British eventer Nick Gauntlett posted a double success at the Bolesworth CSI **** International, winning a Burghley Young Event Horse class and the Express Eventing showcase.
There was plenty to admire about Gauntlett’s home-bred stallion Party Trick, whose sire is Chilli Morning – a horse previously ridden by the Gloucestershire rider – as they triumphed in the four-year-old Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier.
“The four and five-year-old classes are hugely important,” he said. “My chap is a home-bred stallion, which is really exciting. I rode the horse’s father Chilli Morning, who has gone on to be very successful with William Fox-Pitt, and hopefully this chap can follow in his footsteps.”
Gauntlett also came out on top in the Express Eventing Challenge, supported by Andrews Bowen, a fast-moving arena-based version of traditional eventing that combines dressage, cross-country and showjumping.
Riding Cairnside Sir Alex, Gauntlett edged Leicestershire’s Imogen Murray and Donatello into second spot, with Emma Hyslop-Webb third on Pennlands Lord Macho.
“Jumping here in the main arena is brilliant,” he added. “To come to a great show like this is incredible. It’s a venue that is growing and growing in terms of prestige, and it is a show that everyone wants to be at and win at. The dressage to music is new to me, and the judges will probably agree it’s not my forte, but we survived and had a bit of fun. There were some really skinny fences and some really tough questions in the arena cross-country, and then the jumping had some big fences. Luckily, my horse is a really careful jumper.”