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Isle of Man's 23-year-old Yasmin Ingham has added the prestigious eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S title, usually contested at Blenheim Palace but this week staged at Burnham Market, to her enviable list of accolades, finishing on her dressage score of 22.3 with the stunning nine-year-old Banzai du Loir.
Banzai du Loir was sourced by Uptown Eventing two years ago for owners Sue Davies and Janette Chinn with the aim of Paris 2024 Olympics in mind. "It was worth the mad gallop around Gare du Nord in Paris at 6am trying to find our platform to get the train to Le Mans to try him. He wowed us from the minute we saw him Banzai simply has IT he is stunning in every phase."
It is with great regret that Tattersalls have announced that they are to withdraw from hosting and sponsoring the Tattersalls International Horse Trials. First established by the late George Mernagh in 2006, the annual event had become a popular feature in the international horse trials calendar.
Despite the tireless efforts of the Organising Committee and the generous support of the ‘George Mernagh Memorial Fund’ which was set up in 2012 following the death of George Mernagh, the commercial realities of staging such an event have proved insurmountable and the Trustees of the 'George Mernagh Memorial Fund’ have concluded that the Trust can best achieve its long term objectives of promoting youth participation in Irish equestrian sports by supporting a broader range of equestrian disciplines.
Tattersalls will continue to host equestrian sports at the Tattersalls Ireland site in Fairyhouse. Several national events, as well as the successful July Horse Show, are already held at the venue.
Tattersalls Chairman, Edmond Mahony, said:
"I would like to thank our Organising Committee led by Jean Mitchell MBE, our various sponsors at all levels, and those who volunteered on an annual basis, for making the Tattersalls International Horse Trials an event of which the country could be proud. I would also like to thank the many owners and riders from all over the world who supported this event over many years. Sadly, due to the financial challenges that all of us are facing following the coronavirus outbreak, we regrettably feel unable to continue hosting such a large and costly international event, coming as it does in the middle of a very busy sales period for the company. I would also like to pay particular tribute to the Trustees of the ‘George Mernagh Memorial Fund’ without whose financial support this difficult decision would have inevitably come sooner.
"I look forward to Tattersalls continuing to host equestrian events at Fairyhouse, including our successful July Show, which is run annually for the St. Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown. In the meantime, all of us involved in the Tattersalls International Horse Trials can look back with pride on what the event achieved in its 15 years and the contribution it has made to the sport of Eventing in Ireland."
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The NEXGEN Young Horse Series has been gratefully received by riders and owners following the first four qualifiers, with excitement about the final growing.
The inaugural series is the first of its kind in the UK and recognises the talents of four, five and six year olds across all three disciplines. With qualifiers at Keysoe, Richmond Equestrian Centre, Windmill Farm and Coombelands Equestrian Centre the series is set to culminate in an exciting final at Hickstead on 15/16 September 2020.
NEXGEN judge, Richard Jones commented, “The courses are testing but fair and highly educational for young horses. It’s great to watch the horses grow in confidence from start to finish.”
Internationally renowned competition horse producers, Tim and Antonia Brown added, “This really is a series for riders, run by riders and to bring all three Olympic disciplines together for the first time is a great initiative.”
With qualifiers for Hickstead being hugely popular with both professional and amateur young horse producers, new qualifying dates have been added at Field House Equestrian, Cockshot Dressage and Sparsholt Equestrian. The events have been complimented as being efficiently run with a live scoring system straight after each individual round, which is set to be even more of a spectacle during the final.
Uptown Eventing’s Rachel Wakefield, one of the founding Directors behind NEXGEN said, “We are delighted at how well the qualifiers has been received and have huge plans for the future of this series, which will continue to follow a very continental format.”
The series which are partnered by Elite Stallions, Coldstream Equestrian, Baileys Horse Feeds, Equestriana and Custom Saddlery, introduces a list of additional prizes for riders, breeders and owners and is changing the pathway for all young horses in the UK for the future.
“The horses have to grow in confidence from when they set foot in the arena”, NEXGEN’s Victoria Wright added, “we want to give them the best foundations to enable them to progress to the top levels of sport.”
For more information go to www.nexgenhorses.com.
Exciting innovative concept launched for recognising talented young horses
NEXGEN Young Horse Series is set to deliver an exciting new concept, recognising the talents of four, five and six year olds through a series of showcase events in the UK. For the first time, talented young horses and ponies from all three disciplines will be bought together under one roof in a series of five qualifiers, resulting in a final at Hickstead on 15/16 September 2020. The team behind this very continental format is Uptown Eventing’s Rachel Wakefield, Caunton Stud’s Victoria Wright, event rider Julia Dungworth and German dressage rider Martin Schleicher.
Martin says “Having grown up with the Bundeschampionat in Germany, I have a real passion about the connection between breeding and sport. The NEXGEN Young Horse Series is an exciting new concept showcasing the top young horses of each Olympic discipline in the UK, in one place.”
Julia is quick to point out that “a lot of hard work goes into breeding and working young horses. This series will go some way to recognise that and give both horses and riders a chance to prove their skills.”
The format in each section sees the introduction of NEXGEN’S own unique scoring system that is individual for each discipline. Throughout the qualifiers and final, an illustrious list of judges awaits competitors along with a prize pot of nearly £15,000
The final for each discipline, which is to be held at The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, will be streamed live on ClipMyHorseTV giving competitors and equestrian enthusiasts the chance to catch all the action as it happens.
“NEXGEN is a brilliant concept and something that's been missing in the UK for a long time. I'm excited to watch this event grow with a passionate team who will bring the UK's young horses to the forefront.” The series kicks off with the first qualifier at Richmond Equestrian Centre on the 31st July and is open to any four, five and six year old horses. The show jumping section of the series is being proudly supported by clothing brand Coldstream Equestrian, with other sponsors set to take the dressage and eventing sections respectively.
When asked about this exciting new series, event rider Gemma Tattersall said "This is exactly what we need right now and I'm really looking forward to competing all my young horses in the Series."
NEXGEN has also collaborated with British Breeding, allowing them to incorporate the Equine Bridge. The Bridge has replaced British Equestrian’s Pathway Programme and will enable any talented British bred combinations the chance to gain valuable training, veterinary and nutritional advice, along with financial support which is needed to see horses and ponies progress to the highest levels of sport.
British Bred horse and rider combinations who qualify for Hickstead can opt to be selected at the final.
David Howden and his family taken in front of Cornbury House
29 July 2020
Launching a brand-new sporting event in 2020 may seem like an unusual thing to do, but one man’s passion for horses and his determination to see an historic equestrian venue spring into life again means that Cornbury House Horse Trials (11-13 September) is set to become a highlight of the eventing calendar.
Event President David Howden moved to Cornbury House in Oxfordshire in 2017, and discovered that its beautiful surroundings had been the site of a major horse trials in the 1990s. Given his family’s love of and deep connection with horses, he was inspired to make it so once again.
With the help of experienced organisers Richard Clapham and Pattie Biden, cross-country course-designer David Evans and course-builder Adrian Ditcham and their teams, David Howden has brought this exciting dream to fruition. Cornbury House Horse Trials’ inaugural running will take place between 11 and 13 September 2020, and will feature the best possible facilities and conditions for the world-class equestrian athletes expected to compete there – and substantial prize-money for the senior international classes.
“It has been quite a challenge; first last winter’s weather held up our plans, and then along comes Covid-19,” said David. “For me, Cornbury House Horse Trials has always been about three things: the riders, the horses and their owners. I really wanted to focus on the sport, and to do that, we needed to be able to produce exactly the right conditions for them, which has meant considerable investment.
“We are delighted to be able to offer high levels of prize-money - £2,500 to the winner of the CCI3*-S and £1,250 to the winner of the CCI2*-S - in our first year, and we can’t wait to welcome riders and owners to this spectacular setting in September.”
The event site has the ancient woodlands of the Wychwood Forest as a backdrop and looks down on Cornbury House and the town of Charlbury. Although this year’s horse trials is likely to be held without spectators, in accordance with government guidelines regarding sporting events, the event will be filmed and broadcast so that fans and those connections to the participants who are unable to be there don’t miss out. David Howden plans that in future years, the event will reflect his passion for sustainability and the importance of the local community, with locally-produced food and goods available to visitors in an intimate setting but with all the technology and innovation of a major sporting occasion.
“We want to offer a lovely day out with thrilling sport in a magnificent setting,” he said. “We are determined to put Cornbury House Horse Trials on in 2020 with the very high standards that we always envisaged.”
Cornbury House Horse Trials will stage international classes at CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S level, and national novice and intermediate classes. It will also host two NAF-sponsored Youth Performance sections at CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S, offering opportunities for the country’s best under-21 riders in a year in which many of their principal targets have been lost.
Jude Matthews, CEO of British Eventing, said: “NAF are wonderful supporters of up-and-coming young event riders and we are very grateful to them for their support of these extra classes at Cornbury House. We are also grateful to Cornbury House Horse Trials’ President, David Howden, for providing this brilliant opportunity for our under-21 competitors.”
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Mid July British and Dutch top dressage riders will perform their Grand Prix tests in the online GP Dressage Challenge organized by CDIO Hickstead and CHIO Rotterdam. From each country up to 20 top Grand Prix dressage combinations will ride the Grand Prix test for the camera in the dressage arenas of the venues in Hickstead and Rotterdam. International judges Stephen Clarke and Mariette Sanders - van Gansenwinkel give their live comments and online spectators will be able to score the tests. Dates and channels for the broadcast with live commentary of the online GP Dressage Challenge will be announced shortly.
Grand Prix riders in both countries including Charlotte Dujardin (GBR), Emile Faurie (GBR) and Dutch chef d'equipe Alex van Silfhout responded positively on this initiative. The complete line up will follow.
"The whole equestrian world was so much looking forward to this year. COVID-19 has not only resulted in cancellation of the Olympics and our events in Rotterdam and Hickstead, it was also a great disappointment for the fans that will not see their favorite dressage riders and horses in action probably most of this year", says Patrick van der Meer, sports director Dressage at CHIO Rotterdam. "Together with CDIO Hickstead we now show them how dressage has progressed during lock down."
"We're excited about this online challenge between these two top dressage nations", says Dane Rawlins, show director CDIO Hickstead. "For the riders this is a unique measuring moment on their way to Tokyo 2021 and an opportunity to feel the competition pressure which they lack completely this year. And of course for all dressage lovers to get a glimpse from their favorite GP dressage combination."
The tests will be filmed prior but with no public. More details on competitors, broadcasting, sponsors, starting orders, etc. will follow and will be published on chio.nl and dressageathickstead.com and on social media (#rotterdamhicksteadgpc).
LIVE Stream 7 - 10 MAy 2020
We came up with a completely hair brained idea to get the World's Eventing community together for an actual International 3 Day Event. With massive support from lots of people this week I'm off and running...... The riders have the format although they might be scratching their heads right now but they're up for the challenge. I have a million of other things that need sorting but first and foremost I need you to donate please .... lets make this BIG please
Our chosen charity for Virtual 5* Eventing is NHS Charities Together.
We have been looking at various charities that will look after our Medical Staff now and in the future up and down the country. and Having investigated what they will be doing this sits well to cover a wide area of Medical Staff all over the Country.
Ellie Orton, Chief Executive, NHS Charities Together said "This sounds really exciting. We would love to be involved as a charity"
Please visit our funding page here All monies go directly to the charity. Let's do this...
Badminton Horse Trials, one of the most established equestrian sporting events, is set to enter a remarkable eighth decade, with the Box Office for advance tickets opening to the public on Monday, 13th January, offering discounts for early booking.
Badminton, which was recently voted the ‘Best Event Award - Outdoor Eventing’ by the prestigious publication L’Année Hippique, was started by the 10th Duke of Beaufort in 1949 to prepare riders for Olympic Games and has now evolved into the world’s oldest and most valuable horse trials. It’s one of the countryside’s great traditions and this year coincides with commemorations for the 75th anniversary of VE day, on Friday, 8th May.
With 2020 being an Olympic year, a highly competitive international field is expected, with riders knowing that a strong performance at Badminton will help catch their selectors’ attention, in the fierce contest for places at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
For the first time, visitors on the Wednesday 6th May will be able to book into the Weatherbys Hamilton members enclosure. On Thursday (7th May) Badminton, who will be officially supporting the British Equestrian Federation’s campaign to help send the British team to Tokyo, will showcase all the equestrian Olympic disciplines with a parade of the best horses in Dressage and Show Jumping and Eventing.
Event Director Jane Tuckwell commented, “2020 is going to be an exciting year with a number of new traffic and sustainability initiatives which we hope will enhance the visitor experience. We are really looking forward to working with our new Official Event Partners Science Supplements and Mars Equestrian and securing further partners as the year goes on.”
Celebrations begin, however, with the popular amateur Cup, now sponsored by Science Supplements, which runs on May 5th and 6th and is a major highlight for grassroot riders.
Lot 011 MBF Desert Dancer sold for €30,000 to World No.1 rider Oliver Townend
Top lot was Lot 011, the lovely Ramiro B 3yr old gelding MBF Desert dancer which was knocked down to World No.1 rider Oliver Townend.
63 of the 90 horses that were brought forward to auction were sold, giving a clearance rate of 70%. The average price this year was €13,000, up from €11,000 in 2018. The auction was once again officiated by auctioneer Alastair Pim.
Just a few of the lucky riders with a Monart graduate heading their way this year include: Oliver Townend (GBR), Aoife Clark (IRE), Kai Ruder (GER), Julia Mestern (GER), Emily King & Sam Ecroyd (GBR) Vicky Tuffs (GBR), Karl Slezak (CAN), David Britnell (GBR), Giovanni Ugalotti (ITA), Vicky Brake (GBR), Trish and Michael Ryan (IRE).
While the likes of Michael Jung, Astier Nicolas and Uptown Eventing were underbidders on several lots during the evening, Astier however did secure lot 108 for one of his clients.
Monart were once again delighted to see their graduates find their way to so many top riders and we look forward to following their careers closely over the coming years.
The next few days will see all the horses shipping out to their new owners.
Dates for next years sale are the 2nd, 3rd & 4th of November 2020
🥇Tom McEwen with Toledo de Kerser dominated the competition at Le Etoils du Pau 2019. It is the first 5* win for McEwen, following on from top 12 finishes at Badminton and a 4th place at Burghley.
🥈Christopher Burton and Quality Purdey are second with a beautiful round and an unlucky last rail in the show jumping..
🥉Shane Rose and his fabulous horse Virgil did a beautiful clear round which moved him up three places.
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Le Etoiles du Pau's CCI5* cross country is over, here is the provisional podium :
🥇Tom McEwen & Toledo de Kerser - 25,7.
🥈Alexander Bragg & Zagreb - 28,8.
🥉 Christopher Burton - 29,8.
The show resumes today at 9.30 with the horse inspection.
results are here
Schedules and results on the website
Monart graduate Shannondale Mari at Mondial du Lion 2019
All sales footage is available to view via www.themonartsale.com - each video can be turned into a playlist to make finding your individual choices easier.
Only a few rooms remaining at the Monart Spa for the sale dates (4-6th November)
To book yours phone 📞 +353 (0)53 92 38999 - rooms available from €85 per night B&B
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The 5* eventing competition is well underway!
The first fourteen riders on the starting list for the CCI-L 5* competition in the Pau 5-Star event performed their individual tests this afternoon, at the Domaine de Sers. One of the riders to watch in this competition is New Zealander Tim Price, current world number 3 and winner of Le Lion d’Angers World Breeding Eventing championship last weekend in the seven-year-old category.
He currently leads the provisional ranking here in Pau, riding his eleven-year-old mare, Ascona M. Ensemble. This year Price and Ascona already won the Lumühlen CCI-L 5*, one of the six most prestigious eventing competitions in the world, an elite circle in which the Pau 5-Star event has its rightful place.
In the French camp, the two riders on the starting list for the dressage tests today ranked sixth – Arnaud Boiteau with Quoriano*ENE HN - and tenth - Régis Prud’hon, riding Vanda du Plessis.
Tomorrow, Friday 25th October, British rider Michael Owen will be first into the arena for the second part of the dressage tests at 10 o’clock.
You will fin all the results here : https://www.worldsporttiming.com/results/les-5-etoiles-de-pau-2019-265/schedule.html
The legendary Michael Jung leads the German victory lap at the final leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 series in Boekelo,
In the thrilling finale to the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 series at Boekelo, The Netherlands today, Team Germany posted their fourth win of the season while league leaders Sweden held on to take the series title. However some of the biggest smiles were on Swiss faces when they pulled Olympic qualification out of the bag.
There were three teams in contention for the single ticket to Tokyo 2020, and Dutch hopes were dashed when they found themselves lying eleventh of the 12 competing nations after Saturday’s cross-country phase. But Switzerland and Belgium slugged it out to the very end, with the final series rankings swinging the pendulum in favour of the Swiss.
The new Olympic format led to plenty of head-scratching during the four-day fixture at which the German team took command at the outset and never flinched. Without a drop score, the multi-medalled Sandra Auffarth (Let’s Dance 73), Michael Jung (fischerRocana FST) and Ingrid Klimke (SAP Asha P) put just 78.10 penalty points on the board after Dressage, with Auffarth also leading the individual rankings on her mark of 24.90. And with a hat-trick of Cross-Country zeros yesterday, this phenomenal threesome looked all but unassailable going into today’s final Jumping phase.
However there was plenty of movement below them as the cross-country course designed by Adrian Ditcham played its part. Australia climbed from sixth to second thanks to brilliant clear runs inside the time by Chris Burton (Clever Louis) and Kevin McNab (Fernhill Tabasco), and the Belgians rocketed up from seventh to third, thanks in no small part to a great performance from Lara de Liedekerke-Meier (Alpaga d’Arville) and just 3.6 time penalties for Constantin van Rijckevorsel (Beat It). With a two-phase tally of 117.50 they were lying just over three points behind Australia and just ahead of the Japanese who were in fourth going into the final day, while the Swiss also made serious headway when soaring up from 12th to fifth, their running total of 125.90 leaving them just eight points adrift of their Belgian rivals as the action resumed this afternoon.
And it was a real roller-coaster in the battle for the team placings, with the 84-seconds time-allowed proving difficult for many to get.
The team partnerships were last to go, and the Belgians dropped down the leaderboard when adding 30.80 to their tally. However despite the addition of just 0.40 for pathfinder Caroline Gerber (Tresor de Chignan CH) for going over the time, the Swiss also lost their grip when putting 30.00 more on the board. Robin Godel (Grandeur de Lully CH) collected 13.20 on his tour of the 12-fence track while Tiziana Realini (Toubleu de Rueire), who had produced one of those precious cross-country clears, posted 16.4 to bring their team total of 155.9, leaving the Swiss just behind their Belgian rivals in seventh place at the end of the day.
However the Olympic spot would be earned by the country lying highest of the unqualified nations in the final FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 standings. The Swiss lay third coming into this seventh and last leg, and their final total of 370 points left them well clear of the Belgians who completed with 355. Meanwhile with their closest opposition from Italy not lining out this time around, the leading Swedes, carrying 435 points, had a clear run to the 2019 title despite finishing tenth at this last leg.
At the sharp end, Germany held on for a convincing win on a final scoreline of 94.10, while a clear from Burton, 5.20 for McNab and just four faults for Samantha Birch (Finduss PFB) secured runner-up spot for Australia on a final tally of 123.50. Japan finished an impressive third, Kazuma Tomoto (Bernadette Utopia) and Atsushi Negishi (Ventura de la Chaule JRA) going clear in both of the final two phases while Yoshiaki Oiwa (Bart L JRA), who had been lying individually second after dressage but who was penalised for a cross-country refusal, had a pole down at the penultimate triple combination today. The Japanese finished less than a single penalty point behind the Australians, and it is quite clear they will be a force to be reckoned with on home ground in Tokyo next summer. Fourth went to New Zealand (130.00) and fifth to Great Britain (143.00).
The very last rider into the ring, Germany’s Auffarth, had individual glory in her grasp until hitting the last element of the triple combination which dropped her to fourth and opened the door for Great Britain’s Laura Collett (London 52) to take the individual honours.
by Louise Parkes