OPTIMUM EVENT MANAGEMENT held its last show at Priory Equestrian, Frensham, Surrey, on a drizzly grey early November day. But neither the dank weather nor the muddy lorry/car park dimmed the smiles or diminished the enjoyment of the competitors and their supporters. The only sadness was that it was the last day that Optimum proprietor Duncan Whitney-Groom would be running a show at the venue so there were lots of "thank you" hugs.

How does Duncan do it? All too often dressage competitors seem to be full of complaints. The fact is, Duncan is a professional . . .

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