A STUNNING RETURN TO HICKSTEAD

British showjumping returned to its traditional home, AEJC Hickstead, for the All England Championship Show last week and Team DLS was more than ready to get back to it.

It couldn’t have been a better start for David who won Wednesday’s opening 1.30 class with Foudre F, taking 7th in the same class aboard Kurly V/D Gorten. He was 6th in the 1.20 with Starrouge, while in the age classes he took 2nd place in the 7-year-olds on Namaco Vant Kelterdje and was clear in the 6-year-olds with Jaguar X. 

Also firing out of the gates, Charlene – still in the driving seat aboard Fiona V/D Lemmenhof – snatched victory in the 1.20 and equal 1st place in the 4-year-olds with Theodoor, alongside DLS team mate Graham and GMS Nina. Daley had a lovely double clear in the 7-year-olds with Balloon Cruise and was 10th aboard G Star Blue in the 1.20. 

This pair stepped up to Thursday’s 1.30 class, pulling off a 7th place finish to qualify for the main ring. 

Elsewhere on Thursday, David had clear rounds aboard Kingston and Jaguar X in the 6-year-olds and Antonia was clear with Patton M in the 5-year-olds. 

Friday brought the 6-year-old Championship Final and a 3rd place finish for David and an in-form Jaguar X. 

David also kept Debby Lax’s Pjotr V/D Kruishoeve clear in the first round of the 5-year-old Final while Charlene and Graham were again equal 1st in the 4-year-old class aboard Theodoor and GMS Nina, respectively. 

Graham also nabbed a 4th place finish in the 1.40 class with Fashion Prince, Antonia 15th with Marvin and 16th with Amigo in that same class. Antonia also had a 1st place finish in the 7-year-old qualifier with Imerald S while Charlene chalked up a 2nd place finish with Fiona in the 1.20. 

Both David with Starrouge and Graham and Calacas D Aubigny finished well in the 1.30 on Saturday (6th and 3rd), qualifying for the main ring on Sunday. Graham eventually finished 11th in the championship final and an already qualified Daley and G Star Blue took 12th spot. But Sunday’s biggest prize went to David and the irrepressible Foudre F who took on a tough Grand Prix class to finish 3rd.