Richard Davison and Hiscox Artemis take second place at final World Cup Qualifier in Gothenburg
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It was no easy job for the last to go Richard Davison in the final World Cup dressage qualifier in Gothenburg, as the crammed stadium of Swedish spectators were still roaring their approval for their own hero Patrik Kittel as the British rider entered the ring.
Gothenburg presents a particularly tough World Cup test, as the dressage arena just squeezes inside the confines of the oval-shaped ice-rink, with the four corners touching the surrounding walls. Richard had to call on all his reserves of experience to steer the Countess of Derby and John Dodd's Hiscox Artemis through their grand prix-to-music floor-plan, but he knows all there is to know about ring-craft and when 75.850% went up on the board, he was well in the frame. Patrick’s score, meanwhile, had been swallowed up by an electronic blackout, but was eventually retrieved and the home crowd rose to their feet with delight during the prize-giving ceremony.
After his win, Patrick admitted that the excitement of the spectators had affected his own performance. “Sometimes I didn’t have one-hundred percent control and we made a little mistake in the two-tempis” he pointed out, adding, “tonight will stay in my memory for a very long time - the reception I got from the crowd was incredible!”
Richard said “I had a good time and a great ride” saying also that it would have been “nice to win in Patrik Kittel fan-land”, but he joked, “did you notice I made a deliberate mistake for all of Sweden because I didn’t think I’d get out of there alive if I won!”
Richard Davison uses Suregrow fertiliser for all of his grazing paddocks and Hiscox Artemis will now enjoy some well deserved turnout time in (hopefully), some early spring sunshine.
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March 8, 2012 | Share: