‘You could put an eight-year-old kid on him’: horse defies his hot breeding to take Winter Dressage Championship title *H&H Plus*

  • The BD medium gold final at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships is always a hotly-contested class that showcases stars of the future. This year’s title went to Amy Woodhead and the eight-year-old Ampere x Jazz son Ivan Carlos.

    The pair scored 74.18% to just secure victory over second-placed Alice Oppenheimer and Headmore Dionysus, who won earlier in the day. Alice scored 73.91%, while Hannah Biggs and Freeman were third on 73.51%.

    In contrast to his hot breeding, Amy says the black stallion is remarkably placid.

    “You could put an eight-year-old kid on him, he’s not hot at all. He has the best temperament of any horse I ride actually,” she said. “He was on fire in the advanced medium here, and we were sixth, but I knew he had a better test in him and today he pulled it out the bag.

    “He’s 17hh, so he’s quite big for me at 5ft 3in,” said Amy, who has been riding Ivan Carlos for a year. “I think he will go a long way; he will be a fantastic small tour horse. It’s always difficult to know if they are going to get to grand prix until they get to small tour, but he has the best record of any horse I know. I obviously haven’t been riding him since he was four, so it’s just been a case of getting to grips with him, but the longer I ride him, the more I get to know him and today I felt like we had a good partnership .”

    Read the full report from the Winter Dressage Championships in the 8 July 2021 issue of Horse & Hound magazine, and keep checking back to horseandhound.co.uk for more news and features.

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