The 2017 LeMieux National Championships got underway today at Stoneleigh Park. A blustery but bright September day at the Warwickshire venue set the scene for a day of exciting competition.
The first title of the Championships went to Buckinghamshire-based Jayne Turney in the Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver. One of the last to go in the class, Jayne and Shirley Rixon’s seven-year-old German-bred son of Starnberg, Penhaligon’s Jupiter (pictured), scored 68.84% to pip second placed Lucy Norris to the post by just 0.1%. The pair have been on a roll, winning their Regional Championship at Bury Farm was an impressive 72.63%.
“He’s such a good horse to ride in the arena and today he was super, he just went in there and was a really good boy. I felt the canter work I rode a lot better than the trot but overall I was pleased with the test.”
Jayne and Jupiter, who train with Charlotte Dujardin, placed sixth in the Advanced Medium at this year’s NAF Five Star Winter Championships, so they arrived in good form to contest for the coveted title. “I thought I would have a good chance – you always like to hope, don’t you – I had an amazing session with Charlotte [Dujardin] yesterday and he was absolutely incredible. So although I was a little disappointed at first that he didn’t go as well today, it makes it even more exciting for what’s to come as he’s showing such promise.”
The dynamic duo met two years ago when owner Shirley contacted Jayne to see if she was interested in having a sit on a five-year-old she had recently imported from Germany and it was love at first sight. “I feel privileged to ride him, every time I sit on him I feel absolutely privileged,” exclaimed Jayne. “He finds everything so easy – almost a bit too easy, we need to remind ourselves to concentrate on the basics sometimes. I’d like to think we’d be heading towards PSG next year, which will be new for the two of us as I’ve never competed above Advanced Medium but I couldn’t think of a better horse to be doing it with.”
Article Source: British Dressage News
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