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  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.

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

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.

Entry is free for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets for Saturday are £10 each and £5 each on Sunday and they can be purchased through our online shop – book tickets

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.

Flying Finish soars into the lead after Day 1 of the Hartpury Horse Trials

Eventing superstar Caroline Powell has soared into the lead in the Superflex CIC*** with Flying Finish after the first day of dressage at the NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.

New Zealand’s Caroline, a previous Burghley winner and Olympic medallist, produced an excellent test to gain a score of 41.6 ahead of Ibby Macpherson and Ballingowan Diamond on 42.5. Sitting in third spot ahead of tomorrow’s competitors completing their dressage is Bella Innes Kerr and Carolyn with a score of 43.

Tom Carlile has taken the lead on 41.9 in the Magic CCI** aboard Opium de Boisy followed by Alice Sandberg and Cecilio with 44.9. Finishing off the top three at the end of day one is Sarah Bullimore and Upper Class on 44.9.

In the Recover CCI* Emily Llewellyn on Exclusive will go into the second day of dressage in the lead with a score of 42. Helen Wilson on Fine Fleur sits in

second with 45.3 and hot on her heels are Francis Whittington on Excellent R with a score of 45.8.

Tomorrow will see the remaining riders take to the stage to complete the dressage tests before the weekend’s cross country and show jumping action gets underway on

Saturday. Admission on Friday 12th is free of charge and Saturday 13th and Sunday 16th entry is charge at £10 per person with under 16s and parking free.

To stay up to date with the latest news and results, go to follow @hartpuryHT on twitter and visit the Facebook page.

Hartpury hosts talent of tomorrow as International Horse Trials gets underway

The horse stars of the future have taken centre stage at the NAF Five Star Hartpury International Horse Trials today as they stake their claim to qualify for Burghley.

Competition was fierce as the event got off to a flying start with the 4 Year Old and 5 Year Old Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers, with only the top three horses from each class gaining qualification for the final at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Friday 2nd September.

Each horse must complete three sections – a dressage test, a course of show jumps and a conformational assessment. The top 10 highest scoring competitors then complete a final section based on their suitability and potential for world class three day eventing.

In this morning’s Four Year Old class Tom Jackson steered Grafemacht to take the top spot with a score of 83, followed by Ginnie Turnbull with Demi Minutus on 82 to take second place with Sarah Parkes on Zosia taking third with 78.

International event rider and Hartpury equine

graduate Robert Barker had two rides in the 4 Year Old class. Having already qualified for the final at Burghley with Hakuna Matata PFB they proved their worth again today claiming fourth place with on a score 78.

Laura Collett riding Calmaro triumphed in the afternoon’s Five Year Old class, scoring 85 Natalie McGoldrick on Galant, also on 85 was very closely behind in second place with Kay Raybould on Passions Opposition in third on 83.

The NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials runs from 10th to 14th 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 – cross country day!

Admission on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th is free of charge and on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th, entry is charged at £10 per person with free entry for under 16s and free parking.

To stay up to date with the latest news and results, go to follow @hartpuryHT on twitter and visit the Facebook page.

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While we count down the days to the 2016 NAF 5 Star Hartpury International Horse Trials, why don’t you check out some of the best action from last year’s festival by watching this brilliant video?