Dressage Spanish Sunshine Tour: Week 3

  • H&H diarist Anna Ross-Davies triumphed in the grand prix on week three of the Spanish Sunshine Tour in her first season at the level.

    Anna broke Olympian Carl Hester’s invincible run of wins as she rode Donald McTaggart’s 16.2hh bay gelding Liebling II to a 68% victory.

    Anna has been in training with Ulla Salzgeber in Germany over the winter, while travelling back and forth to her role as yard manager at Patchetts Equestrian Centre, Hertfordshire.

    “’Lenny’s been such an excitable horse in the past and we’ve had our share of ups and downs, but I always thought he’d be good at this level,” said Anna. “I’ve always put my back into it but I still can’t quite believe it’s happened.”

    Full report in Horse & Hound 22 March, 07

    15 March, ’07

    Carl Hester’s exceptional form has continued into the third week of the Spanish Sunshine Tour (13-18 March). Yesterday he scooped first place in the junior prelim owner’s class with T Movistar, having earned a score of 72.762%. The latest victory ensures he has won all 11 classes he has entered so far on the tour.

    Britain’s Judy Harvey also had a good day yesterday with Fitzcerraldo. The pair scored 71.917% to win the Prix St Georges, breaking the 70% barrier for the first time on the tour. Laura Ferrier and Demanio earned 69.833%, for second place.

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