Penny Brooks and Auguri were on excellent form at Brook Farm, while Rachael Grundy and Chelano impressed at Hill House.
Penny and her own Auguri, a German-bred five-year-old by Amadelio, were on consistently good form in consecutive shows at Brook Farm.
They posted a day-high of 71.67% at novice (2 September), having already broken the 80% barrier a few days before (82.5% on 26 August) on the horse’s very first outings at the level.
“Auguri was a bit green for his age in the spring so we did a handful of prelims, but he’s caught up nicely and I was delighted with his first attempts at novice,” said the rider. “The warm-up was very busy but he coped really well and his tests were relaxed and confident.”
Rachael Grundy was the only rider to break the 70% barrier at Hill House, scoring 71.96% at novice, on her own Chelano, an 11-year-old Belgian warmblood by Cartier Van De Heffinck.
Rachael, who has a fulltime office job, has had the showjumping-bred 11-year-old since he was five, and trains with Sarah Payne.
“His sire is a showjumper, a son of Contender, but Chelano is so talented for dressage,” said Rachael.
“He likes the outdoor arenas at Hill House although in the second test he wasn’t quite as confident as in the first. Overall, though, I am very pleased with the outing and with the lovely comments from two different judges,” added Rachael, who is now aiming to complete her winter regional qualification at novice silver, having just missed out on the Area Festivals due to a pulled shoe.
‘His sire is a showjumper, but Chelano is so talented for
Rachael Grundy and the showjumping-bred Chelano post plus-71% to triumph at novice