On 16th to 19th March, I competed as part of Team GB at the Dressage International. Unusually for these events, the Team GB Selectors invited me to bring my two horses. Walters Fable is my established horse at this level and my new horse, Tiny Tempur (photographed), was recently acquired from Rio Olympic Silver Medal winner Fiona Bigwood. Competitors came from many European Countries and as far afield as Iran.
On the first day, I came fourth in the Team Test and on the second day I came seventh in the Individual Test, riding Walters Fable. By contrast, whilst riding Tiny Tempur, I came eleventh in the Team Test and then fourth in the Individual Test. The top 15 horses qualify for the prestigious 'Dressage to Music' competition on the final day and this therefore meant I had qualified on both horses. However, since only one horse per rider is allowed to compete, I elected to ride Tiny Tempur. We came fifth in this strong class, judged by Olympic Dressage Judge Eddy de Wolff.
I train hard around school commitments and I am very grateful for the support I receive from Radley and my Tutor, Mr Lawson. Directly after the competition I was contacted by the GB Team Selectors and have been nominated for the 2017 Nations Cup Team, which will be held in Saumur, France, after Easter. Final Team Selection is announced on the 18th April. If this position is confirmed, it will be my second time on the Nations Cup Team representing GB.
Report by Angus Corrie-Deane, 6.1, E Social