Olympic stars head for Hartpury ahead of European selection

Nations including Brazil, Australia, Belgium, Canada and the United States will challenge a strong British contingent at this year’s festival.

A total of 14 nations will be represented at this year’s Hartpury Festival of Dressage, taking place 3-7 July.

The event has once again attracted a strong field of entries across 40 dressage and para-dressage classes. Local riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin lead a strong British contingent.

Carl’s book of rides includes the talented 11-year-old Hawtins Delicato, with whom he achieved an individual sixth placing at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon last year. More recently, the combination came second in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special at Bolesworth.

The highlight of Charlotte’s rides will no doubt be the hugely exciting 10-year-old, Mount St John Freestyle. Owned by the Mount St John Stud, the partnership helped the British team secure a bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018.

Michael Eilberg, Pammy Hutton, Emile Faurie and Isobel Wessels are among a number of familiar faces returning to Hartpury to contest a competitive Premier League fixture.

Hartpury graduates Lucy Pincus and Sarah Rao will also be part of the action, competing in the CDI Big Tour and CDI Small Tour respectively. Graduates and students Stef Eardley, Olivia Oakley, Jess Hickley, and Tesla Whittaker will compete in the Premier League.

The popular gala evening takes place on Saturday 6 July, featuring a demonstration from international dressage rider and former Dressage Personality of the Year, Anna Ross, who made her British team debut in Saumur back in 2007. The demonstration will take place alongside the NAF Superflex CDI3* Grand Prix Final and Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St. Georges Final.

Entry to the festival on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July is free for spectators. Entry on Friday 5, Saturday 6 (daytime) and Sunday 7 July costs £6 per person. Tickets for the Saturday Gala Evening cost £17 including admission to the festival for the entire day. A combined ticket is available for Friday – Sunday at a cost of £15. Tickets can be purchased here.

A brand new daily podcast will round up the day’s action and provide another chance to listen to rider interviews and views throughout the competition.

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Title Photo Credit: Kevin Sparrow

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