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23rd September - Elenna Carroll claims the Dodson & Horrell Novice Restricted Championship title

26-year-old Elenna Carroll stole the show in the Dodson & Horrell Novice Restricted Championship at the National Dressage Championships. Riding Gemma Appleton’s six-year-old 17.2hh gelding Moviman, Elenna and the stately chestnut, a son of former Carl Hester ride Movistar, headed the class with 72.41% to sit more than three percent ahead of their nearest rivals.

“It’s been a long journey with him. He was very sharp and difficult - just a couple of years ago he wouldn’t even let his hind feet be picked out. It’s been a real turnaround,” said Elenna. “Today his attitude was great. He was focused and not at all distracted. This time last year it would have been too much for him. I’m so happy.”

Elenna, who was born in Australia to British parents, is Gemma Appleton’s riding head girl in Minety, Wiltshire riding and competing the youngsters. “I originally came to Europe on holiday and as the industry over here is bigger, there are more opportunities, so I came back. Being at Gemma’s is great and she has such amazing horses.”