Addington High Profile: Super Saturday for Dujardin
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Three days of high quality competition including an outstanding Grand Prix debut by Charlotte Dujardin and Gio set the domestic dressage year off to a super start at Addington High Profile Show (10 – 12 January 2020).
Charlotte and her Grand Prix first-timer, the compact bright chestnut Gio (Apache x Tango) – pictured last year, gave us an insight into their future, with an outstanding mark of 79.56% to win Saturday’s Grand Prix in undisputable fashion. The runner up, on 73.73%, was Sonnar Murray-Brown with Erlentanz, whilst Sadie Smith and Keystone Dynamite completed the podium on 70.90%.
Gio may be petite at just 16hh but what he lacks in height he makes up for in heart and ability, and the Grand Prix work looks so natural to him. Charlotte first spotted the KWPN gelding when teaching a clinic in California in the autumn of 2016. Her pupil Amelie Kovac was riding the then five year old when he caught Charlotte’s eye. Charlotte later bought him and he arrived around Halloween. For this reason, he was given the stable name Pumpkin. Gio is the reigning National Inter II Champion.
Charlotte also dominated Saturday’s Small Tour classes with Emma Blundell’s exciting chestnut mare, Mount St John Valencia (Vivaldi x Ferragamo). Ten year old ‘Valerie’ is another 2019 LeMieux National Championships winner, having taken the Prix St Georges and Inter I Freestyle, as well as the Dressage Future Elite Championship at HOYS.
He was amazing and I’m so proud of how hard he tried for me.
Charlotte took to Facebook on Saturday night to say, “The beautiful Pumpkin (Gio) co-owned with my friend, Renai Hart, did his first Grand Prix today and achieved 79.5%. He was amazing and I’m so proud of how hard he tried for me. Mount St John Valencia also won the PSG with 77% and in the Inter I, also with 77%. Such a super mare that I am very excited about for the future. Thank you so much to Alan [Davies] and the whole team for the support today. [I’m] very very happy.”
On Friday, Dannie Morgan and Knoxx’s Figaro posted a personal best of 72.98% to win a competitive Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold, plus he achieved second to Dujardin in Saturday’s Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Gold. The 28 year old from Hampshire, who continues to event successfully alongside his dressage career, also competed in the Grand Prix with his own Southern Cross Braemar, scoring 66.13% for 14th.
Jayne Turney took Sunday’s Prix St Georges with Shirley Rixon’s ten year old Starnberg son, Penhaligon’s Jupiter. A score of 72.237% earned them the win ahead of Leah Beckett with Henry Boswell’s En Cru (Jazz x Grand Cru) on plus-70%.
British Dressage thanks the team at Addington Equestrian for putting on a fantastic event. Congratulations to all the winners listed below.
TopSpec Medium 75 Gold: Rachel Dowley and Insticator BS, 69.73%
TopSpec Medium 75 Silver: Aimee Gascoigne and Mount St John Diva Dannebrog, 67.83%
Equine Construction Advanced Medium 91 Gold: Louise Davison and Freddie Mercury, 70.25%
Equine Construction Advanced Medium 91 Silver: Abigail Taylor and Wind Dance, 67.30%
FEI Pony Team: Ronni-Mae Morgan and DST Carluccio, 68.59%
FEI Pony Individual: Ronni-Mae Morgan and DST Carluccio, 68.65%
Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold: Dannie Morgan and Knoxx’s Figaro, 72.98%
Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Silver: Alicia Lee and Bonita VI, 68.99%
Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold: Nathalie Kayal and DHI Cleverboy, 70.26%
Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Silver: Ali Dane and Hurston’s Morris, 64.60%
Intermediate II: Katrina Cantrell and Woodlander Donna Summer, 69.95%
TopSpec Medium 76 Gold: Jezz Palmer and WGS Inanda, 71.81%
TopSpec Medium 76 Silver: Aimee Gascoigne and Mount St John Diva Dannebrog, 70.45%
Equine Construction Advanced Medium 92 Gold: Zoe Sopp and Borella, 72.02%
Equine Construction Advanced Medium 92 Silver: Kate Moisson and Welthausen’s Onour, 69.05%
FEI Junior Team: Abigail Taylor and Wind Dance, 66.39%
FEI Junior Individual: Avery Maude and Double Agent, 67.28%
Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold: Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Valencia, 77.28%
Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Silver: Alicia Lee and Bonita VI, 67.67%
Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold: Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Valencia, 77.45%
Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Silver: Ali Dane and Hurston’s Morris, 64.21%
LeMieux Grand Prix Gold: Charlotte Dujardin and Gio, 79.56%
TopSpec Medium 75 Gold: Jezz Palmer and Hercules, 70.27%
TopSpec Medium 75 Silver: Jane Higgins and Active Lilliana, 64.45%
Equine Construction Advanced Medium 96 Gold: Beth Bainbridge and Habouche, 71.71%
Equine Construction Advanced Medium 96 Silver: Helen James and Hillgrove Rockwell, 67.36%
Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold: Jayne Turney and Penhaligon’s Jupiter, 72.23%
Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Silver: Charlotte Tuckwell and DHI Alligator, 66.00%
FEI Young Rider Team: Millie Gover and Kamil T, 65.00%
FEI Young Rider Individual: Millie Gover and Kamil T, 67.63%
Medium Freestyle Gold: Emilia Nelson and WFS Top Red, 66.38%
Medium Freestyle Silver: Harriet Millar and Dirty Den, 65.83%
Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold: Zoe Sopp and Borella, 72.44%
Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver: Jessica Whitehead and The Amazing Spiderman, 69.05%
Prix St Georges Freestyle Gold: Holly Colgate-Hardaway and Dalvangs Lorenzo, 69.58%
Prix St Georges Freestyle Silver: Claire Randall and Diamond Lil, 62.50%
Photo © Kevin Sparrow