February was a busy month for our #PureTalent dressage riders, with several having great rides at the British Dressage regionals. 15-year-old Carla Milne had fantastic results at Morris Equestrian, taking two regional titles (qualifying for the national championships) with Hey Good Looking GK in the Novice Silver and Novice Freestyle Silver and a noteworthy third place in the Elementary Freestyle – narrowly missing out on direct qualification in a third class with just 0.06% between her and second place.
Also competing at the National Championships at Hartpury College in April are Izzy Taylor, Stephanie Taylor and Sofie Butchart, who have all qualified for the Petplan Equine Area Festival Championship. Izzy will be contesting the Inter I & Inter II riding Vincente II, Sofie Butchart the Inter I with Royalty and Stephanie Taylor the Prix St Georges riding WQS Perugia, who has also just received a wildcard for the Advanced Medium Freestyle Silver!
Away from the regionals, our riders have been posting some consistently high scores within the white boards at their first shows of the year – prior to their regional success, Carla and Hey Good Looking GK scored personal bests of 75% and 79% at Elementary and Novice respectively, and Steph Taylor had a promising first win with 75+% win WGS Inanda at her first show in the Novice qualifier at Crofton Manor.
Showjumper Tia Squibb has qualified once again for The Royal International at Hickstead in the 138 final on her two new rides, Thelmas Gift and Drumaclan flight, whom she has recently taken over from her sister Eloise.
New Horsey Vlogs & Blogs
If you are looking for some new horsey blogs and vlogs to follow this month, one to read is Aimee Aspinall’s new blog ‘Enter at A’, about the trials and tribulations of training her young dressage horse Dominica (who is by the talented dressage stallion, Damon Hill) on the journey from prelim to the heady heights of Grand Prix.
You can also follow the training and competition diaries of British Eventing rider Megan Elphick (Elphick Event Ponies) and her string of talented event ponies in her vlogs on Youtube, as she prepares for the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships at Badminton in May with her pony, Brynithon Silver Locket.