British dressage received a welcome boost when junior and senior riders headed across the Channel to Le Touquet CDI (10 – 13 May 2001).
Jane Bredin was the star of the senior small tour classes, winning the Intermediaire I and Prix St Georges with her own 16.2hh bay gelding Lucky Star , scoring more than 68% in both tests.
Jane was also well placed with Goya III, gaining a third in the Intermediaire I (66.4%) and fifth in the prix st georges (66%).
Daniel Sherriff, fresh from his success at The College EC Premier League show last week, also scored well with his bay stallion Bayford Hall Cossack coming third in the Prix St Georges (67.3%) and sixth in the Intermediaire I (63.2%).
It was a weekend of firsts for Great Britain’s pony riders. Despite very little recent competition experience in the UK, Great Britain’s pony dressage riders started their international campaign in formidable style.
Competing in her first international, Lorna Edmonds led the way from early in the Preliminary Competition with Manitu N on 72.3%.
Team competition day brought unprecedented success for the pony riders.
Against some strong competition from the German and Dutch riders, Britain took first, second and third places in the Team competition; another first.
Sally Makin rode an impressive test to finish in first place with Nurejew on 70.4%.
Lorna was close behind on 69.4%. Third place went to Georgie Hamblin on Joop, who rode a fluent, accurate test to achieve 68.3%.
Charlie Bowles, also at his first international with DaphneII finished with a creditable 63%.
The success continued into the final day with Sally winning the Individual ride-off competition on 70.8%. Lorna finished fifth and Georgie 10th. Charlie rode a good consolation test to finish 10th.
TrainerIan Woodhead said: “It was a brilliant trip. The four riders have never been together before, but worked extremely well with each other. It was very emotional to hear the British anthem played three times running.”
The pony riders would like to thank Hamilton & Partners for their support.
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