Everything Horse magazine February 2014 - Page 8

British Dressage News written by Daisy Jackson 2013 ended with an exciting finish at Olympia’s World Cup qualifier and 2014 began with a brilliant start opening with the showcasing of British stallions at the British Bred Sports Horse and Pony Stallion Event. At Olympia Charlotte Dujardin broke yet another world record with Valegro scoring a massive 93.97% in the Freestyle - what a fantastic role model for British dressage riders. All of those that were lucky enough to get to Olympia were treated to a breath-taking performance as once again Charlotte and Valegro surpassed themselves and all who have gone before them. The duo gained an artistic score of 91.350% and a technical score of 96.600% including a whopping percentage of 99.000% given to them by the French judge. Also scoring highly for Great Britain was Michael Eilberg on Half Moon Delphi coming 4th with 78.70%. Lara Griffith, Laura T’s protégée scored 74.45% on Laura’s Andretti H, Carl Hester took 11th on Gemma Appleton’s Fine Time 13 and Emile Faurie came 15 with Topolino ll. In the Grand Prix Charlotte took the top spot scoring 84.85%. Michael was 5th with 74.10%, Carl came 10th with 69.89%, Lara 12th with 69.48% and Emile 15th with 67.87%. All in all a brilliant show and great representation of British Dressage! Although not strictly dressage, I wanted to touch upon the Stallion Event held in Hartpury on the 4th January. I am a great supporter of British breeding having 3 British bred horses myself. I was keen to find out which dressage stallions are available and how we are doing as breeders on the whole. So here is a quick rundown of some of the most impressive stallions. Larkshill Debonair showed a super canter in particular and he had only just returned from Germany from passing his 30 day stallion performance test. He was shown under his new rider Leah Beckett who had only sat on him 5 times beforehand so they did really well. Above Larkshill Debonair Kingswood Durable is impressive both in stature and paces. He possesses massive movement and stands at a huge 18hh but luckily is a gentle giant in the stable. Of course he has already proved himself under saddle by winning the shearwater 4 year old championships and I think his foals will be exciting. Although he had such huge scope he looked a little tired on the day as he is only young and still growing so perhaps didn’t show as well as some of the other stallions. GF Deville and GF Dusatoir were both very good. Dusatoir is still young and as he matures will strengthen to show even more movement. Keystone Diaggio also showed well, he is a lovely type with very good paces, another one to watch as I am sure we will see a lot of him in competition. Of the woodlander boys, all were impressive but the two that stood out were, the pony stallion Wales who is just super and Wild Child. Wales ticks all the boxes on looks, conformation and movement, a real step forward for sports pony breeding. Wild child was shown on the lunge and is of beautiful type with long legs and is showing some good paces. I cannot wait to see him as he matures further. Moorlands bodyguard will be popular I am sure. 8 Everything Horse UK Magazine • February 2014 • Issue 5