Tina and Billy clinch title after cross-country masterclass

At the end of a thrilling day of cross-country at the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials, Britain’s Tina Cook and Billy The Red reigned supreme in the NAF Magic CIC3*.

Sitting in fifth place overnight after the dressage, Tina and Billy The Red pulled off a beautiful clear round showjumping before heading out on Eric Winter’s 3* course.

The pair then performed a cross-country masterclass to finish on their dressage score of 25.6 and pull four places up the leaderboard into first position.

Tina said: “The season has been unfortunate for me as I started with great hopes after being fourth at the Europeans last year and Billy The Red is only an 11-year-old, so he’s a young horse.

“Then we had our fall at Burnham Market where I dislocated and fractured my shoulder badly, so that caused me to miss a core of the season.

“Everything fell into place here, he nailed a good test because he is a world-class horse and I’m thrilled — it’s been a while since I’ve had a big win and it was a strong field.

“The ground was fantastic, as was the course, and it was a great prep for the autumn events.”

A clear showjumping and cross-country round with just 0.4 time penalties brought Piggy French and Quarryquest Echo up from sixth place overnight to second place.

Piggy also took eighth riding Vanir Kamira, who showjumped clear and earned just eight time penalties across country to finish on 32.2.

Sam Ecroyd and Wodan II made a huge leap from 11th overnight to third when pulling off a clear showjumping and cross-country round with just 0.8 time penalties to finish on 28.3.

Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors claimed victory in the NAF Superflex CCI2*.

Ireland’s Aoife Clark was in the lead ahead of Ryuzo after the dressage but retired on the cross-country, leaving Ryuzo in pole position after his clear cross-country.

His clear showjumping cemented his win, finishing on 29.4.

“We are still a new partnership so at each competition we are still learning about each other, but he is a brilliant showjumper and did a great round,” said Ryuzo.

“He’s a fast horse across country. There was a lot of pressure because I was in the lead overnight and there was a long wait from the trot up this morning to showjumping this afternoon.

“We came here for qualification so to win was a massive bonus.”

Emily Philp and Fallulah held on to their runner-up spot after a super clear round to finish on 31, while Alice Pearson and Jack The Ginger rose from fifth to third after showjumping clear, finishing on 34.4.

Dani Evans and Hollywood Dancer led from start to finish in the NAF Five Star Mpower CCI1*.

Their clear round showjumping and foot-perfect cross-country kept them on their dressage score of 27.1, only 0.5 points ahead of runner up Susie Berry and Fernhill G.

Susie’s double clear also kept her on her dressage score of 27.6, as did third-placed Vicky Tuffs and Heartbeat’s who finished on 27.8.

Competition was tight, with the top 10 all jumping double clears to finish on their dressage scores. Of the 84 starters, 35 jumped double clear.

“She really deserves it, she’s such a special horse and I think she is a real horse for the future,” said Dani of Ann Butler’s six-year-old mare.

“She comes out and delivers every time. She does everything with no fuss and no drama and just focuses on her job, which makes my life very easy.

“The event has been great for these young horses experiencing their first long-format event.

“The courses were great course, the ground was perfect, and the whole atmosphere was brilliant. Thanks to NAF and the team at Hartpury for putting on such a great event.”

Hartpury’s Equine Director Philip Cheetham added: “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last five days of competition with horses, riders and record crowds of spectators enjoying the very best of International competition and our Hartpury Summer Fair here in Gloucestershire.

“We cannot thank the officials, Hartpury staff and volunteers enough. Without them and our sponsors NAF, putting on a event of this calibre would not be possible.”

Day one of the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials showcased the stars of the future in the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier.

Harry Horgan and Sara Brown’s Sirius were clear winners of the four-year-old class, winning by a 10-point margin from runners up Ginnie Turnbull and Geoffrey Burton’s A Bootlegger Black who scored 78, followed by third-placed Emily Young Jamieson and Sarah Cowley’s Joanna N.O who scored 77.

All three have now qualified for the final, which takes place at Burghley Horse Trials in September.

Harry said: “Sirius has already qualified for the BYEH finals, but we wanted to bring him here to experience the atmosphere and develop his education.

“I’m delighted and love producing the four and five-year-olds.”

The five-year-old qualifier got under way in the afternoon and was won by last-to-go Austin O’Connor and the beautiful chestnut stallion Silver Don, owned by Tina Figenschall.

A fluent dressage test earned them 27, while their clear showjumping round scored 37.

For his conformation, Silver Don earned 11 and 8 for his type, finishing on a total score of 92, nine points clear of second-placed Bernie Wharfe and Stonehavens Penhills Cobra (83 points).

Third place was awarded to Kitty King and Hazelbergs Faraono, who scored 81.

“We broke him as a four-year-old and did these young horses classes last year and then gave him plenty of time to mature,” said Austin of the Silvio I x Donna Rosa stallion.

“He’s unbelievably well behaved and has so much ability. He’s a very exciting prospect for the future as both a stallion and event horse.”

Japan takes the honours

On the final day of the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials, it was Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors JRA who stole the limelight in the NAF Superflex CCI2*.

Ireland’s Aoife Clark was in the lead ahead of Ryuzo after the dressage but retired on the cross-country leaving Ryuzo in pole position after his clear cross-country. His clear showjumping cemented his win, finishing on 29.4.

“We are still a new partnership so at each competition we are still learning about each other, but he is a brilliant showjumper and did a great round,” said Ryuzo. “He’s a fast horse across country. There was a lot of pressure because I was in the lead overnight and there was a long wait from the trot up this morning to showjumping this afternoon. We came here for qualification so to win was a massive bonus.”

Emily Philp and Fallulah held onto their runner-up spot after a super clear round to finish on 31, while Alice Pearson and Jack The Ginger rose from fifth to third after showjumping clear, finishing on 34.4.

Dani Evans and Hollywood Dancer lead from start to finish in the NAF Five Star Mpower CCI1*. Their clear round showjumping and foot-perfect cross-country kept them on their dressage score of 27.1, only 0.5 points ahead of runner up Susie Berry and Fernhill G. Susie’s double clear also kept her on her dressage score of 27.6, as did third-placed Vicky Tuffs and Heartbeat’s who finished on 27.8. Competition was tight, with the top 10 all jumping double clears to finish on their dressage scores. Of the 84 starters, 35 jumped double clear.

“She really deserves it, she’s such a special horse and I think she is a real horse for the future,” said Dani of Ann Butler’s six-year-old mare. “She comes out and delivers every time. She does everything with no fuss and no drama and just focuses on her job which makes my life very easy. The event has been great for these young horses experiencing their first long-format event. The courses were great course, the ground was perfect, and the whole atmosphere was brilliant. Thanks to NAF and the team at Hartpury for putting on such a great event.”

Hartpury’s Equine Director Philip Cheetham rounded up the event: “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last five days of competition with horses, riders and record crowds of spectators enjoying the very best of International competition and our Hartpury Summer Fair here in Gloucestershire. We cannot thank the officials, Hartpury staff and volunteers enough. Without them and our sponsors NAF, putting on a event of this calibre would not be possible.”

Further information about Hartpury
www.hartpury.ac.uk
Hartpury College is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports colleges. The campus covers more than 360 hectares and is located near to Gloucester and Cheltenham. The college is the world’s largest equine education facility and regularly wins national titles in rugby, football, netball, rowing, modern pentathlon and golf. University Centre, Hartpury has more than 1,550 students completing foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and agriculture. The College also has 2,000 students studying A Levels, BTEC Diplomas and short courses.

Photo: Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors JRA, credit: Sally Newcomb

 

Cook is back on top

At the end of a thrilling day of cross-country at the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials, Britain’s Tina Cook and Billy The Red reigned supreme in the NAF Magic CIC3*.

Sitting in 5thplace overnight after the dressage, Tina and Billy The Red pulled off a beautiful clear round showjumping before heading out on Eric Winter’s 3* course. The pair then performed a cross-country masterclass to finish on their dressage score of 25.6 and pull four places up the leaderboard into first position.

“The season has been unfortunate for me as I started with great hopes after being fourth at the Europeans last year and Billy The Red is only an 11-year-old, so he’s a young horse,” said Tina. “Then we had our fall at Burnham Market where I dislocated and fractured my shoulder badly so that caused me to miss a core of the season. Everything fell into place here, he nailed a good test because he is a world-class horse and I’m thrilled — it’s been a while since I’ve had a big win and it was a strong field. The ground was fantastic as was the course, and it was a great prep for the autumn events.”

A clear showjumping and cross-country round with just 0.4 time penalties brought Piggy French and Quarryquest Echo up from 6th overnight to second place. Piggy also took 8thriding Vanir Kamira who showjumped clear and earned just 8 time penalties across country to finish on 32.2. Sam Ecroyd and Wodan II made a huge leap from 11thovernight to third when pulling off a clear showjumping and cross country round with just 0.8 time penalties to finish on 28.3.

The leaderboard is relatively unchanged in the NAF MPower CCI1* ranks, with Dani Evans and Hollywood Dancer remaining in the lead after a spectacular clear cross-country round to stay on their dressage score of 27.1. Susie Berry and Fernhill G also pulled off a super clear round across country to stay in second place on 27.6, while Vicky Tuffs and Heartbeat move up into third place after a clear cross country. Vicky moves into third ahead of overnight third-placed rider Erika Sjostrom and Dantino B on collectives. Both riders stay on 27.8.

It’s all change in the NAF Superflex CCI2* with Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima taking centre stage after cross-country on Vick Du Gisors JRA after overnight leader Aoife Clark and Calling Card bowed out on the cross-country course. Emily Philps and Fallulah fill second place on 31 after a clear cross country round, while Alicia Hawker moves up to third from 12thovernight with Lawa on 33.3.

The sun shone on the Hartpury Summer Fair which saw huge crowds of local visitors through the gate to enjoy a fun-filled day of family entertainment.

Tickets are still available for Sunday 12 August, at £5 per person. Under 16s and parking is free all weekend.

To stay up to date with the latest news and results, visit www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk  or Facebook @hartpuryhorsetrials

Further information about Hartpury
www.hartpury.ac.uk
Hartpury College is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports colleges. The campus covers more than 360 hectares and is located near to Gloucester and Cheltenham. The college is the world’s largest equine education facility and regularly wins national titles in rugby, football, netball, rowing, modern pentathlon and golf. University Centre, Hartpury has more than 1,550 students completing foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and agriculture.  The College also has 2,000 students studying A Levels, BTEC Diplomas and short courses.

Photo credit: Gary Partridge

 

 

 

 

King leads the charge

Kitty King and Ceylor L A N currently top the NAF Magic CIC3* leaderboard at the end of day two of the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials dressage on a score of 22.3.

King sits three marks clear of second-placed Alexander Bragg and Zagreb on 25.5 while overnight leader Aoife Clark and Fernhill Adventure now sit in third with 25.5.

Ireland still leads the NAF Superflex CCI2* with Aoife Clark and Calling Card on 27. Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors JRA now fill second place on 29.4, and in third sits Ben Lee Liles and Ballyellen Buzz on 29.8.

In the NAF MPower CCI1* ranks, the leader board remained the same until the very end of the day when penultimate rider Dani Evans and Hollywood Dancer took the lead on 27.1 ahead of third-last to go Susie Berry and Fernhill G on 27.6 who now lie in second place. Overnight leaders, Sweden’s Erika Sjostrom and Dantino B, are now in third on 27.8.

The excitement is building ahead of tomorrow’s cross-country, which sees some major changes to the course. Riders have been praising the hard work of the ground staff in ensuring the perfect going despite the difficult conditions.

“We had a brilliant heavy shower this morning but we really appreciate the huge amount of effort that has gone into the ground,” said British Olympic eventer Pippa Funnel today. “The landings and the spiking that’s been done are absolutely excellent. I’ve come to Hartpury for many years and there has certainly been a few changes [to the course], but it looks really exciting and I can’t wait to get out there tomorrow.”

Alongside the thrilling cross-country phase of the Horse Trials, Saturday 11 August also boasts our fun-filled Hartpury Summer Fair, perfect for all the family and bursting with exciting things to do and watch including a birds of prey demonstration, family fun dog show, police horse demo, side-saddle demo, face painting, treasure hunt and much more. Open 12-4pm, £5 entry, 16 and under go free.

Tickets are still available for cross-country day on Saturday 11 August and Sunday 12 August, at £5 per person. Under 16s and parking is free all weekend. To stay up to date with the latest news and results, visit www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk  or Facebook @hartpuryhorsetrials

Further information about Hartpury
www.hartpury.ac.uk
Hartpury College is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports colleges. The campus covers more than 360 hectares and is located near to Gloucester and Cheltenham. The college is the world’s largest equine education facility and regularly wins national titles in rugby, football, netball, rowing, modern pentathlon and golf. University Centre, Hartpury has more than 1,550 students completing foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and agriculture.  The College also has 2,000 students studying A Levels, BTEC Diplomas and short courses.

 

Photo: Kitty King and Ceylor L A N, credit: Sally Newcomb

Ireland leads the NAF Magic CIC3* dressage on day one

After a super first day of dressage at the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials, Ireland’s Aoife Clark and Fernhill Adventure head the provisional Magic CIC3* dressage leaderboard with 25.5, two marks clear of runner-up Sam Ecroyd and Wodan III. France’s Sebastien Cavaillon and Sarah D Argouges lie in third with 29.

Ben Lee Liles currently fills the top slot in the NAF Superflex CCI2* with Ballyellen Buzz on a score of 29.8. Emily Philp and Fallulah are runners-up with 29.8 while New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson claims third with Andrea BT4 on 31.

The NAF MPower CCI1* leaderboard is close at the top and currently sees Switzerland’s Erika Sjostrom (Dantino B) and Britain’s Vicky Tuffs (Heartbeat) share the top spot on 27.8, with only a collective putting Erika ahead. Jesse Campbell and Morning Fawlty are sitting in third with 28.2.

Hartpury’s BSc Equestrian Sport Science student and Hartpury Equine Academy rider Victoria Leabeater is currently lying in seventh position in the NAF MPower CCI1* riding her own Darco IV with a score of 30.7.“I’ve only owned Darco since November and this is his first three-day event, so I’m really pleased with how he coped with the atmosphere,” said Victoria. “I’m really looking forward to tackling the cross-country with him and hope he has a good, confidence-giving round as he’s definitely my horse for the future.”

Tickets are still available for cross-country day, Saturday and Sunday, at £5 per person. Under 16s and parking is free all weekend.

To stay up to date with the latest news and results, visit www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk  or Facebook @hartpuryhorsetrials

Photo: Switzerland’s Erika Sjostrom (Dantino B), Courtesy of Tim Wilkinson Eventing Images

Top names heading to new-look International Horse Trials

A star-studded line-up of horses and riders will face a host of fresh and exciting challenges at the new-look NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials.

Entries for the CIC*** include a number of four-star combinations in the form of Ros Canter and Allstar B, Harry Meade and Away Cruising, Tina Cook and Billy The Red, Kitty King and Ceylor Lan, Piggy French and Vanir Kamira and Alex Bragg and Zagreb.

This year’s courses, set among Hartpury’s 360-hectare campus, are set to be better than ever, with exciting changes across all three tracks for the showpiece event on 8-12 August.

Three-star course designer Eric Winter said: “This year we’ve decided to improve the public’s interaction with the course.

“We’ve removed the section that runs through the woods to bring the course more out into the open and utilise some of the other areas of the venue, including a brand new combination in front of the historic Hartpury House.

“We’ve also created flat spots to build fences and keep the course inside the main park meaning spectators can sit on the hill and watch 90 per cent of the course.

“In 2020 we have the Junior and Young Rider European Championships in dressage and eventing, so much of what we are doing now has a championship feel to it with that event in mind.”

He added: “The Hartpury House Garden combination set right in front of the house is going to be an eye-catcher, as will the Hartpury University Centre Combination incorporating a log down a steep bank to a couple of skinnies.”

Another exciting addition to this year’s event is a bus route running through the site with drop-off points and refreshment areas where spectactors can buy strawberries and cream and a coffee right by the side of the fences.

“Running the event alongside the Hartpury Summer Fair, which will take place on the Saturday, will make the event more family-friendly and showcase all that Hartpury has to offer to both horsey and non-horsey visitors,” added Eric.

Much effort has gone into preparing the ground for this year’s course after the exceptionally dry spell.

“We are aggravating the ground and watering afterwards to ensure the going is as good as can be,” said Eric.

“Hartpury has its own irrigation system in place, but we are also hiring ijn two water bowsers so we’re hitting it as hard as we can.

“Our park manager has been massively proactive in making the course smooth like a golf course, filling in holes and raking over it with sand and soil, and thankfully we’ve had some rain to help with proceedings.”

Competitors of the CCI* and CCI** events will also see major changes this year.

“The back end of the track is completely different,” says one-star and two-star designer Angus Smales.

“We hit the rail, ditch, rail in the opposite direction this year and the second half of the track is very different.

“My philosophy as a rider is that I don’t enjoy courses that are there to deliberately try and trick horse and rider, so as a designer, my courses test the range of gears and skills that you need to progress.

“These courses test the rider’s ability to create the correct canter for the obstacle.

“Everything is very fair and consistent all the way through.

“There’s a new fence located in the old golf bunker this year – an upright with two options jumping down into the bunker with a similar fence the other side of the bunker to jump out. Again, it’s an exercise rather than a trap.

“Not incorporating the woods will be better in respect of the spectator’s point of view because it is more accessible.

From a rider’s point of view it makes it easier for us to maintain the ground. This year is sure to be better than ever.”