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FEI European Eventing Championships

Sarah Carless reports ... Britain takes lead after day of surprises -  Britain stormed to the top of the team standings at the FEI European Eventing Championships following a day of surprises at Strzegom.Despite team pathfinder Oliver Townend incurring 40 jumping penalties with Cooley SRS, three brilliant fault free jumping rounds from Ros Canter, Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson pushed the team to pole position at the end of the day, with four riders from the Great Britain camp in the top ten. Wilson, who is lying fourth individually with Bulana having added just 0.4 time penalties to her dressage score, commented: “Bulana is ... Read More

FEI European Eventing Championships

Sarah Carless reports ..... Germans dominate with record breaking score   Germany took a commanding lead at the FEI European Eventing Championships with a record breaking team score following the dressage.  Rising to new heights, their three best marks totaled 87.7 penalties, giving the defending champions a 24.1-penalty lead over France, with Great Britain breathing down their necks just 0.1 behind in bronze medal position.  Bettina Hoy (GER) riding Seigneur Medicott maintained her lead, but this was cut to 5.7-penalties as team mate Ingrid Klimke slotted into second place with Horseware Hale Bob OLD. With a clean sweep of the top three positions, defending individual ... Read More

Hoy breaks records at European championships

Sarah Carless reports .... A European championship record gave Bettina Hoy a commanding lead after the first day of competition at the FEI European Eventing Championships at Strzegom.  Riding Seigneur Medicott as part of the German team, Hoy, who took the title 20 years ago with Watermill Stream at Burghley, scored two 10s for her riding and set a European Championship record with her mark of 24.6 penalties and boosted Germany’s chances of a fourth successive team gold. After her test she commented: “Micky is a pleasure to ride, which makes my job easier. The team is feeling very positive. We are lucky ... Read More

Team GB Student Riders – SRNC Romania

Team GB set off for The Transylvanian Horse Show at Cross Country Farm in Prod, Romania on Wednesday 14th June evening for the Student Riders Nation Cup.  After travelling for ages down bumpy tracks we arrived at the remote but beautiful location and were welcomed with a traditional Romanian dinner by Mihnea, the owner and organiser of the event and his team.  Team GB included Rosie Alcorn, Laura Simpson and India Wishart (myself), with Harriet Deeming riding as an individual for International Team 2. Lotty and Alex from Liverpool were our support team and ... Read More

Irish Eventing squad named for 2017 European Championships

Ireland has named a team of six riders who will compete at the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships.  The Irish squad who will compete at Strzegom in Poland is made up entirely of Irish Sport Horses  Austin O’Connor with Kilpatrick Knight  Sarah Ennis with Horseware Stellor Rebound  Jonty Evans with Cooley Rorkes Drift  Joseph Murphy with Sportsfield Othello (ISH) or Gorsehill Pearl  Michael Ryan with Dunlough Striker  Patrica Ryan with Dunrath Eclipse  No reserves have been nominated for the squad.  Irish team manager Sally Corscadden said: “This is my first senior Championships as Irish team manager and I am really looking forward to ... Read More

Excitement for the NAF Hartpury Horse Trials heats up

Hartpury’s NAF International Horse Trials are set for an exciting weekend of action, according to course designer Eric Winter. Winter, who is also course designer at Badminton, has put in place some exciting plans for this year’s competition, bringing a new course builder on board as well as the introduction of an up-and-coming course designer for the one and two-star events. Winter said: “There has been a real change in the feel of the courses this year. We’ve got a new designer on board and he’s bought his own ideas and thoughts and we’ve developed ... Read More

Medal haul for Great Britain at Pony championships

Great Britain came away from the FEI European Championships for Ponies with an impressive medal haul of individual Gold, individual Silver and team Silver.  Georginal Herrling and SF Detroit lead from the start and in keeping calm under pressure secured individual Gold helping the team to the team Silver medal.  Impressive performances in the dressage arena saw the British Charles Owen squad out in front of the team competition and three riders inside the top five. Georginal Herrling and SF Detroit lead the way for the British squad to take the lead after the dressage on a score of 40.9 penalties.  Experienced team ... Read More

CIC** European Championship boost from Owl Financial

Owl Financial has been announced as the new title sponsors of the British CIC** squad.  Owl Financial is a UK-wide advice business, that's focused on helping people secure the right level of protection cover. Advisers at Owl are highly trained and work within strict guidelines to ensure that the advice and recommended products, such as income and critical illness protection, are appropriate for their customer’s needs. Patrick McKenna, Sales Director for Owl Financial, commented: “After years of protecting many families and individuals, we are delighted to be able to support the equestrian industry. We are keen to reach out and make more ... Read More

Only the best at The Festival of British Eventing

Britain’s top riders are heading to Gatcombe Park for The Festival of British Eventing, supported by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA).   Three of the championship classes hosted at The Festival - The British Open Championship CIC*** incorporating the Event Rider Masters (ERM), The Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship, The Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship – feature many Olympic, World and European medallists.   The British Open Championship, which also bestows the title of British National Champion to the highest placed British rider, includes the ERM competition for the second year running. Among its ... Read More

Prize money doubled at Blenheim

The CCI*** class at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials will becoming the most valuable of its level in Europe with the annoucement that the prize money for this year’s event has been doubled.  The first prize in the CCI*** will be £16,000 with a the total prize-fund of more than £50,000. Prize money in the CIC*** has also increased with the winner recieving £5,000 with a total prize-fund of more than £15,000. The winners of these two classes will also have the use of a SsangYong Tivoli for a year. The Oxfordshire horse ... Read More