Eventing stars of the future took centre stage at the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials yesterday as they stake their claim to qualify for Burghley.
Competition was fierce as the event got off to a flying start with the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers for four and five year olds, with only the top three horses from each class gaining qualification for the final at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Friday 2nd September.
In this morning’s Four-Year-Old class Tom Jackson steered Grafemacht to take the top spot with a score of 83, followed by Ginnie Turnbull with Demi Minutus on 82 to take second place with Sarah Parkes on Zosia taking third with 78.
Laura Collett riding Calmaro triumphed in the afternoon’s Five-Year-Old class, scoring 85. Natalie McGoldrick on Galant, also on a score of 85 was very closely behind in second place with Kay Raybould on Passions Opposition in third on 83.
The NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials once again feature the stars of eventing from all over the world as they compete in the Recover CCI1*, Magic CCI2* and Superflex CIC3*.
Harry Meade, Laura Collett, Izzy Taylor, Paul Tapner, Andrew Nicholson and Andrew Hoy are just some of the names entered in the CIC3*. With such top quality competitors across all the classes, spectators can be sure to experience the very best of the sport.
The highlight of the show will no doubt be the cross country on Saturday, August 13th. This year sees Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials course designer Eric Winter return to Hartpury to add his touch to what is set to be another challenging course.
Winter, who has designed courses for a host of top European Championships, has also been passed the mantel of designing the cross country course for this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, the pinnacle of the world’s 3-Day-Event calendar, so we can be sure to see some exciting and challenging action on the day, especially with thecalibre of entries.
Farm manager, Peter Lord, is overseeing the cross country course preparation and said: “As ever there is a dedicated team to prepare the course for 2016. It is of the utmost importance to us here at Hartpury to ensure the ground is as good as it can be to ensure the highest level of competition is possible across all three courses.”
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