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

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$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…

Badminton 2013: Can You Afford To Miss It?

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The Official Mitsubishi Vehicles Lined Up For Press Day At Badminton Michael Jung: Olympic, European & World Champion One year on and the course may not have changed much from last year’s ill-fated event, but there are a few changes, albeit perhaps not as many as Hugh Thomas would have liked. The competitive landscape of…

Tweseldown – The Start, The Stars & The Silver Lining

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Tweseldown Racecourse – Eventing Continues Whilst Point-To-Point Racing Is No More Tweseldown’s sad demise as a Point-To-Point course last year due to financial pressures did have a silver lining in the form of an improved course for the Open Intermediate classes. With no racing, much more of the turf course has been made available for…

2012: Wet And Wonderful

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The Wonderful – History In The Making – The Unassailable Michael Jung Adds “Olympic Champion” To His CV The Wet – A Common Sight All Year Despite An Official Drought The 2012 Eventing season was ushered in with so much anticipation, and with a resoundingly great start in March, it was hard to imagine anything…

The Many Faces Of Cross Country

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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…

Blenheim 2012 | Spectacular Sunshine & Competition Once More

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Fidelity Blenheim Horse Trials | Cross Country Day This year’s Fidelity Blenheim International Horse Trials, was as good as any I’ve been too over the last 10 years – the weather was the best we’ve seen at a horse trials in the UK all year, and bumper entries for both the CIC & CCI classes,…

London 2012 | The Greatest Eventing Show On Earth

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Mark Todd | One Second Away From Gold After Cross Country The Cross Country Phase of the London 2012 Olympic Eventing competition will surely go down as one of the greatest events the sport has ever seen, and probably the most exciting day the London Games is likely to witness. 74 horses jumped out of…

London 2012 | Dressage, Drama & An Inspirational Leader Board

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Truly Inspirational | Day 2 of London 2012 Olympic Eventing The lead up to these games has been nothing short of an epic novel or Hollywood Blockbuster. You really couldn’t make this stuff up. Day 2 of Dressage for the London 2012 Olympic Games Eventing at Greenwich Park has been nothing short of inspirational, surprising…

London 2012 | History In The Making & Dream Headlines

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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…

Salperton Horse Trials: Rayef, The Kings & The Olympics

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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…