Brook Farm, Es­sex | Anvil Park Stud, Nor­folk A rider made a win­ning re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion post-surgery.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By SELENE SCARSI

Jess Clarke rode Pippa Childer­house’s eight-year-old mare, TT Amika, to two plus-72% el­e­men­tary wins at Anvil Park Stud.

The 16.1hh home-bred mare is by Pippa’s stal­lion Amour G, out of Rhi­an­non V, by Me­doc. All three are Bri­tish-bred and have na­tional cham­pi­onship plac­ings.

This, how­ever, was a first show back for the com­bi­na­tion since Jess was forced out of the sad­dle for four weeks fol­low­ing surgery for a her­nia.

“I started rid­ing again only two weeks ago and de­cided to try to qual­ify for some­thing be­fore the cut-off date. We only have two out­ings to play with, but Molly was ev­ery­thing I needed her to be at Anvil — in front of my leg and re­spon­sive, so much so that a few peo­ple com­mented on how easy the tests looked,” said the free­lance rider and trainer.

She added: “It’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing to be rid­ing one of Amour G’s home-bred ba­bies and hav­ing Pippa as eyes-on-the-ground is an added bonus.”

At Brook Farm, Jes­sica Wil­liams and an­other eight-yearold mare, Felic­ity Morn, posted a day-high of 72.58% at novice. The mare is by Jes­sica’s own Dutch stal­lion Ur­sus out of an Ir­ish Draught/thor­ough­bred even­ter, and is co-owned by Jes­sica and Ann Par­rish, for whom Jes­sica has rid­den for more than 30 years.

“We bred her our­selves and she’s one of the eas­i­est mares I’ve had the plea­sure of bring­ing on. This is only her third com­pe­ti­tion this year as she in­jured her­self last year. She had six months’ re­hab and was slowly brought back to work,” ex­plained Jes­sica. “It was a free-flow­ing and re­spon­sive test. She now needs to im­prove her strength, which we’ll work on over the win­ter.”

Jess Clarke and TT Amika post two plus-72% wins at el­e­men­tary

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