“After the success of my previous Summer Qualifier at Bishop Burton, my aim was to gain the rest of the points I needed to qualify for the Summer Championships, at the Summer Qualifier at Vale View. It was another successful competition for me, winning both of my tests scoring 68.60% and 68.28%. This gave me the points I needed to qualify for the Open Championships.”
Selected to Represent England:
“I am very excited to say that Cally and I have been selected to represent England and the British Dressage Northern Region at the Para Home International as part of the Northern Stars team at Vale View. I am incredibly proud of Cally who is improving all the time.”
Para Home International:
“Cally and I had an incredible time at the Para Home International representing England and the British Dressage Northern Region as part of the ‘Northern Stars’ team. Cally passed the trot up with flying colours and looked a complete pro. We had a lovely evening schooling session, which was fantastic to get Cally used to the atmosphere. We won our first test with 67.3%, which was the highest mark of the day in the Open section!!! The Northern Stars team ended day 1 in a very close second.
I then decided to enter the Freestyle to music class as it was a good opportunity to have a run through of our music as there aren’t too many opportunities for us to practice our music in a test environment. We came a very close 2nd, scoring a massive 73%. I was beyond proud of Cally as it was only her second ever music test. Cally absolutely loves the dancing along to music, which is fantastic!!
After a very successful first day we the managed to step it up another gear to win the Open test again with another fantastic score of 71.7%. To top the weekend off, I won the highest placed Senior Rider as we had gained the highest score out of the Open section on both days!!! The ‘Northern Stars’ team came a very close 2nd out of 9 teams, which was also fantastic. I could not be prouder of Cally, she was an absolute superstar!”
Qualified for the British Dressage Para Open Summer Championships:
“I am delighted to say that Cally and I have qualified for the British Dressage Para Open Winter Championships held at Hickstead!!! I have been training a lot with my incredible trainer Angela Weiss and I am very grateful to have Sophie Wells supporting me as my support rider. Cally has been producing lots of fantastic work and I can’t wait to get back in the arena and put it all into practice.”
Hartpury CPEDI 3* International:
“Cally is an absolute superstar!!! I was incredibly proud to have been selected to represent Great Britain at my very first CPEDI 3* International at Hartpury Festival of Dressage!!! I was super proud of Cally as it was a massive atmosphere with lots going on and it was definitely a big learning curve for the both of us.
Cally performed beautifully in the arena coming a fabulous 2nd on day one in the Team test with 70.4%. Day two was the Individual Championship test and we came 3rd with 68.9%, which placed us 3rd overall, which I thought was a major achievement at our first 3* International. There was strong competition and I felt lucky to have the opportunity to compete there.
The top 7 competitors qualify through to the Freestyle. I was incredibly excited as I absolutely love the dressage to music day and was thrilled to score a massive 73.1%, placing us 3rd overall and only 0.3% behind 2nd place so it was all very close!!!”
Bishop Burton CPEDI 3* International:
“I had a fantastic week representing Great Britain at my second 3* International held at Bishop Burton College. Cally was a superstar once again and I couldn’t believe that this time last year was Cally’s very first international. We have come a long way in a year and I am so incredibly proud of Cally. On day one we came a very close 3rd with 68.44% in the Team test. On day two we came 2nd with a great score of 68.90%, qualifying us through to the freestyle. My music had been altered since the International at Hartpury and I don’t think I stopped smiling all the way through my test, I was enjoying it so much! This definitely showed as I scored a fantastic 70.95% placing 2nd!!!”
Para Open Summer Championships at Hickstead:
“I had a fantastic time at the British Para Dressage Open Summer Championships held at Hickstead. Cally was a superstar coming 2nd overall with a score of 68.6%!! She was very brave in such a big atmosphere and we are improving all the time. I was incredibly proud of her. It was a huge learning curve and a great learning experience. I was delighted to score a massive score of 71% in the Team test and very pleased with out performance in the Individual Championship test, which is a more difficult test.”
“I am so proud of Cally, she is an absolute superstar. After two fantastic days training with Ange and Sophie, I went to a Winter Qualifier held at Bishop Burton. Everything that I had been working on came together in the test and Cally felt amazing, winning both of her tests on absolutely incredible scores of 76.66% in the Team Test and 73.10% in the Individual Championship test.”
Qualified for the KBIS National Championships:
“I am super proud to say that Cally and I have qualified for the KBIS Para Dressage National Championships held at Stoneleigh. The top four competitors in each grade qualify so in total 20 riders qualify overall so I am delighted to say that I have qualified!!!”
British Dressage National Championships:
“British Dressage KBIS National Champion 2015. I still can’t believe it. I am incredibly proud of Cally who was an absolute superstar at the British Dressage National Championships. Not only did we win the KBIS Grade 1 National Championship but we also became Overall Champion with the highest score of the day of 73.66% and U25 Champion. It was lovely that Reay, who bred Cally at Caledonia Sport Horses, was there to watch us. A massive thank you must go to my sponsors and supporters; I could not do it without you.”
Bury Farm CPEDI 3* International:
“I was delighted to have been selected to represent Great Britain at the CPEDI 3* International held at Bury Farm last week. It was my third and final 3* International of the year and I could not be prouder of my gorgeous girl. We were up against strong competition so I was thrilled to place 3rd on all three days. Cally was an absolute superstar and it was a fantastic experience for the both of us.
We were both much more confident compared to our first 3* International held at Hartpury. I am very lucky to have such an amazing trainer, Ange, and Sophie Wells, as my support rider. I could not have done it without all of their fantastic support and I am very lucky to have them as part of my support team.”
“I was at Vale View Arena Eventing on Sunday. Mac and I did the intermediate Class with an undisclosed optimum time and we won. I’ve never done their Arena Eventing before and it was really really good. Off to Hartpury or Markfield this weekend to compete at British Showjumping.”
“Just to update you Ellen and Bealings pride won a class last week at Bicton and is doing some qualifiers next weekend.”
“Delphi unfortunately never made it to Weston Park in October due to a corn which developed a couple of weeks before the event but she is back in work now after a bit of box rest and corrective shoeing. The plan for her is to keep her ticking over through winter and possibly do a bit of show jumping for practice. We will go back out at Novice at the start of the season in March/April and then hopefully do another CCI* soon after.
Dauphin collected all of his elementary points towards the winter regionals in a couple of outings in September and October with good scores. Unfortunately the day after he collected his last qualifying score he was kicked in the field on the stifle joint and had to travel down to the Dick Vet for surgery as he contracted a joint infection.
He has been incredibly lucky and has fully recovered. He is now back out in the field (not with the horse that kicked him!) and can come back into work around Christmas time. The aim is still to go to the winter regionals at the end of February; he has just had an enforced winter holiday!”
“Sunny and Donny have qualified for regionals. So we are now focusing on moving them up the levels.Sunny is working on developing his flying changes and Donny is learning his one tempis. I hope to compete Fiesta soon who hasn’t competed for 2 years. Our last competition was the winter championships at Novice and Elementary, she is very nearly ready for PSG which is exciting. I’ve also been working hard on myself more recently; now riding at a higher level the riders’ position is even more influential.”
“Last week I went to Aintree equestrian centre for the national amateur finals with Ocean Breeze, Stanhopes Good Friday and Lapaloma. I had a very good week where Ocean Breeze won 2 of her prelim rounds and also got a 9th. Lapaloma got a 4th in a 1m prelim round and a 4th in a 1.05 prelim round. Stanhopes Good Friday got a 5th, 6th and a 12th in her prelim rounds then went on to get a 4th place in the 1.05 final, 95 final and the 1m final.”
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