Posted on January 30th, 2017

British Dressage Statement

British Dressage Statement: London Spring International

British Dressage (BD) was naturally disappointed to receive the news from the organising team at the London Spring International (ExCel, April 12 – 17) of their decision to cancel this year’s event.  The ExCel Executive Board, show organiser Daniel Watson and their teams have put in a tremendous amount of work to get their venture this far, for which BD is very grateful.

Daniel Watson, Show Organiser of the event, announced this morning: “Unfortunately due to financial restraints the ExCel Executive Board made the decision yesterday [26 January 2017] to at least postpone the show until 2018 in order to allow more time to deal with the financial aspects of the concept”.  He also stated, “Unfortunately the risk is too high for us to continue at this stage, but I thank everyone for your valued time and effort that you have put into the show.”

BD Chief Executive Jason Brautigam said; “It is always challenging for any venue to put on a show of this magnitude, particularly in the current climate and what remains a very competitive market.  The vision to bring dressage to a wider audience in the East End of London was innovative and ambitious, and we will continue to work with the organising committee to see if there is any way that this could become a viable proposition in the future.”

He added: “We are of course saddened by the loss of this new show, and appreciate that riders and supporters will share our disappointment, but we still have a busy calendar of CDI events to look forward to this year, including the return of Windsor and Hickstead, as well as the exciting addition of the Bolesworth International in June.”

“The British Dressage Winter Championships also take place at Hartpury during the same week, from 12 to 16 April, so we would be delighted to welcome any visitors who still want to watch dressage competition over the Easter Weekend, including two gala evening performances on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April.”

Posted on January 30th, 2017

Essex’s Antonia Platt Storm to Victory

The second batch of Charles Britton Equestrian Construction Winter JA Classic Qualifiers took place at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckingham recently and it was Bobbie Heath and Antonia Platt who forged ahead of their competitors to take a victory apiece after producing careful clear rounds on board their respective rides. 

As part of a fifty strong starting field, each and every rider was vying for a sought after qualification spot for the prestigious Charles Britton Equestrian Construction Winter JA Classic Championship, which will be held during the British Masters International Horse Show, also at SouthView Equestrian Centre (30th June – 2rd July 2017).


Over a technical course, the starting line-up was whittled down from twenty-three to just four talented combinations and it was 15 year-old Antonia Platt from Chelmsford, Essex who took victory. Riding Rosalind Platt’s 11 year-old bay gelding, Carnhill Luna, this combination were able to deliver a precise and speedy treble clear in 35.62 seconds.

Madison Jamison aged 16, from Blackburn, rode Bodyssee Des Avelines, a 10 year-old dark bay mare owned by Nicola Jamison straight into second place. This combination produced the only other treble clear of the class in 38.32 seconds.

Third spot was taken by Nicole Lockhead Anderson from Banchory in Aberdeenshire. Nicole rode Didy Morgan’s 9 year-old piebald mare, Pochantas and she finished on a total of 4 faults after an unfortunate knock of a pole at the final fence.

Photo: Spidge Photography

FEB17 Antonia Platt & Carnhill Luna

Posted on January 5th, 2017

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