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New Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Champion

British Olympic dressage rider and 2003 European Bronze Medallist, Richard Davison has today become the 2003 Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Champion at this year's Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. Davison achieved a British Grand Prix Freestyle record score of 77.21% which, added to his earlier Grand Prix score of 71.08, won him the championship title on a total score of 148.29.

Davison was riding his 13 year old mare, Ballaseyr Royale who is owned by Mr and Mrs Meyer and was his partner in the European Championships at Hickstead in August this year when the British Team qualified for next year's Olympics in Athens. "It is the most exciting national competition I have ever taken part in" said Richard afterwards. "The competition was excellent and it was a close run thing".

This year's runner up was 2001 Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Champion, Peter Storr who put in a spectacular performance in the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music class to move up from third place after the Grand Prix to achieve a combined total of 145.42 on Mrs Pinky Heintz's, Gambrinus, narrowly beating fellow international competitor, Carl Hester riding Escapado on 142.92 who also finished in sixth place with his other horse, Kate Carter's Donnersong.

Richard Davison has represented Britain internationally for many years but due to his foreign commitments this is the first time he has competed in the National Dressage Championships since 1997. It brings the year to a fantastic end for Richard who claims he only entered the competition because he wanted to win the prize of a Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster to drive for the year. "If they keep giving cars away I'll definitely be back", he said.

The Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Championships Results

Place Horse Rider Grand Freestyle Total Prix % %

1 Ballaseyr Royale Richard Davison 71.08 77.21 148.29
2 Gambrinus Peter Storr 70.04 75.38 145.42
3 Escapado Carl Hester 70.33 72.59 142.92


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