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Hughes is a hit with hot riding prospect

Whelpley Hill based dressage international Rebecca Hughes was among the winners at a busy two-day affiliated dressage meeting at Patchetts Equestrian Centre, Aldenham.

Rebecca Hughes

Whelpley Hill based dressage international Rebecca Hughes was among the winners at a busy two-day affiliated dressage meeting at Patchetts Equestrian Centre, Aldenham.

Rebecca, who is married to Aussie-born dressage rider Gareth Hughes and mum to one- year-old daughter Ruby, runs the Classic Dressage training and livery yard near Chesham.

She scored a clear win in a Stretch and Flex Elementary 57 test on the nine-year-old Dutch-bred horse Korenbloem Titaan W.

The dark brown gelding, owned by Berkhamsted’s Helen Illes, gained a mark of 72.5% from local judge Scilla Lown to leave his nearest rival 14 marks in arrears.

"The horse came to me about 18 months ago to be sold on," said Rebecca, who started riding aged 10 in Belgium, where she was living at the time.

"The new owner decided to keep him with me and I compete him.

"He’s an incredibly generous, sensitive horse who is immensely trainable. He has lacked a bit of confidence in the arena but is coping with that well now."

She has qualified the horse for the Elementary and Medium regional finals, in both the traditional set test and freestyle dressage to music.

"We use a selection of violinist Vanessa Mae’s music, which is quite classical but upbeat.

"Korenbloem Titaan is pretty even in all his paces and scores consistently – he’s an impressive horse who is an exciting prospect for the future."

Rebecca trains with husband Gareth and Olympian Carl Hester. She won the Prix St George Freestyle National Champion-ship title in 2008 on Shining Light and was also well placed at the Hartpury International, the Hickstead CDI International and the National Championships in September.

Talented Chesham teenager Sophie Moultrie, who trains with Pippa Haywood and last year made the national dressage Talent Spotting finals, also scored a win at Patchetts.

The 17-year-old OBH Chilterns Pony Club member headed the Elementary level Restricted 42 test on Feels Like Gold, just one mark clear of Louise Stroud.

Great Missenden eventer Lisa Maynard headed a Novice 22 test on the mare Welton Crescendo, who has competed successfully at two star international level, and earned a good mark of 71.37%.

She also picked up a third on the rising six-year-old mare Countess Idris, at Prelim level.

Fellow event rider Amanda Bettle, from Chorleywood, topped the Medium 63 restricted test on her part-Welsh cob Bryntywod Rhodri, who is proving consistent in the dressage arena.

Chris Jensen, chairman of the Breakspear Riding Club, scored a double.

She shared top spot in the Elementary 42 Open and won the Elementary 43 qualifier, where she was 24 marks ahead of the runner-up with her seven-year-old Westphalian horse Perfekt Mind.

 

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