Badminton winner headlines bumper field at 2019 NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials

Piggy French and Vanir Kamira, winners of this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, headline a strong field at the 2019 NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials.

This year’s Bramham winners, Kitty King and Vendredi Biats (pictured below), are also set to contest the CCI4*-S competition which attracted a record number of entries. Tina Cook and Billy The Red, winners of this class in 2018 also return to defend their title alongside last year’s fourth-placed combination Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On.

“We are thrilled to see such a strong entry ahead of this year’s NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials” said Equine Director, Philip Cheetham.

“The CCI4*-S competition always proves a popular choice among top riders ahead of the autumn internationals but this year we had to run a waitlist. The course looks fantastic and we can’t wait to see how the class of 2019 fair as they tackle Eric Winter’s brilliant challenge” he added.

A number of changes have been made to the cross country courses at all levels and perfect ground conditions have been aided by considerable ground care investment and a combination of sunshine and rainfall.

Summer Fair

The annual summer fair returns on Saturday 10 August, taking place alongside the exciting cross country phase. Scale new heights at the climbing wall, browse the stalls of local exhibitors and find out how police horses are trained. Check out the hawks, owls and eagles at the birds of prey demonstration or enter your four-legged friend in the annual Hartpury dog show and be in with a chance of taking home a rosette. Before heading home, walk the imposing cross country course and marvel at brave horses and riders as they tackle solid obstacles against a stunning Gloucestershire backdrop. Look out for a VIP (Very Important Pony) guest too who has taken Instagram by storm. He’ll be meeting and greeting, showcasing his best tricks and giving lots of cuddles. All in all, the Hartpury Summer Fair and Horse Trials is a Great British day out.

Entry to the event for spectators is free on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 August. Entry during Saturday 10 August costs £10 per person. Entry during Sunday 11 August costs £5 per person. Under 16s go free all week.

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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 on cross country day providing instant results and rider reaction.

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.

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