A young rider has set a new record for the best one-day dressage mark at a British Eventing (BE) event, scoring 7.5 in a BE90 section at Drumclog in the Scottish Borders (31 August).
Jade Struthers, 20, and Broudein Roxanne achieved the mark — the equivalent of 92.5% — on what was only the mare’s third affiliated BE outing. The pair compete at prix st georges level in pure dressage.
It is the best one-day mark recorded by BE since 1998, when it began digitizing its records.
“It felt nice and accurate, so I knew it was a good test — but I never expected to get 7.5,” said Jade.
“We only started jumping Roxy in April. She’d done dressage her whole life and I thought she needed a bit of excitement. “She loves it and her dressage has improved as a result — she is much more forward.”
However, a “green stop” and a rail down in the showjumping, plus cross-country time-faults, meant that Jade came second in the class to her boss, event rider Jo Luton. She completed on her dressage score of 19.5.
Jade’s score beats the previous record of 10, set by Ruth Edge and Larkshill Sovereign in a five-year-old class at Skipton last month (3 August).
A spokesman for BE said the closest anyone had come to that score was Tim Cheffings on a 10.5 in 2010.
“There were quite a few people in the past decade with scores of 11 and 12 as well,” she said.