As Covid-19 continues to decimate our lives, we present the latest video archive for your delectation from the National Dressage Championships in 2000. In the news over the weekend, The Queen gives a very rare statement to the UK and Commonwealth and at the time of writing Boris Johnson finds himself in hospital, unable to shake off this dreadful virus.
Hurray! We found some news of racing action in Australia. The Australian Derby (Group 1) at Randwick, run on Saturday was won by Quick Thinker with New Zealand jockey Opie Bosson.
The virtual Grand National, run on ITV on Saturday in aid of the NHS in the UK supported by bookmakers betting and the BHA raised 2.6 million pounds for the overworked front line staff in the NHS. Not quite the same thing as the proper race, however, congratulations to all involved.
In our video archive series, we show the final two in the National Dressage Championships of 2000. Ferdi Eilberg and Peter Storr going head to head to decide the National Champion. Peter Storr on Gambrinus won with Ferdi riding Morocco II. Enjoy the video below showing the complete Freestyle at Grand Prix level for both riders. Some 20 years later, Peter now travels the world as a dressage listed FEI judge and presides over many top dressage classes. He also continues teaching dressage to many in private and public clinics. Ferdi, who was the chef d’equipe for the British Dressage Team at the time some 20 years later teaches ambitious dressage riders at his home in Staffordshire. Both his son and daughter, Michael and Maria are currently both successful dressage riders in their own rights.
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The editor Bernard Simpson has been involved with horses and the industry for over 40 years. Together with his wife, he bred many flat racehorses including some which were Royal Ascot winners. He is also experienced in equine media using video, photography and journalism. Bernard currently lives in Wiltshire. He and guest authors now present this blog and hope you like our articles.
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