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Summer Regional Championships: Bicton Arena

last updated on July 21, 2017 16:46

Summer Regional Championships: Bicton Arena

The third British Dressage Summer Regional Championship of the year took place this week at Bicton Arena in East Budleigh, Devon (17 – 19 July 2017). Visitors and supporters at the West Country venue were provided with three days of high class competition as riders strove for a coveted place at the LeMieux National Championships in September.

The Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver was a close fought affair but it was Exminster rider Hazel McCorriston (17) who had the edge. With her ride of just six months, Blue Hors Zagato (pictured earlier this year), she was awarded a percentage score average of 69.25% from judges Jo Graham (C), Sue Wood (H) and Clare Deithrick (M), taking the class on collectives ahead of Olivia Sealy and KL Mac.

Hazel and the Danish-bred Blue Hors Zagato, a six-year-old son of Blue Hors Zack, have formed a successful partnership in their short time together, achieving consistently good scores at Novice and Elementary levels, as well as success in young horse classes.

Hazel, who trains with Adam Kemp, took to Facebook after the show to say: “I am so proud of this wonderful horse - yesterday we won the Novice Silver Regional Championship at Bicton Arena, so we're off to the Nationals in September!

“The six short months since Blue arrived have been a journey of many ups and downs and much learning, and I couldn't be more delighted that, so rarely in dressage, everything yesterday went to plan. I couldn't have achieved this result without all the help from Louise [Hutchinson] both at home and at yesterday's show, our inspiring training sessions with Adam, the support of all my family and friends (Lucy Chapman you were a fab help yesterday, and kept us sane while we waited for the class to complete!), and of course everyone at Mutterton Dressage and our support team who keep Blue healthy and happy.

“The plan is for Blue to now have a well-deserved break over the next month with plenty of time to chill, lots of grass, and some fun hacking. At only six, he really is an incredible horse to take big events like yesterday completely in his stride, and judging by the way he stood for the prize-giving, I think he knew he'd done good!”

In winning the Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold, Herefordshire’s Mark Forrest achieved the highest score over the three days – 72.96% - partnered by Bonita VI. Mark (31) works alongside Darren Mattia at Court Farm Stud near Hereford. From a show jumping background, Mark has built a reputation for bringing on young horses with patience and tact, specialising in producing young dressage mares for performance testing with breed societies.

Bonita is an eight-year-old daughter of Bennetton Dream and is owned by Alicia Lee. This year, the mare has successfully stepped up to Medium, winning on each attempt with scores into the high 70s.

British Dressage would like to thank Bicton Arena and all involved for a successful Regional Championship. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part.

Regional Champions:

BackinAction Preliminary Silver
Moira Bonner with Llanidan Survivor, 70.80%

Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver
Hazel McCorriston with Blue Hors Zagato, 69.25%

Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold
Danielle Balsdon with Lord Lennox, 71.11%

Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver
Emily Farleigh with Wake Up, 69.94%

Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold
Mark Forrest with Bonita VI, 72.96%

TopSpec Medium Silver
Stephanie Sweet with Dolle Jung, 69.45%

TopSpec Medium Gold
Callum Whitworth with Fernando, 71.39%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver
Lucy Baker with Voolra, 69.38%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold
Jess Bennett with JB Dukaat, 68.55%

Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold
Daniel Greenwood with Lukien Von Tespe, 69.34%

Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold
Abigail Hutton with Don Dino, 68.37%

For full results click here.