Barbury Horse Trials 2015: ClC** Clean Sweep For New Zealand

Tim Price & The Court Jester - CIC** Winner
Tim Price & The Court Jester - CIC** Winner

Team New Zealand swept up in the 3 CIC** classes this afternoon at the St. James’s Place Barbury Horse Trials 2015, with clean wins from Andrew Nicholson, Tim Price & Jesse Campbell – all three of whom are also based in nearby Marlborough. Overall the CIC** course left many with bruised cross country records.

Andrew Nicholson | Barbury Horse Trials 2015
Andrew Nicholson CIC** Winner Barbury Horse Trials 2015
Ryuzo Kitajima | Barbury Horse Trials 2015
Ryuzo Kitajima

Barbury has always been a tough track, and this year was no exception. Run-outs, refusals, unseated riders and eliminations were in abundance, plus only a mere handful of the several hundred across all three sections made it back home inside the optimum time. No matter where you spent your day on course you would have seen some of the upset, that left many a rider walking home. Oddly enough the main water complex rode particularly well all day. Although the ‘crocodile’ water fence that preceded it caused a good deal of trouble.

Barbury Horse Trials 2015

Tim Stockdale | Barbury Horse Trials 2015
Tim Stockdale

After the CIC*** show jumping concluded arena entertainment consisted of the JCB Eventers’ Challenge followed by a BSJA Grand Prix show jumping class, with some of the big names pitching up to jump some pretty decent fences. I’m not sure what the outcome for these two competitions were but they captivated the crowds who could be heard cheering loudly from the farthest corners of the cross country course.


JCB Eventers' Challenge Mark Todd
JCB Eventers’ Challenge Mark Todd

I also spotted 2 former 4* horses having outings with new young riders; Simon Porloe (Padraig Mccarthy) & Nuef Des Coeurs (Hector Payne).


I’ll have more from Barbury tomorrow for the conclusion of the feature class, with Avebury in prime position to take a 4th CIC*** title.

Until then here are the necessary links:

Barbury Website


Barbury Results

Barbury 2015 Photos

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