EVENT REPORTS

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

Jump Training kicks off at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre

The first Baileys Jump Training event of 2012 got underway on Sunday 22nd January at Golden Cross Equestrian Centre in East Sussex under the watchful eye of Coaches Ben Leather and Cindy Llewellyn. The series offers the opportunity for riders to have the experienced eye of the Coaches on hand whilst taking part in a competitive event.   Ben noted the importance of the series saying “It provides a great opportunity for young riders in particular. It gives them a great start and the chance to receive some coaching on how they ... Read More

Sandberg’s success continues with JAS at Hartpury

There were almost two hundred entered for the third Jumping and Style event of the Baileys winter training series 2012 at Hartpury on Sunday 22nd January.   Alice Sandberg continued her qualifying streak after taking four tickets at the series opener at Solihull last weekend. After a 4th in the BE90 and an 8th in the BE100 at Solihull last week with Cecilo, this week she took the top spot with the 4-year-old gelding, and also qualified Quidor VDV with a sixth in the Open. Last weekend she also qualified Brown Lady in the BE90 and ... Read More

Winter training kicks off at Solihull

British Eventing’s Baileys winter training series got off to a flying start at the popular Solihull venue last weekend (15th Jan), where there were some 200 entries. The popularity of these series continues to grow, with similar numbers for Merrist Wood and Hartpury.   The BE90 section had seventy-five entered and was won by Leicestershire based eventer Imogen Murray and four year old gelding The Diamond Queen. Imogen would go on later in the day to also take a first in the Open with seven year old gelding Alignment. She competed two others, Ivor Gooden and ... Read More

King crowned HSBC FEI Classics winner

Mary King this weekend took home Eventing’s biggest prize, the $150,000 HSBC FEI Classics 2011 with a fourth place finish at France’s Les Etoiles des Pau horse trials aboard Imperial Cavalier.   It was fellow Brit William Fox-Pitt who took home the CCI4* title, showing how talented his younger horses Oslo and Lionheart are, finishing in 1st and 3rd respectively but it wasn’t enough to secure him the series title.   50 year old Mary King put in a top class showjumping performance to see her climb from 10th place to 4th overall. If ... Read More

A much drier Osberton!

Having spent five glorious days in the grounds of Grade II*-listed Osberton Hall near Worksop (marketed earlier this year following the death of its sporting owner, Tony Budge) I have been wondering how I could rustle up the £3.35million price tag to stay here until next year enjoying the glorious sunshine and its unsurpassable secluded setting. The scorching twenty something degree temperatures could not be more different to last years washout which saw the cross country cancelled on the final day in 2010. Spirits are much higher this year and Stuart Buntine and his team will be pleased ... Read More

A commentators view of Bishop Burton

This weekend found our "undercover reporters" at the Bishop Burton Horse Trials. A few weeks ago the invitation letter from the Event Organiser, Kim Knightley, mentioned that she was keeping her fingers crossed for good weather and her wishes were granted.   Two warm and sunny days, (apart from a 5 minute shower on Sunday) helped to create a warm and sunny atmosphere at this very friendly event. So unlike last year when we had to abandon the trials on Sunday due to the very heavy rain.       8.00a.m. on Saturday saw several dozen students arrive to listen to ... Read More

Wee Burgie

Wee Burgie is one of the most northerly BE events and is without a doubt one of the most picturesque. Just outside the village of Forres the views across the Moray Firth are stunning. Many people moan about how far away it is but it is worth the trip for the scenery alone. Rosie Williams was glad she made the long journey from Dunblane as she claimed her first Novice win at only her second attempt at this level. Rosie said “The ground was good, slightly soft in places. I thought the cross country course was a well ... Read More

A Starter’s View at Kelsall Hill…Day Two

  Another 8a.m. start for the dozens of loyal volunteers who turned up at Kelsall Hill to be greeted again by Organiser Jane Whitaker and Steward Shena Finch. The promised heat wave does not seem to have arrived yet but an armful of Stopwatches, Scorebooks, Radios and a bacon butty kept us all distracted from the ominous grey clouds overhead.   Besides all that, what was Paul Sims going to do today? Could he achieve the optimum time? These questions were on everybody's lips!   The first horse set off on the XC Course at ... Read More

A Starter’s View at Kelsall Hill…Day One

This time we find that our intrepid "undercover" reporters, Steph and Mike, have moved from Blenheim to Kelsall Hill One Day Event in Cheshire.   Not only a change of location but a change of job too. Steph and Mike have looked after the start at Kelsall Hill for several years now and the event just gets better and better.   Organisers and Landowners, Philip and Robin Latham, have invested a huge amount of time and effort into the site. So much so, in fact, that next year for the first time, Kelsall Hill ... Read More

Sommerville shines at Allerton

Timing was key at this weekend’s Allerton Park Horse Trials near York, where clear rounds inside the time were something of a rarity.   The event takes place across stunning parkland and is home to Lord and Lady Mowbray and Stourton. It has undergone something of a transformation in the past couple of years with a noticeable large investment made in the Cross Country Course, which has been designed by former Olympian Ian Stark since 2010.   Whilst the Novice and BE100 classes passed with little issue, by Stark’s own admission the Intermediate course ... Read More