Tiger Tim roars to vic­tory at Gypsy Cob dres­sage cham­pi­onships

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Riders -

SOM­ER­SET rider Danielle Rhodes proved un­beat­able at last week­end’s Net­tex TGCA (Tra­di­tional Gypsy Cob As­so­ci­a­tion) Cham­pi­onships, which truly cel­e­brated what the breed has to of­fer be­tween the dres­sage boards.

Many of the coun­try’s top dres­sage cobs - feathers and all - came to­gether at Soli­hull Rid­ing Club in the West Mid­lands on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 4 to bat­tle it out for the hon­ours.

“Sen­si­ble, yet ac­tive and with a su­per work ethic, gypsy cobs make fan­tas­tic dres­sage part­ners and this was ev­i­denced through­out the day,” said a spokesper­son from Bri­tish Dres­sage.

Ms Rhodes, who trav­elled up from Bru­ton for the com­pe­ti­tion, went on to dom­i­nate the pure-bred di­vi­sions of the El­e­men­tary and Medium with Denise Ker­s­ley’s su­perb stal­lion, Tiger Tim. Their score of 71.68 per cent gave them a 5 point lead in the El­e­men­tary and they achieved 68.67 per cent for their Medium.

The 13-year-old black to­biano, by Denise’s stal­lion Bash­ful Bobby Daz­zler who she bought di­rectly from trav­ellers, is him­self a li­censed TGCA stal­lion and has had an il­lus­tri­ous dres­sage ca­reer so far - prov­ing that he can more than hold his own against the ar­che­typal dres­sage horses.

Tiger Tim won the Novice Re­stricted ti­tle at the 2013 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships with his for­mer rider Alysia Ma­travers, and has been rid­den to much suc­cess with Danielle since. Their achieve­ments in­clude El­e­men­tary Sil­ver vic­tory at the Mount Bal­lan Sum­mer Re­gion­als ear­lier this year.

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