Witham Villa, Le­ics | Har­gate Arena, Der­bys Mandy El­lis and her coloured part-bred Ir­ish draught geld­ing Trav­eller landed a pre­lim with over 70% at Witham Villa.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By STEPHANIE BATE­MAN

Mandy bought the 16-year-old for­mer county show horse to re­gain her con­fi­dence with 18 months ago, and this was just their third Bri­tish Dres­sage

(BD) com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s my last at­tempt at dres­sage be­cause I’m in my late 50s and prob­a­bly won’t have a horse like him again, but he’s won ev­ery class so far and if I never get a score like that again, I’ll be happy,” said Mandy. “I have les­sons with Ber­nice O’Reilly and Jenny Brown, and be­tween them, they’ve got my head around rid­ing him for­wards and it’s made a dif­fer­ence to our marks.”

Along­side dres­sage, Mandy also now en­joys hack­ing out.

“He’s given me my con­fi­dence back in a lot of ways,” she added. “I didn’t hack much be­fore, but he is so fab­u­lous that we ride out now too.”

Thir­teen-year-old Holly Clarke and her part-bred Welsh geld­ing Ne­woak Truf­fel headed two classes at Har­gate Arena, in­clud­ing pre­lim 2 with over 70% and their first ever ele­men­tary with 68.33%.

“He was just an or­di­nary Pony Club pony when we got him and in the last year they’ve achieved so much to­gether,” said Holly’s mother, Alex. “They event at BE90 level and are do­ing re­ally well.”

The pair had a busy sum­mer com­pet­ing at var­i­ous cham­pi­onships in­clud­ing the Pony Club Cham­pi­onships, where they won their in­ter­me­di­ate dres­sage arena be­fore fin­ish­ing as re­serve cham­pi­ons in the ride-off.

Holly Clarke, 13, and Ne­woak Truf­fel head their first ele­men­tary

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