Charlotte Dujardin’s springy superstar, nail-biting finishes and a horse who’s lucky to be alive – all the stories from day one at the National Dressage Championships

National Dressage Championships prelim silver Anna Burns
Anna Burns and Magic Dream claim the prelim silver title at the 2021 nationals

The Lemieux National Dressage Championships kicked off today after a two-year hiatus, at its new home of Somerford Park Farm in Cheshire. With no fewer than nine national champions crowned already, day one has proved action-packed. Here are the most important things you should know about how the opening day of the National Dressage Championships unfolded…

Some of Britain’s best para riders were in action this morning, across all the grades from grade I to grade V.

One para winner was overwhelmed with gratitude simply to be here, after her horse came shockingly close to death just weeks beforehand.

Charlotte Dujardin claimed the first small tour title of the National Dressage Championships, with one of her most exciting superstars – despite only having been home from the European Championships for three days.

A horse with a “special character” claims a hotly contested advanced medium class – but his job is not yet finished.

A former showjumper rides a four-year-old mare to claim prelim honours, even though she had never planned to go down the dressage route at all.

The inter II championship was the closest of the nationals so far, with just a single mark dividing the winner and the runner-up.

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