The Osberton International Horse Trials incorporating the KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships takes place at the stunning location of Osberton Estate near Worksop, Nottinghamshire by kind permission of Mr Micheal Foljambe from October 3-6.
These important breeding championships which annually celebrate the best of British-breeding and future stars of the equine stage, have been generously sponsored in 2013 by KBIS British Equestrian Insurance.
Qualifiers have taken place around the country for this year’s four and five year olds whilst the six and seven year old horses take part in international classes at CIC1* and CCI2* respectively.
The KBIS Young Horse Championship series has been the platform for many of Britain’s current top horses including the recent Montilebretti Nations Cup team horses Irish-bred Trig Point (by Killahurlier Spring out of a Kiltealy Spring mare) ridden by the individual Montelibretti winner Nicky Roncoroni and their team mate, the British-bred Coopers Law ridden by Emilie Chandler (by Mill Law out of a Kildalton Gold mare).
This year’s six year old Championship field features Borough Free Flight (bred in Britain, by Catherstone Liberator) who is a half-sister to the popular mare Borough Pennyz who has shot to Olympic and four star fame since winning the seven year old championships at Osberton in 2010. Free Flight who was also bred by Sarah Bullen is also partnered with Pennyz’ rider, Vittoria Panizzon.
This year’s four year old section also sees another ‘first’ in the shape of Wickstead Kangaroo from the first crop of progeny from William Fox-Pitt’s European bronze and double Bramham winning stallion, Chilli Morning.
Fifteen nations will compete at this year’s international, including the very welcome additions of Russia and Hong Kong. Nicola Wilson, takes to the saddle in both the CCI 1* & 2*, along with British favourites Jeanette Brakewell, Ruth Edge, Piggy French and the crowd pleasing Oliver Townend. Sam Griffiths and Brooke Staples fly the Flag for Australia competing against close rivals from New Zealand, Burghley champion Jonathan Paget and Caroline Powell.
There will also be riders from Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, France, Norway, China, Canada, Portugal, Germany and Brazil.
All will compete across the weekend and with the British Young Horse Championships, this truly promises to be a season-finishing festival definitely not to be missed. Captain Mark Phillips joins the team at Osberton this year,
designing the CCI 2* course.
The event has lots to offer for competitors and their connections as well as spectators; there is everything on offer from shopping to sumptuous tasty treats and bargains galore. Gun Dog displays, Tug of War competitions and a monster Pony Club Show jumping competition.