WALES & WEST

Ea­gle Nou­velle is fly­ing up the lev­els with Katie Bai­ley, and won at his in­ter I de­but at Sum­mer­house.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By AN­DREA OAKES

“He is so quick to learn,” said

Katie of “Ed­die”, the Euro­com­mence Sin­ga­pore nine-year-old geld­ing she rides for Han­nah Dovey.

“He’s a sen­si­tive soul and tries re­ally hard, but he’s so big-mov­ing that you have to reel him in to keep him to­gether,” Katie added.

Ed­die also com­pleted his prix st ge­orges (PSG) qual­i­fi­ca­tion with a win at Hun­ters Eques­trian, where Katie headed the ad­vanced medium 85 on her own Hill­grounds Wolken­hall — on his first at­tempt at the level.

“His fly­ing changes are very green, but we still man­aged to pull off 70%,” said Katie, who bought the seven-year-old Wolk­enderry geld­ing as a foal from his breeder Clare Skin­ner. “As he gets stronger, it’s a mat­ter of putting in some more power.”

At Bur­rows Court, Pamela Hunt and Lla­narth The Blues shared the novice freestyle hon­ours with Jane Mor­ris and Sil­ver­star Z.

Pamela bought “Arthur”, a 16.2hh part-bred Welsh geld­ing, two years ago and has taken the plunge into dres­sage to mu­sic.

“Arthur was an ex-even­ter, hunter and team chaser who came to me for a qui­eter life,” said Pamela, who trains with Caron Roberts. “He can be quirky but he’s very pa­tient with me and he loves the mu­sic — there’s a no­tice­able spring in his step.

“The ad­vice I was given about mu­sic was spot on,” added Pamela, an HR man­ager. “We have a ‘pop­tas­tic’ mix of Por­tu­gal The Man, Cold­play, Clean

Ban­dit and El­lie Gould­ing — not what I would have cho­sen, but it works.”

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