Evenlode rider beats off rivals at national dressage competition
8:30am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Sport
ASHLEY JENKINS, from Evenlode, made his first visit to the Espayo National Dressage Championships a memorable one when he won the Visualise Sportswear Preliminary Championship with Lukien von Tespe.
Jenkins, 21, scored a remarkable 74.39%.
Speaking of ‘Luke’, Ashley said: "I can’t fault him at all. He’s so reliable which gives you so much confidence in the ring.
"His canter is really good and today it was a highlight as normal. He held a great rhythm in the trot work, too."
Owned by Dan Greenwood and Jamie Reynolds, Luke was bought as a foal from the world famous Verden Sales in Germany.
Now five, Luke has matured into the perfect dressage type and Ashley took the ride over on him a year ago when he joined the yard to help produce the young horses.
Jenkins began with Jennie Loriston-Clarke at Catherston Stud and now rides six young horses daily at the Northfield Farm, Evenlode, base of Dan Greenwood.
"Dan and Jamie have been so supportive of me. It’s great to have such a positive team around you," said Jenkins.
"After winning my regional at Addington, they all said that we were favourites to win which piled on the pressure. But I didn’t let it get to me and I’m glad I can go back with the title."