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Horse Sport Ireland, the Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in Ireland, are delighted to announce that Sally Corscadden has been appointed Senior High Performance Director (incorporating the role of Chef d’Equipe) of the Irish Eventing team.
In her role as Eventing Senior High Performance Director, Sally Corscadden (pictured above), will focus on the delivery of the high performance plan 2017/2020 and on performance targets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games campaign and will take responsibility for planning, monitoring, selection and performance at international level for European, World and Olympic competition.
Meath-based Sally Corscadden has more than 25 years experience as a medal-winning Eventing rider and coach. She was a member of Ireland’s Bronze medal winning team at the 1993 European Championships and has served as High Performance Manager of the Irish Young Rider teams which have won a Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals at European Championship level from 2011 to 2015.
She will be appointing experienced coaches to her team, and will work closely with professionals from the Institute of Sport. Sally has been with Horse Sport Ireland since 2008, initially as a coach with the Young Rider and Junior squads and more recently as Team Manager and Chef d’Equipe with the Young Rider team. In 2013 she started the Under 25 Development Programme which has proved very successful.
Speaking after her appointment, Sally Corscadden said:
“I am very excited and honoured to be given this opportunity and really look forward to the challenge of working with the Senior Eventing Squad. I hope to bring with me the successful medal-winning formula of the Young Riders, to develop a well-structured, sports science based performance programme. I will put into practice my experience and learning from the Pursuit of Excellence Programme (PEP), which is run by the Sport Ireland Institute. The aim is to produce riders who can compete for medals with the ultimate aim of Olympic Gold in Tokyo 2020.”
Don Hannigan MRCVS, Chairman of the HSI Senior Eventing High Performance Committee added:
“On behalf of the HSI Senior Eventing High Performance Committee, I am delighted to welcome Sally as our new Senior High Performance Director. Having followed her medal-winning results with Irish Young Rider teams in the past, I am thrilled that she has been given the opportunity to manage our Senior team. I wish Sally and our squad the very best of luck in the quest for Olympic qualification and our ultimate goal of winning an Olympic Gold medal in Eventing.”
Tweseldown and Aston-Le-Walls are pleased to be able to confirm their partnership and presentation of the A.T. Classics series for 2017 - the unaffiliated eventing series with a generous £15,000 prize pot.
The A.T. Classics is on course to run across 9 events from April to November at both Aston-Le-Walls in Northamptonshire, and Tweseldown in Hampshire, and will cover three separate height classes – 80cm, 90cm and 100cm.
Rachael Faulkner, Nigel Taylor and their collective teams were aware of the general lack of prize money at the lower levels of eventing and looked to launch a series with a substantial prize fund.
“We wanted to offer a high profile series, with serious prize money, for grass roots riders. We wanted to encourage more riders at the lower levels to take up the reins and come eventing, whilst also creating a pathway for riders moving up the British Eventing levels” – Rachael Faulkner, Tweseldown owner and organiser.
The A.T. Classics will be run on an accumulator basis, giving all competitors a chance at winning the prize money and generous prizes on offer. 1st place will attract 12 points, with 10th place attracting 3 points. A bonus point will also be available to those unplaced double clears.
Leader boards for each class will be available on both venue’s websites throughout the season and will also be made available via popular social media channels.
The A.T. Classics series has attracted generous sponsorship from the likes of Keyflow Feeds and Hit Air UK, with further support from the British Connemara Ponies Society.
Because every eventing enthusiast loves to party the series prizes will be presented at an End of Season Ball, held at Tweseldown on the 11th November, with tickets also being made available to the general public.
Local rider Stephanie Dean commented, “The A.T. Classics really appeals, as both Tweseldown and Aston-Le-Walls and really good venues. So it is the combination of well-run events with good facilities and a generous prize pot that appeals”.
Sentiments were also echoed by Natalie Light, “I’m planning on competing 3 horses across two levels. I like both venues as they offer good courses and there is better prize money on offer than at British Eventing affiliated events, and it is always good to support those venues offering good prize money.”
The Event Rider Masters (ERM) today confirmed its 2017 calendar, which will consist of seven legs, including expansion of the series from the UK into mainland Europe. Furthermore, with a total of £400,000 guaranteed to be awarded in prize money across the series, it establishes the ERM as the most valuable prize of its kind in the sport of Eventing.
The 2017 Event Rider Masters calendar is confirmed as:
Leg 1 - Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials (UK) 13th – 14th May
Leg 2 - Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier (Germany) 2nd – 3rd June
Leg 3 - St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials (UK) 8th – 9th July
Leg 4 - Haras de Jardy (France) 15th – 16th July
Leg 5 - Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park (UK) 5th – 6th August
Leg 6 - Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials (UK) 26th – 27th August
Leg 7 - Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (UK) 15th – 16th September
Last year the inaugural ERM featured six legs in the UK, in 2017 it will consist of seven legs and will extend its presence at two of Europe’s most prestigious equestrian competitions; Wiesbaden in Germany on 2nd - 3rd June, and Jardy in France on 15th - 16th July.
In 2017 the world’s leading event riders will be competing for the increased guaranteed ERM series prize money fund totalling £400,000, establishing the series as the most valuable in the sport of Eventing. Each ERM leg is worth £50,000 with an additional £50,000 series bonus.
The seven event venues located in England, Scotland, France, and Germany are renowned for hosting some of the most prestigious Eventing competitions in the world, providing a spectacular setting for each leg of the ERM. The growth into mainland Europe is the first step of a planned expansion with the intention of the series to feature on other continents in the future, establishing it as a global sporting series and a first for the sport of Eventing.
ERM is designed to engage spectators and a TV audience. Each competition leg features forty of the world’s best riders and horses competing in the three Eventing phases; dressage, showjumping and cross-country, in a shortened CIC three-star format. Broadcast coverage of each leg of the ERM is supported by pioneering technological innovations, not viewed before in Eventing’s TV coverage prior to ERM, including live competition data presented via enhanced TV graphics aimed to further engage the viewer with the sport. Each leg of the ERM will be available to view live and for free by anyone in the world at Eventridermasters.tv
Last year Britain’s Oliver Townend made a big impact on the second half of the ERM riding Cillnabradden Evo, with the horse developing into a remarkable performer in the series. The pair were unbeatable at leg’s four and five and nearly secured a third consecutive win when finishing a close second in the sixth, crowning him with the first ERM title. Jonelle Price (NZ) finished in second and in third was Paul Tapner (AUS).
Oliver Townend, 2016 ERM series champion commented;
“The shortened format of the ERM produced very competitive performances from riders across all three phases last year. It is very exciting for us (riders) that ERM has an additional leg for 2017 and will be expanding into Europe. I expect this will up the level of competition again, which is great for the sport, spectators and ERM viewers. I hope to target a few different horses and I cannot wait to be part of the series again.”
With ERM expanding internationally, more of Eventing’s top riders are expected to take part in the series, particularly those based in mainland Europe. Ingrid Klimke, member of the German national Eventing team, five time Olympian and SAP Equestrian Ambassador commented on the expansion and the German leg at Wiesbaden;
“The Event Rider Masters is a new series and one I’m very excited about. It puts a modern spin on traditional Eventing, distilling what is historically a three-day event into two action packed days for the spectators, and will transport Equestrian to new places and new audiences”.
2016 Olympic individual silver and team gold medalist Astier Nicolas (FRA) commented:
“Even in its pilot year in 2016 the Event Rider Masters proved it was able to deliver world class sport. In the first leg France dominated the first three podium places with myself winning, and this form was franked in Rio when we won team gold. I am so excited that the series is expanding to France and Germany and I will be certain to target it”.
Chris Stone, CEO of Event Rider Masters commented;
“It’s a great achievement that the Event Rider Masters will now have two legs in mainland Europe. Our huge gratitude goes to everyone who has supported us in getting the series to this stage, this includes all the host competition venues, the national equestrian federations, riders, owners and the ERM team.
“It’s a very exciting time for the series and we hope for the sport of Eventing, and we cannot wait to get going with the first leg on the 13th May”.
“Furthermore, we would like to thank Nicholas Pritchard and his team at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, for their support in delivering an excellent second leg of the inaugural ERM in 2016. Whilst, sadly it will not be part of this year’s series, Bramham played a positive, and very important role in the establishment of the ERM. We wish them continued success over the coming years and as the series develops, we hope that we can return to Bramham in the future, which is a hugely successful, iconic Eventing venue”.
Nicholas Pritchard, Event Director at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials added;
“The team at Bramham are of course disappointed with this news as we were extremely proud to be part of such a ground-breaking venture. However, the next chapter in the ERM series requires international expansion, which we totally support if it is to become the international venture all of us in the Eventing community hope it can be. We’ll be behind the 2017 series in every way we can and wish everyone behind the ERM all the best in the new developments.”
For more information visit Eventridermasters.tv @EventRiderMstrs Facebook: Event Rider Masters
Eventer Lauren Shannon and her partner Tom Blades have launched an innovative project, taking the best of their rural location and passion for food!
‘The Rural Restaurant is a new & unique rural pop-up restaurant venture led by Tom. Eating out in rural areas can sometimes feel a little repetitive. However as self-confessed foodies living in rural Leicestershire we have some amazing local producers but perhaps less well known are a number of really talented, independent local chefs.’ said Lauren.
The Rural Restaurant aims to bring together great chefs and their menus, to provide memorable evenings in stunning rural locations.
Uniquely the menu is only gradually revealed course by course. There is no fixed price for each evening’s menu, just a suggested minimum donation which is placed in an envelope before you leave. In addition, without an alcohol licence guests are free to bring their favourite drinks. Finally, each the exact location of each evening’s venue is only revealed to those who have booked, just two days before the event.
‘Our opening evening is this Saturday (25th February) for up to 20 guests. Our chef Ellie from Sage & Honey has designed a full course, fine dining menu inspired by some of her favourite flavours of winter.’ said Lauren.
For further information visit The Rural Restaurant on Facebook, or visit the website to find out how to book your place at the table.
Riders at this year’s NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials may have the chance to grab themselves £50,000 after the August event was named as the final event in this season’s Tri-Star Grand Slam.
Five International events, now including Hartpury, are included in the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam and any rider that can win three of the CIC three-star events will be offered the ‘winner-takes-all’ prize!
Belton International, Burnham Market International, Houghton International and Burgham International all return to the Grand Slam this year with Hartpury’s Horse Trials, sponsored again by NAF this year, closing out the Grand Slam which could lead to a very exciting final event!
Equine Director at Hartpury, Phillip Cheetham, said: “We are thrilled to come on board and to be a part of such a unique and challenging competition. It is a fantastic prize for a rider that can prove their consistency throughout the season.
“As the last competition of the Grand Slam series it could make our event an even more nail-biting moment in the eventing calendar.”
This year’s competition will be the 15th horse trials run at Hartpury and will see the return of the Burghley Young Event Horse 4 and 5 year old qualifiers starting the event on Wednesday 9th August. The Recover CCI1*, Magic CCI2* and Superflex CIC3* will run from Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th August.
Badminton course designer Eric Winter will be designing the courses around the 360 hectare Hartpury estate, assisted by Angus Smales whilst Dominic Moore completes the course building.
Photo; Action Replay Photography.
Burgham International Horse Trials is Northumberland’s only international event – and is fast becoming one of the best in Britain.
Now in its fourth year as an international, Burgham will host two events in 2017 – one in March (24th-26th) and one in July (27th-30th). The premier class at each will be the CIC3* - won last year by Oliver Townend, the UK’s number one event rider.
Entries for the March event open on 17 February.
Martyn Johnson, Burgham’s Event Director, said: “We are really excited about the 2017 season at Burgham. Tickets are now on sale for our March event, and we are expecting entries from many of Britain’s top riders. Saturday (March 25th) is cross-country day and it’s a great chance to see the world’s best in action over our spectacular cross-country courses.
“We are constantly improving our facilities and what we can offer spectators; our events are a great day out for families with good shopping opportunities and a fantastic range of locally-produced food on offer.
“Our July event will be something of a festival of the horse – as well as the international eventing competitions, there are affiliated showjumping classes and Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers. Our second event will once again be the fourth leg of the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam, demonstrating Burgham’s importance in the eventing calendar.”
Oliver Townend said: “Burgham is one of my favourite events. I love coming to Northumberland; it’s a beautiful venue, the event itself is fantastic for both horses and riders, and we always receive an extremely warm welcome. I’ll definitely be back this year.”
Burgham’s chosen charity for 2017 is Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care, a local charity which provides transport free of charge for those undergoing treatment for cancer.
Burgham showcases the very best of top-level eventing, but also provides fantastic opportunities for those at a lower level to compete against the stars of the sport. For the first time, Burgham will be running a CIC* (international eventing’s introductory level) at the July event, which is likely to be a seasonal target for many local riders.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.burghamhorsetrials.co.uk.
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Thank you to Elisa Wallace Eventing for putting up this fabulous head-cam footage of the 2107 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase cross country course. Elisa is riding Simply Priceless.
Boyd Martin wins his third consecutive title at the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase.
It was a USA top three with Buck Davidson and Doug Payne taking second and third respectively.
With the dressage marks very close, the show jumping shook up the order with very few clear rounds leaving Marilyn Little in the lead with RF Scandalous with Boyd Martin on his grey mare Welcome Shadow hot on their heels.
An unfortunate fall for Marilyn on her first ride RF Demeter meant she could not compete her leading ride leaving Boyd in the prime spot.
With several horses having mistakes in the tricky cross country it wasn't plain sailing nevertheless Boyd had a super round finishing just two seconds over the optimum time allowing Boyd to claim his third consecutive win at the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase.
An elated Boyd said "“You wouldn’t get a horse that tries any harder than Welcome Shadow,” Boyd said, adding that he was extremely proud of how she performed in all three phases. “The caliber of horses was the best we’ve seen here. The show jumping was bigger and wider. … The cross country was a real test, and I think it’s been good that they’ve gently built it up like this, but the cross country was influential this year compared to years where it wasn’t that influential."
He added only 0.8 time penalties, one of the fastest rounds of the day with the ex-foxhunter. “Welcome Shadow is one of my favorites, a failed foxhunter from the owner Craig Callen. This horse has come from left field being a foxhunter, but you wouldn’t get a horse that tries any harder than welcome Shadow,” Martin continued.
Shadow will get a light vacation before continuing her training and preparation for her second four-star appearance at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in April.
The start times have been released for the $100,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase event, which begins Friday, Feb. 3 at the fabulous Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Florida. Dressage will start early at 7:30 a.m.(14.30 UK) with Kylie Lyman and Da Vinci Code as the first combination out.See below the full ride times or download the file below to print out the order for dressage, which runs through 1:40 p.m. EST on Friday afternoon.
Competition resumes Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.(15.30 UK) with show jumping, followed by cross country in the afternoon at 1 p.m.
The Chronicle of the Horse will once again provide a live stream at this link, so be sure to tune in and watch all the action from Wellington Eventing Showcase starting on Friday. For those who can’t watch live, Kate Samuels and Jenni Autry of Eventing Nation will be your guides and bring you everything you need to know.
British eventing fans are in for an unexpected treat as Michael Jung plans to defend his Mitsubishi Motors Badminton title with his long time partner, double Olympic individual gold medallist La Biosthetique-Sam FBW. The win there last year meant that they won the bumper money prized Rolex Grand Slam of eventing.
Outlining his plans for the year Jung announced he will be aiming his nine year old Lennox 364 for the Eurpean Championships.
Lennox is a nine-year-old dark bay Hannoverian, owned by the Jung family and Erich Single. He is by Sunlight xx, while his damsire is another thoroughbred — Heraldik xx, breeding that Michael is fond of, as his legendary star La Biosthetique-Sam FBW is also out of a mare by Heraldik xx and by a thoroughbred (Stan The Man xx).
Lennox is at a similar stage to Michael's FischerTakinou when he won the European Championships in 2015 and although not competed at three-star yet Michael clearly has confidence in the horses ability and plans to run him at Marbach CIC3* in May and Saumur CCI3* in June before the European Championships.
This year FischerTakinou will be aimed at Rolex Kentucky along with FischerRocanaFST who has won the American four-star on the last two accasions