Sunday Day 3 round up

Becky Moody claims Grand Prix at Somerford Park Premier League Dressage on Sunday afternoon, with Ulrik Molgaard and Michigan taking second and Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Dynasty in third.

Becky Moody

Becky Moody

Somerford’s Grand Prix is part of Cheshire’s exciting new dressage award the ‘Cheshire Crown’ – the award combines Somerford Park with Cheshire’s other leading dressage show – Bolesworth CDI. The ‘Cheshire Crown’ will be awarded to owners of the horse with the highest combined percentage for the Grand Prix at the two shows, and will be presented at Bolesworth CDI in June.

The ‘Cheshire Crown’ has a value of over £500 and the winning owners will receive two VIP tickets for Olympia 2017 for the GP Freestyle on December 13th, the prize includes their accommodation at one of Kensington’s fabulous Townhouse Hotels – Number Sixteen, in South Kensington, courtesy of the Firmdale Group of Hotels.

BD Chairman and owner for Maria Eilberg, Penny Pollard commented, ‘I have visited both venues as an owner, and always enjoy the welcome in Cheshire as well as great facilities for horse and rider.  It is a terrific idea to give a prize for the owners as they play such an important role within the sport.’

Earlier in the day Charlotte Dujardin won the Bolesworth International Prix St Georges with ‘new’ horse En Vogue who she’s actually owned since a 3 year old but who was very wild, Charlotte confessed he was probably one of the hottest horses she ever has had to deal with!

‘He lacked confidence and was even frightened of his own shadow’ said Charlotte.

For this reason Charlotte has done very little with him and he only went to his first show the end of last year, he did three Advanced Mediums and then went to the Winter Championships at Hartbury at Advanced Medium and that’s been his biggest show.

‘I’ve done a couple of small shows at home and thought why not – I’ll give him a run through the Prix St Georges and give him a go at the Inter I he’s only 8 years old and he flew through them!’

‘I thought I’d aim him at a big show and Somerford is a great venue to bring him to and give him the confidence because its two or three days and he needed that experience – he just needs the mileage now at shows.’

‘He was absolutely amazing and I was so proud, I actually felt a little emotional finishing my test because he was so good and he really really tries.’

Hawtins Delicato claimed the honours in Saturday’s Inter II and pipped En Vogue into 2nd place in the Berekely Homes Inter I today, Sunday.

‘He did his first Inter I and Inter II on Saturday so he’s had two new tests this week and done very well in both of them, he’s been brilliant all weekend.’

This was Charlotte Mcdowall first dressage completion at Somerford Park and she claimed the honours with her first ride of the class Le Chiffre in the FEI Pony Team 2012, the 9 year old pony is owned by Ben and Samantha Brown and has been with Charlotte since November.

Top honours in the Topspec U25 Grand Prix went Lucy Pincus and the home bred Sheepcote Doncalisto who she has produced herself with the help of her parents.

Lucy was competing at her first U25 Grand Prix, ’He went well today, we’ve still got a few things to iron out but I’m hopeful for the future with him’.

Equitop Myoplast 5yo
1st Ryan Todd Di Romantica
2nd Jessica Dunn Helga
3rd Jayden Brown MSJ Fascinate

Equitop Myoplast 6yo
1st Tim Heappey Tantoni Dallaglio
2nd Jayden Brown MSJ Top Secret
3rd Roxanne Shipley Show Sister

Equine Construction Advanced Medium
1st Ottilie Bardsley Darina O
2nd Robyn Smith Francesco 77
3rd Angus Corrie-Deane Walters Fable