Piaffe Presents a look back over 2016 with some of the equestrian world's brightest talents and WHAT their hopes ARE for the coming year..

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, BECKY MOODY

Most memorable win or moment of 2016 for you personally
Winning the Inter II national championship with Carinsio. It was only his 4th Inter 2 and we had a personal best of over 73%

Favourite show of the year in 2016
Probably the nationals, or Somerford - always love Somerford

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most
Carinsio has impressed me, as I just feel he is getting better and better as he gets stronger and more mature. But I have some really exciting young horses coming along - 7 year old Eureko and 5 year old Giselle, both owned by Jo Cooper, and then a four year old called Heavenly Kiss, who I now own but he was bred by our long term supporter Julie Lockey. He has only done a couple of novices but has scored  77,78 and 83% so far! 

Person you could not lived without in 2016
There are too many people I could not live without! My amazingly supportive family, especially my sister Hannah, my wonderful team of staff, and my long standing long suffering trainer David Hunt!

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline)
So many people impress and inspire me. I think we all have to be so much more open to learning from others. In terms of horses I loved both showtime and Cosmo - 2 of Germany's Rio team horses. At 9 years old Cosmo is just amazing

Biggest lesson you have learned from
A lesson that I continue to learn is that, until you are really training a horse towards the Grand Prix work you do not know how good it is going to be. I have been surprised so many times by what you can achieve with time and good training and a horse that tries. Of course you also get the ones that surprise you the other way too.

Best advice you have received
Listen to those wiser than you! I think really that is advice I give myself every day, and try and make others think about too...

Goals for 2017
Successful Grand Prix season with Carinsio, develop my string behind him with the lovely young horses I have. Maybe have a little more of a life and the odd day off....

Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others
I'm excited about all my competition horses and really looking forward to the 2017 season

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, LUCINDA ELLIOTT

Most memorable win:
MSJ Top Secret (Totilas x Dacaprio) winning the first round of the 5 year old class at Nationals and then winning reserve champion 5 year old in the finals to Charlotte on Mount St. John VIP (Vivaldi x Donnerhall)
Favourite show of the year:
Stoneleigh National British dressage champs is the best for me because it has a great atmosphere
Which horse of yours has impressed you the most: 
MSJ Fascinate (Furstenball x Dacaprio) won Myerscough PL 4 year olds is getting over 75% in Novice tests
Person you could not have lived without this year:
Emma Blundell and Emile Faurie for both supporting and helping me so much throughout the year, I can't thank them enough and will be forever grateful
Rider/horse combination who has impressed you the most any discipline
Beatrice Buchwald and Victoria's Secret at Ermelo
Biggest lesson you have learned from
Never give up
Best advice you have received
Preparation is key
Goals for 2017
Developing all of my horses through the levels and aiming for Young Horse World Championships
Which horses you are most excited about you and/ or others
Freestyle (Fidermark x Donnerhall) with Charlotte and
Top Secret (Totilas x Dacaprio)

LOOKING BACK WITH SHOWJUMPER, HARRY CHARLES

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally

Welsh Masters Grand Prix. Beating dad into 2nd!

Favourite show of the year

Knokke Summer Circuit

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most

Controe having stepped up from eventing to adapting to the showjumping world so fast, also showing amazing scope and speed !

Person you could not lived without this year

Dad and grooms

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline)

Marcus Ehning and Comme Il Faut

Biggest lesson you have learned from

Never let your head drop after a bad round

Best advice you have received

Girls prefer the guys that win to the guys that don't 😂

Goals for 2017

To Climb the World Ranking list

Which horses are you most excited about

ABC Quantum Cruise and Sieco both will be 8 next year, and they'll have the chance to prove themselves at a high level

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, REBECCA BELL

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally

My first affiliated outing on Una this autumn. It’s only taken 3 years (!) after many bumps in the road but it was definitely worth the wait- we scored 75% at Medium Gold. She continues to surprise me with her wonderful attitude despite the setbacks she’s faced in the past and I’m having so much fun working with and riding her.
 

Favourite show of the year

The Junior European Championships in Oliva Nova, Spain. Although the competition itself didn’t go completely to plan, I had a fantastic week at this beautiful (although very hot!) venue with my amazing fellow riders. I’m very grateful to the BD team who took us out there and all the people behind the scenes who made it possible.

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most

Una (Nibeley Union Hit). She’s a sensitive and intelligent mare and some days she wants to do everything a bit too extravagantly and just ends up getting her legs in a knot, but all she ever wants to do is please. She is the sweetest horse going, unbelievably quiet to handle and is really starting to realise her talent, despite being behind in her training. She owes me nothing and I have no fixed timetable for her; when’s she’s ready to move up a level, she’ll let me know, and we’ll go from there.

Person you could not lived without this year:

 My parents. They have guided me throughout my riding career so far, but especially during my move onto horses, and have helped me make the leap to A levels this year and cope with applying to University too. Plus they’re the all important HGV licence holders of the team so I’m stuck at home without them!

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline):

Nick Skelton and Big Star. I doubt there’s many other sports that can boast such a comeback story, and for both athletes in the ‘team’ too! I’m not particularly up to date with Show Jumping news but I cried as I watched them win gold this summer. We are so lucky to have so many amazing British Equestrian athletes who made our country proud at Rio, but for me, Nick and Big Star really epitomised the Olympic spirit.


Biggest lesson you have learned from:

Always bring spare white breeches to shows, however local… I managed to squeeze a cardboard cup of coffee and pop the lid off along with a large splash of the contents into my lap on the way to a show a couple of months ago. Luckily it washed out afterwards but I did have a bit of a suspicious and unsightly stain to walk around with at the show!

Best advice you have received:

A slightly more risqué version of “chuck it in the sod it bucket and move on!” We all try our hardest to prepare our horses and ourselves to perform our best at competitions, but at the end of the day sometimes it just doesn’t go to plan – we are dealing with two athletes that can both have an off day every now and again! I’m far too good at dwelling on things that I can’t change so I found this statement succinct, memorable (!) and very useful. 

Goals for 2017:

Because of their limited experience at their respective levels, the horses will dictate my competition plan and we’ll see how it goes. Slightly more importantly, achieve the grades that I need at A Level!

Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others:

My lovely not-so-little rising 5 year old, Otto (Full House). He is enormous and is still growing into his even bigger ears so he’ll be brought on slowly and steadily and given time to mature, but I think that he could have a very bright future ahead of him.

LOOKING BACK WITH EVENT RIDER, FRANKY REID WARRILOW

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally
3rd individually in my first Nations Cup appearance at Ballindenisk and helping to win the team competition. Standing on that podium next to Pippa Funnel (1st) and Oliver Townend (2nd), two of the sports best was pretty cool

Favourite show of the year

Ballindenisk - I absolutely love the family friendly atmosphere and eating in the familys barn, home cooked food by Mrs Fell and going to the little 3ft bar having half a pint of Guiness

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most

Easy, this is definitely my top horse Dolley Whisper. She has helped me to achieve my goals and reached places that as a little 14'3 coming off the lorry as a 3yo anyone would have said would be impossible

Person you could not lived without this year

My Dad definitely. He is at every single competition that I go to whether it is a BE100 or the Nations Cup in Aachen. He is my own personal sports psychologist, my trainer, mentor and support. HE know exactly how to get me in the right mental state in order to perform my best whether I need a firm talking to, calming down or pumping up

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline)

Cathal Daniels, a young Irish event rider (20). For me this year he has exploded on to the scene. I remember seeing him in Ballindenisk when I was sat watching the xc and he just kept appearing on another horse in another class, then he went to Pau and Le Lion. For a young rider he is everywhere, producing very nice horses and showing real natural ability and flare

Biggest lesson you have learned from

Having a very public downfall in Aachen, which was supposed to be the highest point of my career so far. I have learnt that confidence changes everything

Best advice you have received

Probably from my best friend Pippa Hawksfield, believe in what I have achieved already and it will only help me to achieve more

Goals for 2017

Get to the Europeans on Dolley Whisper. Get my 8yo Primitive Popeye to Blenheim CIC3*, my 7yo My Squire De Reve and 6yo DOlley Phantom to Le Lion World Champs - wow what a year if that happens!

Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others

Really excited to see how my new horse 6yo Dolley Phantom takes to eventing. I bought her in August as a 5yo having done NOTHING so she is starting from scratch but I get excited every day riding her m- the next Whisper!

 

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, LEAH BECKETT

Most Memorable Win

My most memorable win of the year has to be winning the British Dressage Small Tour Championships, for so many reasons!!  The wonderful Russki (owned and bred by Eva and Shaun Measures) is a homebred horse and when I picked the ride up on him 18 months ago he was at Medium.  He has such a wonderful trainability and is so level headed that he has come so far in such a short space of time!  It shows that a good horse is a good horse no matter how much they cost!  Also overnight we were lying in 15th after some very uncharacteristic and expensive mistakes... we were however only 3% off the lead still so i knew if we absolutely nailed the freestyle we could still have a shot at the title... and we did!!

Favourite Show

Without question my favourite show of the year has to be the Nationals.  With every year that passes it gets harder and harder to qualify.  The horses just get better and better and also the level of riding and training too. So there is something so momentous and prestigious about trotting down the tunnel behind and the stands and through that archway into the main arena that makes the hours and hours of work, the ups, the downs, the highs and the lows worthwhile! I was so close this year to taking my first title coming a very narrow second in the Advanced Medium Silver on Diana Barley’s Nirvana Celestial!!

Horse which impressed you the most
The horse of mine that has impressed me the most this year has to be Rimskij Korsakov.  He is an 18yr old homebred stallion also owned and bred by Eva and Shaun Measures and is the sire of Russki.  Not only has he established himself at Grand Prix throughout this year (all fingers and toes crossed for our debut this coming season!!) but he has also given me Russki and his full brother Renoir, who alongside Russki is training towards Grand Prix at home!!  He is by Rubenstein and seems to produce horses with wonderful trainability and scope and I cannot wait to start the next two we have waiting in the wings!!!

Person you could not have lived without last year

Without compromise the person I could not have lived without this year is my mum : ) Outside the world of horses this year has not been the easiest but with her support, within the world of horses, it has easily become one of my biggest and most exciting yet!  I have a new home (which she found), an incredible string of horses, an incredibly positive outlook... bring on 2017!

Rider and horse combination that impressed you the most

The rider/horse combination that has impressed me the most this year has to be Charlotte and Valegro.  I know its the obvious choice but on a deeper level, aside from the victories just think about the amount of pressure those two have had on their shoulders for what, 6 years now??  And they never disappoint. Charlotte is still smiling and Valegro is still dancing. The work to keep him so sound and so supple at his age at such a high level of international competing... and with the travelling and the demos and getting mobbed in Central Park and both of them just take it in their stride!! Superstars.

Biggest lesson you learned in 2016

My biggest lesson I have learned this year was from a non competing rider at my yard.  I asked him if he ever wanted to compete and he said no... I find it detrimental to the well being of the horse... We spoke about this further and it made me think of things from a different perspective.  Its made me think about what I want to achieve from my horses when i go in the ring not want i want to gain.  That way you totally put you and your horse first above all else in the ring and that is when i feel you achieve the best results.

Best piece of advice

The best piece of advice I have received is that as you go up through the levels, don’t get intimidated by the level you are riding. I am hoping to remember this as I canter down the centre line to attempt my first Grand Prix next year...!!!!

Goals for 2017
My main goal for 2017 is to keep the momentum going from 2016 and carry it forward.  This year has been such a big year for me in terms of not only results, but building a great team of owners and horses for the future.  I would love to ride my first Grand Prix (my childhood dream!!) on Rimskij knowing that then I will be much more capable to take Russki there.  I would love to take Russki small tour and also have Renoir and the infamous Sexy Back knocking on the door for Young Horse PSG towards the end of the summer.  I also have some cool youngsters coming through so actually maybe I should have asked Santa for a little more time???!!!!

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, OLIVIA OAKELEY

Most memorable win or moment of 2016 for you personally
My most memorable moment this year, would have to be just at a little local show, my second competition together with my new ride, Bertie. At the start of our partnership, he didn't really trust anyone and was very green. A couple of months later, at Hunters, we competed in an adv/med and everything we had be working to improve at home, we did really well and the feeling of him trusting me, made me feel very proud.

Favourite show of the year in 2016

I haven't really competed at many shows this year due to my injury in February, so I am very much looking forward to getting back out next year properly!
I am so happy with all my horses this year, the babies have all come on really well but Bertie is definitely the horse I am most excited about. In 6 months, he has come on further than I could even have wished for.

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most

I am so happy with all my horses this year, the babies have all come on really well but Bertie is definitely the horse I am most excited about. In 6 months, he has come on further than I could even have wished for.
Person you could not lived without in 2016
There are many people I could not have lived without this year. My family and friends have been incredible through a hard year but Kate Goodger, the psychologist I worked with whilst on the World Class programme, was invaluable. She has taught me so much with how to manage people and my emotions.

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline)
I think that one goes without saying that it can only be Charlotte and Valegro!!! Watching them at Rio was just unreal. It's a partnership that is going to be missed greatly.

Biggest lesson you have learned from
Biggest lesson I have learnt from is to not going skiing again and ruin your whole season!

Best advice you have received

The best advice I have received would be to just concentrate on myself and my future and not worry about what everyone else is doing as that I something I cannot control. With everything that happened this year, learning to apply this advice, made me remember why I fell in love with my horses in the first place!The best advice I have received would be to just concentrate on myself and my future and not worry about what everyone else is doing as that I something I cannot control. With everything that happened this year, learning to apply this advice, made me remember why I fell in love with my horses in the first place!


Goals for 2017

Goals for 2017 are to get out competing at small tour with Bertie, I shall be aiming to be selected for some internationals towards the end of the season. I also am planning on getting my young horses out to give them some competition experience. 


Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others

I am most excited about Bertie as it's very exciting to be aiming for the International competitions again. As well as mine, George Turner and Matthew Hunts young mare, Rocky. She will be 4 next year and she is showing real promise. I'm also very excited to watch mine and Heather Stacks (Larkshill Stud) colt, Larkshill Victorious, grow and develop.

 

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDERS, REBECCA AND GARETH HUGHES

Favourite show of the year:
G: Rotterdam
R: Rotterdam (I had a lovely time & sat in the VIP ha)

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most:
G: Don Carissimo he's outdone our expectations for him this year
R: Classic Goldstrike has developed really well and turning into something special

Person you could not lived without this year:
G: obviously Rebecca haha
R: depends on the day!

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline)
G: Chris Burton on Santano - his results in Rio on such a green horse
R: Carl for steering round a spooky Niptuck with total class in the freestyle in Rio

How are you spending the holiday period
Thailand with family

Hoping Santa will bring you...?
G: a Harley Davison
R: a stunning new watch

Goals for 2017
G: young horses moving forward and Europeans
R: to enjoy some successful international shows abroad with Rubini Royale

Which horses are you most excited about
G: Sintano & Gestion my two young prospects coming through. And getting Classic Briolinca back on the road this year after injury
R: looking forward to competing Classic Haldor next year in 5yo classes. He is Classic Goldstrike's (pictured) brother and is a real character.

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, LARA GRIFFITH

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally
Nailing my tests at the final show before selection for Rio 2016 with Rufus at Rotterdam! 

Favourite show of the year
I thoroughly enjoyed my 1st time at Rotterdam, what an incredible atmosphere for an outdoor show! However you will never beat Olympia, although I'm not riding it's still such an amazing show with the home crowd behind you! 

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most
Kristjan. 11yr old home bred owned by the Bechtolsheimers. He hasn't done a lot of competing but loves to come out and show off to a crowd, coming 2nd at Intermediare 1 at the BD national championships.

Person you could not lived without this year
Hard one.... it has to be two people...my mum, Caroline Griffith, and my fiancé, Billy Butler. They have both given up a lot of their time to come and support me in this Olympic year and covered a lot of distance to do this!

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline)
Dorothee Schneider and Showtime. What a stunning pair they were at the Olympics. Showing such harmony with a huge amount of expression, I'd love to have a ride on that horse! 

Biggest lesson you have learned from
Never hold back!! Always give it your all, otherwise you'll look back have regrets! 

Best advice you have received
Believe in yourself and it will show through to others

How are you spending Christmas
Christmas will be a mix of playing with the ponies and spending time with both Billy's family and then my own.

Hoping Santa will bring you...?
I hoping santa will bring me a new hat!! I need a competition hat now they've changed the rules!

Goals for 2017
I'm aiming towards a place on the European team with Rufus and would like to move Kristjan up to Grand Prix and start gearing back up towards Tokyo!

Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others
I'm really excited about my own and Anne Hutton's Amiek C. He's come out and already scored two 80% with some exciting comments by the judges!

www.laragriffith.com

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, charlotte lutener

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally
Being elementary junior reserve champion at the BYRDS Home International 

Favourite show of the year
Riding in the Carl Hester Masterclass was such an amazing opportunity!

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most
Tess (Comtess) for getting back to optimum fitness and performing brilliantly after 6 months off in 2015

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline) 
Ben Hobday and Mulry at the Badminton horse trails with Wilberry Wonderpony

Biggest lesson you have learned
That is not all about winning (although it's great when you do!) as long as you feel you've done your best, learnt from the experience and had fun that's all that matters!

Best advice you have received
To always believe and have confidence in yourself to turn dreams into reality

How are you spending Christmas
I am having a quiet Christmas with my family, dogs and horses!!

Hoping Santa will bring you...?
Roeckl fleece lined gloves

Goals for 2017
My goals are to continue to train Tess up the levels and to continue to progress my partnership with my five year old Quest (Mount St John Quiana)

Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others
I am very excited to begin competing Quest and develop a strong bond with her, I am also excited to see Charlotte Dujardins new up and coming young and advanced horses.

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, TATIANA MOUNTBATTEN

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally. 

I’m afraid it’s a non dressage one! I competed in the world longest horse race in Mongolia this summer. The Mongol Derby. It was without doubt the best week of my life and I’d do anything to be able to do it all over again. 

Favourite show of the year. 

Aachen, the atmosphere is unbeatable yet unexplainable, you have to go there to truly understand. 

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most? 

My little 7 year old gelding Sir Soleil with whom I have the most amazing bond with. I’ve had him since he was 3, he was the first horse I backed by myself. I’ve never sat on such an intelligent horse, he learns incredibly quickly and has such talent for collection. At this time last year we had started competing at medium level, last week he did his first PSG and I couldn’t be more proud of him. 

Person you could not lived without this year. 

My best friend Sabrina. We’ve been inseparable since the age of 9 when we met a prep school. Since then went to our next school together, then onto uni together whilst sharing a flat in London. She’s not horsey at all, but she gets it and she’s incredibly supportive. As we’re both freelance (she’s a fashion illustrator), we have a monthly ‘work’ meeting where we set goals for the upcoming month. We hold each other accountable to ensure that we both achieve whatever we’ve set out to do that month. It’s almost like having a boss which is actually really helpful when you’re working for yourself!

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most. 

Para rider Suzanna Hext. Who, in 2012 was told she may never walk again, let alone ride, after an awful riding accident left her paralysed from the legs down. I was at school with Suz and I completely idolised her. I had only just started riding and she was the star of the yard. Her astounding determination has rewarded her with a place on the 2016-18 World Class Programme and I couldn’t be happier for her. 

I also have to mention Hayley Watson-Greaves and because every time I see her name on a start list I have to make sure I’m there to watch. She’s the epitome of classical riding. Elegant and compelling. 

Biggest lesson you have learned from.

Since I have strted training with Charlotte, I feel that as a rider I have improved in so many different ways. I’ve never had a lesson with anyone who has not stopped talking for the whole duration of the session. I had her undivided attention and she wasn't going to stop until we achieved what we set out to. Her way of teaching reflects how she’s become so successful and it inspires me every time I ride with her. 

Best advice you have received

Being able to take criticism, positive or negative, is crucial in any sport. 

How did you spend Christmas?  

I spent Christmas at Sirai Stud in Kenya with my family and Mongol Derby riding partner Venetia Philipps. We rode out on safari every day and schooled the event horses. 

Goals for 2017?

Success at small tour with Sir Soleil, young horse championships with the babies and hopefully some new and exciting horses to ride and compete. 

Which horses are you most excited about?

I’m currently riding a very talented 5 year old by Don Schufro who seems to be progressing and learning very quickly. He gives me a sensational feeling every day. 

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, ALICE OPPENHEIMER

Most memorable win

My most memorable win was the 5* GP special in Doha. It was my first win at International Grand Prix and its a incredible show so to win their was a bit surreal

Favourite show of 2016

Favourite show of the year would also be Doha. Al Shaqab is an amazing venue and us riders were treated fantastically well, getting to stay in an amazing hotel and chauffeur driven everywhere. The weather was also lush which helps!

Horse that has impressed you the most

The horse that has impressed me the most is Caroline Dibden's Finn (Headmore Diffinity) for taking to competing so well in his first year of competition. He only started competing this year as he has taken time to mature due to his size and qualified for the Nationals, taking it all in his stride and giving me a super stride.

Person you could not have lived without

I could not have lived without Mum ☺️

Combination who impressed you the most

Combination that impressed me the most was Nick Skelton and Big Star in Rio. It was such a magical moment watching them clinch the gold medal, so thoroughly deserved and an amazing story.

Biggest lesson you have learned

Biggest lesson I have learned is to not get so caught up in everything that we forget to enjoy it. It's hard work making a career in horses to we need to ensure that we are doing it for the right reasons, for the love of it.

Best advice you received last year

Best advice I received was don't be afraid to aim high

Goals for 2017

My goal for 2017 is to get the younger horses some good competition experience. I really want to be able to concentrate on the less experienced horses so they have a good basic grounding in the arena and gain confidence to take with them up the levels.

Horse you are most excited about in 2017

The horse I'm most excited about is Robin (Headmore Dirubinio). He will be 8 next year and we have taken it slowly with him as he is very big and has taken a long time to strengthen. I think he will be an amazing horse and I'm looking forward to finally being able to compete him. I hope our patience will pay off.

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looking back with dressage rider, matt frost

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally
Scoring my first 10 at Grand Prix level was pretty cool... well wet actually - we were competing in torrential rain in the freestyle at Hickstead. Tribiani kept his focus and showed what an amazing temperament he has. 
Favourite show of the year
We had a fantastic time at Wellington Premier league. Superb new facilities, great prizes, friendly Team of staff, and wonderful weather!! 
Which horse of yours has impressed you the most
My horses never fail to impress me.  I have to say Leandro has really shown is potential this year.  Being rather neurotic at home he is a cool customer at a show which is rare!  Notching up several 70%+ scores at PSG level he has far exceeded expectations. 
Person you could not lived without this year
Adam is my rock. I am so lucky to have his support. 
Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline) 
Charlotte and Valegro of course!!!!!! I will miss seeing them out competing and their performances in Rio were just amazing. Nick Skelton and Big Star also gave tingles up my spine at the Olympics - what a horseman.
Biggest lesson you have learned 
Take your time and enjoy the process. 
Best advice you have received
Accept your horses limitations and nurture their talents. 
How are you spending Christmas
We always have the family over for Christmas as we have the horses to look after. 15 for Christmas Day and 25 for Boxing Day!!! 
Hoping Santa will bring you...?
Floor tiles - we are currently building a new house!
Goals for 2017
To bring Don Rosso back to the competition arena after injury.  He is feeling fantastic at home so hoping to do a few international Grand Prix classes. 
To continue to enjoy compete my string of horses at their various levels.
To have a bit more time together with family and friends.
To try and help my pupils achieve their goals and enjoy their riding.
Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others
I'm excited to see what AMD Don Havidoff will do next year.  He has had a mixed year due to a lack of confidence in public. He is very talented and very sensitive. I also have a three new rides for next year which I am excited about - watch this space.
I love Mount St John Freestyle and think she has a fantastic future with Charlotte. I'm looking forward to seeing Capri Sonne Jr move up to Grand Prix with Laura Tomlinson. I am a big fan of Fiona Bigwood's new horse Daytona Platinum.

http://www.amdressage.com

LOOKING BACK WITH SHOWJUMPER, SCARLETT CHARLES

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally
Getting a Junior team Bronze medal at the European Championships (Millstreet). 
Favourite show of the year
Obglabbeek, Belgium as Dora and me jumped triple clear in the Junior Nations cup helping the team secure gold. Also jumping double clear in the Junior Grand Prix.
Which horse of yours has impressed you the most
Dora! I was lucky enough to get her in April, and she has been amazing for me this year
Person you could not lived without this year
My dad, He has given me so much training and help, as well as sacrificing time for himself (to go to shows) He has taken Harry, Sienna and I to many abroad shows which has helped us all to gain lots of experience. As well as that, he has also been an amazing dad!
Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline) 
Nick Skelton and Big Star. It was unbelievable to watch both horse and rider come back from having injuries to win an individual Olympic gold medal! It was very inspiring!

Biggest lesson you have learned
Live life to the full as you never know when it is going to end. Also do what makes you happy.
Best advice you have received
Believe in yourself.
How are you spending Christmas
At home with the family and horses
Hoping Santa will bring you...?
Dora was the best present I could have ever got this year! I don't need anything else!!
Goals for 2017
I have my GCSE's next year so I am aiming to receive high grades in all of my subjects . I am also hoping to do some Junior trials and aiming to get selected for the Europeans.
Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others
Carlos (ridden by Max at the moment) it will be exciting watching him next year.

www.charlesshowjumping.com 

LOOKING BACK WITH dressage rider, rob waine

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally
My most memorable win this year has to be the Novice Gold Summer regionals aboard Maria Dent's Andalusian stallion, Nazareno Vicon. He was first to go in the class that lasted for around 4 hours, although it felt like a life time. 

Favourite show of the year
My favourite show of the year has to be Olympia. You always know Christmas is around the corner. 

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most
The horse that has impressed me the most has to be Brenda Reddy's BamBam. He's had some super results at PSG this year resulting in a 4th place at the Small Tour Championships. 

Person you could not lived without this year
It has to be two people that I couldn't of lived with out this year. They are Lisa Hopkins and Carl Hester...need I say more.... 

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline) 
The horse/rider combination which I loved watching this year has to be Isabell Werth and Weihegold Old. Isabell is just an incredible rider! 

How are you spending Christmas
This year I am spending Christmas at home. Friends come and stay and we muck the horses out together as the girls have the day off. 

Hoping Santa will bring you...?
I am hoping that Santa will bring me an indoor school or a Sovereign Horse box, but I doubt I've been a good enough boy for that to happen. 

Goals for 2017
My goal for 2017 has to be to compete international Small Tour on BamBam.

LOOKING BACK WITH dressage rider, STEPH CROXFORD

Favourite show of the year in 2016

Fritzens CDI in the Austrian Alps at the Swarovski's wonderful place.

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most
They are Mr P and Mr H. I have taken them both from Prelim to International GP in 5 years and they cost a  total sum of £6,500!!

Person you could not lived without in 2016

Person I would not live without is my amazing Hubby of 20 years,  he is a saint

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline)

Carl Hester on anything!

Biggest lesson you have learned from

Not to put your life on hol0d for dressage. I now have an amazing hubby and two wonderful children.

Goals for 2017

Goals for 2017 would be to compete overseas again at some lovely CDI's in Europe
 

Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others

I'm V excited about my 2 year old that I have just bought from Chantal Van Dyke in Holland. He has the eyes and gentleness of Mr P.

LOOKING BACK WITH DRESSAGE RIDER, ELLIE MCCARTHY

Most memorable win or moment of the year for you personally
There have been many memorable moments good and bad this year but the highlight of it was coming 3rd with Rio(Donna Summer) with an international personal best in Paris, it was only our 2nd international as a partnership and I hope there's many more to come!
Favourite show of the year
Majorca Es Fangar, it was my first international abroad and it was the most amazing show! 

Which horse of yours has impressed you the most
My mare Casual has taken to the Grand Prix work so easily suddenly especially the Piaffe and Passage without getting stressed, which has surprised me!

Person you could not lived without this year

Of course it has to be my parents and their endless support! And I can't leave out my groom Steph, she stayed away from home for 3 weeks, including 3 days travelling each way to Majorca and back! I know I can rely on her to look after my horses if I'm away 😊 
 

Rider / horse combination who has impressed you most (any discipline) 
It has to be Catherine Dufour and Cassidy! It was only 3 years ago that I was watching her win the Young rider Europeans and thinking 'Wow, what a horse and what a rider!' And this year she went to the Olympics and and although she didn't win a medal she did an incredible job and rode a very hot Cassidy extremely well, I really look up to her. And of course Charlotte and Valegro, that goes without saying! 


Biggest lesson you have learned from
My parents took a bit of a back seat in regards to helping me arrange shows and entries etc this year. I had to organise the whole trip to Majorca with two ferry crossings and over night stays during the three day journey each way, I can tell you that was stressful! A few times I was on my own for Premier Leagues for a few days and transported myself and Rio to Young Rider squad trainings etc so I've had to learn to grow up a bit, which I am grateful for as I am much more independent and don't have to rely on my parents, if anything goes wrong it's only my fault!


Best advice you have received
To just get on with it and that I can do it!

Goals for 2017
To get on the Young Rider European team with Rio, and not just to go to the Europeans but to do well! Also to compete in the Premier Leagues at Grand Prix with my mare Casual.

Which horses are you most excited about - yours and / or others
I am really excited about my 5 year old stallion Beaulissimo (Belissimo M X Sandro Hit) he has immense talent and the sweetest character, although he is very sharp to ride. I competed him in the 5 year old class at Wellington Premier League this year and it being only his 3rd ever show I wasn't expecting much, so I was surprised when we just missed out on the final 6 with a 7.3 overall! He's currently training with Matt Hicks and is doing very well and gaining more competition experience while I'm away training in Germany.
I am also really excited about my mare Casual, she's finding the Grand Prix work easier and easier and is showing a lot of talent for Piaffe and Passage, it gives me a lot of hope when an Olympic medalist tells me I've got a very talented horse for Grand Prix!