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The future is 'Rosie' for Tomlinson

last updated on July 26, 2016 14:48

The future is 'Rosie' for Tomlinson

British rider Laura Tomlinson, aboard new ride, Rosalie B (Rubin Royal x Newcastle), achieved a Grand Prix-Grand Prix Special double at Deauville CDI3* in northern France (21-24 July 2016).

Laura and the beautiful dark bay mare (pictured), who’s a relatively new resident in the Bechtolsheimer stable, scored a promising 71.360% to top the podium in the Grand Prix, before making the Grand Prix Special their own with a strong 70.549%.

The ten-year-old Westphalian mare, who’s affectionately known as Rosie, joined Laura’s team of horses towards the end of last year. Purchased from her breeder, Klaus Balkenhol, who’s been a major influence on Laura’s career as her trainer and mentor, Rosalie B was formerly ridden by Balkenhol’s assistant rider, Vera Nass. London 2012 team gold and individual bronze-medallist Laura has since formed a great bond with Rosie, which became evident during a winter spell in the Florida sunshine at the Wellington CDI series where they made their career debut.

Another new British partnership, Dan Sherriff and Air FK, also enjoyed a highly successful trip to France, landing two victories in the Middle Tour. Dan and the Litta Sohi’s 11-year-old son of Parcival, a powerful Dutch-bred chestnut, certainly made a great impression. They raised the flag heading the Intermediate B with 69.563% followed by an exciting Intermediate II performance to earn 70.175%. In a few short months, Dan and ‘Air’, who was previously competed up to Small Tour by his owner, have formed a good connection as they forge their way to Grand Prix.

Nathalie Kayal and Homerun, who have enjoyed successes at Premier League shows this year, have clearly taken their talent on to the international stage, as was displayed here in Deauville. They earned sixth place in the Prix St Georges, fourth in the Intermediate I and sixth in the Inter I Kür with 68.465%, 68.553% and 69.292% respectively. Nathalie and Homerun, who’ve scored no less than 67% internationally in their career so far have a promising journey ahead of them.

Talking via Facebook, on their way back to the UK, Nathalie said: ‘We are on the boat again on our way home. Sixth today in the Inter I Freestyle, even though he was a bit tired in the heat. Such a special boy and so lucky to have him. Only his third international and he's never been out the top seven all year. Go my beautiful Joseph!’

Results of the British riders:

Prix St Georges
6th – Nathalie Kayal with Homerun, 68.465%
17th – Judy Harvey with Blitz, 64.737%

Intermediate I
4th – Nathalie Kayal with Homerun, 68.553%
13th – Judy Harvey with Blitz, 65.175%

Intermediate I Freestyle
6th – Nathalie Kayal with Homerun, 69.292%
13th – Judy Harvey with Blitz, 66.833%

Intermediate B
1st – Daniel Sherriff with Air FK, 69.563%
9th – Louise Bell with W Get Smart, 65.278%

Intermediate II
1st – Daniel Sherriff with Air FK, 70.175%
9th – Louise Bell with W Get Smart, 64.254%

Grand Prix
1st – Laura Tomlinson with Rosalie B, 71.360%
17th – Lucy Fallen with Cruise, 63.820%
20th – Kay Maxted with Privaldi, 62.560%

Grand Prix Special
1st - Laura Tomlinson with Rosalie B, 70.549%

Grand Prix Freestyle
7th - Lucy Fallen with Cruise, 67.300%

Grand Prix Consolation
1st – Kay Maxted with Privaldi, 61.933%

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