British Eventing appoints marketing agency

British Eventing is delighted to announce the appointment of London based agency, The Sports Consultancy, as a rights marketing agent to support in the sale of sponsorship rights for the governing body of eventing in the UK.

The UK is the largest market globally for international eventing events and world ranked riders as demonstrated through strong participation numbers, large event attendance with over one million people attend eventing events in the UK annually and British Eventing’s 120 strong medal haul in international competition since 2000.

Action at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
Photo: British Eventing

The Sports Consultancy’s rights marketing team, under the overall leadership of Marc Hope, brings a wealth of equestrian experience having represented and secured partnerships for the FEI in recent years and more widely the business has firmly established itself as a rights marketing specialist in Major Events and Olympic and Commonwealth sports.

In the past it has also represented and secured numerous agreements for the IAAF World Championships London 2017, World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018, British Athletics, European Indoor Athletics Championships Glasgow 2019, Team Scotland and Volvo Ocean Race alongside other premium sport and entertainment properties.

“We’re pleased to be working with The Sports Consultancy to maximise British Eventing’s opportunities to bring new revenue into the sport” comments David Holmes, CEO of British Eventing. Our commercial strategy has seen a huge amount of work to reposition and define British Eventing’s offer, now bolstered by our recent double gold medal success at the World Equestrian Games, so it’s great to see it all being put into action”.

Commenting on the appointment, The Sports Consultancy’s head of equestrian sales, Anais Bernier said: “We are proud to be representing British Eventing, it is the ultimate equestrian test for a horse and rider combination and is followed by a very defined demographic that we know is of interest to many commercial partners.

With our strong contacts in the equestrian sector and deep understanding of which brands are suited, we are confident we can help secure strong corporate partners.”

South of England Horse Trials

The South of England International Horse Trials held in the autumn draws many top British and foreign event riders as its prestige continues to grow year on year.

Over the weekend varying levels of classes take place, culminating on the Sunday with the CIC* & CIC** International events.

 Like the spring event, the Horse Trials utilises some of the best  facilities for any event within the United Kingdom with the Norfolk Pavilion and its bar, catering and hospitality areas.  It fronts on to the main ring  where leading riders compete for the top place in the final show jumping phase.

 The cross country runs over the showground and adjoining farmland. The course is aerated and sanded for hard ground and water bowser used for all show jumping areas. XC Course Designer is Scott Brickell and Show Jumping  Course designers are John Farrell and Brian Lear. Top riders were attracted to the recent event.

Georgina Wood in action
Photo courtesy of Spidge Photography

Top results  were:  BE100  Section A: 1 Georgina Wood with Greenlanes Hudson, 27.80; 2 Gaspard Maksud with Zaragoza II 29.80;  3 Gemma Tattersall with Summer Stardust ; 4 Jody Sole with Imperial Sarco 31.80;  5 Gemma Tattersall with Estemeya 32.10; 6 Miss Claire Fielding with Stockade 32.30.

Section B: 1 Jasmine Wilks with Harestone, 28.00; 2 Mr Myles West with Hatrick II, 29.80; 3 Kristina Cook with Mexican Rose, 31.80; 4  Mrs Sacha Hourigan with Willy Be Dun; 5 Miss Jaide Hartridge with Donogue Steel Clover; 6 Vintage Graffiti with Miss Alicia Hallows.

Section C: 1 Kathy Staples with John Travolta, 23.30; 2 Harry Horton with Darc Silver 26.30;  3 Billy Marshall with My Grand Illusion 28.00; 4 Ollie Martin with Martins Eirish Eddie 28.8; 5 Helen Witchell with A Cooley Deal Breaker 30.3; 6 Alana Sparrow with Angels Spirit  31.00.

Section D:  1 Helen Witchell with Billy Castle 20.50; 2 Yasmin Olsson-sanderson with Inchello Dhu 22.80; 3 Laura Schroter with Billy Shamrock 23.50; 4 Ollie Martin with  Martins Irish Viking, 25.60; 5 Coral Keen with Quintessential 26.50; 6 Sam Sweeney with Britannia Royal 27.0.

Section E:  1 Suzy Bull with Cyber Rocket 26.30; 2 Laura Taylor with Cavalier Breeze 27.20; 3 Emma Philpot with Zoook, 29.80; 4 Lucy Gasston with Nelgorde Naheez, 31.50; 5 Emma Philpot with Tashkaldou , 29.80; 6 Mary Edmundson with Tashkaldou, 32.00.

For further results

BHS charity race at Newbury

Join the British Horse Society for its first charity race at Newbury racecourse on Thursday November 8.

This  inaugural event at the top Berkshire racecourse will see eleven amateur jockeys taking part, including broadaster Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, to help raise money for the BHS Charity Appeal.

They will all have to pass two fitness assessment days before the race itself to ensure they are ready to ride in the event.

Head to Newbury to see the action live and you can take advantage of some excellent entry discounts to enjoy a winning day out with friends, in the knowledge you’re also helping BHS’s vital work across access, safety, welfare and education.

Newbury Racecourse
Photo: John Simpson

Following a delicious lunch, you’ll find yourself in first-class company with legendary Grand National winner Bob Champion as guest speaker. Refreshed and regaled before the rest of the day’s racing, you’ll also have a chance to help raise vital funds for  by bidding for money-can’t-buy auction lots.


As a BHS supporter, you can take advantage of two great rates to be there on the day:

Check out more about the jockeys’ stories and donate safely online now to their chosen BHS appeals.

Newbury Racecourse is located in Racecourse Road, Newbiry, Berkshire, RG14 7NZ.

To see what is happening with BHS in your area click on the link below.

Cowdray’s final polo tournament of season

The 12 goal Autumn Cup, the final tournament in Cowdray Park’s series of six HPA tournaments, open to all-comers, has come to its conclusion.
Seven teams entered the 2018 Cup with Shane Finemore’s Gardenvale side keen to retain the trophy he first won in 2017. 
Facing up to Christian Staubach’s Bamboleo/ Madams Farm side, Gardenvale’s line-up saw Finemore (-1) at number 1, Will Harper (1 goal) at 2, Matt Perry (5 goals) at 3 and England captain James Beim (7 goals) at back.  With Christian Staubach (0 goals) at 1, the Bamboleo/Madams Farm side also included 2 goaler Nick Johnson at number 2, Glenn Sherriff at 3 and Matias Amaya at back.
The match got off to a lively start with James Beim making the opening goal for Gardenvale, two goals from Sherriff taking Bamboleo ahead befefore Beim equalized on 2-2 to end the first chukka. Chukka 2 opened with a spot penalty and it was not long before a nifty shot from Sherriff saw him take the lead for Bamboleo/Madams Farm once more. 
Then it was 3-3 when Beim equalised for Gardenvale but Amaya  went on to score twice to give Staubach’s side a 5-3 lead to go into half-time.

Autumn Cup winners KGB  for second successive year at Cowdray Park Polo Club Photo:Clive Bennett Photography

There was no let-up in pace as the second half got underway, but calm and controlled action by Beim enabled the Gardenvale side to re-position and Harper to make an impressive goal.  An infringement in front of the goal saw Gardenvale awarded a safety shot which gave Perry the opportunity to level the scores on 5-5.
Bamboleo/Madams Farm won the throw-in but a bold move from Harper saw him back the ball to Perry who went on the attack.  The crowd roared as first one then two goal posts tumbled down, but a cool Harper seized the chance to get the ball across the line and take Gardenvale ahead for the first time in the match.
However, in short order they gave away the advantage with a foul and Sherriff was able to whack through a 60 yard penalty and level the score at 6-6. The final chukka was just as exciting with an on-fire Perry stealing the ball away from Amaya and chasing off towards the Bamboleo goal only to have his shot go out. 
But once again Beim showed his class, swooping on the ball from the hit-in and, with a neat angled shot, take Gardenvale into a 7-6 lead and they went on for victory at 8-6 and retention of the Autumn Cup for a second year.

Autumn Cup Best Polo Pony  Bleach   Photo Images of Polo

Shane Finemore was delighted to receive the prestigious Autumn Cup from Lila  Pearson who also  presented prizes to all players.  The award for Best Playing Pony, sponsored by Polo Times, went to Bleach, owned and ridden by James Beim.  The prize for Most Valuable Player of the math, awarded by The Polo Magazine, also went to James Beim.
 In the subsidiary Final of the Autumn Cup, the Ephson family’s Poulton team beat Simon Arber’s Four Quarters Orange 7-4.
The appropriately named Farewell Cup, played for more than fifty years at Cowdray Park at 6 goal level, saw a second Bamboleo/Madams Farm side reach the Final, which resulted in a 6-5 victory  for Bamboleo/Madams Farm.
 Mr George Robinson presented his family’s Cup to Maya Staubach and prizes to all the players.  The Best Playing Pony Award was presented by Lila Pearson to Susie, owned by Alan Kent of Madams Farm and played by Nick Johnson.
 Earlier in the day, in the subsidiary Final of the Farewell Cup, Ice Craft beat Los Schatzies 5-4.

Farewell Cup both teams
Photo: Clive Bennett Photography


In the final presentations of the season, James and Will Harper won the Large Cup for Pony Welfare, Boyd Allen won the Millenium Plate for Umpiring and Alfie Hyde deservedly won the Pimms Cup for Most Improved Young Player. 
More than 450 matches had been played during the season, the glorious weather having contributed to an exceptional year for the club, the undoubted highlight of which had been the all British win by El Remanso in the King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship.

Sophie Wells wins second gold

Competing in the Grade V Freestyle , Britain’s Sophie Wells and her ride, C Fatal Attraction, owned by Charlotte Hogg, delivered a magnificent test to score 80.75 per cent and win her fourth Individual world gold – her second in Tryon.

Speaking after her dressage test, a delighted Sophie said; “He was a little bit tense today and on edge but he’s come out this week and given me everything.

“I was a little bit stressed last night as I thought it may be too difficult and we have only done it once at Hartpury but he’s come out today made me very proud.

Sophie Wells on her way to her second gold medal
Photo: © BEF / Jon Stroud Media

“When you miss out on an Individual Gold (WEG 2014) after training everyday it’s hard, but to achieve this after a big gap like I’ve had is amazing; that’s why Rio (Olympic Games 2016) was so special because I missed out on the gold in London (Olympic Games 2012) too.”

Commenting on Great Britain’s success, she added; “The British team is amazing and it’s so hard to get on the team and selection is a massive hurdle that you have to overcome.

“We have a lot of good riders with a lot of horse power and we’re seeing that more across the world – yesterday (the team competition) proved that. The standard of the riders, the training and the horses is amazing for the sport and it makes proud to be a part of it – but that means you have to fight.”

Grade V Freestyle final standings: Gold, Sophie Wells MBE and C Fatal Attraction | Silver, Frank Hosmar and Alphaville N.O.P | Bronze, Tomoko Nakamura and Djazz F.

Full results from Tryon can be found online at:

Plumpton’s first jump meeting of new season

PLUMPTON’S first jump meeting of the new season attracted a good crowd yesterday, which was rewarded by excellent weather, with local trainers Sheena West and Gary Moore among those sending out winners.

Quality jump racing at Plumpton

The opening hurdle race for four-year-olds upwards over two miles one furlong attracted six runners, with trainer Martin Keighley sending out the winner, Lord Condi. This chestnut gelding had the benefit of a run at Fontwell Park earlier this month when he finished in third place and should go on to win again. Runner up Ilewin Geez , trained by Charlie Mann and ridden by Harry Bannister went second in the final stages but could not catch the winner.

In the same race, local trainer Gary Moore was represented by jumping newcomer High Command ridden by Josh Moore, which is bound to benefit from the experience in which he was five lengths back in third place.

Trainer Gary Moore

Ten runners turned out for the handicap hurdle over one mile seven furlongs when trainer  Brendan Powell sent out four-year-old  Phoenix Dawn to win under an  impressive ride from son Brendan Powell Junior. The four-year-old gelding had previously only run on the Flat, and he put in a good performance here. There should be more to come.

Little Windmill impressed when winning the handicap chase over three miles one furlong in fine style for trainer Neil King. This eight-year-old gelding, which has now won three of his last four starts, was sent off at 5-2.

Trainer Neil King was in winning form
Photo: John Simpson

He amply justified that price when coming home a good seven lengths clear of runner-up More Than Luck trained by Olly Murphy.

Lewes trainer Sheena West has a good record at Plumpton, and this day was no exception, for she saddled up three-year-old bay filly, Sixties Secret to win in impressive style on her jumping debut with Mark Goldstein in the saddle.  They went clear two from home to easily beat Malangen, trained  by David Pipe and ridden by Tom Scudamore.

Lewes trainer Sheena West

Seven pound claimer Rex Dingle impressed when partnering Ennistown to win the three and a quarter mile handicap hurdle under a well-judged ride. He took the lead approaching the last, with his mount, trained by Anthony Honeyball winning by five lengths from the Chris Gordon-trained Bugsie Malone, ridden by Tom Cannon.

The final handicap hurdle run over a distance of just under two miles was won by Hermosa Vaquera, a six-year-old mare trained at Horsham  by Gary Moore and well ridden by Joshua Moore to win by three-quarters of a length from Brendan Powell’s Gannicus.

The next meeting at Plumpton is the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Raceday on Monday October 22. 

Buy your tickets now  from


Gala finale at HOYS

THIS year’s HOYS finale will  be the ultimate celebration of the power of the equestrian community when everyone stands together in unity.

It is being  produced and choreographed especially for the Horse of the Year Show’s 70th anniversary  celebrations and this is the first time the ensemble will have performed on stage together.

The group is made up of 30 young equestrians from Wales aged between 10-25 years old who all have connections with Horse of the Year Show, many of whom have competed at HOYS on numerous occasions.

Household Cavalry at HOYS in the past
Photo: Horse of the Year Show

Together the euphoria of sharing a great passion for singing as well as horse riding has brought them together to perform. With some unique elements of clog and tap dancing which were build to symbolise the spirit of the horse, the performance will come to life with some incredible solo and group routines.

This will be an ensemble encompassing the talent across Wales and the equestrian community. These young and enthusiastic individuals are a representation of the bright future the equestrian community holds. With the power of unity they will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of HOYS.

The Musical Theatre Soprano Elin Angharad Williams has been to New York to study musical theatre and has come accustomed to performing in front of crowds of people. Elin comments; “I am very excited to be a part of the finale at HOYS; horses have been a huge part of my life growing up and to be able to share a stage with other equestrian members is a real honour.”

Richard and Thomas Jones, sons of Peter and Ann Jones, proprietors of the Menai & Friarly Studs based in the heart of Cardiganshire, are no strangers to HOYS. Richard and Thomas are heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the business and producing the Welsh ponies and cobs in which they breed.

Richard had competed the late Menai Cosmopolitan at HOYS for the last three years before the horse tragically lost his life in a road traffic collision in August this year. “Being asked to perform at the closing ceremony of Horse of the Year Show is such a privilege and a great opportunity for the young people. I can’t wait to enter the ring without being nervous about the competition!”

Noah and Ella Harris are grandchildren of Cerdin and Doreen Jones of the Tydi Stud and also the Synod Stud. Both are Welsh breed enthusiasts who have shown their true potential in the show ring (in-hand and under saddle) over the last few years. The Synod Stud are of course well known for breeding 2013’s Cuddy In-Hand Champion at HOYS, Synod Lady Lillian.

Eleri Wyn Roberts has been a member of the WPCS all her life. She is very passionate about her music and for the breed of the Welsh Ponies and Cobs. She began singing from a very early age in Ysgol Bryn Tabor, Coedpoeth and has been competing in Eisteddfods since she was five years old. She has competed in singing solos, duets and in parties and choirs. Eleri commented: “With the Welsh ponies and cobs being a massive part of my family and my dad being a farrier for a range of breeds HOYS is the world stage highlighting the best of the best – I can’t wait to perform and be part of the celebration!”

After the final ensemble, the champions from throughout the week will enter the arena, along with the displays, the Pony Club teams and finally the Hook Norton Dray pulled by Nelson and Lucas.

Actor Martin Clunes

Joining the Hook Norton team on their dray in the Sunday Gala Evening Finale will be British actor and horse enthusiast, Martin Clunes. After his theatrical entrance to the Finale, Martin will then undertake the iconic reading of the Ode to the Horse poem to the HOYS audience.

Want to stay for the full day on Sunday? Check out the Platinum Jubilee Package! Offering a daytime ticket priced at the usual rate, you can upgrade to a full day ticket for just £20, regardless of the ticket band, meaning you can save up to 34% on an evening Premium Ringside ticket! Horse of the Year Show takes place at Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena from October 3 – 7  2018.

Tickets available online or through the Box Office 0844 581 8282.

Silver for GB para-dressage team

Great Britain’s para-dressage team has won Team Silver at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, USA, and with it, qualified a team place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Separated by just 0.64%, the British team were just edged to Gold by The Netherlands who finished on a final collective score of 223.597%, becoming the first nation other than Great Britain to win the team title.

Yesterday Sophie Wells MBE (Nottinghamshire) scored a Personal Best of 77.233 in the Grade V Team Test to finish top of her Grade, and Sir Lee Pearson (Staffordshire) followed with a strong score of 71.606% to put the team in fifth place overall overnight before the final set of team tests were contested today – with Great Britain’s Natasha Baker MBE (Middlesex) and Erin Orford (Buckinghamshire) taking to the arena for the Grade III class.

Sophie Wells in action
Photo: British Para Dressage

First in was Natasha with Mount St John Diva Dannebrog, owned by the Mount St John Stud. Competing in just their third team test as a combination, they produced a fabulous fluid performance to be rewarded with a Personal Best score of 74.118%.

A delighted and an emotional Natasha said; “I don’t even know what to say, I’m still shaking; she was absolutely amazing.”

“I’m just so, so, proud of her. Everything was just so much better, she went in there with so much more confidence today. I was much more confident today; it hit me a little bit [the pressure], but she just felt so good that it didn’t matter. I just felt so much more prepared going in there today; we got the halts, and just so, so happy. If that’s what we can do after seven months then in another year’s time, she’s just going to grow even more in confidence. I absolutely adore that horse.”

Competing at their first World Equestrian Games, the final rider for the British team was Erin Orford and Dior, owned by Annabel Whittet. Improving on their individual test of Wednesday, the duo put in a lovely performance to receive a confirmed score of 69.029%, bettering their mark from last year’s European Championships.

Speaking after her test, Erin said; “I was so proud of her. I had hoped we’d done enough but unfortunately the scores weren’t on our side. She had a bit of stage-fright on Wednesday, but today I was really pleased, I couldn’t have asked any more of her, we went in there and gave it everything.”

Following the completion of the final class of the day, the Grade I’s this afternoon, the confirmed final team score for Great Britain of 222.957% saw them clinch the Team Silver medal, and seal their place at Tokyo in two years’ time.

Commenting on the team’s performance, Para-Dressage Performance Manager, Sarah Armstrong said; “Our target was to return with a team medal, we’ve done that; and to qualify for Tokyo, and we’ve done that. All of the athletes have delivered great tests over the last two days, and I’m delighted for them.

“We’re happy with how we delivered in the arena, they delivered their best. They have worked so hard, the athletes and the whole support team behind them; we knew it was going to be tough, but I’m thrilled with what they’ve delivered and that the margin was so small.”

Final Team Standings: Gold, The Netherlands = 223.597 | Silver, Great Britain = 222.957 | Bronze, Germany = 219.001

The para-dressage competition draws to a close tomorrow with the final event, the Freestyle, contested. Sophie Wells MBE, Grade V, and Natasha Baker MBE, Grade III, will both take to the arena as they compete for the second Individual titles of the Games.

Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from the British Equestrian Federation Fund and official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two.

GROG’s racehorse ownership scheme still flourishes

GOODWOOD Racehorse Owners’ Group, known as GROG,  has enjoyed a fine record of success since it was launched in the 1990’s. It originated from an initiative by the 10th Duke of Richmond to form a syndicate to bring affordable racehorse ownership to members and racegoers at Goodwood.

Since that time, 16 of the 22 horses in the scheme have carried their red and yellow racing silks to victory.

It was the 10th Duke of Richmond’s initiative in the 1990s to form a racing syndicate for members and racegoers at Goodwood.   The idea was to enable them to follow their own horse from the sale ring, in training on the gallops and then finally on to the racecourse.

More than 20 years on, the project is flourishing and is as popular as ever with groups having enjoyed an enviable record with 16 of their 22 horses having carried their red and yellow racing silks to victory.

Names such as Goodwood Mirage, Goodwood Zodiac and Goodwood Crusader spring to mind- each having either won or been placed on six to eight occasions. In doing so they have given their owners a healthy return on their investment.

Goodwood Showman, their current three-year-old, bounced back from a soft palate operation to finish a highly impressive second at Kempton last week, trained  by William Knight at Angmering Park Racing Stables.

Goodwood Showman  in impressive action on the gallops  Photo courtesy of Chichester Observer

Goodwood Sonnet, also trained by William Knight,  has run just twice in strong company and he will find his feet in nurseries later this year. GROG is a sociable syndicate offering members a full diary of social events each year.

Goodwood Sonnet enjoying a washdown   Photo courtesy of Chichester Observer

In addition members can choose to join their bespoke racing holidays which include racing and stud visits to some of the most successful racing operations around the globe. Membership is all-inclusive for two years, giving members the comfort that whether their horse turns out to be a superstar or just average, they will not be asked to provide further funds.

All training, racing and veterinary expenses are included and more often than not GROG returns a healthy sum to its members each year. GROG will offer its members the additional benefit of two trainers next year.

William Knight will continue to train for them from his Lower Coombe Stables in Angmering Park. Top trainer Ralph Beckett will be new to them this time, overseeing the new juvenile from his Kimpton Down Stables near Andover.

GROG benefits from a strong repeat membership, but also new members join each year and soon become part of the GROG family. With membership set at just £1,150 for the 26th scheme, they anticipate huge demand for places.

Please contact or the horseracing club membership office at Goodwood on 01243 755029 for the latest brochure.

Judges for HOYS chosen

With just days to go until Horse of the Year Show, the suspense has been building to find out who will be judging this year’s showing Supreme Championships ahead of the Gala Evening Finale on the Sunday evening. The Show takes place at Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena from October 3-7.
 Throughout the week at HOYS, 30 Championships cover the most popular of British breeds and types, and then the respective champions go forward to contest the Show’s most respected Supreme of Show titles. Tens of thousands of competitors set out each year to gain a coveted finalist place for HOYS, contesting the HOYS qualifiers which are held around the country.
This year, the highly respected Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year Championship and the Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year Championship will be judged by Mr Jeff Osborne and Mr Mark Tamplin.

Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year Champion in 2017
Photo; 1st Class Images

Mark, a well-known producer of Welsh ponies and Jeff, who has been a keen supporter of the show for over 30 years both as a sponsor and as a showing and scurry competitor, will have the difficult yet honourable job of deciding who this year’s Supreme Champions will be.
Last year’s deserved recipients of the Ruckleigh School Supreme Pony of the Year Championship and the Ripon Select Foods Supreme Horse of the Year Championship were Sharn Linney’s Thistledown Van Der Vaart and Diamonds Are Forever III ridden by Oliver Hood.
See first-hand who this year’s champions will be by securing your seat in the Andrews Bowen International Arena for the Sunday evening performance. 
This year there is a special platinum jubilee package which offers a discounted all day Sunday ticket so buyers can make a full day of it, including watching the Supreme preliminary judging in the TopSpec Arena in the daytime. 
For more information and to buy tickets visit or call the Box Office 0844 581 8282.