Tapner Eventing Team have announced today that Paul's long time 4* and World Equestrian Games partner Kilronan (Tom) was put to sleep yesterday due to failing health.
Kilronan was an extremely successful Event Horse with numerous wins at every level of British Eventing , alongside numerous wins at FEI 2* and 3* levels. He completed Badminton CCI4* three times, Burghley CCI4* twice and represented Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy 2014.
His highest achievement at 4* level of 4th place was at Badminton in 2014 (pictured). He amassed a huge 1160 British Eventing Points during his career and was retired from 4* level of competition during 2016
Quote from Tapner Eventing Facebook
"Kilronan has given many fond memories to his owners Fred and Penny Barker, but one tale which stands out, is from his XC round at The World Equestrian Games in Normandy. As he effortlessly sprinted over the final few fences on a XC course where so many horses had failed or struggled in the dire conditions, in the riders, grooms and owners CCTV tent there was a surge of support from many who were watching him, giving rise to many loud cries echoing around the tent of “GO TOMMY GO!”
German top rider and trainers, Bettina Hoy, is taking up a new role as coach of the Dutch eventing riders in 2017. Bettina, who has represented Germany at three Olympic Games, five World Championships and nine European championships and current form in 2016 winning the CCI3* at Blenheim Palace International, she is also well known as an international coach
The KNHS press release states that Bettina will continue to compete in 2017 but will then step into her coaching role in a full-time capacity in 2018. She says she is looking forward to using all of her coaching and riding experience to build on the success of the Dutch eventing team.
Bettina said that I am very much looking forward to my new job and working for Team Nederland. A crash course in dutch is booked.
The entry list for the Feb. 3-4 $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase has been released! The following riders have been invited to compete in the exhibition event at the Palm Beach International Wellington Equestrian Center Wellington, Fla. and may compete up to two horses:
Angela Bowles (USA)
Jennie Brannigan (USA)
Hannah Sue Burnett (USA)
Buck Davidson (USA)
William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
Clayton Fredericks (AUS)
Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA)
Dan Jocelyn (NZL)
Sara Kozumplik-Murphy (USA)
Marilyn Little (USA)
Kylie Lyman (USA)
Boyd Martin (USA)
Joe Meyer (NZL)
Doug Payne (USA)
Holly Payne-Caravella (USA)
Colleen Rutledge (USA)
Kim Severson (USA)
Allison Springer (USA)
Erin Sylvester (USA)
Mark Todd (NZL)
Elisa Wallace (USA)
Ryan Wood (AUS)
It’s great to see seven-time Olympian Mark Todd on the list as well as William Fox-Pitt, who will ride one of Boyd Martin’s top mounts, Steady Eddie. New Zealander Dan Jocelyn will also be traveling to compete in the showcase for a second time.
The big question is, can Boyd Martin defend his title yet again and nail down a third consecutive showcase victory? Will course designer Captain Mark Phillips change last year’s track through the VIP tent at the cross country finale?
The Ticketing Office for the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is now open for advance sales. The world’s premier Three Day Event, which runs from Wednesday 3rd May to Sunday 7th May in the Duke of Beaufort’s Gloucestershire park will for the first time offer a first prize of £100,000, with money prizes going down to 20th place of the expected 80 starters. Also all those completing will be reimbursed more than their entry fee.
As previously announced, Badminton has a new course designer for 2017, in Eric Winter, who cut his teeth designing at Blenheim for 10 years.
For many years now Badminton has welcomed the very best riders from around the world, but for the home side, after the Olympic cycle, the British have a new team trainer to impress in Chris Bartle, previous Badminton winner and former mentor to the all-conquering German squad. Will we see a new world order?I
In recent years Badminton has invested in its media platforms, with a revamped website, YouTube productions, Facebook and Twitter feeds and build up radio packages. It has also signed a new three year deal with the BBC.
Event rider Nicole Mills, based at Casewick Stud, near Stamford has launched a new website which aims to take the effort out of sourcing quality stabling near to events.
www.stablebookings.com is a website that gives people the ability to access overnight stabling throughout the UK & Europe, for those wanting to stable on route to, or near a equestrian event.
Prospective yard owners who would like to earn some extra money from renting their stables overnight are being encouraged to sign up to Stablebookings which then makes their facilities available to renters.
Booking of stables & payment is all taken care of through the website straight in the stable owner's account and the finer detail all is explained in the 'About us' page online.
With competitors traveling further distances to events and sometimes preferring to stay in permanent stabling Stablebookings is set to make the bookings process reliable and simple for both riders and yard owners, and allows preferences such as bedding type, access and domestic facilities to be factored into stable selection.