The stage is set at HOYS for Dressage Future Elite

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 10:49 GMT

This evening's performance at the Horse of the Year Show features the seventh running of the annual Dressage Future Elite Championship.

Dressage Future Elite Champion 2019, Charlotte Dujardin Riding Mount St John Valencia © Julian Portch

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.


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Photo © Julian Portch