Dazzling dressage at HOY

Hannah Burden and Fanfare MH won the Level 1C title class (Image: www.takethemoment.co.nz)

Dressage riders and spectators are enjoying the near-perfect conditions of this year’s Land Rover Horse of the Year Show – no mud, rain or even searing heat to cope with! Most of the warm-up classes have now been concluded, with the contenders for the coveted Champion and Reserve titles becoming apparent.

John Thompson and the stallion JHT Chemistry, fourth in the L2 musical freestyle (image: www.takethemoment.co.nz)

The judging line-up for this year’s show is particularly impressive, with Germany’s Henning Lehrmann heading the Ground Jury for the FEI classes, joined by Maria Schwennesen of Austria, Mary Seefried of Australia, and New Zealand’s Helen Hughes-Keen, Sue Hobson, Linda Warren-Davey and Mura Love.

Today’s dressage highlights include the Prix St Georges, in the oval this morning until 11.40am, and the Level 5 musical freestyle from midday, followed by the Level 4 musical freestyle. Over on the polo grounds there are classes from Levels 1 to 3 for both ponies and horses, as well as the L4 pony title class.

Penny Castle and Lord Alexis won the L2 musical freestyle (image: www.takethemoment.co.nz)
Kellie Hamlett and Astek Geronimo, second in test 1C (image: www.takethemoment.co.nz)
Holly Leach and JHT Reply, fourth in Level 3B (image: www.takethemoment.co.nz)
Lorraine Ward-Smith and Fernlea Diamond Day, second in Level 3B (image: www.takethemoment.co.nz)