North East Lincolnshire dressage rider Lara Dyson says the best is yet to come from British Dressage Northern Winter Regional Championships star Cyden Cadans M.
Dyson again celebrated success at the event held at Bishop Burton College on her stallion Cyden Cadans M, ruling the Advanced Medium Restricted class with a score of 67.81 per cent.
The duo were also second in the Medium Open Music Freestyle with 71.61 per cent, qualifying them for two classes at the Winter National Championship at Hartpury Arena from April 9-13.
Better still, with Cyden Cadans M just seven years old, Dyson believes her dressage star is still open to improvement.
Delighted Dyson said: “I am over the moon to have won the Advanced Medium Restricted as he is still only seven and relatively new to this level. I was really pleased with how he coped with the atmosphere at Bishop Burton and it provided us with a proper warm up for Hartpury.
“For the first time in years I was genuinely quite nervous and had to use many of my coaching techniques to keep my nerves under control and not let them transfer through to the horses.
“I can only think it was down to winning all four classes last year on Cadans that I felt the pressure more than any other competitions I have done on him.”
Cyden Cadans M’s stable mate, pony stallion Cyden Oostings Amigo, came second in the Preliminary class in the hands of 13-year-old Liberty Tyler in her first regionals.
Scoring 71.61 per cent, they missed first place by only 0.14, but also qualify for the Nationals.
Dyson beamed: “Liberty rode a fantastically accurate and flashy test on Amigo. He is a pony well beyond his years, and at not even five years old.
“Amigo hadn’t had the best of run-ups to the nationals as I was away training so he had five days out in the field as opposed to most ponies that would have been schooling.
“This goes to demonstrate his wonderful nature and temperament.”
Dyson’s only disappointment came in the Medium Open when Cyden Bodyguard Moorland had a rare spook which badly affected her marks, pushing her down to fifth.
Dyson added: “I was a little disappointed in the Medium Open, but I can’t be annoyed with him as he is such a genuine and lovely boy.
“The rest of the test was by far the best he has ever done.”
All three Cyden stallions will be standing at Stallion AI Services for a limited time this April. For further information contact Lara Dyson on 07920 452 739 or visit www.cydendressage.com.
International and National Dressage will return to the Royal Windsor Horse Show this year after an absence of four years, as the UK’s largest outdoor show becomes a CHI (Concours Hippique Internationale) for the very first time.
The CDI3* FEI Dressage Grand Prix will take place on the evening of Thursday, May 15 and the CDI3* FEI Dressage Freestyle the next day.
Fifteen competitors will be invited to take part; five from the UK and 10 from overseas.
In addition, a new Advanced Medium Freestyle Dressage Championship has been introduced to the programme.
The Royal Windsor Freestyle Challenge will be staged on the afternoon of ‘Windsor Wednesday’ (May 14) when Windsor will open its gates to visitors, offering free entry for the day.
Twelve competitors will be invited to take part in the Championships.
Invitations will be awarded to the five best-placed horse/athlete combinations at the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Open Final at the NAF Five Star Dressage Winter Championships at Hartpury College on April 12, and the five best-placed horse/athlete combinations in the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Final at the same Championships on April 13. Two wild cards will be offered at the discretion of the Organising Committee.
Scarborough-based horse rescue and rehoming charity All For Horses are holding an equestrian tabletop sale at Scalby Becks on Thursday, March 6.
Open to the public between 6pm-7pm, sellers will set up at 5.15pm.
Organisers already have several tables booked and there should be a good variety of useful horse equipment on sale at bargain prices such as saddles, bridles, rugs and riding equipment.
The cost to book a table is £5 with prebooking advised as spaces are limited. For more info call 07748 101 117 or to book email Allforhorses@outlook.com.
This winter’s heavy rain has put paid to March’s Tweseldown Horse Trials. They were due to take place between March 6-9, but organisers cancelled the event on Monday.
The Tweseldown Horse Trials that take place between June 7-8, and July 6-7 are expected to go ahead as scheduled.
The Somerford Park Horse Trials, scheduled for March 8-9, were abandoned last Wednesday.
The British Eventing season is scheduled to start in earnest with events at Isleham, Moreton and Aston-Le-Walls on March 1. All three events remain on.