Hughes heats up Hartpury

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:30

A scorching Hartpury Premier League took place alongside the International competition at the superb Gloucestershire venue last week (4 – 8 July).

Taking home the spoils in the LeMieux Grand Prix class was Gareth Hughes with the Kroll family’s KK Woodstock. The tall bay gelding made his British Dressage debut in October last year at Inter II level before stepping up to Grand Prix in 2018. A score of 70.60% was more than enough to notch up a first win at the level with Gareth in the saddle.

It was a good week all-round for the Kroll and Hughes partnership as KK Dominant, a nine-year-old licensed stallion by Diamond Hit, topped the Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges on day one of the show with a brilliant 73.95%. Gareth and ‘Danny’ recently returned from a successful trip to Wellington Premier League where they took home a win on their debut attempt in the Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I class.

Topping the score boards in the Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I at Hartpury was Maria Eilberg with Farah Al Khojai’s Sarotti 57. The Sir Donnerhall sired gelding has been a successful partner for Maria since 2015, many consistent 70% plus results have seen them contest the LeMieux National Championships on two occasions in addition to several international trips including Saumur, Le Mans, and Valencia. Their good form at Hartpury also resulted in a second place finish in Wednesday’s Cavalor Intermediate II competition, a class won by Lara Butler and Dr. Wilfred Bechtolsheimer’s Kristjan.

The second Cavalor Intermediate II class belonged to Sadie Smith and her own Keystone Dynamite, the duo scored 70.79% to gain their ticket to the National Championships in September. Speaking from her Facebook page Sadie said, “Absolutely buzzing as my gorgeous Mambo and I won the Cavalor Inter II at Hartpury Premier League today on 70.97%!! Our second ride at this level and he tried his heart out. Thank you so much to Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin for all the help and daily inspiration!”

Charlotte Dujardin also picked up another qualification ticket, this time with her own and Carl Hester’s Brioso II in the Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I class. With two national titles at Elementary and Medium level to her name, the chestnut mare by Benetton Dream is no stranger to success.

Eilidh Grant made the journey from Aberdeen worthwhile landing a win in the Advanced class with her mother Lorraine’s Eranda Retto. Whilst Emily Harris, Sam Rahmatalla and Charlotte Dujardin each earned an Equine Construction Advanced Medium victory.

British Dressage thanks the team at Hartpury as well as the sponsors, volunteers and those behind the scenes for a fantastic Premier League event.


Cavalor Intermediate II
1st Lara Butler with Kristjan, 71.10%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98
1st Emily Harris with Freya FST, 72.24%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium 92
1st Sam Rahmatalla with Hawtins Falerno, 72.84%

Lovington Ice Advanced 105
1st Eilidh Grant with Eranda Retto, 67.78%

Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I 
1st Maria Eilberg with Sarotti, 73.73%

LeMieux FEI Grand Prix
1st Gareth Hughes with KK Woodstock, 70.60%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium 98
1st Charlotte Dujardin with Gio, 77.54%

Fairfax Saddles FEI Prix St Georges
1st Charlotte Dujardin with Brioso, 75.70%

Cavalor Intermediate II
1st Sadie Smith with Keystone Dynamite, 70.79%

Hickstead five-year-old National
1st Judy Harvey with SP Bento, 7.66