Obsessions of Weybridge is proud to sponsor equestrian athlete, dressage rider and rising star Charlotte Dicker, to ride Mathew & Helena Carroll's Obsessions' Quickstep. Obsessions' Quickstep is a 7-year-old British-bred Hanoverian dressage mare by the stallion Quarterback out of Donnerhall dam lines. She was purchased in 2016 and moved to her new home at Catherston Stud to start her competitive career with Charlotte.
Catherston Stud is the home of Charlotte's Grandmother, Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE FBHS. The Stud is renowned for breeding and producing Olympic dressage horses. Charlotte is trained by her mother, Anne Dicker and her grandmother, Jennie Loriston-Clarke, Paul Fielder, David Hunt & Carl Hester.
Charlotte made history when she rode down the centre line at the Junior European Dressage Championships as the third generation of her family to represent Great Britain in the sport. Since 2010, when Charlotte began her competitive dressage career, she has proved herself as a serious contender and is following in the footsteps of both her Mother, Anne Dicker, and Grandmother, Jennie Loriston-Clarke. It was Charlotte's hard work, dedication to the sport, proven competition record, and the wealth of knowledge and experience at Catherston Stud that influenced Obsessions of Weybridge in their decision to sponsor her.
Charlotte was born in Hampshire in 1998. At only 16 years old, in 2014 Charlotte had earned the ride on the working stallion, Catherston Springsteen, which she rode at the team selection viewing day scoring 70% with an international judge. This confirmed her selection to compete for Great Britain in 2014 at the Addington CDIJ and then at Rosendaal CDIJ in Holland. By 2015 Charlotte was on the Junior Nations Cup Team and representing Great Britain where they secured third place. In the same year Charlotte was selected as a member of the European Team for dressage, became Reserve Regional Champion for Advanced Medium, and was the winner of the Hickstead CDI. In 2016 Charlotte was the highest place. British rider for the Junior Nations Cup team, European Team member and became the British U25's National Champion.
Since joining the team at Catherston Stud, Obsessions' Quickstep and Charlotte have made a successful start to their partnership by winning 19 of the 30 classes entered, achieving 18 scores above 70% and gaining over 100 British Dressage points. In addition, they have earned the title of Reserve Regional Champion in the Freestyle to Music for both Novice and Elementary, placed 3rd in the Elementary Regional Championship, and placed 7th at the National Winter Dressage Championships 2016 for both the Novice Freestyle to Music and the Elementary. Obsessions' Quickstep's training has progressed from Novice up to Medium level. The partnership has now qualified for the Summer Regional Championships later this year.
Charlotte's Principal trainer, her mother Anne Dicker, is the second generation of the family to have competed internationally for Great Britain. Anne was a British Junior teams event rider and a British Young Rider for dressage. She was the leading rider in the Young Rider European Championships in 1986 that resulted in a team Silver for Great Britain. Anne's ride at the time was home-bred Catherston Dutch Bid who was by her mother's bronze medal winning Dutch Courage. Dutch Courage has since become one of the most influential stallions in competition breeding in this country. Sadly, Anne's career as an international rider for Great Britain was curtailed by a car accident. Anne now leads the day to day business of Catherston Stud as Managing Partner whilst ensuring that the busy competition schedules of its horses and riders are met and expectations exceeded wherever possible.
Jennie Loriston-Clarke was ten times National Dressage Champion and was Great Britain's first ever dressage medal winner at the 1978 World Dressage Championships held at Goodwood House in West Sussex. Jennie competed for Great Britain in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. This was followed by the Alternative Equestrian Games in 1980, Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 and the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. In 1979 Jennie was awarded the MBE for her contribution to equestrianism in Britain which was the first ever Queen's award for equestrianism. To further add to her achievements Jennie is a Fellow of the British Horse Society, Yeoman to the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and Farriers, has been an international judge for eventing & dressage, and is a highly respected judge in Great Britain and overseas for all types of horses and ponies.