Cirencester dressage rider Hutton enjoys hat-trick of victories
CIRENCESTER-BASED dressage rider Pippa Hutton gained her first-ever win at the Hickstead International last week - and then promptly added a second and a third.
Pippa, who recently finished fourth at the European Dressage Championships for Young Riders at Compiegne in France, scored 71.491 per cent in the Young Rider Team Championship test aboard Duela.
On the second day, in the Young Rider Individual Test she scored 70.263%. Then, on the final day in the Freestyle to Music discipline, she equalled her fantastic European Championship score of 73.200%.
Pippa said: "Words can't explain how I felt when for the first time ever I had the national anthem played for me.
"I was in floods of tears and so were all my family."
OLYMPIC champion Laura Tomlinson, now from Oaksey, scored a double success on the Hickstead Small Tour aboard her father's nine-year-old mare Unique VIII.
The mare, nicknamed Minnie, won the CDI Prix St George with a score of 71.426% and the Intermediare 1 with 71.132%.
Laura and her Olympic horse, Mistral Hojris (Alf) - possibly in his final year of competition at 18 years old - will compete as part of the European team at the end of the month.
There was also a good test from former Tetbury-based Spencer Wilton, who finished third in the CDI Intermediaire I Freestyle aboard Goodmans Super Nova with 72.300%. Previously, Goodmans Super Nova had been campaigned by Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester at Advanced Medium level.