Sarah Ainley and coloured cob Smartie won the open elementary 59 qualifier with 73.28% at Pachesham, Surrey (3 October), pictured completing their non-qualifier test. “I laughed about it when I discovered that my hairy little cob had won! Sometimes you can feel intimidated when you see other riders on big, powerful dressage horses,” said Sarah.

“The judge had only made a couple of comments against her marks, one was for an eight, ‘nice contact in the free walk’ and at the bottom of the sheet, she wrote, ‘the absence of comments says it all. Lovely flowing accurate harmonious . . .

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