The Intermediate I winner was Michael Eilberg with Fuerst Sinclair, but it was a 1, 2, 3 for Team Eilberg – Michael Eilberg and Fuerst Sinclair clinched victory and put in a very polished performance to score 71.45%. His partner Maya Goldberg and Torino took second place while Michael’s pupil Zoe Sleigh with Dark Legend finished third, both scored 70.04% but with Maya finishing on a collective score of 129, one better than Zoe. The class was supported by Equine 74.
Michael and Fuerst Sinclair, a Fuerst Heinrich gelding, were one of the last combinations and having competed in the Intermediare II on Saturday he said:
“It was a great experience for him yesterday but it was really nice that he went in there today and got back to what he knows in the Inter I and it was a good test. I’d always planned to do the Inter II and the Inter I was a little bit of a sweetner. Yesterday’s Inter II was good to challenge him and although the test marks didn’t to go well it was a good experience and it showed today because he went in there fully confident.”
Second place in the Intermediare I went to Michael’s partner Maya Goldberg:
“Its all thanks to Michael’s training and his dad also helps a lot of in the warm up. Torino is Michael’s former ride and is a bit of a school master for me, he’s lovely and he’s teaching me a lot.”
Looking ahead to the Olympics:
“The fourth slot for the team is quite wide open and I think we all have to go out there, perform and pull in the marks – whoever can show their form will come out on top.”
The Prix St Georges – supported by J & M Equine – went to Gareth Hughes and Cleopatra II on 70.53%, with Bryony Goodwin (Hawtins Floriana) and the Finnish rider based with Emile Faurie, Emma Karneva (Riverbank Sanrose) close behind him in second (70.39%) and third (70.09%) respectively
It was Gareth Hughes first outing on the promising Cleopatra II who he has been riding since the autumn of last. The 9 year old mare owned Judy Firmston-Williams pulled out all the stops at Somerford Premier League Dressage to clinch victory in their first Prix St George. Gareth said:
“From winning to day she’s now qualified for the nationals so we’ll be preparing for that and then through the winter we’ll consolidate the small tour for next year and she’s certainly proving to be an exciting prospect for the future.”
The Equiptop Myoplast 5 year old class and 6 year old classes today were Hickstead qualifiers. The 5 year old was won by Tim Heappey from Cheviot Equestrian in Milford Derbyshire on Alison Croft’s Tantoni Dallaglio (‘Larry’) and the 6 year old class by Hannah Moody riding Full Fusion BS.
Tim Heappey said of his test:
“Larry (or ‘Lawrence’ if he’s naughty) was a lot more consistent than yesterday and the technical parts. Overall he keeps getting stronger and stronger as he keeps going out. He’s only ever done 6 tests and this was his first international one.”
Owner Alison Croft bought the horse at the end of last year and has qualified herself, with Tim’s training, for the Prelims at The Regionals.
“I was jumping up and down with excitement when that happened, but today is just amazing. I think Tim was quite shocked to get so many kisses!”
14 year old Jessica McConkey took the Pony Team 2012 on Holsteins Derwisch on a personal best score of 70.26%.
“I was really happy because he listened to my aids and I rode every step. I would like to get consistent 70s now and perhaps go international.”
Under 25 Grand Prix
Pippa Hutton, Duela 66.74%
Emma Corbett, Furst Diamantino 63.84%
Kristina Rausing, Don Wenzel 60.23
Freestyle Music PSG FSMPSG
Gemma Maddocks, El Paso Van Overis 71.75%
Camilla Brogaard, Zilver Prince 68.00%
Darcas Lever, Valentijn WG 67.94%
Advanced Medium Class
Matt Frost, Leandro 70.47%
Maria Eilberg, T J Benjamin 68.38%
Robyn Smith, francesco 77 67.99%