Young dressage rider makes Olympics bid

Young dressage rider makes Olympics bid

Aspiring 18-year-old Oympian dressage rider Angus Corrie-Deane, from Teffont, is making waves in the Summer competition season.

In the run-up to the 2018 European Championships, he and Tiny clocked up useful international scores in their bid to represent GB at the event. More recently, he was well placed in the heavily-contested Prix St Georges class at the Addington Premier League event on Sunday, May 13.

The class had 40 entries from top riders in Britain, and foreign riders based here. Angus and Tiny also entered the Prix St George Dressage to Music class where they led the class throughout until the final rider just pipped them into second. Angus’s new music to – of course – Tinie Tempah was different from the more usual movie soundtracks favoured by riders. Would the judges approve? Luckily they did and rewarded the combination with a 70.4% score.

Angus told Valley News: “We’ve already clocked up three Internationals – Le Mans, France, Keysoe, UK, and Niew en St Joosland, Holland – which means we have already posted some valuable scores.

We were invited to attend the International in Saumur for The Nations Cup 2018, but as it was just before A levels began, I reluctantly took the hard decision to say “no, thank you.” this time.

“We will also be competing in the UK at local and national shows which need planning well in advance. So it’s a busy time ahead, especially once exams are over in June.

“We had a great visit to Holland this month for the Niew en St Joosland International Dressage competition. One of my horses, Tiny, was invited to join the GB team going to the Dutch International. It was very exciting because this was Charlotte Dujardin’s first outing with her amazing new horse too (Mount St John Freestyle) – and also other Olympians, Fiona Bigwood, Carl Hester, Edward Gal, Gareth Hughes and Anders Dahl were all competing.

“The GB team spirit was amazing and I was lucky that Carl was there to give advice, and Gareth Hughes was able to work me in for my own competitions.

“Tiny was best Brit in the Young Rider (18-21-year-old) class, gaining some respectable marks and coming 10th in a hot and very large class of 35 competitors. Charlotte won both her classes and drew all the attention and cameras. I like to watch others competing because I learn from them.”

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