Horse & Hound
‘Supermodel’ Sirenka struts her way to victory
Hartpury University and College, Gloucestershire
AFTER bouncing back from foaling last year, “supermodel” mare ASA Sirenka has made easy work of restarting her competition career – winning both advanced mediums with Laura Wollen.
“She looks amazing and always did, even with the foal at foot,” said Laura, who took “Twiggy”, a Sir Oldenburg daughter, through elementary and medium and has resumed the ride.
“Twiggy’s medium trot is a highlight, as she has such reach through the foreleg,” Laura added. “Unfortunately, she jogged at walk in the second test when she heard the roof creak. But she has come back to work brilliantly and has everything needed for grand prix.”
Cath Creemer headed the medium qualifier on her debut with Calcourt Romancier. With Covid-19 quarantine measures still in place in Guernsey, where his owners Rob and Sue Fearis live, the near-19hh gelding is temporarily based with Cath.
“He is quite a large creature to wheel around the arena, but he has a golden temperament,” she said of the Furst Romancier son. “I might be lucky enough to have him through winter.”
In a competitive novice 39 qualifier, Georgie Silvey scored a surprise win in the silver section with her 14.2hh event pony Rudgeway Highlander.
“Her highlight is medium trot”
LAURA WOLLEN ON ASA SIRENKA
“We only really do dressage on the side,” said Georgie, a work rider for National Hunt trainer Tom George. “If we tried a bit harder, we’d probably do better!”
Georgie bought “Zorro”, a German sport pony-Connemara gelding, from the same yard that bred her successful BE eventing pony Rudgeway Spanish Guinea.
“Zorro moves nicely but scores highly for neatness and accuracy rather than flashy paces,” she added. “I had a couple of lessons at Talland and was told he could probably do FEI pony dressage, but he has just got the hang of eventing.”