Hartpury Festival of Dressage 2016 6. – 10. July 2016

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro perform to their new Rio music at Hartpury Festival of Dressage in the Superflex CDI Grand Prix Freestyle. They scored 90.625% #readyforrio #equestriancommu

Highlights from the previous Days

The Great Britain dressage team heading to the Rio Olympics will all perform at this week’s star-studded Hartpury Festival of Dressage.

The Festival, which runs from July 6th to 10th, will be the final competition before the 2016 Olympics in Brazil both for Charlotte and World Freestyle record holder Valegro and for fellow Great Britain dressage star, Carl Hester MBE, and Nip Tuck.

Spencer Wilton and Fiona Bigwood will also compete at the Festival on Super Nova II and Atterupgaards Orthilia respectively. Spencer and Fiona will make their Olympic debut in Rio, having been named in the final GB team of four for Brazil today.

The Festival features five of days of outstanding equestrian sport, incorporating Premier League, CDI3*, CPEDI3*, Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Semi-Final, British Dressage Young Pony Championship and the Elite Stallions Prix St Georges Young Horse Championship.

What to watch:

Charlotte will warm up for her bid for Olympic glory by performing in the NAF Superflex Grand Prix Freestyle at Saturday’s gala evening (July 9th). The gala evening is always the highlight of the Festival, with 800 spectators watching outstanding dressage action in an electric atmosphere.

Friday (July 8th), when both Charlotte and Carl will perform in the Horse Scout CDI Grand Prix, starting at 2.30pm. Carl and Nip Tuck are also entered for the Baileys Horse Feeds Grand Prix Special on Sunday, July 10th, starting at 3.45pm.

And both Charlotte and Carl have appealed for the crowds to come out in force to help create an Olympic atmosphere for the Team GB competitors and their horses.

“Both Charlotte and I love performing at the Festival and the spectators and support staff are always fantastic,” said Carl.

“There’s always a very special atmosphere and it would be fantastic to see the banks packed. It would be the best possible preparation for the horses to perform in front of a lot of people, as they will in Rio, and it’s a great opportunity for people to show their support for Team GB ahead of the Olympics.”


Saturday 9th July

08.00 Shearwater 4 Year Old Semi Final and Shearwater 5 Year Old Semi Final

13.30 Shadow Horse FEI CDI Intermediate I


Changed programme:GALA EVENING UPDATE:
Due to the number of entries and riders competing in both classes we have changed the timings of this evening slightly:
BYRDS final – 18:00
Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges Championship – 18.40
Elite Stallions YH PSG prizegiving – 19.45
Superflex Grand Prix Free Style – 20.05
Charlie & Abi Hutton Dressagedemonstration – 21.00
Second half of Grand Prix – 21.30
Grand Prix prize giving – 22.25

Charlie and Abigail Hutton Evening Display

Sunday 10th July

08.00 Monarch Equestrian FEI Intermediate II Premier League

12.30 Baileys Horse Feeds FEI CDI Grand Prix Special

15.45 Andrews Bowen FEI CDI Intermediate I Freestyle


Saturday 9th July

From 08.00 Shearwater 6 Year Old Semi Final

11.15 Speedskip FEI Pony Team Test

Sunday 10th July

From 08.30 Hickstead 5 and 6yr Old National and International Premier League Qualifiers

11.30 British Dressage Young Pony 4, 5 & 6yr Old Premier League Final

13.30 Fairfax FEI Prix St Georges

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