Wendi Williamson and Dejavu MH have finished their current international campaign with a credible sixth placing in the FEI CDI Grand Prix Special at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage in the UK.
The Kumeu duo notched 69.471%, with two judges marking them over 70%. The class was won by Spencer Wilton aboard Super Nova II with 77.02%. The 10 strong field spanned from that winning score, through to 66.804%.
“I am really proud of what we have achieved,” said Williamson of their offshore mission. “I am disappointed to not have cracked 70% but we have had many individual judges who have scored us over 70%.”
She admitted it was tough to bounce back after their FEI World Cup final in Omaha, in the United States. “I felt like crawling into a hole after the World Cup,” she said. “DJ has been pretty nervous of the atmospheres here.”
However at Hartpury at the weekend he had been relaxed and tried so hard. “I can’t ask any more of him,” said Williamson. “We have asked DJ to travel around the world to train and compete, and he has accepted all that without even having a day off, so I am just so pleased with him.”
She was sad to be leaving the highly-competitive European environment, but looking forward to the next challenge.
“I am very sad to be leaving here but also excited to put my learnings into my horses at home and share my overseas learnings with those interested in New Zealand . . . and those looking to aspire to being part of a team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.”
By Diana Dobson – HP Media liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ