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Dressage Deluxe National Dressage Championships 2009: day four

last updated on September 21, 2009 12:49

Dressage Deluxe National Dressage Championships 2009: day four

The Dressage Deluxe National Dressage Championships, Warwickshire, 17-20 Sept promised and delivered the best of British dressage at the finale of the summer season. Following swiftly on the heels of unprecedented success at the European Championships – a team silver and individual bronze — the National Championships saw its own share of records set with high flying team member Carl Hester clinching his 6th National Championship and 51st national title.

The Grand Prix Freestyle saw a hotly contested battle with five riders going 70% or better. Hester once again snatched the top spot for 74.65% to his Tom Jones medley. Last year’s champs Maria and Two Sox came in second with a PB of 73.90% and it was a well deserved third for Nicola Jourdain and St. Swithens who scored 72.05%.

Other action of the day included the Shearwater Potential International Young Dressage Horse Championships. Footballer John Terry and wife Toni celebrated the success of their horse - five year old Beltoni - ridden by Vicki Thompson-Winfield in the overall championship. Tim Sillevis and four yr old Romanno Ruinart were runners up.

Anita Gibson and Wiseguy V topped The Novice Restricted Championship on 69.08% and Alex Hardwick and seven year old Rotspon's Rockin took the Medium Restricted on 68.80%

Grand Prix Freestyle and National Dressage Champion
Carl Hester with Liebling II 74.65%

“This has been the best year I’ve had for twenty years,” said Carl. “Windsor took me back to the thrill of riding on my first team and now, to win more than 50 national titles is amazing. It also makes me realise how many horses I’ve ridden over the years!” joked Carl.

“I had good artistic marks at Windsor so I was confident that my programme could be good enough to win today but the technicality had to be right too”, explained Carl. “We did have a mistake in the two time changes so I was then careful not to over ride in trying to put the score up. From then on though, the rest of the test was technically really good.”

“I’ve always ridden sharp, forward horses whereas with Lenny, the energy needs to be generated more,” explained Carl. “Richard (Davison) has really helped me find a key to motivate the horse. His help and enthusiasm has kicked me into gear and the result has continued on from the Europeans.”


Dodson & Horrell Novice Restricted
Anita Gibson and Wiseguy V 69.08%

“It was the best test he’s ever done,” said Anita. “We made no mistakes and he was really with me - and it was only his eighth competition ever.”

Anita, who’s owned the Dutch-bred 007 gelding, now six, since a three year old said: “With the help of my trainer Damian Hallam, we’ll now start training towards medium and see how we get on with changes.”

“I’d like to thank my great friend and mentor Angie Lane - she has been such a huge support and help.”


 Biotal Medium Restricted
Alex Hardwick and Rotspon’s Rockin 68.80%

“I felt it was a fantastic test and he stayed with me so well,“ said a delighted Alex. “I really started to relax and enjoy it – my Mum said I even started to smile. It was then he threw in a flying change at the end of the medium canter – the only mistake really.”

“Rocky (Rotspon’s Rockin) is a fabulous horse and I know him inside out as I’ve had him since he was three. Our next step will be to qualify for the Winters and next year’s Nationals at Advanced Medium.”  


Shearwater Potential International Dressage Horse
Four year olds
Rommano Ruinart ridden by Tim Sillevis

“I was thrilled to win the class,” said Tim who runs Court Farm Stud in Herefordshire with his partner Darren Mattia. “Ruinart has won every young horse championship he’s contested this year so there was a lot of expectation for us to do well today - it was a bit nerve-wracking.”

The four year old German-bred Rohdiamant stallion, owned by Julie Down, has been with Tim since a three year old. “He will stand at stud next year but his ridden career will still come first,” said Tim, who’s aiming the horse for the 2010 World Breeding Championships.”

“Our stallions all go out in the field and hack regularly to keep them fresh,“ explained Tim. “They work in the school about three times per week and are all good as gold at home.” 


Five year olds and Overall Champion
Beltoni ridden by Vicky Thompson-Winfield

“Beltoni is proving to have an easy going temperament and is very easy to work with,” said Vicky. “He takes everything in his stride and is very rideable - he’s a very special horse”

“Toni & John Terry bought him just after Christmas,” explained Vicky. “He will eventually be partnered by Toni, who currently has a grand prix schoolmaster, once he’s more trained up. We just have to take care to develop him, to make him muscularly strong enough, as his talent is endless.”

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