Nicky Barrett, British Dressage Champion 2002

Barrett Wins First British Dressage Title - Lisa Wilcox and Ernst Hoyos, Clinicians at 2002 Belgian Dressage Weekend

by Astrid Appels

The end of every show season in Europe is usually characterized by a series of national dressage championships to celebrate another year of hard labeur, training and showing of Europe's prime dressage riders. Germany and Holland already distributed their national titles to Nadine Capellmann with Farbenfroh and Ellen Bontje with Gestion Silvano N in spring 2002. England and Belgium opted for a late summer dressage extravaganza, to close their 2002 show season with a highlight.

The British National Dressage Championships, sponsored by Mercedes Benz, were held in Warwickshire, Great Britain, the last weekend of September, and provided a "sardines packed" program with championships for every level.


Barrett Wins First British Dressage Title


In the Butcher's Pet Care Grand Prix Championship Nicky rode Stephen Butt's 16.1hh chestnut gelding Giorgio S to victory by a narrow margin, winning by just 0.16% with a score of 67.56%. The next day Nicky and Giorgio S entertained the crowds with their display to music in the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Freestyle Championship, scoring 73.37% to win the class.

With the highest combined score from these two classes Nicky, who is trained by the Dutch Henk van Bergen, was crowned Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Champion 2002 and was delighted to receive the coveted prize of a luxury 163hp Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 Kompressor roadster to drive for a year.

Speaking about her performance Nicky said: " Giorgio S did everything I asked him. The freestyle test was the best test we could have done so I just had to wait and see what the judges thought. I'm absolutely thrilled."

In a former life, Giorgio S (Graf Lehndorff x Wendulan) was trained to Prix St Georges level by Isabell Werth and formerly owned by Dr Uwe Schulten Baumer. "Giorgio came to me having been ridden by Isabell Werth two years ago and it's taken us longer than I originally thought to become a partnership in the arena," Barrett explained. "I thought it would take up to a year, as he can be difficult and naughty but I refused to give up because he had cost his owners so much money in the first place!"

The Belgian Dressage Championships will be held October 18 to 20, 2002, in equestrian facility Het Azelhof in Lier (near Antwerp). Besides hosting the battle for the titles in the FEI young horse, pony, junior, young rider, Prix St Georges and Grand Prix riders' division, the 2002 Belgian Dressage Weekend has attracted Lisa Wilcox and her trainer/life partner Ernst Hoyos as clinicians for its end-of-the-show dressage clinic. WEG silver team medallist Lisa Wilcox and Spanish riding school trainer Ernst Hoyos will demonstrate their training principle on young horses and upper level dressage stars in a one-and-half hour seance.

Text by Astrid Appels
Partial Source: BD Championships/Horse and Hound

Related Links
2002 British Dressage Championships - official website
2002 British Dressage Championships Scores -
2002 British Dressage Championships - Horse and Hound coverage
2002 Belgian Dressage Weekend - official website (in Dutch)
2002 Belgian Dressage Weekend Clinic with Lisa Wilcox and Ernst Hoyos
Nicky Barrett Claims Her First British Grand Prix Champion's Title