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Paula Holden scored 81.67% to win a pre­lim at My­er­scough with a new ride Carolyn Clax­ton’s Sligo Balou Star.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By JO PRESTWICH

Paula and the Balou De Rouet x Cava­liere Royale mare also scored 78% in a sec­ond pre­lim, keep­ing up the six-year-old’s 100% record be­tween the white boards.

“She’s still very green so I’m just get­ting miles on the clock,” said Paula. “She’s small, ath­letic and very train­able. I haven’t had many mares but she’s just a dream girl.”

The young en­try was very much in ev­i­dence in the novice 23, with nine-year-old Izzy Cald­well win­ning on Ban­tiss Holy Joe.

Izzy, who got the pony at the end of April, has com­peted in two pre­lims — gain­ing a sec­ond and a first — be­fore My­er­scough, which was her first at­tempt at a novice.

The Cheshire rider first heard about the pony through Janet Hor­swill at the Bri­tish Young Riders Dres­sage Scheme (BYRDS) camp at Somer­ford Park ear­lier in the year. Although Ir­ish-bred, Holy Joe is part-bred Welsh, and is by Holyoake Czar out of a Pend­ley Moon­shine mare.

Janet her­self won the prix st ge­orges (PSG) at Field House EC, rid­ing her Don Bosco x Con­sul mare Doris Day. Now 12, the mare was bought in Ger­many as a foal, but has had a fairly quiet time over the past few years.

“I’ve been study­ing for a post­grad­u­ate diploma in pro­fes­sional prac­tice in sports coach­ing for my UKCC level 4,” ex­plained Janet, for­mer di­rec­tor of BYRDS.

“It’s been re­ally in­ter­est­ing work­ing with other sports and see­ing what we can bring into ours, but it’s nice to have the time to get out and com­pete again.”

‘She’s small, ath­letic and very train­able — she’s just a dream girl’ PAULAHOLDEN ON SLIGO BALOU STAR

For­mer BYRDS di­rec­tor Janet Hor­swill claims a PSG with Doris Day

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