Future dressage stars crowned

  • The four-year-old stallion Go Dutch gained his second title in as many weeks when he was awarded this year’s Badminton Young Dressage Horse Of The Future.

    Jackie Siu’s attractive stallion, ridden by Peter Storr, scored highly and consistently throughout the 35-strong three-phase competition to gain overall victory and take home the generous £1,200 first prize, courtesy of sponsor Whatley Manor Hotel.

    Peter also gained third place with Hermione Black’s Hanoverian gelding, Cocofino, who led the competition after the first two phases. Reigning Pre-vac Pro champions Rex and Darryl Thickitt took second place.

    Judge Carl Hester said: “It was a final of a high standard. All the horses had correct paces and riders are showing a much better understanding of how to produce young horses — it was the best competition I’ve seen here.

    “Go Dutch is athletic and possesses almost balletic qualities, while Rex has wonderful ability to sit on his hind legs and has an expressive, uphill trot. For me, Cocofino was the scopiest horse of the class.”

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