Life lessons: Dressage rider and trainer Anna Ross *H&H Plus*

International dressage rider Anna Ross, whose career highlights include finishing best of the Brits in 10th at the 2007 European Championships, heads up Elite Dressage in Devon, from where she produces and sells British-bred dressage stars.

Anna Ross Davies&Aramis T – Medium Open – Dressage Deluxe National Dressage Championships 2010, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, United Kingdom – 11 September 2010

The international dressage rider and trainer on not looking horses in the eye, listening to your backside and never getting back on for a third time

‘I was hoping his balls would fall off’ and 11 other memorable championship quotes

With this year’s Olympics and Paralympics postponed and 2021 still shrouded in uncertainty, we can’t be the only ones missing the excitement and drama of a championship, where the very best stories unfold with emotional scenes and memorable interviews.

So to help fill the championship-shaped hole this summer, we have taken a deep dive back through Horse & Hound championship reports from the past four years to find some of the very best quotes dressage riders have given us… 

1. Edward Gal, 2019 Europeans At last year’s European Championships, the Netherlands’ Edward Gal had a difficult job on his hands with the macho stallion Zonik, who had to share with warm-up with a distracting number of mares. “He was wild with the mares in the warm-up — I was hoping his balls would fall […]

‘Don’t break our sport’: plea for everyone to abide by new rules *H&H Plus*

Competition riders are being warned they must stick to the Covid-19 rules for equestrian sport to be allowed to take place after some individuals have been seen on social media discussing ways to flout the restrictions. H&H finds out more…

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Riders must adhere to rules governing post-lockdown events or risk losing their sport in the immediate future. Governing bodies have reminded competitors that permission was granted for equestrian sports to resume on the basis of detailed plans submitted to the government. These plans included details of the social distancing and other protective measures taken to […]

Anna Ross’s top tip for all riders: ‘Never get back on for a third time…’

The British grand prix dressage rider, trainer and H&H columnist shares her top tips for success and explains how she built a successful career despite coming from a non-horsey background in an exclusive interview on this week’s episode of The Horse & Hound Podcast…

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Anna Ross at her new base in Devon.

When you look at Anna Ross’s dressage training and sales yard surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside and her successful career to date, including being the highest placed British rider in 10th place at the 2007 European Dressage championships, you might assume she was born into an affluent horsey family and had been competing in […]

Blast from the past: 50 photos of Carl Hester to celebrate his birthday

Looking back at black and white photos of the dressage supremo competing on grass, or aboard his coloured ride from the 1980s Jolly Dolly, you’d be excused for struggling to recognise the Olympic gold medal-winning rider. To celebrate Carl Hester’s 52nd birthday today (29 June), we’ve dug deep into the archives to chart his rise to the top

Rubelit Von Unkenriff and Carl at Addington in 1990

Looking back at black and white photos of the dressage supremo competing on grass, or aboard his coloured ride from the 1980s Jolly Dolly, you’d be excused for struggling to recognise the Olympic gold medal-winning rider