The stage is set at HOYS for Dressage Future Elite
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This evening's performance at the Horse of the Year Show features the seventh running of the annual Dressage Future Elite Championship.
Taking place during the evening performance tonight, Thursday 7 October, this prestigious competition provides a platform for the UK's up-and-coming dressage horses to gain invaluable experience under the spotlight at a world famous international event. In conjunction with British Dressage, the popular championship is designed for horses between eight and ten years old. The class will feature a total of eight horse and rider combinations that will each showcase an Intermediate I Freestyle to music.
For four years prior to 2020, when HOYS couldn’t take place due to Covid, Charlotte Dujardin has taken the title; 2016 riding Hawtins Delicato scoring 78.62%, 2017 with Mount St John Freestyle scoring 84.91%, 2018 riding Florentina VI with 79.12% and in 2019 aboard Mount St John Valencia scoring 78.04%.
The success of these horses since is testament to the worth of the Future Elite Championship at HOYS. This year Charlotte is back competing with the young chestnut gelding Imhotep; the pair have recently won the Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges, the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I and the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Freestyle at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships 2021. Will she retain her HOYS title this year and make it five?
The eight horse and rider combinations competing this year are:
- Charlotte Dujardin with Carl Hester and Coral Ingham’s Imhotep (chestnut gelding, 2013, Everdale x Vivaldi, KWPN).
- Lucinda Elliott with Judith Davis’s Hawtins Soave (bay mare, 2011, Sir Donnerhall x Belissimo M, BHHS).
- Matt Frost with his own Nicola Keenan’s Helga (brown mare, 2012, Chagall D&R x Samba Hit II, KWPN).
- Andrew Gould with Tatiana Milne-Skillmans’ Genie III (bay stallion, 2011, Zhivago x Sandro Hit, KWPN).
- Nikolas Kröncke with his own Flanell (chestnut stallion, 2011, Fidertanz x De Niro, HANN).
- Alice Oppenheimer with Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Bella Ruby (liver chestnut mare, 2012, Belissimo M x Rubinstein, BHHS) and Amanda Radford’s Headmore Dionysus (liver chestnut gelding, 2011, Dimaggio x Rubinstein, BHHS).
- Calum Whitworth with Judith Davis’s Hawtins Barolo (dark bay gelding, 2011, Belissimo M x French Kiss, BHHS).
Visitors to HOYS can watch the young talent in the Dressage Future Elite Championship, which will commence at 18:20 in the Andrews Bowen International Arena. The class will also be available, by subscription, on ClipMyHorse.TV to watch and enjoy from the comfort of home.
Photo © Julian Portch