Annabelle Collins and Joyero VG: a 2018 season marked by the premiere in Grand Prix

Annabelle Collins & Joyero VG

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The Pura Raza Español, the horse of the kings, was one of the pillars of horse riding during the renaissance. This breed shines for the harmony in the shapes, the fine temperament, the nobility, the majesty in the movements and the great easiness and ability for the exercises of high degree of collection like the piaffe or passage.

As well as the great Alvaro Domecq emphasizes: “The pleasure of riding a Spanish horse, believe me I have ridden many, is unparalleled”

JOYERO VG: A COMPETITION DIAMOND

One of the P.R.E. horses that have been outstanding this season in Grand Prix is Joyero VG ridden by Annabelle Collins. The 10-year-old was bred by Yeguada Velasco-Gonzalez. Through his veins runs the blood of one of the greatest P.R.E. stallions: Educado X.

The grandsire from Joyero VG’s sire (Educado X) excels for his beauty. The quality of his gaits has been evaluated in the morphology rings with great success. Sire of champions, his grandkids continue the same track as the grandsire standing out with great results.

Joyero VG en Ermelo 2017

Throughout these last years, both Agusti Elias as well as Annabelle Collins have been polishing Joyero VG in the Medium Tour, before reaching the highest level of Grand Prix. Last season, Annabelle Collins was part of the cast of riders that represented the P.R.E. Studbook in the World Championship of Young Horses in Ermelo

A VERTIGINOUS PREMIERE IN GRAND PRIX

The Grand Prix is the greatest test of Dressage. It is the fruition of many years of sacrifice and perseverance. It is the result of a work in harmony in between rider and horse, where year after year form an eternal symbiosis.

Annabelle Collins & Joyero VG

On March 9th 2018, the rider from Bermuda faced the competition ring in the Toledo CDI 3* debuting in Grand Prix with 68&%.  Since then, the evolution in that level has been at giant steps. The next stop was in Segovia, specifically in the Cecyl CDI 3* (May 2018), where they maintained the good results line above 67%.

Annabelle Collins con JoYero VG

Annabelle had a concrete goal: to reach the required scores to qualify for their first World Equestrian Games. Said and done, after their participation in Segovia (April 2018), the rider from Bermuda, obtained the second required score and, in consequence, their ticket to participate in the event by antonomasia of the equestrian sport.

At the end of August, all the team of Annabelle Collins left for American lands, specifically Tryon, North Carolina. In her first participation in World Equestrian Games, Annabelle Collins was also the only participant on a P.R.E. Around 68% was her average in the piaffe-passage tour, but silly mistakes in the canter dropped the final score to 66%.

Annabelle Collins y Joyero VG

After debuting in their first World Equestrian Games, Annabelle maintained the premiering mood and so she did in Madrid Horse Week, participating in their first CDIW.
A very well deserved seventh place they achieved in the Freestyle with a score of 73.995%. The rider from Bermuda presented a very fun and well executed freestyle with tropical rhythms, including Bob Marley among others.

Annabelle and Joyero have an ample margin of improvement and the future shines bright. It looks like 2019 it’s going to be a season full of surprises and slowly, the combination will be secure in Grand Prix.

Annabelle Collins con Joyero VG