Anna Ross: Charlotte Dujardin has set a new standard for British riders to chase *H&H Plus*

Beth Bainbridge riding Anna Ross’s Habouche at home.
Anna’s head rider Beth Bainbridge schooling Habouche at home.

BACK in the day, when I competed at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, they played themed music for every nation. I had music from James Bond each time and I thought how nice and appropriate it was, that is until I noticed that when the Germans rode, their song was always the Bee […]

Anna Ross: ‘Riding ability trumps bank balance’ *H&H Plus*

Anna Ross on a party vibe at Hickstead and reaching the top against the odds

Anna Ross riding Newton Domino
Anna Ross rides Newton Domino to success with a grand prix personal best of 70.54%.

HICKSTEAD dressage is back with a bang, and now on the iconic showjumping site. Huge thanks to the Bunn family for taking on the challenge of putting on the recent Premier League show, with fabulous arenas, online results online, a livestream, and – vitally – a champagne tent. I hope this will be a regular […]

Anna Ross: an exciting weekend and being out of control *H&H Plus*

Anna Ross on sport returning, new concepts and hairy moments in the ring

Anna Ross riding Newton Domino at Keysoe.

IT was great to watch the most exciting weekend of dressage in a long time. With so many shows in the UK having been cancelled, our riders who are in Olympic contention attended the Hagen CDI4* – one of the biggest international shows in the calendar – and Opglabbeek CDI3* in Belgium. Charlotte Dujardin dominated […]

Anna Ross: ‘Is trolling synonymous with success?’ *H&H Plus*

Anna Ross on social media and why we could all benefit from some reality

Anna Ross riding Newton Domino at Keysoe.

COMPETITIONS have restarted and riders all over the land have been nervously trying on their jackets. Lockdown sent people in two opposing directions: some have become fitness fanatics and others turned to the fridge for solace. I enjoyed reading the H&H dressage special issue last week (1 April), including the feature on outside perceptions of […]

Anna Ross: ‘The world won’t wait for us’ *H&H Plus*

Anna Ross on business plans and why passports shouldn’t dictate progress

Anna Ross riding Newton Domino at Keysoe.

The third Covid lockdown, combined with Brexit, is an interesting time with the best-laid business plans and competition goals going awry. Those who have solid contingency plans will survive. We need to push out of our comfort zones and embrace new concepts – the rest of the world won’t wait for us to get organised. […]

Anna Ross: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade – or better still, gin and tonic *H&H Plus*

Anna Ross reflects on an entertaining festive show and looks ahead to 2021

Oliva, Spain - 2016 April 24: during Doma competition at CDI3 Oliva Nova at Oliva Nova Equestrian Center. (photo: Marko)

It’s nearly the end of the world’s weirdest year. Who could have guessed that air kissing – something that the dressage community have been practising for decades – would become a requirement? The breaking news at the recent High Profile show at Keysoe was that Simon Bates, who has developed the centre from a livery […]

Anna Ross: the challenges talented young professionals face in the industry today *H&H Plus*

In her latest exclusive column, Anna Ross explores the challenge of “making it” in the horse world and speaks to talented young professionals about the pitfalls they’ve experienced as they’ve attempted the big step from young riders to establishing a successful “real life” career in the industry…

Anna Ross explores the challenge of “making it” in the horse world and the difficult leap from young riders to seniors that many competitors attempt and the pitfalls that come with it