Gary Foggon and Gypsy Fortune Head to the National Dressage Championships
Derbyshire-based Gary Foggon and Gypsy Fortune have continued their rise up the dressage ranks by qualifying for the National Championships.
Competing at the Port Royal Regionals the pair secured their ticket by finishing second in the Elementary Gold section on a score of 73.75%.
Gary and Gypsy Fortune, a 16.2hh bay mare, have been in excellent form and have great support from their sponsor Black Country Saddles who designed and made a saddle especially for them.
Said Gary: “Gypsy Fortune is a star and we couldn’t have wished for more at the regional championships, there was a great atmosphere and she went really well in the class.
“Throughout the summer months she has become more engaged in her way of going with great expression and cadence throughout the test.”
As well as the second in the Elementary Gold, Gary was also fifth in the Novice Gold section, just missing out on qualification in a very strong class pipped by the last competitor in the arena.
“Gypsy Fortune is a home-bred mare by Grafenstolz out of the first horse I owned, Bonny Bank Jay Jay who competed right up to Advanced level British Eventing and competed successfully to PSG in dressage,” said Gary.
“I named her after a gypsy told my fortune, I’m very sceptic, but when she told me I had a filly foal and my mare was back in foal which was going to be a colt I was captivated, she then went on to tell me my filly was always going to be in the ribbons. Looking back so far she has been right!
“A huge amount of team work goes into getting horses ready from trainers, farriers, physio’s, chiropractors, grooms, family and friends. Having a correctly fitted saddle that allows my horses to move to the best of their ability, which I have found with Black Country Saddles, is so important and I am very delighted and honoured to have Black Country Saddles as part of the team.”