Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Championship
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Chloe Vell and Kaja Di Valentina are the 2012 Suregrow Fertiliser Restricted Advanced Medium Champions after an impressive performance on what was Chloe’s first visit to the National Dressage Championships, held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
Drawn late in the very competitive class, 14-year-old Chloe rode a confident and stylish test against a field of experienced senior riders on her new ride of just seven months, the elegant 16.1hh mare Kaja Di Valentina, to deservedly come out on top.
Chloe explains; “We were looking for a horse as I was growing too tall for my pony, a stallion with a great temperament called Danger 36. I’d done Pony squad training and competitions and international competitions with him and knew as soon as I sat on Kaja that she was the right horse because she gave me such a good feel. I go to school in Manchester and Kaja is based with Lucy Cartwright in Gloucestershire, so every Friday evening I get on the train and go to stay with Lucy until Sunday, so I can ride and train with her.”
Kaja Di Valentina is out of a Weltmeyer mare by the Trakehner stallion K2 and was originally produced by Pippa Fisher for owner Jackie Walker, who also owns Pinocchio, ridden by paralympian Sophie Wells.
Clearly delighted with her win, Chloe said; “We’ve done quite a few Premier League shows this season and qualified for the National Championships at the Kingston Maurward Regional Championships. I didn’t think I’d ever get to the ‘Nationals’ so didn’t expect much as there was quite an atmosphere, the warm up was busy and Kaja’s only eight. She can be hot and feisty, but we went in, she stayed focused and did a really good test. I tried my best, didn’t want to push for more and this was what she gave me. I’m very happy.”
Taking home a fabulous presentation rug from Suregrow Fertiliser, Chloe and Kaja are now working towards an international trip to Biarritz, France in October where they will compete with the British Junior team. Next season, they are planning to step up to Prix-St-Georges level.
Chloe’s Advanced Medium Championship prize also includes Suregrow Fertliser, specifically formulated for horse and pony grazing, which will ensure Kaja enjoys her turnout time even more.
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October 26, 2012 | Share: