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DLS Showjumping, based in West Sussex, is home to husband and wife team David and Louise Simpson. David and Louise are both International Show Jumpers currently competing at the top shows all around the world. They pride themselves in tailoring all servicespersonally to their clients and their horses, whether you are an owner, a livery client or training with them. They have excellent contacts in both Ireland and England, and as such are able to source the perfect horses for you or find the best clients for your horse should you wish to sell



The latest goings on at DLS Showjumping

Sentower Park

Jess Crofts

Louise took Felix and Fiona van het Lemmenshof to the CSI2*, and Chessy 17 for the CSI1* at Sentower Park, Opglabbeek.

On Thursday Chessy was 3rd in the 1* 1.30, Felix had four faults in the 2* 1.40 and Fiona got the week off to an excellent start with a win in the 2* 1.35.

On Friday Chessy jumped the 1* 1.30 two phase for four faults in the jump-off. 

On Saturday Felix jumped the 1.40 for four faults in the jump-off and on Sunday Fiona finished the show with another fantastic win, this time in the CSI2* 1.40.

Louise stayed at Sentower Park, for second week, and was joined by David who took Foudre F, Jenson 55 and Gurtera for the CSI2*. .

On Thursday both Felix jumped a great round in the 1.35 for just one time fault and Fiona jumped well in the 1.40 for four faults. Both Foudre and Gurtera jumped in the 1.40, Gurtera jumping a very pleasing clear round.

On Friday Jenson 55 jumped very well in the 1.35 for one time fault and Foudre was unlucky to have four faults in the 1.45.

Over the weekend Felix jumped a good round in the 1.40 for an unlucky four faults and Fiona also had an unlucky fence in the 1.35 with Louise. Gurtera finished 9th in the 1.40 Accumulator, Jenson 55 jumped really well in the same class to finish 4th. Foudre F jumped a brilliant round in the CSI2* Grand Prix to have an unlucky four faults in the first round.

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CSI3*/CSI1*/CSIYH1* Lanaken Z Tour Week 1

Jess Crofts

David spent two weeks in Lanaken, Belgium.  The first week he had Colm O’Donnell’s The Jeweller, Gurtera Cara Duhb, Breen Equestrian’s Foudre F, Jenson 55 and Barracuda EX for the CSI3*, Emma Harrison’s Verdi’s Mexico and John & Clare Whitaker and our own Viktor for the CSI1* and our own Balloon Cruise for the CSIYH1*.

Thursday started with the CSI3* 1.40 two phase where The Jeweller made a very pleasing start by finishing 7th and Gurtera Cara Duhb jumped a double clear.

Barracuda EX jumped in the CSI3* 1.25 and  Foudre F jumped a good round in the 1.30 for a time fault.

On Friday Barracuda got off to a good start finishing 8th in the 1.30, and Gurtera jumped well in the 1.40. In the CSI1* both Viktor and Verdi’s Mexico jumped in the 1.25 and our lovely Balloon Cruise jumped a clear round in the Six Year Olds.

On Saturday Foudre F jumped a lovely round in the 1.40 two phase to finish 11th. Gutera jumped her first 1.45 and Jenson 55 jumped a great round in the 1.50 for four faults. Balloon Cruise jumped the six year olds and both Verdi’s Mexico and Viktor jumped clear in the CSI1* 1.25 speed class with Viktor finishing with a low placing.

Sunday, as always, was Grand Prix Day. The Jeweller started the day in the 1.35 and Gutera jumped the 1.45.  Jenson jumped a lovely round in the CSI3* 1.50 Grand Prix just breathing on the last fence for a late falling four faults. Balloon Cruise continued her consistent form to finish 5th in the Six Year Old final. Viktor jumped in the CSI1* 1.20 class to finish 12th and Verdi’s Mexico jumped the 1* Grand Prix to finish 19th.

A fantastic weekend for DLS Showjumping

Jess Crofts

Team DLS have just returned from their first European International show at Bonheiden in Belgium.

Louise had Louise Anderson’s Felix and DLS’ own Fiona van het Lemmenshof for the CSI2* and David had his own and Charlotte Platt’s Jenson 55, Colm O’Donnel’s The Jeweller and new ride Gutera Cara Dubh for the CSI2*, as well as homebred Balloon Cruise and Cbs Chino Noir, recently sourced from Cheryl Broderick for the Six Year Old CSIYH1*.

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First to jump were the six year olds on Thursday. The arena at Bonheiden is totally different to anything they would have seen in England, with huge advertising hoardings round three sides and a big catering marquee, bar and seating on the fourth side. Balloon Cruise was only at her seventh show and her first international but was totally un-phased jumping a lovely clear round, whle Cbs Chino Noir also jumped very well.

Next class was the CSI2* 1.30.  With 126 starters this class was split into two sections.  Louise won section A on Fiona, a really thrilling round for this lovely mare in her first show for over a year. Jenson jumped a steady clear and David was 4th in section B on Gutera.

On Friday the young horses jumped again.  Chino Noir jumped a lovely double clear and Balloon Cruise jumped very well, just having a pole in the jump-off section.

The next class was the CSI1* 1.40 Grand Prix Qualifier. Felix, Gutera and The Jeweller all jumped good rounds. But it was Louise and Fiona in the 1.30 who jumped a fiercely competitive round in the 1.30 to come second.

On Saturday the Six Year Olds had their final.  Both Balloon Cruise and Chino Noir jumped clear in the first round. With sixteen horses through to the jump-off it was competitive from the start and both horses jumped stepped up to the plate, with Balloon Cruise finishing second. A fantastic result for her first international show, and how exciting for the team to have bred such an promising youngster from David’s former team ride Cruise With Me.

The only other class of the day was the 1.45 Longines Ranking Class.  Jenson flew round to jump a clear in the first round and an extremely fast clear in the jump-off to win the class, also finishing in the monet. It was also lovely to see Grupello Z, who DLS sourced and produced, going so well and finishing 6th in the Ranking Class with Kellie Taylor.

On Sunday Fiona and the Jeweller jumped the 1.30 in the morning before Felix and Jenson jumped in the 2* Grand Prix. Both horses jumped clear in the first round, and with 15 through to the jump-off it was very competitive with only 1.5 seconds covering the first three horses.  Jenson jumped absolutely brilliantly to finish 3rd and win his second very smart rug of the weekend.

A Big Finish for Team Ireland in the UAE

Jess Crofts

Photo by Helen Cruden Photography

Following a fantastic start out in Dubai, the 2* show in Sharjah continued well for the team. Breen Equestrian’s Corenter VA jumped clear in the Accumulator on the second day, and their Foudre F jumped the ranking class, both with David. On the final day Z7 Flo Jo jumped the six year old final, a big ask for her level of experience, Corenter VA jumped double clear in the 1.30 jump off class to finish 9th but Foudre F was the star of the day, as he absolutely jumped his socks off to finish 4th in the 1.45 jump-off ranking class.

Next up the team headed to the 5* World Cup Show in Sharjah.  Charlotte Platt and DLS’ own Jenson 55 jumped a good round in the opening 1.50 speed class for four faults,  Z7 Flo Jo jumped clear to finish equal first in the Young Horse Class, and Foudre F had only four faults in the jump-off of the 1.40 in the 2*. Second day and Jenson 55 jumped a good round in the 1.50 speed in the 5*, Z7 Flo Jo finished 12th in the young horse class and Foudre F finished 7th in the 1.40 speed class in the 2*.  On the final day Jenson 55 jumped fantastically in the 150 – 160 World Cup for four faults to finish 14th .  Finally Foudre F finished the show on a brilliant note taking 3rd in the 2* Grand Prix.

The next show was the ladies 2*show in Abu Dhabi, which gave David the opportunity to head home for ten days to catch up with Louise, the boys and the rest of the horses, as well as do some teaching, making sure Sarah Lewis and her horses were up to speed before she set off for the CSI2* in Lier. While David was back in England DLS’ Charlene headed to Dubai to reacquaint herself with Fifa Paola for a successful show in the Ladies 2*. Sadly we have now said goodbye to Charlene, but she has been fantastic addition to team DLS while she has been with us.

David’s first show back in the UAE was the CSI2* in Dubai, where he rode Breen Equestrian’s lovely and very consistent Foudre F. Foudre was obviously very pleased to be back at a show finishing 7th in the 1.40 speed and 3rd in the very hotly contested 2* Grand Prix.

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The final show of the UAE tour and it was a big one; the CSIO5* Nations Cup Show in Dubai. Foudre F made a big step up to a 5* show and jumped very well, just having four faults in each 1.45 class and finishing with a respectable round in the 1.50.  Jenson 55 made his Nations Cup debut for Ireland on the Saturday of the show. He was a bit overwhelmed in the first round, but came out under the lights in the second round and dug deep to jump an absolutely fabulous clear round. With only three riders completing he played an essential part in Ireland’s second place which automatically secured Ireland’s place in the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona in September.

Many, many thanks to Team Z7 and Sheika Maitha for the opportunity to ride for them on this amazing tour for the second year, it certainly gets the year off to flying start.

Dubai off to a great start for David Simpson

Jess Crofts

To start 2019 David traveled out to Dubai with Breen Sport Horses’ Trevor Breen to join the horses as they came out of quarantine.  David’s rides in Dubai include Jenson 55, jointly owned by David and Charlotte Platt, and David’s own Starfighter. In addition David is riding Z7 Flo Jo, a six year old homebred owned by Team Z7 and both Foudre F and Corenter VA who are owned by Breen Equestrian.

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They kicked off the competitions out there with the CSI4* World Cup show in Abu Dhabi.  This was David’s first competitive ride on Foudre, Corenter and Flo Jo. Foudre got off to a good start in the 1.30, followed by six year old Z7 Flo Jo, whose competitive career only started in April 2018, but who jumped her strongest course to date in the Young Horse Class. Starfighter finished day one with a good round in the 1.40. On Friday Foudre impressed – finishing 7th in the 1.40, and Z7 Flo Jo really stepped up to jump the Young Horse Grand Prix. On Saturday Foudre jumped his first 1.45 ranking class for a single mistake.

The beautiful Al Shira’aa CSI4* in Abu Dhabi started well with a 10th place for Jenson 55 in the Longines Ranking Class. Starfighter jumped clear for a low placing in the 1.30 and Flo Jo was 12th in the Young Horse class. On Friday Jenson had an easy round in the 1.30 while Foudre was 8th in the same class. On Saturday Z7 Flo Jo finished 7th in the Young Horse Grand Prix. Abu Dhabi hosted its first ever Derby on the Saturday which was greeted with huge enthusiasm and excitement by the home crowd.  Complete with ditches, derby rails, gates and the Hickstead planks this was a really fast and competitive class.  David was drawn late to go on Starfighter and an early fence put paid to their chances so David sensibly saved him for another day.  The UAE’s Hamad Al Kirbi and Mohammed Al Hajri finished first and second for the home nation to fantastic cheers and applause. On Sunday Jenson 55 jumped in the 1.55/1.60 Grand Prix and Foudre made a very good finish with 6th place in the 1.45 ranking class.

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The third show was the CSI5* World Cup Show.  Thursday got off to an auspicious start with Jenson 7th in the 1.45 Speed Longines Ranking Class and Foudre F 9th in the 1.45 Two Phase Longines Ranking Class. On Friday Jenson 55 finished 10th in the 1.55 Winning Round class and Foudre jumped in the 1.45. The show finished with a great result on Saturday when Jenson 55 finished 2nd in the 1.45 Accumulator – just pipped at the post by Georgia Tame on Z7 Caretina.  A one-two for team Z7 and a great result for Charlotte Platt and Team 55.

The fourth show to date: CSI3* Sharjah, which got off to a good start with Foudre F finishing 12th in the ranking class, Z7 Flo Jo finishing 13th in the Young Horse class and Breen Equestrian’s Corenter VA making his debut in the UAE to finish 4th in the 1.25.

David on his own and Team 55’s, Jenson 55, coming 2nd in the CSI5* Accumlator at the Emirates Equestrian Centre out in Dubai

Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre

Jess Crofts

Another successful day for the DLS ladies, this time at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre.

Antonia Platt’s G Star Blue did a lovely  double Clear with Lou in in the Foxhunter.

Charlene and Gurtera Cara Dubh rode a fab round to place 3rd in the Blue Chip Karma Qualifier, and CBS Chino Noir jumped double clear in the Newcomers in her first show with Charlene.

Success for the DLS ladies at Wellington

Jess Crofts

While the boys are competing out in Dubai, the DLS ladies are business as usual competing the horses here at home. This week Charlene and Louise took the horses to Wellington Riding and did the team proud.

LVS Shelby and Charlene had a super round in the Foxhunter to come out on top (see video). Charlene also had great rounds with Balloon Cruise & Viktor who were 3rd & 5th in the newcomers.

Meanwhile Louise was kept busy jumping Mr Tornado (owned by Anya Jackson) & Starouge to 4th and 5th respectively in the Foxhunter class. Louise jumped a lovely double clear with Louise Flower’s Felix in the 120, in addition to the beautiful double clears she produced with Fiona V/H Lemmenshof in the 110 for her first show back, and with Emma Harrison’s Verdi’s Mexico in the Newcomers.

Vilamoura Champions Tour - Week Two

Jess Crofts

Louise and Jaffar de Bourguignon winning the 130

Louise and Jaffar de Bourguignon winning the 130

It’s been another week full of clear rounds for everyone at DLS, with many of the horses stepping up a level.

Louise and Jaffar were the stars of the week winning all three 130 classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - an unbelievable way for Lou to finish her last show with this super horse.

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It was lucky fifth again for Louise and Starouge kicking off the first day with a great clear to place in the 1.35m. The seven year old then showed us more of what he was made of with a double clear on Wednesday to secure a top ten spot. The combination came into their own in the final with an unbelievable double clear taking second place, just 0.64 seconds behind the winner.

There was no stopping Lou and Felix as they racked up the clear rounds

There was no stopping Lou and Felix as they racked up the clear rounds

David and The Jeweller started the show as they meant to go on, but a couple of time faults kept them out of the top spots

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In the 145 only 0.1 seconds separated Chessy and Jenson’s time with two great clear rounds.

Vilamoura Champions Tour - Week One

Jess Crofts

The team have been busy packing up and traveling to Portugal for the 2018 Vilamoura Champions Tour, and it has already been an amazing week for all the riders and horses.

On the first day of competition DLS collectively took 4 top twenty spots in the 130, all with great clear rounds. Louise and Chessy finished in 5th place, David and Liberty closely followed in 7th with Starouge and Fifa Paola then claiming 16th and 18th respectively.

Friday’s 130 class saw even more clear rounds from the whole team. Charlene Bastone jumped 7 year old Vegas, in his international debut, to a lovely clear, along with Louise and and Felix (who ended in 8th place) and David and Amigo. All three riders then jumped in the 140 where David and Liberty’s foot perfect round saw them take 3rd place, while Louise and Charlene gave him a run for his money with lovely clears on Starouge and Fifa Paola.

Even more clear rounds came on Saturday form Louise and Felix X, placing 8th, Charlene with Vegas and David with Rosalind Platt’s Amigo.

Louise took another placing with Chessy on Saturday in the ranking class and again with Felix in the 130. While Amigo and David added another clear round to their roster in the same class.

Yesterday Anya Jackson and Starfighter jumped a quick clear together to finish in 4th place, Amigo and David had ANOTHER clear round and Louise and Felix X jumped a lightening round but sadly had the least fence down in the 135.

Jensen and David have already jumped two Grand Prix classes this week and he is feeling better than ever. An unlucky pole in each class has kept them out of placings but David & Charlotte Platt’s Jenson is feeling like he’s on better form than ever with a lot left in the tank for the rest of the show.