WALES & WEST

Hun­ters EC, Glos | Bur­rows Court Farm, Glos Sadie Smith and her young stal­lion River Rise Magic Mike ex­celled in the novices at Hun­ters EC, com­pet­ing in tough com­pany.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By AN­DREA OAKES

‘He looks like a paint­ing and has an amaz­ing tem­per­a­ment for a stal­lion’

SADIE SMITH ON ‘MIKEY’

Ma­ture per­for­mances from “Mikey” left the pair high on the leader­board, sec­ond only to Char­lotte Du­jardin and Hawtins San Flo­ri­ana — whose scores topped 80%.

“He got a nine for his paces in both tests,” said Sadie, who works for Carl Hester and co-owns the five-year-old T Mo­vis­tar son with Sarah Tyler Evans.

“He is lovely — he looks like a paint­ing and he has an amaz­ing tem­per­a­ment for a stal­lion.”

Mikey last com­peted at the na­tion­als a year ago, where he was re­serve four-year-old cham­pion.

“We’ve had a slight prob­lem with load­ing as he jumps the en­tire ramp when he’s com­ing down off the lorry,” said Sadie. “His dad did the same thing. He’s now a lot bet­ter, although we still have to back him down the ramp.”

Katie Kneen took novice and ele­men­tary qual­i­fiers at Bur­rows Court Farm with The Last Cava­lier, her “soul­mate”.

“I bought him from Ire­land as a two-year-old and he’s now

12,” said Katie of the Last News geld­ing she calls Tig­ger. “He was event­ing at in­ter­me­di­ate un­til last year but started to pick up in­juries as he likes to jump ev­ery­thing mas­sive. He’s hap­pier go­ing cross-coun­try train­ing than do­ing dres­sage, but the more tricks he learns the more he en­joys it.”

Katie has started train­ing with Emile Fau­rie and is work­ing Tig­ger at medium at home.

“If we can crack the changes, we’ll aim for ad­vanced medium next year,” she said.

Sadie Smith and the T Mo­vis­tar five-year-old stal­lion River Rise Magic Mike dis­play oo­dles of prom­ise at novice

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