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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

Champions Tour Vilamoura, Week Three

Jess Crofts

David, Connor and Charlie took advantage of the half-term week to escape the rain and join Louise, Graham and Olivia in Vilamoura.

The youngsters started jumping on Tuesday with Donna Pascale jumping consistently in the seven year olds. Graham and Senator’s Rhondiago were clear in the six year olds on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday David took back the reins on Jenson 55 to finish 18th with a clear round in the 1.40, and Louise had a great round on Calvaro’s Up To Date to finish 2nd in the 1.40, and also finished 7th in the 1.35 on Felix.

On Friday Jenson, Calvaro’s up to Date, and Fiona all jumped in the 1.45-1.50 speed class, and Gutera Cara Dhub and Felix jumped in the 1.40.  Olivia jumped a lovely round in the 1.30 on Carracasca B.

Saturday, was a day off for everybody, time for a windy trip to the beach.

On Sunday Felix and Louise had a very unlucky rail in the 1.40 speed as did Gutera Cara Dhub. The final class of the week was the CSI3* Grand Prix where David jumped Jenson and Louise jumped Calvaro’s Up To Date.  Louise and Calvaro’s Up to Date jumped two absolutely fantastic rounds to finish 4th in the mare’s first 3* Grand Prix. This partnership is going from strength to strength.

Helsinki World Cup

Jess Crofts

Lori, Gentleman and Amigo made the journey from Oslo to Helsinki for the second leg of the World Cup Series.

David and Gentleman got the show off to a good start with a speedy clear for 7th place in the 1.45 Longines Ranking Class, followed by Amigo coming 5th in the 1.40 two phase.

On Saturday Amigo jumped in the 1.50 speed class and Gentleman jumped a fabulous round in the Grand Prix to finish 11th.

On Sunday Amigo rounded off his show with 9th in the 1.45 speed class and Gentleman once again jumped the World Cup Qualifier to finish 17th with an unlucky four faults.

The horses and Lori then started the long journey home after competing at two of the best indoor shows in the world and having more than held their own against some of the best combinations in the world.  As always many thanks to the Vitek family who own Gentleman van het Veldhof and Rosalind Platt who owns Amigo.

Champions Tour Vilamoura, Week Two

Jess Crofts

Louise, Graham and Olivia had another good week in Vilamoura.

Donna Pascale started the week with 7th place in the seven year olds on Tuesday, followed by 3rd in the seven year old Grand Prix on Wednesday. Graham jumped Hennessy S in the seven year old classes, and Senator’s Rhondiago in the six year old classes.

On Thursday Calvaro’s Up to Date won the 1.40 for Louise, and Fiona van het Lemmenshof had an unlucky four faults in the 1.35. Olivia and Carracasca B were clear and 20th in the 1.20.

On Friday Calvaro’s Up to Date and Louise were 3rd in the 1.45 Longines Ranking Class, Fiona van het Lemmenshof jumped the 1.40 and Jenson 55 had a run round the 1.30 for 12th place.

On Saturday Olivia and Carracasca B jumped another clear round to finish 18th in the 1.20.

On Sunday Fiona finished a good week for Louise with 3rd place in the 1.35 Grand Prix, but Graham went one better on Gurtera Cara Duhb to finish 2nd in the same class. Olivia and Carracasca B finished 18th in the 1.25 Grand Prix.

Olso World Cup

Jess Crofts

David made the long trip to the fabulous Kingsland Horse Show in Oslo, Norway with the Vitek’s Gentleman van het Veldhof and Rosalind Platt’s Amigo.

Gentleman got off to a great start on Friday, finishing 12th with a good clear in the 1.50 speed class.  Amigo also made a great start in the 1.40 for four faults.

On the Saturday Gentleman stepped up to jump the 1.50/1.60 speed class and jumped another lovely, steady round for 5 faults. Amigo then jumped a really classy round in the 1.45 speed, a Longines Ranking Class, to finish 11th.

On Sunday, the final day, Amigo jumped a very nice round in his first 1.50, and then Gentleman jumped his first World Cup Qualifier for just one time fault to finish just out of the money.

We were thrilled with the way both these horses stepped up to jump at their first World Cup show, and their first experience of jumping indoors at this level.

The horses are now on the final leg of the long journey from Oslo to the next show in the World Cup Series in Helsinki.

Champions Tour Vilamoura, Week One

Jess Crofts

Louise, Graham and Olivia Gillespie set off to the Champions Tour in Vilamoura in Portugal. The younger horses started jumping on Tuesday with Graham jumping Deborah Lax’s Senator’s Rhondaigo in the Six Year Olds.  Graham then made a great start with Stephen Hendry’s Hennessy S to finish 6th in the Seven Year Olds, Louise also jumped Donna Pascale in the Seven Year Olds.

 On Wednesday Senator’s Rhondaigo jumped another nice round in the Six Year Olds. Hennessy S then won the Seven Year Old class with Donna Pascale finishing 6th. Louise jumped Felix in the 1.25 to finish 5th. Olivia jumped Carracasca B in the 1.20 to finish 3rd.

 The CSI3* started on Thursday. Graham and Louise got off to a great start in the 1.35 with Graham finishing 3rd on Gurtera Cara Duhb and Louise finishing 6th on the Gillespie’s Calvaro’s Up to Date, and 16th on Felix. Louise had a great round on Fiona van het Lemenshof in the 1.45 to finish 15th.

 On Friday Gurtera continued her good form, finish 2nd in the 1.40 for Graham, with Louise hot on their heels with Calvaro’s Up to Date in 4th and Felix in 5th. Louise then jumped both Fiona and Jenson 55 in the 1.45.

 On Saturday Gurtera and Calvaro’s up to date both finished their week of jumping in the 1.40, and Olivia and Carracasca jumped a nice round in the 1.25.

Leading Showjumper of the Year awarded to Gentleman VH Heldof & David Simpson

Jess Crofts

David was selected to represent Ireland at the CSI3* Birmingham, Horse of the Year Show with Rosalind Platt’s Amigo and the Vitek family’s Gentleman van het Veldof.

Photo Credit Julian Portch Photography

Photo Credit Julian Portch Photography

 The show started with the Welcome Stakes, a 1.45 two phase class where Amigo made a good start to the show, and to the indoor season, finishing 13th with four faults. David jumped Gentleman in the big class of the day, the Take your Own line competition, where he jumped a very good round in the combination’s first indoor show. The arena in Birmingham is fairly tight with a big crowd and an electric atmosphere.

On Saturday Amigo finished 5th in the very competitive Accumulator competition and Gentleman jumped in the jump-off class in the evening.

On Sunday David jumped Amigo in the five fence challenge in the morning where he jumped very nicely. Then it was all eyes on the Grand Prix for the title of Showjumper of the Year.  Drawn first to go David and Gentleman jumped an immaculate clear round and then had a long wait while 15 other combinations joined them in what was going to be a fast and furious jump-off.  David was early to go in the jump-off, Gentleman jumped a beautiful, smooth round, saving every second possible to take over the lead from Georgia Tame, and managed to set a target that nobody equalled, winning by exactly one second from Harry Charles. What a fantastic start to the indoor season, and what an amazing partnership with the very consistent Gentleman. Winner of the Queen Elizabeth Cup at Hickstead, double clear in his CSIO5* Nations Cup debut and Showjumper of the Year in the UK.

Best of the Irish Team for Simpson in Gijon

Jess Crofts

David was called up to represent Ireland in the CSIO5* Nations Cup show at Gijon in Spain.

David took Gentleman for the Nations Cup, Foudre F and Jenson 55 for the CSIO5* and Stephen Hendry’s 7 year old Hennessey for the CSIYH1*.

This was a long show with jumping starting on Wednesday.  Hennessey got off to a great start being 5th in the 7 year olds. Foudre then jumped a good round in the 1.40 and Jenson jumped the 1.50.

On Thursday Hennessey jumped really well again to be 9th in the 7 year olds. David gave Gentleman a training run round the 1.40 two phase, just jumping the first round on him making sure he was absolutely spot-on for Friday.

On Friday Gentleman jumped two absolutely fantastic rounds in the Nations Cup for just one time fault in each round finishing best of the Irish team.

On Saturday Hennessey finished a very good show coming 12th in the 7 year old final and Jenson was very unlucky in the Accumulator, just having the fence before the Joker.

On Sunday David just jumped Jenson in the 1.40 speed and Gentleman jumped in his first 5* Grand Prix, just having a couple of unlucky poles. All in all his CSIO5* debut was really impressive, and he has achieved some amazing results in his short career with David.

DLS at the All England Jumping Championships

Jess Crofts

Louise and Antonia were competing at the All England Championships at Hickstead while David was representing Ireland in Gijon in Spain.

Thursday started with Daley Fisher taking a catch ride on Cognac in the 1.20, and Louise was then 6th on Donna Pascale in the 1.30.  Antonia rode her own Imerald S in the 6 & 7 Year Old Qualifier to finish 8th and qualify for the main ring on Friday. Antonia also rode G Star Blu to 10th place in the 1.30 and rode Amigo clear in the first round of a very strong 1.40 in the main ring, just having four faults in the jump-off.

Friday started with Amigo jumping in the 1.40 speed class in the main ring for one fence and a time fault. G Star Blu jumped very well in a very difficult 1.30 in ring 3B and Imerald was fabulous in the 6 & 7 year old final in the main ring.

On Friday Donna Pascale was 7th in the 1.30 qualifier with Louise qualifying them for the final in the main ring and Felix was 10th in the 1.30 with Louise.

On Sunday there was just Donna Pascale to make her debut in the main ring in the 1.30 Championship, where she jumped very well to finish outside the prizes.

Bolesworth Young Horse Championship

Jess Crofts

We have just returned from a very lovely, but at times rather soggy British Young Horse Championships and CSI2* at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire.

The jumping started on Wednesday with young horse classes in the most hideous wet and windy weather.  David started the day with Full Monty in the four year old class in the Castle Arena, going double clear and finishing equal first, Louise jumped Noble de Reve in a quite strong five year old qualifier in the same ring to finish with a very respectable four faults.

David then jumped the homebred Balloon Cruise in the incredibly strong six year old qualifier in the main ring.  Balloon Cruise jumped really well for four faults. The Louise jumped Donna Pascale in the seven year olds in the main ring for a double clear and equal first place.

The international horses started the day on a sunny Thursday.  Louise and Jenson 55 sped round the Grand Prix Qualifier for 3rd place and Cognac then took on a strong field to win the 1.30.  Gutera Cara Dubh had a green four faults in the Grand Prix Qualifer and Hennessey jumped a great double clear in the 1.30 to finish 15th.

The four and five year olds jumped in the main ring on Thursday which was a big atmosphere for them. The Full Monty jumped a good round for four faults and Noble de Reve jumped beautifully also for four faults.

On Friday Cognac jumped another very good double clear to finish 3rd in the 1.30 and Donna Pascale jumped a superb round in the six year olds in the main ring to finish 6th. For David Hennessy jumped another double clear in the 1.30 to finish 13th. Gutera jumped in the 1.45 and Balloon Cruise jumped another good round in the Six Year olds.

On Saturday Full Monty kicked off the young horse finals with a great double clear to finish equal first in the four year olds. Hennessey jumped another double clear in the 1.30 to finish 10th.

Sunday was the final day of a very long show.  Balloon Cruise jumped two superb rounds in the Six Year Old Championship to finish 14th and Gutera finished the show with a good round in a very difficult 1.35.

It was great to see our pupils going so well: Antonia Platt was clear jumping in the Grand Prix qualifier the first day with Amigo, she won the six year olds the second day with Imerald S and G Star Blue jumped consistently well for lower placings in the CSI2* 1.30’s. Our former working pupil Charlene Bastone jumped well every day finishing with 8th place in the Grand Prix on Sanlou and Sarah Lewis had a successful show with her young horses Hurricane Heidi and Askeaton.

With terrible weather in the run-up to the show and a very wet Wednesday and Friday the team at Bolesworth did a fabulous job to run the show at all.  It was a fabulous venue to showcase what lovely horses are being bred and produced in Britain, and although it was a long and sometimes wet show the atmosphere was great every day.