DOMINIQUE Mills demonstrated her dressage talent at the Petplan National championships held at Hartpury College, Gloucesteshire, securing fourth place in the prix st george final on her top ride Diego Valesquez.
The St Agnes-based rider and trainer rose to the occasion in this high level final to clinch an impressive placing in a hard fought battle for the Petplan National title.
"There was less than one percent between us and first place," said Dominique who is earning a growing reputation as a popular coach and producer of young horses. "We finished on a mark of 66.38 and the winning score was 67.2 so it couldn't have been much closer.
"I'm extremely pleased with Diego. We achieved as high a score in the final as we do at home competitions. We'll now be looking to compete at inter 1 this year."
Two days later, Dominique continued her run in the young horse qualifiers at Moreton Equestrian Centre in Dorset where she emerged with a ticket to the four year-old finals riding Sally and Katey Davey's home-bred May Be Valentine.
This son of Renkum Valentino, is the first foal bred by Sally and Katey of Redruth and he holds the distinction of being the highest scoring two year-old in the country in the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding futurity series.
This exciting youngster franked his potential at Moreton exceeding every expectation and booking his passage to the Festival of Dressage four year-old finals being held at the Hartpury Premier League Show next month.
"Moreton was intended as a test run to see what was expected and how things stood," explained Dominique. "We were thrilled to finish equal first and qualify on our first attempt. Oscar (May Be Valentine) delighted both his owners and rider!"
Dominique receives staunch support from the Mabe-based equine bedding company Cousin Jack.
"Cousin Jack is a super local company run by a Cornish family who do so much for charity," she said. "I'm extremely grateful for their support which plays a vital role in helping to keep my dressage horses on the competitive circuit.
"I've been using Happyjack bedding for a while now and could not believe the difference, the muckheap is smaller, less trips there with the wheelbarrow, less time taken and therefore I'm not as tired, before I start my day."
Emily Grange from the Roseland was another talented rider to enter the limelight at the Petplan National championships riding Georgia Stokes' palomino pony stallion SOS Kantes Unicolour. This super combination won their arena and went on to finish fourth in the 60-strong final.
"There was some serious horsepower and money in these classes," said Georgie of SOS Sport Horses, Sticker. "For a teenage girl to do so well on my pony against a strong hold of senior combinations was outstanding.
"They hadn't competed together for two years and had one qualifying outing for their ticket to the Area Festival which they won. They didn't do another show for six months but came out all guns blazing at the Nationals and what heroes they are."
The British Driving Society Jubilee three-day show (June 30-July 2) at Cargoll Crossroads, St Newlyn East, is sure to prove a memorable event for competitors, driving enthusiasts and spectators.
The bumper programme starts on Saturday and offers showing classes for traditional vehicles including the popular Concours d'Elegance.
The schedule continues on Sunday with exercise vehicles and this three-day driving extravaganza climaxes with a long road drive to St Enoder on Monday, stopping for lunch before returning to St Newlyn East.
"There will also be shorter road drives on both Saturday and Sunday," explained co-organiser Dolly Scott.
"Jane Brightwell is our BDS judge and Mr and Mrs Charles Fox are judging Saturday's Concours D'Elegance incorporated with the road drive."
There is no charge for entry and spectators will receive a warm welcome from the BDS members and fellow driving enthusiasts. For further information call Dolly on 01637 830347.
The Cornish Farriers' Charity Barn Dance takes place at Trembleath Farm, St Columb Major on Friday July 6 when revellers have the chance to show their support for our British teams by embracing the Olympic themed fancy dress option.
Last year this event raised more than £2,000 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and co-organiser Julie Hill is hoping to exceed this figure.
"Everyone is welcome," said Julie. "There is free overnight camping and for details please ring me on 01841 540748."
A warm welcome and a packed programme of demonstrations and displays offers visitors a great day out at the The Rosevidney Livery Stables Open Day this Saturday June 30, at the Rosevidney Arena, Ludgvan.
The first demonstration takes place at 11am and focuses on long reining and lunging. This is followed by a dressage to music display at 11.30am featuring the exciting young stallion Sandro Sun.
The momentum continues with a staff riding demonstration on how to school and climaxing in a quadrille to music.
The afternoon session kicks off at 2pm with a demonstration featuring Scott and Verity Perry's top horses Tis Not Otto and Armani. Verity will continue this high level of horsemanship with a Prix St George display riding her prolific winning dressage mare Armani.
The Cornwall Parelli Group then take centre stage at 3pm with an entertaining and informative display on this popular training method. For further details visit www.rosevidney.co.uk
Equestrian diary dates, see Digest Page 114.