Tyler and Gijsbert make the long journey worth while
The three-day All England Dressage Festival (21-23 May) was the first Hickstead-run competition to take place after the easing of lockdown restrictions. It also marked the inaugural Premier League dressage competition to take place at the main Hickstead showground, following the closure of the original Dressage Hickstead site last summer. The three-day fixture included classes from Advanced Medium to Grand Prix, with entries from a number of British Dressage’s leading riders.
TeamGAIN rider Tyler Bradshaw traveled the 200 miles from her yard in Tiverton, Devon with two of her horses, 10 year old Gijsbert (Bert) and 8 year old Igor VIII (Iggy). Tyler has been a loyal customer of GAIN for many years now and funds her passion for the sport by teaching and coaching a wide variety of clients alongside owning a successful livery yard. Joined by driver, and top dad Peter, as well as videographer(sometimes controversial commentator) and Top Mum Penny, they had high hopes for a successful weekend and Tyler didn’t disappoint.
The first day of Competition saw Bert come away with a 6th and Igor 7th in the Prix St. George with two International scores. Igor was the youngest horse in the competition so to come away with a score in the top ten was a sensational achievement at this level.Day two both horses competed again at Prix St George where Bert again secured a top ten placing. Bert had his dancing shoes on for day two and not happy with securing his international scores from day one bagged himself another by finishing 5th in the Inter 1.
For the final day the horses were still in fantastic form and showing no signs of fatigue from the efforts of the previous days. Both horses are fed on a diet of GAIN Prep & Condition Mix which from the photos of the horses is definitely living up to its name. Iggy, who has a more laid back nature than Bert also gets the addition of GAIN Racehorse mix in the lead up to and during competitions to help give him that extra sparkle. Tyler works very closely with Laura Sweetman (Area Manager for GAIN) to ensure all of the horses are always properly fueled for the testing performances at this level. Incredibly, Bert came away with 2nd in the inter 1 and again another international score to add to his name. Last but by no means least was Igor who was gorgeous in the PSG and came away with a 7th, and not to be outdone by Bert, also bagged himself another international score.In all of our dealings with Tyler she has always been one of the hardest working and humble individuals that we could wish to work with. Her adoration for her horses is profound and they get the best of absolutely everything.
We are extremely proud of Tyler’s achievements and to be competing at this level, against some of the top combinations in the country, she is testament to what hard work and dedication can achieve. To finish in Tyler’s own words, she says “It’s an honour and privilege to ride these two stunning horses, what a gift my boys have given me”