A great few days at the British Dressage National championships. It was so lovely to catch up with friends and clients.
Nazareno Vicon made for a more challenging ride then usual. Some small distractions kept his mind off the job in hand, you know what men can be like sometimes!! It’s been a cracking season together so far and I am looking forward to consolidating our work towards Big Tour.
Mari Durward-Akhurst had a good ride on her second mount, Bear. Lots learnt to move forwards for an exciting 12 months ahead.
A huge thank you to Emma for making Nasa look a million dollars and all the girls at home that keep the yard running so smoothly allowing us to go away and compete.
Looking forward to returning for our Fall Tour.
The collection for the Fall Elite Auction is now online! There are some lovely horses both Dressage and jumping along with some mega foals. All horses have been vetted and xrayed which are available for you and your vets to view.
If your interested in trying any of them then please do get in contact. Ben Franklin Dressage will be there before and during the auction, you would be more then welcome to join on our table
Ben Franklin Dressage and clients having fun at the Oldenburger Pferdezuchtverband Elite Foal auction on Sunday. If you’re interested in attending the next auction that will have riding horses both Dressage and Showjumpers and a selection of foals then get in contact, we would love for you to join us.
As yesterday was our final show of the series it was also the finale of the 2019 league. It’s been a bitter fought battle for the top spot and prize fund of over £1000
but……the clear winner for this year was Caroline Pluck.🥇🥇🥇🥇 2nd place was Katharine Wall 🥈🥈🥈 and 3rd place was Lotte Harris-Turner🥉🥉🥉🥉 Each of these lovely ladies have won fantastic prizes donated by our incredible sponsors whom without their support the shows wouldn’t be what they are, so a HUGE thank you to them.
We also had one special prize to award, The Simple Equine most improved rider for 2019. This was an individual that the judges felt had gone away, done their homework and improved massively over the series. This years winner was, Scout Stalham (Rebecca Stalham) Scout has won some lovely products from our very kind sponsor The Simple Equine.
2019 sponsors: Equine Essentials Direct, Stuart Equine, Equilibrium Products, Stübben UK & Ireland, Chiltern Vet Physio, The Simple Equine, Protexin Equine Premium, Hannah Freeland Photography ABIPP
Finally a massive thank you to all of you guys for supporting them, we look forward to welcoming you back in 2020
They did it!! Team Silver! What an amazing achievement for a team with three rookies!! Not that far behind the Dutch either!!
A fantastic round in the Team Test yesterday for Mari, much more relaxed and so skilfully ridden giving a good 70% anchor score for the team!! What an experience! Another amazing round from Georgia Wilson and Sophie Wells puts them in contention!!! Fingers toes and everything crossed that they medal
So proud of Mari Durward-Akhurst Para Dressage Rider yesterday. A 70% score at her first major championship!! What an achievement! A trend of 74% until a slight notch of tension came in but Mari rode so well to keep him in line! A day off today with some training before the Team test on tomorrow
Through the trot up!
Great result today at the The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe Summer regionals. Maria Dent’s Nazareno Vicon posted a 69% in the PSG for 6th place. Much better after our Int 1 yesterday where we were not quite on the same hymn sheet. Ben Franklin Dressage also had a fantastic show with Rosemary Mckerrell’s De Angelis scoring 70% in a hotly contested Elementary Gold for 6th place
We were extremely honoured to welcome the Oldenburger Pferdezuchtverband on Monday to grade this years arrival. I am so happy to say that RWD Spring Sensation aka Pumpkin (Foundation x Sarkozy x Lauries Crusador) received the Premium Award, over the moon for our first foal. Huge thank you to those on the day for their support, Rosemary for the lovely photos and the girls on the yard for having it all run smoothly.
Working in the equine industry you sometimes get some very proud moments and today is most certainly one of those!!! 3 years ago my phone rang and a lady asked if I wouldn’t mind taking on the training of her daughter who competed in Para Dressage and had high aspirations. I have to admit that I didn’t know a lot about Para having only stepped into that world a little. We meet, chatted about her aspirations about riding for her country and being awarded that red Union Jack badge.
We started our quest, throwing ourselves in at the deep end, watching each test, taking away the comments, working hard to improve and she did improve, the scores went up, the placings went up. The recognition that was deserved came from the powers that be and today I am so so soooooo proud to say that she has been selected to represent her country and the European Championships in Rotterdam!! They say that dreams can come true and this is a prime example. We are looking forward to working with the rest of the team in what will be a super fun trip!!
A fun and different afternoon today at the yard. We were very honoured to welcome a group of Chinese visitors that have been staying in the U.K. for the Summer. Nazareno was the perfect demo horse as we gave an interactive demo on how we choose music for freestyle. Pumpkin was a huge hit as always charming everyone is her way.
Late to report but more fantastic results for South Oxfordshire Hunt South Pony Club at the Pony Dressage Qualifier held at BCA last weekend. Individual qualifications at Open and Intermediate and super placings in the Novice as well. Well done guys
What an incredible few days. After leaving the lovely guys we had two super days training at Courtney Bolender Dressage LLC, lots of smiling faces and laughs along with some hard work. Saturday saw us travel to Millbrook for a private clinic at the beautiful Bel-Aire Farm, thank you to Clair for being a very kind host. Today we were kindly hosted by MMDressage for another busy day. A huge thank you to all, you guys are amazing and The Simple Equine for keeping us in line with the tight schedule. Looking forward to seeing you all again in October.
What an incredible couple of days at the Eleazer Davis Farm clinic, USA. Lisa is just the most amazing host. A huge thank you to her for her kind hospitality to myself and Ben Franklin. Great to see old friends and well as new, some great training, lots of laughs and we got to tryout New England Ice cream!!! Keep working hard and we look forward to seeing you all soon
Fab news coming from home for the South Oxfordshire Hunt South Pony Club. Both the Open and Intermediate Eventing teams qualified for the Pony club championships with 5 members gaining sub 30 Dressage scores!!!!! All that hard work at the Pre show training evenings paid off. Super job girls.
Our week at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage finished last night with Maria Dent’s Nazareno Vicon in the Elite Stallions PSG horse of the future. The top 8 from Thursdays class qualified for this championship final held in last nights gala evening.
WOW, what a absolute privilege to be able to ride in an atmosphere like that. Nasa took everything in his stride with one costly blip but we finished in 6th place. Over the moon with how this guy has stepped up to the mark this past week, he’s only done 6 PSGs and to end up holding his own against these horses so proud of him. Excited for the future.
A first place win for Mari Durward-Akhurst Para Dressage Rider today in the international Grade 1 freestyle with 72%!!!