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Summer Regional Championships: Mount Ballan

last updated on August 11, 2017 17:00

Summer Regional Championships: Mount Ballan

A busy weekend of Regional Championship dressage took place just across the Severn Bridge at Mount Ballan Equestrian Centre last week (4 – 6 August 2017).

It was once again Charlotte Dujardin’s day as she took home two titles and a plethora of placings aboard her string of up and coming stars. In the Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold, River Rise Nisa scored the highest mark of the show, a fabulous 78.64%, to finish in front of Charlotte’s other ride Gio who earned a solid 72.29%. The outstanding River Rise Nisa (Negro x Amsterdam) is bred and co-owned by Sarah Tyler-Evans.

Going one better in the TopSpec Medium Gold Charlotte completed a one-two-three with the addition of Mount St John VIP. Scoring 72.79% Mount St John VIP was the eventual winner finishing less than a mark in front of River Rise Nisa in second with the chestnut Apache gelding Gio completing the podium places in third.

There was more success for the Hester-Dujardin training machine as Sadie Smith won the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver class aboard Goldfinger; the pair scored 69.78%. Speaking about her win on Facebook Sadie said, ‘Goldie was such a good boy today to be Advanced Medium Silver Regional Champion! Big thank you to Jake Taylor for being amazing groom and driver and of course to Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin for the continuous help to be better.’

Also trained by the star duo, Sara Gallop and Katie Bailey took home titles in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold and the Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold. Sara and her own Summerhouse Delano scored 70.17% whilst Katie and Leslie Forlee’s Bocelli earned 70.44%.

Standing out on the first day of competition was Stefanie Dando-Mansell with Bellevue Irish Pride. Stef and ‘Noddy’ won a huge BackinAction Preliminary Silver class by two percent after scoring 71.21%. The grey Irish Draught cross was bred by Isabel and Dave Scourfield of Bellevue Stud and purchased by Stef in 2011. Stef and Noddy have continued a great year of results which included a 77% score at Prelim level earlier in the Spring.

Congratulations to all competitors and qualified combinations, BD looks forward to welcoming you all to the LeMieux National Championships next month. Thanks go to the team at Mount Ballan for another highly successful Summer Regional Championship.

Regional Champions:

BackinAction Preliminary Silver A
Stefanie Dando-Mansell with Bellevue Irish Pride, 71.21%

Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver
Robert Barker with Woodlander Romance, 69.38%

Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold
Kimberley Seaby with G, 70.37%

Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver
Sophie Cox with Empire Of The Sun, 69.74%

Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold
Charlotte Dujardin with River Rise Nisa, 78.64%

TopSpec Medium Silver
Annabella Pidgley with Farbenfroh, 70.18%

TopSpec Medium Gold
Charlotte Dujardin with Mount St John VIP, 72.79%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver
Sadie Smith with Goldfinger, 69.78%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold
Sara Gallop with Summerhouse Delano, 70.17%

Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold
Katie Bailey with Bocelli IV, 70.44%

Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold
Levi Hunt with Abbey Tiron, 69.34%

For full results click here.

Photo from Charlotte Dujardin Facebook - pictured left to right with Charlotte: Mount St John VIP, Gio, River Rise Nisa.