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Meet Britain’s top talent headed to the dressage young horse World Championships  

Six “exceptional” horses have been selected to represent Britain at the FEI World Breeding Federation Dressage Championships for Young Horses. These prestigious championships, originally scheduled for August, but postponed due to the pandemic, will take place at the iconic German venue of Verden on 9-13 December.

Selection trials were held earlier this month at the British Dressage (BD) National Young Horse Championships 2020.

“The standards were high and it was clear that riders had used the time away from competition wisely,” said chief selector Judy Harvey. “The six horses we’ve selected are exceptional and a credit to their riders, owners and breeders.”

Britain will field the maximum of two horses in each of the five-, six- and seven- year-old divisions, with two seven-year-old reserves named as well.

Let’s find out who they are…

Five-year-olds selected to represent Britain at FEI World Breeding Federation Dressage Championships for Young Horses

Waverley Fellini (bay gelding, Fürstenball x Sandro Hit)

Rider: Greg Sims
Owner: Stena Hoerner
Breeder: Sara Longworth, GBR
Studbook: Oldenburg
Best results: national winter novice champion 2020; national five-year-old champion and winner of five-year-old selection trial at the BD National Young Horse Championships 2020.

King IV (pictured above, black stallion, Governor x Johnson)

Rider: Jezz Palmer
Owner: Richard Burge
Breeder: Freek Hoogengoom, NED
Studbook: KWPN
Best results: double regional novice champion and national winter novice freestyle champion 2020; second in five-year-old selection trial at the BD National Young Horse Championships 2020.

Six-year-olds selected to represent Britain at Verden

Straight Horse De Milla (chestnut mare, De Niro x Blue Hors Zack)

Rider: Tom Goode
Owner: Emile Faurie
Breeder: Mogens Pederesen, DEN
Studbook: Danish Warmblood
Best results: reserve national winter elementary champion 2020; winner of six-year-old selection trial at the BD National Young Horse Championships 2020.

Jaristo (bay stallion, Dream Boy x Nourejev)

Rider: Tom Goode
Owner: Emile Faurie
Breeder: Appie Dijstra, NED
Studbook: KWPN
Best results: three plus-70% advanced medium wins 2020; second in six-year-old selection trial at BD National Young Horse Championships 2020.

Seven-year-olds selected to represent Britain at Verden

Impressive VDC (chestnut gelding, Charmeur x Krack C)

Rider/owner: Sarah Millis
Breeder: Piet Crum, NED
Studbook: KWPN
Best results: three plus-70% prix st georges results 2020; winner of seven-year-old selection trial and reserve national seven-year-old champion at the BD National Young Horse Championships 2020.

Ivoli-E (chestnut mare, Dream Boy x Jazz)

Rider/owner: Luke Baber-Davies
Breeder: WJM Erven, NED
Studbook: KWPN
Best results: second in seven-year-old selection trial and fifth in seven-year-old championship at the BD National Young Horse Championships 2020.

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Seven-year-old reserves

Rockstar (brown gelding, Rock Forever NRW x Stedinger)

Rider/owner: Lisa Marriott
Breeder: Gerd Sosath, GER
Studbook: Oldenburg

Waverley Dante (dark bay gelding, Dimaggio x Fürst Henrich)

Rider/owner: Greg Sims
Breeder: Sara Longworth, GBR
Studbook: Hanoverian

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