Wendover Dean dressage rider Nikki Crisp showed she can rub shoulders with the best at one of the world’s highest level competitions at Aachen.
The 34 year old was competing at the CDIO5 tournament in Germany throughout the last week, which was used by many of Europe’s top dressage stars as a warm-up for the Olympics.
Crisp is a member of the British Equestrian Federation’s UK Sport-funded World Class Development Programme and riding her 14-year-old mare Pasoa, she formed part of Great Britain’s Nations Cup team.
It was the partnership’s second outing at this level in a relatively short space of time having competed at another five star event in Rotterdam 10 days previously.
Scoring a very solid 69% in the Grand Prix meant the duo qualified for the more technically demanding Grand Prix Special where they recorded a score of 67%.
“Aachen is a fantastic show and one which I’ve always wanted to be part of so I was really pleased with how ‘P’ (Pasoa’s stable name) performed,” said Nikki.
“We had a few mistakes but it’s great to be able to compete at such a high level and is a real platform for next year.”
Despite not being involved in the Olympics, there is little time to rest for Crisp and Pasoa, as next up will be the National Dressage Championships in September followed by Olympia in December.