Bright future for young stars
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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