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Tokyo Olympics – Dressage

It is always interesting to look back at the pedigrees behind the best performers at the Olympic Games. In dressage this was the 18 who came forward for the final day’s Kur. Although there were no British bred horses in this final medal decider, there were bloodline combinations and key sire influences to note that may help shape the plans of some British breeders.

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LeMieux National Grand Prix Championship

Olympia might have been cancelled and the news headlines get gloomier and more confusing by the day, but what a festive treat British Dressage organised for us at Hartpury. The LeMieux National Grand Prix Championship showcased fabulous riding and equine talent and gave dressage fans a perfect Christmas present despite the technical glitches with the livestreaming.

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BD Nationals 2018 – Young Horse Classes

A class that always draws large crowds at the British Dressage National Championships is the Shearwater Young Horse Final, held over two days. The crowds are enticed partially by the opportunity to see one of the best young horse riders in the world (Eva Moller) try out the top 4 in each age group, and partially in the hope that they might spot a future champion from among the contenders. 

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World Championships for 6yo Dressage Horses – 2018

The 6 year old World Championship Final also did not disappoint in terms of food for thought as a breeder. These are some of the rides that caught my eye.

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World Championships for 7yo Young Dressage Horses 2018

As a breeder, I try and make good use of my subscription to internet channels such as Clip My Horse to watch equestrian events from around the globe, and am always making a mental note of  the bloodlines of horses that catch my eye. On this occasion I have been watching the World Young Horse Championships, which for the dressage horses is held at Ermelo in Holland.

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Hartpury Festival 2018 – Saturday

British bred talent was very much to the fore at the 2018 Hartpury Festival of Dressage. The highlight of the young horse classes on Saturday was the £1000 to the winner, Elite Stallions sponsored, Young Horse PSG.

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BD Nationals 2017 Days 3 & 4

Lemieux Grand Prix and Horse Health Grand Prix Freestyle

The highlight of the whole week from a breeding point of view has to be crowning of Hayley Watson-Greaves as the new Lemieux National Champion on her British Hanoverian WG Rubins Nite. Although just pipped to the post in the freestyle by Carl Hester and Alcazar and by Lara Butler and Rubin Al Asad in the Grand Prix, Hayley’s consistency over the two days, was well rewarded.

WG Rubins Nite

WG Rubins Nite

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BD Nationals 2017 Day Two – Friday

Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Championship

Day two stated as day one had ended, with a British bred victory.

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BD National 2017 – Day One Thursday

Backinaction Preliminary Silver Championship

First in the arena at 7.50 on Thursday morning and the first British bred winners at the BD Nationals, were Abigail Unwin and her buckskin gelding Arleys Dun Deal. Originally bred for eventing by Arley Moss Equestrian, this wildcard entry, is a son of the perlino stallion Burnocks Unqiue out of a mare by the popular coloured stallion Goshka Ringo. Burnocks Unique hails from the blue blooded eventing sire line of 4 star eventer Welton Crackerjack.

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British Dressage Nationals 2017 – Young Horse Finals

The National young horse classes in any discipline, are always a good indication of the strength of that country’s future talent. In dressage, there are always some horses that are not competed until they are older and more established but even so, the young horse classes are still fascinating to watch and can be a source of some incredible talent (think Valegro).

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