Wonderful Willa tops off her Hartpury experience with a little bit of Magic

Retaining her lead from the start Willa Newton took the top spot in the Magic CCI** at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.

After yesterday’s second place in the Superflex CIC*** Willa has topped off her competition by riding Moonlight Dance S into first place. With less than a fence in hand over second placed Roberto Scalisi it was all to play for but Newton kept her cool to jump clear.

Riding a superb cross-country, Willa adding just 0.4 cross country time faults to her dressage mark of 41.6 and finished on a score of 42.0. “I’m so excited for my first ever three day event win”, commented Willa. The owners, Sandpiper Syndicate, were also over the moon.

Second place after the cross country, Amelia Walker and Director General had 12 faults in the showjumping to drop to eighth place. Roberto, riding Topaze Du Plain for Italy at the first ever two-star event for both horse and rider, stepped up to finish second, staying on his dressage score of 45.2. After also jumping clear, Alicia Hawker and Nankin Des Ruettes completed the top three.

The showjumping proved to be very influential in the Recover CCI* with only 25 combinations jumping clear of the 64 pairs that got through to the final phase. Stepping up to the mark, overnight second placed Amelia Walker and her own E Boy jumped clear to put the pressure on leader Chloe Lynn riding Calzini. Unfortunately, the pair had three fences down, dropping them out of the placings to finish on a mark of 55.4.

This left Amelia to take the top spot, finishing on her dressage mark of 45.3. Mark Ford, riding Mintridge Larkspur, jumped a lovely clear to stay on their dressage mark of 45.8 to take second place whilst Lizzie Baugh and B Exclusive also had nothing to add.

Finishing in beautiful sunshine Hartpury’s Equine Director Phillip Cheetham said: “We had a wonderful 5 days of competition with horses and riders enjoying the very best of International competition here in Gloucestershire. We cannot thank the officials, Hartpury staff and volunteers enough. Without them and our sponsors NAF, it would not have been as successful as it was.”

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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Excitement for the NAF Hartpury Horse Trials heats up as event course designers promises world-class action

Hartpury’s NAF International Horse Trials are set for an exciting weekend of action when the event rolls around in August. That’s according to course designer Eric Winter.

Winter, who is also course designer at Badminton, has put in place some exciting plans for this year’s competition, bringing a new course builder on board as well as the introduction of an up-and-coming course designer for the one and two star events.

Winter said: “There has been a real change in the feel of the courses this year. We’ve got a new designer on board and he’s bought his own ideas and thoughts and we’ve developed some exciting plans for this year.

“We’ve definitely stepped the three star up and there’s a lot to do on it. The course gets busy early; fence four is very dramatic – two trakehners on top of a bank – and then they have one let up fence, which is quite big, and then they go to the water.”

The trials will see some of the best international eventers showcasing their skills when the competition gets underway on Wednesday, 9th August. Pippa Funnell will be leading the British charge while New Zealand duo Andrew Nicholson – a former winner at the event – and Paul Tapner are also competing.

Hartpury have spent over £100,000 on irrigation for the course to ensure that the footing is perfect for the event. This investment has allowed Hartpury to water the entire course ahead of this year’s cross-country competition.

Eric added: “We’ve had an irrigation system here for a while but it didn’t cover the whole course. We’ve updated this now and we’ll be able to cover the whole course to make sure that the footing is right.”

Competitors in the CCI* and CCI** events are in for a surprise with new course designer Angus Smales and course builder, Dom Moore’s ambitious plans.

“Early on the balance of the track really changes,” Smales said. “We’ve stuck to the original routes as there has been a ground management process in place for a while but as a designer I wanted to change to flow of the course so that it was different.”

Smales and Moore have described their cross-country courses at Hartpury this year as ‘big and bold’ and the pair have some exciting plans for continuing to develop the flow of the course over the coming years.

Moore said: “We’ve moved away from previous years and gone to lots of things which involve more turning questions and using the terrain but with big, bold fences. In the past there hasn’t been the flexibility to do this.”

“Our long term plan is to run the course in the opposite direction,” Smales added on the duo’s plans to revamp the course.

Spectators will have a unique experience at the event according to Eric Winter, who says Hartpury’s competition provides something you won’t get at many events.

“We also have some great horses here – World Championship and Olympic horses – and it’s unusual when you can sit in one spot and watch them jump from the third fence, right the way round the course,” Winter said.

“You see the story of the competition unfold in front of you, which is always an exciting thing. It’s the best of eventing when you can watch it like that.”

Tickets to the event are free for under-16s all week while everyone else can buy tickets to the must-see event here.

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The five days of competition gets underway with the stars of the future taking part in the Burghley Young Event Horse classes on Wednesday 9th August. Then the competition starts for the Recover CCI1*, Magic CCI2* and Superflex CIC3* with the dressage phase on Thursday and Friday. Saturday brings all the excitement of the Cross Country phase plus the CIC3* showjumping with the competition coming to a thrilling close on Sunday with the showjumping finale of the CCI1* and CCI2* competitions.

In addition to all of the Eventing action there will be a wide range of tradestands and excellent catering on site for the duration of the event, as well as demonstrations and a dog show taking place in the outdoor arena on Saturday, making it a great day out for all the family.

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Furlong finishes in fine style to take the title in horse trials finale

Saturday’s overnight joint leader Will Furlong triumphed to claim the Magic CCI** title in tight fashion on the last day of the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.

It all came down to the last round as Will, riding nine year old mare Collien P 2, had less than a fence in hand over Andrew Nicholson in second spot. Despite the pressure Furlong kept his composure to produce a lovely clear and claim first prize on his dressage score of 42.3.

New Zealand’s Nicholson rose from fourth to finish second having completed his show jumping round clear and inside the time on Swallow Springs to also finish on his dressage score of 45, narrowly beating Germany’s Franca Luedeke aboard Cero Song on 45.9 to finish third.

Tom Carlile occupied both joint first and third spots after the cross country but withdrew joint leader Quiro Hoy before the showjumping. With his own Opium de Boisy he had an unfortunate ten faults to drop him to fourth place. Rupert Batting and Manyoshu took home the prize for completing the cross country course closest to the optimum prize.

Furlong, who is in his last year of young riders, said: “I am over the moon, absolutely delighted, and really looking forward to progressing with her. I’ve only been riding her since May so it’s really exciting to see what we will achieve together.”

Meanwhile in the Recover CCI* Amy Crerar and Sankro managed to retain their lead for the entire duration of their competition to win with a score of 41.8. It was an extremely close run for the top two spots as Amy added one show jumping time fault to her dressage and cross country score (40.8) to finish just 0.1 ahead of Emily Llewellyn and Exclusive.

Llewellyn went into an early lead in the dressage phase with a score of 41.9 with Amy just pushing her to second spot in the second day of dressage. Emily and Exclusive then went clear inside the time in both the cross country and the show jumping to remain on 41.9, keeping the pressure on Crerar for the whole event but ultimately it was not quite enough and they took home second.

Lizzie Baugh riding Quarry Man rose to the occasion on the cross country to go into third after phase two. She too had nothing to add after the final phase and finished on her dressage score of 45.2, keeping her spot on the podium at the end of the class.

Storm Straker completed on her dressage score of 48.8 to claim 10th prize and in doing so clinched the Denis Ivan trophy for the highest placed Pony Club Rider. Charlotte Jenkins and Cuffesgrange Ars Royale took home the award for completing the cross country closest to the optimum time, as well as landing 11th place.

Sunday’s action rounds off another fantastic year of top eventing at Hartpury, which saw Nicola Wilson excel in the pinnacle event, the Superflex CCI***. Her untouchable performance during the cross country and showjumping phases were enough to see her crowned champion aboard One Two Many.

Event Director, Phillip Cheetham, said: “This has been another amazing display of world class eventing right across the whole week. Everyone involved has worked incredibly hard to pull off one of the biggest events on our equine calendar. We hope that all the spectators and competitors all had a great time and we cannot wait to welcome them back next year.”

Hartpury would like to thank NAF, all the sponsors and everyone involved in putting on such a hugely successful international event.

Wonderful Wilson proves too much for the field at Hartpury Horse Trials

Nicola Wilson and One Two Many proved untouchable as they came from behind to claim the Superflex CIC*** title at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials. 
 
Wilson, second overnight behind Izzy Taylor, surged into the lead following a clear in the showjumping round which saw Taylor pick up four faults to fall behind the eventual winner. Despite Wilson getting 2.8 time penalties in the cross country, Wilson set the standard for the remaining competitors and her score of 39.9 was unmatched throughout.  
 
Overnight leader Izzy Taylor’s unlucky four faults in the showjumping took her into the cross country on a score of 40.6. She completed a rare clear round inside the time to remain on her showjumping score to finished second overall. Willa Newton and Neelix had nothing to add to their dressage score of 41, with clear rounds in both their showjumping and cross country to take the final podium spot. 
 
With the CIC** wrapped up it’s still all to play for in the CCI* and CCI* tomorrow – the final day of the NAF Five Star International Horse Trials. 
 
The first action of the day saw the cross country get underway in the Recover CCI* with Amy Crerar, aboard Sankro, cruising round clear to remain on her dressage score of 40.8. Emily Llewellyn and Exclusive also had nothing to add to their 41.0 dressage score to remain in second ahead of tomorrow’s final show jumping phase. 
 
Overnight third place holders Kevin Mcnab and Creevagh Bobby Joe unfortunately had jumping and time penalties to add to drop them down the leaderboard making way for Lizzie Baugh and Quarry Man to take third place. They had a super clear cross country round to make it home inside the time, finishing on their dressage score of 45.2. 
 
The day ended the way it had begun – on the cross country course – as the Magic CCI** competitors battled for position heading into the final day. Overnight leader Tom Carlile finds himself joined at the top by Will Furlong and Collien P 2 as the riders sit on exactly the same score of 42.3 after the cross country. 
 
Carlile’s second ride, Opium de Boisy, currently occupies the final podium spot after picking up a 0.8 time penalty in the cross country to fall behind Furlong. The top three are separated by just 0.3 points heading into the final day. 
 
Both classes will

be completing their show jumping rounds to determine the winner. With entry at just £10 per person, under 16s and parking free pop down to find out who manage to clinch first place! 

Izzy touches the top at Hartpury Horse Trials

It’s all change at the top as Izzy Taylor heads up the leaderboard moving into the final day of the Superflex CIC*** at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials. 
 
British rider Taylor and horse Be Touchable lead on a score of 36.6 ahead of Nicola Wilson on One Two

Many (37.1) and the pair of Flora Harris and Bayano(37.9) as the dressage finished on day two of the competition. Overnight leader, Caroline Powell on Flying Finish, finds herself down in tenth.

 
Tomorrow’s action (Saturday 13th August) sees the CIC*** competitors up against one another in the showjumping before finishing with the horse trials showpiece event, the cross country. Action begins at 8.30 and spectators will also be able to take in the CCI* cross country in the morning and the CCI** cross country in the afternoon following the climax of the CIC***. 
 
Meanwhile Tom Carlile has taken the one-two in the Magic CCI**. Tom and Opium de Boisy have managed to retain their lead of 41.8 throughout day two of dressage and has taken the second spot with Quiro Hoy on 42.3. Will Furlong and Collien P 2 occupy the third spot also with 42.3 ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s cross country. 
 
In the Recover CCI* Amy Crerar and Sankro scored 40.8 to just pip in front of yesterday’s dressage leaders Emily Llewellyn and Exclusive with a score of 41.9. Kevin Mcnab and Creevagh complete the top three going into tomorrow’s cross country with 44.2 for their dressage.  
 
Entry for the weekend is £10 per person (free for under-16s) and parking is free.