British teenager Annabella Pidgley made a successful grand prix debut with a powerful +73% aboard Gio.
The medal-winning gelding, owned by Annabella’s mom Sarah Pidgley and generally known as “Pumpkin”, joined the 17-year-old’s string in autumn 2021.
Charlotte Dujardin, who partnered the 11-year-old Apache son to double Olympic bronze in Tokyo and a clutch of medals on the 2021 European Championships, was at Hunters Equestrian to help her pupil Annabella for this milestone second.
“Yesterday [19 September] was a really special occasion for Pumpkin and I as a result of we rode our first grand prix collectively,” stated Annabella, who has received a number of junior European medals for Britain on her different rides
“I’m so grateful that I get to study this new stage along with the perfect dancing accomplice, Pumpkin. To high it off, we received with 73% and I couldn’t have requested for extra.
“He’s such a famous person and he’s the perfect trainer. I’m so pleased with him and the way our partnership is rising day by day.
“Thanks a lot to Charlotte for all of your help with Pumpkin, we couldn’t do it with out you! An enormous thanks additionally to Cathrine Dufour, who has supported me since I used to be a pony rider, loopy now we’re coaching grand prix collectively.”
She added she “can’t look forward to 2023 with this particular boy”.
Annabella and Gio have loved a profitable first yr collectively. Their highlights as a mixture embrace taking the inter II title on the British Dressage Nationwide Championships at Somerford Park on an enormous 79.12%.
Charlotte stated she was “so immensely completely happy” to have been there for Annabella’s first grand prix “on the beautiful Pumpkin”.
“I’m so extremely pleased with them each and at how laborious she has labored to type a partnership with him and I’m trying ahead to supporting their future collectively,” she stated.
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