Barbury 2012 | Friday – Kiwis, Colletts, Coat Tails & Cross Country


Mark Todd & NZB Campino | Olympic Selection Contender – 5th After Dressage The New Zealanders pretty much owned Barbury Castle Horse Trials today in the final day of CIC*** dressage, probably the largest, and most competitive 3 star class we’ve ever seen. With a truly international field of 110, four nations dominate the top…

Salperton Horse Trials: Rayef, The Kings & The Olympics


Laura Collett & Rayef | Open Intermediate Winners on a score of 25.0 (Dressage 21.4!) Young Laura Collett illustrated that with all the stars aligned, and in the right circumstances she & Rayef are unassailable. With a dressage score any German would be envious of (a staggering 21.4) they led from the get go, winning their…

The TEAM GB Olympic Quest | Rockers, Ravers, Lovers & Sinners


WFP & Lionheart Headed To Greenwich | The Olympics Are So Nearly Here It’s Scary The waiting is over (well almost – we wait to see who is on the subs bench), Team GB Eventing has been announced amongst much comment, opinion, and heated discussion – it’s all a little scary! Some are ranting, some…

Chatsworth 2012 | The Olympic Quest Continues

Mary King Winner of the HSBC FEI Classics Series 2011

Mary King & Imperial Cavalier On The ‘Badminton Bypass’ To Chatsworth Over the coming few days we’ll learn more of the back-up plans for many riders for whom a main pre-Olympic run was brought to an abrupt halt by the cancellation of Badminton earlier this week. Statements of how little impact this has had, have…

Belton – Perfectly Pitched


Laura Collett | Getting Some Intermediate Cross Country Practice In For Tomorrow’s CIC*** Which She Leads It’s very easy to see why almost all the UK based entries for Badminton are here at Belton. It has everything you want want from an early season competitive run at Advanced in preparation for the spring four stars….

Badminton 2012 – Just Who Is “Leading The Field”?


Andrew Nicholson & Mr. Cruise Control | My Favourite For Badminton 2012 The entry list for the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials was released a few days ago, and ever since almost every headline I’ve read has gone with “So-And-So Leads A Strong Field For Badminton, or words to that effect. Michael Jung |…

Tweseldown And That Pink Life Jacket


Lucinda Fredericks Completes The Cross Country With An Inflated Life Jacket Are there any eventers left in New Zealand at the moment? Tweseldown hosts one of the season openers for the Open Intermediate class giving Badminton bound horses a pipe opener, and the Kiwis were out in force today. It felt like a third of…

A Peek Round The Corner To 2012


My Daughter & I Playing Peek-A-Boo With Our Cameras The holidays are coming to an end, and that means everyone’s thoughts turn to New Year’s resolutions, turning over a new leaf, or the excitements for the year ahead. For the first time that I can remember I don’t really have a new resolution I feel…

Pau 2011: Sunday’s Action | The Winners, The Losers & The Great Grey


Mary King Takes Home The Big Money Winning The 2011 HSBC FEI Cassics™ Series I’d just started writing my love letter to Pau and lamenting about having to leave when I suddenly remembered I should at least briefly recap Sunday’s goings on and post some pictures as yet unpublished. Saturday’s cross country phase left many a…