GB eventing team in gold position

Great Britain’s eventing team have moved up into gold medal position after an incredible day of cross-country in the Mars Inc. eventing competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, USA.

All four team members jumped clear and finished inside the time after an exhilarating day of competition which sees three members of the team lying in the top ten with Ros Canter leading the way for Great Britain in second; Piggy French sits in eighth and Tom McEwen in tenth.

First out on the course on a windy morning in Tryon was pathfinder Gemma Tattersall, from West Sussex, with The Soul Syndicate’s Arctic Soul who got the team off to a perfect start going clear and inside the time.

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul  Photo: Kingswood Associates

A delighted Gemma said; “Thank god I got the job done and achieved what I came for! He’s a machine over cross-country and gave me an amazing ride. I went round at the second water on team orders which put me about ten seconds down but by the end of the hill, I was 15 seconds up- that’s how good he is. I was nervous this morning with all the expectations but I just thought ‘do what you normally do at home’ and of course he delivers.”

Piggy French, based in Northamptonshire, was next out for the British team, setting out onboard Quarrycrest Echo, owned by Jayne McGivern. Competing at their second consecutive major championships as a combination, the duo produced a masterclass on the cross-country course, storming across the finish line inside the time after another clear round.

Out on the course just after lunch was the most experienced member of the team, Tina Cook, from West Sussex, riding Billy The Red, owned by the Billy Stud, competing as an individual combination. In her fifth World Equestrian Games, Tina showed her class with the 11 year-old gelding, making it home clear and with just 2.4 time penalties.

Kristina Cook and Billy The Red

Tina said; “When we first walked the course we thought it wasn’t too testing but the more you walked, the more you could see where there might be problems. He made me work today – he’s very fit.

“It’s been an up and down year with me breaking my shoulder so he’s not had the runs in preparation. I decided to go long at the second water at the risk of a few time penalties over 20 for a stop and I could just about get the time back. But I’m happy and he was a good boy today. The crowds were amazing – they cheered the whole way around.”

Next for the team were Championship debutants, Tom McEwen, from Gloucestershire, and Toledo de Kerser, owned by Jane Inns, Alison McEwen and Tom.  The pair showed no nerves and jumped fantastically before being welcomed into the U.S Trust Arena by the fans in the main stand, crossing the line a second under the time after going clear.

The final combination for the British team was Lincolnshire rider Ros Canter and Allstar B, owned by Ros and Caroline Moore. The pair, who came into this phase third overnight, put in a flawless performance on the anchor leg and raced home to finish clear and inside the time, ending on 24.6 penalties, moving into silver medal position.

At this point, Great Britain were in the lead in the team event on 80.80, with Ireland in second on 89.00 and France in third on 91.80. Individually, European Champion, Ingrid Klimke heads the standings on 23.30 just ahead of Ros Canter in second. Piggy French lies in sixth, Tom McEwen is in tenth, individual competitor, Tina Cook is in 13th and Gemma Tattersall is in 18th.

The final phase of the competition, the showjumping,  will see the team and individual medals decided on Monday after the FEI rescheduled the weekend timetable due to the weather.

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.

Facilities at Blenheim Palace horse trials

Back for 2018, British Eventing Members visiting the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials this year can again make use of the BE Pavilion.

Alongside the excellent views of the CIC3* eight and nine year old dressage arena and both the CIC and CCI3* cross country course there will be free tea, coffee, biscuits and cake and activities throughout the week.

Located next to the Churchill Arena, access to the Pavilion is completely free for members with a valid BE membership card and just £5 per day for guests who will be able to take advantage of the facilities including the complimentary tea and coffee.

You will also be able to browse the BE merchandise range, shop our brand new accessories and watch CCTV of the competition at Blenheim Palace throughout each day. Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcome.

Showjumping at Blenheim Palace Horse Trials in a fine setting Photo: British Eventing


Activities include children’s colouring in, EquiPilates taster sessions and the chance to talk to BE Master Coach and Fellow of BHS Nick Gauntlett who will be on hand to answer your eventing and coaching questions (see more details below to book a free slot). The free lucky dip also gives BE members a chance of winning one free Full BE membership along with training vouchers or merchandise every day.

After announcing the exciting news that Blenheim Palace’s title sponsor SsangYong Motors UK has extended their sponsorship for a further five years, the 2018 event is set to provide thrilling international competition in both the CCI3* and CIC3* for eight and nine year old horses, along with a bumper diary of displays, amateur competition and shopping. Find out more HERE.

Book your tickets to the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials HERE.

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Supporter Membership starts from just £25 and other benefits include annual subscription to the BE Life magazine (six issues per year), discounts on equestrian and non-equestrian event admission tickets, member discount on training and winter series entry fees plus access to Inspired Rewards which provides special offers, discounted gift cards and e-gift cards for brands including Pizza Express, Sainsbury’s, JoJo Maman Bebe, Hobby Craft, Debenhams and Caffè Nero.

GB eventing squad for World Games

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has confirmed the eventing squad, selected by the British Eventing senior selectors, for this year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina (USA), 11-23 September 2018.

Two experienced West Sussex riders are in the team as expected- Gemma Tattersall and Tina Cook.

Kristina Cook and Billy The Red    Photo: British Eventing

Gemma Tattersall and Chico Bella Haras competing at Burghley

The selected athletes are (in alphabetical order);

  • Ros Canter from Lincolnshire, with Caroline Moore and her own Allstar B
  • Tina Cook from West Sussex, with Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy The Red
  • Piggy French from Northampton, with Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo
  • Tom McEwen from Gloucestershire, with Jane Inns, Ali McEwen and his own Toledo de Kerser
  • Gemma Tattersall from West Sussex, with The Soul Syndicate and her own Arctic Soul


Eventing Performance Manager, Richard Waygood MBE said: “This year’s team selection was extremely close, with great strength and depth coming through the nominated list. We head to WEG with a strong squad and I look forward to continuing to work with the selected athletes in the build-up, to ensure we are best prepared for Tryon.”

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 & Horrell, Equi-Trek, FALPRO England, Musto, NAF and Point Two Air Vests.

SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials

Isle of Wight horse trials

Some top names in worldwide eventing will be taking part in the London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials on then Isle of Wight. Not only will this be the first event of its type on the island, but also a huge asset to the local economy.
Olympic riders from all over the world have entered for the horse trials which take place on July 25 and 26. Competitors will include Andrew Hoy,  an Australian Olympian, whose eventing career spans 45 years and includes winning three gold medals. He will be riding three horses at the two-day event.
Oliver Townend, who has 155 top three placings to his credit, has four confirmed rides at this event and will be another one to watch.
Izzy Taylor finished 2017 as Britain’s highest ranking lady and will be taking part with four horses. Challenging these seasoned stars will be the likes of Ludwig Svennerstal and Emily King, two young and promising riders who will each have one ride at the event.

Eventing is coming to the Isle of Wight

Stuart Buntine, managing director of organisers BEDE  Events said: ” The line-up is just fantastic. We are debuting a new event, a new format of eventing and to see so many talented, world renowned riders signing up is just brilliant.”
The horse trials will be held at Osborne House, the former residence of Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight, with the royal palace and grounds  creating a perfect backdrop for the new event.
Full horse and rider listing and tickets are available now at with prices starting at £10.50 for children and £23 for adults. Book early to take advantage of on-line discounts.

GB’s world championship 2018 eventing long-list

TWO West Sussex event riders are included in the long list for this year’s World Equestrian Games. They are Tina Cook and Gemma Tattersall- both seasoned international competitors of high repute. The games will be held in Tryon, North Carolina (USA),  from September 11-23.  

Their names are in the  11-strong long-list with Kristina down to partner Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy The Red, while Gemma is on the list wkith The Soul Syndicate and her own Arctic Soul. Gemma is also on the reserve list with Clive Smith’s Pamero 4.

Gemma Tattersall

The athletes named on the long-list are (in alphabetical order);
Sarah Bullimore with Chris and Sue Gillespie and Brett Bullimore’s Reve Du Rouet; Ros Canter with Caroline Moore and her own Allstar B, and her own Zenshera; Laura Collett with Nick How, Keith Scott and her own Mr Bass; Tina Cook with Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson’s Billy The Red

Tina Cook in action with her former star, Miners Frolic Photo: British Eventing
Photo British Eventing

Piggy French with Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo, and Trevor Dickens’s Vanir Kamira;Kitty King with Diana Bown, Jacqueline Owen and Samantha Wilson’s Ceylor L A N;Tom McEwen with Jane Inns, Ali McEwen and his own Toledo de Kerser; Harry Meade with Charlotte Opperman’s Away Cruising; Gemma Tattersall with The Soul Syndicate and her own Arctic Soul; Oliver Townend with Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s Ballaghmor Class, Angela Hislop’s  Cooley Master Class and Angela Hislop’s Cooley SRS; Nicola Wilson with James and Jo Lambert’s Bulana.
The reserve combinations announced are (in alphabetical order); Alex Bragg with Sally Ellicott’s Zagreb; Emilie Chandler with Sally Williams and Nicola Dickson’s Coopers Law; William Fox-Pitt with Jennifer Dowling’s Little Fire; Kitty King with Diana Bown, Sally Lloyd Baker, Sally Eyre and Samantha Wilson’s Vendredi Biats; Imogen Murray with Aivar Ward and M S Team’s Ivar Gooden;Gemma Tattersall with Clive Smith’s Pamero 4.
A total of 15 combinations will be submitted to the FEI as the nominated entries on August 13 2018. All combinations are required to maintain their current form to remain on the long-list ahead of the Championships.
Eventing Performance Manager, Richard Waygood MBE said: “It is fantastic to have such a strong group of combinations long-listed for this year’s World championships; there have been some impressive performances across the board so far this season and I’m very excited to be working with such a superb group of athletes.”
The squad of five will be announced at the beginning of August.
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 official partners Dodson and Horrell, Equi-Trek, Falpro England, Musto, NAF and Point Two Air Vests.

Townend wins Kentucky three-day-event

In a thrilling finish, Oliver Townend of Great Britain won the prestigious Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the weekend, beating Germany’s Michael Jung.

The British rider had been third overnight, but produced a flawless show jumping round on board Cooley Master Class, to take the title.

He had finishing the previous day with a  dressage score of 28.7 penalties, setting up the showdown with overnight leader Jung on Fischerrocana FST. When the German pair dropped a rail at fence 5, the victory was Townend’s. Jung finished second (31.5).

Oliver Townend pictured following a previous win at Land Rover Horse Trials  Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Townend (35), of Dudleston Heath, Ellesmere, Shropshire, England, said. “There was no funding from Britain to come to Germany this year. The horse’s owners gambled on me to win their money back, and I’m pleased the horses have come through with great results and that I’ve repaid the owners’ gamble on me.”

American duo Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous also put in a double-clear round to move up into third overall, to win the Land Rover/USEF National CCI4* Championship as the highest-placed Americans with a score of 32.8.

The morning started with unexpected tension when Jung’s Fischerrocana was sent to the holding box during the final horse inspection, as was second-placed Christopher Burton of Australia with Nobilis 18. As the crowd held their breath, the ground jury accepted both horses upon re-presentation.

The first rider to post a double-clear round was Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Boarder (21st/55.9) . Oliver Townend had come into the show jumping with Cooley Master Class in third and MHS King Joules tied for fourth. He went early on King Joules, who eventually finished in seventh place and lowered a rail, but Cooley Master Class jumped impressively.

The winner takes home a check for $130,000, and for his seventh-placed finish Townend adds an additional $14,000, making it a profitable weekend for his team. MHS King Joules and Cooley Master Class are both 13-year-old Irish Sport Horses.

For his victory, Townend received $130,000 and  a one-year lease on a Land Rover Discovery.


Pony Club eventing league day

Winners of The Pony Club Open Eventing League, generously supported by Likit, enjoyed a day with international event rider Kitty King at her yard in Wiltshire.

The 2017 Likit League saw hundreds of horse and rider combinations compete at events up and down the UK, but it was 23 year old Alice Turner who took the top spot riding Weston Warlord for the Burghley branch.  Amy Chittenden of Chiddingfold Pony Club had the distinction of finishing in 12th place with Connaught Schwepps- an excellent result from such a big field of competitors.

They began their day watching Kitty ride Vendredi Biats (aka Froggy) in a jump lesson, where they were able to discuss the training of their own horses and hear from Kitty about the importance of preparing for competitions and assessing performance at home with their coaches.

Kitty King  in action  Photo  courtesy Kitty King Eventing

After lunch the riders were treated to a session covering feed and fitness of the event horse, before a tour of the yard where they were introduced to the horses including Kitty’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games mount, Ceylor LAN.

The group were presented with their prizes which were generously provided by Open Eventing League sponsors, Likit. Prizes included training bursaries, rugs, rosettes and Likit products, and Kitty very kindly arranged for additional goodies from her sponsors.

The 2017 Likit League saw hundreds of horse and rider combinations compete at events up and down the UK, but it was 23 year old Alice Turner who took the top spot riding Weston Warlord for the Burghley Branch.

 Pony Club Branches whose events include PC110 (open) Class, are eligible to register for the League, and entrants can gain points for places and double clear rounds. The horse and rider combination with the highest number of points at the end of the season wins, with further placings being awarded to tenth place.

Don’t miss Brendon’s Tina Cook eventing clinic

BRENDON Stud and Saddlery is hosting a Kristina Cook Eventing Clinic on Tuesday January 30 in the morning. It will be in the Paris Arena at the Stud in Haresdean Lane, Pyecombe, BN45 7EG.

This is an event not to be missed and Arena Eventing fences will  be used.                                                                                                                                                              The clinic will be open to competing horses at 80cm level and above, with groups based on abilities outlined on the booking form. There will be four x one hour morning group sessions with a maximum of four in a group.

Groups may be amalgamated within two height levels dependent on attendees.              Kristina Cook is a British three-day eventing rider. She was the 2009 European Champion.

Tina Cook in action at top event Photo: Red Mills

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.

This Brendon event contains the highly successful programme of clinics covering different equestrian disciplines that has been held in recent months.

Kristina is a British three-day event rider and was the 2009 European Champion.            A three-time Olympic medallist, she won individual and team bronze in  Bejing 2008 and team silver in 2012 at her second Olympic appearance in London 2012 Olympics on Miners Frolic, alongside Nicola Wilson, Zara Phillips, Mary King and William Fox-Pitt.

This Brendon event continues the highly successful programme of clinics covering different equestrian disciplines with top riders at this family-run equestrian centre that has been held in recent years.

This is an excellent opportunity to train with an Olympian Eventing rider and trainer with an exciting range of NEW eventing fences to help you and your horse compete to your best and prepare for the new season. Cost of Clinic: £65 per person per session.

No bookings taken without payment and will not be refundable unless we can re-allocate your booking.

Please book online via website at

BHS to be Badminton charity

The British Horse Society named as Badminton’s charity of the year.
The largest equestrian charity in the UK has been named as the Charity of the Year at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2018.

The British Horse Society (BHS) has been helping and supporting horses, their owners and riders for 70 years. Founded in 1947, The British Horse Society now has over 100,000 members. The Society is dedicated to education, equine welfare, protecting and increasing access to bridleways and equestrian routes, and safety for horse and riders.

British Horse Society chosen as Badminton 2018 charity

Lynn Petersen, Chief Executive of The British Horse Society, said “We are delighted to be Charity of the Year for Badminton 2018. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our work to the thousands of people who attend Badminton. This is a great way for us to celebrate our Platinum Anniversary, 70 years bringing people and horses together.”
Hugh Thomas, Event Director at Badminton said “We are proud to be the biggest and longest established Horse Trials in the world and we want everyone who comes here to be aware of the great work, done by The British Horse Society.”
The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials will take place from Wednesday 2nd May – Sunday 6th May 2018, staged within the grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire.