A lovely day of dressage at our show this month, well done to everyone especially our winners. Harriet Wood & Brock Betjamen won the Intro, Heidi Whetren won both sections of the Prelim with Harvey & Magic & our novice winner was Susie Bull & the beautiful Bento, congratulations to them all.
Olivia, Rocky & Peaches.
If you remember in last months 'News' page we told you that Olivia & Rocky were bound for Hartpury for the British Dressage Winter Championships. Well I'm pleased to report that they had a fabulous time, Rocky coped admirably with the huge atmospheric indoor arena pulling off a beautiful test scoring 72.16% finishing 10th in an incredibly hot class.
After a few days off for Rocky it was back to work & off to Crofton along with her friend Peaches who is owned by Amber De Savary. Apart from the girls being a little vocal when they were separated they had a good day with Peaches winning her section in Novice 39 & 3rd in Elementary 45 making a good start on her regional qualifications. Rocky was once again on good form winning Elementary 45 overall with a massive 75% & 2nd in Elementary 53 completing her regional qualification at this level.
Mandy & Ryan.
Mandy & Ryan have had a quiet month concentrating more on training around Mandy's many other commitments, including scoring at the Winter Championships. She's hoping all that will change soon when she takes voluntary redundancy from ONS after working there for more years than she probably wants to admit. She's already taking bookings for freelance work in the area if anyone needs any yard cover, riding, grooming etc & is looking forward to having more time to ride.
Alison, Denver & Lizzie.
Alison has had a successful month with her two. At New Forest Riding Clubs dressage Lizzie won the PYO Elementary/Medium class with a whopping 76% riding Medium 63 making the work at this level feel much easier now. Then they headed to Crofton Manor for the Area 17 Riding Club Combined Training Qualifier where Lizzie was again on good form.They led the dressage phase with a lovely test for 73% then a really unlucky rail dropped them to 4th but it was still good enough to help the Chilworth team to 2nd place.
Denver went to Sparsholt at the end of the month for their British Dressage show and bar being eliminated they'd won both their classes before they started as they were the only entries. Apart from having some issues with sitting trot, (LT Equestrian Saddle Fitter had kindly lent them a saddle while she made some adjustments to theirs) Alison was pleased with Denver's progress at this level even if perhaps some of the marks didn't really reflect this.
Photos of Lizzie at Crofton thanks to Gill Woodthorpe & Simply Event Photos.