Five days of eventing action took place at Bicton Arena in Budleigh Salterton, Devon over the weekend, 18 – 22 October 2023. Over 400 competitors took on the autumnal weather conditions to enjoy the final event of the season.
Dani Evans riding Mrs Luana Edge’s 16.2hh gelding Kinda Corvette were victorious in WH Bond Timber CCI2*-S, despite a pole in the show jumping phase, a strong dressage and cross country meant the pair finished in first position on 30.2. Dani commented, “I’m over the moon, the horse is only six and he’s been fantastic all year. He’s performed fantastically here; the ground has been on the soft side but it’s great for a young horse to learn on it. Bicton always produces fantastic show jump and cross country courses. I’m delighted for the whole team – I have the best staff, owners and horses now, it’s just trying to make the magic happen!”
Our next winner was Ireland’s Danielle McCormack who took top honours in the Empire Coachbuilders CCI2*-L onboard Anna Sims-Hilditch’s 6-year-old, Hildare Regarde Moi. The pair, who have already achieved a third and second at international classes this year, were faultless, completing on their dressage score of 28.6. “I’m absolutely thrilled with the horse, he has been incredible all season and it’s been the icing on the cake to come and do so well here. He will now have a well-deserved holiday and some showjumping before next season,” said Danielle.
Ireland’s Fred Scala won the competitive Symonds & Sampson CCI2*-S on his 11-year-old 15.2hh chestnut mare Rouge Angel with no faults to add to his dressage score of 30.1. “It’s a brilliant way to finish the season, this is only her third run this year. She won the Hickstead Eventer’s Challenge in July and now this, so she has gone well this season. She is a sharp little mare and a strong jumper, so it was nice to also get a good dressage test out of her this weekend and take the win,” said Fred.
Taking top spoils in the Mitchell & Webber CCI3*-S was Kent-based Georgie Campbell with Mrs Fiona Acheson and Miss Jessica Acheson’s Global Candy Boy. A strong dressage score set the pair up with fault free showjumping and cross country phases, they were only one of three horses to make the cross country time, completing on a score of 31.4. Georgie added, “I am delighted, he is a really cool little horse. He flew around the cross country course, he locked on and galloped to finish really well, he could have gone around again!”
Finishing on her dressage score of 30.8, 13-year-old Tichy Sanders won the Redpost Equestrian BE90 riding Mrs Camilla Albery’s Sparhanger Velvet who is also 13 years old! Tichy commented on her win, “We were sat in 14th overnight after the cross country and it just got better and better. I am so proud of her and thank you to my incredible team around me – it wouldn’t be possible to do it without them. The long format was amazing, my mare loves going fast so she enjoyed the steeplechase phase!”
Local rider Xanthe Baylis and her 13-year-old gelding Monbeg By Magic won the Redpost Equestrian BE90 Open completing on her dressage score of 32. “I never expected this – it’s been an awesome event. I was so nervous going into the main arena today, once we were in there, he helped me so much, he’s a very honest horse,” said Xanthe.
The Donuts team consisting of BE90 winners Tichy Sanders and Xanthe Baylis plus Sophie Johnson and Althea Bleekman won the team event, with a total score of 113.6.
Saffron Cresswell and Angell’s Choice, a 7-year-old mare owned by Dr J E Angell-James gave a faultless performance in the Redpost Equestrian BE100 class winning on her dressage score of 30.8. Saffron said, “It’s been an amazing week, it’s so nice for the owner who bred her to have this win. She’s a young horse and has an exciting future so this class has given her the experience she needs to step up next season.”
Herefordshire-based Mark Ford and 8-year-old Alvescot Five Star owned by The Alvescot Five Star Syndicate took the win in the Redpost Equestrian BE100 Open on 25.8. “I’m really pleased with my horse, this class brings them on so well and will be ready for a 2* campaign next year. He will spend the winter focussing on his dressage where he is aiming for the Medium Winter Championships. Thank you to the Bicton team for pulling out the stops to make sure this event ran,” commented Mark.
In the team event, Bicton Bar Hopefuls: Heather Urquhart, Alice Dalton, Lizzie Luxton and Lara Salter took the top spot with a total score of 109.4.
Bicton Arena’s Manager Andrew Fell summed up the venue’s final horse trials of the season, “Despite the autumnal weather, the team pulled off a sensational event for the competitors. We could not have done it without our army of amazing volunteers and devoted sponsors, thank you all.”
Thanks also go to Bicton College, Darts Farm, Devoucoux, Equidry, Tack Room Distillery and Wyvern Equestrian who provided special prizes to our various winners.
Full results can be found here: www.eventingscores.co.uk
Redpost Equestrian, the award-winning equestrian, pet and country living retailer will be sponsoring the BE90 and BE100 3 Day Events that will take place at Bicton Arena’s October International Horse Trials (18-22 October 2023).
The family run business has a long-standing relationship with Bicton Arena as an ongoing sponsor and sees this event as an opportunity to support the competitors as well as the venue. The BE90 and BE100 traditional long format competitions have proved to be extremely popular classes in recent years and are a highlight in many amateur event rider calendars.
A special service run by Redpost Equestrian will be on offer throughout the event with a click and collect service to the store’s stand at Bicton. So, if any competitor forgets a piece of vital equipment Redpost will be on hand to ensure a replacement can be delivered to the event in double quick time.
Ben Tuff, Redpost Director commented, “We are delighted to be a part of the October International Horse Trials at Bicton this year. Both the BE90 and BE100 classes are rider favourites and it’s a perfect way to show our commitment to and support for the equestrian community. Who knows we could be watching eventing champions of the future in the making.”
In addition to the click and collect service on offer at the show. Redpost will be sharing eventing tips from British Eventing Howden Way Coach Cameron Beer, pulling from his experience competing up to 3* and coaching some of the amateurs taking part in the event. Don’t forget to head to the selfie board at the Redpost stand to create some fun content to share and enter the competition to win gifts from their favourite brands!
“We are so grateful to Redpost Equestrian for sponsoring the BE90 and BE100 3 Day Events in October. The team always brings something new to the party and it’s a great opportunity for them to reach such passionate and dedicated grassroots competitors. We can’t wait for an exciting weekend of competition later in the season,” said Bicton Arena’s Manager, Andrew Fell.
The weather held for the Petplan Equine Summer Area Festivals at Bicton Arena 11 – 13 August. Once again, the atmosphere was buzzing and we were treated to a wonderful range of horses and ponies across the three days of the competition.
“Congratulations to all the competitors who have got their hands on a ticket to the Summer Championship at Arena UK in October, with two qualifiers per class there were lots of very happy faces,” said Andrew Fell, Bicton Arena Manager. “As always, the Petplan Equine Area Festivals bring that something extra special to Bicton and we thoroughly enjoy the event. For so many of the horse and rider partnerships competing with us at this event, it is the pinnacle of their dressage achievements so far and we see many come back at a higher-level year after year.”
Sara Church winner of the Prelim Bronze class certainly loves the Petplans – judging by her huge smile in the pic below with her lovely Irish hairy pony Charlie XXXI. Scoring a super 67.92 to just snatch the top place from fellow qualifier Nicola Windley on Shirsheen Merlin, Sara was absolutely over the moon. “He is such a cool dude,” Sara said. “He can turn his hoof to anything, loves his jumping, horse agility and we’ve even done Concours d’élégance classes, he can produce a really good test too. We changed instructor a couple of years ago after Covid and went right back to basics. I now feel the building blocks are in place and for a hairy Irish pony he is just amazing. I never thought we would win amongst 39 other riders – it was a ‘Wow!’ moment for sure!”
Paula Lee on Deseado Santo a seven-year-old Spanish gelding, winners of the Medium Silver class had quite a story to tell about their journey to the Petplan Equine Area Festival at Bicton. “I’ve had him for two years and we really haven’t been anywhere or done anything up until a few months ago. He has competed about five times – all of the shows here at Bicton so he hasn’t travelled far. We went out at Prelim just to see how he coped at a show and he was so good we decided to go straight to Medium – a bit of an unusual plan but he just loves going sideways – it’s his happy place so we decided to go at a level he could show his talents off. He is a really rewarding horse to ride – he just wants to please and gives you so much – sometimes it’s too much! We’ll have to go a bit further afield preparation for the Summer Championships – but Bicton really is our favourite venue.”
Full results from the show can be found here.
Despite the mixed weather, this month has been a busy one for our team with the highlights of July being the Summer Showjumping Tour 6-15 July and the British Dressage Regionals 21-23 July – have a read below of some of the key moments.
Summer Showjumping Tour 6-15 July
This tour was no different from usual despite the showers, we had a lot of entries from competitors all over the country making their way to Bicton Arena for nine days of showjumping including the famous Billy Stud who brought 18 horses!
We spoke to Faye Adams from Birmingham who won the Second Round Newcomers on Buster which qualified her for HOYS in October, “I’ve had him from a three-year-old and now he’s eight so the win felt even more special. I hadn’t jumped him on grass before, but he loved it. He’s very sweet and brave which has sometimes been a challenge as I have had to encourage him to respect the fences. I am looking forward to HOYS, it’s only half an hour away for me so a bit closer than Bicton. I competed at HOYS when I was 10 years old on ponies, so I am looking forward to going back with a horse.”
Philip Spivey made his journey worthwhile as he landed the top spot of the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Horse of the Year Show Grade C Qualifier with NBE Jenny Don’t Be Hasty. “The last time I competed here, I qualified Romanov for the Foxhunter final, I think it’s my lucky place,” said Philip, who went on to win the HOYS Foxhunter final in 2005 on the stallion who became a top, five-star ride for Ireland’s Bertram Allen.
It was also a successful show for Sarah Jackson who brought one horse with her and and managed to win eight classes! Congratulations also goes to Somerset based rider Alexander Bragg who won the Ancora Equestrian Foxhunter Second Round.
British Dressage Regionals 21-23 July
The threes days of competition ranged from Prelim to Inter I and began with the Centre Line Prelim Gold and Silver. Lucy Amy and Rubins Edwardo won the Prelim Gold and Tom Carter and Newton Despina took home the Prelim Silver.
Janine Jansen and Spitfire III took the top spot in the Fairfax Prix St Georges Silver and then went on to also win the Saracen Horse Feed Inter 1 Silver. Alice Peternell, who incidentally bred Janine’s horse Spitfire III, won the Fairfax Prix St Georges Gold Regional Final with Cynheidrefawr Creme de la Crème.
Next stop Petplan Equine Area Festivals, 11-13 August – see you there!
Bicton Arena Manager, Andrew Fell said,
“Come rain or shine our team worked hard to pull off another other fantastic few weeks of competition. I am always grateful to my team, both our core staff and our army of volunteers who make it happen, but this month has been challenging and I am proud of what we have achieved.”
Huge thanks to our sponsors Chedington, TopSpec, Redpost, Mitchell & Webber, Wyvern Equestrian, WH Bond, Symonds & Sampson, Ancora Equestrian, Protexin Equine Premium, Longpark Equestrian, HorseHage, JGE Truck & Plant Limited, Heddon Mill LTD, Equine Giveaways, Tack Room Distillery, Pids Signz, Brand Ewe, J P Equestrian, Bicton Park Gardens, Longpark Equestrian, Jolly Jumps, Fair leap Ltd, Usurpo, Western Counties Equine Hospital, Ariat and NAF.
Our Summer Pony Premier show took place last weekend and it was a jam-packed schedule of classes with fierce competition and camaraderie.
The talented Tabitha Kyle clinched a victory double and added two more HOYS tickets to her growing tally. Ryan Dorise’s 8-year-old grey mare Running In Heels stepped up to the plate for Tabitha in the Pony Foxhunter Second Round and Tanya Kyle’s 9-year-old Irish-bred mare Coppenagh Khaleesi was triumphant in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round. Tabitha, who won the Horse of the Year Show Blue Chip Pony Newcomers title in 2022, will be looking to retain her title again this year.
Tabitha commented on Khaleesi, “She only started jumping last year, she’d done almost nothing, but she gained experience very quickly. She has a massive stride and a massive jump, you can turn her up to anything, she’s a real speed demon.”
“She jumped three beautiful rounds and I think she will be the best speed pony,” said Tabitha, who has spent time getting to know this pony. “She was very head-shy and sharp – I’m not sure what sort of life she’s had – but I spent time in the stable just stroking her for 10 minutes at a time and once she knows you, she’s very loving, she just needs to learn how to trust.”
It was also a great weekend for Izabella Rogers who was on top form aboard Belgian-bred 10-year-old Queen Star in the Pony Showjumper of the Year. The pair took a commanding victory with almost three seconds ahead of her competition to bring home the top honours.
Bicton Arena Manager Andrew Fell, added “Thank you to everyone who made the weekend such a great one, we couldn’t do it without our fantastic team at Clinton Devon Estates, the judges, course designers, stewards, arena party and veterinary services, it really does take an army to pull this off! Congratulations to all our prize winners and everyone that qualified for the championships and Horse of the Year Show.”
Thank you to ESP Photography for the images.
Cross country rounded off with the time being extremely influential in the TopSpec CCI4*-S at Bicton International Horse Trials. Laura Collett held onto her lead throughout on London 52, as well as bagging third place on Dacapo. “I’ve been really chuffed with London’s performance all week, he really is a dream horse to ride and the feel he gave me cross country is the best he ever has, he is totally on song and it’s just so nice to have him out at a big party. He’s been in really good form, so it was good to come and put it all together at an event. The cross country course was fantastic, it was the perfect preparation for Luhmühlen using the hills for a really good fitness run with lots of combinations. You had to get really stuck in and ride the distances and the lines, but he did it really easily. I really appreciate the team here putting on such a good show, they deserve to have all the entries and I will definitely be coming back next year.” On his character, Laura comments about London 52, “he’s quite a shy horse in the stable, it’s his personal space, but the second he comes out of the stable he loves all of the attention, he’s a proper show off in front of a big crowd!”
This morning saw the final phase of competition for the Chatham CCI3*YR-L where overnight leader Finn Healy kept his cool for a clear round inside the time on Amy Hawley’s Treamble, affectionately known as Amble. Leading since his dressage test on Friday, 18-year-old Finn has shown his class throughout to be crowned Young Rider National Champion.
The 10-year-old mare is sibling to Michael Owen’s second-placed Treworder in the Symonds & Sampson CCI3*-L here at Bicton. “Amble’s been amazing all week. She did a really good dressage test for 24.3. Cross country was a tough track yesterday, Helen used the hills brilliantly and made it a good stamina test. Luckily, she’s full of blood and so ate the course up just a couple of seconds over the time. Today I didn’t have a fence in hand, it was very close up at the top, and she jumped incredibly well. When she came in the arena she lit up with the crowds, knew what she needed to do and I’m just over the moon with her.” The mare was bought by Amy as a three-year-old from Preci Spark Event Horses and was produced by Amy until she was an eight-year-old, competing up to 2* level before being sent to James Avery to ride. Finn started working for Amy, riding three times a week and from there got the ride. “I’m incredibly grateful to Amy for the support, she’s done an amazing job producing Amble and she’s a very special horse.”
The second section to show jump this morning was the Symonds & Sampson CCI3*-L. Again, retaining their lead since the dressage, Gaspard Maksud and Chantilly Amatullah went on to jump clear to win on 25.3. The grey mare was, according to owners Jane Lom and Linda Charlton, actually bred to be an Intermediate Show horse, and was produced by Paul O’Shaughnessy in Ireland. Rumour has it, the semen from Tilly’s sire Abdullah was actually bought in a raffle! Nine-year-old Tilly has quite the support group – Jane and Linda are both very involved with Riding for the Disabled and are always being asked for event updates from the members about the much-loved mare since they bought her over six years ago. Regarding his win Gaspard commented, “This is my first three-day win, you’ve got all of the top-class riders and horses here as well, so it really means a lot to win. I have only had the mare since March, but she really wants to please, she really tries. She’s such a nice mare, she just really does a good job, I am very happy with her.”
The final section to finish for the day was the Empire Coach Builders CCI2*-L where Phoebe Locke took a late lead when overnight leader Kitty King, who was last to go, had the final fence down. Riding her own Renkumb Jitterbug, the Somerset born eventer has represented GB at five European championships, recently gaining the title of British and European under 21 champion.
The 16.2hh, seven-year-old gelding out of Trijntje by Baloubet Junior Z is part of Phoebe’s string of horses based on her yard in Wiltshire which she recently set up professionally, having previously had her horses on their family yard. Phoebe actually started her equestrian career as a show jumper, but was quickly spotted to have plenty of talent as an eventer and has now made a great name for herself within the eventing world, having competed up to 4*. On her win, Phoebe commented, “It was a little bit unexpected, he’s only seven years old and it’s the first time doing a long format, so I didn’t know how he would be today show jumping after cross country, but he dealt with it really well.” Phoebe remarks fondly about Renkumb Jitterbug “He’s very cuddly and likes lots of attention and treats.”
Wrapping up the week here at Bicton International Horse Trials, Event Director Andrew Fell said, “It was a fantastic week, some of the best top-quality sport in the UK – I think the biggest thing was how much the team worked together. Everyone was here to make it happen, we were blessed with the weather and I’m so proud of what we managed to pull off.”
That’s not all…
Locally based Redpost Equestrian rewarded the hard work of the grooms, offering a £50 gift voucher to the grooms of the winning horse in each section plus a goody bag for the groom of the winning CCI4*-S horse.
Winning owners also each received a bottle of gin from the Tack Room Distillery.
HiHo Silver generously sponsored the best dressed male and female in each of the long-format sections, with winners receiving a £150 voucher to spend.
Bicton Arena is very well supported by local riders, so Wyvern donated a £50 voucher to the highest place local riders.
Sponsors of the CCI2*-L, Empire Coach Builders also provided prizes for first to third place in their section.
The top three in each class were kindly gifted a hamper by Darts Farm.
Bicton College Floristry donated beautiful flowers for the event.
Laura Collett wins the TopSpec CCI4*-S with London 52
Winners of the Symonds & Sampson CCI3*-L are Gaspard Maksud with Chantilly Amatullah
Finn Healy and Treamble win the Chatham CCI3*YR-L
Phoebe Locke riding Renkumb Jitterbug are the winners of the Empire Coach Builders CCI2*-L
Overnight leader of the TopSpec CCI4*-S Laura Collett and London 52 retain their leading position with 19.8 at Bicton International Horse Trials. “I’m absolutely chuffed with London 52 and Dacapo. They both did really nice tests and jumped beautifully round the show jumping. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, I think it’s a great track and hopefully it will set them up really nicely for Luhmühlen in a few weeks’ time,” said Laura. In the last three years, out of 25 runs, this horse has only ever picked up cross country penalties on one occasion – at the Worlds in Pratoni. This makes the 14-year-old gelding the one to watch going into the final day of competition tomorrow.
Beaming as they came through the finish line, retaining the lead in the Symonds & Sampson CCI3*-L, Gaspard Maksud was thrilled with just 0.4 time penalties on Chantilly Amatullah. He remarks on his new partnership with this horse, “I haven’t had Tilly very long, so it is always a bit of an unknown, but she was very good, she tried very hard. When I asked her to get up at the last, she was still full of running which is brilliant.” Originally from Laval, France, Gaspard began his riding career at the tender age of 11 and began his success by winning the French Junior championship at just 16-years-old. The pair go into the final day of competition, show jumping tomorrow with one penalty in hand.
Another combination to keep the top spot going into show jumping is Finn Healy on Treamble in the CCI3*YR-L. The pair went clear jumping across country with just 0.8 time penalties. 18-year-old Finn has seen plenty of success so far in his career, winning team gold at the 2022 FEI European Junior Eventing Championships at Hartpury on Fathers Compromise and double gold at the 2019 FEI European Pony Championships at Strzegom on Midnight Dancer. They go into tomorrow with a margin of three penalties ahead of second placed Barnie Brotherton on DHI King Nelson. Finn says “I’m over the moon with her today, she was absolutely amazing, it was a really tough track. I thought that the undulations and the hills made it a really big stamina test as well as some really tricky questions, but she made it feel really effortless. She really showed her class – she loves the cross country phase, so she makes my life really easy. Tomorrow is a new day – we will focus on the trot up and then when the track is built, we will have a look. We are trying to take it all one step at a time and hopefully we will jump a good round.”
The CCI2*-L Empire Coach Builders is the only change in leadership for the day, where Kitty King and Ogue Verdi re-took the lead that they held on day one after their dressage, pushing yesterday’s post-dressage leader Dani Evans into second place. Kitty has represented GB at the Olympics and is the first British event rider to have represented GB at Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Senior European Championships. Adding nothing to their dressage score of 27.6, the eight-year-old Irish grey gelding owned by Lindsay Caldwell and Sue Brendish made nothing of the Helen West designed cross country course today.
Gaspard Maksud & Chantilly Amatullah retain leadership in the Symonds & Sampson CCI3*-L
Finn Healy & Treamble lead the Chatham CCI3*YR-L
Kitty King & Ogue Verdi retake the lead in the Empire Coach Builders CCI2*-L
14-year-old, 2022 Badminton winner London 52 and rider Laura Collett were the first to change up the leader board today, scoring 19.8 on the second day of dressage at Bicton International Horse Trials (25-28 May) in the TopSpec CCI4*-S.
This was Laura’s second ride of the day, having scored 22.7 on Dacapo earlier on, who is now lying in fourth place after dressage in the same class. Dazzling in the Devon sunshine, London 52, known as Dan at home, put on a great performance and showed the value and experience of their nine-year partnership.
Overnight leader of the Symonds & Sampson CCI3*-L, Gaspard Maksud scored an impressive 24.9 yesterday with Chantilly Amatullah, retaining the lead at the end of the second day of dressage, heading into the cross-country tomorrow. Tilly, as the nine-year old is known, is a new ride for Gaspard, having only come together a couple of months ago. Out of Cusheen Beauty by Abdullah, the 15.2hh mare has shown great consistency in the jumping phases since starting her affiliated career in 2019 so is likely to be competitive this weekend.
Putting his stamp on proceedings, Finn Healy took the lead this afternoon in the Chatham CCI3*YR-L riding Amy Hawley’s 10-year-old mare Treamble. Standing at 17hh, the mare is bred by Preci Spark Event Horses out of Trevillet by Grafenstolz. Finn and his sister Ellie, who is also competing in the CCI3*YR-L at Bicton this week, make up Team Healy who are based over 200 miles away in Derbyshire. Finn took over the ride on this horse last summer, having previously been competed by owner Amy.
In the Empire Coach Builders CCI2*-L, overnight leader Kitty King was pipped to the post late in the day by Dani Evans riding Argentino BK. This 11-year-old Spanish gelding is a former ride of Andrew Nicholson’s with Bristol based Dani having taken the reins in the summer of 2020. Since then, the pair have had limited runs, but appear to be back with purpose scoring a competitive 27.1 in today’s dressage. In their most recent run at Cirencester Park in the ON in April, they placed fourth, setting them up nicely for a run here at Bicton.
Event Director, Andrew Fell and his team have been busy preparing the ground for the weekend, “The ground preparation for an event like this doesn’t start the day before, it starts months in advance. We’ve slit the course twice so far this winter and we’ve been putting manure and slurry on the course to really get the grass growth very good. Despite it being really wet this spring, we are lucky to be on sandy soil here which drains very well, so we are now looking to raise that moisture content in the top few inches to make the going really good for cross country this weekend.”
Show jumping for the TopSpec CCI4*-S will start at 1pm tomorrow and the cross country for the CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L and CCI3*YR-L from 9.30am. Tickets can still be purchased for the weekend via the Bicton Arena website.
In the TopSpec CCI4*-S at Bicton International Horse Trials (25 – 28 May) Oliver Townend holds the overnight top spot with Swallow Springs, one of five rides for the Shropshire based rider here this week. Oliver comes to Bicton off the back of a recent trip to Floors Castle where he took all top three places in the CCI2*-S.
Gaspard Maksud and nine-year-old Chantilly Amatullah took the lead at lunchtime in the first day of dressage in the Symonds & Sampson CCI3*-L and held onto his position right until the end of the day. With a score of 24.9, the relatively new pairing showed they mean business, despite being one of the smallest horses, standing at 15.2hh. Tilly, as the mare is known affectionately, has a good jumping record, so they are sure to be competitive over fences too. Tilly is one of four rides at Bicton this week for the French rider who is based in Surrey and the pair come to Bicton off the back of a successful trip to Aston-Le-Walls earlier in the month where they placed second in the OI.
Mexican Law ridden by Isabelle Cook, certainly laid down the law to his fellow competitors in the Chatham CCI3*YR-L. The 11-year-old gelding out of Devine Law by Billy Mexico showed the spectators how it’s done, with the pair presenting the final test of the class. Leading by 0.2 points, it’s another Billy Mexico offspring hot on their heels with Daisy Bathe and Mexican Wave sitting in second place overnight. Isabelle took over the ride of Barley from Mother, Kristina Cook at the end of 2021 and have since enjoyed great success including a win at Cirencester Park in the ONu18 in early 2022, a win at Belsay International in the CCI2*J-L and notably, a second place at the Hartpury Junior and Young Rider European Championships last summer.
Leading the way in the Empire Coachbuilders CCI2*-L, Kitty King and Ogue Verdi left it until the last minute to make their mark, being last to go for the day. The eight-year-old gelding, Kitty’s partner of three years took a significant lead on 27.6, with second place Brier Leahy on 31.5 with Caherconree Rocky. Kitty campaigns three horses here, with Billy Maple (another horse by Billy Mexico) currently lying in sixth place in this same class and Kitty’s Badminton ride Vendredi Biats lined up for tomorrow in the CCI4*-S.
Oliver Townend and Swallow Springs take the lead in the TopSpec CCI4*-S
Isabelle Cook and Mexican Law, overnight leaders of the CCI3*YR-L
Kitty King and Ogue Verdi, leading overnight in the CCI2*-L
Taking place in the glorious sunshine today at Bicton alongside the International Horse Trials were the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse (DBYEH) classes for four and five-year-olds.
The DBYEH series is a hugely popular competition that culminates in the final held at the Defender Burghley Horse Trials in September. The competition is widely recognised as a great opportunity to see the stars of the future, with many winners of the series going on to win top-level competitions. The series aims to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which is considered to be the best material to make a world-class three-day event horse.
The judges look for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and the correct attitude. The winner is the horse with the highest overall marks from four sections: Dressage, Jumping, Suitability & Type and Potential to Gallop.
At Bicton today, Nick Gauntlett saw great success taking the win in the four-year-old class with The Advance Party and took sixth place with Party Classics. His winning horse, out of Kinard Clare, by Nick’s stallion The After Party, Nick’s Irish-bred stallion showed huge promise for the future. Nick also took tenth place in the five-year-old section on Rosa’s Party, a mare by Party Trick (DHI Party Piece by Chilli Morning) who Nick sadly lost in tragic circumstances in 2021.
Not only is Nick a successful event rider, Fellow of the British Horse Society and British Eventing Master Coach, but he also runs a stud from his base at Chescombe Farm, from which he bred Jalapeno III, the ride of Gemma Stevens who came a commendable sixth place at Badminton Horse Trials this year. This gives Nick a fantastic opportunity to produce young horses to enter into these DBYEH classes with some outstanding breeding lines.
Taking the five-year-old class by storm, New Zealand event rider, Samantha Lissington not only won the section on Avatar, but also achieved impressive third and seventh places on Nadal and Never Know MB respectively. BGS Saphire also gave Sam a fifth place in the four-year-old section, providing great success for the two winning riders across both classes.
Sam commented, “I was very pleased with today’s efforts! This was Avatar’s first competition outing, he’s got a lot of quality so we were thrilled that the judges rewarded him for it.
My other two five-year-olds were great – Nadal has a super temperament and ticks all the boxes. Never Know MB is such a gutsy mare and she’s just starting to learn about this dressage business! BGS Saphire is a new ride for me, having only sat on her a few times this week it was more about getting to know each other today but I’m looking forward to the rest of the year ahead with her – thanks to Becky Davies for trusting us with her!
The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse series is such a wonderful opportunity to get the next generation out and about, and it’s always exciting looking around the warm up and imagining what these horses might be like in the years ahead!”
Nick Gauntlett with The Advance Party – Winner of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse four-year-old class
Samantha Lissington with Avatar – Winner of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse five-year-old class
Five days of eventing action took place at Bicton Arena in Budleigh Salterton, Devon over the weekend, 18 – 22 October 2023. Over 400 competitors took on the autumnal weather […]
Redpost Equestrian, the award-winning equestrian, pet and country living retailer will be sponsoring the BE90 and BE100 3 Day Events that will take place at Bicton Arena’s October International Horse […]
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