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Thursday, 9 October 2014
Monday, 15 September 2014
|Francis Whittington Rides Easy Target To A Career Highlight Winning Blenheim CCI***|
|Jodie Amos & Wise Crack - 3rd Place & Definitely Going Places|
Posted by Monty at 00:12
Saturday, 13 September 2014
|Francis Whittington & Easy Target Moved Up Into 2nd Place During Cross Country Day|
Posted by Monty at 22:33
|Andrew Hoy & Cheeky Calimbo - Leaders After Dressage In The CCI***|
|Kitty King & Persimmon 6th on 38.2|
Posted by Monty at 02:54
Friday, 12 September 2014
|Emily King & Brookleigh Lead The Dressage CCI*** After Day One|
|Jodie Amos & Wise Crack Scores 42.8 for 4th|
The remainder of the top ten is predominantly British at this point, with just Phillip Dutton (USA) & Andrew Hoy (AUS) sharing 10th place. There are several good horses to come tomorrow, but it will take an exceptional test to take the lead from Emily.
Posted by Monty at 01:17
Thursday, 11 September 2014
|The First Horse Inspection - CCI*** ("The Trot-up")|
|New To Blenheim - Aston Martin|
|King Of Cool - Ben Hobday|
Monday, 8 September 2014
Posted by Monty at 00:09
Monday, 7 July 2014
|Andrew Nicholson & Avebury - CIC*** Winners Once Again|
This charming little grey has continued to improve year on year and stay sound, and as Andrew has often mentioned publicly, Avebury needs to be ridden strongly to perform at his best. Having led from the start with an impressive dressage score of 34.8 they were deserving winners having only added a few cross country time penalties after a 'cruisey' round.
|Francis Whittington & Easy Target - 2nd Place|
|Billy Bounce - Retired On Course|
Posted by Monty at 00:55
Saturday, 5 July 2014
|Billy Bounce & Chris King 5th After Show Jumping|
Three gorgeous greys feature in the top ten - the leader Avebury, Francis Whittington's ride Easy Target, and the beautiful rising star Billy Bounce ridden by local rider, Chris King who rose 8 places after jumping clear.
Less than 13 points separate the top ten and a few riders in the top 20 paid dearly for 2 or more rails down today seeing them drop 20 or more places.
|Alex Liddle Riding Romeo Z - 3rd In CIC** Sec. D|
Posted by Monty at 19:22
|Clark Montgomery & Loughan Glen - 2nd After The Dressage|
Rain overnight and this morning shouldn't dramatically change the going here at Barbury which was fast yesterday with plenty of good grass cover. A warm drying breeze across these chalk hills will keep conditions under foot good.
Posted by Monty at 11:01
Friday, 4 July 2014
|Novice Cross Country Underway At Barbury|
Things have really gotten underway at Barbury today with Cross Country for the novice classes having started and every corner of the show ground is now buzzing with activity. The campsite is a sea of tents, the lorry park is like a London street during rush hour, and the trade stands are a hive of shoppers.
|Clark Montgomery Checking The Video Evidence Of His Test Straight After Leaving The Arena|
Dressage continues for the mammoth CIC*** sections and the top ten is now changing constantly as we progress. As of lunchtime, 2 of Britain’s rising stars, Dani Evans & Emily King have jumped straight into the top 5. There’s still a whole afternoon of dressage which includes amongst others, last year’s winner Avebury, plus of course here more than anywhere the jumping phases are influential on the final outcome.
UPDATE: AVEBURY (ANDREW NICHOLSON JUST TOOK THE LEAD)
Posted by Monty at 14:42
|Barbury Castle Horse Trials|
Now in it's 10th year Barbury has continued to grow from it's 'experimental' beginnings. The event now runs over 4 days with Dressage today and the novice cross country tomorrow. The main international classes provide the cross country action over the weekend and this is generously supplemented with all manner of entertainment and action throughout the event, not forgetting the ever expanding shopping opportunities (not just bits and bridles!).
|Zara Phillips & Tony McCoy Go Head-To-Head On Saturday (photo courtesy of Barbury Castle Horse Trials)|
Posted by Monty at 00:14
Monday, 19 May 2014
|Chatsworth - Breath-Taking Backdrops For The Horse Trials|
Despite being one of the most popular country estates I've never visited Chatsworth for any reason, but it really is breath-taking, and just as big and ostentatious as Blenheim.
The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, run Novice & Advanced classes with courses designed by Ian Stark, which combined with the terrain, makes these courses tough to ride [and walk] - get fit or go home!
|The Moat Around "Queen Mary's Bower" Forms Part Of The Course|
Posted by Monty at 16:08
Friday, 16 May 2014
|The Moment They Arrive It All Starts To Get Very Serious|
Every year in April I wonder why I do what I do at Badminton, and but come the event I realise why. Every year the website and social media gets busier and busier. It's a full on adrenaline rush - it's hellishly busy, intense and a real buzz.
Posted by Monty at 01:48
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
|Who Wouldn't Want To Gallop Up Here?!|
Posted by Monty at 21:13
Sunday, 20 April 2014
|Jessica Ayre Riding The Lovely & Expressive Gaudy Night|
|Olivia Craddock & Coco De Cara - Winners of Intermediate Section P|
Posted by Monty at 23:09
Posted by Monty at 00:54
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
|A New Position For Mitsubishi's L200|
The traditional Press Preview Day was bathed in crisp, warm spring sunshine, and had a little extra buzz, and seasonal vigour with the promise of a whole new cross country course with a little Italian style courtesy of Badminton's new course designer, Giuseppe Della Chiesa!
|Giuseppe Della Chiesa|
I've been itching to write about the changes for months now having spent a few days with Guiseppe on the course during his visits. I won't provide a detailed blow by blow, fence by fence account of the course, as you are best off reading what Giuseppe has to say, or the plethora of press related course walks being published with senior riders' views, however here a few of my highlights:.
Posted by Monty at 15:54
Monday, 17 March 2014
|Aldon Horse Trials - Set In A Picturesque 'Park Bowl'|
|A Truly International Field|
|Dani Evans Warms Up For the Advanced Intermediate Dressage - On A Rugby Pitch!|
Posted by Monty at 12:19
Monday, 17 February 2014
|The Vine & Craven Point-to-Point At Barbury Castle|
Having spent a leisurely morning watching the women's snowboard cross from the Sochi Olympics, and having past rugby, football, and golf matches on my way to Barbury this was turning into an epic sporting day - the sunshine had brought everyone out to celebrate. I didn't stay all day at Barbury as I still had storm repairs to fix at home, but from the moment I arrived to the moment I left there was a decent crowd out on the rolling hills of the Marlborough downs.
|Bright Blue Skies At Barbury All Day|
Posted by Monty at 01:25