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Richard Davison blazes a trail for the Brits at Greenwich

WOW Saddles sponsored Richard Davison (pictured below at the World Cup Final this year), was first of the Brits to go yesterday at the dressage Grand Prix at the Games riding Artemis.  A typically polished performance from the experienced campaigners gained score of 72.812 and the biggest cheers we think we have heard throughout the whole of the Games. It even appeared that Richard was fighting back tears afterwards. “Us blokes don’t always show our emotions but it gets harder as you get older,” Richard said…. Well done to you both!!

Charlotte Dujardin was last to go for the Brits (and the pressure was on after Laura B’s disappointing score, which left Britain and Germany very close in the team rankings). The pair produced a spectacular, stylish, unhurried and expressive test; the score was a massive 83.663.

Valegro is certainly a horse to rival Germany’s Desperados, a German horse that is a potential successor to Totilas in the “Wow” stakes. Charlotte pushed Team GB into the lead, and in doing so, broke the existing record for an Olympic Grand Prix test. “That was anther level out there,” said her trainer Carl Hester. “The horse is only ten years old!”


The action at Greenwich on Friday concluded with Charlotte Dujardin for Britain in first place; Adelinde Cornelissen for the Netherlands in second; Helen Langehanenberg for Germany in third; Kristina Sprehe for Germany in fourth and Carl Hester for Britain in fifth. The team placings are Great Britain in first, followed by Germany, and then the Netherlands.

The show jumping started today at the Park, where team GB made a promising start – good luck, boys!


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 to see why Richard loves WOW saddles and the Flair air bag flocking system.