EVENT REPORTS

Up to date reports of UK events from Grassroots to 4*, with photos from our talented team of photographers.

EVENT REPORTS – Alnwick Ford International

Diana Gilbertson reports.... The days leading up to Alnwick Ford International (22nd-23rd September) saw high winds and torrential rain causing widespread chaos, but the event itself was blessed with rather better weather conditions. Indeed, organiser Martin Johnson said that the rain earlier in the week actually helped the ground conditions on the cross-country course, so much so that very little other ground work needed to be done in the run up to the event. This is the second fixture to be held at the Northumberland venue this year, and Martin also observed the good number of entries, the most the 1* ... Read More

EVENT REPORTS – Wargem

Sarah Carles reports.. It was a win for Great Britain at the penultimate leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup series in Waregem. On a team score of 86.4 penalties, the British team ranked second behind Germany on a score of 78.9 after the dressage. Solid show jumping performances from the Brits added just six penalties to their total to hold second place going into the final cross-country phase, with the German’s adding nothing to their score. However the influential cross country saw faults from the leading Germany team which dropped them down to finish third, the GB team added a total of ... Read More

EVENT REPORTS – Wee Burgie

Jemma Docherty reports.. The Scottish event season came to a close with the last event Wee Burgie in the North of Scotland. The event concluded with 8 sections in total running including a 100RF section. Three sections of 90 kicked of the days proceedings with dressage scores varying right across the board and the showjumping proving to be very influential with only 16 combinations going clear out of all three sections. This was by no means a dressage competition and saw the riders being tested across all three phases. Section A was won by Hanna Chisholm and Coonahinch George finishing on their ... Read More

EVENT REPORTS – Frenchfield (2)

Ruth Orrell-Stokes reports .... Frenchfield is a new fixture to the eventing calendar with classes from BE80T to BE105. The event is organised by Douglas & Lucinda Weymouth of Cumbria Horse Trails and the competitors had lots of positive things to say…. ‘I liked Frenchfields alot, and is a good foundation for the Cumbria Horse Trials multiple events to build on, and I can only imagine it will thrive and get better every time.’ – Jack Walker ‘The set up of the day was amazing! Great Showjumping course and cross country course built!’ – Kyla Cranston ‘The Cumbria Horse Trial events are superbly run, ... Read More

EVENT REPORTS – Munstead

Ruth Gregory reports... Munstead horse trials held its second and final event of the season across the weekend, 15th and 16th September. The Surrey based venue put on an excellent event, with national classes from BE80T to BE100, as well as, two regionals final BE90 qualifying sections for for the Mitsubishi Motors grassroots championships, at Badminton next Spring. Claiming the BE90RF section E, and booking their place at Badminton, were Myles West and Grand Revoluttion. “She’s a super consistent mare, but has her marish moments,” said Myles, who rides Grand Revoluttion for owner and breeder ... Read More

Blenheim dreams for Bella

Sarah Carless.... Bella Innes-Ker scored her biggest victory to date as she claimed a pillar to post win in the CCI*** at the Ssangyong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials. The 24-year-old, riding her mother, the Duchess of Roxburghe's mare Carolyn, didn’t have any breathing room going into the show jumping. But she was given some breathing room when second placed Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street had a rail down, dropping them to eventual sixth, and third placed Oliver Townend dropping three rails with Ulises, giving the pair a pole in hand. And she used that life ... Read More

Great Britain claims double Gold in Tryon

Sarah Carless ..  In a dramatic finish to the Mars Inc Eventing competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 Tryon, Great Britain claimed honours in both the Team and Individual standings with Ros Canter being crowned champion.  The final show jumping phase – which had to be postponed by a day due to heavy rainfall on Sunday – caused problems throughout the field and made for an exciting climax to the 2018 World Equestrian Games.  Great Britain’s victory comes off the back of their European team title in Strzegom last year, and thus secures their qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Their final ... Read More

Ssanyong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials – A foot-perfect cross-country round kept 24-year-old Bella Innes-Ker at the head of the standings

Sarah Carless... A foot-perfect cross-country round kept 24-year-old Bella Innes-Ker at the head of the standings in the CCI3* at the Ssanyong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials going into the final day.   Bella, who was 15th last year on the Duchess of Roxburghe’s mare, Carolyn, was particularly thrilled because she had achieved the optimum time for the first time at three-star, long-format level. “It’s a dream come true – in fact, I’m speechless,” she said, revealing that she has been working hard with British team trainer Christopher Bartle. “Carolyn was catlike and helped me out and the ... Read More

WEG – Britannia Rules …

Sarah Carles... Great Britain sit in Gold medal position following a day of world class cross country action and shocks. Whilst many of the competitions favourites dropped out of contention, the British riders held their nerve, with all four riders coming home clear, and inside the time, with the team remaining on their first phase score of 80.8, taking a 9.2 penalty advantage into the show jumping. First to go under the orders of the cross country starter was Gemma Tattersall and The Soul Syndicate’s 15 year old gelding Arctic Soul, who put in the perfect pathfinding round to come home inside the ... Read More

WEG DAY 2 – Germany’s request to retain the team and individual Eventing world titles gathered pace….

Germany’s quest to retain the team and individual Eventing world titles gathered pace in record breaking fashion on another thrilling action-packed day at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Friday. German challenger Julia Krajewski not only held her overnight lead with Chipmunk FRH after the second day of dressage, but her closest challenger emerged as team-mate and reigning European champion Ingrid Klimke. Klimke delivered a trademark display that oozed star quality on SAP Hale Bob OLD, posting a score of 23.3 penalties to trail Krajewski by just 3.4 penalties heading into Saturday’s cross-country phase. “I am very happy,” Klimke said. “He ... Read More