Category: Shropshire News

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 or via Facebook

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: and for tv viewing times, see:

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


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.  

Website disruption

Apologies to anyone affected by website disruption recently. This is due to new developments to the website taking place behind the scenes.

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

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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New content is added to this website everyday. Classified adverts, events, A-Z section listings, Q & A’s in the Ask the Experts section….Find it all by using the coloured links above.

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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. 

New forum

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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.

More theft, this time hay

This is a Rural Watch Message:

“An incident occurred on a farm in the Newent area in which seven large round bales of hay and thirty small square bales of wheat and straw have been stolen. This has been done by unknown means. This would have been taken by using machinery and a large vehicle. Please check bales regularly and if you hear of any being offered cheap please contact the Police on 101.

Stolen Landrover discovery & Ifor Williams 12ft trailer

Lawrence and Richard Bolton had their truck and trailer stolen on the afternoon of 29th August from Coombe Green, Birtsmorton. Landrover discovery FX51KAN and a 12ft Ifor Williams flat bed trailer. Fully loaded with tools, equipment and ladders whilst Lawrence was working on a roof of a property in Coombe Green on the main road -just by Windles on the common. Please contact the website if you have any information.

Tack theft

I have just received the following information:

“Just wanted to give a general heads up to anyone equestrian in the area! Last night 3 saddles, including GFS and Ideal brands were stolen from the back of a locked Mitsubishi L200 truck in the Leominster area and Stubben bridles were also taken along with numerous exercise bridles which would be of little value to anyone. The thieves actually drilled in the cab in order to steal the tack and also drilled the locks off.

Wind turbine at Great Marston Farm, Risbury, HR6 0NJ

The application for a wind turbine at Great Marston Farm, Risbury, HR6 0NJ, application P133481/F for an Endurance wind turbine E 3120  46.3m (152 ft) to blade tip, has still not been decided by the planning authority Herefordshire Council.

It is at Grid Ref. SO575 550  and is only 55m from the bridleway in direct conflict with BHS advice.  This is an important regional route and the minimum safety distance recommended by the BHS who are the experts is 200m.  If this is consented it puts all other bridleway users  in danger as it will become a precedent for developers to put turbines close to equestrian routes.

If you value the bridleway networks please support the BHS advice .  Councils are ignoring it with the result of bridleways and their access roads becoming no-go areas for equestrians, and  safe  as off road routes only for cyclists and walkers only. 

International success for Lucton School rider

 Lucton School pupil, Freddie Powell from Powys achieved an impressive third place riding in his first international eventing competition.

The event held in Ireland, was Freddie’s first international competition with Great Britain’s under 18s Junior Eventing Team.

A rider with the Lucton School Equestrian team and Ludlow Pony Club, Freddie rode in the CIC1* category against a field of 68 riders from the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and Ireland.

Freddie finished as the top placed GB rider in the CIC* category and said, “It was a great experience and I’m just over the moon to have come away with a medal. I would like to say a massive thank you to all those sponsors who helped me travel to Ireland and continue to support my training, including; Countrywide in Presteigne, Mayglothling Waste, Presteigne Gates, Arrowfield Vets in Kington, Lucton School, Presteigne Town Council, Hadley Hargreaves Limited and NAF’s Grizelda Handy.  

All WEG news & results

To see all the news, results and forthcoming action from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, from 23 August to 7 September 2014, visit the WEG website:

Fun Ride at The Glanusk Estate

Enjoy the first ever fun ride around the beautiful Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1LP on Sunday 5 October 2014.  The ride will take place along the river, through woodland and parkland, with optional jumps. 

British Dressage Area Festival to take place at Kings

Kings Equestrian are delighted to be running a BD Area Festival in October.  There will be 3 days of competition with Gala freestyle evenings on both the Friday and Saturday nights.  Spectators are welcome with free Admission. So what are BD area festivals?  

A plea for volunteers for Monmouth Horse Trials.

Volunteers are needed for Monmouth Horse Trials which takes place at Park Farm Llantilio Crossenny, Abergavenny on 20th September 2014. No experience necessary and everyone will be fed and watered throughout the day.  Please contact Sharon Tovey via or alternatively see:

Local event riders excel

Shortly after it was announced that Herefordshire rider Louise Harwood with Whitsun had been selected as a reserve for the British Eventing team for the World Equestrian Games, the pair contested the British Open Championships at Gatcombe. It’s always a very hot competition with many of the world’s best riders and horses competing and with the cross country being run in reverse order, it makes for a very exciting event. Louise proved how right the selectors were to have acknowledged her consistent form with Whitsun as they galloped to an excellent 3rd place behind the winner Andrew Nicholson and 2nd placed Francis Whittington.

Brilliant Burton does it again

Christopher Burton followed up his third consecutive CIC3* win at the NAF Hartpury International Horse Trials with victory on the final day in this morning’s CCI1* event.

The Australian, who claimed top spot in the festival’s centrepiece event yesterday, led throughout the competition in the 1* before a clear round on Santano II in Sunday’s show jumping gave him his second top spot of the weekend with a score of 35.7.

Australian star Burton triumphs three years in a row

After a thrilling day of cross country action at Hartpury, Christopher Burton finished top of the leader board in the Superflex CIC*** for the third year in a row.

With the day full of thrills and spills the top three in the CIC*** were the same riders who triumphed in 2013.  Burton went clear in a faultless round on Graf Liberty, finishing on his dressage score of 44.2. New Zealander Tim Price was close behind him on Wesko, finishing with 47.7; closely followed by his wife Jonelle Price who scored 48.7 on Classic Moet after a faultless round. Jonelle also won the prize for the rider closest to the optimum time, coming in bang on 6min,22sec.

Fox-Pitt shows Olympic pedigree with leading dressage score at Hartpury

Team GBR’s William Fox-Pitt produced a fantastic test on day two of this year’s NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials, surging past the Australian duo of Christopher Burton and Sam Griffiths to take control in the Superflex CIC3* event.

Fox-Pitt, riding Parklane Hawk, produced a scintillating score of 35.2 to top the dressage after day two, initially giving himself a nine point cushion heading into tomorrow’s action.

Awesome Australians dominate opening day at Hartpury Horse Trials

Last year’s CIC3* winner, Christopher Burton, showed why he’s the rider to beat again at this year’s festival after topping the dressage scores on the opening day in both the CCI1* and CIC3* events.

Opening on Santano II in the Optimum CCI1*, Burton scored 35.7 to give himself a good head start on day one, with the remainder of the section to compete tomorrow. 

NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials

Wednesday – Sunday      6th – 10th  August


Outstanding Equestrian Sport – Sponsored by NAF – Natural Animal Feeds – the Official suppliers to the British Equestrian Teams

Once again the world’s leading riders are competing at this prestigious event which is to be held on Wednesday to Sunday, 6th to 10th August.   Over 300 entries have been received which include Multiple, Olympic, World and European medallist William Fox-Pitt and fellow Olympic medallist  Nicola Wilson and Sir Mark Todd together with Pippa Funnell, Laura Collett and last year’s winner of the CIC3* Australian, Christopher Burton.   This is the eleventh year of the International Horse Trials at Hartpury and is now a firm favourite in the Eventing Calendar.



In a beautiful setting alongside the River Wye and on a wonderful summer’s day we had record entries and all-day action in the BS affiliated show jumping. Steve Williams, our international course designer, built a complicated track which ensured keen competition for the generous prize fund provided by our sponsors. 

Hereford Equestrian is 11 today!

11 years ago today, this website was born. The idea was hatched as a result of constantly answering questions which I was being asked daily while teaching. They are the same sort of questions every riding coach is asked regularly…… “what’s on…..” or “where can I find….” or “where can I buy…..” or “do you know of any…..”  So on 23rd July 2003 I decided to ‘give it a go’ and try and answer all those questions in one place.  Within 24 hours I’d bought the domain name and some website building software and launched a homepage! The planning followed afterwards, as did the design and layout of the site which were changed and developed to suit the needs of the website content, with the main objective being to provide the information required in an easy to navigate site.

Does ragwort matter to you?

Every year, we’re inundated with ragwort concerns from equestrians, many of whom invest large amounts of time and money in trying to control the weed.

Therefore, we’re delighted to announce an exciting new project from the BHS, in association with Defra, to discover the real facts about ragwort and gather data from across England on perceptions and reality. 

Herefordshire rider selected as first reserve for Team GBR

Herefordshire rider Abbi Tennant has been selected as first reserve for Team GBR endurance team for the World Equestrian Games which takes place in Normandy in August 2014.  Abbi has been listed with Delwyn Hall’s (her grandmother) Barik.  Abbi has competed within the sport of Endurance for many years and has ridden from Novice to International level riding different horses and has competed twice at Championship level for Great Britain as part of the Young Rider Great Britain Endurance Team.