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BD Winter Regionals: Wellington

last updated on March 01, 2017 16:24

BD Winter Regionals: Wellington

Despite the trials of Storm Doris the Winter Regional Championships at Wellington Riding in Hampshire were a roaring success (19 – 24 February 2017).

Southampton rider Dannie Morgan excelled once again with the Oppenheimer’s Headmore Davina (pictured). The combination added a further two titles to their collection making it a total of four in 2017. Dannie and Davina achieved the highest score of the show gaining 78.62% in the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Gold Music Freestyle. Taking to social media to talk about his win Dannie said, ‘Davina was incredible again today at Wellington winning the Novice Gold Freestyle Regional on 78.6%! Two judges had her on over 81%! Thanks to everyone that helps me and Sara Green for the amazing music.’

Also succeeding at Novice level was Winchfield-based rider James Burtwell. James filled the top two places in the Blue Chip Novice Gold taking the win with Stephanie Worton’s Serendipitous. The rising six-year-old ‘Sonny’ was bought from the Westfalian auctions and has been a star in James’ stables ever since. The bay gelding has contested four Winter Regional Championship classes taking home two direct qualification tickets whilst placing consistently in the top six. Speaking on Facebook about his wins, Sonny’s owner Steph enthused, ‘thank you to James Burtwell for giving him such amazing rides and Frank Kuster for the thankless job of groom, chauffeur, and general organiser. Thanks also to Nadine Gregory for superb clipping and trimming, he looked superb. Sonny has done us all proud! Now time to be a pony in the field, lose a few shoes, get covered in mud and just play.’ James splits his time between riding, training and judging.

Making waves in the silver classes was 15-year-old Samantha Willson with Paintball Picture Perfect. The eye-catching coloured mare triumphed in the Equi-Trek Elementary Silver and the PDS Saddles Elementary Silver Music Freestyle achieving 69.37% and 74.61%. Samantha, from Ringwood, began riding at the age of six and has pursued dressage from an early age as a keen BYRDS member.

There were high scores all round in the music classes with Matt Frost and the 10-year-old chestnut Leandro gaining an immense 78.22% in the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Music Freestyle to top a class where the first five placings achieved over 73%. In the Medium music classes Charlie Sawyer and Chico Too followed on from their victories at last year’s National Championships by winning the Spillers Medium Silver Music Freestyle with 76.33%. Whilst in the Spillers Medium Gold Music Freestyle former pony and junior team rider Rebecca Bell aced her routine to win with 75.38%.

Congratulations to all riders who braved the weather to compete at Wellington, we look forward to seeing those who qualified in their respective classes at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships in April. British Dressage thanks Wellington Riding and all volunteers, judges and sponsors for an exciting Regional Championships.

Regional Champions:

KBIS Preliminary
Pippa Griffin with Tolkiens Trilogy – 69.76%

Blue Chip Novice Silver
Dannie Morgan with Headmore Davina – 73.21%

Blue Chip Novice Gold
James Burtwell with Serendipitous – 72.02%

Equi-Trek Elementary Silver
Samantha Willson with Paintballl Picture Perfect – 69.37%

Equi-Trek Elementary Gold
Nicola Buchanan with St Giles Fairytale – 75.20%

Albion Medium Silver
Dylan Deutrom with Balance – 71.31%

Albion Medium Gold
Damian Hallam with Serupgards Salento – 71.11%

Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver
Sarah Alderman with Daddys Hit – 69.91%

Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold
Suzanne Lavendera with Keystone Daganay – 71.53%

Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Silver Music Freestyle
Alicia Laughton with Armada Donna Bella – 76.38%

Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Gold Music Freestyle
Dannie Morgan with Headmore Davina – 78.61%

PDS Saddles Elementary Silver Music Freestyle
Samantha Willson with Paintball Picture Perfect – 74.61%

PDS Saddles Elementary Gold Music Freestyle
Charlie Hutton with Hawtins Rossana – 77.32%

Spillers Medium Silver Music Freestyle
Charlie Sawyer with Chico Too – 76.33%

Spillers Medium Gold Music Freestyle
Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit – 75.38%

Nupafeed Advanced Medium Music Freestyle
Matt Frost with Leandro – 78.22%

Magic Prix St. Georges Music Freestyle
Matthew Hicks with El Zorro – 72.54%

For full results click here

Photo credit: Kevin Sparrow