Olympic British Dressage Rider, Laura Tomlinson Announces Pregnancy

Laura Tomlinson riding Alf at the London 2012 Olympic Games [image credit; @laurabtomlinson Instagram]

Olympic British Dressage Rider, Laura Tomlinson Announces Pregnancy Olympic British Dressage rider, Laura Tomlinson announces her pregnancy ahead of this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Taking to social media to share the news, Laura revealed the news sharing a picture of herself, husband, and growing family.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by laurabtomlinson (@laurabtomlinson) Laura and her husband Mark, an international polo player, explained the were “nervously and excitedly” expecting their fourth child later in 2021. Despite the pregnancy news, the Olympic gold and bronze medallist…

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Hartpury Recieve Green Light for 2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships

2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders & Juniors

Hartpury Recieve Green Light for 2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships Hartpury University and Hartpury College have been allocated the 2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders & Juniors. The Gloucestershire venue had been due to host the 2020 Championships until they were cancelled in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. The FEI Board reached the decision during a three-day video conference meeting last week, where the allocation of other FEI Championships and key events for 2021 and 2022 was also discussed. The date for the…

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British Dressage presents ‘Dressage for all’

2020 British Dressage Championships get the go ahead - Image credit Daisy Jackson Dressage www.djdressage.co.uk

British Dressage presents ‘Dressage for all’ Plans launched for this year’s BD National Convention Dressage is the foundation to all equestrian activity; a well-trained, responsive horse gives the rider the advantage to make that tight turn in the jumping ring or angle that skinny cross country fence.  But in its purest form, more and more horse and rider combinations are discovering that dressage is so much more than ‘flatwork’!  It’s a challenging sport with great rewards for the hours of training put in and, most importantly, it’s not just for…

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Dutch deliver in Fourth Leg of FEI Nations Cup Dressage

FEI Nations Cup Dressage

Dutch deliver in Fourth Let of FEI Nations Cup Dressage FEI Nations Cup Dressage By Louise Parkes The Netherlands came out on top in the hotly-contested fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup Dressage 2016 series in Rotterdam last night. And the home hero was 28-year-old Diederik van Silfhout whose Freestyle performance, with Arlando NOP helped pin Team USA into runner-up spot. Sweden finished third ahead of France in fourth and Great Britain in fifth place in the final analysis. The result was decided over three classes, and a total of seven…

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Gareth Hughes Withdraws from Rio Team Selection

Gareth Hughes withdraws Image credit Lucy Hall-Photography www.lucyhall-photography.com

Gareth Hughes Withdraws from Rio Team Selection Gareth Hughes withdraws only horse from Rio long list team selection Dressage rider Gareth Hughes, has today announced his withdrawal from the Rio long list team selection. His horse Classic Briolinca, injured her leg during warm up for Rotterdam CHIO this week. The decision to withdraw shows Gareth’s true commitment to the welfare of his horses. Gareth assured dressage fans that the 16.3h mare, owned by the Hughes family and Julia Hornig of Classic Dressage, will be fine. On a Facebook post Gareth…

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Fun in the Sun at Somerford

Fun in the Sun at Somerford Park Premier League Dressage Written by Daisy Jackson What a fantastic show Somerford Premier League was yesterday! Absolutely nothing better than to sit in the sun watching some top quality dressage from some of the UK’s finest riders. First to take a win was Maya Goldberg riding Torino in the PSG section 2. Maya gained a very strong 71.93%, securing herself a win in one of the first classes of the day. At the top of the leader board in the PSG section 1…

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It’s first for Fuerst Sinclair

It’s first for Fuerst Sinclair Somerford park FEI Intermediate I, Sunday May 29 The Somerford park FEI Intermediate 1 FEI INT1 was stolen in a late swoop by the ever professional dressage master, Michael Eilberg, on board the imposing Fuerst Sinclair, owned by Alison Reddy. The pair effortlessly produced an impressive score of 71.45, to displace his equally talented girlfriend Maya Goldberg on the leader board with 70.04. The second and third positions were sharply contested between Maya Goldberg and Michael Eilberg’s pupil, Zoe Sleigh, both gaining the first-rate score…

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Tight at the Top for FEI Prix St Georges at Somerford Park

Gareth Hughes withdraws Image credit Lucy Hall-Photography www.lucyhall-photography.com

Tight at the Top for FEI Prix St Georges at Somerford Park FEI Prix St Georges at Somerford Park, Sunday May 29 It was tight at the top for riders of the FEI Prix St Georges at Somerford Park Premier League dressage today, with less than 1% between the top three placings. Gareth Hughes took the top spot riding nine-year-old Cleopatra II finishing with a score of 70.53%. It was Warwickshire based Hughes’ debut ride on board the KWPN mare this May bank holiday weekend, who is owned by Judy Firmston-Williams.…

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Dressage at Hickstead put International on hold

Dressage at Hickstead

Dressage at Hickstead put International on hold Dressage at Hickstead Director and founder Dane Rawlins has today announced the disappointing decision to cancel this year’s CDIO3*/CDI2* (28 – 31 July) due to a lack of funding to make the fixture viable.  Hickstead has been working with British Dressage to explore ways to secure additional sources of revenue for the show but, despite best endeavours by all, the fixture will not run at the West Sussex venue this year. “I’ve explored every avenue possible to try and find financial support to allow…

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British team selection for the u25 FEI European Dressage Championships

Bobby Hayler riding Valentino

British team selection for the u25 FEI European Dressage ChampionshipsThe Senior Selectors have announced their team of four for the inaugural u25 European Championship to be held in Hagen, Germany 16 – 19 June 2016.The first leg of the competition on Friday 17 June is an Inter II test where all four riders will compete for individual medals as well as the best three scores to then count toward the team medals.  Saturday will be Grand Prix with individual medals and the top 18 here will go forward to Sunday’s…

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Hannah Bown is Crowned Novice Restricted National Winter Champion

Sandro's Storm Novice Restricted Champion, ridden by Hannah Bown-small

Hannah Bown is Crowned Novice Restricted National Winter Champion Hannah Bown, and her seven-year-old gelding, Sandro’s Storm, are riding high after being crowned Novice Restricted National Champions at the Winter Dressage Championships held at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. Hannah, who qualified on a wildcard at Merrist Wood, also took fourth in the Novice Restricted Music Freestyle on the first day of the championships before going on to win the Novice Restricted Championship with a score of 71.09%. Said Hannah: “This is unbelievable, it’s completely unexpected. It’s the best Stanley has ever…

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Hannah Biggs Wins Advanced Medium Open Freestyle

Hannah Biggs and Don Caledonian

Hannah Biggs Wins Advanced Medium Open Freestyle Hannah Biggs and Don Caledonian, known as Archie at home, were over the moon this week after winning the Advanced Medium Open Freestyle at the Winter Dressage Championships.  Almost two years ago, Haygain® sponsored rider Hannah Biggs and her bright hope for the future, Archie, secured a title at Medium level, so it was celebrations all round after their exciting win in the Advanced Medium Freestyle class at the Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury. The Advanced Medium Open class is always competitive and…

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British Dressage Monthly Round-up with Daisy Jackson

Holly Kerslake and Doctor Little

British Dressage Monthly Round-up with Daisy Jackson British Dressage – Another month packed with competitions, excited winners and qualifications to the National Championships. Among the winners was Sparsholt Elementary Open Regional Champion Claire Randall, bagging herself and her own Undaunted a ticket to the Nationals which will be held at Hartpury College. Claire and ‘Super ted’ gained 72.66%! After their win I got the chance to catch up with Claire and talk a little more about their journey together and how buying Ted came about… ‘‘Undaunted ‘Super ted ‘ at home…

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Hans-Peter Minderhoud wins the coveted Reem Acra title at last

On the podium at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016 Final in Gothenburg, Sweden today (L to R) Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (2nd), The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud (1st) and Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (3rd). (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Hans-Peter Minderhoud wins the coveted Reem Acra title at last by Louise Parkes The Netherlands’ Hans-Peter Minderhoud fulfilled a life-time ambition when clinching the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016 title yesterday, riding Glock’s Flirt to claim the trophy and €50,000 winner’s cheque in Gothenburg (SWE).   The 42-year-old team gold and individual bronze medallist at last year’s FEI European Championships in Aachen (GER), gave it his all to earn a mark of 82.357 in front of a packed crowd in the Scandinavium Arena.   He had wanted this…

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Peter Minderhoud wins Grand Prix and sets sights on Reem Acra 2016 title

The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt won the Grand Prix as the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016 Final got underway at the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden today. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Peter Minderhoud wins Grand Prix and sets sights on Reem Acra 2016 title  by Louise Parkes The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud steered Glock’s Flirt to victory in the Grand Prix as the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016 Final got underway at the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden yesterday. But the host nation contenders were hot on the heels of the Dutch duo, with Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello just 0.371 percentage points behind in second place and Patrik Kittel just 0.1 point further adrift in third with the…

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HAYGAIN sponsor International Blind Dressage rider Verity Smith

HAYGAIN sponsor International Blind Dressage rider Verity Smith

HAYGAIN sponsor International Blind Dressage rider Verity Smith HAYGAIN is delighted to welcome International Blind Dressage rider Verity Smith to the team of sponsored riders. Verity has competed at able bodied Prix St Georges which is the highest level that a blind rider has ever achieved. She is trained by Olympic rider and Grade 1 Listed International Judge Sandy Phillips and Olympic dressage rider Laura Tomlinson. Verity has recently been campaigning hard to overturn a ruling that ‘blind’ riders must wear a blindfold whilst competing, which inhibits any light they…

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TopSpec Extend Dressage Support

TopSpec

TopSpec Extend Dressage Support TopSpec sponsor Yorkshire-based Anne-Marie Perry-Cowan and Worcestershire rider Kate Cowell for 2016. This year sees a host of new sponsorships in the world of dressage for North Yorkshire-based TopSpec. Well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds, TopSpec enter their second year of sponsorship of the Medium Open and Medium Restricted series with the finals taking place at the British Dressage National Championships – September 15 to 18 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. And on the rider front Yorkshire-based Anne-Marie Perry-Cowan…

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Intriguing competition in prospect for 2016 Reem Acra title

Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl is one of the 18 contenders hoping to grasp the title at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016 Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next week (24-28 March) (FEI/Karl Heinz Frieler)

Intriguing competition in prospect for 2016 Reem Acra title by Louise Parkes Excitement is mounting as Dressage stars from across the globe polish up their final preparations for next weeks’ Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.   An intriguing line-up of 18 horse-and-rider combinations from 11 nations will compete in this 31st Final which is always guaranteed to provide sporting entertainment of the highest calibre, and the absence of defending champion, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin, makes for a wide-open contest for the coveted title.  An ongoing ownership…

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New young pony classes: discovering future dressage stars

Young Pony Classes

New young pony classes: discovering future dressage stars British Dressage (BD) is introducing a new series of young pony classes alongside its popular Shearwater Young Horse Championships for 2016. There will be classes for 4, 5 and 6 year old ponies (not exceeding 149cm), which can be ridden by children aged 12 or above or adults, culminating in the Young Pony Championships at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, 6 – 10 July 2016. There will be five young pony qualifiers taking place mainly at BD Premier League shows in May…

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