Day One of the Hartpury Festival of Dressage has produced some outstanding performances with current and former students leading the way.
In the Dressage Premier League, Lucy Cartwright won both the 1a and 1b classes in the Fairfax FEI Prix St George. She achieved 69.693% in the 1a, riding Fergana, and while Beth Barnett was second, two up and coming dressage riders with Hartpury links filled third and fourth place.Lucy Pincus, a student on the Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) provided by British Dressage and British Eventing and run exclusively at Hartpury, came in third with 68.114% and Emma Corbett – a recent Equine Science graduate who is based in Upleadon - was fourth with a score of 67.456%.
Cartwright then achieved a fantastic 70.746% in the 1b riding Waterloo V, with Nathalie Kayal achieving second place and Maya Goldburg taking third.Former Hartpury A-level student and Hartpury Equine Academy talent, Olivia Oakeley, who is based in Stroud, performed well in the Baileys FEI Intermediate II. She rode Donna Summer to a score of 65.263%.
It was tight at the top with winner Gareth Hughes on Samba Hit III and Maria Eilberg on Royal Concert both scoring 68.816%. Alice Oppenheimer was third on Headmore Bodicia with 68.158%.Sonnar Murray Brown topped the pile in the NAF Five Star Optimum Advanced Medium, riding Erlentanz to a stunning score of 75.526%, finishing ahead of Lisa Hopkins on Cortez with 70.921% and Nadine Gregory on Candover Dramatico with 68.684%.
The latter pair also finished third in the Tagg Equestrian Advanced Medium with 69.459%, as Lisa Hopkins took top spot on Cortez with 71.351% and Tor Smith and Sundancer II finished second in 70.270.Excitement now builds for day two tomorrow as Michael Eilberg will be aiming to impress on his own horse, the superstar Woodlander Farouche, in the Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges Qualifier
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