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British dominate Harpury College’s CPEDI3*

last updated on July 21, 2011 13:16

British dominate Harpury College’s CPEDI3*

65 riders from 14 nations headed to a small corner of Gloucestershire to take part in one of the world’s largest CPEDI’s at Hartpury College last week. Riders (and horses) from all over the world – Europe, the Caribbean, North and South America, Africa, Australasia and the Far East – competed in Team, Individual and Freestyle classes over the five grades. The Para Equestrian competition was supported by the Markey Group who has worked with Hartpury for over 12 years constructing many of the College’s top-class facilities.

Three British riders dominated in the Ia competitions. Sophie Christiansen riding the Berkeley Group’s Rivaldo of Berkeley put recent troubles behind them to win the Team and Individual classes on 74.29% and 73.65% respectively. But 13-time gold medallist Anne Dunham stole the freestyle with Sally Ann Brown’s Teddy with 76.85% (the highest score overall across the competitions) with Emma Sheardown as runner up on Purdy’s Dream and Sophie in third. These performances were enough to earn Sophie and Anne places on the British squad for the European Championships in Belgium this September and Emma is reserve.

In the Ib category, it was a chance for some new names to shine with Lee Pearson side-lined through injury and Ricky Balshaw absent. It was riders from the home nation who rose to the challenge with Alison Moore taking a hat-trick of victories with her own Just Z. Natalie Povey was hot on her heels in all three tests riding Westpoint First Lady to finish runner up. Both riders were at the recent Olympic Test Event to showcase Para Equestrian Dressage and caused quite a stir with their skill. Canada’s Ashley Gowanlock riding Alexander Mitchell’s Donny Maskell ensured the top three remained the same by taking third place in each class.

Grade II was dominated by a determined young lady who as really made her mark in the sport this season. Natasha Baker took all three classes riding her parents and Christian Landolt’s Cabral which caught the selectors’ eyes and she’s now Belgium-bound. Scoring over 73% in each test gave her victory but the riders in the mix behind her varied in each test. In the first round, the Team test, her compatriot Jo Pitt took second with her 2010 WEG partner Estralita with Erin Orford just behind Diana Barley and her mum & dad’s Nirvana Morroko. Natasha and Jo battled it out in the Individual test but Irish rider Eilish Byrne stole third this time with Youri. The Freestyle brought a new rider into the mix. Natasha was strong once again to win with 75.80% but Canadian rider Lauren Barwick made her trip across the Atlantic worth-while with a second and third with her two rides. Second was Off to Paris, owned by Equine Canada on 74.05% and her own Ferdonia 2 scored 72.15% for third.

Again, one British name reigned supreme in the Grade III classes – Deb Criddle. With a horse she’s only being riding since February, the Lady Joseph Trust’s LJT Akilles, she clocked up three scores +72% to dominate the Grade. Hopefully, a good sign of things to come with the European Championships just weeks away! Blind rider Nicky Thompson was runner up in each with her own Welt Santa Cruz – this pairing are certainly on the up. Emma Kent kept the British stranglehold with third in each class with her own Gentle II.

The Grade IV got under way with Irish dominance when Rosemary Gaffney won the Team test with her own Aldham Mill Dubloon with 68.37%. Her team mate James Dwyer was a fraction behind on 68.22% with Orland to complete an Irish one-two. Britain’s Sophie Wells was third with her young rising star Valerius. Finishing behind the Irish inspired Sophie the next day as she pulled out the stops to go two places better and secure victory over Rosemary in the Individual test with James relegated to third. It was all to play for in the Freestyle and Sophie was more determined than ever to score 73.20% which was enough to overtake long-time leader Rosemary. James followed Sophie and it was tight but a score of 71.20% gave Sophie a second victory.

Britain took the team competition ahead of Ireland with Canada in third – prizes were presented by Woof Wear. A special champagne prize courtesy of A.J. Lowther & Sons, contractors to the College, went to Anthony Dawson (RSA) as the best rider under 21 and his owner Sally Andrews.

Team Results:
1st Great Britain: Sophie Wells, Deborah Criddle, Natasha Baker, Emma Sheardown 218,338
2nd Ireland: Rosemary Gaffney, James Dwyer, Eilish Byrne, Helen Kearney 210.249
3rd Canada: Eleonore Elstone, Lauren Barwick, Jody Schloss, Ashley Gowanlock 204.723
4th Russia: 183.770, 5th Poland: 181.773, 6th New Zealand: 180.183, 7th Hong Kong: 166.935, 8th Singapore: 134.647

Individual Champion in each Grade:
Grade Ia Anne Dunham
Grade Ib Alison Moore
Grade II Natasha Baker
Grade III Deborah Criddle
Grade IV Sophie Wells

Callinan’s Carpets Ltd. providers of all carpeting for the College - kindly donated 5 TV sets which were awarded to each individual Champion.

Overall Champion: Anne Dunham

NAF, DC Butcher, Countrywide, Classic Dressage Collection, Equilibrium Products, Ace Cleaning Services all very generously donated prizes for the Team and Individual Championships.

Full results are on the Hartpury Festival of Dressage website.