Imogen Murray and Ivar Gooden head to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials following a sensational 2017 season that saw the young combination produce two double clear rounds at CCI4* level. Following a year in which they represented their country for the first time, leading the Team GBR Nations Cup Team to a Silver medal at Le Pin Au Haras in July, they are riding high on some early season success. In a season besieged by abandonments and cancellations Ivar Gooden has produced a personal best CIC3* dressage at Burnham Market and rose more ... Read More
This is Eric Winter’s second year designing the cross-country course at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Eventing Worldwide gets his thoughts on the ground conditions, the challenges of designing the course for the second year and how he comes up with something new.
On the importance of cross country to a world-class event…..
“It’s important to keep cross country at the heart of our sport. People don’t drive six or ten hours or come from a different country because the dressage arena is very flat or the show jumping is very ... Read More
And so after what seems like so many cancellations and abandonments, we finally kick started the 2018 BE volunteer season.
The alarm was set for the most unfriendly time, but I even surprised myself with how much excitement and ‘get up and go’ I jumped out of bed with at 4.30am. Off to Belton.
Belton is always a fabulous event, and whether it was the weather, the atmosphere or just the shear excitement to be finally out this year just seemed even better.
Arriving on site to some beautiful spring mist, Belton House emerged out of ... Read More
What a start to the season - the poor organisers of all those competitions that have been Abandoned - all their hard work taken by the weather.
We were on our way to Lincoln 2 weeks ago when we heard it had been abandoned - luckily only 2 hours into our journey so a U turn was done and homeward bound - the horses were really put out when they arrived back at home having missed their party.
We now start our competition season with Burnham Market taking V.I.P Vinnie to do his first ... Read More
Hope is the greatest of propellers. It is an inducement to believe that perseverance will see you wake up one morning to a kind fate. Maybe the kind where you are trotting down the centre line for your dressage test at Badminton, or you take the call to learn you have been selected to compete for your country, perhaps. Caroline Harris knows no bounds. And these are the dreams harboured. "My ambitions are to represent my country and obviously winning Badminton would be right up there." But merely hoping, seldom produces the desired outcome. "I also just want to ... Read More
Since our regional final last October, Dolores (Dolly) and I have been keeping very busy (trying to distract ourselves from this horrible and very long winter!).
We finished the season at Broadway with our first ever BE100. (I say BE100, but we actually had to compete in the open section! I thought I was being very clever using my ballot sticker, but apparently not that clever seeing as everyone else was using their super ballots! So it was either the BE100 open the day after my friend who I was travelling with was competing or ballot!). The BE100 open section it ... Read More
A bumper number of entries has been received for the first leg of the Blue Chip North West BE80(T) Challenge at this weekend’s Stafford Horse Trials
The Cooke Coachbuilders Stafford Horse Trials has received more than 150 entries with four sections of BE80(T) competition.
Organiser Vicky Plant comments: “This is one of the strongest entries at this level of competition we have had a Stafford. We believe we have had an increase in the number of competitors who enter since the challenge was launched. It ... Read More
The organisers of Horseheath Horse Trials have developed the cross country course for 2018 with a focus on natural fences using wood grown on the estate.
The cross country course has been designed by BE Course Designer Tina Ure, a British Eventing Accredited coach and a member of the Eastern regional U18 Coaching team. Commenting on 2018 she said: “The focus for winter development at Horseheath has been on building more fences, so there will be a significant number of new jumping questions. We are very grateful to Thurlow Estates for providing a large ... Read More
In the run up to this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup, we’ll be following Lucie Stokoe and Dolores II as they prepare to compete in the BE90 Championships. In the first of her blogs for Eventing Worldwide, Lucy introduces herself and Dolores.
I had ponies as a child but stopped riding in my early teens. Then, after a 16-year break from riding, I booked myself in for a lesson at the local riding school where I had gone to watch my niece ride. Before I knew it, I was hooked again and booking in for three lessons a week. It didn't take ... Read More
With snowflakes falling outside the window, it is hard to imagine that we are just over a week away from the start of the eventing season. Sitting here by the fire with Monteberry, my Wilberry Wonderpony companion charting our BE Volunteer journey across the UK to take us up to end of October, sitting in a chilly field isn’t as far from my thoughts as you’d think.
The season is so close I can smell it, hopefully this season will bring its usual mix of thrills, not too many spills and plenty of fun. ... Read More