Day 3 of Somerford Park Premier League Dressage kicked off in glorious sunshine – while the rest of the country experienced a deluge of thunder storms, Somerford was fortunate to avoid them throughout the day.
A popular win in Sunday’s Grand Prix for Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato, producing a score of 75.12% which Carl was very happy with and pleased that the judges felt the horse has tremendous talent.
“Today I got all my flying changes but had a few stalls in the piaffes!” said Carl. “It’s all swinging around at the moment while I’m just trying to find the buttons, and obviously give the horse confidence”.
“When you see a Grand Prix it looks easy when its done well but its taken him a long time to grasp all of this and put it all together.”
Like many horses Hawtins Delicato can be affected by atmosphere and following Windsor two weeks ago the plan was always to come to Somerford and then to go to Bolesworth.
“This has been a perfect show for him, he was more chilled out, Windsor – he won’t quite forget that prize giving for a few weeks yet – it was very exciting for him!”
Charlotte Dujardin was on winning form again on day three claiming the Prix St Georges with River Rise Escarla – her score of 77.02% establishing the duo well ahead of 2nd placed Emile Faurie and Quentano 2 on 72.50%. Charlotte and Florentina took top honours for a second time this weekend, winning the Inter I scoring 72.32%.
Michel Eilberg and Mount St John also claimed their second win of the weekend in the Advanced Medium. While John Chubb and Wringler won the Freestyle to Music onboard Wringler – with a score of 68.58%.
Results Sunday 27th May
Class 14 Premier League Premier League FEI Prix St Georges FEI PSG – Sponsor: Fairfax Saddles
1 Charlotte Dujardin River Rise Escarla 77.02
2 Emile Faurie Quentano 2 72.50
3 Rebecca Edwards Don Archie 71.75
Class 15 Premier League Premier League FEI Intermediate I FEI INT1 – Sponsor: Saracen Horse Feeds
1 Charlotte Dujardin Florentina VI 72.32
2 Becky Moody Eureko 70.61
3 Tom Goode Shilo 69.21
Class 16 Premier League Premier League FEI Grand Prix – S – Sponsor: LeMieux
1 Carl Hester Hawtins Delicato 75.12
2 Matt Frost AMD Don Rosso II 69.66
3 Michael Eilberg Marakov 69.22
Class 17 FEI Grand Prix FEIGPU25 (8) – Arena 1
1 Joanna Thurman-Baker Highcliffe Apollo 68.95
2 Ryan Todd Charlex Eskebjerg 68.49
3 Lucy Pincus Sheepcote Fiesta 65.39
Class 18 Premier League Premier League Pony YPTE
1 Sophie Taylor George Clooney B.S. 73.68
2 Holly Kerslake Valhallas Zorro 73.63
3 Megan Barratt Valido’s starlight 73.38
Class 19 Premier League Premier League Advanced Medium
1 Michael Eilberg Mount St John Valencia 69.82
2 Maddy Whelan Diamond Design 69.37
3 Becky Moody Odwigs Echo 69.14
Class 20 Premier League Premier League Freestyle Music PS
1 John Chubb Wringler 68.58
2 Eilidh Grant Eranda Retto 67.71
3 Janet Horswill Doris Day 67.08