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.
This class is restricted to 7 to 9 year olds , who qualified earlier in the week for the Saturday night Gala Evening and proved to be a super shop window for talented young British horses. Dominating the class with a 77.59% winning score was Charlotte Dujardin on her own and Sarah Tyler-Evan’s homebred River Rise Nisa. This 7 year old daughter of super sire Negro has been in a rich vein of form this season and Charlotte is already talking about her as a future Olympic mount. Interestingly Nisa’s dam sire is a little known stallion called Amsterdam, who is a son of the great Argentinus, probably best known in the UK as sire of the legendary Arko with more Holstein jumping blood further back. Amsterdam himself was the sire of Canadian Olympic dressage horse Pop Art and was a good dressage talent despite his more jumping orientated pedigree.
Runner up was Alice Oppenheimer on her homebred Headmore Davina, a daughter of the most successful dressage sire to stand in the UK – Dimaggio out of the Oppenheimer’s outstanding broodmare Rubinsteena (Rubinstein).
Shearwater Semi Finals
The 4 year old class saw Becky Moody and the Dutch stallion James Bond 2, just head Lucinda Elliot on Hawtins Lirica (Lemonys Nicket x Dimaggio). The 5 year old class was won by River Rise Nisa’s half sister River Rise Isabella, sired this time by the big moving Hanoverian stallion Don Frederic. Rob Barker took the ride for owner Charlotte Dujardin. Runner up was last year’s Hartpury 4 year old champion, Izonik, a Zonik x Jazz Dutch bred stallion. Also qualifying for the finals at Stoneleigh was the Mount St John homebred MSJ Furstin Diaz, a Furst Romancier x Dimaggio daughter of Emma Blundell’s own top ride, the British bred Keystone Diaz.
In the 6 year old semi final the reigning British young horse champion of 2016 and 2017, Hawtins San Floriana secured her return to Stoneleigh. This incredibly talented San Amour daughter shares a grand mother with Carl Hester’s World Equestrian Games prospect Hawtins Delicato.
Runner up to Charlotte in the 6 year olds was Sara Gallop on the Furstenball x Rubin-Royal daughter BKS Fantastia bred by Oxfordshire based Blackington Farm Stud and now owned by Georgina West.
What was disappointing was that many of the breeding details of the young horses were missing or incorrect, and is quite frankly unacceptable in this era of communication and technology.
CDI Grand Prix Freestyle
The Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday night rounded off another successful day for British breeding with victory going to Richard Davidson on his homebred Bubblingh, by Edward Gal’s former Grand Prix ride Lingh out of Richard’s former Olympic mount Ballaseyr Royale.
Runner up was Sonnar Murray-Brown on his Trakehner Erlentanz and in third a British bred horse bred by John Whitaker for the jumping ring – Louise Bell’s Into the Blue (Ublesco x Calvaro Z)
CDI Intermediate I
Dimaggio blood was also to the fore in the other International classes when Nicola Buchanan rode his son Half Moon Dark Magic into first place despite her unfavourable first draw. Dark Magic is the full brother to Half Moon Dynasty, ridden to International success by Micheal Eilberg.