Samantha L Clark
Posted Bonnes Nouvelles: Astier Nicolas Plans to Stay in England
Description: Astier & Ben at Bramham 2012 on the verge of winning the U25 CCI3*. Young French eventing superstar Astier Nicolas found it hard to articulate in English exactly why he wanted to come back to the UK to train and ride, but where there's a will there's a way. "To start with, I couldn't really explain why, ...
Posted Aoife Clark wins Fidelity Blenheim Palace CCI*** on Fenya’s Elegance
Aoife Clark jumped a clear round in the final phase to clinch the win of the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International CCI***. [Results] Unsportingly, I watched with a sinking heart as Jean Teulere's Matelot Du Grand Val never looked like touching a rail and also jumped clear to maintain his second place, despite finishing on ...
Posted Meghan’s XC Recap
Description: If there were even the tiniest doubts about why Meghan O'Donoghue and Pirate deserved the Mrs Jacqueline Mars travel grant that enabled them to travel over to England to compete in the Fidelity Blenheim Palace CCI*** this weekend, then surely her performance, both on and off her horse has firmly dispelled them all. Squeezing out ...
Posted Catching up with Team North America after XC at Blenheim
Description: Team Rebecca's Ben jumped beautifully around Eric Winter's testing CCI*** track at Blenheim Palace Saturday, despite losing a shoe early on course. I caught up with his rider Phillip Dutton, and Phillip's wife Evie, to chat about the day, the event in general, and about which event in the US might soon be taking on ...
Posted North American horses pass Blenheim Final Horse Inspection
Description: What a great way to start the Sunday morning with a report of the all the North American horses breezing through the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI*** Final Horse Inspection, and looking very stylish to boot. Although it was freezing we were all happy to see the sun, but inevitably it was to ...
Posted Jonelle Richards’ Blenheim CCI*** Recap
Description: Jonelle Richards flew round the 3* course Saturday on the pretty, eye-catching and very feminine Faerie Dianimo who skipped across the top of the ground and made it look quite simple. After her round Jonelle talked to Rupert Bell about her round on this lovely, young mare, "I'm not one to set out without the ...
Posted Blenheim CCI*** XC Continued
Description: With Eric Winter's CCI*** course really sorting out the men from the boys it was up to Irish Olympican Aoife Clark to storm round on the lovely chestnut mare Fenya's Elegance, adding just 4 time penalties to her 2nd placed dressage score and taking the overnight lead. Surprisingly this is the first time Aoife ...
Posted Quick Blenheim CCI*** Update
Description: Phillip Dutton and Ben posted a solid clear round with 27.2 time faults. Phillip spoke to Rupert Bell on completing and you can listen to his interview here. Despite losing a shoe early on, Phillip said Ben jumped well and never stopped trying the entire trip, and is delighted with the way he coped with ...
Posted Catching up with Meghan O’Donoghue at Blenheim Palace CCI3*
Description: Meghan O'Donogue has completed her dressage test at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI***on Pirate, the OTTB she's brought on herself since a youngster, and now looks forward to the cross country on Saturday. I caught up with her walking the course to chat about her thoughts on the course, and what it ...
Posted Friday morning dressage scores shake up the Blenheim CCI3* leaderboard
Congratulations to Meghan O'Donoghue who rode an accurate test on Pirate with no mistakes for a respectable score of 52.3. Meghan kept him going forwards, used her corners really well and didn't give any marks away, and should be very proud of their performance. I spoke to her very briefly on her way ...
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