Euro Update: Jennie Loriston-Clarke Wins First Queen's Award for Equestrianism

Former international dressage rider and current international judge Jennie Loriston-Clarke has been awarded the first ever Queen’s Award for Outstanding Services to Equestrianism. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom presented Jennie with the award at Windsor Castle.

Jennie has had a dressage competition career that includes representing Britain at five Olympic Games and winning bronze at the World Championships in 1978, the same year she became a Fellow of the British Horse Society (BHS). She is renowned as a trainer and judge as well as being a passionate supporter of British-bred horses, having trained home-bred horses to international level.

“I was both honoured and amazed to have been selected to receive this award. Horses have been my life and passion since I was a small child. For my work to be recognised is so rewarding, but it has only been possible with the wonderful team who have supported me over my lifetime,” said Jennie.

While all eyes were focused on the CDIO Aachen the weekend of May 20-21, 2006, in the near distance in Duisburg, Germany, a Bundeschampionate Qualifier was being held. The winning qualificants were Delgado, Rousseau, Daylight and Voyager.

In the 5-year old Dressage Horse division Knut Wingender scored an impressive 8.8 aboard Delgado and won the class. Heiner Schiergen and his lovely 6-yuear old Rousseau scored 8.6 and topped the field in their class. Schiergen beat Lamborghini, a young horse he trained himself and recently sold to Anna Katharina Luttgen. The latter got 8.5 for her ride with the bay gelding.

In the 5-year old pony division, Lydia Camp won the class on Daylight, scoring 7.8. While horses need to achieve a qualification score of minimum 8.0, ponies qualify for the finals in Warendorf with a 7.5 mark or higher. In the 6-year old dressage pony class, Helena Camp and Voyager won with 8.7 ahead of Verena Leuchten on Don't Thatch W (8.0).

The 2006 Dutch Dressage Championships started yesterday in Eindhoven, The Netherlands with round one of the fourth level championship. The Grand Prix riders will perform in the first phase of the championship, the Grand Prix, today. Anky van Grunsven will be riding Krack C and Painted Black while Salinero gets rest. Hans Peter Minderhoud is not appearing in Eindhoven as Exquis Escapado is still recovering from an injury.

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