A truly international field heads to Houghton International Horse Trials later this month as the event celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Entries for the CICO3*, which incorporates the only British leg of the FEI Nations Cup, are full and up to eight teams look set to challenge last year’s winner, Germany.
The CICO3* is also the third leg of the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam. Oliver Townend will be looking to add a Houghton win to his victory at Burnham Market International and has three horses entered in the class. He will, however, be given a run for his money by the likes of previous Badminton winners Sam Griffiths and Paul Tapner, Olympic gold medallist Andrew Hoy and World team gold medal winners Bettina Hoy and Nicola Wilson – not forgetting the on-form Gemma Tattersall who finished third at last weekend’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
International entries are stronger than ever with riders from Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, America, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, India, Finland and Ireland fighting it out for the spoils.
Running alongside the International event, there are also show jumping, combined training, dressage, arena eventing and pony club classes, as well as the ever popular Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers.
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