Saracen Horse Feeds team of top level riders were out in force at the British Dressage National Championships and their combined successes prove that they have the winning edge…..
Sponsors of the hotly contested Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I and Inter I Freestyle, the Saracen team were delighted that brand ambassador Spencer Wilton cemented his position as the UK’s leading rider at Inter I level.
Riding Alfons, they dominated the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Freestyle with an impressive 78.43%, nearly two and a half percent ahead of their nearest rivals. It’s even more impressive that it was their Freestyle debut together. Coupled with their win in the Inter I, they were awarded the Supreme Championship to take the hat-trick of titles on offer.
After a lively prize giving, Spencer commented; “A definite clear round today. I just wanted a test with no mistakes and where I didn’t forget where I was going! The music is very specific for the movements so there’s no room for error – I did get a little behind so my final halt was a bit abrupt. I was confident that if we could be mistake free and he went how he can, then it’d be in the bag.”
It was an extremely tense affair in the finale of the Shearwater Potential International Dressage with Charlotte Dujardin in the runners up spot on the four year old Mount St John Best of All, while Dan Greenwood was in the runner up spot for the five year olds on Exige M. As all four very different prospects then came forward for the Supreme Championship the tension built … and Dan and Exige M were pulled out as Champions much to the delight of the crowd as he did 12 months ago.
The Grand Prix class was won by Carl Hester riding Dances with Wolves on 70.54%, followed into a close second by Michael Eilberg on Marakov with 70.30%. Carl also had Fine Time in the Grand Prix and claimed third place with 69.78%.
Although both of Carl’s rides qualified for the Grand Prix Freestyle, he made the decision to only take one horse through.
“Because only ten are allowed to go forward, I didn’t want to be greedy,” explained Carl. “I’ve been lucky enough to ride at a number of National Championships but for some it’s a real dream, so it’s nice to be able to let another competitor in.”
Michael Eilberg narrowly beat Carl Hester to be crowned National Champion after winning the Grand Prix Freestyle with a personal best score of 75.90%, with 2013 Champions Carl Hester and Jenny Green’s Fine Time 13, scoring 74.53%.
World team gold medallist Natasha Baker was back to winning ways taking the Grade II British Para Championships title but with a new horse as her partner, Sookie St James. Owned by Christian Landolt, Sooki at only six years old looked calm and totally unfazed.
Natasha commented; “I’m so proud of her. She went in that arena like she’s been here all her life; nothing fazes her. There were a few baby mistakes but really I couldn’t have asked any more of her. It was a big competition with a big atmosphere and she didn’t put a hoof wrong.”
Other Saracen brand ambassadors who had a successful National Championships and were placed include Zoe Sleigh in the Inter II, Dan Greenwood in the Medium Open and Charlotte Dujardin in the PSG. Saracen are also incredibly proud of Louise Bell who qualified her Heavyweight Working Hunter for the British Dressage National Championships. W Get Smart (Watson) partnered her through the Inter 1, his first championship at this level. He’ll then be off to HOYS in a couple of weeks.
The Saracen Horse Feeds trade stand was busy for all four days, with enquiries from potential new customers as well as many owners and riders who wanted to update them on how Saracen has made the difference for their horses.
Press information: Sam Forrest PR 0845 521 3128