In his third year as Badminton course designer, Eric Winter has kept his philosophy of making his track look as naturally cross country as possible. There is next to no artifice, seen at many other events, in a flowing journey around Badminton Park.
As usual the ASX Starter flower bed (1) is in the main arena, then riders hang right this year down to the Keepers Question (2) a table over the ditch. Crossing the road they rise to the Little Badminton Gate (3) reached up quite a steep incline and head for Savills Staircase (4 abc 5), a big log parallel, down the two stone steps and a tight left turn to another log parallel away. A bit of an uphill canter and a right turn to the Worcester Avenue Table (6) then back on track to Joules Corners (7/8) of boxed hedges. Next comes the Countryside Log Piles (9ab), a choice of one large one or a double of smaller ones.
A bit of a breather till things start to get serious. The Shogun Sport Hollow (10 ab) has a funnelling pagoda to lead riders to a narrow ‘coffin’ ditch, which actually is coffin shaped, and a left or right choice of chunky, narrow tree trunks out. Now we enter an area of intense action. The KBIS Bridge (11, 12) is a massive parallel over the famous Vicarage Ditch. The double numbering allows for a two jump escape route. The next obstacle has been at Badminton in some form since 1949, the Outlander PHEV Bank (13 ab). Fast route is head on to the top, down, over a narrow brushed roll top.
Next up is a photographic favourite, the Rolex Grand Slam Trakehner (14), a massive log slung over a gaping chasm, then up one of the few real inclines in Badminton Park to the Hildon Water Pond (15 ab), perhaps slightly easier this year, with a roll top in and a log in the water.
A quick let up with James’s Brush (16) and back along the Vicarage Ditch to the Mirage Water (17 abc 18). Despite several options, the direct route involves a corner on the left of a timber box, a right curve over open water and right to another corner on the left of a final box. Heading back to the deer park the next is the Nyetimber Heights (19 ab). Up a steep slope to an airy brush on the top of the mound, down into the dip and up for a choice of four narrow scrubbing brush skinnies. The Feedmark Haywain (20) has featured all over Badminton Park in recent years and takes riders to this year’s charity fence the YoungMinds Brushes (21,22,23), three asymmetric corners in a row.
There is always a considerable crowd round all the fences on the course, but now comes the cauldron of the lake area. First is the World Horse Welfare Lakeside (24). The actual jump is basically a large parallel, but the design, with a pump station, extends over the lake and creates an attractive waterfall. Then it is along the lake to The Lake with L200s (25 abcd). Eric has pulled the brushed up entry log back, so there is now a grass landing before entering the Lake, then a step up and this time the L200 will have a trailer which hosts the jump, a dome shaped Aintree type fence.
Keeping the massive lakeside crowd entertained, the course doubles back to the Wadworth Lower Lake (26) a triple bar approached through the water. The Trade Stands Hedge (27) is a friendly let up before the Voltaire Huntsmans Close (28 ab) which involves a birch parallel to a birch spread corner on a right turn.
To avoid a flat out gallop Eric has the Eclipse Cross Chicane (29 ab), two open ditch brushes on a U bend out and in of the deer park before the HorseQuest Quarry (30 ab) looms. This is less complicated than in recent years. In over the stone wall to a drop then up and out over a second wall.
Nearly home but the Hayracks (31 ab) is a roll top spread to a roll top skinny, then the Rolex Trunk (32) a sculpted log. Back into the arena is the Mitsubishi Final Mount (33), the public competition winning pair of sculpted wooden saddles.
As ever a good completion will be an exhilarating experience for both the old pros and especially for those whose first experience of Badminton this will be.
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Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser
Defending Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Champion, Jonelle Price from New Zealand and 3 of the 4 British team gold medal winners from the 2018 World Equestrian Games head the entries for the 2019 Badminton Horse Trials, which takes place on 1st – 5th May. Jonelle’s Burghley winning husband Tim is also among the star studded line up, while absentee World Champion Ros Canter, who is due to have her first baby this summer, will be previewing the course for Horse and Hound and also joining in on site commentary.
There are seven previous winners in the field – three from New Zealand – Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson and Jonelle; one from Australia, Sam Griffiths; and three from Great Britain, Pippa Funnell with a choice of 4 possible rides, William Fox-Pitt who has two entered and Oliver Townend, who will also have to choose two from his four initial entries.
Other notable competitors are the silver and bronze individual medallists from the World Equestrian Games of 2018, Padraig McCarthy from Ireland with Mr Chunky and Ingrid Klimke from Germany with Hale Bob. Ingrid has twice been second at Badminton, in 2006 and 2015, and is keen to add the prestigious Mitsubishi Motors title to her 2017 European Championship and numerous other top finishes around the world.
The victorious British team from 2018 comprises Tom McEwen, Gemma Tattersall and Piggy French, while Tina Cook, who has completed Badminton no less than sixteen times and was highly placed at WEG, has entered three (all riders are restricted to a maximum of two actual starters and must choose their runners before the First Horse Inspection on Wednesday 1st May).
The British challenge is also strengthened by three seasoned competitors at the highest level – Kitty King who rode in the 2016 Olympic team, Harry Meade, part of the 2014 World Championship squad and Nicola Wilson, veteran of countless major Championships.
There were 114 entries in total for this year’s event, resulting in 24 being placed on the Waiting List after allowing for those riders with more than two horses. The Waiting List is determined by points won in top level international events over the past two years.
Eric Winter’s cross country course will be unveiled on the event website, on Cross Country App and to the media on 10th April; while the Draw for starting order is live on Facebook on 15th April. Online advance ticket sales are running at record levels, with the early bird discounts due to expire on 31st March.
The full list of horses and riders entered for Badminton 2019 and the current Waiting List may be found here.
Course designer Helen West will implement significant changes at Nunney International Horse Trials this year.
The redesign is aimed at creating a terrific viewing spectacle, while consolidating the existing courses to give horses and riders a confidence giving test of their cross country skills.
A key difference is that the start and finish will be relocated, thus avoiding a long gallop between the last two fences.
Helen explained: “It will be much more spectator and rider friendly with the penultimate fence at the last road crossing with a short gallop to the last fence. This means there will be a much shorter walk from the lorry park and road crossing down to the start. It also means I will be able to control the speed of the horses at the finish which will help ensure good, accurate jumping right to the line.
“To make up for the shortened course, I plan to take all the courses out into the extra field which has only previously been used in the international classes.”
A new water complex will be located next to the existing Dew Pond giving a variety of jumping options and hedges will be lowered by the main viewing area in the centre of the course enabling spectators to see more of the action.
Helen said: “All these changes are to create a much more user friendly course both for riders and spectators. They are relatively simple tweaks that I think will make a huge difference to both the spectator experience and how the courses ride.”
As usual preparations for Badminton Horse Trials, in their 28th and final year under the record breaking sponsorship of Mitsubishi Motors, are well underway. This may be the 70th anniversary of the first competition but innovations are made with each running.
The Event is now providing an E Ticketing service which should speed up entry to the showground and admission can be bought right up to the day of the event (1st May-5th May).
Entries for the Trials are expected from the victorious British world champion squad and the usual contingent of the cream of the rest of the globe.
For spectators, who turned up in unprecedented numbers in 2018 there are further enhancements. The popular Lakeside area has been revitalised along with the Members and Deli enclosures and the 2018 newcomer to the burgeoning shopping village, The World of Food and Wine is expanded.
The camp site, which now has over 1,300 pitches is complemented just up the road in 2019 by a Glamping field as often seen habituated by the A listers at big music events. This will certainly lend extra style to the Badminton experience.
After a successful premiere in 2018 the fans will be able to submit questions to the top three riders each day on a stage by the Media Centre.
For the very knowledgeable, Badminton has, along with the five other top Events of its type, had its rating upgraded by the international federation the FEI from 4* to 5*, though for practical purposes this will have no effect on Eric Winter’s course, of which he has been the designer for the past two years. Badminton remains the dream of riders the world over.
As ever festivities kick off with the amateurs’ championships the Mitsubishi Motors Cup on the Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Box Office opened to existing customers earlier this week and the ticketing kiosk will be available to all comers on Monday 14th January.
All proposed eventing rule changes for 2019 have been approved by the FEI General Assembly, which concluded today in Manama, Bahrain. The rule changes will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
While there are rule changes impacting numerous different sections of the FEI Eventing Rulebook, here are the most notable revisions below.
Click here to read the full document of proposed, and now approved, rule changes for 2019.
Blood, Whip Use and Yellow Cards
All cases of minor blood on the horse caused by the athlete, either in the mouth or on the flanks from spurs, will be given a recorded warning or stronger sanctions.
Should the same athlete receive more than one recorded warning for a case of athlete-induced blood on a horse within three years, the athlete will automatically receive a yellow warning card.
Two recorded warnings for the same offense will result in a yellow warning card.
Use of the whip has been limited to two times per use. The ground jury can deem multiple excessive uses of a whip between fences as abuse of the horse.
If a horse’s skin is broken or has visible marks, the use of the whip will always be considered excessive.
All cases of excessive use of the whip will automatically result in a yellow warning card or stronger sanction.
Definition of Categories
The new category system approved at the 2017 FEI General Assembly will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. CIC will no longer be used to designate the short format. Instead, CCI-L will denote long formate and CCI-S will denote short format.
The new 1.05-meter Introductory level introduced in 2018 will become the new CCI* level in 2019 and can be organized as short or long format in regard to order of the phases and horse inspections.
All other FEI levels will shift up in their star category according to the chart below:
The CCI5* level system will be gradually introduced over the next two years. The current CCI4* competitions — Kentucky, Badminton, Luhmühlen, Burghley, Pau and Adelaide — will all receive the new CCI5*-L category designation in 2019 but must fulfill new requirements over a period of two years to retain the designation.
Minimum level of prize money: €150,000 Euro ($175,000 USD)
Mandatory closed-circuit television for public, athletes, owners and ground jury
A minimum of 30 starters, maximum of 75 starters
11-12 minute cross country course (6,270-6,840 meters in length with 40-45 efforts)
All-weather dressage arena is strongly recommended
CCI5* Yearly Review:
A yearly review will take place to evaluate each CCI5* event in regards to performance against the established criteria. A pr-assessment will take place at the end of 2019, with a formal evaluation at the end of 2020. The Risk Management Steering Group will also be involved in the yearly review to assess the fall rate on cross country and other safety measures.
Starting in 2020, all CCI5* competitions will be reviewed on an annual basis, with CCI5* status renewed or revoked accordingly for the following year.
The FEI has approved the following rule changes in relation to dressage for 2019:
Collective marks will be removed and replaced with one overall mark for “Harmony of Athlete and Horse,” which is scored on a double coefficient.
At 4* championships and 5* level events, if the score of the flying changes varies by 3 points or more from the average of the scores of the other judges for the same movement, the ground jury must review the video after the dressage test on the same day. Adjustments to scoring for the flying changes can be made accordingly.
Only ear bonnets that “allow horses to use all their senses and move freely with the ears” will be permitted.
The FEI has approved the following rule changes in relation to cross country for 2019:
Missing a flag on cross country will now result in 15 penalties instead of 50 penalties if the “horse misses a flag but clearly negotiated the element or obstacle.”
“A horse is considered to have run out (20 penalties) if, having been presented at an element or obstacle on the course, it avoids it in such a way that the body of the Horse fails to pass between the extremities of the element or obstacle as flagged.”
Only official video recording will be permitted as evidence when reviewing penalties. “Officials will clarify before the start of cross country … which video recording will represent the official view to avoid any misunderstanding.”
“Unattached neck straps” will not be allowed on cross country.
Hackamores without bits will not be allowed on cross country.
Show jumping time penalties will now match cross country, with 0.4 time penalties added for every second over the time allowed.
The FEI has made extensive changes and clarifications to the bitting section of the rulebook “to take into account the wide use of snaffles in eventing,” as well as defining the action of bits. You can view the full list of tack and equipment rule changes in Chapter 7, items 43-45, of this document.
The revised Eventing Rules will be updated here shortly.
A new BE Affiliated Event joins the calendar for early August
Running alongside a Country Fair at Glamis Castle
The team at established event centre, Auchlishie Eventing will be putting on a spectacular show in the superb setting of Glamis Castle in August 2019. In addition to affiliated BE eventing, there will be a Country Fair to attract spectators from across Scotland and the north.
Running classes from BE 80(T) up to Novice in the first year and with on-site stabling, this is a great event for the grass roots eventers to come along to. Organiser, James Helyer, says “this is an exciting new venture for us and we could not be luckier with the venue – not only is it a stunning place for an event, but the staff at Glamis could not be more accommodating. The event slots neatly into a gap in the Scottish calendar, so we are hoping for good support from the northern eventing community”.
The cross country courses will be designed by BE A-list Course Designer and Platinum Course Builder Adrian Ditcham, who was the lead builder at the London 2012 Olympics. The courses will wind through the natural parkland and go through the most amazing water complex. Adrian says “the natural features of the parkland will make choosing the route easy – my job will be to ask the right questions in the right places in order to offer a fun challenge to competitors at all levels.”
The main ring will have show jumping throughout the event and a natural amphitheatre gives a great view over the centre of the event.
The Country Fair will take place alongside the horse trials and in addition to an array of tradestands, there will be food and craft tents and other countryside attractions for the public to enjoy. Assistant Organiser, Thomas Helyer says he is “relishing the challenge of putting on this new event and looking forward to working with a new team to provide an event that has something for everyone”.
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Monart 2018 sale topper CBI Aldo purchased by Caroline Powell (NZ) €45,000
Monart are delighted to present the result of another successful Monart Sale in 2018.
This year they managed to achieve a clearance rate of 75% of the 109 horses that came forward to auction with an average price of €10,850.
The 2018 sale at Monart was again another who’s who of the eventing elite with some of the worlds greatest household names purchasing their future stars. – Michael Jung, Oliver Townend, Astier Nicoli, Caroline Powell, Mary King, Austin O’ Connor, Sam Watson, Kevin Mc NAb, Emma Mc Nab, Emily King, Sam Ecroyd, J.P. Sheffield, Bill Levett, Tom Rowland, Lauren Blades, Michael & Trish Ryan, Richard Jones, Kathryn Robinson and the list goes on.
Monart is now firmly regarded amongst the best in the world as the place to come & source horses with the potential to make it to the top of our sport.
This is full credit to our outstanding vendors who breed & produce these quality horses for Monart year on year.
Jenny & Bill Levett
MBF Golden Reign
Kilcannon Watervalley Guy
Kilbunny MP Easy Hat Trick
RNG Q E Two
Kilbunny Diamond Ransom
Willow sport horses
Brian flynn and Jason Higgins
Mr Denis Delaney
Rossdarragh Hip Hop
Maurice Coleman/ Sian Hawkes
Brideview Master Goerge
Jenny & Bill Levett
Trade horse limited
Lisgreen High Action
Shirsheen Fun Time
MBF Special Bond
Ballyorney Buladh Bos
Brandon View Stud
Ringfort Sport Horses
Rita Morgan and Linda Murphy
Willow sport horses
Gortglas Sport Horses
Gortglas Diamonds In The Sky
MRF Coco Loco
Shanbeg To Differ
Trade horse limited
Tiana Coudray/Jatial Ltd
Alan O Brien
OSH Dream On
Brandon View Stud
FMSH Happy Days
T O Jones
NC Aviation Ltd
John and Julia Crosbie
Ryan O Gorman
Willow sport horses
Lassban Sport Horses Irl
Lassban Royal Minstrel
Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
After a record-breaking twenty eight years as title sponsor of the Badminton Horse Trials, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has decided to withdraw after the 2019 Event. Badminton is recognised as one of the world’s greatest sporting contests. Mitsubishi Motors has played an enormous role in maintaining the prestige of this ultimate test of all round horsemanship.
Badminton celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019 and recently has had year-on-year record attendances with 185,000 spectators during this year’s competition.
Said Event director Hugh Thomas, “It is always sad when a very successful partnership comes to an end, and especially when over the years event and sponsor have developed a genuine friendship, however when one door closes another one opens and it will be exciting to see where that leads.”
Rob Lindley, Managing Director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK commented “We have had an outstanding collaboration with the Badminton Horse Trials and it has played an important part in raising the profile of our brand and our vehicles over the years. Badminton 2019 will be as prestigious as ever and we wish the Event the greatest success for the future.”
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Monart Graduate Lassban Diamond Lift at the 2018 World Equestrian Games.
Photo by Equestrian Australia
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Why Monart?While the Monart Sale has grown over the past nine years we have never lost focus of our aim to only sell the best Ireland has to offer to our sport.
Year on year we have been unmatched in bringing to our customers horses of the highest quality at the best prices.
We at Monart aim to provide you with the most transparent & stress free buying experience possible.
You will be presented with a selection of horses that have been hand picked for their potential by our panel of four star riders.
The horses will be vetted & X-Rayed by a panel of vets headed by Irish Olympic team vet Marcus Swail.
All brought together to the unique location of Monart in County Wexford Ireland for you to view & try all over the course of a few days.
We hope you will join us for this years sale
Provisional Sale Timetable
Monday 5th November
12pm - 4.30pm- All ridden horses showcased over Show Jumps & Cross Country fences in the outdoor arena.
4.30pm - 5.30pm - 1st lot of 3yr old horses loose jumped in the indoor arena.
Tuesday 6th November
10am - 1pm - 2nd lot of 3yr old horses loose jumped in the indoor arena.
3pm - 5pm - 3rd lot of 3yr old horses loose jumped in the indoor arena.
Wednesday 8th November
10am - 11am - Remaining 3 yr old horses loose jump in the indoor arena
1pm - 7pm - Auction in the Monart Hotel
All times are subject to change at the discretion of the organisers please check website closer to date www.monartsale.com
Find Out More About The Sale
Did you know that this year there are 3 full days at The Monart Sale this year?
For the first time it is 5-7 November 2018. Don’t do what we did and book flights for just 2 days and find out there's 3 days!!!! Visit http://www.themonartsale.com/ for all the info.
By Luke Norman
Eventing fans at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 were treated to one of the thrilling afternoons of sport as four days of compelling competition came down to the very final show jumping fence.
Ultimately, it was Great Britain’s Rosalind Canter, riding Allstar B, who proved to be the star of a spectacular show with her double clear round proving critical in securing her individual gold and giving Great Britain the world title, to go with their 2017 European crown.
Ireland, led by individual silver medallist Padraig McCarthy, broke records all over the place. The country’s team silver was their first team medal at a world championships since the inaugural event in 1966, while McCarthy’s individual success was the nation’s first since John Watson – father of current team member Sam Watson – finished second 40 years ago.
"There were quite a few tears which really isn’t very normal for me. It’s absolutely incredible!"
Rosalind Canter (Team GB)
“There were quite a few tears which really isn’t very normal for me. It’s absolutely incredible,” said Canter, who entered the arena with Team GB just 0.20 points ahead of Ireland, after poles down for both Tom McEwen and Piggy French. “In the back of my mind I did know (the team situation) but I was just focused on my horse and my warm-up. You have to try and block that out.”
Canter, who won European team gold with Great Britain in 2017, was quick to praise legendary eventing coach Chris Bartle, emphasizing how the 66 year old has made her “less intense” since he joined the team at the end of 2016.
Ireland, who had started the day a significant 8.20 points behind the British, were in rampant form throughout, highlighted by the confident McCarthy on Mr Chunky.
“In a previous life I used to be a show jumper, so it gave me a lot of confidence,”McCarthy said, before confirming medals have long been on his mind. “I have dreamt about it for the last six months, at least. With a horse like this you have to dream big.”
With joy for some came heartache for others. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke seemed destined to add the ultimate sparkle to her glittering career with a first ever individual world championship gold right up until the moment she and mount SAP Hale Bob OLD flicked the last fence and handed the glory to Canter.
“If somebody had told me before I would come here and get individual bronze I would have been very happy,” said the WEG 2014 team gold medallist. “It was very close, last fence, last rail, for sure the first moment I was disappointed but it was the only mistake that we did on the whole weekend.”
Reigning Olympic team champions France took team bronze, although their celebrations were tinged with regret as Lieutenant Colonel Thibaut Vallette and Astier Nicolas, lying fourth and fifth respectively after the cross country, both knocked a pole down to ruin hopes of climbing onto the individual podium.
Team Japan produced a stunning display to finish fourth overall, suggesting that the home nation could be one to watch come the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
With hosts Japan already guaranteed a place at the 2020 Games, Germany and Australia booked their tickets by finishing fifth and sixth respectively before New Zealand, buoyed by Burghley 2018 winner Tim Price’s eighth place overall, snatched the final qualification spot.
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Entries are now open for the international classes at SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials (13-16 September).
Time-tabling changes have allowed the Oxfordshire event to accept more entries than ever before – 100 in the feature CCI3* class and 90 in the exciting CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses. This means that the total prize-fund for both classes has reached new heights for a European event at three-star level – more than £63,000.
In addition, there are 40 spaces in SsangYong Blenheim Palace’s new combined training class for riders aged 16-21, which will be run at CCI2* level.
One of the great attractions of the event is, of course, the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace itself, and this year the two horse inspections (Wednesday 12 and Sunday 16 September) will be held in front of the palace. The photographs will be breathtaking!
SsangYong Blenheim Palace 2018 is set to be better than ever, and to maximise their enjoyment of seeing their horses compete at one of the UK’s most prestigious equestrian events, owners should consider booking one of the riverside hospitality marquees. Offering spectacular views of Blenheim Palace’s grounds from the centre of the cross-country course beside the River Glyme, this really is eventing in style and is perfect for groups and syndicates.
SsangYong Blenheim Palace runs alongside this year’s World Equestrian Games (WEG), and the action from Tryon, North Carolina will be televised at Blenheim and there will be a great party in the main ringside Marlborough Pavilion during the cross-country phase of WEG on Saturday evening.
With equine bedding provided by White Horse Bedding and feed by Dodson & Horrell, as well as free use of TheraPlate’s therapeutic conditioning platforms, SsangYong Blenheim is going the extra mile to support riders in their quests for sporting excellence.
NAF Young Rider squad announced for European Championships
As the 2018 FEI Young Rider European Championships is drawing closer British Eventing has announced the NAF Young Rider squad who will represent Great Britain in Fontainebleau, France, on 9th – 15th July.
In alphabetical order, the squad are:
Lizzie Baugh on her own 10 year old gelding Quarry Man
Sam Ecroyd on Adam Gillespie’s 14 year old gelding Kasseedorf
Yasmin Ingham on Edwin and Sue Davies and Janette Chinn's eight year old gelding Rehy DJ
Alex Kennedy with John and Andrea Kennedy’s 13 year old gelding Lissangle Cavaletto B (pictured)
Mollie Summerland and her own nine year old gelding Charly van Ter Heiden
Bubby Upton on Rachel Upton’s eight year old gelding Cola III
First reserve: Richard Coney and his own 10 year old gelding Kananaskis
Second reserve: Phoebe Locke on her own 10 year old gelding Union Fortunus
Three riders who represented GB last year on the European Young Rider squad return this year; Lizzie Baugh, Sam Ecroyd and Alex Kennedy, as Bubby Upton this year moves up to Young Riders following her individual gold medal at the Junior European Championships in 2017. Yasmin Ingham last made a team appearance in 2013 at the European Championships for Ponies where she secured a team and individual gold medal, whilst 2018 for Mollie Summerland will mark her championship debut.
Rehy DJ is a horse that was sourced by Uptown Eventing two years ago and is realising the potential we saw in him.
The British Young Rider squad are kindly sponsored by NAF; NAF is one of the UK’s largest and most established manufacturers of equine supplements, their products are used and highly respected by many event riders which is reflected in them also being the trusted Official Suppliers to the British Equestrian Teams promoting Clean Sport as one of their key company values.
Through their sponsorship NAF are supporting the next generation of British team riders via the Young Rider Programme, which helps recognise combinations for the NAF Young Rider team heading for the European Championships, and those aiming for the NAF National Under 21 Championships – which took place at Houghton International on 24th – 27th May.
Experience the Luhmuehlen 2018 CCI4 cross country course with this drone footage.
Some of the sport of eventing’s most famous names will be in action at Nunney International Horse Trials, which take place on June 15 – 17.
Entries are at capacity for the competition with nearly 900 horse and rider combinations in action over the three days. Add in the glorious setting of Southfield House near Frome and it looks set to be three un-missable days of top sporting action.
There is also the lure of an eclectic range of tradestands, located around the main showjumping arena, ranging from fine art to jewellery, and equestrian clothing to dog beds; and a popular eating corner, serving local food and beverages, that will satisfy every taste.
But with horses and riders central to the three days, spectators will have the chance to watch top riders in action. The event has attracted some notable names including William Fox-Pitt, New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Tim Price, Alex Bragg, Tim Price, Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy and Tom McEwen. They are just a handful of the big names who will be in action. Also competing is Nunney Horse Trials committee member Sam Griffiths, the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials winner and Australian Olympian, who said: “It’s a beautifully run event in a stunning setting with well designed courses that flow really well. It’s a super day out for anyone with a love of horses.”
Cross country courses have been designed by Helen West who said: “They’ve been designed to encourage positive riding at all levels. I want the questions to be obvious to the horses, with nothing to trick them. Balance and correct training will be key elements across the board, as will the ability to react quickly. I am very much looking forward to seeing horse and rider combinations attack my tracks this year.”
The Duo-sponsored international CIC2* takes place on Sunday along with the intermediate, open intermediate and intermediate novice sections, and the novice regional final. On Friday BE100 and novice classes take place and on Saturday novice classes take centre stage.
Organiser Bridget Parker said: “We’ve had a super number of entries and we’re really looking forward to three fantastic days at this, the seventh running of Nunney International Horse Trials. The course is looking fantastic with a lush covering of grass and a good bit of rain in recent days. It really is a great opportunity to get out into the countryside, enjoy the fresh air and the horses.”
Entry to the event is free on Friday and £12 per car on Saturday and Sunday.
The cross country for the CIC2* and intermediate classes is scheduled for Sunday starting at 10am, but there is action over the fixed fences on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with showjumping in the main arena in front of the house over all three days too. Visit www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk for more details.
ollowing a successful partnership in 2017, SsangYong Motors UK is delighted to announce that it has extended its sponsorship of Blenheim Palace Horse Trials for a further five years.
Blenheim Palace Horse Trials takes place in Oxfordshire from 13-16 September 2018 and is one of the highlights of the equestrian year. With the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, it has one of the most beautiful settings of any sporting event in the country.
Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motors UK, said: “We are delighted to become title sponsor of SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials for the second year running and, moreover, to extend our contract until 2023. This agreement underlines our commitment to trials and our growing relationship with the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials team - which we are very much looking forward to developing for many years to come.”
Blenheim Palace Horse Trials has become an integral part of SsangYong’s marketing activities and the brand’s biggest single sponsorship investment. Complimenting the firm’s focus on 4x4 vehicles and SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles), the horse trials presents a perfect platform for the all-new SsangYong Musso pick-up truck, which goes on sale in the UK in July.
Mandy Hervieu, Event Director of the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials, said: “For us as organisers having the support of a company like SsangYong allows us to make investments and improvements to the event for the benefit of all of those involved, which we hugely appreciate, while working with brands who are committed to our sport and have inspirational targets is just a bonus!”
As well as the sporting action, the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials features excellent, carefully selected, shopping opportunities. There is a full and varied programme in the Attractions Arena every day, superb children’s entertainment and great food, ranging from locally produced outlets to a range of dining packages.
Visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk to book tickets and for further information.
Considerable changes have been made to the timetable of this year’s SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials (13th-16th September) in order to improve the experience of riders, owners and spectators during the event and to allow more competitors to take part.
While spectators will still be able to enjoy watching some of the world’s best riders in the cross-country and showjumping phases of their classes on both Saturday, 15th September and Sunday, 16thSeptember, the showjumping for the prestigious young horse championship for eight- and nine-year-olds will now take place first thing in the morning on Saturday, 15th September.
The cross-country for the feature class, Europe’s strongest CCI3* competition, will now start later than in recent years, at approximately 11am.
On Sunday (16th September), the young horses will go across country first, from approximately 9.30am, and all the CCI3* competitors will showjump after lunch in the main Marlborough Arena. These changes will allow more horses to take part in both three-star classes, but will also enable the event to host a new Young Rider combined training class in the Marlborough Arena on Saturday and to host a SHB (GB) stallion parade and Horse Trials Support Group scholar demonstration of training on Sunday.
For amateur riders, as well as the incredibly popular team and individual Eventer Challenge classes at 90cm and 100cm (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday), and the Sunday fun ride round the beautiful grounds of the estate surrounding Blenheim Palace, there will be a new RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) dressage championships in the Attractions Arena on Thursday. This will further enhance the fantastic range of opportunities for amateur riders to compete at one of the world’s major equestrian events.
Event Director Mandy Hervieu said: “Blenheim is a popular location for amateur and professional riders alike and we want to try to give as many people as possible the chance to take part. The changes in the schedule will make life easier for the competitors and will allow us to have more combinations, which I know will be particularly welcomed by the overseas federations.”
As well as the sporting action, the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials features excellent, carefully selected, shopping opportunities. There is a full and varied programme in the Attractions Arena every day, superb children’s entertainment and great food, from locally produced outlets to a range of dining packages.
Visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk to book tickets and for further information.
Britain’s Oliver Townend riding Cooley Master Class were crowned the winners of the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event after a nail-biting finale to the competition. Michael Jung (GER) and FischerRocana FST finished second, with USA’s Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous ending their Land Rover Kentucky campaign not only in third place, but also as the Land Rover USEF CCI4* National Champions.
The final day of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event started in dramatic fashion with both Michael Jung and Christopher Burton’s horses instructed to go to the holding area during the final horse inspection. Tensions were high as the packed crowds waited eagerly for the leading riders to re-present, with both horses eventually passed by the judges.
Over 25,000 spectators flooded the stadium in anticipation of one of the closest competitions in history at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event with only 1.2 penalties separating the top three riders, Michael Jung, Christopher Burton and Oliver Townend respectively.
Fifth-to-go, Marilyn Little aboard RF Scandalous, displayed a text-book clear round finishing to an eruption of applause from the patriotic home crowd, hoping to see a US rider victorious for the first time since 2008. This dream was short-lived as next in to the arena was Great Britain’s Oliver Townend who produced the ride of his life to go clear, celebrating in style with his fist punching the air in recognition of his incredible round. This heaped further pressure on the final two riders. Australia’s Christopher Burton followed but had an unfortunate eight faults pushing Townend closer to the coveted prize. Only one rider could have prevented Townend’s success; all eyes fell on the three-time defending champions, Michael Jung and FischerRocana FST as they entered the arena, hoping to make history once more. On this rare occasion Jung was unable to clinch the title with four faults dropping him into second place to give Townend a well-deserved victory and keys to a 12-month lease of a Land Rover Discovery vehicle.
❝ It's a different world, it's something I have dreamt of for a long time. We have come a long way to be here and the owners have funded it so I am so grateful to them for this opportunity. The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of, if not, the best events in the world, the atmosphere is amazing and the fans are fantasic, it's been the best week!"
Oliver Townend, Great Britain
Townend continued to pay tribute to Cooley Master Class, “I have had him since he was four-year’s-old, he has won at nearly every level and never lets us down. He has suffered with injuries in the past and at some points we weren’t sure if he would even come through but the last two seasons he has been amazing, he has always been cheeky and extremely talented so it’s great to be here with him.”
Michael Jung commented on his performance, “I am sad for FischerRocana as that was absolutely my mistake, but I am happy with our performance and I love this event, it is so beautiful. FischerRocana has been amazing and is incredible to ride, so I am pleased with her.”
Courtesy of Revolution Sports
Images Nielson Barnard