Dressage Team Bid For Hickstead Nations Cup In WEG Warm Up
British Dressage team will take part in their final competition
at Hickstead International CDIO (21st - 25th August) this weekend
before leaving for the World Equestrian Games.
team consisting of Richard Davison (Ballaseyr Royale), Emile Faurie
(Insterburg), Laura Richardson (Millendium) and Peter Storr (Gambrinus)
will compete against teams from Holland, France, Ireland and Germany
for the coveted Nations Cup title.
Class Performance Director, Ian Williams, said Hickstead CDIO will
form an important part of the team preparations. "It is ideal
for us to have an event of this status available locally to help
us in our final preparations for the WEG. We are always treated
well at Hickstead and there is a super atmosphere. Competing here
will provide a warm up for the horses and riders and will help the
team focus on the job in hand," he said.
team will be looking for a good result on their last outing before
the big one. Ian commented, "Whenever the British Team compete
they go out to do as well as they can. We are not in the business
of cruising. We will be looking for solid performances ready for
WEG. There is always a good level of competition at Hickstead and
we will be doing our best to produce a winning result".
from the competition, the team will take part in a parade of WEG
teams in the main arena and there will be a rousing team send off
in the Dressage arena on Sunday afternoon.
full programme of international dressage will commence on Thursday,
featuring the CDI Grand Prix and the KPMG FEI Prix St Georges. The
Euro Future Cup for young riders and Grand Prix Special are the
highlights on Friday and Saturday respectively and the popular Grand
Prix Freestyle to music will entertain the crowds on Sunday.
Corporate Services again sponsor the All England International Young
Horse Championships for 5 and 6 year olds. These championships make
a valuable contribution to the sport, providing an opportunity to
see the dressage horses of the future experiencing their first taste
of the atmosphere at a major event. Since their inception, they
have become one of the most successful and prestigious young horse
highlight of this meeting is The Great Hickstead Ball, to be held
on Saturday 24th August with hit 60's motown band, The Drifters,
back by popular demand. The ball is always a sell out and tickets
should be booked early. Call Goody de Launay on 01403 711247 to
at Hickstead is the UK's premier dressage venue and boasts a unique
'garden party' atmosphere that is relished by riders and spectators
alike. Show Director, Dane Rawlins, says "Based on the European
format for dressage shows, Hickstead has grown into a world-class
event over the last 9 years. We now attract riders from around the
globe and this is helping to promote the sport and the standard
of competition in the UK."
international judge, Trond Asmyr, has been judging in the UK for
the past 10 years. "The standard has improved tremendously
since I have been coming here with winners now regularly gaining
marks over 70%. This is a great sign for the future for British
riders" he said. "Hickstead is a great venue. It is unusual
to see a national show with such a fantastic set up, even on the
continent, and the event is as good as any that I have judged at
abroad". Trond recently judged at the All England Dressage
Derby and will be at Hickstead again to judge at the International.
International CDIO Dressage Championships take place in conjunction
with the Hickstead Derby Meeting. Thanks to the unerring support
of Douglas Bunn, Director of Hickstead and the beautiful surroundings
of the All England Jumping Course, Dressage at Hickstead is flourishing.
Competitors and visitors alike enjoy the superb facilities and the
great atmosphere that is unique at this venue.
year Hickstead promises an extravaganza of dressage at the top level
in the build up to hosting the 2003 European Dressage Championships,
13th - 17th August 2003. "We are delighted and very proud that
these championships are to be held at Hickstead. Preparations are
already well in hand" said Dane Rawlins.