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Hickstead CDIO 2008: Faberge's sparkling form dominates ST

last updated on July 28, 2008 20:48

Hickstead CDIO 2008: Faberge's sparkling form dominates ST
Nicky Barrett and Faberge 50 (pictured) swept the board in the small tour at Hickstead CDIO in West Sussex, 24-27 July 2008, while Dutch riders dominated the CDIO big tour and headed the nations cup team competition.
Nicky has competed the nine-year-old 16.1hh Hessen approved stallion by Fidermark sparingly and has never been placed lower than second in England in the three years that she has had the ride on the consortium-owned horse. Here they won the prix st georges with 69.9%, the intermediaire I with 69.4 and the intermediaire I freestyle with 71.55.
“He is such a quality horse. He just has the most amazing temperament and stays with you, even in spooky surroundings,” said Nicky, who is planning to bring the stallion out at grand prix level next year. “He finds the small tour easy, but is not quite established enough at grand prix level yet.”
Nicola Jourdain had another successful weekend, having won the grand prix special at Hartpury CDI the previous week with Saint Swithens. This time his stablemate, the 12-year-old Hannoverian gelding Sancerre, won the CDI grand prix and special while Saint Swithens took the runner-up slot in the grand prix.
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro continued their extraordinary competition record by winning the Britith Young Horse Six-year-old National and International Finals. They add these titles to two Badminton Young Horse Finals and four- and five-year-old Shearwater Championship wins. Charlotte competes the 16.3hh Dutch-bred gelding for owner Carl Hester, for whom she has worked for the past three years.
Anne-Marie Perry and Aristo cleaned up in the young rider classes, winning the team, individual and freestyle tests, while Britain’s Paralympic reserves Sophie Wells and Touchdown II headed the junior individual and freestyle tests having taken the runner-up slot in the team competition.
Sophie, who is trained by Angela Weiss, has only had the ride on her mum’s 16hh Dutch-bred gelding for four months. She is a grade IV para rider and competes up to prix st georges level against able-bodied competitors.
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