Tina Cook opens Petworth Schooling Course

On a rather foggy Saturday February 16, Tina Cook, multi medal winning Olympian rider, came to Petworth Schooling Course, to open the new cross-country training venue for West Sussex.

Set in the beautiful South Downs National Park, this course is an easily accessed, friendly training venue near Petworth, West Sussex. The aim is to provide a place for everyone to feel welcome, from the novice to the more experienced.

Using knowledge from members of the P.S.C. team and technical support from Adrian Ditcham, (designer of the London 2012 Olympic cross-country course), this venue has something for everyone.

The opening day comprised four training sessions of riders being coached over a variety of obstacles spread across the site.

Petworth Schooling Course has fine facilities

Many equestrians in the area, will remember the Petworth Horse Trials, on which this site is partially based.

The focus of this latest venture is on the grass roots level of eventing, with plenty for riders from Pony Club to adults, this was seen in the mixture of riders attending the day. The addition of the 400m uphill grass gallops, makes this a must for anyone training and ensuring their horse is fit.

Tina commented on the great selection of jumps offered on the course. She also remarked that the undulating ground makes this a great site for schooling for novice riders and horses- right through to more established partnerships, including her own horses.

For more details of up and coming clinics at this top class facility, what’s available at P.S.C., as well as how to book in for individual sessions, please visit the website at www.petworthschoolingcourse.co.uk or find it on Facebook.

Help prevent eventing horse injuries

Could you help with the future of injury prevention in event horses?

The Animal Health Trust is working with British Eventing, the British Equestrian Federation and World Horse Welfare to investigate risk factors for injury and illness in horses competing in BE events.

They are seeking riders and owners of horses who have competed in all levels of BE competition to take part in the online survey:

To be eligible to take part in the survey; horses must have competed with British Eventing, at any level and in any number of events. If you would like to participate it is asked that one survey is completed per horse, and thank you for taking the time to complete it. All information provided is strictly confidential and no details will be passed on to any third parties.

Eventer Sam Griffiths competing at Houghton   Photo: British Eventing

Results from previous studies led by the Animal Health Trust, with support from British Dressage, the BEF and the FEI, have been used to advise trainers, riders and owners about how to prevent injury in dressage and show jumping horses.

As well as helping injury prevention in event horses, anyone who completes this questionnaire will be eligible for entry into a prize draw worth over £1000 (entry optional). The prize package includes:

  • A lesson with Richard Waygood MBE, World Class Eventing Performance Manager
  • A lesson with Piggy French, member of the 2018 World Championship gold medal winning team in Tryon
  • A Fairfax Performance Bridle of your choice
  • A Fairfax Performance Breastplate
  • British Eventing rider and horse membership worth over £250
  • Hy Fashion bundle worth £200, includes a jacket, breeches and shirt
  • A framed pastel head study of your horse by acclaimed artist Yvonne Lamden Cooper
  • A pair of Fairfax Calf Stirrup Leathers
  • Back on Track goodies
  • Cool down boots from Premier Equine
  • British Eventing branded saddle cloth from Griffin NuuMed
  • Gift voucher to spend on tickets to the SsangYong Blenheim Horse Trials
  • Bottle of Cool Down from Absorbing

To enter the survey go to:

https://bequestionnaire2018.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/injuries-and-falls-in-british-eventing-horses

If you would like further information on the project please contact Carolyne Tranquille at the Animal Health Trust. Email: carolyne.tranquille@aht.org.uk Telephone: 01638 751908

Brendon Riding Centre to host eventing clinics

Brendon Riding Centre at Pyecombe, Sussex, is hosting a series of eventing clinics this month. It begins with a Kristina Cook eventing clinic on Thursday January 24, in the Paris outdoor all weather arena with arena eventing fences.

Clinics are open to competing horses/ponies at 80cms level and above. Groups will be based on ability as stated on booking form and there will be one hours morning group sessions with a maximum  of four in a group.

Kristina Cook competing with Billy The Red
Photo: British Eventing

Groups may be amalgamated within two height levels dependant on attendees.
KristinaCook is a British three-day eventing rider  and the 2009 European Champion. A three-time Olympic medallist, she won individual and team bronze in Beijing 2008 and team silver in 2012 at her second Olympic appearance at London 2012 on Miners Frolic .
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Tina won silver in Team Eventing with partners Nicola Wilson, Zara Phillips, Mary King and William Fox-Pitt.
This Brendon clinic offers an excellent opportunity to train with an Olympian Eventing rider and trainer with an exciting range of eventing fences to help you and your horse compete to your best
Bookings and payment in advance only. You can book using Brendon’s Secure Online Entry System. Payment is secure and it goes directly to Brendon Pyecombe.
You will receive an email confirmation of your booking and payment.
Cost of Clinic: £65 per person per session.

This clinic will be followed a Gemma Tattersall eventing clinic on Tuesday February 5. On Friday February 22 Amber Barson-Greally will hold an Arena Eventing Clinic at Brendon.

Full details of these two clinics are available from Brendon or see:

http://www.brendonpyecombe.co.uk/training.asp

 

 

 

 

New fixtures for eventing in 2019

The 2019 British Eventing fixtures list for next season brings new venues and classes to the calendar, along with changes to international class codes.

Stapleton Manor in County Durham will host its first BE event on August 17-18 with classes up to novice.

Ten regular venues will hold new classes next year. Bicton, in April, will host a new CCI2*-S class , Warwick Hall, will hold four- and five-year-old championship qualifiers in July, and Burnham Market,will add an intermediate class.

Changes for Scotland include a new venue.Glamis Castle in Angus will run in August, following the loss of Hendersyde Park and Aswanley this year. Eglinton in June will be hosting a novice regional final, while Forgandenny in July will host a four- and five-year-old championship qualifier. Kirriemuir which previously ran twice will now run only on  May 4.

West Sussex event rider Gemma Tattersall competing with Arctic Soul
Photo: British Eventing

Other changes riders can look forward to include a new BE90Ou18 class, a BE90 exclusively for riders under the age of 18, andthe introduction of the BE80(T) regional finals for riders competing at grassroots levels, with the championship being hosted by Kelsall Hill, Cheshire on September 27-29.

 

Equi-Trek supports Bramham until 2021

A bumper event in June for Bramham International Horse Trials has been crowned with the announcement that fellow Yorkshire brand Equi-Trek has signed for a further three years as title sponsors.

As world leaders in luxury horse transportation, Equi-Trek provides the perfect partnership for Bramham as the event is world renowned for producing champions of the future.  The full Equi-Trek range, from trailers to HGV lorries, will be at the heart of next year’s event, June 6 – 9  .

Action at  Bramham Horse Trials this year          Photo courtesy of Bramham

The showcase CCI4*-L winner  in 2019 will take away a cheque for more than £5,750- but even more coveted is the brand new Equi-Trek Sonic 3.5 tonne horsebox that will be awarded to the winner for a whole year.

Mr Bramham himself, William Fox-Pitt has been lucky to given the keys to a Sonic on two occasions and has now added one to his fleet of vehicles at his Dorset base.  And being a truly international event, should the winner come from foreign shores, it is no problem as Equi-Trek boasts a global dealer network.  2018 victor Yoshi Oiwa from Japan and this year’s champion Julia Krajewski are both based in Germany and have enjoyed a left hand drive Sonic.

William Fox Pitt competing     :Photo courtesy of  Kit Houghton

Equi-Trek’s Managing Director Tom Janion commented; “Equi-trek is honoured to renew for a further three years of support at Bramham.  We have a wonderful relationship with the team and showcasing our extensive range of trailers and horse boxes in the stunning parkland against the backdrop of Bramham Park alongside world class equestrian competition is perfect for us. We’re a proud Yorkshire brand and are equally proud to align with Yorkshire’s best loved equestrian celebration.”

The online Box Office for the 2019 event opens on 1 December – just five weeks away. In celebration of the partnership news, Bramham and Equi-Trek have teamed up to bring fans an amazing competition.

Anyone who makes a ticket purchase between the box office opening and  January 15 2019 will be entered into a prize draw to win a complementary weekend hire of an Equi-Trek Sonic horsebox, which at 3.5 tonnes, can be driven on a standard car licence! Terms and conditions apply.

Tickets for next year’s event make the perfect Christmas present and buying now means you beat the rush and guarantees the tickets you want, not to mention some healthy discounts!  Visit www.bramham-horse.co.uk to see what’s on offer.

 

 

 

 

 

Badminton sponsorship to cease after 2019

After a record-breaking twenty eight years as title sponsor of the Badminton Horse Trials, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has decided to withdraw after the 2019 Event.

Badminton is recognised as one of the world’s greatest sporting contests. Mitsubishi Motors has played an enormous role in maintaining the prestige of this ultimate test of all round horsemanship.

Plenty of action is ensured at Badminton each year Photo: John Simpson

Badminton celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019 and recently has had year-on-year record attendances with 185,000 spectators during this year’s competition.

Said event director Hugh Thomas, “It is always sad when a very successful partnership comes to an end, and especially when over the years event and sponsor have developed a genuine friendship, however when one door closes another one opens and it will be exciting to see where that leads.”

Rob Lindley, Managing Director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK commented “We have had an outstanding collaboration with the Badminton Horse Trials and it has played an important part in raising the profile of our brand and our vehicles over the years. Badminton 2019 will be as prestigious as ever and we wish the event the greatest success for the future.”

This departure from sponsoring the key event now leaves the door open for other major companies to step into the breach and apply to take over this key sponsorship role.

British Eventing appoints marketing agent

British Eventing has announced 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.

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.

 

David Holmes CEO of British Eventing

More widely the business has firmly established itself as a rights marketing specialist in Major Events and Olympic and Commonwealth sports having 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” commented 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.”

Burghley Estate to host eventing championships

British Eventing – the National Governing Body of eventing in the UK – has announced that from 2020, Burghley Estate in Stamford, Lincolnshire, will host the British Eventing BE80 Championship for an initial three-year term from 2020 – 2022.
Burghley Park will welcome the BE80 finalists during the week of the international Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, and provide a truly unique competition experience for riders at the entry level of eventing.
Taking place during the week of the CCI4* competition – the very highest level of eventing – combinations will be riding for Championship glory over the same turf as some of the most famous and successful horses and riders of the sport, including Mark Todd, William Fox-Pitt, Mary King and Andrew Nicholson.

The Olympic Horseshoe with Burghley House beyond Photo: Kingswood Associates

To qualify for 2020, Regional Finals will be staged across the country, each providing those that are eligible with the exclusive opportunity to compete at Burghley over a brand-new cross country course being designed especially for the Championship.
BE80(T) Regional Finals will be trialled next year for the 2019 Championships at Kelsall Hill (2), before the Championships head to Burghley in 2020. Full details, including eligibility and qualification, for both the 2019 and 2020 BE80(T) Championships will be announced in the coming weeks.
As with all BE80 classes, competitors at the Championships will be able to access the support of  BE Accredited Coaches in the form of cross country and show jumping course walks, help in the show jumping warm up and guidance and advice answering any questions.
BE Chief Executive David Holmes commented; “This is a hugely important development for our members and the sport. Burghley House is steeped in eventing tradition and is a stunning location for a Championship event. We are particularly grateful to Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Director, Elizabeth Inman, and her team, along with Miranda Rock President of Burghley Horse Trials, for their enthusiastic support of this new British Eventing initiative.”
David continued; “Following the successful pilot of the Airowear BE80(T) Championship at Kelsall Hill Horse Trials in September, congratulations must go to our inaugural winners Amy Dixon on board Goodluck II.” Our thanks go to the organising team at Kelsall Hill who hosted a fantastic 2018 competition – we look forward to heading back for the Championships at Kelsall Hill next year.”

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.”

Tina and Gemma contributed to GB success

WEST Sussex eventing competitors Kristina Cook and Gemma Tattersall were strong contributors to Britain’s success in that sport at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games last week.
Kristina and Billy The Red came into their own with an impressive clear round in show jumping, helping the British team secure the lowest team score in world championship history. The day also saw four British competitors in the top 20 at the event.

Kristina Cook and Billy The Red were in top form
Photo: Jon Stroud Media BEF

In the final show jumping phase, Rosalind Canter entered the arena as the final rider for GBR with Great Britain in the gold medal position, and she was individually sitting in silver, on her own and Caroline Moore’s Allstar B.
A text-book clear round from the Lincolnshire rider not only secured Great Britain as World Champions, but also confirmed an individual medal for Ros, and team Olympic qualification for Great Britain at Tokyo 2020.
In the team competition, Great Britain headed into showjumping with an 8.2 penalty advantage – or just two fences – over Ireland, and, after two clear rounds from Ireland’s team riders, the pressure mounted on the final three GBR combinations
After their incredible cross country on Saturday, West Sussex’s Gemma Tattersall got Britain underway in the showjumping phase, picking up 12 faults on The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul.

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul in action
Photo: Jon Stroud Media / British Equestrian Federation

Gemma said:  “I’m gutted. Arctic Soul is an amazing horse but he just got a bit strong and keen today after the day off. He doesn’t owe me anything; he’s jumped a lot of clear rounds.”
Stars of the day were Great Britain’s individual combination, West Sussex’s Tina Cook and Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy the Red, who rounded off their championships with a clear round.
Speaking about Billy The Red Tina Cook said: ” He is  a world class horse. The way he performed today is a good step on the way to the Europeans next year and hopefully for Tokyo [Olympic Games] in 2020. It’s so competitive in Britain at the moment; you’ve got to be on your ‘A Game’ the whole time.”
Tom McEwen,  based at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, was next in for the team and took an unlucky four faults from an otherwise impressive round on his own, Jane Inns and Alison McEwen’s Toledo de Kerser. Their completion score of 32.4 penalties meant that the gap between the team gold and silver had closed to just four faults with two team riders left to show jump.
The penultimate rider for GB, Northamptonshire’s Piggy French, also picked up four faults on Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo in the final show jumping combination on course, which reduced GBR’s advantage to just 0.2 of a penalty.
Richard Waygood MBE, Performance Manager for Eventing, said; “It’s been an amazing day in the office, really great team work. They all pulled together, they all went in there for the team and stuck to the system. 
“It was close at the end, but even before Ros jumped the last fence I knew she had it.  Our primary objective coming here was qualifying for Tokyo [Olympic Games] and our next objective was to win as many medals as possible, and we’ve achieved both goals.”
Afterwards Gemma Tattersall said:  “I’m gutted. Arctic Soul is an amazing horse but he just got a bit strong and keen today after the day off. He doesn’t owe me anything; he’s jumped a lot of clear rounds.”
Individual results:
Gold: Ros Canter and her own and Caroline Moore’s Allstar B (24.6)
9th: Tina Cook and Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy the Red (31.5)
10th: Piggy French and Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo (31.8)
12th: Tom McEwen and on his own, Jane Inns and Alison McEwen’s Toledo de Kerser (32.4)
30th: Gemma Tattersall and The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul (44.4)
Team results
Gold – Great Britain (88.8)
Silver – Ireland (93.0)
Bronze – France (99.8)
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.