Rao with Waldessarini, 70.39%
    Class 4: Superflex Intermediate I – Nikki Barker with Durable, 72.19%
    Class 5: Intermediate II – Emile Faurie with Café’s Caletta, 73.90%

    Friday
    Class 6: Medium 76 – Beth Bainbridge with Diggo, 68.48%
    Class 7: Charles Owen Advanced Medium – Kate Cowell with Firmino, 72.57%
    Class 8: Pony Team Test – Isobel Lickley with Mister Snowman, 69.49%
    Class 9: Magic Prix St Georges – Julia Giner with Carbo, 71.58%
    Class 10: Superflex Intermediate I – Sarah Rao with Waldessarini, 71.58%
    Class 11: Grand Prix – Tom Goode with Dior III, 72.90%

    Saturday
    Class 12: Medium 75 – Louise Davison with Freddie Mercury, 69.59%
    Class 13: Charles Owen Advanced Medium – Alex Hua Tian with Don Geniro, 69.87%
    Class 14: Pony Individual Test – Olivia Whitelaw with Brouwershaven’s Viceroy, 70.61%
    Class 15: Magic Prix St Georges – Rebecca Swain with Bon Jovi, 72.30%
    Class 16: Spillers Medium Freestyle – Lavinia Johnson with Dublin, 71.50%
    Class 17: Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle – Lavinia Johnson with Dublin, 71.00%
    Class 18: Prix St Georges Freestyle – Katie Johnston with After Midnight, 68.38%

    For full results click here.

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