NORTH-WEST Ain­tree EC, Mersey­side

Jacke Mathieson’s dream horse Wolk­enderry won the ad­vanced medium 96 at Ain­tree.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By JO PRESTWICH

The Wolken­tanz x Lon­don­derry geld­ing was bought in Holland as a two-year-old just over the bor­der from his birth­place in Ger­many.

“I saw him in the field, black with a per­fect white star, and brought him home,” said Jacke, who cred­ited Dianne Breeze with be­ing be­hind her win. “She’s been train­ing me since she re­turned from Dubai and she pushed me to get out com­pet­ing again. Next stop is PSG and that’s been a life­long am­bi­tion.”

Wolk­enderry stood as a stal­lion un­til he was gelded three years ago, al­though frozen se­men is still avail­able, and one of his sons, the 18.2hh Wroyal Oc­ca­sion, won the sil­ver sec­tion of the novice 39 with South African Bri­tish Dres­sage (BD) debu­tant Keryn Legg in the sad­dle.

“The horse was bred by Vicky Mo­ran but grew too big and I ended up buy­ing him,” said Jacke.

The medium 69 was won by Sheila Co­ram with Hope

And Glory. The Demon­stra­tor geld­ing had evented be­fore Sheila bought him to re­place the horse she’d just lost.

“He was on the same yard I was on and I al­ways thought he was such an el­e­gant horse with a lovely tem­per­a­ment — in fact noth­ing not to like, but I never thought I’d end up with him,” said Sheila, who trains with Sarah Rodger and Ann Har­ri­son. “His owner was off to uni so I had a sit on him and loved him. We haven’t been out much over the sum­mer due to ‘grand­mother du­ties’ so it’s great to com­pete again.”

Jacke Mathieson scores an ad­vanced medium vic­tory on Wolk­enderry and is now tar­get­ing PSG

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