WALES & WEST Hart­pury Col­lege, Glos

An­other River Rise young­ster hit the dres­sage head­lines, win­ning both novices at Hart­pury Col­lege with scores top­ping 80%.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By AN­DREA OAKES

This time it was River Rise Isabella, a four-year-old owned by Char­lotte Du­jardin and rid­den by Rob Barker.

“She’s phe­nom­e­nal,” said Rob of the chest­nut mare, who is by Don Fred­eric and shares a dam, Nicky, with Char­lotte’s star River Rise Nisa. “She doesn’t re­ally have a weak pace; she just has lots of grow­ing to do and she’s green.”

Rob then headed both ele­men­tary sil­ver sec­tions with Ham­let, An­drew Fletcher’s young Uthopia x Jazz geld­ing.

“He also lacks ex­pe­ri­ence as he only started com­pet­ing this year,” said Rob of the five-yearold he part­nered to novice sil­ver vic­tory at the na­tion­als last month. “His can­ter is his stand­out pace.”

Thea Mill­ward and Walentino 77 headed the medium 75 qualifier sil­ver sec­tion, be­fore win­ning the ad­vanced medium 98 qualifier out­right. Thea was im­me­di­ately im­pressed when she spot­ted the Welt­meyer geld­ing in Ger­many last sum­mer.

“He had the cutest face and he seemed knowl­edge­able when I rode him,” she said. “He was al­ways lis­ten­ing.”

A slight sti­fle in­jury, thought to have been sus­tained while trav­el­ling, meant that Thea couldn’t get crack­ing with her new pur­chase un­til Christ­mas.

“He came out at ele­men­tary in March and has made good progress,” she said, adding that she hopes “Tino” will be­come her young rider horse. “I’m pleased with how he went, but he can go a lit­tle bet­ter. I had to work quite hard to get a bit of ex­trav­a­gance out of him.”

Rob Barker tops 80% at novice with Char­lotte Du­jardin’s fouryear-old River Rise Isabella

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