Everything Horse magazine February 2014 - Page 9

He is by Gribaldi and was drop dead gorgeous and performed well. Platinum Honey’s Hope the pony stallion behaved brilliantly for his first time out under saddle. His walk and canter are super and his temperament looks to have the excellent qualities you would look for in a pony. The last to come in was Woodcraft Garuda K and heshowed himself really well, he is a stunning stallion and is such a good choice for so many British mares as he is a Trakehner so helps to refine and modernise. Above: Erin Williams and her new ride Waverly Back to conventional dressage and two young riders really stood out for me this month. Erin Williams whose new ride is her mother’s horse, Waverly. Erin is a 16 year old junior rider that has competed internationally at the European Championships for the pony team on several occasions and is now in a very strong position for Juniors. I caught up with Erin to find out more about her plans for this year. “After being part of the GB Pony Team for 4 years, I am now 16, too old for ponies and officially a ‘Junior’ dressage rider! Following my last Pony European Championships in Italy in July I sold my lovely palomino pony Dynasty to Austria to concentrate on working towards a place on the GB Junior Team. Recently I have taken over the ride on my Mum’s horse Waverly (we call her Lola) to run alongside my more experienced mare Fleurie and my young stallion Billionaire. Lola is rising 11 but is very green at competing as she was previously a brood mare in Holland. She is by Gribaldi and has had several foals, both naturally and by embryo transfer before starting her new job as a dressage superstar! Over the last couple of years she has really matured in her training and I have begun to compete her at Advanced Medium/Junior level. She is a big mare, at over 17 hands, but is a gentle giant and is not strong or spooky. We have done a few Advanced Medium classes and she qualified for the Winter Regionals in just a couple of outings. Last week we did an Advanced Medium Freestyle at Askham Bryan College using borrowed music and floor Lucy and Sheepcote Don Calisto. Image kind permission from Image Point Photography plan from Fleurie. I was really happy with the test and we scored really well to win the class with 73.88% which qualified us for the 2015 Freestyle Championships! Next weekend Lola and I are off to the High Profile Show at Addington to have a run through of the Junior Team test. If we get a good score at Addington I am hoping that I will be able to take her to an international competition later in the year. It will all a bit of a juggling act though as I have my GCSE exams in May and June!” Issue 5 • February 2014 • Everything Horse UK Magazine 9