All in a day’s work for China’s Alex Hua Tian claiming victory in Friday’s Advanced Medium at Somerford Park Premier League Dressage on board his Rio Olympic Ride Don Geniro.
Having just arrived home from China at 5am Friday morning, Alex had already been at Somerford to use the cross country facilities in the morning, went home to ride a few more and then returned with Don Geniro in the afternoon to compete in the Advanced Medium.
‘We won the Advanced Medium which is amazing! 71% so really happy, we’re off to Wiesbaden to compete ERM next week and couldn’t have had a more confidence giving final dressage test.’
It was a win win all round for this Cheshire house hold as Alex’s partner Sarah Higgins took second place with Davidoff.
Saturday 27th May
Charlotte Dujardin Scores a Hat-Rick
Charlotte Dujardin scores a hat-rick on Saturday at Somerford Park Premier League Dressage, claiming the first class of the morning – Intermediate I with Emma Blundell’s impressive Mount St John Freestyle. This dynamic duo went on to claim victory in their second class of the day Nedz Prix St Georges (section B) with a score of 78.6.
Charlotte was delighted with Mount St John Freestyle, ‘This is only her second Inter I so really happy with her, she got a score of 78%’
‘For me she’s a really exciting horse and I hope to have her Grand Prix next year and hopefully will be my next future star.’
The third win of the day came in the Intermediate II with promising Hawtins Delicato, clinching victory with 73.64
‘This was Hawtins Delicato’s first Inter II he’s done, and he hasn’t competed since September at the Nationals, so to come here and cope with everything I was really happy with him.’
‘I’ve only ever competed him at Prix St George level so he’s actually skipped a level and gone straight in at Inter II – so to achieve what he has today having not been out for a while was really good.’
A delighted Jonny Clarke-West and Zick Zack Toftegaard took the honours in the Equine 74 Prix St George.
While Australian Jayden Brown claimed a win in both British Young Horse Classes, the 5 year old on board Mount St John Fascinate and the 6 year old with Mount St John Top Secret.
Jayden recently relocated from Brisbane, Australia to be based at the Mount St John stud and has only had around three rides on both horses – and is currently undergoing an express course on English weather!