An ex-eventing duo impressed with almost 80% in their first ever freestyle.
Alexis Ross and Jane Pocock and David Lloyd’s Quartz are new converts to dressage and, with a 79.72% win in the novice freestyle at Sparsholt under their belts, look to have a bright future.
Lessons with Lynn Wickes to improve the nine-year-old Quaterback x Walt Disney mare’s flatwork led to her dressage talent being discovered.
“We fell in love with dressage and are wearing our bling with pride,” said Alexis.
Lynn put together their winning floorplan and Tom Hunt created a “magical” programme from the soundtrack of Game of Thrones.
“The judge said it gave her goosebumps!”
Jezz Palmer has been reunited with Sam Dyer and David Bedford’s Dutch Class, who he rode some time ago as a young horse. Jezz had a clear win in the horse’s first advanced medium 98 and also won the advanced medium freestyle.
“I rode the first test quite safely then went for it in the second,” he said. “He got a bit sharp but felt amazing.”
Jezz’s partner Lucy Pye won the advanced 105 with Fiderlight.
Widmer was Becky Edwards and Dita Von Teese’s second show and they won the novice qualifier.
“In the first test she could see llamas and cows so she was cautious, but didn’t make any mistakes,” said Becky, who has two other rides also sired by Dimaggio, Don Archie and Headmore Delegate. “In the second, she was more confident and scored eight eights and a nine.”
‘We’re wearing our bling with pride’: Alexis Ross and Quartz consolidate their switch from eventing with a plus-79% freestyle