October 09, 2015 at 9:12 PM

Dressage_Masterclass_low_res.jpgDressage fever was in the air today at Horse of the Year Show as the Stephen Clarke Dressage Masterclass took place in the Andrews Bowen International Arena.

World renowned dressage trainer, FEI Dressage Judge General and Olympic judge Stephen Clarke hosted the greatly anticipated masterclass.

The display featured two riders of different levels, giving the audience the opportunity to see how training varies with horses at separate stages of their dressage career.

“I think it’s a balance between giving them a bit of technical knowledge and then dazzling them with higher level movements” said masterclass participant Gareth Hughes.

The riders featured were Gareth Hughes and Elder Klatzko.  Grand Prix rider Hughes has won more than 30 national and international titles and is a strong contender for the Rio Olympics Games next year. Gareth was riding his mare Classic Briolinca in the masterclass who is currently competing at Grand Prix level with impressive scores.

Advanced Medium rider Klatzko was awarded her place in the masterclass after she won a social media competition, open to sixty riders who scored 68% or higher, at Advanced Medium level at any one of the British Dressage Summer Regionals.

Klatzko rode Woodlander Little Richard whom she has been partnered with for 3.5 years and brought on from a novice ride.

“It was an amazing opportunity for me I have never been in an arena or atmosphere or environment like that before, also a very good opportunity for the horse he has never been in such a big arena with so many people” said Klatzko.

Clarke explained to the audience during the masterclass about the main ingredients needed to train a horse to Olympic level, and the importance of the horses reaction to the rider.

Both Klatzko and Clarke demonstrated various movements including shoulder in, flying changes and piaffe.

Dressage master Clarke said “I was delighted with the riders and the horses they really showed some high quality work and I could feel that the audience were interested and watching what they were doing” 

Audio link to Stephen Clarke, Gareth Hughes and Elder Klatzko

Photo credit: E.S. Photography



Featuring the most prestigious National Showing and Show Jumping Championships, International Show Jumping classes, Virbac 3D Worming Mounted Games and Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Racing, HOYS 2015 is packed with excitement. The popular and exciting Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch Activity Ride will headline the displays and Team GB Vaulters will impress the audience with their awe-inspiring acrobatic routine.  Friday October 9th is the day of choice for dressage fans, with the Stephen Clarke Dressage Masterclass and the Mount St John Dressage Future Elite Championship both timetabled. The 2015 Show will come to spectacular close during the Sunday Evening Gala Performance, which will include entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent sensations The HoneyBuns. Tickets for Horse of the Year Show 2015 are now on sale. For show information, including the timetable, and to book, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 0844 581 8282.

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