WOW-saddles-sponsored Richard Davison, riding the Countess of Derby’s and John Dodd’s 12 year old gelding Hiscox Artemis, laid down two outstanding scores and personal best results at last week’s FEI World Cup Final in S’Hertogenbosch, Holland.

In the technical grand prix test, the combination achieved 73.3%, and then went on to gain in excess of 78% in the freestyle.

The FEI recognises the standard of their Championships and Finals by awarding riders with a 2% uplift on their World Dressage Rider Rankings, which equates to equivalent scores worth in excess of 75% and 80% achieved at non-5 star events.

Eurodressage reported that Davison and Hiscox Artemis’ performance should have been receiving straight 9s and 10s (out of ten) for the piaffe and passage exercises, a key part of the tests at this level.

“This has shot Hiscox Artemis up into the big time and reflects the improvements he has made during this winter season’s World Cup series. ” said Davison. Throughout 2012 the combination has consistently scored above 70% at top level events which is a specific criteria for selection for this years Olympic Games. So far they are the only British combination yet to achieve this, other than the ‘big three’ riders Bechtolsheimer, Dujardin and Hester. At this stage in the running, this makes Davison and Artemis the strongest contenders for Great Brtiain’s fourth individual Olympic place. Their next outing is Munich’s World Dressage Masters 5 star event 18th to 20th May.

Well done Richard! Visit http://wowsaddles.com to see why Richard loves WOW saddles and the Flair air bag flocking system.

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