Younger British dressage rider Georgie Nicholls is about to take over the reins of Headmore Difinnity, the 12-year-old dun gelding ridden to worldwide grand prix degree by Alice Oppenheimer.
Georgie, 20, is the second rider on the Oppenheimers’ Headmore Stud in Hampshire and is already a multi-national champion, having taken the medium silver title at this 12 months Nationwide Dressage Championships, with Headmore Briarwood, including to the novice and elementary titles she received in 2021.
Alice mentioned she has handed the journey on Caroline Dibden’s Headmore Difinnity – recognized at dwelling as Finn – to Georgie, who will now goal under-25 grands prix with the Don Primero gelding.
“I backed Finn as a three-year-old and have had a superb time producing him up the degrees to grand prix, competing at many winter and nationwide championships alongside the way in which,” mentioned Alice. “We at all times thought he’d present his greatest at grand prix and we actually weren’t fallacious, as he made his grand prix debut aged 9.”
A discipline harm dominated Finn out of motion throughout the latter a part of 2019 and 2020, however he returned to prime degree in 2021, clocking up a number of plus-70% scores at Premier Leagues that season. Alice rode him to eighth within the grand prix freestyle at Wellington CDI3* this 12 months, and extra lately completed twelfth with him within the grand prix on the Nationwide Dressage Championships at Somerford Park.
“He tried his hardest for me at Somerford this 12 months and I used to be thrilled with the take a look at, figuring out it was my final competitors on him,” she added.
Georgie described it as an “unimaginable alternative” to be supplied the journey on Finn.
“I’m so grateful to his proprietor, Caroline Dibden, and everybody concerned at Headmore stud for his or her unwavering help on this thrilling new journey,” she instructed H&H. “Finn and I’ve at all times had an amazing relationship on the bottom, as he’s at all times been one in every of my favourites and I spent quite a lot of time with him throughout his rehab, however I’m now so excited to see how this develops as we start our new partnership collectively.”
Georgie’s success this 12 months has adopted her restoration from critical accidents after she was concerned in a horrific automotive crash in January this 12 months. She returned to the dressage enviornment on the finish of April, and has loved a prolific season, additionally securing a medium win on the Sheepgate under-25 championships in August.
“I do know Finn will thrive in his new job of educating Georgie. She’s already been attending to know him and he completely loves displaying her all of the methods,” mentioned Alice, including that Georgie has a steep studying curve forward of her, having not but competed above medium degree.
“Large thanks to his superb proprietor Caroline, who has at all times been such an exquisite and beneficiant supporter to us and who has at all times allowed us to do the perfect for Finn it doesn’t matter what. I do know Caroline can also be tremendous enthusiastic about this new chapter for everybody,” mentioned Alice.
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