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