1. BD Winter Regionals: Merrist Wood

    Six thrilling days of Winter Regional competition took place this week at the Merrist Wood College, Surrey, with the action coming to a close on Valentine’s day (9 – 14 February 2018).

    Repeating their successes of 2017 were the winning team of Alice Oppenheimer, Dannie Morgan and the Headmore horses, with Alice herself riding to no less than four victories across the duration of the show. After taking over the reins from Dannie at the end of last year, it was Headmore Davina (pictured) who shone under the supreme direction from Alice in the Albion Medium Gold and Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold Championships. The eight-year-old Davina, owned by Sarah Oppenheimer, now has a colossal six Regional titles to her name.

    Alice went on to triumph in two more classes, this time with the eye catching Headmore Dirubinio - a 17hh chestnut gelding by the popular sire Dimaggio. Alice and ‘Robin’ did the double in the Advanced Medium classes winning the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold with 72.63% before going on to win the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold with an immense 77.94% - the highest score of the show.

    Continuing the Oppenheimer’s great show Dannie Morgan notched up his first Championship ticket in the Blue Chip Novice Gold with Sarah Oppenheimer’s five-year-old Florencio sired Headmore Figaro. The British-bred gelding made his debut in British Dressage shows in June 2017 and has an impressive record not having scored below 72% in all of his outings. Dannie’s great Winter Regional record continued as he topped the leaderboard in the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver after scoring 74.44% with his own Southern Cross Braemar, also known as ‘Barry’.

    It was 74% all-round in the Freestyle Silver classes as the competitions proved both well entered and highly competitive. 74.07% was good enough for first place in Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver with Sally Green and Keystone Rhia booking their place at Hartpury whilst Nicola Byam-Cook and the former FEI pony Twyford Salamander aced the PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Silver with 74.42%. The final 74% belonged to Christine Cockerton in the Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver; Christine rode a stellar test aboard her own Evaldo, a nine-year-old by Vivaldo whom she has competed and trained up through the levels from 4 year old Young Horse tests.

    Looking up the levels, hoping to make the Friday night gala evening at Hartpury will be Luke Baber-Davis who earned his spot in the Magic Prix St Georges with Tracy Cooper’s Keystone Drummer boy. The elegant duo impressed the judges to win on a score of 71.93%. Speaking on Facebook Luke said, ‘I could not be happier with Tracy Cooper’s Keystone Drummer Boy winning the Magic PSG Winter Regional Championships he just keeps getting better and better every time we go out. Thank you so much to all my fantastic friends and sponsors and of course Dexter’s Mum Tracy who makes this all possible.’

    British Dressage thanks the team at Merrist Wood for a fantastic Winter Regional Championship show, as well as all sponsors, volunteers and competitors. Congratulations to those who qualified and took part.

    Regional Champions

    KBIS Prelim Silver
    Daisy Mansfield with Rayid Heart Breaker - 71.83%

    Blue Chip Novice Silver
    Frances Morrissey with HH Samba Spring - 69.38%

    Blue Chip Novice Gold
    Dannie Morgan with Headmore Figaro - 72.59%

    Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver
    Sally Green with Keystone Rhia - 74.07%

    Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold
    Jezz Palmer with Swanmore Wynte -, 77.22%

    Equi-Trek Saddles Elementary Silver
    Joanne Price with Casino Scandal - 74.42%

    Equi-Trek Saddles Elementary Gold
    James Burtwell with Verano - 72.18%

    PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Silver
    Nicola Byam-Cook with Twyford Salamander - 74.42%

    PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Gold
    Joshua Hill with Final Highlight - 75.38%

    Albion Medium Silver
    Patrick Troddyn with Altogether Endeavour - 70.67%

    Albion Medium Gold
    Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Davina - 76.77%

    Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver
    Devon Woodgate with Distaulgold - 69.29%

    Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold
    Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Dirubinio - 72.63%

    Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver
    Dannie Morgan with Souther Cross Braemar - 74.44%

    Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold
    Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Dirubinio - 77.94%

    Magic Prix St Georges Gold
    Luke Baber-Davis with Keystone Drummerboy - 71.93%

    Superflex Intermediate I Gold
    Hannah Biggs with Don Caledonia - 71.36%

    For full results click here.

    Photo c. Alice Oppenheimer Dressage

  2. TGCA Championships - all you need to know

    Open to horses and ponies registered with the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA), this championship is becoming more and more popular for owners and riders of this much-loved breed.

    Originally bred by the Romany Gypsy families to pull their wagons across the length and breadth of England and Ireland, the Traditional Gypsy Cob had to be hardy, fearless, intelligent and powerful, yet docile and patient enough for the whole family to handle. These horses were bred for many generations solely in the UK and Ireland for their temperament, stamina, strength and versatility.

    Over the years, they’ve gradually found their way into the hearts of many people who recognise their practicality and no-nonsense approach to life. This lovely temperament, coupled with intelligence and eye catching, active paces makes them a great choice for those wanting an honest, hardworking dressage partner.

    What levels do they run at?

    o Intro
    o Prelim
    o Novice
    o Elementary
    o Medium

    Who can compete?

    o Open to any horse or pony registered with Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA).
    o At the championship there will be one section for purebreds and one section for Part breds TGCA Horses each level.
    o This is open to current Full and Club members. Those who have never competed BD before are welcome.
    o They’re run under BD/Quest rules and combinations must be eligible for the level at which they wish to compete.

    Which organisations do I need to be a member of to be able to qualify?

    BD membership/ registration to qualify:

    Level Horse Rider
    Intro - Prelim Bronze Club/Full/Ticket/Trial Club/Full/Ticket/Trial
    Prelim Silver, Novice and above Full/Ticket/Trial Full/Ticket/Trial

    For the final:
    - All horses and riders must be full BD members.
    - All horses and riders must be registered with TGCA

    How do I qualify?

    o Qualification period is between the 1 December 2017 and 31 August 2018
    o To qualify directly for the final for the championship, horse and rider combinations must achieve three scores of 60% or above, gained between 1 December 2017 and the 31 August 2018.
    o Horse and rider combinations must be eligible for Bronze or Silver sections for the level they wish to qualify in accordance with BD Rules

    Please note: The winning combination at each level at the final will not be eligible for the same level or below in future years and must compete at a higher level.

    What shows can I get my scores at?

    o Scores can be gained in any regular BD affiliated competition or BD Team/My Quest competition. To see a list of competitions please click here
    o Score sheets from Area Festivals, Regionals, Winter or National Championships and Quest Regional or Quest National Championships, may not be used towards qualification.

    Can I compete at different levels?

    o Combinations may compete and qualify at different levels but can only compete in two levels/classes at the final.

    How do I know when I have qualified?

    o Once you have achieved your three qualifying scores, you need to register your qualification with BD.
    o Please fill in the qualification form and then send an e-mail to or post to: British Dressage, Meriden Business Park, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands CV5 9RG, stating where and when you achieved your three qualifying scores.
    o You’ll then receive an invitation to the final with all the championships details.

    Where and when is the final?

    o The final will take place at Solihull RC in the West Midlands on Sunday 4 November 2018.

    I still have questions, who should I contact?

    o Christina Stuart at British Dressage: 02476 698909
    o Andrea Betteridge at the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association: 07725 832192

    Photo c 1st Class Images

  3. BD Winter Regionals: Bishop Burton

    High scores and double victories were the order of the day at the first Winter Regional Championships which took place over the weekend and earlier this week at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire (10 – 13 February 2018).

    This year is the first that non-freestyle PSG and Inter I levels have featured. The winner of both tests - the Magic Prix St Georges and the Superflex Intermediate I - was Amy Woodhead with Branduardi, Victoria Peace’s Breiting W-sired stallion (pictured). The strapping chestnut and his young rider won with 71.05% and 73.60% respectively, with Emma Jablonski and Cor IV Z runners-up twice. Partners of one year, Amy and Branduardi are going from strength to strength, a highlight of their short time together being Addington High Profile where they won a highly competitive Inter I test.

    Australian rider Jayden Brown, Head Resident Rider and Trainer at the Mount St John Stud was invincible aboard the eight-year-old mare Atterupgaards 02. The talented pair topped the tables in both the Equi-Trek Elementary Gold and the Albion Medium Gold. Atterupgaards 02 was bred by embryo transfer out of Fiona Bigwood’s Rio 2016 Olympic team silver partner, Atterupgaards Orthilia, and is by the prolific sire Belissimo M. Jayden and 02 were the highest scorers of the show with 75.10% and 75.81% taking both of their classes by a healthy margin.

    Roxanne Shipley (23) and Bravoure, from North Yorkshire, went home with two victories to their name, the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold and the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold. Roxanne took the ride on Bravoure, her sister Bethany’s former Junior partner, last August and they’ve not been placed out of the top two since. Twelve-year-old ‘Bravo’ is a Sandreo-sired KWPN gelding owned by Angela Shipley. Roxanne also qualified Show Sister, a seven-year-old Sarkozy daughter also owned by her mother Angela in the Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold.

    “Bravo has done it again – Advanced Medium Gold Freestyle Champion!” said Roxanne on the Shipley Equestrian Facebook page after her second day of competition. “That’s three golden tickets to the Championships!”

    Gary Foggon (40) from Buxton in Derbyshire won two freestyle regional titles – the Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold and the PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Gold with his fabulous homebred horses, Who’s a Boozer and Gypsy Fortune, respectively. Gary and Who’s a Boozer, his seven-year-old grey part-bred Irish Draught were awarded 72.50%, and with Gypsy Fortune, his eight-year-old Grafenstolz daughter, he scored 73.65%.

    British Dressage thanks Bishop Burton, the Winter Championships class sponsors and all involved for a successful Regional Championships. Congratulations to all qualified combinations and to everyone who took part.

    Regional Champions

    KBIS Preliminary Silver
    Philippa Becket-Atkins with Dora the Explorer - 73.85%

    Blue Chip Novice Silver
    Jessica Ziae with Delilah Rose - 72.59%

    Blue Chip Novice Gold
    Darryl Thickitt with Faszination I – 73.58%

    Equi-Trek Elementary Silver
    Matthew Firth with Chantal 2 – 72.08%

    Equi-Trek Elementary Gold
    Jayden Brown with Atterupgaards 02 – 75.10%

    Albion Medium Silver
    Jenny Martell with Reitlands Diamond Hit – 69.95%

    Albion Medium Gold
    Jayden Brown with Atterupgaards 02 – 75.81%

    Charles Owen Advanced Medium Silver
    Heidi Hutchinson with Ellison – 67.89%

    Charles Owen Advanced Medium Gold
    Roxanne Shipley with Bravoure – 65.96%

    Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Silver
    Claire Johnston with Sensation – 71.94%

    Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Freestyle Gold
    Gary Foggon with Who’s a Boozer – 72.50%

    PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Silver
    Verity Franks with Flayne Dragon Slayer – 71.09%

    PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Gold
    Gary Foggon with Gypsy Fortune – 73.65%

    Spillers Medium Freestyle Silver
    Emma Littlewood with Expo – 71.11%

    Spillers Medium Freestyle Gold
    Roxanne Shipley with Show Sister – 68.72%

    Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver
    Zoe Haigh with Ceejay – 69.72%

    Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Gold
    Roxanne Shipley with Bravoure – 69.17%

    Magic Prix St Georges Gold
    Amy Woodhead with Branduardi – 71.05%

    Superflex Intermediate I Gold
    Amy Woodhead with Branduardi – 73.60%

    For full results click here.

    Photo c Kevin Sparrow.

  4. BD Abroad: Le Mans CDI3*/2*/U25/Y

    The following horses and riders have been selected to represent Great Britain at Le Mans CDI3*/2*/U25/Y in France (15 – 18 Feb 2018).

    Big Tour
    Henriette Andersen (54) from Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire with her own and Jennifer Charlesworth’s Warlocks Charm (chestnut gelding, 16.2hh, 15yrs, s. Jazz ds. Farrington) and her own Flavio (bay gelding, 16.2hh, 13yrs, s. Florencio ds. Glueckspilz).
    Louise Bell (46) from Edge Hill, Oxfordshire with her own Into the Blue (roan gelding, 16.2hh, 12yrs, s. Ublesco ds. Calvaro Z).
    Michael Eilberg (31) from Beoley, Worcestershire with Ferdi Eilberg’s Marakov (bay gelding, 16.3hh, 18yrs, s. Rufus ds. Mitjulands) - pictured.
    Sara Gallop (31) from Gloucester, Gloucestershire with Richard Gallop’s Summerhouse Zelham (bay gelding, 16hh, 14yrs, s. Sir Sinclair ds. Belisar).
    Sarah Millis (36) from Slinfold, West Sussex with Katja Kuistila’s Hofjuwel (brown gelding, 16.2hh, 13yrs, s. Hofrat ds. Davignon I).

    Middle Tour
    Michael Eilberg with Alison Ramseir’s Fuerst Sinclair (bay gelding, 17hh, 15yrs, s. Fürst Heinrich ds. Lord Sinclair).
    Matt Hicks (44) from Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire with Alison Hill’s Sheepcote Walnut (bay gelding, 17hh, 17yrs, s. Sheepcote Wurlitzer ds. Gordios) and his own and Anny Bachrach’s Excalibur (bay gelding, 16.3hh, 14yrs, s. Ehrentusch ds. Weinburg).
    Sarah Millis with Katja Kuistila’s Fürst Henrik (black gelding, 16.2hh, 12yrs, s. Fürst Heinrich ds. Master).

    Small Tour
    Francesca Bradley (22) from Bolney, West Sussex with Stephanie Bradley’s Baldovino (bay gelding, 16.2hh, 13yrs, s. Breitling W ds. Lauries Crusador xx).
    Michael Eilberg with Charlotte Dujardin’s Why Banquo (chestnut gelding, 16.2hh, 10yrs, s. Woiwode).
    Sara Gallop with Helen Gallop’s Darsey (black gelding, 16.1hh, 10yrs, s. Johnson).
    Sarah Millis with her own Behroez (bay gelding, 18hh, 12yrs, s. United ds. Gribaldi).

    U25 Grand Prix
    Ellie McCarthy (21) from New Milton, Hampshire with Olivia Oakeley’s Donna Summer (chestnut gelding, 16hh, 17yrs, s. Dimaggio ds. Don Primero).
    Rebecca Edwards (21) from Reading, Berkshire with Sarah Oppenheimer’s Headmore Delegate (chestnut gelding, 16.1hh, 15yrs, s. Dimaggio ds. Akut).

    Young Riders
    Lewis Carrier (20) from Downham Market, Norfolk with his own Diego V (dark bay gelding, 16.2hh, 10yrs, s. Spielberg).
    Angus Corrie-Deane (18) from Teffont, Wiltshire with his own Tiny Tempur (bay gelding, 17.1hh, 13yrs, s. Raikano).
    Lucy Jane Amy (20) from Jersey with her own Extra Time (brown gelding, 17hh, 9yrs).

    Start lists and results

    Photo c Adam Fanthorpe

  5. BD Abroad: Neum√ľnster CDI-W

    The following riders have been selected to represent Great Britain at the FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier in Neumünster, Germany (15 – 18 February 2018).

    Emile Faurie (54) from Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire with Elena Knyaginicheva’s Delatio (14yrs, black, stallion, s. De Niro ds. Rubinstein).

    Hayley Watson-Greaves (34) from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire with her own Rubins Nite (14yrs, black, gelding, s. Rubin Royal ds. Limbo).

    Start lists and results
    Live stream: FEI TV

    Photo c PSV Equita