Richard Davison’s dedication and commitment to dressage was recognised at the Horse of the Year Show on Friday 9th October 2009 when he was presented with the HOYS Equestrian of the Year Award 2009. The award celebrates the considerable success he has achieved in his career to date. An Olympian and European silver medallist in his own right, this year Davison led the triumphant British dressage squad to team silver and an individual bronze medal at the European Championships in Windsor in his role as Team Captain. He has juggled this with a successful international competition schedule of his own, achieving five grand prix wins in succession with his new international prospect, the Countess of Derby’s Hiscox Artemis. The award was presented in the main arena at the Horse of the Year Show in the United Kingdom after Davison had hosted a mini master class alongside respected international judge and rider Judy Harvey and riders Amy Stovold and Kate Attlee. Previous winners of the prestigious Equestrian of the Year title include Paul Nichols, Pippa Funnell, Zara Phillips, Jeff Osborne and Leslie Law.
“It was a complete shock on the night but I’m thrilled” Davison commented “It’s been a phenomenal year for British dressage and I’m very proud to have been part of such a strong Team GB. It’s an absolute honour to receive this accolade.”
Davison and his top mount Hiscox Artemis are now heading to the CDI Biarritz. The forthcoming CDI in Biarritz has attracted a host of up and coming entries. Artemis, has been in winning form all season. Since winning the Windsor European test-event in May he has stormed home in every CDI class since, dominating the CDI at Hartpury and the Kampmann classes at Hickstead CDI 5 star. In their last competitive outing at Hickstead, the pair scored more than 72% in the young horse grand prix.
Hiscox Artemis’ joint owners are the Countess of Derby, famous for her family’s connection with the classic horse race, and John Dodd. Hiscox, the specialist insurer, has committed to backing Davison and Hiscox Artemis for the next three years.