Damian Hallam dominated the Horse & Hound Winter Championships with a hat-trick of wins and a clutch of good placings for Team Berkeley last week.

Hallam enjoyed a one-two in the Biotal Medium Open, with Wolke Sieben (pictured) taking the title on 70.45% ahead of Catbalou, who also broke the 70% barrier on 70.36% to take reserve.

One to watch for the future is the Pidgleys’ breathtaking Spirit Freedom, who produced a cracker of a test to win the Blue Chip Feed Balancer Novice Open with 76%, despite a few novicey errors.

“He’s as amazing to ride as he looks,” confirmed Hallam, who rode the horse into fifth place in last year’s World Breeding Championships, as well as winning the PreVac Pro final at the nationals.

Only one other combination, Fernandez and Charlotte Dujardin, managed to break the 70% barrier in the novice open, although third-placed Daniel Timson and Daniolo were only a couple of marks outside it.

The six-year-old Spirit Freedom’s claimed his second winter title some 24hr later in the elementary open, where he gained a 5% margin over Jacky Stolper’s consistent Wunders-Tag and Judy Harvey with Lou Wega.

Horse & Hound Winter Champions

Intermediaire I: Sancerre II (Nicola Jourdain)
Advanced Medium: Louis D’Or (Henriette Andersen)
Medium open: Wolke Sieben (Damian Hallam)
Medium restricted: DHI Wundana (Ali Glennie)
Elementary open: Spirit Freedom (Damian Hallam)
Elementary restricted: H.M.Bardolino (Nicky Heale)
Novice open: Spirit Freedom (Damian Hallam)
Novice restricted: Valentino Toftebjerg (Sharon Boyd)
Preliminary: Welturio (Anke Hoeffler)
Prix st georges freestyle: DHI Faederlite (Henry Boswell)
Medium freestyle: Geisha (Jacky Stolper)
Elementary freestyle: Geisha (Jacky Stolper)
Novice freestyle: Stenkjers Nadonna (Roland Tong)
Open combined training: Lyndon Hall (Jenny Coleman)
Novice combined training: Impy (Kate Johnson)
Prelim combined training: Lemmington Lets Dance (Hayley Rose)

  • Read the full report on all the action from Solihull in this Thursday’s issue of Horse & Hound (14 April, ’05)