Introducing our new ‘World Class’ Dressage Ambassador
We’re pleased to announce that we have sponsored our first Dressage Ambassador, following a search launched on social media.
Emma Brooks, from Hampshire, joins the Arka Equipe Ambassador Team which already includes event rider Melissa Joannides and showjumper Georgia Lovett.
Emma is one of the only people in the UK to compete Lusitanos successfully in higher level dressage. Her main horse, Zimbral, is a 10 year old stallion who Emma has owned since he was 4, and they currently compete at Small Tour level and work at Grand Prix level. The duo have trained with Charlotte Dujardin since 2012, and in 2014 Zimbral was selected for the Team GB World Class Equine Pathway Programme, to be considered for the future to represent Team GB at dressage. He is the first Lusitano ever to achieve this, and one of only a handful of horses currently on the programme. Zimbral is also a highly graded Lusitano breeding stallion in the UK, and his first foals are due to hit the ground this Spring.
Emma and Zimbral won their first couple of Small Tour classes, and in 2015 aim to compete at Inter II and Grand Prix. They will attend the Premier League shows this year with the aim of qualification for National Championships and working towards competing internationally.
Emma also has a new 3 year old Lusitano stallion, Gavião Dos Olhos, who she is currently training in preparation for his dressage competition debut later this year.
Our search for a rising dressage star was launched on Facebook, and received hundreds of applications. With so many great applicants, it was extremely hard to narrow down our search and tough to make a final decision. We met some really talented young riders during the process and hope to keep in touch with them all and will follow their careers with interest. Eventually we chose Emma as our Ambassador because of her obvious talent and unique horses, plus she really ‘gets’ our brand and is a great representative for us in the dressage world.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page to follow Emma and her horses, as well as our other Ambassadors.