Way and NRM Andreas Advanced Dressage Horse of the Year
In a class of horses and riders all competitive on their day, the Advanced title was always going to be a tight scramble, and it proved to be so, in the deciding class, the Harney & Sons Musical Freestyle.
With red ribbons from the Pryde’s Easifeed Prix St Georges and Inter I title tests already hanging up in his truck, victory was enticingly close for Alex Matheson and Dutch stallion PSL Lingh II.
Also sitting handy for the title was Vanessa Way and NRM Andreas, who set the score to beat early on in the final class with a not-out-of-reach 67.7.
Angela Lloyd and Ruanuku R came closest, putting up 66.875 to earn them second place and third overall in the championship, well-deserved after a consistent show.
Matheson kicked his test off with a lovely entrance but the work became a little rushed and was peppered with small but ultimately expensive mistakes (66.375). He had to settle for third, although his previous wins ensured him the reserve champion sash.
But the day belonged to Vanessa, who had a good show, with reserve placings in the L4 (NSC Pronto) and L5 (NRM KH Arion) championships as well.