Badminton 2013: In The Shadows Of The 3 Kings Of Cool


$350,000 Rolex Grand Slam Contenders Andrew Nicholson & William Fox-Pitt The sport of eventing is made up of three ‘tests’ covering three very different disciplines, and requires a horse and rider to perform in perfect harmony in order to win at this level, and as we all know where horses are concerned there are no…

The Many Faces Of Cross Country


Happy & Relaxed On Cross Country As any eventing fanatic can tell you cross country is the phase that stirs the endorphins, gets the adrenaline pumping, and brings out all sorts of emotions depending on how your cross country ride goes. Searching through my photos recently for a winter project, I came across a number of photos…

Wellington Horse Trials 2012 | Looking For The Next Fence


Bill Levett | Looking For The Next Fence Intermediate day at the inaugural KBIS Wellington Horse Trials provided a real treat of cross country action and plenty of great riding from a mixed group of riders.  I’m not sure if it was just that I noticed it more today, or they were all on form, but just…

London 2012 | History In The Making & Dream Headlines


Sadly No Fairytale Headline For Neville Bardos, But Perhaps A Medal & An Underwear Deal For Boyd One of the legacies I’m left with after five years of living with a broadsheet journalist is the little game of “Guess Tomorrow’s Headline” we played as we waited for the morning papers, each paper adding their own…

Barbury 2012 | The XC Style Council


Sinead Halpin Whilst going through my photos from today’s epic action at Barbury Castle Horse Trials I’ve been thinking “I wish I could ride like that!” So before I gather my thoughts on all that I’ve witnessed today at Barbury in a wrap up, here’s a few photos of the most stylish riders I’ve watched…

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…

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….

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…