CEN­TRAL Har­gate Arena, Der­bys | Quain­ton Stud, Bucks

Be­ing ex­posed to farm ma­chin­ery and an­i­mals jump­ing out of hedges is prov­ing ben­e­fi­cial for Elaine CrossJohn­son’s mare Half Moon Bianchella.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By STEPHANIE BATE­MAN

The pair headed the sil­ver novice sec­tions at Quain­ton Stud.

“I got her nearly a year ago, but we’ve only done a hand­ful of shows,” said Elaine of the 10-yearold mare by Ben­venuto. “I keep her at home on a farm, so she’s had to con­tend with pheas­ants and farm ma­chin­ery, which has helped her brain. She’s quite sharp out hack­ing, but it means she is quiet and re­laxed at a show.”

Elaine is work­ing to­wards ele­men­tary.

“She’s easy to ride in a test and con­sis­tent in the con­tact; it’s just about en­sur­ing she has the right amount of en­ergy,” said Elaine, who trains with Caro­line Hut­ley. “It’s been a mat­ter of learning to press the right but­tons at the right time.”

Liz Gel­dard and Plush Mu­sic scored a dou­ble pre­lim win at Har­gate Arena — in­clud­ing a plus-70% score — at the eightyear-old geld­ing’s first ever com­pe­ti­tion.

Liz was given the ride two months ago by the horse’s owner and breeder Irene Bren­dle.

“He’s with me to gain some com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­ence and, hope­fully, to be sold as a para dres­sage horse as he can walk for a 10,” ex­plained free­lance groom Liz of the Bri­tish-bred son of Desert Moon. “He scored nines for his walk at Quain­ton Stud, so I just need to check he has the right tem­per­a­ment and give him some more ex­po­sure.”

Elaine Cross-John­son on Half Moon Bianchella

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