Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Farouche thrilled the crowds at Hartpury Festival of Dressage when they won the Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges qualifier on 9 July 2015.
Nine-year-old chestnut mare Woodlander Farouche, by Furst Heinrich, scored 77.851% to win the class, which has been created to help develop horses working at Prix St Georges level. Alice Oppenheimer was second riding Tantoni Sir Soccrates on 75.088% and Kate Cowell was third with Dahling (70.965%)
The top 8 horses will go forward to the second round of the competition, which takes place during the show’s gala evening on Saturday. There is a first-round prize-pot of £350 and a fund of over £2,000, including £1,000 to the winner in the second round.
Popular on the continent, but not widely on offer in the UK, prestigious developing horse classes like this are a fantastic opportunity for riders to expose their horses to a championship atmosphere and for the audience to see new new young horses that have the potential to become the UK’s next Grand Prix horses.