Sussex-based Francis Whittington is the new British Eventing National Champion, a title he won at the Festival of British Eventing, which was held at Gatcombe over the weekend of 1st to 3rd August 2014. Partnering Catherine Witt’s wonderful grey, Easy Target, the combination produced a beautiful dressage test to lead with a score of 35.6. Only three other riders produced tests in the 30s: Andrew Nicholson on Avebury tucked in behind Francis with 38.1, Oliver Townend and Armada scored 39.8 and Australian rider Paul Tapner and Kilronan scored 39.2, but withdrew before cross country.
Three of the six horses selected for the Eventing squad for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Eventing Championships in Normandy this summer are British bred.
Both Kristina Cook’s ride, De Novo News and Pippa Funnell’s ride, Billy Beware are home bred. Izzy Taylor will ride British bred Allercombe Ellie who was bred by Susan Holroyd. All three British bred horses are making their squad debuts in Normandy. Read more
A unique piece of sand art on the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy has marked 100 Days To Go to the start of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in France this summer.
French artist Christophe Dumont created a spectacular piece of sand art featuring giant, 2.3 by 2.5 metre horse’s hoof prints in a huge ‘100’ on the famous Normandy beach. The artist and a team of 20 people battled against time and tide to produce the unique piece of artwork, so that it could be captured on camera before the waves washed it away.
(UK, 11 May 2014) Sam Griffiths (AUS) riding Paulank Brockagh, today Sunday 11 May 2014, produced a thrilling ride to win in dramatic circumstances, with Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Armada in 2nd place, and Harry Meade (GBR) riding Wild Lone in 3rd place at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, in Gloucestershire, UK.
(UK, 10 May 2014) Paul Tapner (AUS) riding Kilronan, today Saturday 10 May 2014, is the current leader after the cross-country phase, with Tim Price (NZL) riding Ringwood Sky Boy in 2nd place, and Pascal Leroy (FRA) riding Minos De Petra in 3rd place at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, in Gloucestershire, UK.
South Essex Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride, Your Chance to Ride Round Burghley
If you have ever dreamed of riding at one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, the South Essex Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride 2014 is the opportunity you have been waiting for. The UK’s most exclusive sponsored ride takes place on Sunday 7th September 2014, on the final day of the world famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) kept the cool head for which he is famous to win his third Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in five years. Fox-Pitt, already a triple winner of the FEI Classics™, now heads the 2013-2014 leader board by 15 points after three out of six legs.
The Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix draws to a close at Hickstead
The Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix will no longer form part of the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead (29 July – 3 August).
The organisers have made the regretful decision to remove the event from this year’s programme, due to a change of television scheduling.
“This year, Sky Sports will be filming the action from the Longines Royal International Horse Show from Friday onwards,” explains Hickstead director Lizzie Bunn. “Viewers will still be able to watch live action from a number of classes, including the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Longines King George V Gold Cup.