Winter Dressage Championships day two: Dujardin wants her rising star’s foal for Easter

Dressage videos 28 Videos Amy Woodhead: how to ride a canter half pass to wow the judges 02:58 Amy Woodhead: how working for Carl Hester has set her up for success 06:14 Watch Carl Hester at home: 'I can't wait to get out of bed and train horses towards grand prix' 02:31 Tales from Hartpury: the nine-year-old rising star with an Olympic dream 02:35 Winter Dressage Championships day four: one-two for Dujardin 03:43 Sophie Wells' rising star impresses on prix st georges gala night 01:22 Winter Dressage Championships day three: former runaway horse shows what she's made of for championship first-timer 03:30 Tales from Hartpury: the event horse making waves in her new career 01:56 Tales from Hartpury: Five horses and 13 tests — but did this rider remember where to go? 01:04 Tales from Hartpury: the horse with a rare skin condition that travelled in first gear for six miles 02:02 Winter Dressage Championships day two: Dujardin wants her rising star's foal for Easter 03:35 Tales from Hartpury: meet the family pony rubbing shoulders with dressage's big guns 01:08 Winter Dressage Championships day one: a shock victory and a horse defies the odds to do a double 04:43 H&H dressage editor’s Area Festival video diary: Disbelieving the results of my small and fairly average horse 05:03 Watch Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro's European freestyle dressage test 07:13 Watch Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro wow the crowds at Hartpury 09:37 What is 'breath energy' and could it help your riding? 03:48 Watch Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro's freestyle on a catch ride 06:38 Ruth Edge: How to ride the perfect 10m circle 01:18 Exclusive: watch Valegro work out on a water treadmill 02:46 'Squat to exhaustion': meet Alice Oppenheimer 02:43 Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin: A bit of banter 03:15 Maria Eilberg: How to improve your horse's walk 02:03 Maria Eilberg: how to improve your horse’s trot 01:21 Michael Eilberg: How to ride a square halt 03:35 Michael Eilberg: introducing collection in canter 05:01 Michael Eilberg: teaching your horse to rein back 05:03 Watch Farouche's winning test at the BD nationals 05:44

  • Mount St John VIP, a six-year-old mare, was the runaway winner of the Equi-Trek elementary gold championship under Charlotte Dujardin at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury today (13 April).

    The pair finished almost 7% ahead of second placed riders Dannie Morgan on Southern Cross Braemar and Tahley Reeve-Smith on Sharola Showstar who tied on 69.9%.

    “She is very consistent and has the best trainability, so I can just go in there and ride — she’s like a little toy,” said Charlotte of the Vivaldi x Donnerhall mare owned by Mount St John LLP. “She’s the same at home as she is in competition performance-wise. She stays focussed and I can move her up and down the gears easily.”

    Mount St John owner Emma Blundell revealed that VIP had a colt foal by Foundation last night via embryo transfer.

    “I’ve told Emma that I want first dibs on him — maybe he could be my Easter present!” Charlotte laughed. “I think VIP is really exciting and she has a grand prix future ahead of her.”

    Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John VIP

    Thirteen-year-old Lily Payne and the 15hh mare Beckhouse Cancara, owned by Ann Savage, made the most of their well-suited Olly Murs medley when taking the novice freestyle gold championship.

    “I knew I could trust her as we know each other inside out — she’s very sensible,” said Lily of her first ever horse. “We had no expectations, we just wanted to do our best.”

    Lily has had the ride on the 11-year-old who is by a hackney stallion, out of a warmblood mare, for two years. They scored 73.7% which was only 0.27% ahead of Dannie Morgan who has achieved several top three placings so far at the championships. He was riding Headmore Diva, owned by Sarah Oppenheimer.

    Charlie Sawyer and Chico Too clinched their third winter title in 24 hours when taking the medium silver championship on 71.57%. This horse continued to impress the judges, despite the health issues he has faced.

    They were just 0.26% in front of second placed Alice Wilson-Gough and Snow Patrol.

    Petplan Equine Area Festival Finals

    A delighted Rachael Clark proved herself correct when victorious in the prix st georges area festival final on 13-year-old mare Wilhemina II.

    “I thought she could win but to actually do it is fabulous,” said Rachael who rides full-time from her Buckinghamshire base.

    The pair were the only combination in the class to break the 70% barrier, scoring 70.18%.

    “’Millie’s’ trot work was the best she has produced at prix st georges, but I just had to remind myself not to rush her and make my £35 entry fee last a bit longer which is something I overheard someone else say this morning!” laughed Rachael, who has had the ride on the Weltissimo mare for 18 months. “She’s so physical to ride and I find myself finally able to breathe once I reach the walk movements.”

    Millie was a broodmare until she was a seven-year-old and Rachael now shares ownership of her with dressage judge Carolyn Alston.

    “Hopefully we’ll get to compete internationally this year,” said Rachael.

    Yesterday’s area festival inter I silver winner, Debbie Poynter couldn’t quite make it a double victory, finishing second behind Rachael on Keystone For Real.

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    Twenty-year-old Natasha Rumble won the area festival elementary bronze title aboard Liz Rawlingson’s 17.1hh gelding Westcroft Dragonfly.

    “I tried to do everything right and I was in the zone,” said Natasha, who is from Wincanton.

    The Glock’s Voice x Ferro nine-year-old gained 69.2% ahead of second placed Lily Payne riding Beckhouse Cancarra.

    For a full report from the British Dressage winter championships and the Area Festival final — as well as news, views and expert comment — pick up a copy of Horse & Hound magazine next Thursday (20 April).

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