Nathalie Wahlund and Oldencraig Echo O captured the TopSpec Medium Silver at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships after a stunning performance.
The pair won in convincing style on what was a Championship debut for Nathalie riding Oldencraig Echo O to head the class with a score of 70.83%.
Said Nathalie: “Looking to the future, I would like to start PSG this year, then maybe next year do some Premier Leagues.
“I’m so happy and it was so much fun. It is a first British Dressage National’s for me and Echo so I’m super happy!
“He was maybe a bit tense to begin with just before he went in, but once inside the arena he grew in confidence. He was just really good and there were no mistakes – it was a clear round and the trot work felt fantastic.”
Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “The Medium Silver was a great competition and Nathalie’s test was a very worthy winner.”
Nine-year-old Oldencraig Echo O is a Dutch gelding owned by Penny Brinsley, and Nathalie (21) has ridden him for the past 18 months.
Originally from Sweden Nathalie works as a rider at Oldencraig Equestrian in Surrey where she trains with British Olympian Vicky Thompson-Winfield and is gaining much competition experience aboard the centre’s horses.
Added Nathalie: “Vicky is a great trainer and I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without her.
“Echo loves to work and he can go on forever. He’s a real worker and is a very sweet horse. We put a lot of work in so it’s very satisfying to get this reward.”