October 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM


Danish international rider Anders Dahl hailed "a brilliant opportunity" for dressage after he won the Mount St John Future Elite Championship at Horse of the Year Show.

Horsham-based Anders guided the prodigiously talented Selten HW to victory, defeating Great Britain's Michael Eilberg and the World five- and six-year-old Champion Woodlander Farouche, with another British combination - Spencer Wilton and Alfons - finishing third.

The battle between Selten W and Woodlander Farouche was eagerly awaited, given their status as two of the hottest young prospects in world dressage, and it was Anders who triumphed on a score of 79.20 per cent, while Michael posted 76.45 per cent.

The competition is judged using the Intermediate I Freestyle test to music, and a total of eight qualified horses competed, including two wildcard invitations issued by Horse of the Year Show, in conjunction with the British Dressage senior selection committee.

"I think it is an absolutely brilliant opportunity they are giving us, and I am so happy we are here," Anders said, in tribute to HOYS organisers.

"For the Small Tour horses it is a perfect opportunity to perform in front of a big crowd.

"I had a very good feeling tonight. He was tense in the beginning, but he kept working for me. There were a few mistakes, but in general I was very happy.

"He is a very powerful horse, and I love riding him. My riding style fits very well with his temperament."

Although World Equestrian Games team silver medallist and European Championship team bronze medal winner Michael had to settle forthe runner-up spot, he was still delighted by the horse's first Intermediate test.

"It was very good. The atmosphere was great and the horse was really good with her first time at that level," he said.

"She is a very exciting horse for the future, and if I can get her up to Grand Prix level, then there is no reason why she is not going to be scoring high scores.

"We will just continue with her training now. I hope we can do Small Tour next year and some big shows, which will be really good experience for her to develop.

"It is all about teaching her the range of movements in the Grand Prix, because that is really what I have my eyes set on.

"Everybody wants to watch her, and I find myself at home sometimes getting the other guys at the yard to ride her just because I want to watch her. She has got that star appeal that draws attention."

Audio link to Anders Dahl interview

Audio link to Michael Eilberg interview 

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