H&H dressage columnist Richard Davison has been given permission by pop superstar Robbie Williams to use a specially arranged medley of the Take That singer’s music for his kur in the run up to the London Olympics.
“I’m just giving him the break — seeing if it helps his career,” joked Richard to H&H today.
“We’re gearing up for big things — I’m hoping Hiscox Artemis will be ready for European Championships this year.
“The horse has changed a lot in the past couple of years — he’s stronger and his paces are now a different tempo — we needed a new kur.”
Richard told H&H the collaboration came about through Artemis’s owner, the Countess of Derby. “She used her contacts and has come up with the goods — again,” he said.
The songs — including Rock DJ, Love Supreme and Let Me Entertain You — have been performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Richard’s use.
His kur will be debuted at s’Hertogenbosch in Holland this weekend, with the aim of competing at the World Cup Final in Leipzig in April.
“We’ll make a few tweaks to the routine after this weekend — I’ve ridden it a couple of times at home, but that leaves us a few weeks to get used to it,” added Richard who says he’s long been a big Take That and Robbie fan.
“It’s very exciting. It’s just an amazing sound — it’s very rocky and you can’t get it out of your head. I defy anyone to keep still. It’s brilliant, fantastic to ride to and very different from our old Elton John piece.”