SOUTH

An ex-event­ing duo im­pressed with al­most 80% in their first ever freestyle.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By HE­LEN TRIGGS

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

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