Summer Regional Championships: Keysoe

Summer Regional Championships: Keysoe

The final Regional Championships of the summer took place last week at Keysoe Equestrian in Bedfordshire (11 – 13 August 2018), settling the final qualifications for the LeMieux National Championships in September.

The Mount St John and Michael Eilberg collaboration continues to flourish, which was evident at Keysoe with Michael achieving outstanding results with several of the stud’s competition mares. Over the three days he achieved six tickets to the Nationals with four horses, each of them showing the talent which has become synonymous with the Mount St John name.

Michael (31) dominated a highly competitive TopSpec Medium Gold taking the top two places with Atterupgaards 02 and Mount St John Valencia. Eight-year-old Atterupgaards 02 (pictured) was Michael’s winning ride with a score of 76.71%. Bred by embryo transfer from Fiona Bigwood’s Rio 2016 Olympic team silver partner, Atterupgaards Orthilia, and by prolific sire Belissimo M, the mare has inherited many qualities that her parentage would suggest. Previously ridden by Mount St John’s former head resident trainer Jayden Brown, who has since returned to Australia, Michael has taken up the reins for next stage of 02’s education.

In the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold on day three, it was Mount St John Valencia’s turn at the top. Partnered by Michael she won the class on 73.29%, with Lara Butler and Amiek C second (71.49%) and Michael with Atterupgaards 02 third (69.52%). Eight-year-old Mount St John Valencia (Vivaldi x Ferragamo) is described by the Eilberg team as ‘rather special - such a talent and the loveliest horse to deal with’.

Katrina Cantrell enjoyed highly successful show too with an emphatic double victory. The 45-year-old from Ascot in Berkshire claimed both the Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold and the Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold with Christine Cantrell’s Woodlander Donna Summer. ‘Donna’ was expertly piloted by Katrina to achieve scores of 69.47% and 70% respectively. “Wow what a week!” she said on Facebook, “Donna and I have just come back from Keysoe regional champs gaining two new titles, PSG and Inter I Gold, securing our place at the National Champs! I am over the moon with Donna, I had two great rides and she coped so well with the atmosphere.”

Young rider Alexzandra Houldcroft (22), from Wythall in the West Midlands, won the Backinaction Preliminary Silver regional title with her British-bred seven-year-old Cavallina Herself. Cavallina, who was bred by Alexzandra’s trainer Paul Friday, is by Cardinar and out of a Weltmeyer mare. “I’m absolutely buzzing to be writing this, we only went and won our Regional at Keysoe today on 70%!” she said on Facebook. “Cavallina felt much more established and we cannot wait to get to the National Championships!”

Congratulations to all the qualified riders and regional champions. British Dressage thanks the team at Keysoe and all involved for a successful Regional Championships as well as the Nationals sponsors for their generous support.

Regional champions:

Backinaction Preliminary Silver
Alexzandra Houldcroft with Cavallina Herself, 70.40%

Dodson & Horrell Novice Silver
Charlotte-Elizabeth Barber with CE Florisou, 75.00%

Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold
Michael Eilberg with MSJ Dante VX, 73.95%

Childéric Saddles Elementary Silver
William Roberts with Afortinius, 70.47%

Childéric Saddles Elementary Gold
Alex Hardwick with Polar Star III, 73.28%

TopSpec Medium Silver
Rebecca Lee-Wolf with Fire, 67.66%

TopSpec Medium Gold
Michael Eilberg with Atterupgaards 02, 76.71%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver
Jayne Turney with Cruz III, 72.15%

Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold
Michael Eilberg with Mount St John Valencia, 73.29%

Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold
Katrina Cantrell with Woodlander Donna Summer, 69.47%

Saracen Horse Feeds Intermediate I Gold
Katrina Cantrell with Woodlander Donna Summer, 70.00%

Summer Regional Chamionships: Keysoe

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Step Up To Gold Programme 2018/2019

The Step up to Gold programme is now open and accepting applications for 2018/2019. The programme will once again have two aims; it will continue to support riders aiming to establish themselves at the 1.40m level but due to changes in funding eligibility, the programme will also support riders that are aiming to be selected for World Class Performance Pathway Programme.

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Riders who are aged 16-30 that are competing at 1.40m-1.50m will also be considered to help establish the results needed to meet criteria to apply for the World Class Performance Pathway Programme.

In order to be considered for the Step up to Gold Programme, you will first need to send in an application form and then the successful riders will be invited along to one of the four training and selection days held in October. From these sessions 8 riders will be selected to join the final year long programme. Please note that there will be a one-off fee of £40 to attend the initial training and selection day after which the programme will be majority funded by Sport England.

Eligibility Criteria

Please note that all changes to last year's criteria are in bold.

If you have applied for the World Class Performance Pathway Programme, you can still apply for Step up to Gold and if you are then successful for the World Class Performance Pathway Programme, you would transition onto that programme straight away for this cohort.

Aged 16-30
Not to be established at 1.50m+
A minimum performance of results at 1.30m
Not to be currently involved in any other government funded training programme e.g. DISE
Not to have jumped on any Senior British teams
Reside in England
Current British Showjumping member
All sport funding is limited, selected riders are very fortunate to be given it, therefore all riders must fully commit to the programme and endeavour to be present at all training and show dates otherwise they are denying this chance for someone else.

Training and Selection Days

Onley Equestrian Centre Tuesday 9th October 2018
Keysoe Equestrian Centre Friday 12th October 2018
Aintree Racecourse Monday 15th October 2018
Crofton Manor Equestrian Thursday 18th October 2018
If you would like further information on this programme and the opportunities it provides, please call Anna Garside on 02476 698801 or email

To download an application form please click here.

Complete and return to Anna Garside, either via email or to Meriden Business Park, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands, CV5 9RG.

Applications close: Monday 24th September 2018

AGM 2018 Update Proposed Articles of Association

At this year’s Annual General Meeting of British Dressage (AGM), to be held on 20 September 2018, it is proposed that new articles of association are adopted. Notice of the AGM was issued on 22 June 2018 and details of the new articles of association were uploaded onto British Dressage’s website on 10 July 2018.

As a result of feedback received from members of British Dressage, the BD Board of Directors have agreed to some further changes to the new articles of association. The final articles of association (to be adopted at the AGM), plus a comparison (showing all the proposed changes to be made to the existing articles of association) are now available on the British Dressage website (updated 17 August 2018), by following the links below.

Articles of Association of British Dressage

Comparison showing proposed changes

Source: BritishDressage

Freestyle GOLD for Fry

On the final day of competition at the 2018 U25s European Championships, held at the Hippisch Centrum Exloo, history was made by the invincible Charlotte Fry and her superstar dancing partner Dark Legend (13 – 17 August).

Rising star Charlotte has had a phenomenal month in which her talent and dedication has seen her enjoy results to dream of. With her own and Anne Van Olst’s 10-year-old gelding Dark Legend, an energetic freestyle brought her another FEI Championship medal, this time a historic gold.

The score for the duo was 82.14%, which left them an astonishing three percent in front of Germany’s Jill-Marielle Becks who’s performances throughout the week with Christian and Melanie Becks’ Damon’s Satellite have impressed the panel of judges and spectators alike. The two riders have been locked in battle at this event, each winning a test before today but Charlotte and Dark Legend capitalized on their late draw to blow the competition away.

Their test saw them earn no less than 17 nines from the judges panel consisting of Francisco Guerra Diaz (ESP), Peter Storr (GBR), Francis Verbeek-van Rooy (NED), Magnus Ringmark (SWE) and Susanne Baarup (DEN). The five judges ranked her unanimously in first place.

A maximum number of three British riders came forward to contest the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music, with Ryan Todd and Rebecca Edwards also enjoying an exciting final test.

Rebecca Edwards and Sarah Oppenheimer’s experienced Dimaggio sired gelding Headmore Delegate set the standard at the start of the class scoring 70.77%. Becky and ‘Del’ earned their highest placing of the week in this class, finishing in an eventual 15th place.

Ryan Todd and his mother Julie’s Charlex Eskebjerg also produced a brilliant test to score 70.79% in their second U25s Championship together. Ryan and Charlie placed 14th to finish their time in the under 25s category in style.

Congratulations to all four riders on a history-making week from all at British Dressage. Thanks go to Equestrian Team GBR, Musto and FalPro for their support of the under 25s team.


Freestyle to Music
1st Charlotte Fry with Dark Legend, 82.14% (GBR)
14th Ryan Todd with Charlex Eskbjerg, 70.79% (GBR)
15th Rebecca Edwards with Headmore Delegate, 70.77% (GBR)

For full results, click here.

Source: BritishDressage

Great Britain's dressage team for WEG announced

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has today confirmed the dressage team, selected by the British Dressage selection panel, for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina (USA), 11-23 September 2018.

The athletes selected are (in alphabetical order);

Charlotte Dujardin CBE from Gloucestershire, with the Mount St John Stud’s Mount St John Freestyle

Emile Faurie from Oxfordshire, with Hof Kasselmann KG’s Dono Di Maggio

Carl Hester MBE from Gloucestershire, with Lady Anne Evans, Ann Cory and his own Hawtins Delicato

Spencer Wilton from Reading, with Jen Goodman and his own Super Nova II

The selected reserves have been confirmed as;

Emile Faurie with Elena Knyaginicheva’s Delatio, as a direct reserve for Dono Di Maggio

Lara Butler from Gloucestershire, with Dr Wilfried and Mrs Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad

Dressage Performance Manager, Caroline Griffith comments; “It’s very exciting to be working with a team of riders that have such a wealth of experience between them and I know that they will use that experience to best effect. We have seen some great scores this year from those on the short list, which, for me, underlines the strength of the four athletes and horses that will be travelling to Tryon.

“If anyone can prepare this high calibre group of young horses for a World Equestrian Games, we know Carl, Charlotte, and Emile can. Add to that Spencer and we have capacity for some truly exciting team scores and a great competition.”

Chief Executive of British Dressage, Jason Brautigam adds; “We’re exceptionally lucky to be in a position to field four riders with Olympic experience in Carl, Charlotte, Emile and Spencer. In our team for WEG we have three exciting young horses making their Championship debut, alongside a fourth making his third consecutive team appearance. They have all been carefully campaigned through the year to peak for Tryon - and with the team’s vast experience of preparing for the big occasion; confidence in the camp is high. We are looking forward to seeing these combinations in action and wish them all the very best in the USA.”

Commenting on their selection;

Charlotte Dujardin: “I'm delighted and really excited to be going. Tryon was my aim for this year and I'm excited to be heading there with her [Mount St John Freestyle]; she is still only nine and inexperienced, but I feel really lucky, the sort of atmosphere she is going to experience there I know she can handle, she's fantastic in that sort of environment. I think it's going to be an amazing experience.”

Emile Faurie: “It was exciting to receive the call for the team and I can’t wait to head out there and take in what is sure to be an amazing atmosphere. We’ve got a really strong team this year with everyone scoring over 74%. Dono is an exceptional horse and he’s probably one of the best horses I’ve had at a championship.”

Carl Hester: “It’s an unusual situation because both of us [Carl and Charlotte] are taking out new horses, but I think they are very exciting, it will be an exciting championships. My passion is producing new horses so it is very satisfying when you get them to this level. From a team point of view, it’s a very experienced team, with four riders who have all competed at an Olympics. I am really looking forward to getting out there.”

Spencer Wilton: “I’m so happy for Jen; she has invested a lot of time and money and this really means a lot to us. We had a tricky start to the season with injuries but we’ve come back and performed well and Neville [Super Nova II] feels amazing. I’m very optimistic about this year and the team we have. Carl, Charlotte and Emile have all got bags of championship experience and I’ve got a couple of championships under my belt, and I think we could really impress people in Tryon.”

Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.

Source: BritishDressage

INDIVIDUAL SILVER for Charlotte Fry at the Euros!

There's more fabulous news from the FEI u25 European Championships in Exloo, the Netherlands. Charlotte Fry has done us proud, taking the indvidual silver for Great Britain in the u25 Grand Prix aboard her own and Van Olst Horses' Dark Legend. This is in addition to the team bronze won by the Brits yesterday.

Charlotte and 10-year-old gelding Dark Legend (Zucchero x Tango) achieved a personal best score of 75.308% to finish a whisker behind Germany's Jill-Marielle Becks and Damon's Delight (Damon Hill x Rubin-Royal) who won the gold medal with 75.385%. Third spot on the podium was occupied by Denmark's Victoria E Vallentin and Ludwig Der Sonnenkoenig 2 (74.000%).

Charlotte's teammates also put up good performances; Yorkshire's Ryan Todd and Charlex Eskebjerg, owned by Julie Todd, placed 15th with 68.872%; Becky Edwards with Sarah Oppenheimer's Headmore Delegate scored 67.718% for 18th; Claire Gallimore who, like Charlotte is based in the Netherlands, posted 66.077% with Jane Gallimore's lovely Scandic daughter Annette Ballerina for 28th.

For full results click here

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Source: BritishDressage

BRONZE for the u25s at the Euros!

News in from Exloo in the Netherlands that our u25 quartet have done us proud to secure a team bronze, narrowly missing the silver.  Yorkshire's Ryan Todd got us off to a great start in today's Inter II to settle the team medals with his mum Julie's Charlex Eskebjerg with a solid 68.91% which was closely followed by a 68.26% by Becky Edwards riding Sarah Oppenheimer's Headmore Delegate on 68.26%.

Dutch based Claire Gallimore scored 67.02% with Annette Ballerina before it was the turn of anchor rider Lottie Fry, brimming with confidence after her recent rides and gold medal at the World Breeding Championships with Glamourdale, with Van Olst Horses and her own Dark Legend (pictured). The duo are well established and have been competing in both senior and u25 CDIs this season and that clearly showed when the final mark settled on a stunning 74.94%.

Left to right: Charlotte Fry, Claire Gallimore, Becky Edwards, Ryan Todd and Chef d'Equipe Caroline Griffith.

No one could better Charlotte so she topped the podium and it was third in the end for the British quartet on 212.11 behind champions Germany on 219.70 and home side the Netherlands silver on 212.76.

Tommorow the intensity and difficulty is upped in the Grand Prix competition.  

Full results and times - click here

Photo copyright Digishots 

Source: BritishDressage

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