Hemp horse bedding firm Aubiose Ltd have announced the sponsorship of two riders for the first time.
Hampshire based grassroots eventer Nicki Strong and Kent based professional showjumper and producer Biba McCaul will be flying the flag as ambassadors for Aubiose throughout 2015.
Aubiose UK Sales Manager, Sparsholt College graduate Juliette Connor said; “Over the past year sales have been really picking up as more people are experiencing the benefits and spreading the word. Supporting our two chosen riders seemed a great way of giving them a leg up in achieving their equestrian goals this year, as well as helping to raise even more awareness of our product.
Last April, the news that the Eventing Grand Prix was no longer to be held at Hickstead was met by widespread disappointment. Now, the Directors of the All England Jumping Course are delighted to announce a return of the class for this season, with a new and exciting format.
Richard Meade (GBR) OBE, triple Olympic gold Eventing champion, former member of the FEI Bureau, FEI Eventing Committee and Chairman of Group II (Northern Europe), has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
He became the first British athlete to win individual Eventing gold at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games, after making his Olympic début in Tokyo eight years earlier.
Following her best year ever in 2014 leading event rider Izzy Taylor continues to strengthen her growing team of event horses with support from Jocelyn Riley and Equestrian Direct Surfaces.
As a producer of world class event horses and a keen event rider, Jocelyn has followed Izzy’s rise to prominence closely and decided to support the talented Banbury based rider with two new rides under a joint partnership.
History was made at 2014 The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials when Andrew Nicholson and Avebury won their third consecutive Land Rover Burghley title.
The New Zealand rider and Mark and Rosemary Barlow’s gallant grey had two fences in hand going into the final phase, but although they rubbed a few fences on the way round, the poles all stayed in their cups and the pair clocked up just 2 time penalties to finish on a score of 48.1.
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