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Eventing Worldwide Meets Harry Meade – part 2

In the second part of Eventing Worldwide’s interview with Harry Meade, his discusses how he balances his career with a young family, his comeback from injury and what he likes to do away from the eventing circuit.  With the eventing season running from March to October, and many of the winter months spent preparing for the following year, it is hard for all riders to maintain a balance of achieving sporting excellence and making time for a family. Harry and his wife Rosie, whom he married in October 2010, have two young children – ... Read More

THERE’S SO MUCH TO SEE AT THE FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING

Aside from deciding the winners of the four championship titles on offer, there are a plethora of other things to see and do at the Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), making it a real family affair. Arena attractions kick off on Friday 7th August with the Pony Club Inter Branch Team Show Jumping, sponsored by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA). This closely fought invitation competition will see 20 pony club teams go head to head over two rounds, with a jump off to decide the winner in the event of a tie. The ... Read More

EWW’S GUIDE TO SHOPPING AT THE FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING

Shop til you drop: Eventing Worldwide’s Guide to The Festival of British Eventing With more than 140 retailers, The Festival of British Eventing is a shopaholic’s playground. From exquisite jewellery, equestrian essentials, fabulous footwear and stunning garden furniture, there’s something on everybody’s wish list. Here’s Eventing Worldwide’s guide to the best Tradestands at this year’s Festival……. Chatham (Stand 11): The EWW team love their practical yet style conscious deck shoes. Now endorsed by William Fox-Pitt himself they are becoming a must have brand for eventers Fairfax and Favor (Stand 99): As worn by a host of riders at ... Read More

FENCE JUDGING FOR A DAY: WHY EVERY EVENTER SHOULD GIVE IT A GO!

At some point, unless you are incredibly lucky, every event rider has the same experience; for some reason your event season isn’t quite going according to plan. Either dobbin has decided to injure himself, you have realised you don’t bounce quite as well as what you did maybe ten years ago and are feeling rather sore and off games, or you have been balloted out of your favourite event leaving you with a blank in your event calendar. With this gap comes the inevitable realisation that there is life beyond horses and the prospect of a weekend to oneself to do ... Read More

THE COUNTDOWN TO GATCOMBE BEGINS….

In the run up to The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), at Gatcombe Park, Eventing Worldwide is following Melissa Joannides who will be competing on Sue Bunn’s Brighton Rock II in the new Restricted Novice Championship - The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup. In this blog she tells how her preparations for the event have been going…… “Less than two weeks and counting to the new Novice Restricted Championship at the Festival of British Eventing and Brighton Rock II (Elvis) and I are lucky ... Read More

New amateur class comes to The Festival of British Eventing

This year sees the introduction of a new championship class at The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), at Gatcombe Park. Leading equine nutrition company TopSpec will sponsor the new National Restricted Novice Championship, which will be known as The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup. Whilst the existing British Novice Championship runs at Intermediate level, the new Restricted Championship will be a true Novice test, with a brand new cross country course designed by Captain Mark Phillips and built by the Willis Brothers. The new championship ... Read More

TOP CLASS LINE UP – BRITISH FESTIVAL OF EVENTING

Top class line up for British Open at the British Festival of Eventing A top class line up of international riders will be descending on Gatcombe Park for the CIC*** British Open Championships at The Festival of British Eventing presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA). Names to watch out for include Great Britain senior European Championship team members William Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell, Gemma Tattersall, Izzy Taylor, Oliver Townend, Nicola Wilson and reigning British National Champion Francis Whittington.   William Fox Pitt has three horses entered including his European Championship ride Bay My Hero and former winners of the Intermediate Championship Fernhill Pimms, ... Read More

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

Suzannah Povey-White BSc, Dip. A. Phys Equine Veterinary Physiotherapist www.pwequinephysio.co.uk As all young, horse-mad girls, I had idyllic dreams that when I grew up someone would pay me to gallop around on my pony, brush him all day long and win rosettes every weekend. All I ever wanted to do was be with horses. After a few forays into different careers choices, I chose to do a degree in Equine Science at Brinsbury College in West Sussex. I loved the science side of horses, with a particular interest in biomechanics and kinetics. Many of ... Read More

A VISIT TO BOSS HORSEBOXES

By Jon Clark, design graduate and horse owner I visited Boss horseboxes at the invitation of the owners Clive Ecroyd and Paul Williams. Boss horseboxes was formed in 2009 combining the engineering and horsebox building skills of Clive Ecroyd and Paul Williams. Their modern airy factory is just outside Chester, and as I am shown round, there is a busy happy feel to the place as I am shown round and see boxes in different stages of build. Later at Clive’s home we chat. I asked how Boss came into existence. “The 3.5 tonne horsebox is a vehicle of the future. It ... Read More

POL ROGER…THE CHAMPANGE OF EVENTERS!

Every rider loves a glass of fizz and with Laura Collett and Harry Meade as sponsored riders, Grande Marque champagne house Pol Roger is becoming the premium brand within the eventing world. Pol Roger has further cemented its support for elite British Eventing in becoming the Official Champagne sponsor of both the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015 and the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 at Blair Castle. In celebration of this honour they have released a limited edition Pol Roger Brut Reserve gift box, with limited stocks ... Read More