World class! Dressage star Nikki proves herself

Nikki Crisp on Pasoa
Nikki Crisp on Pasoa

Wendover Dean-based dressage rider Nikki Crisp has showed she is world class after taking two runners-up spots behind Olympic gold medalist Carl Hester at the Saumur CDI3* in France.

Nikki, 34, took second place behind Carl in the qualifying Grand Prix class at the beginning of the month with 69.38% riding her own 16-year-old mare Pasoa.

Despite an even better score of 72.25% in the Grand Prix Special class, Nikki still had to settle for second place behind Carl’s 75.79% on Aram Gregory’s Dances with Wolves.

“Some people say it’s the winning that counts, but when you’re second to Carl Hester I don’t think you can complain!” said Nikki who is on the UK Sport funded British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Development Programme.

“Pasoa has been performing fantastically so far this year – and to be this competitive against some of the best in the world is a real achievement.”

The World Class Development Programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, they comprise the Equestrian World Class Programme. It incorporates the three Olympic sports of Dressage, Eventing, Showjumping and the Paralympic sport of Para-equestrian Dressage.

The aim of the programme is to have in place a sustainable system that can deliver more medals on the international stage now and in the future. The Programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.