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Website disruption

There may be a delay in adverts and events being posted on the website at the moment as I currently have no internet at home. Hopefully it will be restored soon as apparently engineers are working on the issue.

Website disruption

There may be a delay in adverts and events being posted on the website at the moment as I currently have no internet. Hopefully it will be restored soon as apparently engineers are working on the issue.

Hereford Equestrian is 12 years old today!

12 years ago, the idea of ‘Hereford Equestrian’ was born. The first page was uploaded on 23rd July 2003 and it grew from there. Now, there are over 30,000 visits per month and usually over 3000 pageviews per day. Another revamp is in the planning stage to update and improve the website, so if you have any suggestions or ‘wants’, please let me know. A big thank you to everyone for supporting HerefordEquestrian.co.uk, Sally

Rural Watch Message for the Newent area, Glos

A tack room has been broken into on a farm in the Corse area on the 16th July.

Unknown offenders have cut the lock on a tack room to gain entry and strimmer’s and a jet washer has been stolen. Please be aware and check all out buildings regularly. Report all suspicious incidents to the Police on 101

GB Pony Eventing Team includes local riders

The final pony selection trial took place at Barbury Castle International Horse Trials. Following this, the final squad were announced and they will represent Britain on the Charles Owen British Pony Team at this year’s 2015 FEI Pony European Championships at Malmö, in Sweden, 5-9 August 2015.

The full squad short list is as follows:

Making their European Championship debut, Phoebe Nicholson 16, from Herefordshire with Llanstephan Brenin, 15 year old British-bred chestnut gelding by Pennardd Annwfn and owned by Hannah Mcleish. Phoebe and the Welsh Pony & Cob Society papered gelding have consistently achieving top ten placing in every competition on the Pony programme in 2015.

Also making their championship debut following a successful campaign so far this year, Saffron Cresswell, 14, from Worcestershire riding her own Cuffesgrange Little Ric, a 10 year old bay gelding. They won the final trial at Barbury as well as being sixth in the Charles Owen National Pony Championships last month.

Phoebe Locke 15, from Somerset riding her own Quay who is a 13 year old bay British-bred mare by Kuwait Beach. This is Phoebe’s second team appearance since she was part of the silver medal winning team in 2014 riding Mr Otto.

Jessica Thomas 15, from Cheshire with Another Island, 12 year old grey gelding by Island Lad and owned by rider. Jessica was second in the final trial at Barbury last week with the grey gelding who was previously competed in Pony Trials by Jamie Thomas.

Thomas Tulloch 15 from Shropshire returns to the squad this year with Spirit VI, 17 year old bay gelding (unknown breeding) who is owned by his mother, Jancis Tulloch a former 4* level rider. Thomas and Spirit VI are perhaps the squad’s best known combination having won two successive British Pony Championship titles as well as representing GB as part of the team last year.

Harriet Wright 16, from Derbyshire with Foxtown Cufflynx, 10 year old iron grey gelding by Westside Mirah and owned by rider. This combination join GB as squad first timers following a successful 2015 campaign including a win at Withington Manor as well as finishing the final trial in seventh place.

Each year the Pony European Championships are held for riders between the year of their 14th and 16th Birthday riding ponies between 142cm and 148cm (14hh – 14.2hh); this year Britain will be defending double silver after their success in 2014 at Millstreet, Ireland.

For full story, see: http://www.britisheventing.com/asp-net/news/item.aspx?id=5661

 

Barbury International Horse Trials

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The view from the xc towards the main arena at Barbury

The St. James’s Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials came to a conclusion yesterday with Andrew Nicholson and Avebury triumphant for the 4th consecutive year in the CIC 3*.

Andrew Nicholson and Avebury wasting no time on the turns

Andrew Nicholson and Avebury wasting no time on the turns

If you have never been to Barbury International Horse Trials, make sure it is in your diary for next year. It’s in a spectacular location near Marlborough and you’ll say “wow” before you even turn down the drive due to the surrounding poppy fields and stunning views. The event is held in a valley thus providing an amphitheatre for spectators to enjoy a wonderful view of the whole event. Many of the best event riders in the world were competing here and every section was very competitive.

The highest caliber class was the CIC 3* which was won for the 4th year running by Andrew Nicholson riding Avebury.  He took 2nd place too with Nereo.  As is always the case these days, it was a truly International top 10, with four Kiwis in the top 5 placings. Two Brits, Nicola Wilson 4th and Laura Collett 6th, two from France, and one apiece for Ireland and Australia. See top 10 placings below.

Herefordshire rider Louise Harwood with Whitson

Herefordshire rider Louise Harwood with Whitson

Sadly Herefordshire rider Louise Harwood, who was lying 6th before XC, had to forego a place in top 10 after Whitson ran out at the corner after the eyehole.

At times the rain was torrential on Sunday and many riders and spectators got soaked, but the ground held up very well. The weather was much better on Saturday when there were 3 sections of CIC2* xc, 3* show jumping, the hunt relay, BS showjumping and the very entertaining JCB Champions Challenge enjoyed by many sitting on the grass bank in the sun. The jockeys team comprised AP McCoy, Richard Johnson, Sam Twiston-Davies and Wayne Hutchinson and the event team: Sir Mark Todd, Tina Cook, Harry Meade and Andrew Nicholson.

AP McCoy

AP McCoy leads his team to victory

As reported on the Barbury website: “The ‘Champ’ – AP McCoy, proved that his extraordinary talent in the saddle, which has kept him at the top of the jump jockeys championship for the past 20 consecutive years, still remains – as he led three former weighing room colleagues to victory in the JCB Champions Challenge at the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials today. Joining McCoy was Sam Twiston-Davies, 22, one of the brightest of the new generation of young jump jockeys; Richard Johnson, who is (after McCoy), the second-most successful jockey in jumps history, with over 2000 winners.  The quartet was completed by one of racing’s leading players Wayne Hutchinson, stable jockey to Barbury trainer Alan King.

Run in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, McCoy was returning to the saddle for the first time in public since retiring, riding against a quartet of some of the biggest names in eventing, led by Andrew Nicholson, who has won the Barbury International three star three times in a row with his lovely grey Avebury.  Andrew’s team mates were fellow New Zealander and rider of the 20th century Sir Mark Todd and two of Britain’s finest rider’s – Harry Meade, who finished third at last year’s Badminton Horse Trials and multiple winning Olympic medallist Tina Cook.  The winning Portman (juniors) and Bicester with Whaddon (seniors) teams from the Inter Hunt Scurry also took part.

The jockeys and eventers were VERY competitive in the JCB challenge

The jockeys and eventers were VERY competitive in the JCB challenge

In the preliminary round, McCoy’s team actually trailed in behind the Bicester with Whaddon, who stole a late win on their final leg, when the mount of Richard Johnson proved a little less than willing over the first two obstacles.  But amidst the “We miss you AP” that could be heard being cheered from the Barbury crowds, a jump off between the jockeys and the eventers was called for.

AP set a blistering start to take the lead over Andrew Nicholson and the final leg provided a nail biting finish between Johnson and Meade. They both crossed each other’s tracks in the water obstacle and following a ‘stewards enquiry’, the jump jockeys were crowned the winning team of the second battle of Barbury.

Following the race AP said:  “Thank you to the Eventers and Hunts for taking part as its in aid of the IJF, which is a really important organisation for horseracing and beyond. It felt great to be back in the saddle and today was something a bit different, and at least we won!”.”

 

Also as reported by the Barbury team: “New Zealand swept the board in the three two-star level (CIC2*) classes at the Barbury International Horse Trials, sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management, with Andrew Nicholson, Tim Price and Jesse Campbell taking one apiece.

The in-form Andrew Nicholson was unstoppable in section B, winning on the Headley Stud’s Loughnatousa Joey on the first occasion he had ridden the horse. He was the only rider of the 93 cross-country starters in the section to achieve the optimum time.

However, 19-year-old Ella Hitchman, who is in her first year of Young Riders, ran the experienced New Zealander close to the wire, finishing just 0.8 penalties in arrears. She would have won, but for collecting 1.6 time penalties to finish four seconds over the optimum on Rocky Rockstar.

“I’ve thought about it, but I don’t know where I could have made up the time,” said Ella, who is currently on a gap year and planning to go to Cirencester next year. “Still, it’s a pretty good result!

“We competed here last year in the junior trial, so I knew he could handle the hills and, anyway, he’s used to doing a lot of hill work at home [near Cheltenham]. Rocky is now 12 and it’s only that he’s showing us what he’s really made of.”

Gemma Tattersall 3rd in the CIC 2*

Gemma Tattersall 3rd in the CIC 2*

Gemma Tattersall, a candidate for the British team for the forthcoming European championships in September, which will be announced later this week, finished third on Santiago Bay.

Tim Price’s win on Kyrle Arscott and Diana Chappell’s The Court Jester in section C was particularly special because they had invited the Prospect Hospice in nearby Wroughton, which has a stand at Barbury, to “adopt” the horse for the day.
The 10-year-old gelding has already paid a visit to the hospice, where a member of staff had a sit on him. Tim has taken on the ride because his usual Australian rider Sammy Birch (nee McLeod) is pregnant. “He’s a class horse,” said Tim, who hopes to take him to Blenheim.

Tim finished on his leading dressage score of 36.1 with Australian Christopher Burton in second on Santana and Sir Mark Todd third on Amacuzzi.

Jesse Campbell, based down the road in Ogbourne St Andrew, and the youngest of the Kiwi trio, had the win in section D sorted right from the early stages with a fast round inside the time on Cleveland.

William Fox-Pitt, the dressage leader on Ramdam de Mons, hit one show jump and was then eliminated for a rider fall when the horse stopped at a ditch on the cross-country. Oliver Townend, second after dressage, had two show jumping rails down and dropped down the order.

Jesse explained that the eight-year-old has been taken slowly because he can be tricky. “He’s been hard work, he’s talented but a bit of a maverick and I’ve had a few bloody noses on him. I’ve always believed in him, though. He’s a big beautiful horse.”

It was another international line-up, with Ireland’s Camilla Speirs second on BT Cloud and Italy’s Stella Benatti third on Zaron. Mark Todd was giving his four-star horse Oloa an easy spin round for fourth and Izzy Taylor was best Brit in fifth on Direct Puissance.”

As reported in yesterday’s write up, Powys event rider Franky Reid-Warrilow had another great result with Dolley Whisper in the section won by Tim Price.  A clear XC inside the time and one rail down SJ secured her 4th place as best British rider, behind 2nd placed Aussie Christopher Burton and 3rd placed Sir Mark Todd.  Franky and Dolley Whisper have recently been selected to represent Britain at the CIC** European Championships in Helvoirt, Netherlands from 20 to 23 August.

Sam Smith, the popular event rider and equine sports therapist from Gloucestershire suffered a horrid rotational fall resulting in a dislocated shoulder and broken wrist, but I’m pleased to say he’s now on the mend at home. Get well soon Sam.

CIC 3* Results:

125 AVEBURY Andrew Nicholson
33.9 1
- 2
- - 33.9 1
51 NEREO Andrew Nicholson
38.3 4
- 4
- - 38.3 2
97 LEONIDAS II Todd Sir Mark
38.4 5
- 5
- - 38.4 3
141 BELTANE QUEEN Nicola Wilson
44.1 18
- 11
- - 44.1 4
130 RINGWOOD SKY BOY Tim Price
45.0 23
- 15
- - 45.0 5
136 GRAND MANOEUVRE Laura Collett
43.3 15
- 9
2.0 - 45.3 6
140 PIAF DE BNEVILLE Astier Nicolas
43.8 17
- 10
2.8 - 46.6 7
115 SIMON PORLOE Padraig McCarthy
47.5 35
- 23
0.8 - 48.3 8
132 INDIAN MILL Paul Tapner
41.2 12
8 26
- - 49.2 9
93 MINOS DE PETRA Pascal Leroy
41.0 11
4 15
4.8 - 49.8 10

 

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Record-breaking Festival is biggest and best yet!

The shining and rising stars of dressage from all around the world put on a dazzling display at this year’s hugely successful Hartpury international Festival of Dressage.

Record entries saw more than 400 riders from 17 nations compete in more than 40 dressage and para-dressage classes over five days of outstanding equestrian sport and thousands of people followed the action from every corner of the globe. Saturday’s Gala Evening was a sell-out as 800 spectators watched the showcase of stallions and up and coming dressage horses in an electric atmosphere.

The new livestream from the event attracted more than 30,000 views during the Festival and others kept up to date with all the action on the website and the Festival’s Facebook and twitter pages.

The highlights were undoubtedly the performances of the top two horse and rider combinations in the world – Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro and Michael Eilberg on Woodlander Farouche – along with a huge number of top non-disabled and international para riders; many of them making the most of the Festival opportunities to prepare for the European Championships in Aachen, Germany, from August 12th to 16th.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. Photo Sally Newcomb

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. Photo Sally Newcomb

Great Britain’s London 2012 gold medallist, Charlotte, from Newent, had an exceptional Festival, and nearly 12,000 people have already watched the videos of the duo, as well as Charlotte on young pretender Barolo, that were posted on Hartpury’s YouTube channel, which also features videos of Eilberg and Farouche, Carl Hester on Nip Tuck and para dressage rider Sophie Wells on Valerius.

Having already won three major classes over the first four days, Charlotte teamed up with Valegro again on the final day to wow the crowds with a fantastic test to win the Baileys FEI CDI Grand Prix Special with 87.765.

Charlotte said: “I am so happy. He (Valegro) is such a superstar; he tries so hard and is just fantastic. We love Hartpury. We’re so lucky to have a facility like this so close by and it’s such a super show; we look forward to it every year. The people behind the scenes here are incredible and so are the facilities.”

Becky Moody on Carinsio. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Becky Moody on Carinsio. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Becky Moody and Carinsio continued their successful week as they took the honours in the Andrews Bowen Intermediate I Freestyle with a score of 79.125. She was also top placed finalist in the Shearwater Five-Year-Old class with 86.6% on Full Fusion.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Phoebe Peters on Denford Surprise won the Pony Junior and Young Rider Team Test on 74.32%, while the top placed finalist in the Four-Year-Old class was Bryony Goodwin on Hawtins Fiorella with 83.0%.

In the Monarch Equestrian FEI Intermediate II, Michael Eilberg was in exceptional form even without the fabulous Farouche as he finished top of the class with 71.625% on Half Moon Dynasty.

Maya Goldburg finished top of the pile in the FEI Prix St Georges with Torino on 70.175%, while Olivia Towers won the Medium 75 on Mercian Calisso on 70.95%.

Philip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury, said: “The final day of the Festival provided a fitting finale as the exceptional standard of competition was maintained, including another stunning display from Charlotte and Valegro.

“With record entries and so many fabulous performances, we were delighted to have been able to share them with a much bigger audience this year, both through the popular livestream and the social media and web updates that showcased the best of the para dressage and the able-bodied dressage, sharing the stories and the results of our fantastic competitors.

“The support of our sponsors is absolutely crucial to the continued success of the Festival and a big thank you goes to them as well as to all the Hartpury staff and students who gave up so much of their time and worked so hard to make this year’s Festival such an outstanding event.”

Carl Hester claims Grand Prix Freestyle at Hartpury Gala

Carl Hester with Nip Tuck. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Carl Hester with Nip Tuck. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Carl Hester showed his Olympic pedigree at last night’s Gala Evening with a gold performance at Hartpury’s Festival of Dressage.

Riding Nip Tuck, Hartpury’s Equine Academy dressage coach and Olympic gold medallist treated the crowd to a mesmerising display as he took the honours in the Superflex CDI FEI Grand Prix Freestyle event with a score of 80.050%.

Henriette Anderson, riding Warlocks Charm, secured second place with a score of 75.000% while Hayley Watson Greaves took the final podium position with a score of 72.750% on Rubins Nite.

In the Elite Stallions British Young Horse PSG Championship, Hester’s Great Britain teammate, Michael Eilberg, conjured up an eye-catching test on Woodlander Farouche as they stormed to victory with a score of 77.807%.

Michael Eilberg with Woodlander Farouche. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Michael Eilberg with Woodlander Farouche. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Alice Oppenheimer and Tantoni Sir Soccrates had earlier set the standard for Eilberg to beat with a score of 74.518% but eventually had to settle for second place, while Kate Cowell and Dahling took third with a score of 68.684%.

Lucy Pincus, a student on the Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) provided by British Dressage and British Eventing and run exclusively at Hartpury, was also in action and she produced a fine showing on Sheepcote Don Calisto to finish just behind Cowell in fourth place after a score of 67.675%.

Sammie Gualtieri won the British Young Rider A Squad final with Emily Watts and Emily Blount finishing in second and third place respectively.

Franky Reid-Warrilow best Brit in the CIC 2* at Barbury International

Franky Reid-Warrilow with Dolley Whisper. Photo by Sally Newcomb

Franky Reid-Warrilow with Dolley Whisper. Photo by Sally Newcomb

Powys event rider Franky Reid-Warrilow had further success with Dolley Whisper when 4th in one of the 3 very competitive 2* CIC sections at Barbury International Horse Trials. All 3 sections were won by Kiwis with Andrew Nicholson heading one, Jesse Cambell another and Tim Price winning Franky’s section ahead of Aussie Christopher Burton in 2nd and NZ’s Sir Mark Todd 3rd. A clear XC inside the time ensured Franky 4th place despite one rail down SJ and she was best British rider. There were over 90 starters in each of the 2* sections.

In the strongly contested CIC 3*, it’s business as usual with Andrew Nicholson in the lead with Avebury, on a score of 33.6 looking for a fourth consecutive win. He’s also lying 3rd with Nereo, but snapping (nearish) his heels are Alex Hua Tian, Sir Mark Todd and Sarah Bullimore, with Herefordshire’s Louise Harwood up there too lying 6th before XC. Louise will no doubt be hoping for another good result here to strengthen her chance of being in the GB squad at Blair for the European Eventing Championships in September.

Barbury website: www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk

Barbury results: www.bdwp.co.uk/bar

 

Another win for both Charlotte Dujardin and Lucy Cartwright at Hartpury

Charlotte Dujardin wins the Shearwater 6yr old class on  Mount St John Freestyle

Charlotte Dujardin wins the Shearwater 6yr old championship on Mount St John Freestyle. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Further delight for Dujardin and star display from Cartwright after further first-class festival action

After yesterday’s scintillating display with Valegro, Charlotte Dujardin produced yet another top performance as she secured top place in the Six-year-old Shearwater Young Horse Championships in the fourth day of action at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage.

The Olympic gold medallist produced a score of 88.600% riding Mount St John Freestyle to finish in first position, with Emma Woolley, riding Eldorado, and Sadie Smith, riding River Rise Escarla, finishing in second and third place after scores of 84.800% and 83.200% respectively.

Dujardin, who will be in action with Valegro again tomorrow, said: “I’m thrilled with today! There was a great atmosphere and a great experience for her [Mount St John Freestyle].”

A score of 91.000% for Lucy Cartwright and San Marco wins them the Five-year-old Shearwater Young Horse Championship. Photo Kevin Sparrow

A score of 91.000% for Lucy Cartwright and San Marco wins them the Five-year-old Shearwater Young Horse Championships

In the Five-year-old Shearwater Young Horse Championships, a magnificent score of 91.000% by Lucy Cartwright and San Marco saw them finish ahead of Dujardin and Florentina VI, who finished with a score of 85.000%, while third place went to Rebecca Hughes and Classic Flamboyant with a score of 83.400%.

Nicholas Lawson and Gladstone, winners of the 4yr old Shearwater Championship.  Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Nicholas Lawson and Gladstone, winners of the 4yr old Shearwater Championship. Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Nicholas Lawson and Gladstone clinched the Four-year-old Championships with a score of 85.600%, with Hughes finishing in second place in this class after producing a score of 84.400% riding Classic Gold Strike. Henry Boswell and Fidelius rounded off the top three with a final score of 79.400%.

In the afternoon’s action, a chance to compete at tonight’s Gala Evening – the pinnacle of the Festival of Dressage – was the prize on offer to the three best riders in the BYRDS A Squad Ride Off.

The 2015 BYRDS Inter-Regional event took place recently with teams of riders from regions all over the UK competing. Today, the top riders from the A squad competition competed in groups of three, all riding each other’s horses, and they were judged by International Rider Dan Sherriff.

Philip Cheetham, Hartpury’s Equine Director, said: “This competition gives young people the chance to ride at a high profile international show. It also enables British Dressage to demonstrate how our rider development works and to give centre stage to the talented young people they are developing for the sport of dressage.”

The three riders who went through to the Gala Evening were Samantha Gualtieri, Emily Watts and Emily Blount.

A chance to compete at the Gala – the pinnacle of the Festival of Dressage – was also the prize on offer to the three best riders in the BYRDS A Squad Ride Off.

In the Shadow Horse FEI CDI Intermediate I competition, British rider Becky Moody found herself in two of the top three positions after producing a winning score of 74.421% with Carinsio, while later securing third place in the competition with a 71.026% score riding Tirsa. Charles Hutton and Super Blue finished in between Moody’s scores after producing a total of 74.316% to secure second place.

World number one’s Charlotte & Valegro win at Hartpury Dressage Festival

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro lived up to their star billing in style with a stunning success on the third day of the Hartpury Festival of Dressage.

Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro.

Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro. Photo Sally Newcomb

The world number one dressage duo, from Newent, produced a mesmorising test to win the CDI FEI Grand Prix with an impressive score of 85.440% as they stepped up their preparations for the upcoming European Championships in Aachen Germany from August 12th to 16th. This followed Charlotte’s win on rising star Barolo in yesterday’s Lemieux FEI Grand Prix.

Carl Hester with Nip Tuck

Carl Hester with Nip Tuck. Photo Sally Newcomb

Charlotte’s mentor and Hartpury Equine Academy’s dressage coach, Carl Hester, was also in imperious form on Nip Tuck, delighting the bumper crowd to achieve an impressive score of 78.040% for second place. In third place was Fiona Bigwood with Atterupgaards Orthilia on 76.800%.

It was a fantastic morning for Great British rider, Becky Moody, who won the Horse Scout FEI CDI Prix St. Georges International I riding Carinsio, with a score of 74.263% and was presented with her prize in a mounted prizegiving by Lucienne Elms from sponsors Horse Scout Ltd.

Moody also bagged third place with a score of 71.000%, riding Tirsa. Second place went to another GB rider, Charles Hutton, who achieved 71.895% riding Super Blue.

Today also featured outstanding dressage from the FEI Para Freestyle Tests and Sophie Christiansen continued to blow the crowd away on the third day at the festival. She achieved a spectacular 82.300% on Athene Lindebjerg in the Grade 1a and won the prize for the best overall para dressage rider at the Festival.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled with my new horse – Athene Lindebjerg – this is her first International competition and I am really excited about the future. She does not really like noise so freestyle is quite challenging. It was challenging but everyone told me how good I was to keep it together and keep going and I came out with over 80%.”

Anne Dunham came in second on LJT Lucas Normark (79.250%) in the 1a and third place went to Michael Murphy on Aura (71.450%).

Lee Pearson clinched first place in the 1b on Zion with 77.300%, ahead of Ashley Gowanlock on Ferdonia 2 (73.400%) and Natasha Adkinson on Sweet Caledonia (73.150%).

Natasha Baker scooped first place in the Grade II, scoring 75.600% riding Sooki St James, ahead of Erin Orford and Rebecca Hart. Baker said: “Sooki was good, I’m really, really pleased with her. This is her first indoor competition since last year which was her first ever international. Hartpury is a big arena with a big atmosphere, but I’m so proud of her. She’s had such a consistent year, I couldn’t have wished for more.”

Nicky Greenhill and horse Gregorian Chant have had an outstanding Festival so far, and day three proved no exception. With yet another first place finish, Greenhill took top spot in the Grade III with 75.700%, ahead of Rosemary Gaffney on Aldham Mill Dubloom (74.200%) and Roberta Sheffield’s score of 72.800% on Double Agent

Sophie Wells on C Fatal Attraction took top spot in Grade IV after an equally impressive first two days. Her stunning test scored a sensational 77.000%. Second place was awarded to Charlotte Cundall on The Chenko Artist (73.150%) and third place to Fiona Maynard on WS Legolas (71.750%).

Tomorrow promises to bring excitement with the Shearwater Young Horse Championships, the CDI3*, and of course, the highly anticipated Gala Night.

Carl and Charlotte in the lap of honour

Carl and Charlotte in the lap of honour. Photo Sally Newcomb

The Festival runs until Sunday 12th July. For more information on weekend tickets, visit www.hartpury.ac.uk/dressage . There is no charge for parking.

You can also see the full results from today’s competition on this website, plus the latest news and information on competition entries, as well as on the Hartpury Festival of Dressage Facebook and Twitter.

Worcestershire rider Saffron Cresswell wins final trial for GB pony team

While Andrew Nicholson leads the CIC 3* with Avebury, fourteen year old Saffron Cresswell, from Malvern, Worcestershire, won the final British team trial for the pony European Championships to be held in Sweden 5-9 August.  Riding Cuffesgrange Little Ric, Saffron won this section completing on 28.7 penalty points.

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Valegro is waiting in wings while Charlotte steals the show on second day 

London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin, claimed a stunning victory with young pretender, Barolo, on a sun-drenched second day at Hartpury Festival of Dressage. 

Charlotte, who is based in Newent, heaped praise upon the Hartpury experience as she stormed to victory with a score of 73.120% in the Lemieux FEI Grand Prix on Barolo, who is jointly owned by her coach, Hartpury Elite Dressage coach and fellow Great Britain Olympic gold medallist, Carl Hester, with Anne Cohn.

The world number one will now return to the Festival tomorrow with World Cup champion and world record holder Valegro, and Carl Hester will also be in action on Nip Tuck. The draw will be made later tonight.

She said: “We love Hartpury. We’re so lucky to have a facility like this so close by and it’s such a super show; we look forward to it every year. The people behind the scenes here are incredible and so are the facilities. The water treadmill and the normal treadmill not only benefit us but lots of other local people too.

“I was riding my second string horse here today. Barolo is only nine, which is young for this level of dressage, and we were looking for a good score so that we can continue pushing on with him. It was only his second Grand Prix and I’m really happy with how he went.”

Charlotte finished ahead of Amy Woodhead on Pro-Set on 69.680% and Amy Stovold on Macbrian with 68.700 in the Lemieux Grand Prix.

In the Zamar FEI Intermediate I, Maria Eilberg claimed the honours on Royal Concert with 73.947%, with Lisa Hopkins on Coole Contender second with 70.132% and Nathalie Kayal third on DHI Homerun with 69.649%.

In this morning’s Premier League action, the magnificent Michael Eilberg stole the limelight with all eyes were on him and Woodlander Farouche in the Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges Qualifier.

Eilberg’s breathtaking test achieved an unbeatable score of 77.851%, which saw him fly into first place. Alice Oppenheimer placed second with 75.088% and Kate Cowell took third place with 70.965%.

Fourth place was achieved by Herefordshire rider Lucy Pincus, who is on the Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence run by British Dressage and British Eventing and run exclusively at Hartpury, who scored 69.254% – another great performance after her podium finish yesterday.

The Lovington Ice Advanced 100 saw Kate Cowell scoop first place riding Dahling with a score of 71.328%, finishing ahead of Levi Hunt on Abbey Tiron (70.234%) and Zoe Sleigh on Dark Legend (69.297%).

Day two of the Festival also featured fantastic performances in the FEI Para Individual Championship Tests. In the Grade IV, Sophie Wells continued yesterday’s fine form, achieving yet another double podium finish. She achieved first place on Valerius with 74.024% and second place on C Fatal Attraction scoring 72.952%.

It was also another unbelievable day for Nicky Greenhill, who took first place riding Gregorian Chant in the Grade III Test with an outstanding 73.146%, having also won yesterday’s Grade III Team Test. Greenhill said: “He was just amazing, he tried his heart out and I could not have asked for more.”

Sophie Christiansen also expanded on yesterday’s exceptional performances by scooping a brilliant first (79.870%) and third (73.739%) in the Grade 1a, with Anne Dunham coming in second (74.522%). In the Grade 1b, it was the outstanding performance by Lee Pearson riding Zion that clinched first place, followed by Ashley Gowanlock (71.414%) and Natasha Adkinson (68.931%).

In the Grade 11, top spot went to the USA’s Rebecca Hart – another of yesterday’s winners – with a fantastic 71.429% on Schroeters Romani, with Erin Orford and Dior second on 71.200% and Lauren Barwick third on Off to Paris with 71.143%

The Festival runs until Sunday, 12th July, and admission on Friday 10th is free. For more information on weekend tickets, go to www.hartpury.ac.uk/dressage . There is no charge for parking.

You can also see the full results from today’s competition on this website, plus the latest news and information on competition entries, as well as on the Hartpury Festival of Dressage Facebook and Twitter.

Barbury International Horse Trials

This week the St. James’s Place Wealth Management (www1.sjp.co.uk) Barbury International Horse Trials takes place and features four days of equestrian excellence and some of the world top riders, including riders from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Powys, Shropshire and Gloucestershire.  The equine spectacle takes place from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 July on the Barbury Castle Estate just outside Marlborough, Wiltshire.  The prestigious CIC three star competition culminates on Sunday with the cross country phase (Following dressage and showjumping on the previous days) running in reverse order of placing.  See the Barbury website for visitor information and come and support your local event riders as well as some of the Worlds best.

Hartpury’s Horton closing in on Great Britain selection for European Championships

Hartpury’s up and coming event rider, Anna Horton, has been shortlisted for the Young Rider European Championships following a string of good performances.

Anna Horton

Anna Horton

Horton’s inclusion comes after the 19-year-old rider put in a strong performance on her mare, Barones II, at Houghton Hall in the CCI2* event. Her score of 57.00 was enough to finish in 12th place overall and leave her in contention to be selected for the Great Britain squad when the European Championships begin at the end of August.

The first year Hartpury Sports Coaching Degree student had finished her previous event at Bicton in the top five and will now be looking to follow in the footsteps of former Hartpury students Dani Cuomo, Brett Gardner, and Olivia Oakley, who have previously represented Great Britain at the Young Rider European Championships. Graduate Astier Nicolas also represented France at the European Championships.

Horton, from Swindon, aims to be one of the final six to be selected to go to Poland, where the European Championships are being held this year. She is also looking to compete at the Festival of British Eventing Intermediate Championships and Blenheim International CIC 3* events in the future.

Horton is part of the elite equine academy at Hartpury, where she receives training from Nick Burton and Corinne Bracken, and support regarding nutrition, fitness and psychology.

Hartpury’s Equine Academy Director, Nick Burton, said: “Anna has worked extremely hard over the winter months and spring event season to improve her dressage and jumping techniques. She picked herself up from an early season fall at Aldon to produce solid results since and the Great Britain selectors have rightly now acknowledged her achievements.”

Hartpury Equine AASE rider, Sam Ecroyd, also had a good showing in the same competition as Horton, finishing in third position.

GB’s para dressage riders and local riders excel at the Festival of Dressage

Great Britain’s para dressage powerhouses steal the limelight on Festival’s opening day to move step closer to Rio selection.

Great Britain’s para dressage finest were the stars of the show as spectators were treated to a host of outstanding performances on the first day of the Hartpury Festival of Dressage today.

With qualification points for the Rio Paralympics in 2016 up for grabs, the GB contenders achieved some spectacular scores and the top spots in most of the para dressage classes.

Great Britain’s Sophie Christiansen scooped first and third spot in FEI Para Team Test Grade 1a on Athene Lindebjerg (77.696%) and Janeiro 6 respectively (73.435%) with another GB rider in second as Anne Dunham scored 75.174% on LJT Lucas Normark.

 Two Great Britain riders also took the top spots in the 1b as Lee Pearson and Zion finished well ahead of the field with 75.920, with Natasha Adkinson on Sweet Caledonia second with 70.400%.

The USA pipped GB to honours in the Grade II as Rebecca Hart on Schroeters Romani rode into top spot with 72.706%, just ahead of GB’s Natasha Baker and Sookie St James (72.618%) and Erin Orford on Dior (69.500%).

However, GB’s Nicky Greenhill wowed the crowds in the Grade III with 71.158%, which handed her first place on Gregorian Chant. Heather Bennett scored 70.211% for second place and third place went to Roberta Sheffield with 68.500%.

In the Grade IV, Sophie Wells claimed first place with a score of 74.310% riding Valerius and second place with 69.286% riding C Fatal Attraction. Third place went to Charlotte Cundall riding The Chenko Artist, with a score of 67.476%.

Lucy Cartwright riding Waterloo V. Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Lucy Cartwright riding Waterloo V. Photo by Kevin Sparrow

In the able-bodied Premier League, Gloucestershire’s Lucy Cartwright won both the 1a and 1b classes in the Fairfax FEI Prix St George. She achieved 69.693% in the 1a, riding Fergana, and while Herefordshire rider Beth Barnett was second, two up and coming dressage riders with Hartpury links filled third and fourth place.

Also from Herefordshire, Lucy Pincus, a student on the Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) provided by British Dressage and British Eventing and run exclusively at Hartpury, came in third with 68.114% and Emma Corbett – a recent Equine Science graduate who is based in Upleadon – was fourth with a score of 67.456%.

Cartwright then achieved a fantastic 70.746% in the 1b riding Waterloo V, with Nathalie Kayal achieving second place and Maya Goldburg taking third.

Former Hartpury A-level student and Hartpury Equine Academy talent, Olivia Oakeley, who is based in Stroud, performed well in the Baileys FEI Intermediate II. She rode Donna Summer to a score of 65.263%. It was tight at the top with winner Gareth Hughes on Samba Hit III and Maria Eilberg on Royal Concert both scoring 68.816%. Alice Oppenheimer was third on Headmore Bodicia with 68.158%.

Sonnar Murray Brown topped the pile in the NAF Five Star Optimum Advanced Medium, riding Erlentanz to a stunning score of 75.526%, finishing ahead of Lisa Hopkins on Cortez with 70.921% and Nadine Gregory on Candover Dramatico with 68.684%. The latter pair also finished third in the Tagg Equestrian Advanced Medium with 69.459%, as Lisa Hopkins took top spot on Cortez  with 71.351% and Tor Smith and Sundancer II finished second in 70.270.

Emma Corbett. Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Emma Corbett. Photo by Kevin Sparrow

Excitement now builds for day two tomorrow (July 9th) as Michael Eilberg will be aiming to impress on his own horse, the superstar Woodlander Farouche, in the Elite Stallions Young Horse Prix St Georges Qualifier and Charlotte Dujardin will be looking to triumph in the LeMieux FEI Grand Prix, riding Barolo. Valegro will not join the Festival party with Charlotte until Friday.

The Festival runs until Sunday, 12th July, and admission on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th is free. For information on weekend tickets, go to www.hartpury.ac.uk/dressage . There is no charge for parking.

You can also see the full results from the competition on the website, plus the latest news and information on competition entries, as well as on the Hartpury Festival of Dressage Facebook and Twitter.

McCoy poised to ride in Barbury’s JCB Champions Challenge

20 times champion jump jockey AP McCoy OBE is earmarked to make a return to the saddle at this year’s St. James’s Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials in the JCB Champions Challenge on Saturday 11 July.

McCoy retired from race riding in April this year following an extraordinary record-breaking career with 20 consecutive jump jockey titles, over 4,300 winners and was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the year in 2010.  The ‘Champ’ will be joined by a trio of jump jockeys in the second running of the JCB Champions Challenge, a unique horse-race between the country’s top riders held in aid of Injured Jockeys Fund.

The race will feature jump jockeys versus event riders, against each other over a specially designed course, including a water jump.  The winning junior and senior teams from the Inter Hunt Scurry, held on the same day with over 30 teams taking part will form the final two teams.

Joining McCoy will be Sam Twiston-Davies, 22, one of the brightest of the new generation of young jumps jockeys, Richard Johnson, who is, after McCoy, the second-most successful jockey in jumps history, with over 2000 winners.  The quartet is completed by one of racing’s leading players Wayne Hutchinson, stable jockey to Barbury trainer Alan King.

The eventers team boasts an awesome line-up of equestrian accolades and achievements.  Andrew Nicholson, who has won the Barbury International three star and Burghley horse trials three times in a row with his lovely grey Avebury will lead the eventers.  He will be joined by fellow New Zealander and rider of the 20th century Sir Mark Todd. Furthermore, both Nicholson and Todd have each ridden in seven Olympic games.  Completing the quartet are two of Britain’s finest rider’s Harry Meade, who finished second at last year’s Badminton Horse Trials and multiple winning Olympic medallist Tina Cook.

Nigel Bunter, Chairman of the Barbury International Horse Trials said:

“Last year the jump jockeys were victorious in the inaugural running of this event and with the some of the greatest names in horseracing and eventing taking part and its also very exciting we will be welcoming AP McCoy to Barbury.  We are expecting a nail biting renewal and the eventer’s will be hungry for a win.  We are delighted to host the Champions Challenge again together with JCB and supporting the Injured Jockeys Fund.  May the best team win!”.

A JCB spokesperson added:

“2014 was the first year JCB was involved at Barbury with the JCB Champions Challenge. It is not only a great event to showcase our range of construction equipment, but also fantastic to be supporting the racing’s charity the Injured Jockeys Fund.”

 

Equestrian excitement builds ahead of star-studded events at Hartpury!

With the Festival of Dressage less than a week away and the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials hot on its heels, Hartpury is bracing itself for an invasion of world class superstars!

While the Festival, which runs from July 8th to 12th, will get the perfect 10th anniversary present with Charlotte Dujardin OBE and her wonder horse, Valegro, among the competitors; the Horse Trials, from August 12th to 16th, always attracts the biggest names from the eventing world.

Andrew Nicholson competing at the NAF Five Star International Horse Trials. Action Replay Photography.

Andrew Nicholson competing at the NAF Five Star International Horse Trials. Action Replay Photography.

Sponsored by NAF, the Hartpury International Horse Trials features the anticipated Optimum CCI1*, Magic CCI2* and Superflex CIC3*. But the star billing always goes to the stunning action on the cross-country course – built by Andrew Hunter and designed by Eric Winter – on Saturday, August 15th. A shuttle bus service takes spectators to the viewing sites of all three testing courses on Hartpury House Bank.

In previous years, competitors have included such luminaries as Sir Mark Todd, Zara Phillips, Mary King, Pippa Funnell, Harry Meade, Andrew Nicholson and Chris Burton. The entries for this year’s competition will be unveiled soon.

For the Horse Trials, the dressage (August 13th and 14th) and the showjumping (August 15th and 16th) take place in Hartpury’s International Arena, which features tiered seating and more than 30 shopping stands for spectators to enjoy.

Hartpury’s Equine Director, Philip Cheetham, said: “With the countdown on to the Festival of Dressage next week, preparations are now well underway for a feast of equestrian action at Hartpury. To have the chance to watch the very best in the world at our unique venue is an opportunity not to be missed.”

Charlotte Dujardin OBE competing at Hartpury’s Festival of Dressage on Valegro in 2012. Photograph by Kevin Sparrow.

Charlotte Dujardin OBE competing at Hartpury’s Festival of Dressage on Valegro in 2012. Photograph by Kevin Sparrow.

Next week’s Festival will feature more than 400 riders from 16 nations compete in more than 40 dressage and para-dressage classes. It will incorporate Premier League, CDI3*, CPEDI3*, Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Championship and new for 2015, the Elite Stallions Prix St Georges Young Horse Championship.

Now in its 10th year, the Saturday Gala evening performance remains the highlight of the week, with the Superflex CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle affording such previous winners as Richard Davison, Maria Eilberg and Charlotte Dujardin.

Admission is free from Wednesday to Friday for both the Festival of Dressage and the Horse Trials. Entry for the Saturday and Sunday cost £5 for the Festival and £10 for the Horse Trials. Under-16s are free all week and parking is also free.

You can find lots more information and book online at www.hartpury.ac.uk/dressage and www.hartpury.ac.uk/eventing or call 01452 702126. To stay up to date with all the action and a chance to win tickets, don’t forget to follow both events on Facebook and Twitter.

A Tribute to Pat Parker

Well known Herefordshire horsewoman and breeder of Connemara ponies who died peacefully at her home on June 13, 2015 at the age of 85.

Pat slipped from the world as she would have wished to do, her heart simply stopping, without warning, while she was sitting in her kitchen reading the Horse and Hound. It would have been, the coroner said, like a light going out at the flick of a switch. That light burned long and strong in so many areas: not just for her family and friends, but in the many groups and organisations in which she was involved for so many years.

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Pat Riding in Portugal

Her love of music led her to join the Pembridge Church Choir, and she and her sister Ann performed in many concerts with the Vale of Arrow Choir. She also spent a substantial number of years as a magistrate in Kington, only standing down when the court moved to Leominster. However, horses were her life long passion. She had a very long and happy association with the Radnor & West Herefordshire Pony Club, both as Secretary and District Commissioner, and she and her late husband, Teddy hosted the annual summer camp at Weston House. For as long as anyone could remember she seemed to have run the horse events at Pembridge Show and regularly stewarded at Kington Agricultural Show, and agreed to be its President even though this meant having to wear a smart hat, something she always hated. She was a long-standing and active member of the Radnor & West Herefordshire Hunt and the Vale of Arrow Riding Club. She also put in long hours with Riding for the Disabled. She not only rode, but continued to work in the stables, mucking out and filling buckets and hay-nets – well into her eighties.

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Pat with her connemara stallion Arrow Javelin

However, Pat was born a Londoner and only got the chance to own a pony when her family moved to the village of Pembridge in Herefordshire. She had developed a love of connemaras when she trained for her professional exams at the Calmore Connemara Stud in the New Forest so she bought a little Connemara called Carina of Calla for fifty guineas. “Crackers” as she was known , ‘had feet like bedroom slippers, a kick like a mule, and was quite un-catchable’. Pat nevertheless trained her and when she decided to put her in foal to a stallion belonging to the Meade family in Chepstow, she harnessed Crackers to a pony-trap and drove there, returning a few days later by the same method: a round journey of some 102 miles. She would recall that on the return trip Crackers trotted along briskly, ‘looking very smug’, and eleven month later she produced a filly foal. This was the start of the Arrow Connemara Stud, which eventually included several generations of Crackers’s progeny and two award-winning stallions. Pat celebrated fifty years of breeding Connemaras in 1997 with the birth of fifth-generation Arrow Golden Crisp, who is a favourite of many of her daughter, Sue’s students at her Arrow Equestrian Centre. Pat always wanted to breed a dun stallion, and eventually got one with Arrow Javelin (always know as AJ), whom she rode until he died aged 25, less than a year ago.

If asked for a single word to describe Pat, perhaps ‘indomitable’ would be the one that many people would come up with. Though small in stature, she was always physically courageous, not to say reckless, and this may have been a by-product of riding in point-to-points when she was young. She was a fearless horsewoman to the end, facing competition jumps in her sixties that would have daunted riders forty years her junior. She had what is known as a very good seat and was rarely dislodged from her mount: once, while out with the Radnor hounds, she managed not only to stay on a bucking horse but, holding the reins in one hand, shot out the other hand to catch her hard-hat in mid air after it had flown off. She did, of course, have falls, but always waved away the concerned enquiries of alarmed spectators, insisting that she was fine even on the occasion she had in fact almost certainly cracked her pelvis. Her excellent seat was much admired when she and her daughter, Sue, went to Portugal to have classical dressage lessons. Even the famous Luis Valenca stopped what he was doing to applaud her classically correct passage. Her long-term dressage trainer, Erik Herbermann, would have been proud of his pupil, who only started lessons with him in her fifties.

It is often said when people die that what they have left behind them is laughter. In Pat’s case this really is true. In the many letters people have written, her laughter has frequently been invoked. ‘Her laugh,’ one friend recalled, ‘was more than mere sound but somehow involved her whole body, her whole being.’ This laughter was perhaps the result of Pat’s no-nonsense approach to life, a tendency to take things as they came, though not always without grumbling. ‘She was always so reliably full of good humour and optimism,’ a friend wrote, while a frequent and much younger visitor said: ‘She did me good just by being who she was.’ ’ That is surely as good an epitaph as anyone could hope for.

And this poem was read out by her son, Peter, at Pat’s funeral:

EPITAPH

Horses she loved, and laughter, and the sun,

A song, wide spaces and the open air;

The trust of all dumb things she won,

And never knew the luck too good to share:

Now though she will not ride with us again,

Her merry spirit seems our comrade yet,

Freed from the power of weariness and pain,

Forbidding us to mourn or to forget.

ANONYMOUS, 1916

This is an edited version of the Tribute written by Pat’s children, Peter R N Parker and Sue Nevill-Parker and read at her funeral. The full version can be read at: www.arrowequestrian.co.uk.

Hay Show need your help!

Hay Show, on Sunday 26th July, are desperate for helpers – Judges for Dressage, In Hand, Ridden etc. Also Stewards and general helpers. This show has been running since the late 1800s and it would be tragic to lose it. If you can help, please contact show secretary Charlotte Drake by email cd@kingsland.uk.com or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.drake.524?fref=ts

Excitement builds as Olympic champions announce Festival appearance

The Festival of Dressage will get the perfect 10th anniversary present with news that dressage superstars, Charlotte Dujardin OBE and Valegro, are heading to Hartpury.

The Festival, which runs from July 8th to 12th, will be Charlotte and World Freestyle record holder Valegro’s only competition before they head to the European Championships in Aachen.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. Photo Kevin Sparrow

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. Photo Kevin Sparrow

The duo recently wowed the equestrian world with a superb victory at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas. As part of their preparations for that competition, Valegro stepped out on the hydrotherapy treadmill at Hartpury’s Equine Therapy Centre.  

Breaking new ground as students present research at major student conference

Students from the UK and beyond shared their innovative scientific research at the fifth Alltech-Hartpury Student Conference.

Students were invited to submit their own scientific research that reviewed emerging issues within the field of equestrian science. Some of them were then invited to speak at the conference alongside world-renowned scientists and researchers, while others were asked to present their research as a poster.

The conference provided a unique opportunity for students to present their research to an audience of 

Louise Harwood and Mr Potts complete Badminton

‘Mr Potts’ is the 3rd homebred horse Louise Harwood has ridden at Badminton. Previously, Louise, or Wiggy as she is known to family and friends, has ridden full brothers Bit of a Barney and Partly Pickled round the great event.  ‘Mr Potts’ foaling was a tricky one and he was eventually heaved in to the world with the help of vet Graham Potts ‘Potsy’ from the Three Counties Equine Hospital. Jackie Skelton, Louise’s mum, is said to have seen a resemblance between vet and foal and announced he must be called Mr Potts! Little did they know then that this huge foal would one day gallop keenly round Badminton. Handsome is as handsome does! Louise said:…

Badminton Horse Trials & TV times

Follow all the latest news, results and photographs on the Badminton website:  www.badminton-horse.co.uk and for tv viewing times, see: www.horseandhound.co.uk

Herefordshire Event Rider Louise Harwood’s Team success

Seen here walking the course at Hartpury

Louise Harwood, seen here walking the course at Hartpury

Huge congratulations to Herefordshire event rider Louise Harwood who was in the victorious GB Nations Cup team who won at Ballindenisk at the weekend.  Riding Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones’ Whitson, Louise, or Wiggy as most people know her, was 5th individually in this her first Nations Cup team appearance.

Following a good dressage of 45.8 (69.36%), Wiggy jumped clear both XC and SJ, adding just 2 xc time penalties to her dressage mark.

The other British team members were Nicky Roncoroni riding Stonedge who was 3rd individually, Georgie Strang riding Cooley Business Time 8th individually and Izzy Taylor with KBIS Starchaser who unfortunately incurred xc penalties.

Louise heads to Badminton with Mr Potts next week, so don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to see her in action and cheer her on.

Hartpury’s Yasmin secures success at Weston Park with strong showing

Hartpury’s Yasmin Ingham has set her stall out as one of the finest young eventing talents in the country after winning the British Equestrian Federation’s national Under-21s class at Weston Park Horse Trials.

The 17-year-old stormed to victory in the Open Intermediate Under-21s class, producing a near flawless display riding Imperial Cavalier, who has previously competed at 4* level and at the Olympics.

The win puts her in a strong position to qualify for the 2015 Junior European Eventing Championships, which take place in Poland from August 12th.

Badminton Drawn Order and TV Coverage

The drawn order for Badminton is now available on the website. It’s a great opportunity to see many of the World’s best event riders and horses including Herefordshire’s own Louise Harwood on your doorstep! Louise is riding Mr Potts and is number 43. The pathfinder this year is Australian rider Paul Tapner who will ride Kilronan, the first of his 2 rides.  

More success for Herefordshire as Beth Barnett wins at Hartpury

24-year-old Herefordshire dressage rider Beth Barnett won the Petplan Equine Area Festival Prix St Georges championship at Hartpury yesterday. Riding her own 11-year-old mare, Sheepcote Delight, she scored 71.01%. This was another horse bred by David Pincus.

Herefordshire riders excel at NAF Winter Dressage Champs

A homebred horse and rider won the PDS Saddles Elementary Open Music Freestyle day one of the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury. Herefordshire dressage rider Lucy Pincus, daughter of David and Serena Pincus, won the freestyle championship riding the homebred Sheepcote Suncrest, a 7 year old by San Schufro. They scored 73.65% riding to Jungle Book music compiled by Kim Warren and husband Fred

Another Herefordshire based rider, Ellie Targett won the the Spillers Medium Restricted Freestyle championship after scoring an impressive 73.67% on Ranazotti. Her music was also compiled by Kim Warren and husband Fred.  

“Going with the Flow” – the 2015 Badminton XC course

In his second year as Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials course designer Giuseppe Della Chiesa has refined his concept for this ultimate track.

Traditionally setting off the reverse way round the park, he has set out to produce a flowing route which gives the feel of a real journey across the countryside, over rustic looking obstacles that blend into the terrain.

At this level of the sport serious technical questions must be asked of horse and rider, but Giuseppe has endeavoured to make them look natural not artificial.

The first fence in the Main Arena is the usual ASX Starter, then it is a left turn towards the two inviting Countryside Hedges at an angle on a related distance, before a long settling gallop to the HorseQuest Quarry complex, the first real test on the course.

Franky’s Flying

Presteigne based Franky Reid-Warrilow has made an impressive start to her 2015 eventing season by continuing her winning ways of 2014. Partnering her top horse Dolley Whisper, whom she won the autumn international 2* at Weston Park with, they carried on this great form to Somerley Park Horse trials in Hampshire. Again contending an international 2* class, the duo lead from start to finish. A personal best in the dressage topped with an easy double clear, meant they were left comfortably in the lead to win by over five points.  

Which hats are ‘legal’

There seem to be a lot of changes to hat rules at the moment. The best way to keep up with what is approved and what isn’t is to visit the British Equestrian Trade Association website or the governing body website of the sport you’re involved with. There is currently a document on the BETA website which can be viewed here.

Braving the weather at the Ledbury Point to Point

Whilst other events were cancelled due to the weather, the Ledbury Point to Point went ahead on good/good to soft going even if it was a tad draughty with the occasional horizontal hail storm! The course at Maisemore has such a great natural grandstand with the grassy bank overlooking a course which never seems too far away in the distance. The members race was won by Royal Riviera ridden by Ed Bailey, 2nd Presenting William,Will Gaskin and 3rd Ballygalley Bob ridden by Charlotte Treleaven

BADMINTON TO BE HOTLY CONTESTED

Mitsubishi_Motors_logoBadminton_LogoEntries are now in for the 2015 running of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and they include 9 previous winners and riders from 12 nations.

There will be a shorter Waiting List than usual – 85 horses are accepted leaving just 14 to wait for a vacancy over the 6 weeks before the Trials start on 6th May.

Australia has its usual strong hand, headed by 2014 winner Sam Griffiths, 2010 champion Paul Tapner and 2006 winner Andew Hoy. New Zealand will send no less than 16 riders including previous title holders Mark Todd and Jonathan Paget and of course the most successful non winner of all time, Andrew Nicholson who has entered both Nereo and three times Burghley winner Avebury. The British entry is lead by William Fox Pitt who hopes to ride Parklane Hawk and Chilli Morning, Pippa Funnell, Mary King and the last British winner here Oliver Townend with Armada, the 2014 runner up. Zara Phillips has entered High Kingdom as a precaution but hopes to take him for her first visit to Kentucky the week before Badminton.  

Whittal Seeds Introduces New Horse and Pony Mixtures

Whittal_seeds_logoHerefordshire based Whittal Seeds is launching its new grass seed catalogue with three exclusive mixtures for the equestrian sector. The comprehensive free catalogue is now available to farmers, horticulturalists and those related to equestrian across the Midlands and Wales.  

Support Air Ambulance

GREAT Western Air Ambulance Charity provide an air ambulance service for the counties of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. Caring for a population of over 2.1 million people.

Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK. Do you realise that Air Ambulance receive NO Government or National Lottery funding, but rely on fund raising and donations.

Hartpury trio secure finals berth

A trio of Hartpury students, including Herefordshire dressage rider Lucy Pincus, produced impressive performances at recent regional dressage qualifiers to secure a place at the Winter Finals, which are being held on home ground.

Lucy Pincus, Joshua Hill and Katie Owens each secured qualification with a strong showing and all three will now be hoping to build on their efforts when the college hosts the Winter Finals in April.

Pincus played a starring role in recent qualifiers at Addington and Myerscough Equestrian Centres, with three first place finishes in the Advanced Medium, Novice, and Elementary Music Open classes. She also achieved second place finishes in the Elementary and Advanced Medium Open classes.

She is currently a student on the Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) provided by British Dressage and British Eventing and run exclusively at Hartpury.  

Addington awaits for Hartpury dressage prospect Emma

Hartpury Equine Academy ace, Emma Corbett, will compete at the prestigious Addington Manor International Dressage Show in March after being called up by the GBR Young Rider selectors.

Up and coming dressage star Emma, 21, who is in the third year of an Equine Science degree at Hartpury, will ride in the Under-25s Grand Prix on her horse, Feo. The pair have been in good form recently, achieving scores of 64.1% and 64.9% in their latest two competitions at Intermediare II level – one level below Grand Prix.  

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Rural Watch Message

This message comes to you from the Gloucestershire Constabulary. Our telephone number for non-emergencies is 101 and calls cost 15p each. Visit the Constabulary website at www.gloucestershire.police.uk

On the 9th February a garage was broken into in the St Anthon s Cross.  The lock on the garage door was forced, entry gained but nothing was stolen.

Also on the same day outbuildings were searched at a farm in the Taynton area. A white van has been reported behaving suspiciously in the areas of Ruardean and Oakle Street Churcham on the 11th of February.

A farm in the Littledean area had an outbuilding entered and a chain saw, socket set, electric drill, battery drill and angler stolen.

Please be aware and check outbuildings every day. Keep any valuable items out of sight if possible and ensure all items are security marked.

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If so our Access and Bridleways Officers would love to hear from you!

Herefordshire has 2,100 miles of public rights of way of which only 263 miles (12%) are accessible to horse riders. We are working to ensure that these routes are clear, have sufficient and visible waymarkers and are safe to ride.  We are also working to find circular routes, and trying to expand the bridleway network to improve access.  

Rural Crime reports

There have been a number of incidents in the last week particularly in the Newent area. On the 24th January in the Hartpury area offenders have cut a padlock to enter a yard and have stolen a sixteen foot trailer with a winch on the front.

Number plates were stolen from a vehicle in the Strawberry Hill area on the 27th of January. Also on the same day offenders have forced a padlock on a gate to gain entry and unscrewed a bolt from a shed nothing stolen.

A Honda Rotavator was stolen from the Barbers Bridge area reported on the 30th January. In general there has been an increase in thefts of 4×4 vehicles. It is believed people are scouting the area during the day and stealing them at night. There have been reports of males in hired vans selling new chain saws. We are asking people not to buy them and report it to the Police on 101.

Take the reins to be a riding ‘AASE’ with Hartpury’s top class programme – applications now open!

Top riders can get the support they need to be the best of the best with a unique ‘apprenticeship’ at Hartpury.

The Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is provided by British Dressage and British Evening and run exclusively at Hartpury. The apprenticeship in dressage and eventing is putting talented young riders based all over the country on the right path to succeed at the very highest level with the support of mentors who have played a starring role in the equestrian world – as competitors and coaches.

The programme has had great success since it launched at Hartpury in summer 2013. Current AASE apprentices, eventing prospects Sam Ecroyd and Yasmin Ingham, have recently been selected for the Great Britain World Class Development Programme.

Sam, 17, has already won European junior bronze, silver and gold medals and starred in the 12-strong Great Britain Junior Eventing squad that finished in fourth place overall at the European Junior Eventing Championships 

Cross Country Course in Herefordshire

A survey is being run with a view to proposing the building of a new cross country course. If this is of interest to you, there is a survey which you can fill in:  

Wye Valley Riding Club celebrate 40th anniversary

Wye Valley Riding Club celebrated its 40th anniversary with at party for members past and present at Itton Village Hall on 3 December.

This really is a very significant achievement and around 80 members and friends including Joint President David Broome and his wife Liz and Patron and founder member Roy Raikes-May were able to be there and reminisce with each other on their part in the clubs history.

Wye Valley Riding Club celebrate 40th anniversary

Wye Valley Riding Club celebrated its 40th anniversary with at party for members past and present at Itton Village Hall on 3 December.

David & Liz Broome with Tony & Viv Clarke & Sandra Fisher

David & Liz Broome with
Tony & Viv Clarke & Sandra Fisher

This really is a very significant achievement and around 80 members and friends including Joint President David Broome and his wife Liz and Patron and founder member Roy Raikes-May were able to be there and reminisce with each other on their part in the clubs history. Our other Joint President Richard Meade although unable to attend, sent the club his good wishes for the evening and the future, stressing the important part riding clubs played in the equestrian community.

The Cake

The Cake

Those who were there were welcomed at the door by Marilyn and then offered a drink (wine, beer or soft – for those driving) ably served by Chairman Kathy, Karen and Helen. After an opportunity to mingle and chat and a wel-come from Pam Davidson who was the evening’s organiser, we all sat down for a supper of lovely homemade lasa-gne made by Pam and Ann with garlic bread followed by a selection of delicious puddings that various people had donated to the evening. David Broome later did the honours and cut the anniversary cake in the shape of 40 kindly made by Ann. Check out the pictures on the club’s Facebook page.

Pam had brought along her collection of Newsletters going back to the early 80’s for anyone to browse through and some photos of events gone by to help with the reminiscing. Some newer photos had been organised into a slide show by Lindsay that included the clubs recent visit to the Riding Club Championships.

The thoroughly enjoyable evening ended with a raffle for prizes that included chocolates, wine and a brace of pheasants – what more could you want! The evening also rekindled the enthusiasm of some past members who by the end of the evening were planning to rejoin the club.

Grateful thanks must go to all the committee and members who organised the evening preparing food, getting the drinks and other shopping, decorating and setting out the hall, clearing up and washing up afterwards. Well done.

Welcome from Pam Davidson

The Beginning

The Bar

The (fab) Food

European riding helmet standard withdrawn

The EU Commission has announced that the European equestrian riding helmet standard BS EN 1384 is to be withdrawn from the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) at its next publication. This means that hat manufacturers will no longer be able to CE-mark their hats using this standard and will need to recertify to a specification currently being developed.

The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on riding hats already on the market. Once a hat has been manufactured to a standard, it will not become “non-standard” after withdrawal and can continue to be sold and worn. If riders have hats certified to EN 1384, they can continue to use them unless stated otherwise by rules of competition.

Stakeholder summit held as Defra and The British Horse Society work together to lead ragwort debate

The British Horse Society has today presented the results of its research into ragwort at a stakeholder summit with Defra and Lord De Mauley after conducting the largest survey of the English equine population.

At a stakeholder summit being held at Defra’s headquarters today, attended by Lord De Mauley, The British Horse Society revealed their recommendations for tackling concern about ragwort, a plant that can cause serious, and sometimes fatal harm, to horses.

The British Horse Society, with Defra’s input, will be producing a toolkit for local equine groups to give people clear and targeted advice about the best practice and effective mechanisms for both control on own land and legal responsibilities in connection with ragwort. Additionally, The British Horse Society is calling for the establishment of local Ragwort Action Partnerships between local authorities, public and private landowners, and local equine groups. The aim of these partnerships is to help improve communication between these groups and ensure ragwort is controlled in areas used by horses. 

Arson in barns in the Avon and Somerset area

Police would like you to be aware that recently, in the Avon and Somerset area in the vicinity of Chipping Sodbury, 3 barn fires have been reported and it is believed it is a deliberate act. Arson. There was a white van that is suspected to be involved and the partial index is WX14.  

Staunton, Gloucester area burglary

This is a farm watch word message: Between 09.30 hours and 11.53 hours on the 11th November in the Staunton, Gloucester area, there has been a burglary. A rear window of the property was smashed and silver items and jewellery has been stolen.  

British Horse Society announces new Fellow – Judith Murphy

The prestigious title of Fellow of The British Horse Society has been awarded to Judith Murphy, following two gruelling days of assessment at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell on 28 and 29 October.

Under the scrutiny of senior British Horse Society assessors, all Fellows in their own right, Judith managed to keep her nerve as she was assessed in a variety of tasks. These included a discussion on her training philosophy, her riding and assessment of horses and, of course, coaching a range of horse/rider combinations across the range of disciplines.

Judith had her first riding lesson when she was six years old. “I ran down the yard and jumped onto the first pony I saw”, she said.

Hilltop Cross Country Course closing

Hilltop Cross Country Course at Ledbury in Herefordshire is closing for good on 1st November 2014 as the owners would like to retire.  The first  25 jumps were professionally designed and built during the summer of 1994, and jumps have been added over the years until it had over 100 jumps.  Hilltop has been endorsed by top riders such as Lucinda Green, Leslie Law and Matt Ryan, and it became a competition and training venue for all levels and ability of horse and rider.  The Hilltop owners would like to thank all the Riders, Riding and Pony Clubs and Hunts who have supported them over the years. 

Rural Watch – Theft of JCB at Tirley – updated

Update!  With reference to the news story relating to a stolen JCB from Tirley, we’re pleased to update you that the vehicle has been recovered due to an eagle eyed recipient of the original message. Thank you for your on-going support and vigilance.

Between 6pm on 24/10 and 10am on 25/10 a yellow JCB excavator bearing the index, V554 EHW, was stolen from a farm at Town Street, Tirley by driving it through a hedge.  If you have any information please contact the police on 101 quoting incident 145 of 25/10/2014.

The Show Producers Show Still Goes On

Robert and Claire Oliver, the top Show Producers have decided to downsize their residence at Upper House Farm, Upleadon, Nr Newent, Gloucestershire. However, this will not have any impact on their business of producing top show horses for their clients. 

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Tack Room Cleaned out by thieves at Clifton on Teme

On Saturday 11th October between 7pm and 7.30pm, thieves stole all the contents from a tack room in Clifton on Teme, Worcs. A vehicle was seen acting suspiciously at the location. It was a small, tatty white van (possibly a Renault or Peugeot), but significantly, the rear windows were blocked out with cardboard.  Items stolen include the following:

Rural Watch Messages

An incident occurred on a farm in the Malswick area of Newent on the night of the 3rd October. A partially renovated cottage was broken into and tools stolen. Damage was done to the property by cutting a water pipe causing a flood. Also…

Ask the Expert

Visitors to the website’s ‘Ask the Expert’ section have been keeping showing expert Claire Oliver, in particular, very busy with questions. Visit the ‘Ask the Expert’ section of the website to see which experts can offer you advice, for free!

Rural Crime

This is a Rural Watch Message: There have been two incidents on the 7th of September.

A red Land Rover defender registration number P517 DVJ was stolen from an out building on a farm in the Fishpool area of Kempley. To gain entry unknown persons have removed chains and padlocks from two gates.  On the same night an IVOR WILLIAMS trailer was stolen from a farm in the Shaw Common area of Oxenhall.