Kitty King reigns champion of the Superflex CIC***

It was a super Saturday of competition at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials, as Kitty King and Vendredi Biats retain their lead to win the Superflex CIC***.

With a top dressage score of 39 and clear-round in the show jumping, King went on to fly through the cross-country into well-deserved first place. Willa Newton stepped up into second, having just added 1.2 time to move up from 10th place on a final score of 48.2. Ludwig Svennerstal was just behind, adding 2 time cross country to finish on 48.5, completing the top three podium placings.

King said: “I’m delighted with Vendredi’s performance. He’s only eight years old and has just moved up from two to three star eventing. He can really pull through my hands though and I nearly withdrew him a week ago because of it. I had a lot of support and found a new bit-combination for him that’s really worked. It was my birthday on Thursday so this is a great belated birthday present!”

Overnight’s second place, Stella Benatti, had an unlucky four faults to drop her out of the top 10 heading into the cross country. Yesterday’s joint third place competitors, Franky Reid-Warrilow riding Dolley Whisper and Lauren Kieffer aboard Veronica II, both jumped clear to set off for the final phase in joint second. Sharon Hunt and Paul Tapner both stayed on their dressage scores to take fourth and fifth place respectively, ahead of the third phase.

It was all to play for setting out on the third and final phase, with the top 14 all within 10 marks of each other. Vendredi Biats and Kitty King added just 3.2 time to finish on a score of 42.2, staying clear of the rest of the field.

It all changed for the rest of the top five as Franky picked up 9.2 time to drop to eighth place whilst Lauren and Veronica II picked up 20 penalties and 28 time to drop out of the placings.

Paul Tapner and Bonza King of Rouges moved up a place to finish in fourth on 50.2, whilst Jeanette Brakewell and Forever Red completed the top five on a score of 52.5.

There’s no change from yesterday in the placings in the Magic CCI**. It’s all go for Willa Newton as she retains her lead on Moonlight Dance S, adding just 0.4 time to her dressage score to head into the final day on 42.0. Second and third placed Amelia Walker and Roberto Scalisi both take their dressage scores of 44.7 and 45.2 into tomorrow’s showjumping.

Leading from day one in the Recover CCI*, Chloe Lynn had nothing to add after the cross country to retain her top spot ahead of tomorrow’s showjumping. Second place after the dressage, Imogen Gloag added 9.2 time to drop out of the placings, leaving Amelia Walker to move up to second place on E Boy after going clear.

Mark Ford and Mintridge Larkspur also stayed clear to head into tomorrow’s showjumping in third place on 45.3. With just a fence separating the top 10, tomorrow will be close competition. 

Tickets are still available for tomorrow (the final day of the world-famous horse trials), Sunday 12th and entry is just £5 with under 16s and parking is free.

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Kitty is King of them all on day two at Hartpury

Kitty King and Vendredi Biats top the leader board after a top day two of dressage at NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.

It is going to be an exciting day of action tomorrow with fierce competition in the Superflex CIC***. Kitty King sits clear of the field with a dressage mark of 39.1 whilst Stella Benatti takes second place on Zaron with 43.5.

Overnight leader Franky Reid-Warrilow has dropped to third place on her score of 44.0, now joint place with American rider Lauren Kieffer and Veronica II who match Franky’s mark on 44.0. Fifth placed Sharon Hunt also received a mark of 44.0 from the judges, but drops behind with lower collective marks.

Also sitting in the top 10 are a host of experienced riders who will be hoping to stake their claim on the cross country. This includes Paul Tapner riding two horses, Andrew Nicholson, Jeanette Brakewell and Ludwig Svennerstal.

Kitty King said: “I am delighted with him – he is only eight years old so I thought he may be rather spooky but he was very soft and consistent and kept his concentration throughout.”

The previous night’s leader in the Magic CCI** was Amelia Walker riding Director General. Today she was pipped to the post by Willa Newton and Moonlight Dance S on a score of 41.6. Roberto Scalisi and Topaze Du Plain slotted into third, scoring 45.2.

In the Recover CCI*, overnight leader Chloe Lynn retained her top spot with Calzini, on a score of 43.4. There is now only one mark separating the next six places so every second will count out on the cross country tomorrow. Imogen Gloag steered Kalico into second place on a mark of 45.2 whilst Amelia Walker fills third spot, on a score of 45.3.

It’s all set to be a great day of show jumping and cross country competition tomorrow.

CCI* and CCI** cross country course designer Angus Smales said: “I’ve made some changes to the courses this year. It’s a big, bold track – brave horses will be rewarded. I’m very excited, but as my first CCI course design it is also a little nervewracking!

“Working with Eric Winter has been a lot of fun and really interesting, and the course building team has done an amazing job building the courses, as they always do.”

Tickets are still available for cross country day, Saturday 12th, at £10 per person and Sunday’s entry is just £5. Under 16s and parking is free all weekend.

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Dolley Whisper dances into top spot today at NAF Hartpury Horse Trials

Up-and-coming event rider Franky Reid-Warilow tops the leaderboard at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials, after the first day of dressage in the Superflex CIC***.

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A European medallist, and a member of the World Class Podium Potential Programme, Franky slotted in at the top of the field for the first day of dressage on a score of 44.0, riding Dolley Whisper. Paul Tapner and Bonza King of Rouges were a close second on 45.8, whilst Willa Newton rode Neelix to third place, scoring 47.0.

There was not much separating those placed at the top of the leader board, with the top 11 all within 10 marks of each other. American rider Lauren Kieffer’s two rides of the day, Landmarks Monte Carlo and D A Duras, were both in the top 10. It will be all to play for tomorrow with more top names starting their competition.

Amelia Walker and Director General stormed the Magic CCI**, taking the top spot on a score of 44.7. Second placed was Andrew Nicholson riding Yacabo BK, achieving a score of 47.1. Jonty Evans was hot on his heels at third place on Clara M with a mark of 47.7.

In the Recover CCI* Chloe Lynn rode into the overnight lead on Calzini with a score of 43.4. Mark Ford and Mintridge Larkspur currently sit in second place on 45.8 whilst Lizzie Baugh and B Exclusive are hot on their heels to make-up the top three places on 45.9.

Tomorrow will see the remaining riders for each section take to the stage to complete their dressage tests before the weekend’s cross country and show jumping action gets underway on Saturday. The new-look-and-feel cross country course, designed by Eric Winter (CIC***) and Angus Smales (CCI* and CCI**), and built by Dominic Moore, has received lots of positive feedback from riders, sponsors and organisers.

Eric, who designed this year’s Badminton cross country course, said: “I’m so pleased with the course. Dom and his team have done a really great job. It’s really moved up a step in its look and its finish, it’s like a championship track.”

Course builder Dominic Moore added: “We’ve had a great couple of days in the final week of the event; the ground is perfect with the rain we’ve had and there is great grass coverage. We’re in for a great day of cross country on Saturday!”

Competing in the Magic CCI**, Jonty Evans said: “The course looks very impressive, the going is perfect and I’m really looking forward to riding it on Saturday.”

Admission on Friday 11th is free of charge, Saturday 12th tickets are £10 and Sunday 13th entry is just £5 per person with under 16s and parking free. To stay up to date with the latest news and results, visit www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk  or Facebook @hartpuryhorsetrials

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Evans ecstatic at Hartpury after securing talented event horse’s future

Day one of NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials will go down in history, as the news broke that Irish rider Jonty Evans had hit his crowdfunding target to secure his Olympic ride, Cooley Rorkes Drift.

In a time-pressured situation, where Jonty needed the horse’s ownership secured to be able to go to the European Championships with the Irish team, the public pulled through to ensure Cooley Rorkes Drift, known at home as Art, has a forever future with Evans.

Evans set up the crowdfunding campaign with the aim of raising £500,000 to buy Art, the horse that he finished in 9th place with, and best-of-the-Irish team, at the Rio Olympics. Contributing to the crowdfunding was an online auction with various lots donated to the cause. With two large donations of £150,000 and £100,000, the rest of the money was generated from the public who generously backed the cause.

Competing in two classes at the international horse trials competition, Jonty was at Hartpury when the news of the crowdfunding success hit the headlines.

He said: “I feel overwhelmed by people’s support. I was riding in the young horse class at Hartpury today and so many people were wanting to say congratulations.

“There are other riders here who I know put money in and I’m hugely grateful. It’s just an amazing feeling to know that Art is at home and staying there. The next few days at Hartpury – I’m riding a horse called Clara M in the two-star. She’s a good horse and she could go well so I need to focus on her now and get the next job done.”

The first day of the competition has been all about the stars of the future as they take centre stage to qualify for Burghley in September. The day got off to a bit of a soggy start with torrential rain for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse 4 Year Old class. Despite the best of the British weather it was a tough competition, with an early lead established by Bernie Wharfe and Penhills Candy Man. They continued their lead throughout to win on a score of 86.

In a very close field, with the top three all finishing on 86, Harry Meade took second place aboard Castle Howard Octavian whilst Austin O’Connor, and Money Talks claimed third spot – with all three clinching qualifying places.

It brightened up for the second class of the day, the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse 5 Year Old Class, in which Armee Stunt riding Tiger Attack took top spot on 88. Vicky Brake and Don’t Tell Tom slotted into second place on a score of 85, whilst hot on her heels was Micheal Jackson and Trevargo, scoring 84, to take third place.

The NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials runs from 9th to 13th August, offering world-class eventing up close and personal with the stars of the eventing world. Excitement is already building for Saturday, which features the pinnacle of the competition – the cross country day!

Admission on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th is free of charge. Saturday 12th entry is £10 and Sunday 13th tickets are £5 per person with free entry for under 16s. Parking is free across the whole event.

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