Somerford Park Premier League Dressage Wraps After Another Successful Year

Somerford Premier League Dressage

As another fruitful year of dressage competition comes to a close at Somerford Park, it can be concluded that it was resounding success registering strong entries across all classes.

Premier League FEI Intermediate I – S

Cheshire based Sarah Higgins enjoyed considerable success throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, clinching victory in a selection of hotly contested classes including Monday’s Inter I, sponsored by Saracen Horse Feeds. Sarah and her horse, Waldessarini posted the highest score of 71.10%.

I’ve had a great weekend I’ve had quite a few horse here and feel quite weary!”

said Sarah.

My best result to date was my win in the Inter II on Saturday on Sarah Rao’s Alfranco. I was terrified as it’s a very new level to me and only my second time I’ve ridden at that level, although ‘Alfie’ is super experienced and just awesome, and held my hand the whole way through.”

Sarah Higgins and and Millie King, event coordinator Somerford Park
Sarah Higgins and Millie King, event coordinator Somerford Park

In 2nd place was Helen Dutton riding Valdorama D finishing on 69.56%, with Darcas Lever and Valentijn WG in 3rd scoring 68.29%

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Prix St Georges

The Prix St Georges class, sponsored by Fairfax Saddles, was won by Cara Shardlow riding Detonator II. This was the first time back competing for both Cara and the horse following injury for both. Cara was over the moon with her win:

It means so much to come here and win today and just the motivation I need” said Cara “looking forward to competing the rest of the season and hoping to do some more Premier Leagues.”

Cara Shardlow and Millie King, event coordinator Somerford Park
Cara Shardlow and Millie King, event coordinator Somerford Park

It was Lottie Flinn who took 2nd place on board Royal Rebel SH, with Kate Cowell and Ray-ban in 3rd.

FEI Pony Team

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Steffi Tomlinson and Vivassa won the Pony Team, the mare was bought as a foal from Germany and has been home produced up to Medium.

We had a few mistakes but still really pleased,”

said Steffi,

her canter work is always her best work, but her trot work did improve in the test.”

Steffi Tomlinson and Millie King
Steffi Tomlinson and Millie King, event coordinator Somerford Park

Lavinia Johnson and her ride, Dublin, finished in 2nd on a score of 68.33% with Steffi clinching 3rd position with Higherspen Show Time on 67.88%.

Advanced Medium 98

Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Valencia completed the Equine Construction sponsored Advanced Medium 98 class to take home 1st place, finishing on 75.57%.

Kate Cowell and Ray-ban finished in 2nd on 73.25% with Sam Duckworth with MSJ Top Secret in 3rd on 71.80%.

Grand Prix Special

1st Charlex Eskebjerg Ryan Todd 68.46

2nd Cruise Lucy Cliff 67.16

3rd Chagall Isobel Wessels 66.27

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