|Andrew Nicholson & Avebury | Lead The CIC*** From Start To Finish|
|Jock Paget | The Long Walk Home|
|Andrew Nicholson & Quimbo | 2nd in the CIC***|
The New Zealand Team are announcing their riders tomorrow, in a pub, not too far from me! Even with Mark Todd's senior moment, and Jock Paget's ducking at Barbury, it would be hard to imagine good reason why either of these two won't be joining Andrew Nicholson on the team.
|Neville Bardos & Boyd Martin | Quick & Neat Before The Fall|
|Opposition Buzz | Headed To Greenwich|
The British had a day of mixed fortunes too. Lucy Weigersma came 3rd on Simon Porloe but was forced to retire Woodfall Inigo Jones due to injury. She narrowly beat Oliver Townend on the handy little Pepper Anne, and Opposition Buzz (Nicola Wilson) finished on his dressage score of 53.6, and I hear will now replace Piggy French's DHI Topper [on TeamGB] who has sustained injury after his third here in the CIC**.
It was a day of high class eventing, the likes of which you will rarely see again, thanks to the inclusion of the US team shortlist, and almost all the very best eventers based here in the UK. The weather was on our side, the going was pretty spot on, plus there was all manner of entertainment, food and beverage to entice you away from the main competition.
So much about Barbury Castle Horse Trials screams 'the best of eventing'. Few, if any, venues can match Barbury for terrain, going, and location. It doesn't have the grand surrounds of Badminton, Burghley, Chatsworth or Blenheim, and sadly doesn't have the cell phone coverage we all rely on these days, but it has all the ingredients of what makes this sport exciting and enjoyable. I take my hat off to the small group of people that conceived the idea of Barbury (I have a photo of them sat on a wall somewhere), and in particular to Nigel Bunter, Chris Musgrave, and Holly Farr who have continued to produce a tier one event so rapidly, and last but by no means least Sandy Thwaits and her crew who keep the press wheels turning. Judging by the continued support of main sponsors St James' Place, and the lavish looking hospitality the Barbury team are doing a great job of promoting the sport to a wider audience too.
Here's a few useful links:
Barbury Castle Horse Trials Website
I usually come away from an event, having spotted a horse I'd most like to take home. At Barbury, apart from everybody's favourite (Opposition Buzz), yesterday I spotted three. Here they are:
|Rathmoyle King | Because I Like A Nice Rock Solid Dependable Grey|
|Imperial Cavalier | All The Hallmarks Of A Classic Eventer inc. the "Preying Mantis" Jump Technique|
|Otis Barbotiere | Smooth As Silk With A Lovely Technique (Just The Right Size Too)|