Britain’s hottest young horses – check out all the winners at the 2021 NEXGEN championships

Winners were crowned in four age groups across each of the Olympic disciplines at the 2021 NEXGEN young horse championships (23-25 September), which has proved hugely popular since it launched last year. “This is a new series showcasing the very best of British-based equine talent in the three Olympic disciplines, and we have big plans […]

‘As a four-year-old he was a bit plain and boring – I nearly sold him’: Super youngsters triumph at the NEXGEN championships

NEXGEN championships 2021 Becky Moody Jagerbomb
Becky Moody rides Jagerbomb to seven-year-old dressage horse honours at the NEXGEN championships 2021

Some of Britain’s most exciting young competition horses came to the fore in the multi-discipline NEXGEN championships, held at Hickstead on 23-25 September. The highest-scoring dressage horse was the NEXGEN seven-year-old winner, the stunning Dante Weltino x Jazz son Jagerbomb. Ridden by Becky Moody, Jagerbomb was awarded an overall score of nine from judges Isobels […]

How to teach a horse extended trot – and other training tips from Anna Ross

Anna Ross dressage training
Anna Ross rides Newton Domino in the grand prix at the 2021 National Dressage Championships

Watching the likes of the Lemieux National Dressage Championships is always inspiring, seeing riders and horses at the very top of their game and producing stunning performances up and down the levels. But the idea of going home and trying to transfer that magic to our own horses can be somewhat daunting. Luckily, international rider […]

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 […]

Charlotte Dujardin shares her plans for Mount St John Freestyle

Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle
Charlotte Dujardin – MSJ Freestyle

Charlotte Dujardin has revealed her next plans for superstar mare Mount St John Freestyle. The 12-year-old Fidermark daughter, Charlotte’s double bronze medal-winning ride at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, was widely expected to be Charlotte’s choice for the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Instead, Charlotte was selected on 10-year-old Gio – with whom she won team […]

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 […]

Major shows urged to help para riders win medals in Paris 2024

2GFWXGH Great Britain’s Natasha Baker riding Keystone Dawn Chorus competes in the Dressage Individual Test – Grade Three at the Equestrian Park during day three of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Friday August 27, 2021.

MAJOR show organisers have been called upon to help Britain’s para dressage riders “win gold medals in Paris” and bridge the gap between disability and able-bodied sport. Sir Lee Pearson and Natasha Baker both spoke of the challenges of preparing horses for the high-octane atmosphere of championships, imploring major UK shows to feature more para […]

Anna Ross: New-look Nationals are ‘a bigger, brighter showcase for our sport’

H&H’s dressage columnist Anna Ross discusses the rejuvenated national championships at Somerford

Anna Ross and Newton Domino competing at the National Dressage Championships
Anna Ross riding Newton Domino at the Lemieux National Dressage Championships.

THE new-look National Dressage Championships at Somerford Park were a great success, providing competitors and horses with hugely improved facilities across the board. Unlike other leading dressage nations, the British Dressage national championships are unique in their commitment to having all levels represented across the board. Having three separate arenas worked well, with each having […]