British Equestrian and the British Dressage selectors have confirmed the four horse and rider combinations, plus reserves, that will form the list of definite entries. Their selection is subject to each rider and horse maintaining form and fitness ahead of the World Championships.
The British team for the dressage World Championships, which run 5-14 August, is as follows:
Richard Davison with 16-year-old gelding Bubblingh
Owner: Richard Davison and Gwendolyn Sontheim
Breeder: Richard Davison (GBR)
Breeding: by Lingh, out of Ballaseyr Royale/Matajo by Picandt
Groom: Heidi Troniseck
Lottie has also been selected with 13-year-old stallion Everdale as a direct reserve
Owner: Van Olst Horses
Breeder: Piet Kluytmans (NED)
Breeding: by Lord Leatherdale, out of Aliska K, by Negro
Gareth Hughes with 16-year-old mare Classic Briolinca
Owner: Gareth Hughes, his wife Rebecca and daughter Ruby, and Julia Hornig
Breeder: Febr van der Steen (NED)
Breeding: by Trento B, out of Trolinca, by Royal Dance
Groom: Steph Sharples
Gareth Hughes has also been selected as a direct reserve with 12-year-old gelding Sintano Van Hof Olympia
Owner: Gareth Hughes and Judy Firmston-Williams
Breeder: Iris and Henk Poettgens (NED)
Breeding: by Sandro Hit, out of P.Siltana Van Hof Olympia, by Silvano
Two reserve combinations have also been announced, listed in order of preference:
Laura Tomlinson with 12-year-old gelding Fallatijn
Owner: Laura Tomlinson and her mother Ursula Bechtolsheimer
Breeder: J.G. Damen (NED)
Breeding: by Vivaldi, out of Utraginia Van Kairos, by Cabochon
Susan Pape with 13-year-old stallion Harmony’s Eclectisch
Owner: Susan Pape and Harmony Amateur Sports Foundation
Breeder: Fam Andeweg (NED)
Breeding: by Zenon, out of Tiranja, by Olivi
Although Charlotte, Lottie and Gareth represented Britain at the last two European Championships, and were also on the British squad at the Tokyo Olympics, this is the first British dressage team since 2008 not to feature Carl Hester, whose top horse En Vogue had to be withdrawn from the selection process earlier this year owing to lameness.
Meanwhile, this will be Richard’s first championship appearance for Britain in a decade, the last having been in 2012, as an individual at the London Olympics. The home-bred Bubblingh, who is out of Richard’s Athens Olympics and 2022 World Equestrian Games ride Ballaseyr Royale, will make his championships debut in Herning.
The dressage World Championships will also be a championship debut for Charlotte Dujardin’s ride Imhotep and Lottie Fry’s ride Glamourdale, with Charlotte having ridden Gio on the British team in 2021, and Lottie having had Everdale as her top ride last year.
Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca were the best performing British pair at the 2019 European Championships, before the mare took 18 months out of competition.
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