Saturday update from Dressage at Hickstead

  • Peter Storr and Gambrinus look set to make it three in a row with a clear win in the grand prix special, while the Shearwater five year old championship goes to Suzanne Davies and Keystone Rubin

    The grand prix special, the second big tour class at Dressage at Hickstead’s premier league show, gave Peter Storr and Gambrinus an emphatic win on a score of 70.47%.

    It was a confident performance which earned a unanimous verdict from all three judges, and put them 4% ahead of second-placed Carl Hester and Donnersong.

    Leaving the arena, Peter punched the air in obvious satisfaction, as he added this to his win yesterday in the grand prix.

    The Shearwater five-year-old championship for the young dressage horse went to Keystone Rubin, ridden by Suzanne Davies. They travel to Verden next Tuesday (29 July) to contest the World Breeding Championships.

    Suzanne and her partner, Darren Mattia, bought Rubin, who is by Rhodiamant, and a grandson of Rubinstein, sight unseen on the recommendation of Christian Heinrich.

    “Christian rang me and told me, ‘this is a championship horse’ and he was right” said Suzanne. “Rubin has never competed in an atmosphere before, but he is very, very generous, and takes his confidence from your riding”.

    David Hunt (Mango Leonardo) and Andrew Gould (Koffee Break) took a narrow victory in the intermediaire pas de deux competition, starting their programme to the music of “The Boys are Back in Town”. They held off a strong challenge from Kyra Kyrklund and Wayne Channon, who finished just 0.1% behind.

    For full report and pictures see Horse & Hound (1 August issue)

    For full results from Dressage at Hickstead click here

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