Gypsy Fortune Heads for British Dressage Winter National Championships
Derbyshire-based Gary Foggon and the 16.2hh bay mare, Gypsy Fortune have secured not just one but three tickets to the Winter Dressage Championships.
Competing at Myerscough Regional Championships the pair secured their first ticket finishing second in the Elementary Open Freestyle to music.
Gary and Gypsy Fortune continued their fantastic form in the Novice Open where they finished third, securing their second qualifying place, before being crowned Novice Open Freestyle to music champion.
Said Gary: “Gypsy Fortune is certainly on top form having just had the most thrilling Regional Championships at Myerscough where she became the North West Novice Open Freestyle to Music Champion.
“She totalled four top five placings with three qualifying her for the Winter National Championships at Hartpury in April.
“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.
“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 new sponsor Black Country Saddles as part of the team.”