Teddy the Shetland set to attend summer fair at Hartpury Horse Trials

One of Instagram’s most influential ponies will head to this year’s event, taking place 7-11 August.

Teddy the Shetland, a diminutive palomino with an enviable Instagram following of over 100,000, will attend this year’s NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials.

In his role as event mascot, Teddy will take up a number of public appointments during the event including Thursday’s media event and cross-country course walk. He’ll also meet and greet crowds at the annual summer fair on Saturday 10 August.

Attractions alongside Teddy include 9-hole crazy golf, a falconry display, climbing wall, inflatable playground and a treasure trail. A host of exhibitors will also be in attendance.

Who is Teddy the Shetland?

Teddy the Shetland has featured in a number of national media outlets in recent months thanks to his rather amusing social media feed.

Back in December, the “pony influencer” even featured in a heart-warming advert for Sandown’s Tingle Creek race meeting, re-enacting scenes from iconic festive films. More recently, Teddy graced the turf at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

All change for 2019

As the countdown to the event gets underway, Teddy’s announcement is one of a number of additions and changes to the 2019 running of this popular event. Look out for live Twitter commentary providing instant results and rider reaction, as well as a daily podcast rounding up the day’s action and rider interviews.

The competitive action gets underway on Wednesday 7 August with the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers taking place ahead of the CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, and CCI4*-S competitions from Thursday 8 August. The cross-country courses will once again be designed by Eric Winter.

Want to meet Teddy? Entry to the NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials is free on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 August. Entry to the event costs £10 per person on Saturday 10 August and £5 per person on Sunday 11 August. Under 16s go free all week. Advance tickets can be purchased here.

Stay up to date with all the latest news by following the Hartpury Festival of Dressage on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Former Hartpury winner reigns supreme at Bramham

Great Britain’s Kitty King and Vendredi Biats, winners of the NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials in 2017, have won the Equi-Trek Bramham International CCI4*-L competition.

On a damp and grey Saturday in West Yorkshire, Kitty stormed to the top of the leader board with a striking display of cross country riding, following up an impressive dressage score of 26.8. The grey gelding was just one second over the optimum time, adding 0.4 to her first phase score and preventing a re-run of her 2018 Bramham disappointment where time faults meant she narrowly missed the podium.

An immaculate clear show jumping round on Sunday afternoon meant that her Rio team-mate and dressage leader Gemma Tattersall had to settle for second on Jalapeno III, having had a fence down in the final phase.

Andrew Nicholson and As Is, a combination who finished fifth at Hartpury’s CCI3*-L in 2018, finished in seventh place.

“Huge congratulations to Kitty and her team on a hugely impressive performance at Bramham” says Philip Cheetham, Hartpury’s Equine Director.

“We take huge pride in seeing former winners of our event go on to enjoy success all over the country and indeed the world, and we are genuinely thrilled for her and all involved. Our August event attracts leading international competitors year on year, and we are already looking forward to our 2019 fixture” he added.

Want to attend this year’s Hartpury Horse Trials?

This year’s NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials gets underway on Wednesday 7 August with the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers taking place ahead of the CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, and CCI4*-S competitions from Thursday 8 August. The cross-country courses will once again be designed by Eric Winter.

Entry to the event is free on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 August. Entry to the event costs £10 per person on Saturday 10 August and £5 per person on Sunday 11 August. Under 16s go free all week. Advance tickets can be purchased here.

Stay up to date with all the latest news by following the Hartpury Festival of Dressage on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.