Brits Dominate Hartpury Internationals

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Brits dominate Hartpury InternationalsWhile the German squad was in top form at Hagen CDIO, this side of the Channel British riders firmly laid down a gauntlet ahead of the European Championships at Hartpury’s CDI,part of their five-day Festival of Dressage (8 – 12 July).

Much to the delight of a bumper crowd, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, owned by Carl Hester, Roly Luard and Anne Barrott, made a rare appearance on home soil and showed they’re still in the dominant form of three months ago when taking the Reem Acra FEI World Cup title in Las Vegas.   A blip in the one-time changes marred a majestic grand prix but with 85.44% they took the win in the Smith and Williamson FEI Grand Prix with a nearly 8.5% margin. In the special, the winning gap was not far off 10% with 87.765%.  Charlotte felt Hartpury was a great chance to get ‘Blueberry’ out but blamed herself for the error in the first test; claiming she rode like ‘a muppet’ but there was no such display in the special.

With everyone breathing a sigh of relief that our golden duo is in good form, the performances of the other British combinations all vying for a team place just behind Charlotte was exciting news indeed.

As his most local venue, Carl Hester loves to use Hartpury as a pre-Championship warm up and this year, it proved a wise choice.  His own and Jane de la Mare’s Nip Tuck just improves every time they grace an arena and at Hartpury, two personal bests in the grand prix and freestyle showed the Don Ruto gelding is feeling amazing and full of confidence.  78.04% was the score in a relaxed grand prix performance to finish behind Charlotte while they broke that magic 80% for the first time in the freestyle for victory in Saturday night’s gala Superfex FEI Grand Prix Freestyle.  Clearly proud of the gentle giant, Carl summed up; “He gave me a lovely feeling in both tests.  It’s taken some time to produce inside the test what I get warming up outside, but now I can rely on him to do it.   Every competition he just steps up to the mark and delivers that little bit more each time.  He continues to get stronger both mentally and physically; with his size (he’s over 18hh) you have to accept that they don’t mature until around 12 so the future with him is exciting. It was just the confidence boost we needed ahead of the Europeans.”

Another duo who look like they’ve secured a place in the team for Aachen is Fiona Bigwood and her Gribaldi-sired Atterupgaards Orthilia who impressed, also with two personal bests.  The mare has made quite an arrival on the scene this year and we should thank her for giving Fiona the confidence to get back to competing following her accident in 2014 which nearly ended her career.  buy prednisone online canada usp prednisone tablets price buy prednisone online ‘Tillie’ epitomises the notion of ‘dancing horses’ as she’s like an elegant ballerina and the partnership is clear to see.  They’ve been together for just over a year and the mare is just ten so there’s still building to do but they have to be one of the most exciting partnerships around.  They posted 76.8% in the grand prix for third (and there was clearly more to come) while 75.922% had them second in the grand prix special behind Charlotte and Valegro.

There were also 70%+ scores for Gareth Hughes with his own, wife Rebecca and Julia Hornig’s Classic Briolinca, competing in only their second grand prix, and Henriette Andersen with her own and Jennifer Charlesworth’s Warlocks Charm, including a personal best 75% in the freestyle for second.

The competition really impressed Carl and he’s confident of a bright future for British dressage, especially with the Europeans at Aachen looming; “It’s an exciting time.  To have three horses which are capable of scoring 85/78/76 in grand prix gives a massive boost to our chances in Aachen and that’s exciting.  It couldn’t have come at a better time! Having qualified for Rio at WEG, it means we can go to Germany and realise some of the potential of these horses.”

Becky Moody continues her domination with the uber-talented Carinsio as they dominated the small tour classes, all with 74%+.  The quirky ‘Jack’ continues to mature and is scoring beyond his tender eight years.  74.263% won the PSG for the pairing and they went on to better that score in the Shadow Horse inter I with 74.421%.  They let fly in the Inter I freestyle to their well-matched music for a resounding 79.125%, not quite a personal best, but more than enough to take victory.

Becky and Jack were pushed every step by Charlie Hutton and Judy Peploe’s ever-improving Super Blue, again they consistently scored 70%+ for their three second place rosettes.

With Dee Parker’s Tirsa, Becky also took third in the PSG and inter I but the inter I freestyle third spot went to Pammy Hutton and Belmondo III who showed their passion for freestyle with a great performance to score 71.7%.

The Hartpury Equine CPEDI3* was also dominated by top-notch British performances with four riders scoring hat-tricks in their grades, earning valuable Rio qualification points along the way.

The grade Ia competition heralded an exciting new chapter for Sophie Christiansen when she debuted her newest star onto the international stage.  Owned by Di Redfern, Sophie’s long term supporter from South Bucks RDA, Athene Lindebjerg is an elegant, leggy eight year old and has taken extremely well to para-dressage.  Having had a good introduction to dressage in the UK under Michele Assouline’s stable jockey Jessica Thompson, the Gribaldi-sired mare made her para debut with Sophie in May where they scored an eye-catching 79.34%.  Hartpury was her international debut and the scores were equally special.  77.696% in the team test, 79.870% in the individual and 82.3% in the freestyle…just mind blowing.  Team stalwart Anne Dunham missed the 2014 season with the Knabstupper stallion LJT Lucas Normark, buy fluoxetine online – fluoxetine overnight no prescription no rx . fluoxetine online pharmacy. cheap fluoxetine prescriptions online. online fluoxetine no  owned by the Lady Joseph Trust, but together they finished runners-up to Sophie in all three tests, all with 74.5%+ tests.  Sophie claimed  third in the team and individual tests with her own multi-gold medallist Janeiro 6 but there was a new name stole third in the freestyle in Aura, the new ride for Michael Murphy, owned by Carolyn Purves and mum Susan; not bad for their first freestyle together!

Lee Pearson and Zion are in amazing form and cemented that in the Grade Ib, even though Lee let slip that the Flemmingh-sired gelding isn’t in full work.  75.92% won the individual test with World Class Podium Potential rider Natasha Adkinson and Sweet Caledonia some 5% behind in second.  Canadian rider  Ashley Gowanlock riding Ferdonia 2 gave a mild scare in the individual test when she came close but Lee’s 72.818% was enough for the win.  77.3% was the clear winning score in the dancing for Lee and Zion.

American raider Rebecca Hart may have spoilt the British white wash with a win in the Grade II individual test, but having travelled over for a first trip to Hartpury, it’s just fine.  Riding Schroeters Romani, Hart posted 72.706% mid-way through the class with British rider Natasha Baker yet to come.  Natasha brought her new ride, Sookie St James, owned by her parents and supporter Christian Landolt and the she’s certainly making all the right noises to be an able successor to Cabral.  The San Amour mare was confident but a few tiny errors cost them the win, albeit by just 0.088%.  In the individual test, Natasha wanted to prove a point and show ‘Sooki’ had what it takes to earn a team place for the 2015 Europeans and a score of 72.314% did just that.  In the freestyle, Natasha stole the show with 75.6% and this time, compatriot Erin Orford can buy valtrex online from our trusted international and canadian pharmacy … pulled off a blinder to score 74.8% with Annabel Whittet’s Dior for runners up spot with Rebecca third.

It takes time to build a great para partnership; it’s a strong bond but when the rider is blind, it should take that bit longer.  However, with just 12 months under the belt, Nicky Greenhill and Gregorian Chant proved that if you’re made for each other, it doesn’t take long at all.  Owned by Nicky in conjunction with husband Gary, ‘Gregory’ really rose to the challenge of Hartpury’s grade III classes and took all three  with 71.158% (team), 73.146% (individual) and 75.7% (freestyle).  It wasn’t domination as Heather Bennett and Zavailantika pushed them hard all the way in the team and individual tests while British-based Canadian partnership Roberta Sheffield and Double Agent finished third in all three tests.

Despite suffering a bad fall just a few weeks ago, Sophie Wells confirmed she’s back to fitness, much to the disappointment of her grade IV rivals.  With her two rides, Valerius and C Fatal Attraction, owned by Charlotte Hogg, she made the three tests her own.  The more experienced Valerius, another by Flemmingh,  won the team and individual tests with 74.31% and 74.024% respectively while she opted to only ride ‘Jorge’ in the freestyle and he stepped up to the mark to score a resounding 77% to give the rider her clean sweep.  Former event and point to point rider Charlotte Cundall marked her first para international with three great results of third in 16 dec 2013 … hydroxyzine 25 mg effets secondaires hydroxyzine 25mg for dogs. medicament hydroxyzine generic atarax general health vidal the efficacy… cheap atarax the team and individual and runner up in the freestyle with another former eventer, The Chenko Artist.

Five busy days of international competition were mingled with a full programme of Premier League classes – report available soon.  For full results, click here.

Summarising an amazing five days, Philip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury, said: “The final day of the Festival provided a fitting finale as the exceptional standard of competition was maintained, including another stunning display from Charlotte and Valegro. With record entries and so many fabulous performances, we were delighted to have been able to share them with a much bigger audience this year, both through the popular livestream and the social media and web updates that showcased the best of the para dressage and the non-disabled dressage, sharing the stories and the results of our fantastic competitors. The support of our sponsors is absolutely crucial to the continued success of the Festival and a prednisone generic deltasone . get free delivery on prescriptions. prednisone is used for treating severe allergies, arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and skin big thank you goes to them as well as to all the Hartpury staff and students who gave up so much of their time and worked so hard to make this year’s Festival such an outstanding event.”

Top Threes

Smith and Williamson Grand Prix
1              Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro – 85.44%
2              Carl Hester with Nip Tuck – 78.04%
3              Fiona Bigwood with Atterupgaards Orthilia – 76.8%

Grand Prix Special

1              Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro – 87.765%
2              Fiona Bigwood with Atterupgaards Orthilia – 75.922%
3              Goncalo Carvalho with Batuta (POR) – 71.882%

Superflex Grand Prix Freestyle

1              Carl Hester with Nip Tuck – 80.050%
2              Henriette Andersen with Warlocks Charm – 75%
3              Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Night – 72.75% Prix St Georges

1              Becky Moody with Carinsio – 74.263%
2              Charlie Hutton with Super Blue – 71.895%
3              Becky Moody with Tirsa – 71%

Shadow Horse Intermediate I

1              Becky Moody with Carinsio – 74.421%
2              Charlie Hutton with Super Blue – 74.316%
3              Becky Moody with Tirsa – 71.026%

Intermediate I Freestyle

1              Becky Moody with Carinsio – 79.125%
2              Charlie Hutton with Super Blue –  72.925%
3              Pammy Hutton with Belmondo III  – 71.7%

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