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  or Facebook @hartpuryhorsetrials

Further information about Hartpury
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