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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

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The latest goings on at DLS Showjumping

Team DLS Impress in Crans-Montana

Jess Crofts

What a fantastic show for the team at the CSI4* in Crans-Montana.

Jumping started on Thursday with David and Gentleman, and Louise and Felix both jumping good rounds to set them up for the rest of the show.  David and Jenson 55 them jumped in the 1.45 where he did a brilliant, speedy round to finish 3rd. Louise and Fiona claimed the fastest round of the class, but an unlucky four faults unfortunately meant that the win was just out of reach. It was great to see Robert Whitaker and our lovely six year old Wyoming come 3rd in the six year old class.

On Friday David jumped Foudre F in the 1.40 and both Gentleman and Felix jumped in the 1.50.

On Saturday Louise and Felix jumped two fabulous rounds in the 1.45 Longines Ranking Class to finish 5th. but it was the wonderful Fiona who rode Louise to the win in the 1.40 speed class, with David and Jenson hot on their heels, taking 3rd.

On Sunday Fiona and Foudre both jumped in the Accumulator to finish just out of the money, and Jenson stepped up to the plate to jump the 1.60 Grand Prix. One of only five clear rounds in the class, Jenson jumped his 3rd GP clear in a row to finish an impressive 5th.

We now travel back across to the French side of the Alps for the CSI3* in Megeve.

South View CSI2*

Jess Crofts

David and Louise had a fantastic show at the Charles Stanley British Masters CSI2* at South View Equestrian Centre.

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The jumping started on Friday and David was 4th in the 1.30 on Gentleman van het Veldhof Louise also reaching the jump-off on Felix. In the 1.45 Grand Prix qualifier Louise and Fiona van het Lemmenshof swept into 2nd place and David also had Gutera Cara Duhb in the class.

On Friday both Felix and Gutera jumped in the 1.45, Felix just having four faults in the jump-off.

On Sunday David jumped Gutera in the 1.40 Table C, Speed and seconds added for faults, class in which she jumped a lovely clear round. Louise then jumped Felix in the Grand Prix where he just had a very unlucky four faults. David and Gentleman jumped a fantastic clear round in the Grand Prix, followed by another great clear in the jump-off to finish 4th.  What a fabulous result for a horse David has only started jumping very recently.

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DLS take to the Hickstead Derby Meeting

Jess Crofts

One of our favourite shows of the year has to be the CSI4* Hickstead Derby Meeting. It’s only just down the road, and not only has some of the most exciting international jumping of the year, but also offers the opportunity for the younger horses to gain invaluable experience jumping on grass and in the amazing all-weather surfaces in a busy “big show” atmosphere.  David had two entries in the CSI4*, new ride Gentleman VH Veldehof and the Breen Equestrian’s Foudre F.

The national classes started on Wednesday - Louise rode the Don VHP daughter Donna Pascale into a place in the Newcomers, and David jumped Gentleman VH Veldehof in the 1.35 in Ring 2 for invaluable familiarisation. Louise rode two of our five year olds in the 1 metre open in ring 4, Noble de Reve and the Full Monty. David also jumped I’m Special Too DH into a place the six year old qualifier in the beautifully revamped ring three.

On Thursday David opened his account in the CSI4* with 7th place on Foudre F in the Stoner Jewellers Vase, a 1.45 speed class, and jumped Gentleman in the 1.50 Derby Tankard speed class.

In the national classes on Thursday I’m Special Too DH was placed again in the six year olds, this time on the grass in Ring 2, and both David with Verdi’s Mexico and Louise with Donna Pascale jumped in the first 7 & 8 year old qualifier in ring 3. Donna Pascale showed her versatility by finishing 7th in the Foxhunters with David.

On Friday Foudre F was placed again in the CSI4*, 7th again in the 1.45 two phase. Louise jumped the five year olds in the 1 metre again and David jumped Verdi’s Mexico in the 7 & 8 year old qualifier.

On Saturday David rode both Foudre F and Gentleman in the 1.50 Hickstead Masters finishing 5th with Foudre and 16th with Gentleman. Louise was 5th in the Newcomers on Donna Pascale. David and I’m Special Too VH jumped three clear rounds in the Big Star Six Year Old class in Ring 4 to qualify for the Big Star Six Year Old Final at the National Championships in August.

Last, but most definitely not least, Charlie and the lovely Dancer jumped in the Hickstead Mini Challenge to win a rosette every day.

 

Another successful show for Team DLS at Bolesworth CSI4*

Jess Crofts

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We’ve just returned from a fantastic show at CSI4* Bolesworth.  What a tremendous effort by Nina Barbour and her team, who managed to defy the horrendous weather and give competitors and their teams a truly fantastic show.

Thursday started well with the CSI4* 1.40 two phase in the Castle Arena, where Louise was 5th on Felix and David was 8th on Foudre F. In the afternoon Louise jumped Fiona van het Lemmenshof and David jumped Jenson 55 in the 4* 1.45 two phase.  They had a pole apiece, but both jumped well, setting them up for the rest of the show.

Friday started with the CSI4* 1.35 speed class where Gurtera Cara Dubh jumped well for four faults, and Jenson 55 and Fiona van het Lemmenshof jumped in the CSI4* 1.50.

On Saturday morning Gurtera jumped the CSI4* 1.35 to finish 16th and in the afternoon Foudre F jumped a fantastic round in the 1.45 speed to finish 5th.

Sunday was a very early start, but certainly well worth it as Louise and Fiona were 2nd in the 1.40 speed and David and Gurtera were 4th. The day kept going well in the CSI4* 1.45 where Felix finished 4th and Foudre F finished 6th. The showcase class of the show is always the CSI4* Grand Prix and Jenson 55 and David jumped two fabulous clear rounds around a very difficult 1.60 course, in very exalted company to finish 4th.  What a fabulous finish to a very, very good day.

As always we love to see horses we have been involved with doing well with their new riders.  It was great to see Andretti and Graham Gillespie going so well to finish 5th in the CSI4* class on Friday. We were thrilled to get the news that 6 year old Jammy Dodger and Alex Hempleman have qualified for the Connollys Red Mills sponsored Newcomers Final at the Horse of the Year show in October, and it to top it off it was great to see Tony Pearson winning the Amateur Championship on Berlin, who was purchased from DLS.

 

Two wins for DLS Showjumping at Sentower Park

Jess Crofts

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A hugely successful show for Team DLS at Sentower Park in Belgium last weekend.  Thursday started off very well for David with a win in the Seven Year Old class for Verdi’s Mexico. Gurtera Cara Dubh then jumped clear in the 1.40 Grand Prix Qualifier to finish 3rd and Jenson jumped a lovely clear in his section of the 1.40.  Louise also had a fantastic day with 11th in the 1.40 for Felix but topped the day off with a win in the 1.40 for the wonderful Fiona V/H Lemmenshof.

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On Friday David jumped Verdi’s Mexico in the seven year olds, and Gurtera jumped brilliantly the 1.45 Longines Ranking Class to finish 9th.  Louise and Felix also jumped a great round in the Ranking Class for just four faults.

On Saturday Gurtera jumped the 1.45 Ranking Class for just a couple of poles, which was pleasing as she is fairly new to this level. Verdi’s Mexico just had four faults and a time fault in a very strong Seven Year Old Grand Prix and Jenson was 9th in the CSI2* Grand Prix. Louise and Felix also jumped really well in the Grand Prix and Fiona topped off a fabulous show for the team with 2nd place in the 1.40.

CSI4* Bourg en Bresse

Jess Crofts

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David and Lori made the long drive down to Bourg en Bresse near Lyon in France with Jenson 55, Foudre F and Gurtera Cara Dubh for the CSI4*.

Jumping started on Thursday. Foudre jumped well in the 1.40 for four faults and a time fault and Jenson jumped a fabulous round in the 1.50 Grand Prix qualifier to finish 10th and qualify for the Grand Prix. It was great to see our six year old Wyoming 19 finish equal first in the six year olds with Robert Whitaker.

 On Friday Foudre jumped another good round in the 1.40 and Jenson just jumped a few fences in the big class in preparation for the Grand Prix. Wyoming 19 and Rob won the six year old class.

On Saturday Foudre jumped the 1.45 Longines Ranking Class and Gurtera jumped well in the 1.40. Foudre then jumped three very good round in the Six Bar competition two finish 5th. This was very good experience for him, jumping under floodlights in front of a very excited crowd in a packed stadium, but it was a very late night for poor Lori.

 On Sunday Gurtera jumped well for 4 faults in the 1.40, Jenson jumped the 4* Grand Prix and Wyoming jumped the 6 year old final for one time fault. Lori and David then made the long overnight trek home, arriving home at 9am ready for a full day of riding and teaching.

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.