Richard Davison, 2003 British Dressage Champion with Ballaseyr Royale

Thu, 10/02/2003 - 00:00
2003 British Dressage Championships

After four days of top competition British Dressage has 19 new national title holders and a new National Champion. Richard Davison was crowned Mercedes-Benz National Champion for the first time

with Mr and Mrs Meyers 13 year old mare Ballaseyr Royale.

Richard has represented Great Britain at Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games and European Championships, and was a member of the European bronze medal winning team at Hickstead in August. On Saturday Richard and Ballaseyr Royale won the Grange Hotels Grand Prix with a score of 71.08% and on Sunday the pair confirmed their position at the top with a record score of 77.21% in the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Freestyle.

Finishing his season in style Richard added silver to his collection in the form of a brand new silver Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster – his to drive for a year.

However Richard was not the only rider to make it into the record books. Multi gold medal winning Paralympic rider Lee Pearson became the first disabled rider to win an able bodied Championship, winning the Equimax Elementary Restricted Championship with his striking dun gelding Blue Circle Boy on a score of 69.51%.

Barely three weeks after being part of the paralympic team who successfully defended their World Championship title, Lee went on to win the grade 1 section of the Strongid-P Disabled Dressage Rider Championship as well.

National Champions 2003
NFU Mutual Preliminary Champions – Sally Chadwick and Lord of the Rings
Dodson & Horrell Novice Open Champions – Jai Bratton and Maximillian Voltucky
Dodson & Horrell Novice Restricted Champions – Philippa Mains and Rhodium II
Equimax Elementary Open Champions – Henriette Andersen and Louis D’Or
Equimax Elementary Restricted Champions – Lee Pearson and Blue Circle Boy
Solid Gold Medium Open Champions - Sabrina Jones and Wenica III
Solid Gold Medium Restricted Champions – David Gatherer and Firestone II
Winergy Advanced Medium Champions – Daniel Greenwood and Quick
Derby House / Dressage Horse International Prix St Georges Champions – Emile Faurie and Fididas
Equistro Intermediaire I Champions – Spencer Wilton and Dolendo
Easibed Intermediaire I Freestyle Champions – Henriette Andersen and Astonish
Ketterer Intermediaire II Champions – Markus Gribbe and Wild Rose
Grange Hotels Grand Prix Champions – Richard Davison and Ballaseyr Royale
Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Freestyle Champions – Richard Davison and Ballaseyr Royale
Mercedes-Benz National Champions – Richard Davison and Ballaseyr Royale
Strongid-P Disabled Dressage Rider Champions:
Grade One – Lee Pearson and Donnerkind
Grade Two – Nicola Tustain and Prinz Heinrich
Grade Three – Debbie Criddle and Figara IX
Grade Four – Sophie Franks and Tannenbaum
Prevac Pro Potential International Dressage Horse:
Champions – Anne Reher and Spirit Freedom
Reserve Champions – Louise Cassidy and Filius
Highest Placed Mare – Jacky Stoloper with Geisha 
Intermediaire I Pas de Deux Freestyle – David Hunt/Henriette Andersen and Mango Leonardo/Astonish

Image by: Dirk Caremans

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