youth and seniors shine bright at Hickstead
last updated on August 04, 2017 15:00
British riders enjoyed success at Hickstead CDIO3*/CDI2*/CDIYJP/CDIU25 in Sussex (27 – 30 July 2017) with a number of them proving unbeatable at their respective levels.
The crowd was thrilled to see dressage star Charlotte Dujardin in action and, consistent with their good form, she and Hawtins Delicato were the ones to beat in the small tour divisions. The nine-year-old son of Diamond Hit, who’s earmarked by owner Carl Hester as his future Grand Prix horse, won by a margin of four percent before going on to victory in Friday’s Inter I. “I’m so so proud of ‘Del’ who continues his super form to win the Inter I today. He’s such an exciting horse,” said Charlotte who celebrated her success with a trip to Brighton Pier!
Heading into Saturday’s Inter I Freestyle full of confidence, the pair rode an expressive test to a Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack. Their performance wasn’t without mistake, as they had some glitches in the changes, but the quality of their work raked in the marks. The pair earned a final of score of 77.85% to take the class ahead of the emerging partnership of Maria Eilberg and Farah Al Khojai’s Sir Donnerhall gelding, Sarotti 57. Maria and Sarotti posted their best score to date of 75.62%.
2009 European team silver medallist, Maria, also impressed aboard Royal Concert with victory in the Intermediate A and Intermediate B with cracking marks of 73.11% and 68.61%. The 14-year-old ‘Rico’ who is owned by Maria, BD Chairman Penny Pollard and Hermione Black, ‘kept his cool’ to show what he’s capable of and give a taste of what’s to come.
In the Grand Prix, British riders were kept at bay by their European and American counterparts, the class going to Frenchman Pierre Volla with the mare Baninda Altena. The French fielded a strong team, using Hickstead as a final opportunity to pick their quartet for the European Championships later this month. The highest placed Brit was Emma Hindle and her 11-year-old mare Romy Del Sol, scoring 70.70% to place sixth.
Saturday’s Grand Prix Special also belonged to Volla, however the young British partnership of Becky Moody and Carinsio made an impression with an exciting second place. Riding in torrential rain, they rode a beautifully fluent test to earn 70.86%, just a smidge behind the Frenchman. “It’s getting really exciting now,” says Becky.
Richard Davison and Bubblingh continued their run of form to win the Grand Prix Freestyle. Richard and ‘Bubbles’, Gwendolyn Sontheim’s 11-year-old son of Ballaseyr Royale, scored 74.18% ahead of the Netherlands’ Jean-Rene Luijmes and Ashwin in second (73.04%) and popular British lady rider Louise Bell with former working hunter champion, Into the Blue, in third (71.36%).
And so round eight of the Nations Cup, which combined results from the Grand Prix, Special and Freestyle went to the French team, closely followed by the Netherlands with the USA in third and Great Britain fourth. This left Sweden the overall victors of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series.
Spectators were also treated to exciting dressage by the next generation! Lucy Pincus, at the age of just 20, did a super job in the U25 Inter II and the U25 Grand Prix winning both with 67.86% and 68.52% respectively. Lucy and her partner Sheepcote Doncalisto, are developing well under the tutelage of father, David, and are so far unbeaten at the level.
Another 20-year-old, Alexander Harrison, impressed with 14-year-old Rotspon gelding Ruben IV in the Young Rider divisions. In the team test he shared the spoils with Becky Edwards and Ufano before going on to Individual and Freestyle victory. Alex, who works for Ruben’s owner Jonny Clarke-West at Collective Equestrian in Bristol, was awarded a mark of nine for his music by FEI5* Judge Stephen Clarke who commented on the score sheet; “Great test! Interesting with lots of risk!”
Budding talent Annabella Pidgley scored a hat-trick in the Pony divisions with former Danish team pony, Farbenfroh (Farewell I x Rakt’s Rocky). The 14-year-old gelding and his young rider have formed a formidable partnership, not finishing out of the top three all year. She scored 71.20%, 70.00% and 74.25% respectively.
The final of the Hickstead British Young Horse Championships is always a hotbed of future talent and this year didn’t disappoint. The National Five-Year-Old title went to Julie Lockey’s Heavenly Kiss (Fürst Kiss x Don Schufro) ridden by Becky Moody who was awarded a knockout 96.00 by judges Darryl Thickitt and Susan Dutta. The 18hh gentle giant who’s affectionately known as ‘Hectorsaurus’ came to prominence earlier this year winning the Blue Chip Novice Gold at the NAF Five Star Winter Championships.
The National Six-Year-Old Championship went to Natalie Banks’ beautiful Lord Leatherdale x Lovis Corinth mare, Giloma, on a super 91.20. “I don’t even know what to say but what a dream come true and I owe it all to our wonderful ‘Unicorn’…91.20% and 6 year old CHAMPION!” said Natalie on Facebook.
On Sunday it was the turn of the Hickstead British Young Horse International Championships where horses are required to perform the FEI Finale test for their respective age groups.
It was a magical day for Surrey-based Edward Creamer who took the Five-Year-Old category with his own Hocus Pocus IV (Apache x Osmium). The chestnut stallion was awarded 83.50 by judges Kyra Kyrklund, Andrew Gould and Katherine Bateson-Chandler.
Lesley Peyton-Gilbert was thrilled to win the Six-Year-Old tile with Hawtins Barolo. Judges Kyra Kyrklund, Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Matt Frost awarded the gorgeous dark bay son of Belissimo M 84.20. He earned 9.5 for his trot, 9 for his walk, 9.2 for his canter and 9 for potential. Performing in that atmosphere is a big ask for any young horse and it was a lack of attention in the changes that resulted in a submission score of 6.8.
Second place in both Six-Year-Old Championships went to black gelding Dude III (Dancier x Rubinstein) ridden by Sarah Millis and owned by British pony rider Lilah Gibbs (15).
Thursday 27 July
Prix St Georges
1st Charlotte Dujardin with Hawtins Delicato (GBR) – 75.86%
2nd Vicky Thompson-Winfield with Artist (GBR) – 71.71%
3rd Maria Eilberg with Sarotti 57 (GBR) – 71.44%
Young Rider Team Test
=1st Rebecca Edwards with Ufano (GBR) – 69.86%
=1st Alexander Harrison with Ruben IV (GBR) – 69.86%
3rd Anna Jesty with Aquiro (GBR) – 67.15%
Junior Team Test
1st Nicole Verschoor with Charmander (NED) – 70.81%
2nd Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit (GBR) – 70.56%
3rd Angus Corrie-Deane with Tiny Tempur (GBR) – 67.83%
Pony Team Test
1st Annabella Pidgley with Farbenfroh (GBR) – 71.20%
2nd Sophie Williams with Ella (GBR) – 70.38%
3rd Jessie Kirby with Grayswood Orlando (GBR) – 69.53%
1st Maria Eilberg with Royal Concert (GBR) – 73.11%
2nd Georgia Stokes with Talented Mr Ripley (GBR) – 70.41%
3rd Kate Cowell with Dahling (GBR) – 66.69%
Friday 28 July
1st Charlotte Dujardin with Hawtins Delicato (GBR) – 77.21%
2nd Maria Eilberg with Sarotti 57 (GBR) – 71.68%
3rd Jessica Leijser with Djambalaya (NED) – 69.78%
1st Pierre Volla with Baninda Altena (FRA) – 72.70%
2nd Chase Hickok with Sagacious HF (USA) – 71.64%
3rd Katja Gevers with Thriller (NED) – 70.90%
Young Rider Individual Test
1st Alexander Harrison with Ruben IV (GBR) – 69.91%
2nd Anna Jesty with Aquiro (GBR) – 68.64%
3rd Emma Bond with Lime Walk (GBR) – 63.33%
Junior Individual Test
1st Nicole Verschoor with Charmander (NED) – 72.06%
2nd Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit (GBR) – 71.57%
3rd Angus Corrie-Deane with Tiny Tempur (GBR) – 67.45%
Pony Individual Test
1st Annabella Pidgley with Farbenfroh (GBR) – 70.00%
2nd Jessie Kirby with Grayswood Orlando (GBR) – 68.82%
3rd Charlie Grieve with Mandor van de Groenheuvel (GBR) – 68.49%
Saturday 29 July
Intermediate I Freestyle
1st Charlotte Dujardin with Hawtins Delicato (GBR) – 77.85%
2nd Maria Eilberg with Sarotti 57 (GBR) – 75.62%
3rd Nathalie Kayal with Homerun (GBR) – 72.35%
Grand Prix Special
1st Pierre Volla with Badinda Altena (FRA) – 71.09%
2nd Becky Moody with Carinsio (GBR) – 70.86%
3rd Chase Hickok with Sagacious HF (USA) – 70.84%
1st Annabella Pidgley with Farbenfroh (GBR) – 74.25%
2nd Olivia Wrennall with Donna Schuflo (GBR) – 74.07%
3rd Charlie Grieve with Mandor van de Groenheuvel (GBR) – 69.95%
1st Maria Eilberg with Royal Concert (GBR) – 68.61%
2nd Georgia Stokes with Talented Mr Ripley (GBR) – 68.23%
3rd Kate Cowell with Dahling (GBR) – 68.16%
U25 Intermediate II
1st Lucy Pincus with Sheepcote Doncalisto (GBR) – 67.86%
2nd Claire Gallimore with Annette Ballerina (GBR) – 67.00%
3rd Bobby Hayler with Aldborough Rubenhall (GBR) – 66.89%
Hickstead British Young Horse National 5yr Championship
1st Becky Moody with Heavenly Kiss – 96.00
2nd Dannie Morgan with Hilton TC – 93.40
3rd Ashley Jenkins with His Highness – 92.80
Hickstead British Young Horse National 6yr Championship
1st Natalie Banks with Giloma – 91.20
2nd Sarah Millis with Dude III – 87.20
3rd Lesley Peyton-Gilbert with Hawtins Barolo – 84.00
Sunday 30 July
Grand Prix Freestyle
1st Richard Davison with Bubblingh (GBR) – 74.18%
2nd Jean-Rene Luijmes with Aswin (NED) – 73.04%
3rd Louise Bell with Into the Blue (GBR) – 71.36%
Young Rider Freestyle
1st Alexander Harrison with Ruben IV (GBR) – 74.47%
2nd Fenna Roefs with Brown Boy (NED) – 72.37%
3rd Anna Jesty with Aquiro (GBR) – 70.22%
1st Nicole Verschoor with Charmander (NED) – 74.85%
2nd Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit (GBR) – 71.02%
3rd Angus Corrie-Deane with Tiny Tempur (GBR) – 67.67%
U25 Grand Prix
1st Lucy Pincus with Sheepcote Doncalisto (GBR) – 68.52%
2nd Geert Hofland with Oswin (NED) – 68.21%
3rd Eilidh Grant with Rock DJ (GBR) – 66.04%
Hickstead British Young Horse International 5yr Championship
1st Edward Creamer with Hocus Pocus IV – 83.50
2nd Ryan Todd with Di Romatica – 81.00
3rd Hannah Biggs with Platinum Born This Way – 76.60
Hickstead British Young Horse International 6yr Championship
1st Lesley Peyton-Gilbert with Hawtins Barolo – 84.20
2nd Sarah Millis with Dude III – 83.20
3rd Tim Heappey with Tantoni Dallaglio – 77.00
CDIO Nations Cup
1st France – 424.811
2nd Netherlands – 424.053
3rd USA – 421.920
4th Great Britain – Great Britain – 418.391
2017 FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage
Final standings after Hickstead
1st Sweden – 52
2nd USA – 44
3rd Denmark – 41
4th Great Britain – 36
5th Netherlands – 35
6th Germany – 26
7th France – 15
8th Russia – 13
9th Finland – 10
10th Spain – 7
11th Belgium – 6