Pippa Funnell leads at Hartpury

Pippa Funnell retains her grip on the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S competition after the second day of dressage, albeit with her third 4* ride – Billy The Biz.
The striking grey looked effortless on Friday afternoon earning a score of 23.3 and setting the standard going into Saturday’s showjumping and cross country phases.
Sarah Bullimore had a busy but successful Friday finishing with her least experienced horse in third place. The first on the board was Sarah’s top horse and reserve on the British squad for the EuropeaChampionships, Reve Du Rouet who scored 28.5 but it was the homebred eight-year-old Corouet who moved into the lead just before lunch with a score of 23.6.
Tom McEwen soon matched Sarah’s score of 23.6 with Toledo De Kerser moving ahead due to collective marks. Speaking to An Eventful Life after his test, Tom said “There was nothing I wanted to particularly aim for this year so we’ve just kept him ticking along at national level.
“He’s got a really expressive medium canter so I really tried to show it off today.”
The final hours of the CCI4*-S dressage phase with a host of top-class names including Piggy French, Tina Cook, Tim Price and Sarah Bullimore who returned with her final ride, Conpierre.
Last year’s winners of this class Tina Cook and Billy The Red put in a solid test to earn a mark of 23.7 ahead of Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street.
This year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials winners, Piggy French and Vanir Kamira, lie in ninth after dressage on a score of 25.8. Piggy’s other ride Quarrycrest Echo goes into the showjumping in 11th with a score of 26.6.
Tom, Piggy and Tina are all headed to the European Championships at Luhmuhlen and all three have brought their Championship horses for a run. A number of other combinations are Burghley-bound.
Twenty-seven riders in the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S earned sub-30 dressage scores setting up showjumping and cross country phases tomorrow.
With the Met Office forecasting high winds on Saturday, organisers have taken the decision to move the CCI4*-S showjumping phase indoors. The cross country course remains in good condition with near perfect going.
In the NAF Five Star Mpower CCI2*-L and NAF Five Star Superflex CCI3*-L competitions the leaders remain unchanged from Thursday with Sarah Holmes and Harley Brown, and Piggy French and Brookfield Quality, leading respectively.

Eric Winter, course designer, with Teddy the Shetland.
Photo: Sally Newcomb Photography)

Emile Faurie dressage masterclass at HOYS this year

Emile Faurie to deliver the Dressage Masterclass at HOYS .The Dressage Masterclass at Horse of the Year Show is a firm favourite amongst fans and has seen advice and training tips shared from the likes of four-time Olympian Richard Davison, Olympic Gold Medallist Charlotte Dujardin and her trainer and fellow team rider, Carl Hester.

For 2019, top international dressage rider, Emile Faurie, is set to inspire the HOYS audience on Dressage Thursday as he hosts the demo for the very first time.

Emile Faurie competing
Photo British Dressage

Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1963, Emile’s early experiences with horse riding were far from what they are now. It was not until the late Molly Sivewright, founder of the Talland School of Equitation, came to visit Emile at the age of 20 that he decided that this was the career for him. Little did he know that he was about to embark on a journey which would shape the rest of his life.

In 1982 Emile moved to Germany to work for the famous Performance Sales International (PSI), helping back and prepare youngsters for auction. In this he gained understanding on how to recognise a good horse and expand his horse knowledge to form the career he has today. In 1993, Emile won an individual bronze and team silver medal at the European Championships riding a horse called Virtu.

His work with PSI allowed him to set up his own yard in Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire in 1996, where he continued to train and work with the young horses from Germany. Emile went on to represent Great Britain in three more European Championships, two Olympic Games and three World Equestrian Games, including 2018 in Tryon where he helped Britain secure team bronze with the 12-year-old Dono Di Maggio.

At Horse of the Year Show last year, Emile was placed fourth in the Dressage Future Elite riding Café’s Caletta scoring 74.5%. The 10 year old mare mwas bred to showjump but had a change of career at the age of six. She is now competing successfully at Grand Prix level with Emile this season.

Emile’s picturesque yard is based in the heart of the Cotswolds. There he trains and rides with up and coming rider Tom Goode, who has established a name for himself recently with Grand Prix wins aboard a stunning chestnut stallion Dior III, who is owned by Sam Geddes.

Speaking about what the HOYS audience can expect from his Dressage Masterclass on Thursday at Horse of the Year Show, Emile commented: “It’s a great honour to have been asked to host the Dressage Masterclass; HOYS is such an iconic show and the crowd there really know their stuff, so it is a little bit nerve wracking but an honour all the same.

Emile Faurie
Photo: British Dressage

“HOYS has just got this special quality to it, you can’t encapsulate it in words. It has a great sense of tradition and it is so special to be a part of, I really enjoy competing there.

“For the masterclass I will be bringing three young horses from Germany from the Performance Sales International who I work for; they will demonstrate exactly what it is we look for in a world class dressage horses and I will talk through how we start them out in their training.

Then in the second half, Tom [Goode] will ride Dior who is enjoying his first season at Grand Prix level this year, so they will demonstrate the higher level movements and show the levels of progression through to the finished product.”

Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “We are so excited to announce that Emile Faurie will be hosting our Dressage Masterclass on Thursday at HOYS this year.

“He is one of the most successful British riders who is still competing on the circuit and has a wealth of experience which he is eager to share with the HOYS crowd this year.

“I am sure that visitors will be left feeling inspired with plenty of ideas of exercises to try and home with their horses.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place this year at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena,  from October 2- 6. Thursday tickets are Gold Tickets, meaning that they allow you full access to the show for the full day.  That is more than 16 hours of equestrian entertainment at its best with prices starting from £34.00.

Visit https://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.

Last high goal polo match of Cowdray season

In the last high goal match of Cowdray Park’s 2019 season, the Final of the historic Challenge Cup, first presented in 1911, was played between Jonathan Rothermere’s Ferne Park and Alessandro Bazzoni’s Monterosso sides, writes Liz Higgins.

 Playing for Jonathan Rothermere were Richard Le Poer (5 goals) at number 2, Joaquin Pittaluga (7 goals) at 3 and Rodrigo Rueda (6 goals) at Back, making up the 18 goal team.  Alessandro Bazzoni playing off 1 goal was joined by young  guns Jose Ramon Araya (3 goals) at 2, Bartolomé Castagnola (6 goals) at 3 and the experienced 8 goaler Ignacio Toccalino at Back.

 Five frantic minutes of non-stop action opened the match until a super pass from Toccalino to Araya resulted in the first goal for Monterosso.  In chukka 2, Toccalino started the drive for the next goal, Castagnola picking up the ball and sending it to Bassoni who finished the play with goal number 2. 

Once again Toccalino went on the attack passing a super ball to Bassoni but the patron’s shot went wide.  Le Poer saved the next Monterosso attempt at goal and superfast end to end play saw Le Poer’s own attempt at goal thwarted by Toccalino. Rueda swooped in to try and re-gain possession but fouled Castagnola in the process.  A free hit sent the ball to Bazzoni via Castagnola and another great goal from the patron put 3-0 on the scoreboard.

Winning Harrison team with the cup Photo: Julian Portch

On the way to Monterosso’s goal mouth Rueda left the ball for Le Poer who backed through a neat shot to give Ferne Park their first goal, but from the throw-in Toccalino and Castagnola had full possession of the ball taking it all the way to 4-1 to end the chukka.

 Shortly into chukka 3 Araya stole the ball from Le Poer, Castagnola picked it up and it was 5-1 to Monterosso.  His next attempt went wide giving Le Poer the chance to race off and pass to Pittaluga in the hope of making it to the Monterosso goal, but the ever-present Castagnola snatched it away and was soon running through the posts again to make it 6-1 in Monterosso’s favour. The throw-in was won by Ferne Park and as Rothermere looked to pick up a useful pass from Pittaluga he was fouled.  A 30 yard penalty was awarded which Le Poer put through and the first half ended at 6-2 to Monterosso.

 A hit from the boards started the second half.  Le Poer stole the ball from under Castagnola’s stick and raced away to score.   Hard and fast play continued with once again Toccalino playing to all of his 8 goals and Castagnola the expert back-up.  Together they ran the ball again to Fern Park’s goal mouth with Araya waiting to flick it through for 7-3.  Ferne Park won the next throw-in, but in the ensuring tussle two consecutive whistles finally gave the side a penalty which Pittaluga accurately sent through from 40 yards.  Castagnola raced off from the next throw-in, lost the ball but Toccalino was on hand to see it between the posts and Monterosso ended the fourth chukka 8-4 ahead.

Merengada Best,Polo Pony played by Jose Araya.
Photo: Julian Portch

 The final chukka saw Rueda on the move from the off, fighting all the way to the goal mouth to pull one back for Ferne Park.  Le Poer tried desperately for another goal but his attempt went wide.  Toccalino brought the ball back in, Bassoni was set to carry it forward but was fouled in the process.  Toccalino scored from the 40 yard penalty awarded and it was all over for Ferne Park, Monterosso victorious at 9-5.

 Mrs Emma McRae presented the prestigious trophy to a delighted Alessando Bazzoni and prizes to all players.  The Most Valuable Player prize sponsored by Le Chameau went to Ignacio Toccalino and the Schweppes Best Playing Pony rug went to Merengada played by Jose Araya.     

Final of Harrison Cup at Cowdray Park

The Harrison Cup, Cowdray Challenge Cup and Holden White Cups, played as Cowdray’s Goodwood Week series, are open to all-comers and lead to the overall awards in the HPA’s Victor Ludorum series.  The Final of the 15 goal Harrison Cup, on August 3, is always the first to be played and was a truly exciting contest as befits one of the highest rated 15 goal tournaments in the UK polo calendar writes Liz Higgins.

 From a total of 14 teams entered, Sally Turner’s CPG Nightingale and Momin Sheikh’s Berkeley Healthcare made it through to the Final.  Alongside Sally were Will Harper (2 goals) playing at number 2, George Meyrick (6 goals) at 3 and 7 goaler Juan Gris Zavaleta at Back.  Lachie Gilmore (2 goals) took the number 2 slot for BHC, with 6 goaler Matt Perry at 3 and Jack Richardson (7 goals) at Back.

 

CPG Nightingale, winners of the Harrison Cup with their trophy cup Photo: Julian Portch

Zavaleta made the opening goal for CPG Nightingale, his score swiftly answered by Matt Perry for BHC. Zavaleta’s next attempt went wide but he was accurate in his following attempt and also made the pass that enabled young Harper to make goal number 3 for CPG Nightingale. 

 Chukka 2 started with a roll-in and the ball came out with BHC. Jack Richardson went on the attack and a brilliant pick up by Gilmore saw him send a mighty shot between the posts to pull a goal back for BHC.  Meyrick finished a lovely hit towards goal by Zavaleta and once more CFG Nightingale had a two goal lead – but not for long. 

A super goal from Perry helped to close the gap and Richardson made the goal that levelled the scores on 4-4.  In a terrific all-action chukka, another massive shot from Lachie Gilmore enabled BHC to take the lead, but their party was spoilt when Sally Turner made a useful pass to Zavaleta and the scores were equal again at 5-5 as the chukka closed.  Harper’s talent came to the fore with two great goals in chukka 3 while BHC failed to mark the scoreboard and the first half ended at 7-5 in CPG Nightingale’s favour.

 Within 15 seconds of chukka 4 opening, Zavaleta had taken CPG Nightingale on to 8-5 and it wasn’t long before he was charging away again, his attempt at goal finished off by Harper. 

Zavaleta’s  huge shot down the field accurately landed with Turner who aimed, hit the goal post, the ball then trickling through to put her side into double figures at 10-5.  Zavaleta obliged with another huge hit and it was seven goals on the trot for CPG Nightingale before a super goal from Jack Richardson saw the score at the end of chukka 4 at 11-6.

 The final chukka saw a rally from BHC with goals from both Perry and Richardson, the latter from a 60 yard penalty.  Was a come-back possible?  Not while Juan Gris Zavaleta was on the pitch.  He finished off a blistering performance with two more goals to give Sally Turner’s CPG Nightingale side a commanding victory of 13-8 and unsurprisingly picked up the Le Chameau prize for Most Valuable Player.  To round off his afternoon, Zavaleta’s pony Oli Vercera  was awarded the Schweppes rug for Best Playing Pony of the match.

 

High number of equine ‘flu outbreaks

 The British Horse Society has warned that the number of equine ‘flu outbreaks has now exceeded more than 200 this year nationwide with no sign of it slowing down.

This is an extremely worrying situation, especially since outbreaks are likely to continue to rise with the competition season in full swing and horses being travelled and mixed together across the country.

The British Horse Society says that if you are you out and about with your horse this coming weekend, that there are plenty of simple steps you can take to help prevent the spread of disease.

See below:

Borris school was Hickstead dual winner

Pupils from the Borris Vocational School in Co Carlow rode out as the dual winners of the recent Hurst College National Senior Schools Jumping Championships.

Patrick Doyle (Boley Boy), Aoife Murphy (Garrynadruig Turbo), Catherine Kavanagh (Coppenagh Blitz) and Claire Kavanagh (Clonagoose Daniel Dubh) made up the winning team, with Aoife claiming individual honours as well.

Hickstead winners Borris Vocational School Senior School (c) Julian Portch

Having produced three clears in the first round, the team was able to drop Catherine’s eight fault round and finish on a team score of zero. Former winners Wellington College and Millfield School finished second equal with eight faults.

Seventeen-year-old Aoife was the fastest of the five double clears in the jump-off, shaving 0.28 off the leading time to take the win ahead of runner-up George Laing from Hurst College.

It was a great day for the Borris Vocational School riders, with Claire Kavanagh (15) finishing eventual seventh in the individual honours, with 14-year-old Patrick Doyle finishing in eighth place.

Irish schools have a good record in this championship, with the title going to Newbridge College in Co Kildare 12 months ago, but this was the first win for the Borris Vocational School.

The school did finish in fourth place on their last visit two years ago, but this year they not only won the seniors title but brought a junior team as well, who also qualified for the final in Hickstead’s famous Longines International Arena.

“We also won the inter schools league back home in Ireland, so it’s been a good year for our school,” said Aoife.

Aoife Murphy and Garrynacdruig Turbo
Photo (c) Julian Portch

Aoife’s horse Garryndruig Turbo is a former Grade A showjumper, and she has had the ride on her for three years. “She’s quite a cheeky mare, but she’s a pet in the stable and she loves jumping clear rounds,” she said.

Although it was a long journey from Ireland – with the horses travelling via ferry and the riders flying over – today’s win made it more than worthwhile. The quartet can continue the celebrations over the weekend when they go to watch international showjumping at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

Millfield School claimed their third Hickstead title in four years when winning the Hurst College Junior Schools Championship.

The team of Tara Kay (Amandas), Charlotte Manton (Tullibards Boom Groom), Hatty Kingsford (Killycloghan Classic Melody) and Lily Rhys (Fond Of A Drop) secured the title for their Glastonbury-based school for the second year in a row.

Both Millfield and eventual runners-up Seaford College had to jump-off for honours after both teams produced a perfect sweep of four clear rounds apiece.

In the jump-off, Tara (14), Charlotte (13), Hatty (13) and Lily (14) repeated their clears to take the win, while Seaford ended up on eight faults.

All four members of the winning team also compete in eventing. Three of the riders are competing at BE100 level, with Charlotte hoping to step up to this height this season.

Hatty and Lily were both in the victorious team last year, so were making a winning return to the All England Jumping Course. “It feels really good to be part of the winning team for our school,” said Hatty. “My mare loved the course, it was really flowing and it’s a big arena which suits her.”

A pupil from The Towers School in Steyning took the top prize in the Hurst College Junior Schools Individual Championship.

Briony Martin, 14, and her pony My Time IV claimed individual honours after a fiercely competitive class.

They were last to go in the jump-off, so they had to wait until 14 other riders had tackled the shortened course against the clock. Briony knew she would have to pull out an impressive performance to take the lead, and she certainly did that – whizzing round in a time of 34.09sec to knock 0.82sec off the leading time.

Briony is no stranger to competing at Hickstead, and today was her third time riding in the Longines International Arena. “It’s such good fun, I always love it here,” she said.

Making their performance even more impressive is the fact My Time IV has had an eye removed. “He may only have one eye but he’s amazing. Although he can be quite cheeky he’s so cool, showjumping is definitely our thing,” she added.

Honor Redhouse claimed the Hickstead Elite 1.10m NSEA Individual Championship, riding her Connemara pony Zara Queen of Hearts. Today’s win marked a double for the pair, who won the same title here at the Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships 12 months ago.

“It’s my final year on her so it was great to win this class,” said Honor, 15, who is a pupil at Radnor House School in Sevenoaks. “My mare really loves the arena and the atmosphere here. It’s so nice that younger riders are able to compete here as well as the pros.”

After her win in the Longines International Arena, Honor was presented with a lesson with top Irish showjumper Trevor Breen – which was an added bonus for the young rider, who already trains with Trevor and his wife Caroline.

The Hickstead Elite 1.00m NSEA Team Championship took place in the Equine America Ring Three, with the title going to the Lady Manners School in Derbyshire.

The Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships were first held in 1964. Since then thousands of young riders have come to Hickstead each summer, each hoping to qualify to jump on the hallowed turf of the Longines International Arena.

Many familiar names have taken part in the championships, including riders Pippa Funnell, Robert Whitaker and Jessica Mendoza, as well as the Duchess of York, supermodel Jodie Kidd and BBC presenter Clare Balding.

“This event is one of the highlights of the amateur equestrian calendar, and competing at this level requires great skill and considerable courage,” said Tim Manly, Headmaster of sponsors Hurst College. “It’s been a great day of competition, with fantastic spirit shown by the riders.”

Irish school is dual winner of Hickstead’s senior schools event

Pupils from the Borris Vocational School in Co Carlow rode out as the dual winners of today’s Hurst College National Senior Schools Jumping Championships.

Patrick Doyle (Boley Boy), Aoife Murphy (Garrynadruig Turbo), Catherine Kavanagh (Coppenagh Blitz) and Claire Kavanagh (Clonagoose Daniel Dubh) made up the winning team, with Aoife claiming individual honours as well.

Having produced three clears in the first round, the team was able to drop Catherine’s eight fault round and finish on a team score of zero. Former winners Wellington College and Millfield School finished second equal with eight faults.

Seventeen-year-old Aoife was the fastest of the five double clears in the jump-off, shaving 0.28 off the leading time to take the win ahead of runner-up George Laing from Hurst College.

Aoife Murphy and Garrynacdruig Turbo
Photo (c) Julian Portch

It was a great day for the Borris Vocational School riders, with Claire Kavanagh (15) finishing eventual seventh in the individual honours, with 14-year-old Patrick Doyle finishing in eighth place.

Irish schools have a good record in this championship, with the title going to Newbridge College in Co Kildare 12 months ago, but this was the first win for the Borris Vocational School.

Borris Vocational School Senior Schools winning team(c) Julian Portch

The school did finish in fourth place on their last visit two years ago, but this year they not only won the seniors title but brought a junior team as well, who also qualified for the final in Hickstead’s famous Longines International Arena.

“We also won the inter schools league back home in Ireland, so it’s been a good year for our school,” said Aoife.

Aoife’s horse Garryndruig Turbo is a former Grade A showjumper, and she has had the ride on her for three years. “She’s quite a cheeky mare, but she’s a pet in the stable and she loves jumping clear rounds,” she said.

Although it was a long journey from Ireland – with the horses travelling via ferry and the riders flying over – today’s win made it more than worthwhile. The quartet can continue the celebrations over the weekend when they go to watch international showjumping at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

Millfield School claimed their third Hickstead title in four years when winning the Hurst College Junior Schools Championship.

 

The team of Tara Kay (Amandas), Charlotte Manton (Tullibards Boom Groom), Hatty Kingsford (Killycloghan Classic Melody) and Lily Rhys (Fond Of A Drop) secured the title for their Glastonbury-based school for the second year in a row.

Both Millfield and eventual runners-up Seaford College had to jump-off for honours after both teams produced a perfect sweep of four clear rounds apiece.

In the jump-off, Tara (14), Charlotte (13), Hatty (13) and Lily (14) repeated their clears to take the win, while Seaford ended up on eight faults.

All four members of the winning team also compete in eventing. Three of the riders are competing at BE100 level, with Charlotte hoping to step up to this height this season.

Hatty and Lily were both in the victorious team last year, so were making a winning return to the All England Jumping Course. “It feels really good to be part of the winning team for our school,” said Hatty. “My mare loved the course, it was really flowing and it’s a big arena which suits her.”

A pupil from The Towers School in Steyning took the top prize in the Hurst College Junior Schools Individual Championship.

Briony Martin, 14, and her pony My Time IV claimed individual honours after a fiercely competitive class.

They were last to go in the jump-off, so they had to wait until 14 other riders had tackled the shortened course against the clock. Briony knew she would have to pull out an impressive performance to take the lead, and she certainly did that – whizzing round in a time of 34.09sec to knock 0.82sec off the leading time.

Briony is no stranger to competing at Hickstead, and today was her third time riding in the Longines International Arena. “It’s such good fun, I always love it here,” she said.

Making their performance even more impressive is the fact My Time IV has had an eye removed. “He may only have one eye but he’s amazing. Although he can be quite cheeky he’s so cool, showjumping is definitely our thing,” she added.

Honor Redhouse claimed the Hickstead Elite 1.10m NSEA Individual Championship, riding her Connemara pony Zara Queen of Hearts. Today’s win marked a double for the pair, who won the same title here at the Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships 12 months ago.

“It’s my final year on her so it was great to win this class,” said Honor, 15, who is a pupil at Radnor House School in Sevenoaks. “My mare really loves the arena and the atmosphere here. It’s so nice that younger riders are able to compete here as well as the pros.”

After her win in the Longines International Arena, Honor was presented with a lesson with top Irish showjumper Trevor Breen – which was an added bonus for the young rider, who already trains with Trevor and his wife Caroline.

The Hickstead Elite 1.00m NSEA Team Championship took place in the Equine America Ring Three, with the title going to the Lady Manners School in Derbyshire.

The Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships were first held in 1964. Since then thousands of young riders have come to Hickstead each summer, each hoping to qualify to jump on the hallowed turf of the Longines International Arena.

Many familiar names have taken part in the championships, including riders Pippa Funnell, Robert Whitaker and Jessica Mendoza, as well as the Duchess of York, supermodel Jodie Kidd and BBC presenter Clare Balding.

“This event is one of the highlights of the amateur equestrian calendar, and competing at this level requires great skill and considerable courage,” said Tim Manly, Headmaster of sponsors Hurst College. “It’s been a great day of competition, with fantastic spirit shown by the riders.”

Historic Day at Glorious Goodwood yesterday

LADIES DAY at Glorious Goodwood yesterday fulfilled all expectations, with the highlight being when Mhadijah Mellah became Britain’s first Muslim jockey to win her debut race there.

Just 18-years-old, she won the Magnolia Cup charity race for women only in fine style on board Haverland. It was even more remarkable because the first time she sat on a racehorse was only four months previously- and she finished in front of the likes of VIctoria Pendleton and model Vogue Williams.

Magnolia Cup winner Mella following her victory      Photo: Press Association

Mella is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September.
The charity race, a five-furlong and 110-yard flat race, was held on the third day of the meet to raise funds for Wellbeing of Women.
She came from off the pace to score a memorable victory for connections.Mellah raced less than four months after first sitting on a racehorse and is the first person in the UK to ride a competitive race while wearing a hijab.
The rookie jockey is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September.
The charity race, a five-furlong and 110-yard flat race, was held on the third day of the meet to raise funds for Wellbeing of Women.
She said ahead of the race: “It’s crazy to think of my journey over the last couple of months but a big part of my life has been proving people wrong.”
“There’s quite a stereotype around Muslim girls and them ‘not being able to follow their sporting passions and dreams’.
“I want to be a role model to anyone who wants to do something that they wouldn’t initially believe was in their comfort zone and allow people to follow their aspirations and dreams.”

Deirdre ridden to victory by Oisin Murphy
Photo: John Simpson

Earlier at the meeting, history was also made when Japanese trainer Mitsuru Hashida, saddled up Deirdre to win the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Settled off the pace by Oisin Murphy when Mehdaayih and Hermosa set a demanding gallop, the five-year-old stayed on powerfully to mark up a significant overseas win.

Jockey Oisin Murphy guided the five-year-old home to a great victory as Dettori and Mehdaayih came in second.

 

Impressive Goodwood double for Dettori

Jockey Frankie Dettori  had an impressive win in the Qtar Goodwood Cup Stakes- a Group1 two mile race in the British Champions Series at Goodwood yesterday on good going.

The 48-year-old partnered Stradivarius, the 4/5 favourite trained by John Gosden,  to an impressive victory in the race. He snatched the win by a neck from 11-2 runner-up shot  Dee Ex Bee at 11-2, trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Silvestre De Sousa.

It was the third consecutive year that Tradivarius had won this race.

Stradivarius stars again in Goodwood Cup with Frankie Dettori Photo courtesy of Goodwood.

Cross Counter, trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by James Doyle was third.

There was a quick double for Frankie Dettori for he also won the following race for trainer John Quinn on board 15-8 favourite Cobra Eye, beating Fuwayit- a Mark Johnston-trained runner sent off at 8-1.
It meant an 11th Group One victory for Dettori in 62 days. He continued his impressive form as he won the Sussex Stakes on Too Darn Hot at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

The John Gosden-trained evens favourite pulled clear under him in the final furlong to win from Circus Maximus and I Can Fly.

The three-year-old, owned by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, was briefly trapped in a pocket but came through to win the mile prize comfortably.

 

 

 

Hickstead boost to Tim Stockdale Foundation

The directors of the All England Jumping Course handed over a cheque for £51,894 to the Tim Stockdale Foundation, following the first #10forTim charity run at Hickstead.

The race was held on Saturday 27 July in memory of Tim Stockdale, one of Great Britain’s most successful showjumpers, who died last November just a month after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Tim’s wife Laura and their two sons Joe and Mark set up the Tim Stockdale Foundation in his memory. The Foundation helps to support young people’s aspirations in the three sports Tim loved best – golf, cricket and of course showjumping – as well as other causes close to his heart.

Lizzie Bunn, Laura Stockdale, Joe Stockdale and Clare Balding with the cheque

“Hickstead was the scene of one of Tim’s best career moments, winning the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup in 2010 with Fresh Direct Kalico Bay. As such we felt it was important to hold an event in his memory, and so the #10forTim run was born,” explains Lizzie Bunn, who came up with the idea of the relay race.

The charity run took place on the penultimate evening of the Longines Royal International Horse Show, and saw teams of 10 runners race in relay style round the perimeter track of the Longines International Arena. Each team had to raise a minimum of £2,500 for the charity.

Riders are known for their competitiveness, and many are no stranger to racing round Hickstead’s main arena at speed – albeit usually on a horse, rather than on foot. Many familiar names from the horse world took part in Saturday night’s run, including Pippa and William Funnell, Guy Williams, Jessica Springsteen, Laura Kraut, Holly Smith and a whole team of members of the famous Whitaker family. Laura Stockdale, Joe Stockdale and Tim’s twin brother Ivan Stockdale also ran in the race.

The team from Equine America crossed the finish line first, while Team Stuccles, led by Badr Al Omran, raised the most money for the charity. Hundreds of Hickstead fans gathered to cheer on the runners, and enjoy the live music and entertainment.

Tim was a talented showjumper, making more than 50 Nations Cup appearances during his career as well as representing Great Britain at the Olympics, World and European Championships. He was also a renowned producer of horses, an inspiring trainer, a sought-after commentator and presenter, and one of the best ambassadors for equestrian sport.

He was also no stranger to overcoming the odds. “After breaking his neck in a riding fall in October 2011, he returned to competition just four months later and was winning five-star Grands Prix within a year,” said Lizzie Bunn.

“The name of Tim’s autobiography was ‘There’s no such word as can’t!’ – and that was an ethos he lived by, and always inspired in others. We feel that ethos was very appropriate for the #10forTim run – not all the participants were enthusiastic runners or athletically-built, and we set a considerable total fundraising target of £50,000, but everyone rose to the challenge and I’m delighted to say we exceeded our target on the night, with donations still coming in.”

The Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in West Sussex ran from 23-28 July, with international showjumping being held alongside championship showing classes and national jumping competitions.

To donate to Team Hickstead’s fundraising efforts, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamhickstead