European Eventing Championship 2021 fundraiser launched to prevent event cancellation

European Eventing Championship 2021 fundraiser launched to prevent event cancellation A European Eventing Championship 2021 fundraiser has been launched to prevent cancellation of the upcoming fixture. Earlier this year, the FEI announced that the European Eventing Championship will take place in Avenches, Switzerland. The venue took on the challenge of hosting the major show as the original stage, Haras du Pin, France, pulled out due to scheduling clashes and the event risked cancellation. The last-minute change in venue means it will allow eventing Olympians and Paralympians to partake in the championship…

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Billy Twomey Wins the Longines King George V Gold Cup

Billy Twomey wins the Longines King George V Gold Cup. Please credit Craig Payne Photography

Billy Twomey Wins the Longines King George V Gold Cup Ireland’s Billy Twomey crowned a fantastic week at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, claiming first prize in the €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup. It was an enthralling renewal of the historic class, with 48 of the world’s top riders coming forward to do battle for the feature Grand Prix class of the show. A total of 13 riders went clear over Kelvin Bywater’s track in the first round, including British hopes Anna Power and Tim Stockdale. The…

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Holly Smith continues the honeymoon at Hickstead

Holly Smith and Quality Old Joker. Image (c) Julian Portch

Holly Smith continues the honeymoon at Hickstead Holly Smith (née Gillott) was on winning form once again at Hickstead, winning a prestigious class at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (27-31 July). Riding Quality Old Joker, an eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Holly Smith claimed the Winter Grades B & C Championship in the International Arena. Nine combinations made it through to the jump-off, with Holly going third from last. A well-judged round by the Leicestershire-based rider saw her knock nearly 3sec off first-drawn Adrian Whiteway’s time. “He’s 17.3hh and big with…

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British Dressage presents ‘Dressage for all’

2020 British Dressage Championships get the go ahead - Image credit Daisy Jackson Dressage www.djdressage.co.uk

British Dressage presents ‘Dressage for all’ Plans launched for this year’s BD National Convention Dressage is the foundation to all equestrian activity; a well-trained, responsive horse gives the rider the advantage to make that tight turn in the jumping ring or angle that skinny cross country fence.  But in its purest form, more and more horse and rider combinations are discovering that dressage is so much more than ‘flatwork’!  It’s a challenging sport with great rewards for the hours of training put in and, most importantly, it’s not just for…

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The King is Back! Barbury International Horse Trials Report

Barbury International Horse Trials - L-R Top three on the ERM podium Gemma Tattersall, Andrew Nicholson and Paul Tapner Photo Credit: Libby Law Photography & Eventridermasters.tv

The King is Back! Barbury International Horse Trials Report Written by Amy Bennett In a seriously competitive section at the international CIC*** class at St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials, the king of Barbury Castle reigned supreme once more. New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson stormed around the third leg of the Event Rider Master (ERM) series to take his fifth Barbury title in a row with the only sub-40 score of the section. But in the absence of his now retired Barbury champion Avebury, the title this year was awarded…

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Somerford Park International Horse Trials 19th – 21st August

Somerford Park International Horse Trials

Somerford Park International Horse Trials 19th – 21st August Exciting times as entries open this week – Friday 15th July – for Somerford Park International Horse Trials Somerford Park Farm is well supported by competitors all year round and an impressive line up is anticipated at this years event which runs 19th – 21st August, allowing time for many of the riders to fly home from Rio and compete with their stars of the future in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. No stone is left unturned and attention to detail is paramount…

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David Simpson and Harriet Nuttall Reign at Hickstead

David Simpson wins the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial. Image (c) Sian Hayden

David Simpson steals the show in the Friday Bunn Leisure Derby Trial Ireland’s David Simpson had his first major win in Hickstead’s International Arena on Friday, taking the Derby Trial. Tactics came to the fore in the jump-off, when David Simpson (riding Gotti Van Paemel) faced two rivals in the form of William Funnell and Shane Breen. First to go was William, who finished in a time of 64.30sec, but knocked one fence to finish on four faults. Hickstead-based Shane Breen picked up an unfortunate eight faults, paving the way…

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Sarah Billington Celebrates at Bolesworth

Sarah Billington Celebrates at Bolesworth

Sarah Billington Celebrates at Bolesworth Sarah Billington got the final day of this year’s Bolesworth CSI **** International off to a flying start when she won the Am-A grand prix. The class, sponsored by Andrews Bowen, reached a thrilling crescendo as the top three finishers were separated by just 16 hundredths of a second. But it was Cheshire-based Sarah, wife of international showjumper Geoff Billington, who came out on top after clocking a jump-off time of 41.37 seconds with eight-year-old bay mare Uforia JX. Newcastle-based Kerstin Deakin continued her impressive…

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Bolesworth Puissance Spectacular

Bolesworth Puissance Joint winners Pender & Winchester

Bolesworth Puissance Spectacular Bolesworth Puissance Friday Evening Chloe Winchester had a puissance debut to savour when she shared victory in a thrilling class at the Bolesworth CSI **** International. The Suffolk-based 21-year-old rider cleared a fourth and final round height of seven feet three inches on Shannondale Linnet to finish equal first with 16-year-old Irish prospect Michael Pender, riding Acorad 3. Winchester, a former winner of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Hickstead, and Pender were joined in the last round by Ireland’s David Simpson on Gotti van Paemel,…

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Bolesworth Equine Learning Zone Welcomes Dressage Superstars

Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Laura Tomlinson and Richard Davidson. Image credit Trevor Meeks

Bolesworth Equine Learning Zone Welcomes Dressage Superstars Bolesworth Equine Learning Zone and Fan Zone News Visitors to Bolesworth International on Thursday were treated to a talk from Olympic dressage riders Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Laura Tomlinson and Richard Davidson. Held in the Equine Learning Zone, which is new for 2016, the riders stopped in ahead of the evening dressage performances to talk about the sport of Dressage, London 2012 and to answer quick fire questions from visitors to the event. Carl on dressage success in London. “It turned the sport…

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Bolesworth Re-Opens to Public Ahead of Schedule

The Bolesworth 2016 main arena (c) Honeybunn Photography

Bolesworth Re-Opens to Public Ahead of Schedule Bolesworth International have this afternoon re-opened access to the public ahead of schedule. Due to efforts from staff overnight, and this morning, the showground parking has now been deemed suitable for traffic meaning visitors are now allowed back onto the grounds. An official statement has been released via the Bolesworth International website Organisers of the Bolesworth CSI **** International are delighted to announce that public admission to the event on Friday has been opened from 1pm. Unstinting efforts from the Bolesworth team to…

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Will Trevor Breen be able to Claim Third Consecutive Derby Win

Harriet Nuttall and a Touch Imperious finished second in the 2015 Equestrian.com Derby (c) Julian Portch

Will Trevor Breen be able to Claim Third Consecutive Derby Win Reigning Equestrian.com Derby champion Trevor Breen returns to Hickstead next week in the hope of claiming a third consecutive Derby title – but he faces a strong field of contenders. Ireland’s Billy Twomey is among the favourites for Hickstead’s most famous class, which is held on the afternoon of Sunday 26 June. Billy finished second in the Equestrian.com Derby in 2015 with Diaghilev with just four faults, and the pair recently won the Hamburg Derby – so this year they are in with…

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Bolesworth Hit by Flash Floods

Bolesworth hit by flash floods - updates to follow

Bolesworth Hit by Flash Floods Bolesworth hit by flash floods – Event scheduled to take place tomorrow with only one arena closure. The latest equestrian event to take the brunt of the British weather is Bolesworth International, set in Bolesworth Estate, Cheshire. The management team have this evening announced, via their website and social media, the cancellation of classes scheduled to take place in the Lake Arena tomorrow, due to unexpected downpour this afternoon. They are confident that preserving the area, ahead of the weeks coming classes, will allow the…

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Success for Nick Gauntlett at Bolesworth International

Nick Gauntlett and Cairnside Sir Alex in the Express Evening Competition at Bolesworth International

Success for Nick Gauntlett at Bolesworth International British eventer Nick Gauntlett posted a double success at the Bolesworth CSI **** International on Wednesday. And in doing so, the Gloucestershire-based rider paraded another potential star, whose sire is 2015 Badminton champion Chilli Morning. Gauntlett used to ride Chilli Morning before the horse went briefly to Mary King and then William Fox-Pitt, who guided him to Badminton glory and could be part of Great Britain’s Olympic eventing team in Rio this summer. And there was plenty to admire about Gauntlett’s home-bred stallion…

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Brilliant Bolesworth 2016 Ready to Dazzle and Delight

Brilliant Bolesworth 2016 (c)Honeybunn Photography

Brilliant Bolesworth 2016 Ready to Dazzle and Delight Bolesworth 2016 is ready to open its doors for a 2016 equestrian spectacular that will see global superstars and stunning horse-power combining in irresistible fashion. The CSI **** International promises four days of high-octane entertainment, headlined by six London 2012 Olympic gold medallists – Nick Skelton, Scott Brash, Ben Maher, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Tomlinson – bringing a Midas touch to events at Bolesworth Castle in the glorious Cheshire countryside, starting on Thursday. And it is not just British stars…

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Alex Hua Tian Takes Leg 2 of the Event Rider Masters

Leg 2 of the event rider masters Alex Hua Tian (CHN) - Den Geniro. Image credit Mike Bain

Alex Hua Tian Takes Leg 2 of the Event Rider Masters Leg 2 of the Event Rider Masters held at Bramham International Horse Trials Chinease rider, Alex Hua Tian yesterday celebrated his triumph on board Don Geniro, for the second leg of the Event Rider Masters (ERM). Overnight leader, Clark Montegmary (USA) riding Loughan Glen, had a ‘costly’ pole in the morning’s showjumping and despite his double clear cross-country he finished just behind triumphant Alex in second. Said Alex ” I can’t believe it, we were dead last at Chatsworth and to…

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Event Rider Masters Welcomes Two Sub 40 Dressage Scores

Pippa Funnell riding Mirage D'Elle.jpg-large

Event Rider Masters Welcomes Two Sub 40 Dressage Scores Clark Montgomery (USA) heads the Event Rider Masters (ERM) leader board ahead of tomorrow’s showjumping and cross-country at Bramham International Horse Trials. The UK based US rider, on board Loughan Glen, was the second competitor to break the sub 40 score, finishing on an impressive 36.5!! William Levett (AUS), the first competitor to break the sub 40 dressage score ‘seal’ for the inaugural ERM, finished the day in second on 39 riding the 17hh Irish Sports, Horse Shannondale Titan. Levett was among the last of…

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Sammi Birch Leads the Bramham CCI3* Pack

Lauren Shannon & Quality Purdey. Image credit Tara Hector

Sammi Birch Leads the Bramham CCI3* Pack Day one of the 2016 CCI3* Bramham International Horse trials concluded with x1 elated new mom, Sammi Birch (AUS), leading the pack. Only recently back in the saddle, Sammi proved just how ready she truly is for competing at CCI3* level, having given birth only 11 months ago. She held on to her early lead and was the only rider to break into the sub 40 score! Said Sammi “It was fantastic to get a sub 40 score, I’ve actually come straight from Tattersalls,…

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Anticipation builds for the return of Liverpool International Horse Show

Anticipation builds for the return of Liverpool International Horse Show The Echo Arena Liverpool will play host to some of the biggest names in showjumping, as the tremendously successful Liverpool International Horse show returns to give us a second year spectacular from the 31st of December to the 2nd of January 2017. Alongside the opportunity to witness some of the biggest household names in showjumping, we will also be lucky enough to have live music from the winners of Britain’s got Talent 2014, the spellbinding operatic four piece, Collabro. However the…

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Summer Holiday Fun at Equifest

Equifest

Summer Holiday Fun at Equifest Make the most of your five day stay at Equifest this summer, with competing, friends, family and fun all rolled into one. Equifest takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough from August 17 to 21. Entries are now open for you and your horse or pony to be a part of the largest show in the country. With hundreds of classes to choose from, you can be confident you will find the right class. This non-stop event features the most extensive range of showing…

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Girls lead the way at Brand Hall

Brand Hall - Saffron Cresswell & Cuffesgrange Little Ric - Charles Owen Pony National Championships - CICBCP - Brand Hall 2016. Image credit Adam Fanthorpe

Girls lead the way at Brand Hall The 2016 Charles Owen National Pony and Racesafe Equestrian Junior Championship titles were both taken by ambitious young females at Brand Hall Horse Trials in Shropshire over the weekend (3rd – 5th June). The competition also boasted an array of British Eventing classes which took place in superb sunshine with competitors set a true challenge over Janet Plant’s impressively designed cross country courses. Charles Owen National Pony Championship Round up After two consecutive years of the Charles Owen National Pony Championship wins being dominated…

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Bramham Boasts Ian Stark’s Cross Country Courses

Bramham International Image credit Kit Houghton

Bramham Boasts Ian Stark’s Cross Country Courses The jewel in the crown of the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials has been unveiled for this year’s event (9 – 12 June) – Ian Stark’s cross country courses.  Around 170 horse and rider combinations will tackle the courses on Saturday, 11 June over the four competitions, the showcase Equi-Trek CCI3*, the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3*, the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* and inaugural Bramham leg of the Event Rider Masters. A result of 11 months of planning, siting and building, Ian…

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Plan Your Weekend at Bolesworth International 2016

Overlooking the main arena at Bolesworth International

Plan Your Weekend at Bolesworth International 2016 Would you like a fantastic weekend of fun at a top equestrian event, with plenty of entertainment for the whole family? Then look no further than Bolesworth International top-class show jumping, a magnificent dressage to music competition, a puissance and an action packed line up of displays and things to do. With a buzzing atmosphere, stylish grounds and incredible entertainment, there’s no better place to spend a summer’s weekend with your family than at Bolesworth International. What’s more the fun goes on all day,…

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The Musical Drive of the Heavy Horses return for HOYS 2016

Musical Drive of the Heavy Horses

The Musical Drive of the Heavy Horses return for HOYS 2016 The Musical Drive of the Heavy Horses will be making a nostalgic return to this year’s Horse of the Year Show.  Last seen as a display in 2008, the popular and emotive Musical Drive performance delighted audiences with their superb harrowing display from the 1950’s up until their last display, at Wembley Arena, in 1999. The Musical Drive of the Heavey Horses was a tradition largely born out of necessity and it was Colonel Mike Ansell who solved the…

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German team triumphant at Houghton Hall

Germany, winners of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing at Houghton Hall (GBR) for the second year running (left to right): Peter Thomsen, Josefa Sommer, Bettina Hoy and Josephine Schnauffer, with their coach Christopher Bartle (Trevor Holt/FEI)

 FEI Nations Cup Eventing German team triumphant at Houghton Hall The German team again showed their liking for the beautiful surroundings of Houghton Hall (GBR), third leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2016, and won for the second year running, narrowly beating Australia by just 0.4 penalties. The French, who are having a brilliant season, were third and now head the 2016 series leaderboard ahead of host nation Great Britain, who finished fourth, while Nicola Wilson, who was not in the team, finished first and third on the individual…

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