CEN­TRAL Ad­ding­ton Manor EC, Bucks | Har­gate Arena, Der­bys

Molly Brid­don scored an ele­men­tary freestyle per­sonal best af­ter a four-year break from mu­sic classes.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By STEPHANIE BATE­MAN

The third-year event man­age­ment de­gree stu­dent posted 74.04% to head the ele­men­tary freestyle at Har­gate Arena rid­ing Coed­newydd Charles. Molly has owned the 19-year-old Welsh sec­tion D geld­ing for eight years.

“We haven’t done mu­sic for four years, so I had my floor­plan re­done and that was our first time try­ing it out,” ex­plained Molly, a mem­ber of the High Peak branch of the Pony Club.

“I was re­ally pleased with the score — it was our best yet. We en­ter to Good Golly, Miss Molly, then my trot mu­sic is Olly Murs’ Dance With Me Tonight and my can­ter mu­sic is the Scissor Sis­ters’ I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’. It’s very up­beat and suits us.”

The pair had pre­vi­ously been com­pet­ing at medium level, but since Charles turned 19,

Molly, who trains with Alice Beasley and is spon­sored by Bakewell Equine Clinic, has de­cided to drop down a level to take it eas­ier with him.

An­other fi­nal-year de­gree stu­dent, Phoebe Watson-Bar­dot, and her for­mer showjumper Cy­ber Girl pro­duced a 78.79% pre­lim to achieve the high­est score of the day at Ad­ding­ton Manor.

Phoebe bought the 10-year-old Dutch warm­blood mare as a sixyear-old to showjump.

“As I got to know her bet­ter, it be­came ap­par­ent that she wasn’t en­joy­ing jump­ing any more, so we de­cided to con­cen­trate on dres­sage,” said Phoebe, who is study­ing equine sports ther­apy and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at Writ­tle.

“I train with Ali Ber­man, who has en­cour­aged me to do dres­sage, and ‘Freya’ has re­ally taken to it. These were her best scores so far.”

Molly Brid­don and the 19-yearold Coed­newydd Charles score 74% to top an ele­men­tary mu­sic

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