Top talent at Royal Festival

By: Horse Deals


Top talent at Royal Festival
Top talent at Royal Festival
This week’s Royal Festival of the Horse promises a feast of talent from all disciplines.
Dressage Friday (9 July) kicks off with the Pro Am Challenge, which sees six amateur dressage riders perform a medium level test on their own horses, before handing over the reins to a professional. The team gaining the highest accumulation of points will win.

Among the professional dressage riders taking part are Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolscheimer.
"I’m really looking forward to being part of this new event which celebrates the unique relationship between horse and rider and what they can achieve together, " said Carl.
The highlight of the day is a unique masterclass with dressage supremo Edward Gal who wil also be giving a freestyle to music demonstration.
The day also includes a Freestyle Dressage to Music Championship, in which leading British riders will vie for a share of £4,000 prize money.

Saturday is show jumping day and features 20 of the highest ranked riders in the UK, including Nick Skelton, John Whitaker, Robert Whitaker, William Funnell, Ben Maher, William Whitaker, Robert Smith, Geoff Billington, Scott Brash, Geoff Luckett and Lance Whitehouse, who will compete for a share of the £45,000 prize fund.
They will be joined by invited riders, including Billy Twomey, Anthony Condon, Laura Kraut and Dave Quigley, as they all compete in the Accumulator and the Grand Prix.
Sunday’s Express Eventing is the one-seat-sees-all format of traditional three-day eventing with dressage, showjumping and cross-country, performed within the stadium.
In his pre-Festival blog, Alex Hua Tian said: "Express Eventing is the exciting new concept of condensing the three phases into one day and one venue — including freestyle dressage to music which adds a more viewer-friendly element, to appeal to new comers to the sport.
"The simple fact is that an under 25-year-old class would never normally have the opportunity to win £5,000 plus other prizes in kind. It is important that we as competitors are challenged and also that the spectators are treated to the best level of dressage we can produce."
For more information visit www.festivalofthehorse.co.uk or 0844 581 1400 to book tickets.