Fresh from the glory of the London Games, Carl claimed his 59th National title by adding the Winergy Prix St Georges to the extensive list. Riding Aram Gregory’s enormous Dances with Wolves, Carl captivated the crowd with a masterful display. Even the background music was apt as Berlin’s ‘Take my Breath Away’ played as Carl rode some breath-taking extended trot work.
“He’s a horse with lots of energy and can get quite hot but he’s fantastic – certainly a potential Olympic ride. He can be nervous so taking him in there today was a big thing but he’s getting used to shows like this. The judges do throw marks at him and over 74% is a great score.” This win follows several international small tour victories for Carl and the German-bred 10-year-old, formally ridden by Aram’s late wife Jane. “Jane thought the world of him so it’s a real milestone in his career and it’s exciting for Aram to see him come on.”
“Aram is in no hurry to push him; he can do all the grand prix movements but until I feel he is confident in the arena we’ll take our time; we’ll take him up when he’s ready.”
Carl now has tomorrow’s Dressage International Intermediate I to look forward to: “I’m going to give him more time ahead of tomorrow’s test. I’ll be up early to do some relaxation work – he has an active brain and 45 minutes warm up just wasn’t quite enough today. He’s won at Inter I level abroad this season with 75+% so I do have high hopes. Really, it’s not all about the score but to ride him where he feels relaxed and not stressed is the aim.”