Sixth-for­mer Hazel McCor­ris­ton had a suc­cess­ful fi­nal out­ing be­fore her first ap­pear­ance at the na­tional cham­pi­onships with Blue Hors Za­gato. Stock­land Lovell, Som­er­set | Pon­tispool Equine Sports Cen­tre, Som­er­set

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By ANNABEL KERBY

Ex­eter-based Hazel, 17, bought the six-year-old in Den­mark last win­ter with the help of Adam Kemp and Matt Frost. They won the novice 39 and ele­men­tary

43 at Stock­land Lovell ahead of con­test­ing the novice silver cham­pi­onships at Stoneleigh.

“I am so ex­cited to be go­ing to then­ation­als on my own horse. He had never com­peted be­fore I had him but noth­ing seems to faze him,” said Hazel.

“He is so ad­justable and will­ing to learn, although he does have his cheeky mo­ments. My aim is to do a grand prix test on him be­fore I’m 25.”

Hazel, who is based with Louise Hutchin­son, has plans to take a gap year af­ter fin­ish­ing her A lev­els and con­cen­trate on dres­sage, com­bined with some trav­el­ling.

“Louise gives me so much ad­vice and sup­port,” she said.

Harriet Blox­ham, 20, headed both ele­men­tary silver classes at Stock­land Lovell on her own Pauldary’s Mr Ma­cussa, whom she bought di­rectly from the Pauldary stud.

She then sold him be­fore he re­turned to the Blox­hams a year ago and has since been hacked out by Harriet’s fa­ther, Bob.

“I’ve taken over the ride as

I’ve moved back home and am work­ing as a free­lance rider and trainer,” said Harriet.

“We’re hav­ing lots of out­ings to try to build his con­fi­dence so he doesn’t get so tense in the arena.”

Hazel McCor­ris­ton and Blue Hors Za­gato win at novice and ele­men­tary

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