Entries are now open for this year’s much anticipated Somerford Park Premier League Dressage Show, the fourth of British Dressage’s eight annual Premier League competitions.
With Rio just a couple of months away this is the perfect opportunity to watch some of Britain’s leading dressage stars in action.
Three action packed days of competition are set to take place at Somerford Park in Cheshire on bank holiday weekend running from Saturday 28th - Monday 30th May 2016.
Spectators can expect to see top young riding talent in the TopSpec Under 25 Grand Prix, and exciting future horse prospects in the British Dressage Young Horse qualifiers. Highlights of the weekend include the Prix St George, a direct qualifier for the LeMieux National Championships in September plus Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music.
The show gets under way on Saturday with a host of classes ranging from Advanced Medium, Intermediate I & II, Prix St George and includes a Equitop Myoplast British Young Horse Five and Six Year Old Qualifier.
The Berkeley Homes Intermediate I kicks off proceedings on Sunday morning, and a star studded timetable ensues including the Grand Prix at midday and a glitzy evening to follow culminating in the Freestyle to Music supported by Bottega Prosseco who will be hosting a reception for owners, sponsors and riders. If you don’t want to miss out on the fun tickets for the evening reception can be purchased at a cost of £10 or 01260 299 888.
Bank Holiday Monday begins with a Prix St George, later in the morning and one of the high spots of the weekends proceedings is the Grand Prix Special. A number of young horse and young pony classes feature throughout the day. Monday also provides pony riders a last opportunity to show case their talent prior to team selection to represent Team GBR at the European Championships.
Top names were listed among 2015 winners;
Freestyle to music: Becky Moody
Prix St Georges Winner: Michael Eilberg, 2nd : Matt Frost
Pony Team: Pheobe Peters, Ottilie Bardsley
Grand Prix Special: Michael Eilberg, Spencer Wilton
Four year old: Charlotte Dujardin (1st and 2nd)
FEI Grand Prix U25: Bobby Hayler
Intermediare II: Gareth Hughes, Pippa Hutton