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23rd September - Daisy Coakley takes Dodson & Horrell Novice Open title at the National Dressage Championships
On form Daisy Coakley maintained her 100% strike rate at the Espayo National Dressage Championships. The 20-year-old Rickmansworth rider and her mount, Cleopatra II, stamped their authority to notch up a second title at the show, the Dodson & Horrell Novice Open. Judy Firmston-Williams’ six-year-old daughter of Dayano, was still full of running following the previous days victory and powered through her test for a score 71.86% from the panel of judges.
“I’m gobsmacked,” smiled Daisy after the prize giving, “She felt really fluent and had plenty of energy in there. The test wasn’t perfect as there was a mistake in one of the canter transitions, but the rest of it felt great - and she walks for a nine.”
Judy found Cleopatra in Hampshire as a foal and Daisy has ridden the mare since February last year. During this short time together they’ve become a forced to be reckoned with, now with four national titles under their belt. Daisy clearly enjoys working with the horse “She has a very good mind and expresses herself well,” she said. “She can be a bit grumpy in training, but then she thinks about it for a couple of days, and then gets it.”
Daisy, who trains with Judy, Ali Berman and Gareth Hughes, left school in 2012 and now rides full time, combining a successful eventing career with the dressage “I rode throughout my years at school years though – what else are lunchtimes for!” she laughed.