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!