Friday, 12 February 2016

Great Success for Hartpury Duo at Allens Hill Dressage

Following her success at Addington Manor earlier this month, Hartpury’s Dressage Academy rider, Lily Hewitt, won both the Advanced Medium and Prix St George classes at Allens Hill last weekend.

Hewitt and her horse, Sir Charlie Chaplain, rode to the double victory at Allens Hill Competition and Livery Centre in Worcestershire. Hewitt is currently competing in the top end classes of British Dressage and the partnership are at the introductory level for international dressage.
The competition hosted two British Dressage List One judges - Carole Thornton and Lady Inchcape – who awarded excellent scores to the duo.
Having received the top score of 70.41 in the Advanced Medium class, Hewitt and Sir Charlie received 70.92 from judge Thornton in the Prix St George and a score of 71.31 from Lady Inchcape to take first place for the second time.
The 20-year-old international dressage rider currently has her sights set on Great Britain selection. Currently in her first year of Hartpury’s Sport and Exercise Nutrition degree, Hewitt has also been training on the 2015-2017 BEF England Excel Talent Programme.
The national programme was developed to extend the rider talent pathway below the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme. Hewitt is one of the selected riders across the UK on the Dressage squad which is run alongside three other squads representing the Olympic disciplines.
While on the pathway, Hewitt is being supported by the Hartpury equine team to improve her riding and develop her full potential.
She said: “I had a fantastic day at Allens Hill. Charlie was an absolute star in the terrible weather. The strong winds and pouring rain didn’t upset him at all.
“It was really useful to ride in front of such great judges and I want to say a big thank you to Lizzel Winter (Hartpury’s Equine Academy Director) for all her help, which has been invaluable for my development.” 

For my internationals friends who don't realise:

Hartpury College is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports colleges. The campus covers more than 360 hectares and is located near to Gloucester and Cheltenham.The college is the world’s largest equine education facility and regularly wins national titles in rugby, football, netball and golf.

Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE) and has more than 1,500 students completing foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and land studies.  The College also has 2,000 students studying A-levels, BTEC Diplomas and short courses.