Ashley Jenkins and Salsa Hit captured the TopSpec Medium Silver at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships after a stunning performance.
Twenty-four-year-old Ashley and the attractive seven-year-old son of Samba Hit III, claimed the Elementary Restricted title here last year, and 12 months later scored a decisive 72.03% to head the competitive class.
First to go after the mid-way break, Ashley and the elegant gelding produced a test full of lightness and expression to take the lead which proved unbeatable.
Said Ashley: “It feels amazing to win again. He is so expressive and light on his feet, he felt amazing in there today especially his simple changes and medium trots. They felt really good.”
Ashley, who works as a stable rider for Dan Greenwood, bringing on the young horses, bought the athletic black gelding from Margaret Lister as a three-year-old.
“I loved him from day one and he’s taught me a huge amount,” he added.
Ashley enjoyed a rapturous applause during his lap of honour from the enthusiastic crowd which included his home support team.
“I’ve got my whole family here, even both my non-horsey brothers are here, and my little sister – it’s brilliant!” he smiled.
Taking second place was Katie Bailey and Bocelli IV who finished on 71.12% to just lose out by a whisker.