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BEST GOING POSSIBLE FOR MAGIC MILLIONS FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING

    From Saturday 28 July and the whole week leading up to the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing all arenas, courses and working in surfaces for dressage, show jumping and the cross country will be aerovated. The ground at Gatcombe Park is demanding but the team at The Festival have many years of experience in preparing the ground enabling it to be as favourable as possible to host the British Championships, and this year’s event is no exception. Captain Mark Phillips, Chairman and Cross-Country Course Designer commented “We’ve been mowing the track since the Spring ... Read More

IT’S BURGHAM INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS WEEK!

This weekend (27-29 July), Burgham International Horse Trials – Northumberland’s premier equestrian event – is serving up a feast of entertainment for everyone with an interest in horses. The entire range of the eventing community, from the highest ranked riders in the world to those competing as amateurs at grass-roots level, will come together at Burgham, which is situated in beautiful, rolling countryside conveniently near the A1 between Alnwick and Morpeth. On Friday 27 July, the CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC* international classes will perform their dressage tests in the main International Arena, while the equine ... Read More

Burgham International Horse Trials (July 27-29) has received its best ever set of entries…

Burgham International Horse Trials (July 27-29) has received its best ever set of entries for its international classes, proving that its popularity among the world’s top riders grows year on year. World number one Oliver Townend, a long-time supporter of Burgham and winner of its feature CIC3* in 2016, has six horses entered in the CIC3* and CIC2*. They include his 2018 Kentucky CCI4* winner Cooley Master Class and 2018 Badminton CCI4* runner-up Cooley SRS. Among the 300-plus entries for the three international classes – CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC* - are Nicola Wilson, team gold ... Read More

GROUND PREPARATIONS BEGIN AT HORSEHEATH

The lack of rain in East Anglia over the past month has caused no end of concern for every competitor so it is no wonder that the ground team at Horseheath are already checking equipment and preparing to irrigate to ensure the ground is in good condition, in the event of a lack of rainfall, ahead of the PwC Horseheath Horse Trials (2) 11/12 August.  Entries opened on 5th July 2018 and can be made via www.britisheventing.com. Over the past two years the team has also been working on seeding and developing a new glade to ... Read More

Milestones reached at Whitehead Vizard Wilton Horse Trials

  Some major milestones will be marked at this year’s Whitehead Vizard Wilton Horse Trials. This year will be the 42nd running of the event and the 20th under the organisation of Anthony Ffooks. It will also be the 12th year the competition has been headline sponsored by Whitehead Vizard - a Salisbury based solicitors firm. The even runs on 28th and 29th July with national eventing classes ranging from BE100 to Open Intermediate, with some exciting changes being planned. The biggest of these will be the moving of the cross-country start and finish. It has ... Read More

Entries for the highly popular amateur classes at SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials (13-16 September) are now open.

SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials has led the way in providing opportunities for amateur and grassroots riders to compete alongside the best in the world in the special atmosphere of one of Britain’s most important equestrian events. The Dodson & Horrell-sponsored Eventer Challenge team classes, which combine showjumps withportable cross-country fences in a “derby-style” competition at both 100cm and 90cm level, take place on Thursday 13th September (riding club teams) and Friday 14th September (Pony Club teams). Please visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk/RCPEC to find out more information and to enter. On Sunday 16th September, there are Eventer Challenge classes for ... Read More

WORLD NUMBER ONE AND TWO HEAD  SUPERB ST JAMES’S PLACE BARBURY ENTRIES

The two highest ranked event riders in the world, Oliver Townend (world number one) and Gemma Tattersall (world number two) lead an exceptionally strong field for the St James’s Place Barbury Horse Trials (5-8 July). Riders from 21 nations and around 1,000 horses in total will compete throughout the four days of top-class horse sport, which ranges from the elite CIC3* Event Rider Masters (ERM) class, worth £50,000, to the choicest future stars in the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horses section. An incredible nine former ERM-winning riders are ... Read More

BURGHAM INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS: ENTRIES OPEN

Entries are now open for Burgham International Horse Trials (July 27-29) – Northumberland’s premier equestrian event. Burgham runs a complete range of affiliated eventing classes: CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC* international classes, and national competitions from BE90 to Open Intermediate, catering for the entire eventing community from the very top riders in the world to amateurs riding at grassroots level. Burgham’s 2017 CIC3* must boast the best form of any international competition in the world – the winners, Laura Collett and Mr Bass, were second last week on their CCI4* debut at Luhmühlen. World number one ... Read More

Some of the world’s most famous event riders will be in action at Nunney International Horse Trials later this month.

Entries for the event (June 15-17) are at capacity for the competition with nearly 900 horse and rider combinations in action over the three days. Spectators will have the chance to watch top riders in action including William Fox-Pitt, Andrew Nicholson, Tim Price, Padraig McCarthy and Tom McEwen. Also competing is Nunney Horse Trials committee member Sam Griffiths, the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials winner and Australian Olympian, who said: “It’s a beautifully run event in a stunning setting with well designed courses that flow really well. It’s a super day out for anyone with a love of horses.” Read More

The stage is set for the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International incorporating FEI Eventing Nations Cup

Visitors to this year's Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International, 24th - 27th May, can look forward to an unusual blend of world class sport set against a backdrop of modern art. Houghton Hall currently has a Damien Hirst exhibition of new paintings alongside some of his most celebrated sculptures. The Colour Space paintings have never been shown in public before and are a development of Hirst's iconic Spot Paintings, while the sculptures include Virgin Mother and Anatomy of an Angel. Houghton hosts the only British leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, where five ... Read More