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Scintillating Dressage Double for Dujardin

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2019 by Sasha Melia

Charlotte Dujardin delivered a scintillating dressage double on day two of the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.

And it meant that she completed a clean sweep of the three major classes – adding grand prix special and freestyle success to her grand prix victory on Wednesday.

Less than 24 hours after winning the grand prix, Charlotte returned to Bolesworth’s International Arena with Mount St John Freestyle and triumphed in the Theraplate UK Grand Prix Special.

It was another assured display by the double Olympic individual champion in what was Mount St John Freestyle’s first event since last year’s World Equestrian Games in America.

And like in the grand prix, they posted a personal best score as a combination, scoring 82.979%.

Charlotte’s mentor and trainer Carl Hester was also in impressive form aboard Hawtins Delicato, producing a fine test to finish on 78.936% for second, with Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca taking third and Henriette Anderson finishing fourth on Flavio.

There was no stopping Charlotte in the Equitop Myoplast Grand Prix Freestyle to Music either, this time on 12-year-old gelding Erlentanz.

They recorded a commanding score of 84.100% after a performance that oozed quaity and class, leaving them way clear of the field.

The chasing pack was led by Richard Davison and Bubblingh on 78.795%, while third place went to Denmark’s Ulrik Moelgaard and Michigan.

Reflecting on her achievements at Bolesworth, Charlotte said: “I am absolutely delighted with the performances.

“Mount St John Freestyle in the grand prix special, she tried so hard, and Erlentanz was an absolute pleasure to ride. Both horses couldn’t have done any more.

“I am really excited heading towards Tokyo, hopefully with Mount St John Freestyle, and some other horses in reserve to back me up as well.

“There is still more to come from Freestyle, and another year on heading towards Tokyo, fingers crossed, it should be very exciting. I definitely know she can cope with pressure and all sorts of environments.

“It’s a fantastic show at Bolesworth, riding in that international arena. It is an honour to be here with my horses and to compete here.”

The day’s opening dressage class – the NFU Mutual Prix St Georges Invitational – was won by Scottish rider Robyn Smith.

South Lanarkshire-based Robyn topped the leaderboard on Francesco 77, posting a score of 70.735%, with Canadian challenger Rakeya Moussa finishing second aboard Davidoff V.H. Trichelhof and third place going to Paul Friday, riding Haetins Horatio, who was also fourth on Romanno Rafiel.

410 - Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) & Mount St John Freestyle - D16 - Theraplate UK - CDI3* GPS - Grand Prix Special - The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show 2019

410 – Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) & Mount St John Freestyle – D16 – Theraplate UK – CDI3* GPS – Grand Prix Special – The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show 2019

Primrose Inspires World Horse Welfare Sculpture

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by Sasha Melia

Primrose, the little cremello cob mare who is being supported in her rehabilitation by leading nutrition company, Alltech, is the inspiration behind one of the maquettes going on display on World Horse Welfare’s World Horse Farm Trail.

The four World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centres in Norfolk, Aberdeenshire, Lancashire and Somerset will each host their own mini World Horse Trails comprised of five maquettes that have been individually designed and sponsored, to highlight the stories of horses that have been helped by the charity.

 

Alltech has kindly provided sponsorship for Primrose’s maquette and YouTube sensation, This Esme, is the artist behind the unique design.

 

This Esme captured the painting of the mini sculpture in a vlog posted on her YouTube Channel and she chose to paint Primrose as she reminded her of her own horse, Micky, and fully understands the importance of protecting him from the sun during the summer months.

 

When Primrose was found abandoned with a foal at foot she was in a terrible condition due to extreme photosensitivity causing the skin on her eyes, nose, shoulders, neck and hind quarters to be peeling and raw.

 

Each mini-sculpture is approximately 30 cm high and will be displayed for visitors to view from May to September.

 

You can see Primrose’s maquette on display now at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset, where Primrose is currently undergoing rehabilitation following the birth of her second foal, whom Alltech named Teddy.

 

The Lifeforce Range of all-natural, daily digestive aid supplements from Alltech is designed to benefit horses of every stage of life, from breeding stock to pleasure and performance animals.

 

For further information please visit www.lifeforcehorse.co.uk   or telephone 01780 764512.

Primrose has provided the inspiration behind one of the maquettes going on display on World Horse Welfare's World Horse Farm Trail. The artist behind the unique design on Primrose's maquette is You Tube sensation This Esme.

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