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By the legendary Wayne Garrick We may be athletic, toned and hard working but it comes at a price, most don’t realise what they are letting themselves in for! We may be sexy, hot and spontaneously sensual lovers, but there are reasons for this…. Time management, grabbing a quickie isn’t because we are kinky, its because we have brief time slots between daily tasks, enjoy the moment however brief. We are down to earth, the highs and lows of horses often create grounded people, sometimes literally! But it’s the aftermath you have to deal with, we are wonderfully accommodating until we feel we aren’t getting enough return for our time and effort, we sell horses we’ve ridden longer than we have ridden you, don’t think you can’t be replaced! We know the value of our time, don’t use it up with mundane duties, keep us interested and on our toes, horses have taught us to never relax as we could die at the next leaf. We are adrenalin fuelled psychos with bipolar tendencies, one minute we are giving our steeds a mint, the next we are chasing then around a 10 acre field screaming expletives. We want to feel like we are your first priority , even if we know you may only just make it into the top 10 of our own list! 1) horse 2)everything to do with horse 3) stuff we had forgotten about at the yard 4) competition schedule 5) moaning on local equestrian Facebook group about people who moan on facebook groups 6) panic about whether horse is warm enough 7) worry about whether you soaked the beet 8) remember you have a partner, be nice to partner as you need them to pick up feed Wow, you made it to 8 on the list, you’re the one, usually they don’t make it into the top 20!! Then there is the moment you realise that the partying crazy person you met and hooked up with actually took a rare day off from horses and you don’t see that person again till some random ball or family gathering. Basically we never have enough hours in the day to live our own lives and usually when it’s cold and we need a warm body we venture out into the dating scene, or in the summer when we are toned, tanned and feeling fetch, so you can admire us and be in awe of our tan, until you get us naked and see we look like we are wearing a white vest top with nipples. Be brave my little hopefuls, as one day, you may catch us after a fall and convince us under the influence of concussion or short term memory loss that we have always been together and love you more than our horses. Follow us Share...read more
Main image is courtesy of Adam Fanthorpe. and is of Will Rawlin – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright The SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year, as well as the world’s leading event riders and many keen amateur competitors. It takes place annually in September (19th–22nd2019) and is the largest sporting event in Oxfordshire. Four days of demonstrations, displays and lectures, more than 200 trade stands and ancillary competitions and activities support and add further value to one of the world’s leading CCI4*-L events and the British championship CCI4*-S for 8/9yo horses. 19 September 2019 Young British rider Will Rawlin is in the lead in the principal CCI4*-L class after the first day of dressage at SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials. Riding 11-year-old VIP Vinnie, owned by his parents Miranda and Andrew, the Hungerford-based 25-year-old scored an excellent 24.2 in the highly competitive class. Will said: “He’s been going really well, and I felt confident coming into this, but in the warm-up he got tense, and when he gets tense, it’s quite difficult actually to ride him forward and get him going. A couple of times in there I was like, ‘oh God, oh God, keep going!’ – but he kept a nice outline and a good rhythm, and he was with me most of the way. “Although it’s a very strong field, and full of very good riders, I did feel confident coming in in my ability and my horse’s ability. This year we’ve had a couple of silly blips – and actually, the last time I rode him, I fell off, but it was all me! “I know if I stick to my plan and ride him properly then we should be home safely.” Will led after cross-country in the under-25 CCI4*-L at Bramham in June, but had a fence down in the showjumping to finish third. Piggy French, fresh from her silver team medal at the recent European Championships, rode Alison Swinburn and John and Chloe Perry’s Brookfield Inocent into second place with a score of 25.4. Third is Australia’s Kevin McNab with 25.7 aboard new ride Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend. It was a good day for Piggy French, who also tops the CCI4*-S for eight- and nine-year-old horses – Britain’s most prestigious young horse class. She scored 26.7 with Jayne McGivern’s Calling Card, a nine-year-old by Caretino. Piggy said: “He’s a really beautiful horse – he’s stunning. Bar his changes, which he’s still a bit green at, he’s very impressive on the flat. He was beautiful to ride in there. He is green – this will be his first Advanced competition – and so I’ve come into it just really interested to see how he goes, and not really thinking that running flat out and getting the time will be what he’ll do this weekend. It’s more about the stepping-stone.” Sam Griffiths took second place for Australia with Viscount and Lady Rothermere’s Freestyler with a mark of 28.8. “Lady Rothermere bought him for herself to ride, and wanted a bit more mileage on him, so I’ve been riding him for about a year now,” said Sam. “He’s a really good jumper and a nice horse...read more
Main image is courtesy of Lucy Hall Photography – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright Wow what a year it has been and to think Burghley just happened in the blink of an eye and has left us for another year is quite scary!. Where do you start with a such a dramatic event that kept a fast pace throughout the four days! I guess we start by saying that there wasn’t the usual names there this year and it was missing riders like Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Nicola Wilson, Micheal Jung, Harry Meade and Paul Tapner, but in hindsight I think it was nice to see some new faces and names getting the opportunity to compete at this prestigious event. Dressage: I still find two days of dressage a little tedious, but being an event rider myself this is probably because thats the phase I have the least enthusiasm for! despite this the turnout standard of these horses gets better and better and the horses and riders all looked very elegant if I do say so myself.. We saw some great dressage tests performed on the Thursday. With Burghley first timer Eliza Stoddart getting a cracking score of 28.7 with Tim Price snapping at her heals with 29.6 . Then Friday the second day of Dressage was just another level! and we saw the leaderboard change. Pippa Funnel who is renowned for always having a good dressage annihilated the field bringing in a score os 22.8 but Oliver Townend in second place does not leave you much room for error on the cross country and neither does Tim Price having two in the top eleven and Jonelle Price in the mix meant that these leaderboard could change. Piggy French has had a great year and was another one to watch so cross country was going to all to play for! British riders taking the top three placings with two others also in the top ten! The Americans also having three riders in the top ten which was a great start for them to. Dressage Results Judges : Christina Klingspor SWE-(E) , Nick Burton GBR-(C) , Xavier Le Sauce FRA-(M) No Horse Rider E C M Pen Pl 77 MGH GRAFTON STREET Pippa Funnell 201.0 198.5 203.0 22.8 1 81 BALLAGHMOR CLASS Oliver Townend 190.5 198.5 193.5 25.3 2 80 SPRINGPOWER Izzy Taylor 192.0 194.0 194.5 25.6 3 73 VERMICULUS Lauren Kieffer 189.5 197.5 185.0 26.7 4 52 HARBOUR PILOT Hannah-Sue Burnett 193.0 192.5 185.0 26.9 =5 63 VANIR KAMIRA Piggy French 189.0 190.0 191.0 26.9 =5 45 DENIRO Z Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp 183.5 186.0 189.0 28.4 =7 68 FAERIE DIANIMO Jonelle Price 182.5 195.0 181.0 28.4 =7 22 PRIORSPARK OPPOSITION FREE Eliza Stoddart 185.5 177.0 194.0 28.7 =9 82 RINGWOOD SKY BOY Tim Price 184.0 194.5 178.0 28.7 =9 No Horse Rider E C M Pen Pl 1 BANGO Tim Price 182.5 184.5 182.0 29.6 =11 29 REVE DU ROUET Sarah Bullimore 181.5 188.0 179.5 29.6 =11 Cross Country : Well lets face it this is the day that we are all waiting for and its the most thrilling day! This year was by far the most thrilling to watch in a long time, as...read more
Main Image courtesy of Lucy Hall Photography – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright Next year one of the most popular televised outdoor sporting events in the UK, Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is set to open its doors to the public for five days. In 2020 this international competition will welcome some of the rapidly growing number of amateur eventing athletes, to compete in the entry level BE80 (T) Championship on behalf of the sport’s governing body British Eventing. This will take place on the Wednesday of the Event, along with the long-standing ‘First Horse Inspection’ for the main competition. Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials’ famous shopping village will also be open all day on the Wednesday. Event Director Elizabeth Inman said: “We see this as a natural progression: for amateur riders at grassroots level to have the opportunity to ‘compete at Burghley’ alongside our elite international, Olympic-level riders. We are confident this ticketed event will be well supported throughout the duration.” Next year Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will take place from Wednesday 2nd September – Sunday 6th September 2020. Tickets for all five days will be on sale in April 2020 from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Box Office. Follow us Share...read more
Main Image credit @lrbht_official Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials’ cross country course designer Captain Mark Phillips will hand over to another renowned Eventing specialist, the USA’s Derek di Grazia in 2021. Having started his tenure as cross country course designer some 30 years ago, Captain Mark Phillips has built an enduring partnership with Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. His expertise and creativity continue to deliver epic competitions year after year; thrilling the crowds and challenging the World’s best riders to their limits. Mark is recognised as a true equestrian; a former Olympian and winner at 4* (now 5*) level, he is also a much respected and sought after coach and instructor. Captain Mark Phillips comments: “Whilst I am still enjoying every moment of work with Burghley’s fabulous team, I’m not getting any younger and want to retire while I still feel at the cutting edge and on top of my game.” Mark remembers his early years at Burghley and Bill Henson (then Event Director) telling him to “make Burghley, Burghley” something which has continued ever since. He adds: “I am grateful to the Event directors Bill and latterly Elizabeth Inman for all their support, which has helped me, to help them, make Burghley the event it is today.” Elizabeth Inman, Event Director at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials says: “Mark knows how we wonder every year at his ability to keep ‘pulling it out of the bag’ and next year (2020) will be particularly poignant as his swan song. Undoubtedly our cross country track – acknowledged as probably the most technically challenging test of all the 5* events, both from a competitor’s and designer’s perspective, has benefitted hugely from the superlative all round experience and skill that Mark Phillips has brought to the Event. “So yes, difficult shoes to fill, but softened by the good news that we are appointing Derek di Grazia into the role of course designer in 2021.” Derek di Grazia is recognised for safe, sensible, yet tough courses and has been one of the top cross country course designers in the USA for over 15 years. He is the appointed course designer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Derek continues to compete at 4* level, is also a recognised coach and trainer and is known for his quiet, modest demeanour, demonstrating many of the very qualities that have worked so well during Mark’s tenure. Derek di Grazia says: “It is a great honour to be appointed course designer for this very special competition and I’m truly excited to have a chance to design the cross country phase within Burghley Park’s very unique landscape. It is a fantastic project to have in my sights following on from the 2020 Olympic Games.” Elizabeth Inman concludes: “We look forward with enthusiasm and confidence to this next chapter in the history of the Event and to Derek continuing to “make Burghley, Burghley”. Follow us Share...read more
Images Courtesy of Mike Bain- all rights reserved and are subject to copyright Sir Mark Todd officially retired from eventing in an emotional ceremony at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Sunday (8 September). It was a a very sad emotional farewell to the man who has captured many hearts and inspired many riders yet remained very humble throughout. The eventing legend rode into the main arena on his London 2012 team bronze medal-winning ride, NZB Campino, ahead of the final jumping session. NZB Campino who appears to be loving his retirement still enjoyed being centre of attention in the main arena. He told the packed stands, before he was overcome with emotion. “Kinky, as he is known at home, is the last horse I finished a three-day event on and that was here at this event last year,” Sir Mark Todd has won Burghley 5 times amongst his many other achievements .. Past Winners 1999 Mr Mark Todd (N.Z.) on DIAMOND HALL RED 1998 Mr Blyth Tait (N.Z.) on CHESTERFIELD 1997 Mr Mark Todd (N.Z.) on BROADCAST NEWS (European Open Winner) 1996 Mrs Mary King (nee Thomson) on STAR APPEAL 1995 Mr Andrew Nicholson (N.Z.) on BUCKLEY PROVINCE 1994 Mr William Fox-Pitt on CHAKA 1993 Mr. Stephen Bradley (U.S.A.) on SASSY REASON 1992 Miss Charlotte Hollingsworth on THE COOL CUSTOMER 1991 Mr. Mark Todd (N.Z.) on WELTON GREYLAG 1990 Mr. Mark Todd (N.Z.) on FACE THE MUSIC 1989 Mrs. Virginia Leng (nee Holgate) on MASTER CRAFTSMAN (European Champion) 1988 Mrs. Jane Thelwall on KING’S JESTER 1987 Mr. Mark Todd (N.Z.) on WILTON FAIR Mark Todd KNZM CBE is synonymous with the sport of Eventing. Since he started competing at the top in 1978 when he was part of New Zealand’s first 3-day eventing team to contest a world championship, he has gone on to record numerous successes at the very highest level.His unsurpassable triumphs have been rewarded with the MBE (1984), the CBE (1995), in 2000 he was voted the ‘Event Rider of the 20th Century’ by the FEI and he received a Knighthood in 2013. Although he retired in 2000, he returned to the sport in 2008 in order to contest the Beijing Olympics. Unsurprisingly Mark returned to the top of the sport and built a new team of horses who have come through to represent New Zealand at London and Rio Olympics and Kentucky and Caen World Equestrian Games. Mark Todd is among the most celebrated New Zealand sportsmen, with two Olympic gold medals and numerous other honours. He was named to compete in six successive Olympic Games, though he missed the first games, in Moscow in 1980, because of the American-led boycott.Mark was a pioneer of three-day eventing in New Zealand and, in 1978, was part of New Zealand’s first three-day eventing team to contest a world championship. Those who followed him included Olympic medalists and world champions like Andrew Nicholson, Blyth Tait, Vaughn Jefferis, Vicky Latta, Sally Clark and Tinks Pottinger.Jefferis once said: “We all owe a huge debt to Mark Todd. He was the first, and he paved the way for the rest of us.” In his first attempt at Badminton in 1980, riding Southern Comfort, Todd was 45th after the dressage, but was one of only three inside the time...read more
Images courtesy of Tim Wilkinson – Eventing Images – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright This was Imogen’s fourth visit to Land Rover Burghley for British rider Imogen Murray (26), who has completed here on each of the three previous occasions – in 2018 she was the first recipient of the Barbara Cooper trophy awarded at Burghley. This is a prize for the ‘best performance by a young British rider’. With her 2019 Burghley entry ‘Ivar Gooden’ she has also completed Badminton three times gaining a career best this year when the pair finished in 8th place. Imogen, who has a yard in the heart of Leicestershire, has been riding since the age of four and took up eventing aged 13 after a successful showing career in both working hunter and show hunter ponies, regularly competing at the Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show. In 2011 Imogen was long-listed for Britain’s Junior eventing team (she broke her ankle just before the final trial) and in 2013 with Wiseguy IV was short listed for the British Young Rider team. In 2014 the pair completed Burghley – Imogen’s first 4* (now known as 5*). In 2017 she led the British team to second place in the Nations Cup event at Le Pin Haras – her first Nations cup. Imogen trains with Tracie Robinson and Fred Bergendorff. Ivar Gooden is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred by Pat Coffey, he is by the thoroughbred Young Convinced (also the sire of Mark Todd’s former four-star ride Major Milestone) out of a mare by Coevers Diamond Boy. He was purchased through Goresbridge sales and came to the UK as a four-year-old. In 2013 the pair was shortlisted for the world young horse championship and the following year completed the seven-year-old world young horse championship CCI2*. In 2017 Ivar Gooden completed his first 4 (*at Badminton) and at the end of that year was only 1 of 2 horses to have completed both Badminton and Burghley with a double clear. Results 2019 – Aachen CCIO4*S 14th Ivar Gooden 2019 – Badminton CCI5*L 8th Ivar Gooden 2019 – Belton CCI4*S 9th Ivar Gooden 2018 – Burghley CCI4* 19th Ivar Gooden 2018 – Le Pin Haras CICO3* 27th Ivar Gooden 2018 – Aachen CICO3* 24th Ivar Gooden 2018 – Barbury Castle CIC3* ERM 15th Ivar Gooden 2018 – Badminton 11th Ivar Gooden 2017 – Blenheim CCI3* 26th Tomgar Jess 2017 – Burghley CCI4* 14th Ivar Gooden 2017 – Badminton 21st Ivar Gooden 2016 – Blenheim CCI3* 12th Ivar Gooden, 41st Tomgar Jess 2015 – Blenheim CIC3* 8/9 28th Ivar Gooden 2014 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI2* 38th Ivar Gooden 2014 – Burghley CCI4* 35th Wiseguy IV Well what a Burghley these two had again as they finished in an incredible 6th place after lying in 60th place post dressage : 77 MGH GRAFTON STREET Pippa Funnell 22.8 1 4.0 – 26.8 1 4.0 30.8 1 63 VANIR KAMIRA Piggy French 26.9 5 – – 26.9 2 4.0 30.9 2 81 BALLAGHMOR CLASS Oliver Townend 25.3 2 2.0 – 27.3 3 4.0 31.3 3 29 REVE DU ROUET Sarah Bullimore 29.6 11 10.0 – 39.6 5 – 39.6 4 1 BANGO Tim Price 29.6 11 12.0 – 41.6 7 – 41.6 5 39...read more
Images Courtesy of Lucy Hall Photography – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright Well where do I begin?! Lets just start by saying it was of the most thrilling cross country days to watch I have seen in a long time and it had me right on the edge of my seat, and by the end I was shouting at the TV willing the riders round and through every combination!! There were lots of thrills spills!! The cross country day definitely shuffled the leaderboard quite considerably, out of 67 riders completing the dressage only 33 completed the cross country with only one rider inside the time (Piggy French on Vanir Kamira ), 20 riders were eliminated, 3 riders withdrew their rides and 11 retired. There were 15 falls of which only which 5 were horse falls. It was one of the biggest toughest courses I’ve seen in a long while! The thing was Tim Price set off out on Bango as the pathfinder and made the course look ridiculously easy, though he didn’t make the time, he didn’t make the jumps look tricky he rode a very fluent round, it was just lovely to watch the horse running and jumping out of his natural rhythm, however this was not to be a continued theme over the course of the day as later we found out that the course was not as easy as he had first made it look and there was a lot of victims! As I have said there were errors all over the course with no one singular fence catching riders , here is where the riders that unfortunately did not have the best of days came to grief! Fence 6 – The Rolex Grand Slam Triple Brush Only 5 riders had issues at this which was surprising as it was a very skinny brush over a ditch with quite a difficult turn to it. There was no falls however five of the riders had a run out here. A few riders did opt for the alternative here which didn’t surprise me as it was early on into the course with the ominous Leaf Pit looming. Fence 7 – Holland Cooper Leaf Pit The renowned leaf pit has caught many a rider out in the past and his the biggest drop ever let alone having to try jump skinny technical fences after dropping of this cliff!! However this time the leaf pit did not cause too many issues with only a couple of riders taking the long route and only one rider having a run out at one of the jumping elements after the drop . Though it did cause Zara Tindall to get unseated from her ride on Class Affair after a glance off at the final element which came as a shock to Zara and to us all as we didn’t expect this to happen so early on in the course. Fence 8 abcd – Discovery Valley Well this rode slightly better than I thought it would and only afftected 4 riders with two having run out, one which was eliminated later on in the course and Nicky Hill on her ride MGH Bingo Boy went on to complete the course with no further issues. Eliza Stoddart (which I will discuss later …)...read more
Images courtesy of Lucy Hall Photography – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright. Well after not seeing too many clears I was hoping Bango was feeling ready to take on the world by being alert and fresh, but I have to say he didn’t fill me with much confidence at the first fence which he was a little casual at but got away with it, after that he got up in the air and it was a lovely clear round, a real class piece of riding from Tim Price yet again as he is just such a lovely rider to watch in the showjumping as he allows the horse to stay soft and relaxed and forward thinking . He climbed the ladder throughout the event starting out at 11th after dressage moving to 7th after the cross country and with jumping a clear and riders that were ahead originally having poles they climbed up the board to finish 5th. I cannot help but feel that they deserved the win as Tim rode Bango so beautifully in every phase it was was a foot perfect event for them both and it was ultimately the time penalties on the cross country that cost them the win but what a piece of riding to watch and I will emulate to ride my own horses like that, the Kiwi’s just have a lovely way about them, the way they ride their horses and how they are with their horses, its a real bond and we should all aim to be like that. Lloyd Bell Productions caught up with Tim after his round: How was it for you Tim? I was really happy, a clear round is what we are after at the end of the day and it was no fluke he is a good jumper and you just hope that nothing goes awry. He woke up really well this morning, he’s a bright horse he’s bottomless but you need to put that into a package and deliver it in the ring and we did that and I’m really happy. Have you enjoyed Burghley 2019? I always enjoy it, there is always so many different emotions in this journey of preparing horses to come here and try and deliver results and then to get to this end is quite a lot of relief, I have to admit, to get through regardless of what you have achieved or not achieved but yeah it’s always fun. I love it here the weather has been kind, the people are great so how can you not love it What’s next for you ? I have got a whole bunch at Gatcombe this coming weekend, Blenheim, Ligniere, Le Lion, Pau after that and Boekelo I missed out somewhere in between all that so give me another six weeks then I will be ready for a Holiday! Well we wish Tim all the best with those events coming up and hope to see Bango back out next year after his holiday!! Follow us Share...read more
Images courtesy of Lucy Hall Photography – all rights reserved and are subject to copyright Well Bradeley Law certainly came out fresh and alert today after the rigours of the tough cross country course yesterday and looked on his game, as did Michael, they certainly got some air over the fences, he just looked an out and out jumper. They had a lovely rhythm and it was one of the best rounds I saw all day, Bradeley Law was really on springs and Michael looked super cool and relaxed in the big arena jumping him round so effortlessly they got a great shot at the triple and both looked 100% focused ! This beautiful round moved them up from 22nd place overnight to finish 19th in a very tough Burghley. not only did they finish in the top twenty but they also finished 5th as a team with Lauren kieffer in the Peden Bloodstock International Pairs Challenge – a super result for cheshire based rider Michael Owen. Huge congratulations to him ands team who make these dreams come true for the riders PEDEN BLOODSTOCK INTERNATIONAL PAIRS CHALLENGE 2019 Pair No Horse & Rider Dres Aggr Rank XC 2nd Day Aggr Rank SJ Final Aggr Rank 6 77 MGH GRAFTON STREET – Pippa Funnell 22.8 55.6 2 4.0 65.6 1 4.0 77.6 1 5 STINGER – Ludwig Svennerstal (SWE) 32.8 6.0 8.0 2 63 VANIR KAMIRA – Piggy French 26.9 64.0 8 0.0 94.0 2 4.0 106.0 2 33 ON THE BRASH – Caroline Powell (NZL) 37.1 30.0 8.0 4 29 REVE DU ROUET – Sarah Bullimore 29.6 61.9 6 10.0 122.1 4 0.0 122.1 3 64 BLACKTHORN CRUISE – Dan Jocelyn (NZL) 32.3 50.2 0.0 1 81 BALLAGHMOR CLASS – Oliver Townend 25.3 64.7 10 2.0 115.1 3 4.0 123.9 4 10 TORONTO D AUROIS – Arthur Duffort (FRA) 39.4 48.4 4.8 14 4 BRADELEY LAW – Michael Owen 38.5 65.2 11 34.0 125.6 5 0.0 125.6 5 73 VERMICULUS – Lauren Kieffer (USA) 26.7 26.4 0.0 Congratulations Michael a fantastic clear round to finish inside the top twenty – 19th! Tell me how Bradeley Law felt this morning? I am so pleased with him he jumped out of his skin today. This horse is made for Burghley. I rode him this morning before trot up and he was very perky and fresh which is always reassuring after Xc. He is a great show jumper. How did you feel in the showjumping arena as you looked very comfortable and relaxed I enjoy my showjumping and especially on him so I try to stay relaxed and just enjoy it. How do you feel now its over?, I am glad it is all over and done with now!! What are your plans next for Bradeley Law? Bradeley Law will now enjoy some time off in the field and then we will get cracking again with his dressage. He will be aimed at Badminton and Burghley next year and fingers crossed for me Burghley is as tough again next year! Follow us Share...read more