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Vidauban CDI - two winners on day one!

last updated on February 28, 2013 17:07

Vidauban CDI - two winners on day one!

A strong British squad of 16 riders with 19 horses has landed for the annual two week Vidauban CDIs in southern France.  The riders were greeted with a heavy dusting of snow earlier this week - not what many were expecting of Spring in the region!  Competition got underway this morning and we can report Britain already has two winners!  20 year old Amy Woodhead won the Young Riders Team Test with her smart stallion Pardon (pictured) with 68+%.   2012 Pony team debutantes Phoebe Peters and SL Lucci were victors in the Pony Team Test with a fabulous 73+%.

Olympic Team Gold Medallist Carl Hester tops the senior entry with two big tour rides, Aram Gregory's super-talented Dances with Wolves and Jenny Green's stallion Fine Time IV, who Carl is riding for new mum Gemma Appleton.  Dances with Wolves, or Golly as he's known, made his grand prix debut less than two weeks ago, scoring a great 77.45% but this will be his first test at this level on the international stage.  

Henriette Andersen has two rides in Layla II, who is in her second season at grand prix and Flavio, an eight year old who's been with Henriette for three years and makes his international debut.  Peter Storr also has rides at big and small tour level with Belmondino looking for experience to cement his GP credentials while Fabioso has had a great deal of success at small tour but has just one season with Peter in the saddle.  Judy Harvey and Richard Heley's loyal Fitzcerraldo will be looking for some good form in a bid for a European Championship team while Dan Sherriff and Bayford Hall Dallagio are back to competition after their pre-Olympia setback.  Lisa Hopkins and Lindsey Roberts' Walkman BC make their first trip abroad and with wins from their two GP starts this season look in good form.

At small tour level, Anna Davey rides Two Mills Call Me Playboy while Jonny Clarke-West has Khartoum for the second week only.

In the Young Horse Sections, French-based Amy Bird rides the Vivaldo-sired six year old Cambel B and Sam Rahmatallah contests five year old Seagry Sanay, owned by Keith Taylor.

Britain has just one Young Rider combination in Amy Woodhead and Pardon, but as mentioned, they've already made their mark on the competition with a win in the YR team test - they'll be in action on Friday again in the individual test with the freestyle on Saturday.  Five pony combinations have travelled out to make an early start to their campaign for a coveted British Team place.  2012 team members Phoebe Peters will be hoping for a continuation of the good form which earned them their flag in their debut season.  Ollie Stokes (Carlsson), Rose Hugh-Smith (Holsteins Derwisch), Isobel Berrington (DHI Langar) and Amber Barton (Doctor Little) make up the quintet.

The two week schedule is a busy one with competitions most days - for the full time table, results and news -click here.  Carl Hester is tweeting from France - follow him on @HesterDressage.

Full British entry:

Rider Horse Owner
Henriette Andersen
Nether Westcote, Oxon
Layla II (BT)
Dk Bay M 14yrs 177.8cm
Sire: Laurentainer
  Flavio (ST)
Bay G 8yrs 167.6cm
Sire: Florencio
Amy Bird
Juan Les Pins, France
Cambel B (YH)
Bay G 6yrs 177cm
Sire: Vivaldo
Mrs Linda Bird

Jonny Clarke-West
Sulgrave, Oxon

Khartoum (ST)
Grey G 11yrs 177cm
Sire: Lucky Champ

Anna Davey
Ledsham, Cheshire

Two Mills Call Me Playboy (ST)
Liver Chestnut G 13yrs 165.1cm
Sire: Onze Fons
Judy Harvey
Great Horwood, Bucks
Fitzcerraldo (BT)
Bay G 15yrs 170.2cm
Sire: Feuerbrand
Mr Richard Heley
Carl Hester
Newent, Glos
Dances with Wolves (BT)
Chestnut G 11yrs 180.3cm
Sire: Connerschwe
Mr Aram Gregory
  Fine Time IV (BT)
Liver Chestnut S 12yrs 172.7cm
Sire: Floristan I
Mrs Jenny Green

Lisa Hopkins
Wendover, Bucks

Walkman BC (BT)
Liver Chestnut G 13yrs 168cm
Sire: Wie Weltmeyer
Mrs Lindsey Roberts
Sam Rahmatallah
Brinkworth, Wiltshire
Seagry Sanay (YH)
Dk Brown M 5yrs 175.2cm
Sire: Stedinger
Mr Keith Taylor
Daniel Sherriff
Hertford, Herts
Bayford Hall Dallagio (BT)
Dk Bay S 14yrs 170.2cm
Sire: Laurentianer
Peter Storr
Broadway, Worcs

Belmondino (BT)
Chestnut G 13 yrs 177.8cm
Sire: Beltain

Mrs Susan Stringer


Fabiso (ST)
Dk Bay G 11yrs 165.1cm
Sire: Flammengold
 Young Rider    
 Amy Woodhead
Grimsby, South Humberside
Bay S 16yrs 167.6cm
Sire: Jonggors Weype 

Amber Barton
Bewdley, Worcs

Doctor Little
Chestnut G 14yrs 147.3cm
Sire: Devito 
 Isobel Berrington
Welwyn, Herts
DHI Langar
Dk Brown G 17yrs 147.3cm
Sire: Lukas
 Mrs Penelope Berrington
Rose Hugh-Smith
Henley on Thames, Oxon
Holsteins Derwisch
Black G 9yrs 147.3cm
Sire: F S Disagio
 Phoebe Peters
Moreton in Marsh, Glos
SL Lucci
Brown G 11yrs 147.3cm
Sire: Lukas 
 Mrs Tracy Peters
Ollie Stokes
Monmouth, Gwent
Chestnut G 15yrs 146cm
Sire: Croupier 
 Mrs Del Stokes