Euro Update: British Dressage Riders Dominate 2007 Sunshine Tour

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

British dressage riders have dominated all three weeks of competition at the 2007 Sunshine Tour CDI show circuit in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain. Senior selector, judge and trainer Judy Harvey clocked up three wins and two runner-up slots not to mention the horses’ biggest wins to date in the final week of the Spanish Sunshine Tour, 13-18 March 2007.

Judy won the Prix St Georges (71.917%) and intermediaire I (70.583%) as well as finishing second in the intermediaire I freestyle (69.65%) with Fitzcerraldo in their first foreign international dressage competition. Judy bought the now nine-year-old gelding as a three-year-old at the Brightwells auction and sold him 12hrs later to the owner of her yard, Richard Heley.

Anna Ross-Davies broke Carl Hester’s stranglehold when she won her first international grand prix. She rode Donald McTaggart’s 10-year-old 16.2hh bay gelding Liebling II to a 68% victory in his first season at the level.

Steph Croxford’s Mr President scored his personal best in the grand prix freestyle with Richard Davison, who has taken over the ride for the remainder of Steph’s pregnancy. The 13-year-old Dutch-bred gelding took second place with 72.35% after finishing third in the grand prix special.

After two weeks of Sunshine Tour competition, Carl Hester’s tally of wins during the 2007 Spanish Sunshine Tour has reached 10 after he won the CDI grand prix and grand prix special with Lecantos, the CDN grand prix with Pro-Set and the owners junior team and prelim test with TMovistar.

Carl said: “Lecantos is fantastic and I’m learning something different about him from every test. He has now won five classes with 70% or more except one, which he won with 69%. With my trainer Anna van Olst being here as well, it really is a double whammy - competition experience and training.”

Lecantos is an 11-year-old 16hh Oldenburg gelding by Levantos I and is owned by one of Carl’s pupils, Irish international event rider Sasha Stewart. It was Carl’s first competitive outing with the former Polish World Equestrian Games team horse he has been riding for just four months.

Carl said: “Lecantos gives me the same feeling as my previous top horse Escapado. He has all the qualities you need to make a great horse; he’s really special. We brought him here to decide whether he is good enough and ready to try for the British team this year and this weekend has proved he is a 70% horse.”

Text provided by British Dressage

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For dressage, the following officials have been selected:

President: Mr Gotthilf Riexinger (GER)

Members: Mr Gary Rockwell (USA)
Mr Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
Dr Jean Michel Roudier (FRA)
Mr Leif Tornblad (DEN)
Ms Minako Furuoka (JAP)
Dr. Barnabas MANDI(HUN)

Mrs Mariette Withages (BEL)

Dr. VincenzoTRUPPA (ITA)

Mr Nai Yue Ho (SIN)

Dr Nigel Nicols (AUS)

Prof. Leo Broof Jeffcott (GBR) Associate Member Dr Keith Watkins HKG

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