Izzy Taylor Strengthens Event Team after Successful Season

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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.

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Andrew and Avebury Make History at Land Rover Burghley

History was made at 2014 The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials when Andrew Nicholson and Avebury won their third consecutive Land Rover Burghley title.

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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.

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Whittington crowned National Champion

Francis Whittington at Gatcombe 2014

Whittington crowned National Champion

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.

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Half of WEG Squad British Bred!

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

Giant hoof prints mark countdown to 2014 World Equestrian Games

Giant hoof prints on Normandy beach mark 100 Days To Go to World Equestrian Games 2014

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.

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