Friday 22nd of March 2019
Dressage

Collective Equestrian on winning form!

Collective Equestrian excelled at this year’s National Dressage Championships, held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire last weekend.

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Collective Equestrian founder and Grand Prix dressage rider, Jonny Clarke-West notched up an impressive third place in the Advanced Medium Gold class on his ride Zick Zack Toftegaard (‘Zak’) – a fantastic result given the high standard of entries at this year’s show (the class was won by none other than Olympic Champion Charlotte Dujardin!) and the fact that this is the horse’s first year of competition.

Commenting on the result, Jonny said,

“I was planning on trying to sneak into the top 10 in each class as Zick Zack Toftegaard is a very low mileage horse in his first year of competition. When we got into the top four in the Medium Gold on the Saturday I thought to myself that if he’s relaxed and focused in the warm-up for Sunday’s Advanced Medium I will really go for it. And, that meant, we managed to go one better to land 3rd in the Advanced Medium Gold. I’m absolutely delighted!”

Outside of the National Dressage Championships, the Collective Equestrian ‘Team’ continues to shine.  Laura Garnett and her horse Caretta, who train with Jonny have qualified for the Petplan Area Festival – a major achievement since the pairing have only recently started competing at British Dressage competitions. Meanwhile Collective Equestrian trainer Liza Allen and her ride Pioneer Rosie (owned by Rachel Jones and Roy Broughton) took the Prix St George class at Solihull Riding Club with a score of 72% and then proceeded to go on to win the Intermediate 1 class.

Under the expert tuition of Liza, both Collective Equestrian scholarship riders are doing well, with Frankie Somerfield coming in 8th at Bicton BE90 and Caitlin Clancy winning her section with both ponies – an amazing result given that this was her very first affiliated British Dressage show.

Go Team Collective Equestrian!

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