Tales from Somerford: the native breeds strutting their stuff at the National Dressage Championships

National Dressage Championships at Somerford Park 2021

With some seriously smart horsepower on display at the Lemieux National Dressage Championships, you could be forgiven for thinking it is only for those with a huge budget and a fancy warmblood – but step forward the native breeds. In the Mobiliser prelim silver championship on Thursday (16 September), contenders included five Welsh ponies, along […]

Tales from Somerford: ‘There was Colin with ribbons and bows all over him’

Emma Mounfield on Colin II at the National Dressage Championships
Emma Mounfield on Colin II at the 2021 National Dressage Championships

A horse originally destined for a career in a riding school before being gifted to his rider on her 10th birthday made his Lemieux National Dressage Championships debut. Emma Mounfield competed in the Bettalife novice silver championship at Somerford Park, Cheshire, with her 16.2hh 16-year-old coloured gelding Colin II. Emma first started riding the horse […]

Tales from Somerford: four super siblings from one ‘Fab’ mare

National dressage championships: L-R Cat Austen, Last Gift, Ashley Jenkins, Kensington, Josh Kehoe, His Highness Dan Greenwood
Pictured left to right: Cat Austen, Last Gift, Ashley Jenkins, Kensington, Josh Kehoe, His Highness, Dan Greenwood.

Getting your horse to the National Dressage Championships is an achievement, getting your homebred is even better – but how about getting four that you bred from the same mare? Step forward Cat Austen whose mare Fahrenheydt had four of her offspring competing at Somerford. Je Suis Adiva was second in the para grade IV […]

Britain’s best young dressage horses crowned at National Dressage Championships

Charlotte Dujardin riding Mon Amour at the National Dressage Championships

It was no surprise to anyone to see Charlotte Dujardin win the four-year-old young dressage horse with Mon Amour at the National Dressage Championships. The Martinez gelding was bought in partnership with Peter Belshaw, who owns and bred the unbeaten Times Kismet, who won both the novice and elementary gold at the winter championships with […]

‘He lives out 24/7’: Charlotte Dujardin’s rising star crowned Inter I champion at National Dressage Championships

Charlotte Dujarding and Imhotep are crowned overall inter I champions at the Lemieux National Dressage Championships

It was no surprise to see Charlotte Dujardin win the Saracen Inter I freestyle to music at the National Dressage Championships with the hugely exciting Imhotep. The Everdale x Vivaldi son scored 78.625%, two percent ahead of Lucinda Elliott and Hawtins Duchessa on 76.52%. “It’s been interesting coming back here and riding him after spending […]

Dominant performance secures the win in Lemieux Grand Prix at National Dressage Championships

Gareth Hughes riding KK Dominant to win the grand prix at the National Dressage Championships

Drawn last to go, Gareth Hughes scored 73.34% with Martin and Claudine Kroll’s KK Dominant to win the Lemieux Grand Prix at the Lemieux National Dressage Championships. The 12-year-old breeding stallion, Diamond Hit x Rubin Royal, has been with Gareth for three years. “I met his owners while teaching in Switzerland a good few years […]

‘Top grand prix horse in the making’ crowned top seven-year-old at National Dressage Championships

Becky Moody rides Jagerbomb to victory in the seven year old young horse championship at the Lemeiux National Dressage Championships.
Becky Moody rides homebred Jagerbomb to the seven-year-old title.

It was no surprise to see Becky Moody’s Jagerbomb win the seven-year-old young horse championship at the National Dressage Championships. And it was deserved win for the huge Dante Weltino gelding, who is Becky’s homebred out of Udysee, a Jazz mare that Becky Moody had ready to go grand prix when a field injury retired […]

‘Getting to regionals was amazing, let alone here’: Jo Barry beats the odds to claim PSG title at National Dressage Championships

National Dressage Championships - Jo Barry and Goofy La Perle
Jo Barry and Goofy La Perle winning the PSG silver at the 2021 National Dressage Championships

Jo Barry went into the Fairfax Saddles prix st georges silver at the Lemieux National Dressage Championships with Goofy La Perle hoping for a top five place and came out as champion. Drawn two from the end of the class, she overtook long-time leader Shelley Reeve-Smith and Sinderella to win on 70.684%. “We’ve had a […]