Chatsworth International Horse Trials organisers ‘devastated’ to announce cancellation of 2024 event

FRA-Stephane Landois rides Chaman Dumontceau during the Cross Country for the FEI Nations Cup Eventing CCI4*-S. 2023 GBR-Chatsworth International Horse Trial | Presented by Delarki. Bakewell, Derbyshire. Saturday 13 May 2023. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

The organisers of Chatsworth International Horse Trials announced today, Thursday, 16th May, that the event, scheduled to take place between 17th May 2024 and 19th May 2024, has been cancelled. The statement retrieved from the event website reads: We are devastated to announce that due to the last 12 hours of heavy rain on site, under instruction from the BE and FEI officials we have been forced to cancel the 2024 Chatsworth International Horse Trials. “We are sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience this will cause. Our team has worked…

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An Unexpected Victory at the 75th Mars Badminton Horse Trials

Olympic years can always throw up unexpected results at Badminton, and 2024 is absolutely no exception with a total shakeup of the leader board. New Zealand’s Caroline Powell came from 6th place overnight to take her first Badminton Horse Trials title with the feisty mare Greenacres Special Cavalier, having finished here in last place in 2023. Ireland’s Lucy Latta climbed up one to eventual second place – an incredible result for her first five star event, let alone her first Badminton with the incredibly promising RCS Patron Saint, followed by…

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All Change on the Leader Board After Cross Country Day at Mars Badminton Horse Trials

After a thrilling day of cross country at the Mars Badminton Horse Trials, the leader board after dressage took quite the shakeup to see New Zealand’s Tim Price climb up from third into the top spot, followed by a legend of the British team, William Fox-Pitt rising to second from overnight 8th and Ireland’s Lucy Latter storming into third in her first ever 5 star competition from 46th position after dressage. The story of the day certainly goes to 27-year-old Badminton and 5 star first timer, Lucy Latta, who put…

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A Familiar Name Leads After Dressage at Mars Badminton Horse Trials

Rosalind Canter (GBR) riding Izilot DHI following dressage at Badminton Horse Trials 2024

In the 75th Anniversary of the Badminton Horse Trials and its inaugural year with Mars as the title sponsor, the sun shone over two days of fantastic sport to give us the phase one leader of Ros Canter with Izilot DHI. Riding into second place is Bubby Upton on Cola for Great Britain, and in third, is New Zealand’s Tim Price on board Vitali. Tim and the 14-year-old black gelding produced their customary fluid test to finish on a first phase score of 27.7. The result wasn’t quite their Burghley…

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Oliver Townend withdraws from Badminton

Oliver Townend riding Ballaghmor Class for (GBR) takes 2nd place at Badminton Horse Trials 2023

A statement released by Oliver reads: “Absolutely gutted to withdraw Ballaghmor Class from this week’s MARS Badminton Horse Trials. He had an abscess earlier in the season and consequently missed a couple of runs and gallops. This morning he went for his final gallop and with the 11.5 mins cross country course combined with the possible soft ground we don’t feel he’s at his normal 5* fitness right now. This is the first time in his career he’s missed a 5* and with the Rolex Grand Slam being at stake (for…

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Oliver Townend as he rides to Badminton as Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Contender

Oliver Townend riding Swallow Springs for GREAT BRITAIN at the RDA Fund Raiser,

Fresh from success at Kentucky, World no.1 event rider Oliver Townend will arrive at Badminton Horse Trials, presented by MARS, next week (May 9-12th) as a live contender for the coveted Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing title. Shropshire-based Townend, 41, won Defender Burghley last autumn on Karyn Shuter, Val Ryan, and Angela Hislop’s Ballaghmor Class. Last weekend, he took Defender Kentucky on Paul and Diana Ridgeon’s Cooley Rosalent. Ballaghmor Class is Townend’s ride at MARS Badminton, and the 17-year-old grey, who was part of Britain’s gold medal-winning team at the…

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It’s another win for Oliver Townend as GBR Riders steal the limelight in Kentucky

Oliver Townend takes the win in the Defender Kentucky Three Day Event 2024. image of Award ceremony

Marking his 100th CCI5*-L competition, Oliver Townend and mare Cooley Rosalent claimed top honours finishing with a score of 31.8 to take the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian on Sunday 28th April, 2024. As the World #1 ranked rider, Great Britain’s Townend is no stranger to the CCI5*-L level, nor is he a stranger to winning at the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ (K3DE). This year marked Townend’s eighth CCI5*-L win and his fourth victory in Kentucky. “I can’t tell you how proud I am…

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Tickets on sale for Cornbury House Horse Trials

image of horse and rider jumping a cross country fence

This year’s Cornbury House Horse Trials takes place from 11-15 September – and tickets are now on sale, starting at just £5. In just four years, Cornbury House Horse Trials in Oxfordshire has gained a reputation as eventing’s most special showcase. The very top British-based riders and the most exciting young horses provide superb sport in a truly beautiful country-house setting, and owners, spectators and guests can relax and watch them in unparalleled style with premium hospitality. Cornbury House hosts the British Eventing Young Horse Championships, featuring Olympic stars of…

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Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event announce rider line-up

Defending champion Tamie Smith (USA) will have longtime partner Mai Baum compete in the Cosequin® Lexington 4* as part of their preparation for the summer’s Paris Olympic Games © Michelle Dunn

Three of the world’s four top-ranked riders and defending champion Tamie Smith (USA) head to the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian from April 25-28.  The Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event features one of only seven annual Five Star three-day events in the world. In addition to the traditional CCI5*-L, the event also features the Cosequin® Lexington 4* and Kentucky CSI4* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.  With many riders’ sights set on the Paris Olympics this summer, the CCI5*-L and the Cosequin Lexington 4* will be thrilling…

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Historic win for Emily King at Eventing Spring Carnival

Emily King and Valmy Biats. Image courtesy of Eventing Images/Tim Wilkinson

In the history of the Lycetts Grantham Cup, never before has a horse and rider combination delivered back-to-back wins, until Saturday, March 30th at the Eventing Spring Carnival. Emily King and Valmy Biats delivered a near perfect three phases to retain their crown, alongside the Polly Phillips Memorial Trophy. “He was unreal”, exclaimed a jubilant King. “I’m so proud of how Valmy performed here he felt amazing.” “It was the smoothest, easiest, in sync one [cross-country round] I think I’ve ever had with him.  He’s quite lairy and really brave…

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Badminton Horse Trials announces competitor line-up for 75th anniversary event

Oliver Townend riding Ballaghmor Class for (GBR) takes 2nd place at Badminton Horse Trials 2023

As Mars Badminton Horse Trials welcomes its 75th anniversary in 2024, organisers have announced a stellar lineup of horse and rider combinations for the event, which will take place from Wednesday, May 8th, to Sunday, May 12th. With a record first prize pot of £117,600, we take a look at who else will face this fierce 5* competition that graces the rolling fields of the Badminton Estate each year. Horse and rider combinations Of the top 12 FEI World Ranking riders, we can expect to see 11 tackling this year’s…

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New eventing challenge offers competitors hope following recent cancellations

Hollie Clarke at Belsay in 2023. Image credit Athalens

British Eventing venues Belsay, Alnwick Ford and Burgham International Horse Trials will all form part of an exciting new eventing challenge in 2024. The news comes following a flurry of event cancellations that continue to shake up the eventing community in the UK. The new initiative, aptly named the Northumberland Challenge, will include the CCI3*-S, CC2*-S and, for the first time, the BE100 competitions. All will take place across the three venues offering a total potential prize pot of £61,000. All events have received considerable support so far, with Hambro…

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French forge ahead at FEI Eventing Nations Cup season opener

Benjamin MASSIE (FRA) FIGARO FONROY, FEI Nations CUP™ Montelibretti Italy 2024 Copyright ©FEI/Massimo Argenziano

FEI Eventing Nations Cup™, opening leg. Written by Eleanore Kelly Slick, quick cross-country performances gave France the winning edge in the opening leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup. Taking place in the beautiful Italian setting of Montelibretti, five nations came forward but it was France who took a decisive victory over Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Australia. They finished on an overall team score of 122.70 ahead of home nation Italy on 144.50 whilst Team Switzerland wound up in close third on 145.30.  Benjamin Massie led his team to victory…

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Eventing Spring Carnival on the horizon for Paris 2024 contenders

BEDE Events’ Eventing Spring Carnival, at Thoresby Park

The 2024 Eventing Spring Carnival, held at Thorseby Park, will this month welcome just shy of 700 horse and rider combinations for the first international event of the season. Taking place from March 29th to 31st, this year’s event will be an enormously important fixture ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games (Paris 2024). Heading up the CCI4*-S (126 entries) field of Paris 2024 hopefuls is world champion Ros Canter riding her Badminton 2023 winner, Lordships Graffalo. Ros will be joined by industry heavyweights Laura Collett and London 52, reigning World Champions…

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BEDE Events launch new Team Competition

Oasby Horse Trials 2022 Izzy Taylor riding cross country

BEDE Events have announced the launch of a Teams Competition that will take place at this year’s Catton Park (15th—16th June) and Brightling Park (29th—30th June) from BEDE Events. The concept is designed to create a new fun dynamic for competing with friends or for brands to bring together individual ambassadors competing at the same event to compete as a team. Teams at Catton Park will require a rider at BE90 and BE100, whereas teams at Brightling Park will also require a rider at BE80. Teams may also include riders in…

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Gatcombe Park’s Festival of British Eventing Cancelled

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Photo credit: Event Rider Masters

In a disappointing turn of events for equestrian enthusiasts, the iconic Gatcombe Park’s Festival of British Eventing has been canceled for the upcoming season. Despite the fervent efforts of the organizing team, the prevailing economic climate has rendered the event financially unviable. Event Director, Peter Phillips, expressed his regret, stating, “It is with a heavy heart that The Festival, which has played a significant part in the British Eventing calendar since 1983, cannot run this year.” Phillips, whose family has been deeply involved in the event for four decades, acknowledged…

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BEDE Events announce new opportunities for amateur riders in 2024

BEDE Events announce new incentives for amateur riders.

BEDE Events has announced a new development for the 2024 season that features further incentives and opportunities for amateur riders to aim for. This, the latest offering from BEDE Events, welcomes support from top industry brands such as Charles Owen and Agria Equine Lifetime. Highest Placed Amateur across all events! With the support of Charles Owen, BEDE Events is pleased to offer a prize for the highest-placed amateur across all of their events. The prize will be applicable to all classes, from BE80 to Advanced, with international classes also included. Rosettes…

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Epworth Confirm Abandonment

FEI Eventing European Championships for Young Riders & Juniors Segerjö (SWE) Segersjö Nane Nikolaus Dehn, GER Photo Copyright © FEI/Roland Thunholm

Due to the intense and persistent rainfall experienced over recent weeks, the Epworth Equestrian event planned for 2nd March 2024 has had to be abandoned. British Eventing (BE) officials made the tough decision following site inspection on 23rd February. The excessive waterlogging deemed that there was no other option but to abandon.  This, the first BE event cancellation of 2024 will invoke the use of the newly launched British Eventing Abandonment Support fund (ASF) for the first time. This fund aims to help out in the event of cancellation/abandonment of equestrian eventing fixtures due to extreme and/or weather conditions and will reimburse members who had already entered the…

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Agria Lifetime Equine BE100 League 2024: Exciting Opportunities for Competitors!

BEDE Events Virtual Dressage Competition

Agria Lifetime Equine BE100 League Promises Exciting Opportunities for Amateur Riders in 2024 Season Amateur riders across the UK are gearing up for an exhilarating 2024 season as the Agria Lifetime Equine BE100 League unveils its plans to expand and reward competitors. Sponsored by the world’s oldest pet insurer, Agria, this league offers a unique platform for amateur riders to showcase their skills and compete for major prizes. The league, which spans across eighteen British Eventing events, will now encompass a broader range of fixtures beyond those organized by BEDE…

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New name of the Kentucky Three-Day Event announced ahead of 2024 spectacular

Kentucky Three-Day Event announces new name

Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), the proud producer of the prestigious Kentucky Three-Day Event, is excited to unveil the event’s new name for 2024 – presenting the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event by MARS Equestrian™. Set to grace the Kentucky Horse Park from April 25-28, 2024, this renowned event is a highlight in the world of equestrian sports. The Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event, one of only seven annual Five Star three-day events globally, has earned the moniker of “The Best Weekend All Year.” Drawing nearly 90,000 spectators, attendees not only witness top-tier…

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Global Eventing Seminar Sparks Important Dialogue For Future

Oliver Townend at the FEI Eventing World Championship 2022 in Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA). FEI - Massimo Argenziano

Global Eventing Seminar Sparks Dialogue on Future Olympic Formats and Risk Management In a landmark virtual gathering, the global Eventing community came together on Saturday, January 20, for a three-hour online seminar. The seminar attracted over 280 participants from a total of 36 nations. The event delved into critical topics such as proposed modifications to the competition format for Eventing at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. However, Risk Management, Paris 2024 preparations, and issues surrounding horse welfare and social license to operate were looked at too.. Opening Session FEI…

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Badminton Horse Trials Winners Fund Receives Boost

Ros Canter at Badminton Horse Trials

Mars Badminton Horse Trials announced that the total prize money fund for this year’s event will rise to £425,000 – an increase of 12% on 2023.  The news means the winner will take home £117,600 with the relevant increases all down the line.  It is fitting that the 75th anniversary of Badminton should fall in an Olympic year. There will be an extra edge to the competition with the British eventing team looking to defend their gold medal in Paris this summer. As in previous Olympic years Badminton is pleased to support the…

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Canada takes team gold, USA’s Pamukcu takes individual title

Marcio CARVALHO JORGE (BRA) bronze, Caroline PAMUKCU (USA) gold and Lindsay TRAISNEL (CAN) silver on the podium during show jumping in eventing at the Pan American Games Santiago, Chile 2023 Copyright ©FEI/Shannon Brinkman

For only the third time in the 72-year history of the Pan American Games, Team Canada claimed Eventing gold at the 2023 edition in Quillota, Chile on Sunday. It was a real upset when Michael Winter (El Mundo), Colleen Loach (Fe Golden Eye), Lindsay Traisnel (Bacyrouge), and Karl Slezak (Hot Bobo) pinned the leading Americans back to silver medal spot when the Jumping course designed by Marina Azevedo – the first-ever female designer at the Pan Americans who will also set the tracks for Jumping later this week – proved…

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