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Penny Brooks and Auguri were on ex­cel­lent form at Brook Farm, while Rachael Grundy and Che­lano im­pressed at Hill House.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By SE­LENE SCARSI

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

dres­sage’

RACHAEL GRUNDY

Rachael Grundy and the showjump­ing-bred Che­lano post plus-71% to tri­umph at novice

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