Ruth Edge, who’s had success at the highest level in eventing, has now decided to concentrate solely on dressage.
Ruth who runs her own yard in Foston, South Derbyshire, made the decision to change direction after riding Drummer in the CIC* at Somerford Park in Cheshire last weekend. “Drummer felt fantastic – he finished on his dressage score of 37.2 in fourth place, and I didn’t think I could have given him a better ride, but I realised I hadn’t really enjoyed it,” said Ruth. “I could have carried on until the end of the season, but I thought I should stop while I was pleased with my performance and while it was going really well.”
She has won many classes at national and international level, with her greatest successes on Two Thyme, when the pair won the British Open Championship at Gatcombe Park twice, and in 2007 when they won the CCI4* at Luhmühlen, Germany. They were also British team reserves for the 2008 Olympics.
Ruth has always proved successful in the dressage element of eventing, so a few years ago she decided to turn her focus onto dressage. Since then, she has won six national titles, all on home-produced horses, and in December 2013 she made her grand prix debut on Shadowfax, which was later sold to America. “The decision to concentrate solely on dressage has been simmering for some time,” says Ruth. “I was then torn three ways between eventing, dressage and training – I love training people and that side of things has really taken off . I found watching the Rio Olympics inspired me – you see how much incredibly hard work people put into one sport, and I’m split between two.”
Ruth has four exciting young dressage horses to compete, two of whom are qualified for this year’s national championships. “Riding at the Olympics has always been, and still is, my goal, and I want to focus on making that happen. Now is the perfect time to start building towards that.”