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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

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.

DLS take on Beervelde

Jess Crofts

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Jenson and Lousie

Louise and David had a fabulous show in Beervelde in Belgium.  Louise took Unex Cognac and Jenson 55 for the CSI2* and Donna Pascale for the seven year old section of the CSIYH1*. David was competing in the CSI3* with Gentleman van het Veldhof, Felix and Fiona van het Lemmenshof.

Jumping started on Thursday.  Donna Pascale jumped well in the seven year olds, Cognac was 4th in the 1.30 speed, which was a very good result for his first show back for some time and Louise had her first ride on Jenson in the ring for four faults in the jump-off section of the 1.40 two phase.

David jumped double clear on Felix in the CSI3* 1.40 two phase and then Fiona and David stormed home to win the 1.45 Accumulator, also winning a very expensive handbag for Lou.

On Friday Louise started the day with a lovely double clear on Donna Pascale in the seven year olds and then the day got better and better: Cognac won the 1.30 two phase and Jenson 55 won the 1.40 speed class. David finished the day with 9th place on Gentleman in the 1.50 CSI3* speed class.

On Saturday Donna Pascale jumped very well in the seven year old Grand Prix for one fence in the jump-off and Cognac jumped well in the 1.40 speed class. David only had Fiona to jump in the 1.40 two phase.

On Sunday Louise had an absolutely perfect end to the show winning the CSI2* Grand Prix on Jenson in an incredibly fast jump-off, and winning a brand new ride-on lawn-mower, little did they know what a perfect prize a beautiful lawn-mower is for Louise. David jumped Gentleman in the CSI3* Grand Prix for a very unlucky four faults.  Louise also finished leading lady rider at the show, winning some very smart ankle boots. What a beautiful show.

David Simpson claims second Queen Elizabeth II Cup title at Hickstead

Jess Crofts

The most important national show jumping class of the year in the UK is undoubtedly the historic Queen Elizabeth II Cup held on the Saturday of the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. The competition was established in 1949 and is restricted to members of British Showjumping. David already won this coveted trophy with Chessy 17 in 2016 and hoping to add his name to the roll of honour for a second time with Maruska Vitek’s Gentleman van het Veldof. David has only been competing Gentleman since the Hickstead Derby Show in June, but the partnership has gelled quickly and from third place in the draw they posted the first clear round of the class.

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David was first to go in the five horse jump-off, they set off at a strong pace, and delivered a very smooth clear round to stop the clock at 41.05 seconds. Second last to go Helen Tredwell was just one second slower and last to go Mark Edwards gave us some tense moments as he was up on the clock, but luckily for David the last fence fell.

David’s fantastic win topped off a very busy, and exceptionally hot and long week at Hickstead, with national classes starting on Tuesday. David had good placings in Foxhunter classes on Claire Cornford’s Hennessy, and our lovely homebred six year old Balloon Cruise was placed in the 1.20 on Friday. It was a good opportunity to catch up with our pupils and see many of them have good placings, and Hickstead shows are also a great place to catch up with sponsors, owners and friends.

DLS, Megeve

Jess Crofts

After a very successful show in Crans Montana Lori drove the lorry, literally, round the mountain to Megeve; a beautiful ski resort in France.

Jumping started on Wednesday and Foudre F started the show with a lovely clear round for 14th place in the opening 1.35 class.  On Thursday Gentleman was clear and placed in the 1.40 and both Fiona van het Lemmenshof with Louise and Jenson 55 with David jumped in the 1.45 Longines Ranking Class. On Friday Gentleman jumped in the 1.50 and Fiona and Foudre jumped in the 1.40.

On Saturday Jenson made a good start with 7th place in the 1.35 and the Louise and Felix were 8th in a very fast Longines Ranking Class.

On Sunday Jenson got the final day off to an excellent start with a win in the 1.40 speed class, Louise and Fiona were very unlucky, actually having a faster time but with four faults. Both Gentleman and Felix jumped in the Grand Prix and then it was time for the very long journey home.

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.