Half Moon Delphi completes first grand prix following move to USA

  • Former British team horse Half Moon Delphi scored 66.1% competing in her first grand prix with US rider Sarah Daehnert earlier this month (16 January).

    The 14-year-old Hannoverian was sold by Jon and Julie Deverill to Bob Price in the USA last summer.

    The grey mare had represented Britain with rider Michael Eilberg at the European Championships in Denmark in 2013 (pictured, top) and was on the silver medal-winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014.

    She had been with Michael for five years and was his first team horse.

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    Delphi spent last summer with Patrik Kittel, who trains Sarah, in Germany, but has now moved Pegaso Farm South in Wellington Florida for the dressage season.

    “It takes a little time, and I think by next month we will already be much further developed,” Sarah told US site PS Dressage after her first competition.

    She said Delphi has “a super talent for piaffe/passge” and she enjoys her “overall fluidity.”

    The mare even if she makes a mistake, always “does really well” said Sarah after her test.

    The pair now need to get to know each other she admitted and concentrate on building a partnership.

    Their next outing is the CDI competition on 4-7 February at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival where Sarah hopes to enter the grand prix and grand prix special.

    If she does not qualify for the US team for Rio 2016, Sarah said she will compete in Europe during the summer with her trainer.

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