Dressage rider Carl Hester has broken Britain’s Grand Prix record, with a score of 83.29% on Uthopia at last week’s Addington Premier League.
It was Uthopia’s first outing since recovering from an injury to his hoof and the 11-year-old Metall stallion showed he was back on form, looking happy and healthy as he produced a great test. It was a successful visit to Addington for Hester as he also took second place in the same class on Fiona Bigwood’s Wie Atlantico as well as PSG and Inter I on Douglas IV. Charlotte Dujardin, fresh from her triumph in Hagen, was second in the same Inter I class with Carl and Anne Cory’s Don Archie.
There was a close contest in the Grand Prix Special, as just 0.18% separated the scores of Ruth Hurst (Latin Lover on 66.88%) and Mette Assouline (Forrest Gump on 66.70%) in first and second place. Inter II was another close call but Peter Storr and Belmondino just edged into first place on 68.37%, only 0.17% ahead of Michael Eilberg and Marakov. Eilberg had a successful competition overall as he also won one of the PSG classes on the 12-year-old Torino (69.73%) and took third place on Woodlander Dornroeschen (71.18%) in Tuesday’s Inter I class. Other PSG winners were Spencer Wilton and Doogie, and Andrew Gould and Santorini Hit.
There was further success for the Eilbergs in Wednesday’s Inter I, with Maria and the 10-year-old Rotspon stallion Woodlander Rockstar scoring 70.59%. Issobel Wessels and the Contendro gelding Chagall took first place in the other Inter I class on Tuesday (72.98%), with Emile Faurie and Corbiere in second. Matt Frost and AMD Don Rosso II scored 73.61% for first place in the Advanced Medium Freestyle to Music.
Olivia Towers came first in the Prix St George Freestyle to Music and also in the Young Riders Team Class with Mercian Flyaway Wish. Ryan Todd won the Individual Young Riders scoring 67.30% with Charlex Eskebjerg and Daniel Busbridge took the Junior Individual on Regal Destiny.
In the Young Horse classes Cashmir and Anders Dahl scored 89.60% to take first place in the Shearwater five-year-old class. Dan Sheriff also booked his place at Hartpury by winning the four-year-old class with Dance of Decadence. Other winners were Kerry Mackin and Fatal Attraction in National five-year-old, Nicola Lickley with Ber St in National six-year-old, Becky Moody and Carinsio in five-year-old International and Ryan Todd and Rembrandt II in six-year-old International.
Addington Premier League Winners
National Young Horse Five-Year-Old
Kerry Mackin and Fatal Attraction (79.20%)
National Young Horse Six-Year-Old
Nicola Lickley and Ber Street (79.40%)
International Young Horse Five-Year-Old
Becky Moody and Carinsio (85.00%)
International Young Horse Six-Year-Old
Ryan Todd and Rembrandt II (76.20%)
Prix St George – A (Tuesday)
Micheal Eilberg and Torino (69.73%)
Prix St George – B (Tuesday)
Spencer Wilton and Doogie (72.56%)
Inter I – A (Tuesday)
Isobel Wessels and Chagall (72.98%)
Peter Storr and Belmondino (68.37%)
Sarah Thomas and Marinetty (69.52%)
Young Riders Team
Olivia Towers and Mercian Flyaway Wish (67.17%)
Prix St George – A (Wednesday)
Andrew Gould and Mitchells Santorini Hit (73.88%)
Prix St George – B (Wednesday)
Carl Hester and Douglas IV (75.19%)
Inter I – A (Wednesday)
Carl Hester and Douglas IV (75.32%)
Inter I – B (Wednesday)
Maria Eilberg and Woodlander Rockstar (70.59%)
Carl Hester and Uthopia (83.29%)
Daniel Busbridge and Regal Destiny (67.17%)
Young Riders Individual
Ryan Todd and Charlex Eskebjerg (67.30%)
Grand Prix Special
Ruth Hurst and Latin Lover (66.88%)
Dan Sheriff and Dance of Decadence (79.20%)
Anders Dahl and Cashmir (89.60%)
Advanced Medium FSM
Matt Frost and AMD Don Rosso II (73.61%)
Prix St George FSM
Olivia Towers and Mercian Flyaway Wish (69.25%)