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The Dressage Debrief
March 29, 2024

The sun has been shining between one or two quick showers here at Thoresby, but what are the 4* riders thoughts after dressage?

Yasmin Ingham produced two lovely tests on Banzai Du Loir and Rehy DJ, Yasmin said that Rehy DJ, “was very good.  He’s probably not the flashiest on the flat but if he does everything correctly and I’m accurate then he’ll score quite well. He loves his jumping and that’s where he excels so we’ll be looking forward to that on Saturday” Yasmin’s second ride Banzai Du Loir currently sits in provisional joint 1st after dressage.

“He was very good today, obedient, calm, attentive and ticked all the boxes for me today. He had some super work, some big highlights in the test, so I think that’s a great starting point going into the jumping tomorrow”.

Laura Collett and London 52, said ‘he was pretty feral this morning when I tried to ride him so I’m just glad he didn’t completely disgrace himself! He’s very pleased to be at a party!” which stood them in good stead as they currently sit in provisional 3rd after dressage.

Laura says her aims for this year are “all routes to try and aim to get selected for Paris.  It’s going to be a hard call but he’s feeling good and it’s all about going out and getting the show on the road. We pray the sun keeps shining.  They’ve built a really good cross-country course here and fingers crossed it rides well.  It’s going to be an educational and challenging run so really looking forward to it.”

Sitting in provisional 6th after dressage is Gemma Stevens and Jalapeno III, Gemma said “she went really, really well, I was quite pleased with how she performed and then Chilli Knight he’s sort of having his first proper outing in a really long time, like nearly two years so he’s quite feral actually […] but all good and got not a bad score.”

Tim Price currently sits in provisional 8th after dressage with Vitali, commenting after he said “Vitali feels like the fitness is starting to come on board for his preparation towards Badminton. He went in there and tried really hard for me. He’s just a diddy little thing, so to go in after Laura and London 52 that’s always quite difficult. My wee guy in the deeper going just finds it a bit difficult to be as flamboyant as he can be.”

Provisional 9th place is currently held by Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On. Reflecting on her dressage test, Pippa said “he got a bit stuck in the mud on the first corner, got his feet in a muddle and popped into canter and then I couldn’t get him back to trot so that spoilt the whole first shoulder in movement but other than that he did a good solid test.  He’ll obviously be marked down for the movement but other than that he was a good boy.

Pippa’s plans for the foreseeable are “hoping to go to Luhmuhlen 5*, with Chatsworth on the way so we’ll see how it goes.”

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