Dujardin Stars As Festival Opens

Charlotte Dujardin and Ekitof
Credit : Charlotte Colley

Thursday 06 July - 05h41 | Hartpury International

Dujardin Stars As Festival Opens

Charlotte Dujardin has begun the five day Hartbury Festival of Dressage in fine style with a win in the Advanced Medium section aboard Ekitof.

On her Facebook page Dujardin said " Great first day at Hartpury Festival of Dressage starting with the lovely Ekitoff who won the Advanced Medium 98 with 74.3% and then Mount St John Kom Fairytale who won the PSG with 75.6%. Smiles all round."

also saw the Festival get underway this morning. Vikki Pengilly riding her own Zion E took the top spot in the silver section and overall in the Advanced Medium 92 on 67.43%. It was an extremely close run class as Bridget Tate and Hawtins Werona came in for second on 67.30% whilst Kirsty Imm and Don-Davidoff CL completed the top three on 67.03%.

Charlotte Dujardin, riding Carl Hester’s Ekitof, took the top spot on 74.30% in the Advanced Medium 98 whilst Carl kept a close eye on proceedings from outside the arena. Charlie Hutton was only a percent behind as he took second spot with Hawtins Rossana on 73.20%.

The last class of the day, the Baileys Horse Feeds FEI Intermediate II, was a close fought battle with less than 1% between the top three. Won by Matt Frost and AMD Don Rosso II on 68.03%, local rider Sara Gallop and Summerhouse Bandreo were pipped to third on 67.41% having lead for a large part of the class. Maria Eilberg made up the top three in second spot on 67.85%.

Two Fairfax FEI Prix St Georges classes completed the afternoon’s competition outside. Class 1a saw riders taking the top spots on their own horses with Kate Smith riding De La Veiga to come out on top with 72.59%, Jennifer Johnston-Harman and MFS Caliana taking second on 70.44% and Hannah Biggs with Camarilla-Calimero taking third on 69.21%.

Charlotte Dujardin once again showed why she is a multiple Olympic gold medalist as riding Mount St John Fairytale she took the second Prix St Georges class on 75.61%. Sadie Smith and her own Keystone Dynamite came second on 72.37% as Rachel Clark and Wilhemina II completed the podium places on 70.39%.

With another action packed four days ahead, entry is free Thursday 6th and just £6 for entry Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July. Tickets for the famous gala evening on Saturday are still available at £16.50 which includes day entry. Under 16’s and parking is free all week.

​Results from the show are here

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