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 www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk 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 www.hartpuryhorsetrials.co.uk follow @hartpuryHT on twitter and visit the Facebook page.