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Hiscox Artemis & the FEI Reem Acra Final

Hiscox Artemis scores personal bests at FEI FINAL
Richard Davison riding the Countess of Derby’s and John Dodd’s 12 year old gelding Hiscox Artemis laid down two outstanding scores at last weeks 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 recognise the standard of their Championships and Finals by awarding riders with a 2% uplift on their World Dressage Rider Rankings, which makes Davison’s scores worth in excess of 75% and 78% respectively compared to scores obtained in other non-5 star events.
Eurodressage reported that Davison’s test were of a quality to be receiving straight 9s and 10s for the piaffe and passage exercises, a key part of the tests at this level.
“This has shot Hiscox Artemis up into another league, and reflects the improvements he has made during this winter season’s World Cup series. ” said Davison. Throughout 2012 the combination have consistently scored above 70% at top level events which is a requirement 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, which at this stage makes Davison and Artemis strong contenders for the fourth individual Olympic place. Their next outing is Munich’s World Dressage Masters 5 star event 18th to 20th May.
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Richard & Hiscox Artemis complete World Cup Final GP

Richard and The Countess of Derby’s Hiscox Artemis posted an excellent 73.374% in the Grand Prix today at the Reem Acra World Cup Dressage Final. This placed the pair 5th, in front of 6th placed Patrik Kittel and Toy Story and closely behind Hans Peter Minderhoud in 4th. Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival took the top spot.

For full results please see:http://www.indoorbrabant.com/en/results/

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Richard & Hiscox Artemis photos from Munich

Below are a number of photos taken by Selene Scarsi from Richard’s 5* win in Munich.

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Je T'aime Flamenco wins 92,000euro

Billy Twomey and Je T’aime Flamenco hit the jackpot during last weeks global tour in Valencia by winning the Grand Prix and taking home 92,000 euros. We are especially proud of Billy and Doug as they have put a lot of work into their dressage recently and Billy is always on hand to help us with our jumpers. Keep up the good work Billy!
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The making of Richard's Robbie Williams Freestyle to Music.

Holland’s Joost Peters has been responsible for the worlds most prestigious dressage to music freestyles. The legendary Totilas’ freestyle has been arranged by him along with other dressage aces such as Imke Schellekens-Bartels, Hans Peter Minderhoud.
He arranged Richard’s previous freestyle, courtesy of Elton John, and more recently the well publicised Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers composition.
It started with Richard and Joost designing the floor plan, then Richard and Hiscox Artemis being videoed. Joost then spent hours arranging the famous songs of Robbie and Guy and tracking every beat of Hiscox Artemis’s foot fall. Enjoy watching the video below which picks up the story from the time when Joost and Richard were laying down the tracks together with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and goes on to show Joost and the legendary Guy Chambers working together. Among other phases of the production.

www.joostpeters.nl