It wouldn’t be a dressage championship without her and taking the first class of day two of the NAF Five Star Winter Championships was none other than Charlotte Dujardin with rising star Hawtins San Floriana. Judges Nick Burton (C), Gwyneth Lewis (E) and John Robinson (M) awarded the combination an impressive 78.54% leaving them ahead of Jayden Brown with Atterupgaards O2 and Katie Bailey with Hillgrounds Wolkenhall in second and third.
Hawtins San Floriana (San Amour x Florestan) joined the Hester/Dujardin team in July last year and proved her talent at the LeMieux National Championships as she emerged victorious in the Shearwater Five Year Old Championships, this was a repeat success from the 2016 LeMieux National Championships where the lovely mare took the Four Year Old Championships with Bryony Goodwin in the saddle.
Speaking about her ride Charlotte said, ‘I’m really pleased, she’s still quite new in the sense that I’ve not done many tests on her. She’s a real hot mare but hot in a really nice way, she just wants to work. I know that for Grand Prix it’s going to be just what I need; She’s a happy horse who enjoys working, completely keen and eager to do the job.’
‘She’s come on so much in a short period of time, I’m really looking forward to riding her as a Grand Prix horse.
’Charlotte spotted Hawtins San Floriana as a four year old competing in the Shearwater Young Horse semi-finals at Hartpury, ‘I fell in love with her, I asked Judith for a year about selling her and we agreed in the end with breeding rights’ she enthused.
This is the first horse that Carl and Charlotte have co-owned in their 11 year training partnership, ‘we normally have such different taste but he says that as he slows down he’d rather sit and watch me ride,’ Charlotte laughed, ‘I feel quite honoured that he still wants to put more time into me. I always say that I came here working for him… and now he works for me!’
Article Source: British Dressage News
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