Dressage Future Elite
About the Dressage Future Elite
The Dressage Future Elite Championship at Horse of the Year Show is aimed at promising young dressage horses aged between eight and 10 years old, with all of them performing an inter I freestyle test. It has proved time and time again to be the ultimate platform for showcasing young horses and has seen previous winners, such as 2016 winner Hawtins Delicato and 2017 winner Mount St John Freestyle, go on to represent their country on the world stage.
This year at Horse of the Year Show, Charlotte Dujardin took the title for the fourth year in a row with Emma Blundell’s nine-year-old chestnut mare, Mount St John Valencia. The pair performed a beautiful freestyle to be awarded with a score of 78.041%. The young mare had only been with Charlotte for six months in October but the pair were already looking towards their trip to Tokyo in 2020.
Charlotte commented after her test: “I’m really proud of her [Valencia]. She only did her first freestyle at the British Dressage Championships in September and to ride into an arena like this with a big crowd and the big screen, I think she found it a little daunting. She hesitated a little in the changes, but she stayed composed. It is such great experience for these young horses to be able to compete at a show like this; you can’t replicate this kind of atmosphere anywhere. I feel honoured to be able to bring different horses here each year and she shows a lot of potential, she just needs more exposure and experience in the arena.”