Tori Stuckey wins the Aachen Challenge!
Tori & Mayfield Pzazz at the Aachen Challenge
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Written by Tori Stuckey
The dressage festival is always a fantastic show because of its hard working committee, but it is made greater by the Aachen Challenge. The top 3 place getters from the first round go through to round 2, which involves each rider riding a test on their own mount, followed by a test on each of the other two mounts. This is a fantastic experience to be a part of, and it has always been a goal of mine to place in the top three since I was 16 years old. After placing top 3 twice in the past, this year I managed to come home with a win! It is always very tough competition, with many strong combinations vying for first prize. The stakes are high, with the winner receiving a trip to the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, next July. This is only made possible by the generous support of Marcus Oldman, who inspire each new generation of young riders coming through the sport to aspire to reach the quality required to do well in this prestigious class.
As though winning the Aachen challenge wasn’t exciting enough, I was lucky enough to do it on the talented stallion Mayfield Pzazz, owned by my mum Kerry Mack. Pzazz is 21 this year (and yes, there will be a 21st birthday party). He is a most wonderful horse to ride, with a great temperament and willing nature and he just keeps on giving when many others his age would have been retired.
We started Pzazz on Rose-Hip Vital Equine in November 2016 and since then he has regained much of his suppleness, and is very willing to work. This is especially commendable given that I brought him out of retirement for this class!! Not only that, his coat is healthy, he looks great and his recovery from both training and competition is excellent, he just keeps on keeping on!
My mum Kerry, who is also taking Rose-Hip Vital has said “I wish I could ask Pzazz how he feels on Rose-Hip Vital because I’m feeling so good! I’m sure he’d say the same”.
I have two show jumpers who are also on Rose-Hip Vital Equine, and they are also both performing well, achieving solid results and looking fantastic. I believe Rose-Hip Vital is delivering real health benefits to our family as well as our team of horses. We are very pleased with the results and will certainly continue to use it in our daily routine for the benefit of our current and future performance