NAF Five Star Hartpury Festival of Dressage offers tantalising Tokyo 2020 clues
08 Jul 2021 | Dressage |
The NAF Five Star Hartpury Festival of Dressage returned with a bang ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. Several Olympic and Paralympic riders were in action, showcasing their stars of the future during an action-packed week.
Spectators returned to Hartpury University and Hartpury College, albeit in smaller numbers due to the pandemic, and the action was enjoyed by large numbers around the world thanks to Horse & Country TV’s live stream coverage.
As is customary during a paralympic year, the CPEDI competition took place in Hartpury’s outdoor International Arena. A glittering field headed to Gloucestershire to take on the competition ahead of the games in Tokyo.
Great Britain’s Nicky Greenhill and Betty Boo put in an impressive performance to top the CPEDI3* Team IV performances with a score of 70.750%. Great Britain’s Sophie Wells was her usual class act, recording scores of 73.442% (Don Cara M) and 71.279% (Jillz Geuzenhof) in the CPEDI3* Team V. She followed up her team performances with individual victory onboard Jills Geuzenhof (73.762%) in the CPEDI3* Individual V on Thursday.
British success continued in the CPEDI3* Team III with Natasha Baker and Keystone Dawn Chorus earning a score of 76.647% and then posting a score of 71.463% to win the CPEDI3* Individual IV. Lee Pearson made his annual return to Hartpury a successful one with a score of 75.182% in the team competition aboard crowd favourite Breezer, and a win in the CPEDI3* Individual II with 75.647%.
Ireland’s Michael Murphy upset the British party in the CPEDI3* Team I by topping the leaderboard with a score of 76.750%, partnering Cleverboy. Michael also went on to win the CPEDI3* Individual I on Thursday with a score of 76.286%.
Selectors were on hand casting their eye over the British team ahead of Tokyo selection.