Horse Hero Update - 21st April 2014
Stop press! World number one and double-Olympic and European champion, Charlotte Dujardin, became the first-ever Briton to win the dressage World Cup, at Lyon in France. Scoring 92.179%, she was well ahead of defending champions Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill in second place.
Latest Blogs. Jessica Gale grins from ear to ear, Sam Brown has a moment to remember, Alex Franklin gets a rude awakening, Shiwon Green performs unexpected acrobatics, things get better for Georgie Somerset and Sarah Fisher is relieved. Jane Naughton is inspired, Natasha Adkinson suffers a huge loss, Alex Brown indulges his creative side and Lynne Crowden analyses her trip down-under. Polly Williamson is busy, Sue Lee despairs, Erin Williams redeems herself and pregnancy has advantages for Olivia Wilmot.
Filming. We have recently filmed with Grand Prix dressage rider Matt Hicks training Horse Hero blogger Jessica Gale and her two horses, youngster Kiwi and Junior team prospect Neukey. Matt also rode an eventer turned dressage horse. Previously, we returned to dressage rider Dan Greenwood. Dan showed us the type of work he does the day before a competition and taught amateur rider Lisa on her Advanced Medium Scandic son. Next up, a return to dressage trainer Diane Thurman-Baker.
Editorial. In our latest Guest Feature, Jane Naughton takes a trip to Spain's first ever dressage CDI 4* and says it's a "veritable feast of excellence"! Horse Hero Guru's straight-talking answers to forum questions include acceptance of the contact, loading problems, a lacklustre walk, showing advice and dealing with a stroppy Welsh mare! You can also read a selection of blogs in Editorial if you haven't yet caught up with all our bloggers.
Next video. Grand Prix dressage rider Matt Hicks trains GB Junior team prospect (and Horse Hero blogger) Jessica Gale on the team test in preparation for selection.