Two gold ribbons for Annabella Pidgley in the Prize of Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation
The Freestyle of the Prize of Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation was on the agenda for the upcoming young dressage riders today. As in the first competition, the victory went to the partner country thanks to Annabella Pidgley.
The 18-year-old Annabella Pidgley received a score of 78.620 percent for her performance with the Westphalian-bred mare, Espe, in the Freestyle of the Young Riders in the Prize of Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation. Close at her heels in second place: Her partner, the Danish rider, Alexander Yde Helgstrand (19), with the grey gelding, Belantis, who once danced through the Deutsche Bank Stadium with Isabell Werth. With his new rider, Belantis notched up a score of 77.735 percent. As in 2022, third place went to the US-American rider Christian Simonson with Son of a Lady. The pair were awarded a score of 75.660 percent and they were actually ranked first by two of the three judges.
Annabella Pidgley is taking part in several different competitions in Aachen. This morning she rode Vamos Amigos in the MEGGLE-Prize and contributed to the British team coming third in the Lambertz Nations’ Cup. Her trainer, Charlotte Dujardin, explained why she still competed in the Young Rider Tour: “I think it is good for her. She is 18, she can ride against the Seniors for years to come. But she should continue to gain experience with the Young riders, that will also help her for the classes against the Seniors.” Her bottom line on her pupil: “She does a brilliant job!”
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