Charlotte Dujardin takes the lead
The competition in Reisenbeck is providing as hot as the temperatures, with Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep taking over the top spot individually from Carl Hester and Fame, scoring a grand prix personal best as a combination of 82.42%. This means Britain strengthen their position at the top of the European Dressage Championships team standings after the third rotation of riders, with a current score of 160.962. Germany are in silver on 155.062 at the moment, with Denmark in bronze on 150.171. The final riders for each team will ride this afternoon and there will be all to play for, so don’t miss a moment…
Watch the master at work
If you haven’t had the chance to watch Carl Hester’s stunning grand prix test with Fame, then stop whatever you are doing, sit down and enjoy this masterclass from the British legend. Carl describes the horse as “spicy, goey, hot and wonderful”, but it was only thanks to his exceptionally talented pilot, who rides with such extraordinary skill and feel, that the 13-year-old stallion Fame produced a personal best international grand prix score of 78.54%.
Meet the groom stepping into Alan Davies’ shoes
Having honed her skills working at Carl Hester and Charlotte’s yard at the start of her career before taking on the role of Tom McEwen’s groom for five years, Francesca Gorni is in high demand as a freelance groom. But she admits it is “bittersweet” to be at the European Dressage Championships, looking after Charlotte Duhardin’s ride Imhotep, without her long-time mentor Alan Davies alongside her. “Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore Alan, so it was bittersweet to come without him,” says Francesca. But they are in constant contact – “every hour!”, Francesca estimates – as she keeps Alan “posted on his precious boy”.
Celebrating the most inspirational stories of the year
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