Charlotte Dujardin Exceptional On Barolo At Hartpury


London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin claimed a stunning victory with young pretender Barolo at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage.
Dujardin, who is based in Newent, heaped praise upon the Hartpury experience as she stormed to victory with a score of 73.120 per cent in the Lemieux FEI Grand Prix on Barolo, who is jointly owned by Hartpury elite dressage coach and fellow Great Britain Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester, with Anne Cohn.

She said: "We love Hartpury. We're so lucky to have a facility like this so close by and it's such a super show; we look forward to it every year.

"The people behind the scenes here are incredible and so are the facilities. The water treadmill and the normal treadmill not only benefit us but lots of other local people too.

"Barolo is only nine, which is young for this level of dressage, and we were looking for a good score so that we can continue pushing on with him. It was only his second Grand Prix and I'm really happy with how he went."

Dujardin finished ahead of Amy Woodhead on Pro-Set on 69.680 per cent and Amy Stovold on Macbrian with 68.700 in the Lemieux Grand Prix.

In the Zamar FEI Intermediate I, Maria Eilberg claimed the honours on Royal Concert with 73.947 per cent, with Lisa Hopkins on Coole Contender second with 70.132 per cent and Nathalie Kayal third on DHI Homerun with 69.649 per cent.

In this morning's Premier League action,Michael Eilberg stole the limelight with all eyes were on him and Woodlander Farouche in the Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges Qualifier.

Eilberg's breathtaking test achieved an unbeatable score of 77.851 per cent, which saw him fly into first place.Alice Oppenheimer placed second with 75.088 per cent and Kate Cowell took third place with 70.965 per cent.

Fourth place was achieved by Lucy Pincus, who is on the Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence run by British Dressage and British Eventing at Hartpury, scored 69.254 per cent.

The Lovington Ice Advanced 100 saw Kate Cowell scoop first place, riding Dahling with a score of 71.328 per cent, finishing ahead of Levi Hunt on Abbey Tiron (70.234%) and Zoe Sleigh on DarkLegend (69.297%).

Day two of the Festival also featured fantastic performances in the FEI Para Individual Championship Tests.

In the Grade IV, Sophie Wells continued her fine form, achieving yet another double podium finish.She achieved first place on Valerius with 74.024 per cent and second place on C Fatal Attraction scoring 72.952 per cent.

It was also another unbelievable day for Nicky Greenhill, who took first place riding Gregorian Chant in the Grade III Test with an outstanding 73.146 per cent, having also won the Grade III Team Test.Greenhill said: "He was just amazing, he tried his heart out and I could not have asked for more."

Sophie Christiansen also expanded on yesterday's exceptional performances by scooping a brilliant first (79.870%) and third (73.739%) in the Grade 1a, with Anne Dunham coming in second (74.522%).

In the Grade 1b, it was the outstanding performance by Lee Pearson riding Zion that clinched first place, followed by Ashley Gowanlock (71.414%) and Natasha Adkinson (68.931%).

In the Grade 11, top spot went to the USA's Rebecca Hart – another of yesterday's winners – with a fantastic 71.429 per cent on Schroeters Romani, with Erin Orford and Dior second on 71.200 per cent and Lauren Barwick third on Off to Paris with 71.143 per cent.


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