Peter Storr and Gambrinus pull out the stops to win national title for the second year running at Mercedes Benz National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh
Peter Storrand Gambrinus claimed their second consecutive title of national champions at the Mercedes Benz National Dressage Championships.
Peter and Pinkie Heintz’s Hanoverian stallion, who made their international senior team debut in Verden this year at the European championships, pulled out the stops to gain a convincing win in the grand prix kur.
The result combined with the score from the grand prix in which they gained second place, awarded them the title.
Emile Faurie and the 10-year-old Danish-bred Reuters Rasher Hopes owned by Hilary Sawyer were second in the kur and were runners-up in the overall placings.
Grand prix winners Nicky Barrett and Stephen Butt’s Hanoverian Giorgio S were third overall.
Blue Waters Hotel inter I Kur
Carl Hester won his second holiday to Antigua, the prize for winning the Blue Waters Hotel intermediaire I kur.
Carl and Trish Andrew’s Dutch-bred gelding Toblerone rode a determined kur especially written and choreographed for the championships.
Dual-champions Becky Moody and Kwadraat almost made it a hat-trick, but lost out to the Olympic rider by less than 1%.
Kraiburg elementary open
Carl gained his third championship title winning the Winergy advanced medium championships with a measured and foot-perfect test with Roly Luard’s German-bred gelding Escapado.
Lancashire-based trainer and judge Clive Halsall had to settle for second place with his German-bred stallion Roulette, while Henriette Andersen and the stallion Astonish took third.
Kraiburg elementary open
The Kraiburg elementary open championship was closely contested. Young rider Jodie Lister proved the eventual winner with her own six-year-old Dutch-bred gelding Nicky, ahead of Gareth Hughes and Nurejev.
The Northern regional champions lost out by just one mark, while six marks away to take third place was Lisa Hopkins and Hofnar Navarone.
The restricted section saw a win for 14-year-old Anne Marie Perry from Darlington with the six-year-old Welsh Cob/Thoroughbred Forrest Fire
Prevac Pro International potential dressage horse
Richard Barrett made it a good weekend for the Barrett stables winning the Prevac Pro potential dressage horse championship.
Richard (husband of grand prix winner Nicky) rode the eye catching Dutch-bred five-year-old Elite, who was declared champion after judge – the Dutch international trainer Bert Rutten – rode the top placed two horses from both sections of four- and five-year-olds.
Elite by the Dutch sire Wolfgang is out of a mare by Zaire who is the same dam to breed Orvieto, another former national champion horse to be produced out of the Barrett stable.
Suzanne Davies, who was champion in 1999 with the Hanoverian stallion Dimaggio, gained reserve this year with another Hanoverian stallion.
The four-year-old Keystone Waterford II, who is by Wolkenstein II, was bought from the Celle State Stud in Germany.
Lizzie Murray and the home-bred Catherston Springsteen headed the 22-strong four-year-old section while Rebecca Patmore and Classic Collection stood top of the five-year-old line up.
The British-bred Roulette S ridden by Clair Gordon gained the bestmare award. The four year old was bred at the Straloch Stud in Aberdeen and is by Japaloupe S.
Click here to read ALL results.
Click here to read first day’s report.