NAF Five Star Hartpury Festival of Dressage in full swing
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Competition is in full swing at this week’s NAF Five Star Hartpury Festival of Dressage (05 – 10 July 2022). The six-day festival has attracted riders from 14 nations across the CDI3* and CPEDI3* classes, alongside Premier League competition and KBIS Young Horse semi-finals.
The CPEDI3* classes got underway yesterday and continue today with each grade’s Individual tests and there’s still tomorrow’s Freestyles to look forward to. A large entry of athletes across the grades, including Gabriella Blake, Sir Lee Pearson, Georgia Wilson, Natasha Baker, Nicola Naylor, Charlotte Cundall and Sophie Wells, will be going all out to make an impression in their final mission for selection for the World Championships next month.
The CDI3* Big Tour has an exciting line-up preparing for competition, which starts on Friday with the Hazlewoods Grand Prix at 14:15. We look forward to British challengers such as Charlotte Dujardin with Imhotep (pictured in 2021 winning the Elite Stallions Young Horse PSG), Gareth Hughes with two rides, KK Dominant and KK Woodstock, plus Lewis Carrier with Diego V and the popular pairing of Hayley Watson-Greaves and Rubins Nite.
Combinations representing foreign shores include Katherine Bateson Chandler and Alcazar for the USA and Caroline Chew with Tribiani for Singapore.
The Big Tour continues on Saturday with NAF Superflex Grand Prix Freestyle starting at 19:00, with a break halfway for the ever-popular Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges, and concludes with the NAF Superflex Grand Prix Special on Sunday at 12:45.
Starting with the Tom Hobday Prix St Georges at 08:00 on Friday, the CDI3* Small Tour boasts a stellar line up. Wellington CDI winners Charlotte Dujardin and Hilus MHB will be ones to watch as will Gareth Hughes and Happiness who were victorious at Le Mans CDI this spring, and Becky Moody with Jagerbomb – triple winners here in April at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships, plus an array of exciting combinations who’ve enjoyed Premier League success in recent months.
The Small Tour continues with the CDI3* Hartpury Equine Intermediate I at 12:20 on Saturday and the CDI3* Baileys Horse Feeds Intermediate I Freestyle on Sunday afternoon commencing at 15:30.
In addition to the CDI3* and CPEDI3* there are also Premier League classes and the KBIS Young Horse Championship semi-finals for four, five and six-year-olds – making for the busiest, and one of the best, events in the dressage calendar!
Want to attend this year’s festival?
Tuesday 6 July to Thursday 7 July
Entry is free
Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July
Friday, Saturday and Sunday daytime - £6 admission each day
Under 12s free each day, although must be accompanied by an adult
Click here to purchase tickets
Horse & Country will be there to bring you livestream, from all three arenas, on their H&C+ platform. A subscription is just £5.99 per month, with BD members receiving a further 15% discount on the annual membership price of £59.99. There’s no contract, you can cancel at any time, and with much more dressage content coming up on the platform, you’ll have plenty to watch in the coming weeks and months.
Sponsors and partners for this year’s event include NAF, The Rural Planning Practice, Baileys Horse Feeds, Hartpury University and College, Andrews Bowen, Elite Stallions, Hazlewoods, The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, Ermin Plant, Tom Hobday and H&C+
Photo © Kevin Sparrow