Barbury International Horse Trials 2019
By Lucy Hall
All images by Lucy Hall Photography – All rights are reserved and subject to copyright
Beautiful Barbury….Barbury Horse trials was in danger of not running at all this year. The FEI was determined not to lose the fixture in the Eventing calendar and Musketeer Events were drafted in to organise and run the event. As a local to the event and a supporter of Barbury for the passed 10 years this was excellent news.
National Novice sections and CCI-S 3 and 4* Classes are run over 4 days, riders come from far and wide to compete at this beautiful venue where the viewing is the best in the world. From the main arena you can see a lot of the cross country course and from up at Wood Henge you can see all but 2 fences on course which makes for a great atmosphere and fantastic viewing of top class sporting action.
Musketeer Events did a fantastic job of organising the event with the little preparation time they had. It was great to have a relaxed friendly atmosphere back at Barbury where nothing was to much trouble and everyone was friendly and welcoming from the Secretaries to the Media nothing was to much trouble and everyone was helpful and accommodating.
I thought it was a lovely touch having everyone (even the novice sections) jumping in the main arena, national or international classes everyone got their chance in the ‘Big Atmosphere’ arena at an iconic event. On the Sunday the CCI-S4* cross country went through the main arena at the top end with competitors jumping two huge fences into the water – a real spectacle for the spectators while the 4* show jumping was still going on and then later the Shetland Grand National. Although I’m not convinced the 90 second Grand National final was a good idea when Imogen Murry went through the arena only to receive an early bath due to her horse being rather distracted by the little legs below racing around! But hindsight is a great thing and timings will either be better next year or the Shetlands will have to hold fire.
Andrew Nicholson regained his King of Barbury crown with Diana and Paul Ridgeon’s Swallow Springs in the CCI-S4*. Andrew and his ride ‘As Is’ won the CCI-S3* section B while Piggy French and Brookfield Quality took the other 3* section in big competitive classes. The Novices ran mostly on the Friday but due to huge entries two sections were run on Sunday after the 4* had completed.
The weather was awesome which made it all the more attractive and the ice-cream van’s did a roaring trade especially at £4 a pop! A great variety of trade stands and food outlet’s that catered for everyone’s needs were on site. If I had to…… then one little gripe was the lack of loos but as one fence judge said “if Musketeer can pull this off in the little time they have had, I can’t wait to see what they can achieve with a whole year to organise”.
A photographers dream photographing at Barbury so until next year…
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