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20th May - A busy weekend for Dodson & Horrell and its Ambassadors with events in the UK across several disciplines
The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, Aston-le-Walls Horse Trials, the Royal Windsor Horse Show – featuring in driving and show jumping and the 2014 Dodson & Horrell Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association Novice Riders Final.
The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials – the second year of sponsorship for Dodson & Horrell. This thrilling event, held in the beautiful surroundings of the Chatsworth Park in the heart of the Peak District, was a magical weekend of competition and entertainment for the whole family. The weather was glorious and record crowds came to see the best event riders and horses in the world competing over Ian Stark’s beautifully designed cross-country course. Sarah Ennis (IRE) finished first on Stellor Rebound, followed by Cedric Lynard (FRA) riding Cadeau Du Roi, Izzy Taylor was first of the Brits finishing in third place riding Orlando. Dodson & Horrell Ambassador and Commentator Spencer Stermey was also competing at Chatsworth on Up to You. Zara Phillips made her first international debut since her daughter was born four months ago finishing third on High Kingdom in the Advanced Section cementing her bid to be selected for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy this August.
Showjumper Yazmin Pinchen had a really successful week at The Royal Windsor Horse Show being placed everyday of the show. She took second place with her 8 year old Bandito in the 7/8 year old Championships was first with Golddust in the 6 year old final and took second on Zodic Z in the 1.40 National Class. She was also eighth in the Land Rover Speed Stakes against the clock on Ashkari. Her biggest placing of the weekend was on the mare Ashkari where Yazmin picked up seventh in the Alltech Grand Prix for The Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy International Jumping Competition (1.60m) CSI3*. With two brilliant clear rounds and an extremely fast jump off Yazmin commented “I could not be happier. Ashkari jumped double clear today in the 1.60 and was placed seventh - it was such a beautiful show with amazing weather.”
Again at Royal Windsor Carriage Driver Boyd Exell finished second in the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix. This is one of the most important driving events in the UK, taking place over four days and includes an FEI World CupTM Qualifier for the Four-In-Hand class. Over 80 competitors from 18 nations took part in this event with the most popular phase - The Marathon - taking place on the Saturday. Boyd commented “One of the lead horses was over prepared for the dressage and so the test was not quite so good although we were still second. During the cross-country we managed to throw one person off leaving us with penalties going into the final day”. The team fought hard but were not able to make up the time and finished second an excellent result.
Dodson & Horrell Ambassador and Event Rider Piggy French had an extremely successful visit to Aston-Le-Wells Horse Trials in Northants going home with two firsts and two seconds. She won the Intermediate Section on the 16.2h gelding Lexies Joy and Carpe Diem IV won one of the Novice Sections. She also took second place on Cooley Dream Extreme and Darcee II in the Novice Sections.
Dodson & Horrell Ambassador and Event Rider Laura Collett also had a busy weekend riding eleven horses at Aston-Le-Wells. She won an Intermediate Section with Pamero 4, owned by Clive Smith, who also owns the legendary National Hunt Champion Kauto. Laura also finished third on Obos Cooley in the Open Intermediate, was second in a Novice Section and clocked up two seconds in the BE100 classes all on promising youngsters for the future.
And Point-to-Pointing featured high on the list with the Final of the 2014 Dodson & Horrell Point-to-Point Owners and Riders Association Novice Riders Series at Tabley in Cheshire with Megan Nicholls taking home this prestigious title. Megan, daughter of leading National Hunt Trainer Paul Nicholls, rode the nine year old bay gelding Join Together who is trained in Somerset by Mrs Rose Loxton and owned by Mrs Wendy Fogg. At just 16 years of age, Megan managed to fight off fierce competition from Charlie Hammond (finishing in second), riding Ferbane Man who is owned by his father and trained by his mother in Worcestershire. Charlie rides work for Dr Richard Newland who trained the winner of the 2014 Grand National so a very competitive race all round!
Megan is currently leading National Novice Lady Rider and started the day by winning the Mixed Open at Tabley on a horse part owned by her father. Paul Nicholls, who was away racing in France, was a very proud father and commented “Megan really deserves the title. She is very committed to her race riding and certainly has the talent to move up the ranks in the future”.
A busy and very successful week for Dodson & Horrell and their Ambassadors, long may this continue!