Euro Update: Sandy Phillips, 2006 British Dressage Champion

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British dressage rider Sandy Phillips claimed the national Grand Prix title with her Rhinelander mare Lara at the 2006 British Dressage Championships. Some 350 competitors converged on Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire for the biggest show in the British calendar, the 2006 Blue Waters National Dressage Championships, which ran from 14-17 September.

British World Equestrian Games team member Sandy Phillips was riding at the nationals for the first time in several years and won the Grand Prix with her 12-year-old 17hh German-bred mare Lara on a score of 70.63%. Sandy said: “Lara did a good job at the WEG, but was a bit lit up as there was quite an atmosphere. I wanted to come here and produce a more relaxed test and she did that. She gives everything and I’m so lucky to have found her.”

Sandy Phillips became national dressage champion for the first time, having gained the highest combined scores from the grand prix and grand prix freestyle during the 2006 Blue Waters National Dressage Championships. Sandy and Lara won the grand prix and finished second in the Grand Prix Freestyle after a close-fought competition with Spencer Wilton and Dolendo. Phillips placed second with 72.6%. They made a mistake, when Lara mistook her rider’s aid to go from passage to a trot half-pass for a canter aid.

Top international judge Stephen Clarke said: “It was neck-and-neck. Spencer’s freestyle was more harmonious, but Lara showed more suppleness and expression.” Senior team selector and judge David Trott said: “Lara has the potential to be a high-scoring international horse.” Sandy’s prize includes a two-week all-inclusive holiday to the luxurious Blue Waters Hotel in Antigua.

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“Streaky” has had an illustrious international career spanning six years, which included being a member of the British team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was only nine at the time and the highest-placed horse in the British team. He also represented Britain at the 2001 European Championships, 2002 World Equestrian Games and won team bronze at the 2003 Europeans at Hickstead.

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