Imported Stallion Takes Prix St Georges
Cambridge dressage rider Alex Matheson takes nothing for granted but knows his imported stallion PSL Lingh II has all the ability in the world.
The combination won the Pryde’s EasiFeed FEI Prix St Georges yesterday with 68.64% – a score that could have been a smidgen more had the horse not broken to a trot coming down the final centre line.
“I was really pleased with the rest of his test,” said Matheson, who is married to fellow dressage rider Lisa Blackbourn. “You never expect to win. He is quite a hot horse and can be spooky in this atmosphere.”
The horse has earlier caught the eye of British dressage superstar Charlotte Dujardin, who rates him highly.
Lingh already has some nice foals on the ground, well suited to dressage, showjumping and eventing. Blackbourn used to have the ride but Matheson took the ride two seasons ago. The 44-year-old has been competing at HOY longer than he cares to remember, and 17 years ago won the advanced title aboard Gariboldi NZ.
“HOY is always a bit of a challenge for the charged atmosphere, but it’s a great show to be at.”
Today (Friday) Matheson will compete in the Pryde’s EasiFeed FEI Intermediate I.
Prydes EasiFeed FEI Prix St Georges: Alex Matheson (Cambridge) PSL Lingh II 68.64% 1, Vanessa Way (Taranaki) NRM Andreas 68.333% 2, Franzi Van Bruggen-Smit (Blenheim) Fortunato 66.36% 3, Victoria Wall (Kaukapapa) Letty Lei 65.658% 4, Toni Louisson (Manawatu) Astute 65.526% 5, Tracy Smith (Hamilton) Lord Louis 64.781% 6.