Oldencraig, Surrey, 26 January
Featuring riders Alejandro Farina, Annie Ho, Luke Baber-Davies, Francesca Bradley, Annie Rawlins, Tania Dahdi, Jackie Elkins, Emma Roche, Megan Austin, Mark Powell and Gema Lovett-Milne
RIDERS looking forward regionals, nationals and internationals included some professionals new to the southern dressage circuit. Alejandro Farina who rides for Russian owner Elena Baturina will be an interesting one to follow. He found approval from all three of his judges who included Mary-Anne Horn who was at C for his 69.54% winning medium 76 qualifier with Fürst Fugger eight-year-old Fiorella.
Mary-Anne commented: “It is a lovely partnership and the test was nicely presented. He rode with empathy and harmony and I think he got the best out of the mare although there are still some green bits.”
Alex, frank in his analysis of Fiorella's performance, agreed: “We had some tension today, especially in our first test. She has quite a big walk and I’m working on her ability to collect it consistently for the pirouettes. I am happy with her canter but at the moment her trot remains a weak point: I either get ground cover in the medium or expression and she needs to be more supple in the lateral work.”
Alex was also tactful in his riding of Waterprinz-sired Vaterloo who won the gold section indoor novice with 70%, but he had difficulty maintaining the same quality in the way of going in the 38 qualifier. He commented: “Vaterloo was tired in his second test but he was a good boy and he can be quite naughty. He’s a stallion and makes mistakes because he thinks for himself too much. Although he is seven this is only his second competition. He can do higher level movements but we are taking him out to give him a nice time now and hope to qualify him at both novice and elementary for the summer regionals.
Eventer Annie Ho, who competed in affiliated dressage for the first time earlier this month, scored 67.93% to win the elementary 45 gold section with her 2014 Asian Games eventing partner Baxo. Annie, who now produces horses for
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