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Thank you, RBG.

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Ordinarily when I’m covering a major three-day event, I’m so deep in the ‘bubble’ of the competition that anything outside of it has to wait at the windows, ready to bombard me when I’ve finally made it home at about 3.00 a.m. on Monday morning. But then, sometimes something happens that’s so colossal, so ground-shaking, that it makes its way in and makes things like trot-ups look rather insignificant in comparison.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of those somethings. We all owe such a colossal debt to this tiny behemoth of a woman — I, certainly, will be spending this week thinking about how her indomitable spirit can be best channelled for positive change in everything I do.

Thank you, RBG. 

National Holiday: It’s International Day of Peace today. I’m looking forward to finding a bit of peace with my mare, Bella — unless, of course, she’s decided to abandon a shoe at the far end of the field in my absence.

Global Eventing Bulletin:

  • The UK held its only CCI4*-L of 2020 at Burnham Market’s Blenheim replacement. You can follow along with our ongoing coverage here — and then take a moment to laugh at the idea of me sleeping in my tiny car in a Starbucks car-park on the way home, somewhere in Essex and wildly overtired from my first long-format event since Pau in 2019…!

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Remember when Beyoncé dropped an album without any warning? That’s kind of what Oliver Townend did after winning Burnham Market’s CCI4*-S with Cillnabradden Evo yesterday — except the unexpected announcement was that the 14-year-old gelding would be retired from the sport after a captivating and occasionally tumultuous career. [Goodbye Gary: Cillnabradden Evo Bows Out of Eventing after Burnham Market CCI4*-S Win]

A remarkable rider has taken up eventing despite losing her leg in a motorcycle accident. Now, Louisa hopes other riders will be inspired to overcome their limitations to give the sport a go. She also rather hopes she won’t see her prosthetic leg fall off when out hunting… again. [Rider who hunts and events with a prosthetic leg hopes to inspire others to push through]

Most of us are pretty adept at rehabbing our horses from various wobbles and whoopsies – but do you know how to bring yourself back from injury? Nadia Aslam shares what she learned in her recovery from a broken ankle and helps you to get back in the barn as soon as possible. [How to Rehab Like a Pro]

After 15 years of trying, Pakistan finally qualified an individual combination for eventing at the Olympics. Now their spot is in jeopardy after the tragic death of ex-racehorse Azad Kashmir, who rider Usman Khan has buried with the Olympic flag. “He was laid to rest as an Olympian and I am proud of my friend,” says the rider. [Horse’s death dashes Pakistan’s long-held Olympic eventing hopes]

Top tog Libby Law is a familiar face at events around the world, and we all know her distinctive, stunning photos without even needing to check the watermark. But who is the tiny enigma with the massive cameras? Get to know her over your morning coffee. [A Law Unto Herself]

Cathal Daniels’ feisty European Championships bronze medallist Rioghan Rua is the FEI’s Horse of the Month. If you’re partial to diminutive ginger mares with enormous attitudes and a tonne of talent, Rioghan Rua — whose name means ‘Red Queen’ — is everything you’ve ever wanted. [Horse of the Month: Rioghan Rua]

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A 23.2 finish is @izzytayloreventing’s lowest ever at CCI4*-L! With Monkeying Around, Izzy earned her 5th win at the level since she first won a CCI4*-L in 2014. Only 4 riders in the world have had more CCI4*-L wins since 2010. —Karin Donckers (9), @shane.rose.eventing (7), @fox.pitt.eventing (7), and @stuarttinney.eventing (6). Izzy’s previous PB at the level was 27.3. 👊 That’s a wrap on @barefootretreats Burnham Market run by @musketeerevents and livestreamed by @horseandcountrytv. It’s been a delight sharing all the stats, personal victories and PBs. . . . . #barefootretreats #burnhammarket #barefootretreatsburnhammarketinternational #livestream #horseandcountrytv #horseandcountry #eventingmanager

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If you’re not already following the EquiRatings ‘gram, you should be — there, you’ll find eventing stats made simple from around the world, helping to add another layer of enjoyment to your live-streaming.

Monday Viewing:

The entirety of the 2018 WEG showjumping phase is now on YouTube. I repeat, the entirety of the 2018 WEG showjumping phase is now. On. YouTube. See you in four hours.

“He Gives Me Goosebumps”: Yasmin Ingham Takes Burnham Market Young Horse CCI4*-S

Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

23-year-old Yasmin Ingham has added the prestigious eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S title, usually contested at Blenheim Palace but this week staged at Burnham Market, to her enviable list of accolades, finishing on her dressage score of 22.3 with the nine-year-old Banzai du Loir.

Much has been written in the past about the enormous influence of the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S, and rightly so: since its inception in 2009, the class has been a scarily accurate predictor of future superstardom, with winners including Mark Todd‘s NZB Land VisionWilliam Fox-Pitt‘s Oslo, and Andrew Nicholson‘s Quimbo, who all went on to win five-stars within 12 months of their Blenheim victories, as well as Jonelle Price‘s 2018 Luhmühlen victor Faerie Dianimo, Chris Burton’s WEG mount Cooley Lands, and Laura Collett‘s Boekelo winner London 52. Running well here tends to foretell an illustrious career, but even more importantly, it’s an enormous educational stepping stone for horses at this pivotal age.

It’s only fitting, really, to see Yasmin take this much-heralded class — after all, she’s the only rider to have won every national youth title. As the reigning under-25 British champion and double Pony European gold medalist steps up to begin fighting for spots on Senior teams, it comes as no surprise to see her begin adding equine age classes to her tally, too.

After delivering two clear rounds inside the time across yesterday’s CCI4*-L cross-country track — including the fastest round of the day with Rehy DJ — she came into today’s final CCI4*-S brimming with well-deserved confidence. She also came fully-stocked with faith in the Selle Français gelding by Nouma d’Auzay, who was bought for her to ride last year by long-time owners Sue Davies and Janette Chinn.

“Honestly, he gives me goosebumps,” she told EN yesterday. “I feel so lucky to have secured him. He was on his way up and going, and so when I got him we could just crack on and go.”

But the process of getting to know one another was stymied by an injury that sidelined Yasmin for six weeks, turning her competition schedule on its head.

“I’d only done two events on him, and then I had my fall. [That meant] he didn’t get much of a season last year — we’d done a CCI3*-S at Burgham, and that was it. So this season, I just wanted to try to salvage it.”

She’s certainly done just that. Yasmin and Banzai du Loir quickly notched up two Intermediate victories when eventing recommenced in July, and then finished fourth in Aston-le-Walls’ eight- and nine-year-old Advanced class, his first run at the level. Last month, he stepped up to CCI4*-S at Burgham, adding just two time penalties to his 27.9 dressage and putting him firmly on the radar ahead of this week’s competition.

Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The first phase here set the pair’s week off to the best possible start when they scored a 22.3 — a career personal best for both the rider and the horse. Yesterday’s showjumping course — a proper track by anyone’s standards — was an equally easy affair, while today, Banzai du Loir tackled the cross-country course with aplomb, showing off a balance and confidence that belies his relative inexperience. For this reason, Yasmin found it easy to come home inside the time, putting the pressure on two-phase leaders Izzy Taylor and Hartacker, who would pick up a green, genuine 20 penalties to let Yasmin and Banzai du Loir take the win.

“I was probably a little bit down on my first minute markers, because they’re quite tight, but he covers the ground so well that when you get into an open stretch he makes it up,” says Yasmin. “When I came into the bottom field, I was about ten seconds up. He just found it so easy.”

Speaking to Yasmin, it’s impossible not to be caught up in her enthusiasm about the horse, who she hopes to produce with a long-term aim of consideration for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“He’s so lovely. He’s a very sharp personality; he takes a lot of work and is very buzzy, with his eyes on everything — he always has to know what’s going on,” she enthuses. “He’s also very sassy — he’s got a huge personality, which I love. He’s uber-talented — it’s like he’s got ‘it’ in every phase, which is great, because you usually have ones that are awesome jumpers, or awesome on the flat, and he seems to be talented in all three, which is rare.

“We’ve worked a lot on his dressage over lockdown, because his changes were iffy. I went to Burgham off the back of a dressage lesson where the changes weren’t the best, but they came good there and they were good here, too. He’s a super jumper; he’s very quick and he covers a lot of ground. He’s not super strong but he’s very keen — he’s always taking me and looking for the flags, which is great.”

Yasmin’s excellent week at Burnham Market was topped off by finishing in the top ten on both her horses in the CCI4*-L — and even better, she was able to reunite with mum Lesley Ingham, who ordinarily accompanies her to every competition, for the first time in six months.

“She’s been stuck on the Isle of Man through lockdown, and I’m based in Cheshire, so it’s so great to see her again,” says Yasmin, laughing: “she can’t keep away [from events] — she loves them!”

Though it’s easy to bask in the glory of a successful week at an international, Yasmin is quick to credit her dream team of owners for the part they play in her remarkable career trajectory.

}I’m so lucky — Sue and Janette are so supportive and I really wouldn’t be here without them, so I’m so grateful,” she beams.

Ros Canter and Lordships Graffalo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Reigning World Champion Ros Canter has been on flying form since returning from maternity leave at the tail end of 2019, and her momentum hasn’t eased up for a moment despite the tricky nature of this season — she clocked up a win in one of Burgham’s CCI4*-S sections, a top-five finish in Cornbury’s CCI3*-S, and today, she finished with two horses in the top five of the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S.

Level debutante Lordships Graffalo, who was piloted by Tom McEwen to eighth place in last year’s Seven-Year-Old World Championship in Ros’s stead, finished second after adding 0.4 time penalties in each jumping phase to his first-phase score of 24.5, while Rehy Royal Diamond, who stepped up to the level at Burgham, finished fifth after coming home two seconds over the optimum time.

Kitty King and Cristal Fontaine. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Kitty King‘s 2018 Six-Year-Old World Champion Cristal Fontaine made light work of his first CCI4*-S to finish third, adding just 0.4 of a time penalty in yesterday’s showjumping to his first-phase score of 25.7.

“I’m thrilled with him,” says Kitty. “He felt fabulous today and made it feel really easy — considering it’s his first four-star, to make it feel like that is lovely and really exciting for the future. He’s not the finished article yet — it’s exciting to know that there’s still more to come from him but he can be as competitive as he was.”

Cristal Fontaine has had a successful run of events since coming out of lockdown in July, winning two Open Intermediates and Aston-le-Walls’ eight- and nine-year-old Advanced. In finishing third here he adds his tenth top-ten finish to the eleven total internationals he’s contested, of which he’s won four. His consistency, says Kitty, largely comes down to the innate ease with which he tackles his job, as evidenced by his quick and straightforward run today.

“He’s always been a pretty quick horse, because he doesn’t pull and he doesn’t take much setting up,” she explains. “He’s speedy into and out of his fences because I don’t have to waste time saying ‘woah’ and getting him back on his hocks; he’s economical in that respect. He was inside the time easily enough without having to try, which is nice. I can’t really fault him on anything — I don’t think he’s been out of the top three since lockdown and he’s not had a fence down.”

Tom McEwen and Bob Chaplin. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Tom McEwen piloted the former Paul Tapner ride Bob Chaplin to fourth place, adding 1.2 time penalties across the country to finish on 28. The pair made their debut together in the middle of last season after the nine-year-old German-bred gelding had 2018 off, following a second place finish in the Six-Year-Old World Championship at Le Lion d’Angers.

“We had a get-to-know-each-other year last season and this year’s obviously been a bit steady away, anyway, but this was always an aim for him,” says Tom. The time spent solidifying the partnership, though, has resulted in an easy rapport between the pair — helped along by the fact that the horse is simply a nice sort of chap to have around the yard.

“He’s amazing — the most chilled-out horse you could ever find,” says Tom. “He’s a lovely person, and he has more talent than anyone could ever shake a stick at, though sometimes he doesn’t tend to use it all.”

Want more Burnham Market? You’re in luck — we’ll be bringing you a full report on the feature CCI4*-L shortly!

The top ten in Burnham Market’s CCI4*-S for eight- and nine-year-olds.

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Goodbye Gary: Cillnabradden Evo Bows Out of Eventing after Burnham Market CCI4*-S Win

Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Notable horses in the sport become much-uttered names for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because their domination of the leaderboards makes them a force to be reckoned with whenever they’re entered. Other times, it’s a matter of notoriety — of tumultuous, tempestuous talent, or a connection to one of the sport’s many rollercoaster peaks and troughs. And in a few cases, it’s both.

Such is the case with Oliver Townend‘s mount Cillnabradden Evo, who won the open CCI4*-S section at Burnham Market today, prolonging the impressive streak in which Oliver has won every CCI4*-S here since 2014, with 13 total victories in the class. A first-phase score of 23.3 put the pair in second place on this leaderboard after the first phase, while a classy clear round over yesterday’s showjumping track moved them into the lead, overtaking Sweden’s Therese Viklund and Diabolique, who added 22 penalties. Going into today’s cross-country phase they could afford eight seconds to stay ahead of Australia’s Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam, and though they lost a minor amount of time with a sticky trip through the final water, they sailed home five seconds over the optimum time of 6.46 to secure themselves the win.

“He’s been very good — he’s getting the hang of it,” jokes Oliver. Now, with one final victory in the books, he and owner Sally-Anne Egginton have made the decision to give the 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse, known at home as Gary, an early retirement.

“He’s finished very, very well. He’s been punching above his weight for years, and he’s just been an out-and-out trier. He’s been very special to the yard, and very special to his owner, and he’s probably won more international classes than ten horses would together — he’s won at every level and every time he went out, you pretty much knew you were going to have a good weekend.”

Oliver and Cillnabradden Evo pop out of the quarry combination. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The striking black gelding by Creevagh Ferro Ex Siebe has made a remarkable impression on the sport in his nearly five year partnership with Oliver. In 21 internationals together, they’ve notched up eight wins, including the British Open Championship title at Gatcombe in 2016, CCI4*-S classes at Blair (2016), Burnham Market (2019 and 2020), and Baborowko (2018). His reputation as a specialist at this level was heightened when he helped Oliver to the first-ever Event Rider Masters series title in 2016, and after missing the 2017 season, he was moved up to five-star in 2018. Though that inaugural run, which took place at Pau, saw the pair incur a late elimination due to a rider fall, they ventured forth to Badminton in 2019, where they would make history by setting a new dressage record for the event with an astonishing 19.7. They would ultimately finish sixth in the competition.

But Cillnabradden Evo’s past is somewhat more complicated. He was produced first by Lucy McCarthy and then through CCI4*-S by Oliver’s great friend Andrew Nicholson, with whom he finished second in the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S class at Blenheim — his debut at the level. But it was with Cillnabradden Evo that Andrew had the crashing fall at Gatcombe in 2015 that nearly ended his career, and when Oliver made his first international appearance with the gelding just two months later, it was to murmurings that the horse would not, perhaps, prove to be a safe and capable partner.

Cillnabradden Evo demonstrates his considerable scope over yesterday’s showjumping course, which saw half the field fault. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

If riders go down in eventing history for their most fundamental skillset, though, Oliver will surely be best-known for many decades to come for his extraordinary ability to coax the very best out of a horse at the top levels despite its limitations. In the four seasons they’ve shared together, they’ve finished in the top ten in 15 of their 21 internationals, and though Cillnabradden Evo looked to tire near the end of last year’s Badminton course, it was Oliver’s talent for nurturing and galvanising the horse that saw them make a clean job of the competition.

Even in this incomplete season, Cillnabradden Evo has managed two international runs — his first since Badminton — and won both, taking the CCI3*-S at Burgham last month as his warm-up for Burnham Market.

“He’s one of those rare horses to do what he did at Badminton and then come back out this year and win his three-star and four-star,” says Oliver. “It’s just time: he’s done plenty for us, and he’s finished very well and very sound. He’ll go back to Sally-Anne’s for the rest of his life, I hope.”

Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Second in this open CCI4*-S section, which was separated from the eight- and nine-year-old class after the second phase due to different boot rules for the younger horses, is Australia’s Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam. They put the pressure on the leaders by delivering the second-fastest time of the day today, romping home in 6.40 to finish on their dressage score of 26.9. Kevin also finished in the top ten with Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend, who finished eighth on his 35.1 dressage.

“[Don Quidam’s] been really fun this week,” says Kevin. “He was easy in the dressage, athletic and careful in the showjumping, and on cross-country he galloped round really well. I was planning on giving him a proper run, and he pulled up with plenty of running — he was keen to go.”

Though the two horses both delivered equally classy rounds on nearly identical times, they’re very different characters on Kevin’s yard, with each needing something different from the rider.

Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

“Don Quidam is cheeky in a nice way; he’s a bit of a pretty boy, a bit blonde in a nice way. Every day’s fun with him — he’s a horse you enjoy riding each time,” he explains. “For a very big horse, A Best Friend is a bit of an anxious horse; he likes to have his friends around and someone to hold his hand. It hasn’t hurt him to be at home over lockdown, and to have a bit more time to work with him and develop They’re very different horses. Both very good, but different people.”

Now, Kevin’s looking ahead to a trip to Pau with both horses, as well as a Kentucky CCI5* run in 2021, which had been Don Quidam’s plan for this spring.

“I’d like to get to Kentucky; I think it’d really suit him and I’d like to jump around there myself — I’ve never been,” he says.

Sarah Bullimore and Conpierre. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Another rider to feature twice in the top ten is Sarah Bullimore, who piloted the evergreen Reve du Rouet to third place after finishing a second over the optimum time and stablemate Conpierre to fifth with 1.2 time penalties. These weren’t to be her only successes of the week: she also took third place in the CCI4*-L with homebred Corouet, once again proving that she’s one of the most remarkably consistent riders in Britain. Like Kevin, she, too, is looking ahead to Pau with Reve du Rouet — though much hangs in the balance of Europe’s constantly changing lockdown situation, which has evolved throughout the week and may rule out a plethora of UK-based riders from the sole 5* of the year.

Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

China’s Alex Hua Tian and his Rio top-ten finisher Don Geniro added another great result to their 2020 tally, finishing fourth on a score of 29 after adding 0.8 time penalties in showjumping and 4.4 across the country to their 23.8 dressage. They contribute to a remarkably global top ten, with six nations represented.

37 combinations came forward to the final phase in this CCI4*-S section, with all going on to complete. Just two would add cross-country jumping penalties, while four produced clear rounds inside the time — a relatively high number, considering that there were just 15 clears inside the time from 2005 to 2019.

Stay tuned for reports from the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S and the feature CCI4*-L. Go Eventing!

The final top ten in the open CCI4*-S section at Burnham Market.

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All Pass Burnham Market Final Horse Inspection

Two-phase leader Monkeying Around trots up with Izzy Taylor. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

This morning’s final horse inspection at the Burnham Market International CCI4*-L, which serves as a replacement for Blenheim’s cancelled autumn fixture, dawned bright, crisp, and wholly uneventful as 62 horses were presented to the assembled ground jury of Judy HancockChristina Klingspoer, and Tracey Trotter.

Sarah Bullimore’s ‘cocky’ Corouet, who stands just 15.2hh, looks fresh as a daisy after his second-ever CCI4*-L cross-country run. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We wrote in depth about the changing opinion of the cross-country course here yesterday: though the ground had walked as being almost unforgivingly firm on Friday, considerable efforts made by Alec Lochore and his team yielded a much more welcoming result for the weekend’s competition. The final reckoning always comes on Sunday morning, when the withdrawal list can be scanned for overnight scratches and the condition of the remaining horses can be closely scrutinised at the second horse inspection. This morning proved that the credit given to the team here yesterday was well-founded, when just two horses didn’t present: Jessica Watts‘s Sportsfield Adventure and Lucinda Atkinson‘s Spring Revolution.

Louise Harwood and Balladeer Miller Man, accepted upon reinspection. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Those who did present demonstrated a unified front of sound, fresh-looking horses, showing none of the hallmarks of having struggled with the ground the day prior. Just one horse was held — Louise Harwood‘s Balladeer Miller Man, who was passed upon reinspection — and the 62-strong field will now look ahead to this afternoon’s showjumping phase, which will see them face a big, square Sue Peasley track in the main arena. Showjumping will begin at 1.30 p.m. local time (8.30 a.m. Eastern) and can be followed on Horse&CountryTV’s live-streaming service. In the meantime, the CCI4*-S class will head into cross-country from 10.00 a.m. local/5.00 a.m. Eastern, with this phase also broadcast by H&C.

Here’s a refresher of the top ten in each class:

CCI4*-L top ten:

The top ten after cross-country in Burnham Market’s CCI4*-L.

CCI4*-S top ten, to be split into an open section and an eight- and nine-year-old section:

The top ten after showjumping in the CCI4*-S.

Go Eventing.

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Moving Beyond Face Value on Burnham Market CCI4*-L Cross-Country

Izzy Taylor and Monkeying Around. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

It’s not a wholly enviable job to design an upper-level cross-country course in the most normal of times: as a designer, you have an incredible number of variables to consider when creating a track that does the job of meeting a multitude of demands. Will it challenge the upper echelon of competitors sufficiently to ensure this pivotal phase is the most influential? Will it nurture and educate those who are there to learn or produce, minimising risk for those who falter along the way? Does it take into account its placement in the season and the place it’s likely to occupy in competitors’ various grand plans? Will it make best use of the ground, the undulations, and whatever weather might be thrown its way? And, because spectator interest is crucial, will it entertain?

Taking these considerations into account and factoring in a fractured season and a reallocation of venue is an eye-wateringly mammoth task, but that’s exactly what the Musketeer Events team signed up for when they offered up Burnham Market — which ordinarily runs national-level classes and internationals up to CCI4*-S — as the Blenheim Palace replacement this year. In doing so, they granted the UK its only CCI4*-L of 2020, while giving the prestigious eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S a platform to run. But to say that there was no scepticism among the assembled competitors would be almost a discredit to organiser and course designer Alec Lochore and his team.

To understand the tonal shift at the event, it’s important to understand the event itself. Unlike Blenheim Palace, which is nestled in Oxfordshire countryside on very different ground, and which is only used for its showpiece event each year, Burnham Market is set in north Norfolk. Here, preparation is a different beast altogether: the facility has no access to a water source for round-the-clock saturation of the ground, and strong coastal winds ensure that any rainfall is dried up before it has a chance to penetrate. The ground, in its natural state, is very firm, the flat Norfolk countryside doesn’t offer up much in the way of useful undulations, and logistically, the event team didn’t have the long-term infrastructure of a constantly-developing long-format cross-country course to refine and fiddle with.

Pathfinders Francis Whittington and DHI Purple Rain set the tone for the day with a classy clear. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

On walking the course yesterday, the general conversation among competitors wasn’t entirely inspiring. The ground jarred underfoot, much of the course was deemed too small to be impactful, while some of the combinations were thought to be trappy rather than encouraging and challenging in a positive way. But overnight, Alec’s team got to work with their stable of machinery — which must be used as close to running time as possible for maximum effect — and today’s competition dawned with an entirely different mood. Where parts of the track had felt unforgivingly firm the day prior, today they had more give — and all that would remain to be seen was how the course itself would ride.

In life and in eventing, things are not always as they seem. As the first few competitors on course sailed through the finish flags with easy, flowing clear rounds under their belt, it became evident that the course, upon walking, was one of those things. Those combinations that had walked as being trappy proved to largely come up in a fair and natural rhythm, and while the argument can still stand that many of the dimensions were on the small side and the time was altogether too easy to get, it’s important to keep the bigger picture in mind: this isn’t Blenheim. It can’t be Blenheim. 2020 has stripped horses and riders of runs, and a CCI4*-L course that would ordinarily suit the needs of late-season competitors would have verged on causing unnecessary risk in a year like this. If Burnham Market was a soft CCI4*-L today, it’s because its purpose wasn’t to showcase the sport at its most challenging and exciting: it was to give combinations the chance to run over 10 minutes, which provides an educational opportunity and a chance to build long-lasting stamina in a way that no amount of trips to the gallops possibly could.

80 combinations came forward to tackle this phase today after a small handful of overnight withdrawals. 75% — or 60 — of them would go clear without adding jumping penalties; 5%, or 4 combinations, would complete with jumping penalties, and 20%, or 16, would not complete the course. 37 of those who completed, or 46% of starters, would come home clear inside the time, indicating a course that perhaps wasn’t enormously influential — but the reactions of riders after completing, as opposed to many of the reactions after walking yesterday, was markedly more positive.

“[The organisers] said at the beginning of the week that they’d get it right by cross-country day, and I really do think they did,” says Nicola Wilson. ” It rode really well for both my horses, and it felt exactly the same — so credit where credit is due; they absolutely got it right.”

Izzy Taylor and Monkeying Around maintain their lead in the CCI4*-L. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Despite a slightly rocky four-star record, which has seen the horse make green mistakes on several occasions, Izzy Taylor‘s former Six-Year-Old World Champion Monkeying Around jumped a more mature clear round inside the time to stay in the top spot as we head into tomorrow’s final horse inspection and showjumping — though Izzy’s own cross-country prowess certainly played a huge advantage when they pair had a slightly sticky ride through the final water combination.

“He didn’t really feel like he’d read it coming in, so we added to be safe – but he was very good, and very confident, with his ears pricked. He enjoyed the job,” says Izzy, who praised the efforts made to the ground. For her, this run represents something of a turning point in the gelding’s education.

“I’m very pleased with how he coped with today – we didn’t have the smoothest run with him last year, but he’s only nine and it’s easy to forget that when you’ve had them from the word go and they’re successful [early on]. He managed to adjust himself when needed today and didn’t get worried about anything.”

 

Nicola Wilson holds onto two spots in the top ten, sitting second with JL Dublin and fifth with the more experienced Bulana after producing clear rounds inside the ten-minute optimum time with both.

“I’ve enjoyed the last few days enormously,” she says with a smile. Both horses also ran in the CCI4*-S at Burgham, which was Nicola’s first competition back at the level since a mid-summer injury last year put her out of action for the latter half of the season.

“Bulana’s experienced at this level, but with her not having done very much [over the last year] it was fantastic to come to a long-format and just have a lovely run round a course like this,” she says. “She gave me a lovely feel from start to finish. It was a quick round, and for the first couple of minutes I was thinking, ‘steady!’ but she gave me a great ride.”

The less-experienced JL Dublin, who finished fourth in the CCI4*-S at Bramham last year, set himself up well for a potential career-best result when he made easy work of his CCI4*-L debut — despite some confusion about the relative length of the course.

“We turned to come to the final water and he started trotting — I think he thought he’d finished,” laughs Nicola. “It took me by surprise a little bit, but he has so much power that we popped through it.  He’s quite a dude and we think a great deal of him — he’s learning the job, but he has so much power and is a lovely horse to ride in all three phases.”

Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon sits third with Chequers Play The Game — and although the highly experienced pair’s clear inside the time might have seemed like something of a given, it was a particularly happy round for Vittoria: not only is she bringing the 17-year-old gelding back after two years off, she’s also learning to deal with riding competitively despite a recent diagnosis of an autoimmune disease that causes sporadic stiffness and pain in her legs.

“It explains why I totally seized up over lockdown,” says Vittoria, who discovered the issue after a persistent sacroiliac issue ballooned into periodic debilitation. Though she’s learning she can manage the issue with a combination of regular exercise and physiotherapy, the slower pace of lockdown brought out the worst of the condition, and so today was something of a fact-finding mission to see how much she can manage.

Vittoria had also made the decision to send ‘Elvis’ away to another rider to be legged back up, and only reintroduced serious schoolwork this week.

“It was very intentional; he came back to me three weeks ago and he’s the only horse I’d trust to do [a test with after that],” says Vittoria. “He’s probably my favourite horse to ride cross-country, too; he’s so easy, and I can do almost everything with my voice.”

Sarah Bullimore‘s 15.2hh homebred Corouet sailed around the course with typical grit and gumption to sit fourth overnight in his second CCI4*-L — though Sarah, laughing, suspects the course might not have been enough for the opinionated gelding.

“He came through the finish thinking he’d just been warming up — he was prancing and posing like, ‘when do we actually start?!'” she says. “Then he dragged my groom up to the stables and he was kicking the door looking up to the start — he’s very pleased with himself!”

Oliver Townend and Tregilder. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Oliver Townend delivered the save of the day just before the halfway point on course with Tregilder when the horse twisted over fence 10, an open corner after the quarry complex at 9AB, going on to romp home clear and — again — inside the time for sixth overnight, while Tom Jackson and Billy Cuckoo hold onto seventh.

Yasmin Ingham and Sandman 7. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

A watch malfunction aboard first ride Rehy DJ saw Yasmin Ingham sail home 30 seconds inside the time — the fastest round of the day. While he sits 11th going into the final phase, second ride Sandman 7 slots into the top ten in eighth place.

“He thrives off happiness and confidence, so as long as he’s got that, it’ll go well,” explains Yasmin, who has run the former Pippa Funnell ride around some intermediates, and then the CCI4*-S at Burgham, to solidify their partnership across the country after a blip at Boekelo last year.

“I’d had an awful fall at Aston in July and went to Boekelo really underprepared — in hindsight, I shouldn’t have gone, but we wanted to go and were committed,” she explains. “We had a bit of a hiccup, but we’ve learned from it, and we spent a lot of time really making him confident again.”

 

Bubby Upton and Cola III. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

It’s not often that you deliver a clear inside the time around your first CCI4*-L, but Bubby Upton did it twice today, leaving her in ninth place with her self-produced Young Rider medalist Cola III and 30th with Cannavaro.

“[Cola] was incredible — it was his first four long and mine, too, and while I know it wasn’t a particularly strong four long, he made it feel like a walk in the park,” says Bubby. “He’s pure class — it felt like a pre-Novice.”

With just one phase standing between Bubby and two qualifying results, she’s looking ahead to a five-star debut in 2020 — an exciting next step for the rider who’s been such a pivotal part of the British junior and young rider teams.

“I had so many golden aims for this year, and it’s not been ideal for any of us — so this week has been about ticking some boxes and thinking ahead,” she explains.

Ros Canter rounds out the top ten with Pencos Crown Jewel after adding nothing to their dressage score of 29, a welcome redemption after the pair took an unlucky tumble in the CCI4*-S at Burgham.

The top ten after cross-country in Burnham Market’s CCI4*-L.

Izzy Taylor and Hartacker deliver a clear round to hold their lead. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

This morning also saw the second half of the CCI4*-S class, which incorporates the eight- and nine-year-old class, contest the showjumping phase in the main arena. The big, challenging track gave us a 50% clear rate, with Izzy Taylor and the eight-year-old CCI4*-S debutante Hartacker jumping an effortless clear to retain their lead going into tomorrow’s cross-country.

“I thought it was a tough track, particularly for eight-year-olds,” says Izzy of the young horse, who only began eventing at the beginning of 2019. “But he’s got a beautiful brain and desperately wants to do everything; this can have a slightly negative effect because he sometimes tries too hard, although he’s wonderful to work with.”

Though the horse has only done one Advanced, Izzy is confident that this trait will help him along tomorrow’s cross-country course: “He wants to do it right, so as long as I’m putting him in the right place at the right time, he’ll try his best to do it.”

Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Yasmin Ingham remains in second place with Banzai du Loir, who was impressive in the CCI4*-S at Burgham last month. For Yasmin, he’s a horse with potential for the 2024 Paris Olympics — a lofty dream that looks to be backed up by his impressive performances thus far. Yesterday, his 22.3 dressage earned him a career personal best, and gave Yasmin her best-ever dressage score, too.

“He gives me goosebumps — he’s so lovely,” says Yasmin of the nine-year-old Selle Français, who was produced to CCI3*-S by Axel Coutte in France and bought for Yasmin by Janette Chinn and Sue Davies last year. “I feel so lucky to have him. He was on his way up the levels, and so when I got him we could crack on and go — but frustratingly, I only got two runs in on him last year before I had my fall from Sandman and had six weeks out. This year, I wanted to come out and try to salvage this season — and he’s won two Intermediates and finished top ten at Burgham CCI4*-S. He’s got it in every phase; he’s super talented and so sassy. I think it’s so rare to find ones that are so good in every phase.”

The top ten remains largely unchanged, though slightly reordered from yesterday afternoon’s halfway point: Therese Viklund, previously in third place with Diabolique, jumped clear but saw her dressage score adjusted from 22.3 to 29.8, pushing her down to provisional 19th despite her clear round, while Tom McEwen jumped clear with 8th-placed Toledo de Kerser but opted to withdraw the Pau-bound horse afterwards. These omissions allowed Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo to move up a spot from 4th to 3rd with much of the rest of the previous top ten shifting a spot up the leaderboard with him.

Sarah Bullimore and Reve du Rouet, fourth-placed after dressage, had slipped out of the top ten yesterday after an unfortunate pole at the first fence, but now move back up to 10th, while Kitty King and Vendredi Biats step up into the top ten in 9th.

Tomorrow morning sees the final horse inspection kick off at 8.30 a.m. local time, followed by CCI4*-S cross-country at 9.30 a.m. The CCI4*-L showjumping will begin at 13.30 p.m., and just as today, you can watch both sections live on Horse&CountryTV.

We’ll be back with the final report from a busy Burnham tomorrow. Until then: Go Eventing!

The top ten after showjumping in the CCI4*-S.

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Friday Video from SmartPak: Crazy Poles with Amanda Ross

Whenever I look at the weekends in my calendar, I like to make sure they’re all full of one of two things: eventing, or learning everything I can to improve the next time I go eventing. (Okay, and gin, too, but that must be presented in either scenario, frankly.)

This weekend’s an eventing one — though as a reporter, not a rider — but after watching a couple hundred combinations smash out excellent four-star dressage tests over the last two days at Burnham Market, I’m already planning my schooling sessions for the moment I touch down at home. So I was delighted to discover that Australian eventer Amanda Ross had delivered up a new instalment in her fun, educational vlog series — and this time, it focuses on universally useful polework. I might not like the lugging, but I sure do like the benefits this’ll bring!

Izzy Taylor Does the Dressage Double at Burnham Market

Izzy Taylor and Monkeying Around continue their long string of impressive dressage performances, taking the lead in the CCI4*-L as we head into cross-country. Photo by Hannah Cole Photography.

Sometimes, a rider will turn up at an event and the competition will immediately curl into their lap, purring like a happy kitten. That’s certainly been the case for Izzy Taylor at Burnham Market over the past few days; if there’s a bowl of cream anywhere on site, it’ll certainly be found in her lorry. Yesterday, we saw her take an enormous lead in the CCI4*-S class aboard eight-year-old Hartacker, a horse who had previously sat quite comfortably on scores in the upper-20s. The 20.3 they’d end up posting turned out to be a career best for the horse, the rider, and the venue. That, we believe, is what they call ‘a good day at the office.’

But if Izzy’s known for anything, it’s the fact that she doesn’t stop working until all the work’s run out. Rather than getting complacent after her great performances yesterday, and rather than coasting along on the fact that her CCI4*-L mount Monkeying Around is dressage-bred — with performances to back it up — she came out riding to win. Her laser-sharp focus and immaculate production of the horse throughout the test earned them a 23.2 and the dressage lead.

“There’s always more to come; it’s easy to forget that he’s only nine, but I was really pleased with him,” says Izzy.

We last saw Monkeying Around just last month in the CCI4*-S at Burgham, where he finished third after adding a cumulative total of two time penalties to his 21.2 dressage — though the former Six-Year-Old World Champion’s performance at the four-star level has been somewhat varied, with two cross-country clears out of six runs at the level so far. But while Burgham suits the horse — both those clears happened there — it was easy to see how the gelding had matured through this year. If that straightness and conviction continues over tomorrow’s cross-country course, the nine-year-old will be formidable.

Piggy March ties with herself for second place overnight aboard new ride Fonbherna Lancer. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Piggy March sits in equal second place overnight on a score of 26.2, earned by two of her rides: the former Emily King ride Dargun, who performed his test yesterday, and the former Izzy Taylor ride Fonbherna Lancer, whose turn between the boards came today.

“He’s beautiful — very eye-catching,” says Piggy. “I can probably get certain areas a bit quicker, though — he’s a big mover, and it can sometimes get a bit slow. But his brain was really with me, and I felt he really tried and didn’t feel his attention went elsewhere or missed any signals.”

This is a second international for the pair, who came together at the start of 2020 and finished second in the CCI3*-S at Burgham. Though his early international efforts show a couple of blips, it all began to come together in 2019 for Fonbherna Lancer, and he added a second place finish at Ballindenisk CCI4*-S and a top twenty at Boekelo to the crown jewel of his record — a win at Millstreet CCI4*-S. Now, Piggy’s been working to get to know the horse — a proposition that, in opposition to her familiarisation process with yesterday’s ride Dargun, has been made somewhat trickier by lockdown.

“He’s a really easy horse in lots of ways, but is inwardly a little bit more of a thinker than he would let on,” she says. “He has a little bit of history; I don’t think he was the easiest young horse, but I find him a fun horse — he’s a good mover and a good jumper, and he likes to run. He’s definitely quite a foreign horse, but with enough quality. We’re still learning so much — every run I do, I’d have changed the bit, or the saddle, or the feed… I’ve had him since the beginning of the year, but with only two runs. At home he’s so easy, and it’s only when I’ve got to the competition environment that I’ve figured out things I can do to improve.”

JL Dublin gives Nicola Wilson her second spot in the top ten going into cross-country. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Nicola Wilson found herself in the top ten yesterday aboard the experienced Bulana, who heads into cross-country in seventh place on 27.6. Today, she added another ride to the leaderboard in JL Dublin, a nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding in his first long-format four-star. The performance puts her ahead of Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play the Game and Sarah Bullimore and Corouet, fifth and sixth overnight respectively.

William Fox-Pitt’s young mare Grafennacht enjoys a fruitful first phase in her debut CCI4*-L. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

William Fox-Pitt and Grafennacht, an eight-year-old mare making her CCI4*-L debut, scored 27.9 for overnight eighth place, belying the relative inexperience of the horse, who finished fourth in the Seven-Year-Old World Championship last year. They slot in just ahead of Alex Hua Tian and new ride Ballbreaker SD, in equal ninth after their 28.3 test of yesterday.

Oliver Townend and former Blair Castle CCI4*-S winner Tregilder round out the CCI4*-L top ten. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The undisputed king of Burnham Market Oliver Townend closes out the top ten at the culmination of the dressage phase aboard Tregilder, who comes into his second CCI4*-L off the back of four consecutive top-ten finishes at four-star level. They posted a 28.3, proving that their 22.9 at Burgham last month, while considerably lower than their usual low-30s marks, wasn’t a fluke but rather a result of considerable progression through the year.

Kitty King and former Six-Year-Old World Champion Cristal Fontaine. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Izzy and Hartacker remained unbeatable in the CCI4*-S class, which incorporates an ‘open’ section with the prestigious eight- and nine-year-old class ordinarily held at Blenheim.

“He was beautiful,” says Izzy. “He’s only eight, and he’s never done a four-star before. He has a beautiful brain and is very trainable — he just really wants to do it right. That’s his biggest downfall in some ways, because he can try too hard, but he was really relaxed in his test and trying. He was 100% with me every stride of the way — it’s so exciting.”

But their three-point lead was narrowed slightly by the efforts of Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir, who sit in provisional second on 22.3 — the 23-year-old professional’s best-ever international score. They’re tied overnight with Sweden’s Therese Viklund and Diabolique. This, too, represents a best-ever international score for Therese, further proving our suspicions that everyone has been drinking a Charlotte Dujardin polyjuice potion over lockdown.

Much of yesterday’s CCI4*-S leaderboard remains full of yesterday’s faces — Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo sit in fourth place, followed by China’s Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro in fifth and Ros Canter and Lordships Graffalo in sixth. The 2018 Six-Year-Old World Champion Cristal Fontaine sits in provisional seventh on 25.7 with Kitty King, despite a minor wobble in which he misread a trot-walk transition as a halt. But Kitty, who is both detail-orientated and quite unflappable in this phase, rode through the blip seamlessly to continue on with the prescribed movement.

The CCI4*-S began its showjumping phase this afternoon, and will continue through the rest of the combinations tomorrow morning — stay tuned for a full report at the culmination of the action, as well as an in-depth look at the CCI4*-L cross-country phase, which begins at 11.45 local time.

You can follow along with all the action tomorrow and Sunday on Horse&CountryTV, and enjoy a virtual ‘walk’ of the courses — both CCI4*-S and CCI4*-L — via the CrossCountryApp.

Go Eventing!

The top ten in Burnham’s CCI4*-L at the culmination of dressage.

The top ten after dressage in the combined CCI4*-S section.

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Something Old, Something New: Stars Align on First Day of Burnham Market

Piggy March takes the day one lead in the CCI4*-L with former Emily King ride Dargun. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Being at Burnham Market this week is a little bit like walking into a hall of mirrors — not least because it’s kind of Blenheim, but also not, and because it’s September instead of the early months of the year. Mostly, it’s because the rural Norfolk venue — close enough to feel the sea, if not quite see it — has done some hefty expansion to fit the needs of autumn’s biggest four-star fixture. The stables have upped sticks and moved over the road by 100 metres or so, which is quite enough to be wholly disorientating as you toddle up one of the show’s most frequented hills; there are cross-country fences in places so unfamiliar that you find yourself double-taking at them upon each passing; and the cavernous showjumping arena has been turned into a rather scenic and atmospheric main dressage arena, set perfectly in a natural bowl that allows for connections to bask in the fleeting sunshine and watch on, kind of like Barbury (but approximately fifteen degrees chillier).

Why mention any of this? Because this week is all about the old meeting the new, about creative unions and clever workarounds, which aren’t just allowing Blenheim’s crucial classes to run but also defining some of the premiere performances of the day.

One such performance was that of Piggy March, 2019’s winningest competitor, and new ride Dargun. This is just a second international appearance for the pair, who came together over the winter following the sale of the horse by previous owner Jane del Missier. Though the Dutch-bred gelding, who won Bramham’s CCI4*-L for under-25s in 2018 with former rider Emily King, isn’t short of accolades, he’s also been an occasionally tempestuous performer through the years. For Piggy, with whom he won a CCI3*-S at Wellington last month, the extra time afforded by 2020’s topsy-turvy calendar has been a vital ingredient in getting to know her new partner.

“He’s a lovely horse, and Emily’s done a fantastic job with him — he’s gone through the grades with her, and they’ve had a lot of fun and success,” says Piggy. “But he’s her horse, definitely, and so lockdown has really benefitted us. I wanted to make him a bit stronger; he’s been quite a tricky horse to manage, I think, over the years. He can be a little bit complicated but he’s very sweet to work with, and so that time allowed him to strengthen and for us to get to know one another.”

Piggy has run the horse at several Intermediates to allow this relationship to develop in a low-pressure scenario, which she hopes will allow the fledgling partnership to come together naturally in their first major run.

“I’m excited to see how it goes, and interested, too — it’s the same with all the horses I have here this week,” says Piggy, who also brings forward Brookfield Quality and new ride Fonbherna Lancer in this class. “They’re all new at this level, or new at this level with me, and so it’s all about finding things out here.”

That time and effort has certainly paid off, if their first-phase performance is anything to go by. The pair came forward near the end of a tough-scoring day and easily delivered a 26.2, enough to earn them the lead as we head into the second day of dressage.

Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game sit second on 26.9. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Sitting in a close provisional second place on 26.9 is British-based Italian Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game, making his first international appearance in over two years. Now 17, ‘Elvis’ is one of the most experienced horses in this field: he won at this level at Tattersalls in 2017, helped the Italian team to a bronze medal at the European Championships in the same year, and finished ninth in his debut CCI5* at Luhmühlen in 2018, before an injury and subsequent time off ruled him out of that year’s World Equestrian Games. His return is off to a good start so far — today’s score represents a personal best at the four-star level and above, just a tenth of a point above his international career PB of 26.8, earned at Aldon’s CCI3*-S.

Small but mighty: Sarah Bullimore and homebred Corouet. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

He may have something of a Napoleon complex, but Sarah Bullimore‘s Corouet has certainly learned how to make it work for him.

“He thinks he’s 18.2hh,” laughs Sarah of the diminutive homebred who, like top horse Reve du Rouet, is by the mercurial stallion Balou du Rouet. Today, they posted a 27.2 for overnight third despite a minor disagreement in the canter half-pass.

“He’s a real dominant character — he knows it all, apparently,” says Sarah. “He was just like, ‘I’ll do it now!’ and he did. He’s awesome, though, and parts of the test were really grown-up, so now it’s just about ironing out those little bits and getting it all 100%. He’s still young and green, so there’s loads more to come.”

Nine-year-old Corouet is out of Sarah’s former five-star mount, with whom she finished sixth at Luhmühlen in 2017.

“He’s quite like her, but he wouldn’t be as hot. She could have moments where she’d get a bit quick — he’s a bit more level in the head, but much more dominant. When he has a tantrum, he’s really going to have it!”

This, though, is part of what makes him special — as he grows into himself, Sarah is able to place more and more faith in his fight for the finish out on course.

“He just loves to run and jump — so far, we haven’t found anything that hasn’t suited him. He’s just like, ‘let me at them!’,” explains Sarah. This will be the gelding’s second CCI4*-L run; his debut, at Boekelo last season, was only marred on paper by a green miscommunication.

“He thought he was the bee’s knees, and he got a little bit cocky and started to run at the fences — then, at the last second, he’d realise what I’d been asking him,” she says. But their seventh place finish at Burgham last month gave Sarah a whole new feeling: “It was the first time I felt like I could really say, ‘well, go on then — go for it!’ He felt amazing; he was so up for it.”

Nicola Wilson and Bulana. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

A tiny wobble in the walk work precluded a top spot for former European bronze medalists Nicola Wilson and Bulana, but they produced an otherwise effortless test to earn a 27.6 for overnight fourth place, while China’s Alex Hua Tian and new ride Ballbreaker SD slipped into fifth on a 28.3 — a four-star personal best for the horse in his first long format at this level.

Alex Hua Tian and new ride Ballbreaker SD — yes, really — sit fifth overnight. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The former Wills Oakden ride joined Alex’s string in the latter half of 2019 after making his CCI4*-S debut with Wills.

“He was ridden very successfully by Wills, and then he was bought for my teammate Ruiji Liang. But he’s a very sensitive horse, and Ruiji likes a horse who he can get into and really ride — and Sox isn’t that horse,” explains Alex. “So they offered him to me, which was lovely, but it’s taken me some time to get to know him.”

Collaborating with the horse’s previous rider proved a crucial step in the process, though Alex says with a wry laugh that tackling a long four this week feels rather like stepping into the unknown.

“I was struggling a bit with his showjumping, and Wills came up on his way home from Aston-le-Walls to give me a hand, which helped me a huge amount. He’s a jumping-bred horse, and a mega jumper, but I’ve found him quite tricky — he’s quite a complicated person, and I think you can’t underestimate just how good a jumper Wills is. You never get on a horse after Wills has jumped it and think you can do a better job. He’s quite an onward-bound horse, and I spent a lot of time over lockdown working on control — and when I got it, it shut him down a little bit. He runs a little bit off nervous energy, and what Wills has helped me a lot with is finding that balance.”

Yasmin Ingham, shown riding Sandman 7, boasts two places in the top ten overnight. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Sitting in the top ten overnight in a competitive field is always a thrill, but managing it twice is deserving of a glass or two of something bubbly — though 23-year-old Yasmin Ingham is still fresh-faced enough not to miss a step even if she does indulge in some celebrating tonight. She sits in sixth and eighth place provisionally with former Pippa Funnell ride Sandman 7 (28.5) and Rehy DJ (29.4) respectively. Both come here after good CCI4*-S runs at Burgham, with the latter finishing fourth. Rehy DJ — known as Piglet — also notched up a top-10 finish in Blenheim’s eight- and nine-year-old class last season.

Bubby Upton and Cola III. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Watching this class offers up plenty of hope for the future of the British teams, though it’s hard to feel any envy for the talented bunch who’ll have to fight for places on them. One prominent example is Bubby Upton, who’s certainly never struggled to hold her own among the upper echelons of the Senior competitors. She holds provisional seventh place on 28.8 with Cola III, who she partnered to European Championships at both the Junior and Young Rider level, winning individual silver at the latter in 2019.

This week marks a pivotal moment in Bubby’s career as she steps up to CCI4*-L for the first time. It’s hard to bet against them, despite the fact that Cola is just a ten-year-old — they come into this competition off the back of an eighth-place finish in Burgham’s CCI4*-S, and in 16 international runs, they’ve scooped up 10 top-10 results. Another one here could be well within their reach.

The provisional top ten at the end of the first day of dressage in the CCI4*-L class.

Much has been written in the past about the enormous influence of the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S, and rightly so: since its inception in 2009, the class has been a scarily accurate predictor of future superstardom, with winners including Mark Todd‘s NZB Land VisionWilliam Fox-Pitt‘s Oslo, and Andrew Nicholson‘s Quimbo, who all went on to win five-stars within 12 months of their Blenheim victories, as well as Jonelle Price‘s 2018 Luhmühlen victor Faerie Dianimo, Chris Burton’s WEG mount Cooley Lands, and Laura Collett‘s Boekelo winner London 52. Running well here tends to foretell an illustrious career, but even more importantly, it’s an enormous educational stepping stone for horses at this pivotal age.

In order to provide crucial runs and qualifying opportunities to as many combinations as possible, Burnham Market is running this class as an ‘open’ CCI4*-S, although the two leaderboards will be considered separately. At the end of day one, however, it’s an eight-year-old who tops the entire class — breaking the venue record in the process.

Izzy Taylor‘s Hartacker may not be hugely experienced — this is just his eighth international run, and his first four-star — but his careful production through lockdown has evidently afforded him a confidence beyond his years. His score of 20.3 doesn’t just take a significant lead, it also represents a staggering personal best for the horse, whose previous best was a 28.3 in the young horse CCI2*-L at Tattersalls. Even better, it’s a best-ever international dressage score for Izzy herself. Though the next phases could go any which way — he’s only had one CCI3*-L run, at which he picked up an unlucky 20 penalties — there’s certainly plenty to be excited about in the Dutch gelding.

Oliver Townend and dressage juggernaut Cillnabradden Evo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

It’s testament to a horse’s dominance in this phase when a 23.3 and second place is almost something of a disappointment, but we’ve been so spoiled by Cillnabradden Evo‘s astonishing disregard for the record books with Oliver Townend aboard that even the notion of creeping up into the 20s feels like a bit of a surprise. But although the horse’s production has been so meticulous, and his execution of tests is always so precise that we suspect he could stop halfway through for a wee, a fag break, and a quick scroll through Instagram and still earn a sub-25, his usual excellence wasn’t rewarded with the 19s or thereabouts that we ordinarily see.

We’d hesitate to write Oliver off just yet, though: he’s the only rider to win Burnham Market’s CCI4*-S since 2014. In a few decades, the trophy might just be a bronze of his smiling face. Watch this pair closely this weekend.

Sarah Bullimore and Reve du Rouet. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

“He feels so reliable,” says Sarah Bullimore of top horse Reve du Rouet, who scored a characteristic 23.7 for overnight third, despite his slightly unfair reputation as a bit of a hothead in this phase.

“In his early years he’d get very sharp,” she recalls. “But now — he doesn’t get excited about dressage, but he thinks, ‘if you kick me on, I know I have to do it, so I might as well get on with it!’ I hope he’s done frightening the dressage judges now!”

‘Blou’s’ previous issues are due to his innate fear of crowds, but over lockdown, Sarah discovered an anomaly about her quirky partner.

“For a horse who hates crowds, he really missed them! He’s a bit odd; he’s really missed going out and doing it all,” she says, laughing. “It’s like, you fickle bugger! You can’t have it both ways! He came out today saying, ‘oh, this is Burnham Market, there’s no one here,’ and I really had to kick him on a bit — and then, of course, he bounces all the way back to the stables. It’d be lovely to get that energy in the ring, but it’s all about the compromises — we have a few pacts, like that he’s allowed to do that and I’m allowed to get a test out of him.”

Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Alex Hua Tian followed Sarah’s lead in making appearances on both leaderboards, this time claiming overnight fourth place on a score of 23.8 with Rio partner Don Geniro.

“His walk and canter were better than Burgham [where he scored 24.4] and his trot was slightly worse, so on balance, it’s about the same,” reflects Alex pragmatically. “The problem with Don is that he does good tests so consistently that we have totally unrealistic expectations! There’s so much more in there to dig out, but he’s a funny old thing to try to get everything together at the same time.”

World Champion Ros Canter rounds out the top five — and sits second in the eight- and nine-year-old section — aboard Lordships Graffalo, with whom she scored a 24.5. Like Hartacker, Lordships Graffalo contests his first four-star after a CCI3*-L run at Le Lion last year, where he finished eighth with Tom McEwen, deputising as jockey while Ros eased back in from maternity leave.

Tomorrow sees another action-packed day of dressage kick off at 8.40 a.m. — stay tuned for the full round-up right here on EN.

Go Eventing!

The top ten in the combined CCI4*-S and eight- and nine-year-old class at the end of the first day of dressage.

Burnham Market: Entries & Ride Times | Live ScoresWebsite | Live StreamEN’s Coverage | EN’s Twitter | EN’s Instagram

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: The Unrivalled Joy of a Round Gone Right

The next best thing to actually going cross-country yourself? Living vicariously through other people’s rounds, of course. We particularly love this one, ably documented by Maria Temperini, for the sheer enthusiasm and love shared between rider and horse. Seriously, watch this one right ’til the end, and tell me you’re not feeling a little prickle behind the eyes after. I challenge you.

Stone Gate Farm organiser and course designer Jackie Smith brought this one to our attention, telling EN that “as an organizer and course designer I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to watch very much of the Prelim and Training rides, and I was thrilled to hear an excited Maria telling me that she had a great ride.  Like all of us, she has had the ups and downs on cross country and recently had a vest deployment at a ditch, so needless to say she was thrilled.  Today she shared her helmet cam of her ride which was fabulous, as well as her excitement.  But you have to wait until the end of the video to hear her discussion with her horse Detour.  It’s moments like this that makes all of our hard work worth it.”

Okay, now the eye prickles really ARE coming on strong.

As always: Go Eventing!

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All Pass First Horse Inspection at Inaugural Burnham Market CCI4*-L

Sarah Cohen finds a new way to show off her beaming smile as she presents former Izzy Taylor ride Springpower. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

In a year in which we’ve spent most of our time reminiscing about what should have been, it’s especially poignant to see an event step up to fill a gap and provide the valuable opportunity for riders and owners to give their horses a crucial qualifying run. Although it might mess with our brain-calendars — the 2020 chaotic energy is coming in thick and fast here — that’s exactly what Musketeer Events’ Burnham Market International Horse Trials has done. This week would ordinarily have been the domain of Blenheim, with all its palatial splendour and prestige, while Burnham Market — home to a popular CCI4*-S class — usually slots into the early end of the season in March or April. But this time around, they’ve opened their grounds in September (and put in what we can only assume is a truly colossal amount of effort) to ensure that there’s an autumn CCI4*-L for British-based competitors to gain a crucial qualification for Tokyo next year, while also hosting the much-lauded CCI4*-S for eight- and nine-year-olds, which is open to horses outside the age range but will be ranked as a separate section.

Eventing in the time of COVID might be a little bit different — there’s no cocktail parties in Winston Churchill’s house this time around, alas — Blenheim-on-Sea, as it’s been dubbed by friend of EN Catherine Austen, offers up plenty of challenges and a friendly, down-to-earth vibe that its many attendees will find very welcome this week. Though it remains closed to spectators, there’s already a vibe in the air, and though everyone’s milling around safely masked up against any airborne invaders, the smiles are evident and widespread. Eventing is back, and everyone’s ready for it.

Victor Burtin and Early Van Ter Nieuwbeke. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

97 horse-and-rider combinations presented to the assembled ground jury, and all were passed through to the first phase of the competition. Just one combination faced a brief hold — France’s Victor Burtin and Early Van Ter Nieuwbeke were sent to the box, but were subsequently accepted upon re-presentation.

Sarah Bullimore’s Corouet is best turned-out horse at the first inspection. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Three prizes were dished out through the course of the afternoon’s proceedings. The prize for the best turned out horse went to Sarah Bullimore and her diminutive homebred Corouet, a nine-year-old Oldenburg out of Sarah’s former top-level ride Lilly Corrinne and by Balou de Rouet. This will be Corouet’s second start at the level — he competed at Boekelo last year and has run three times at CCI4*-S, finishing seventh at Burgham last month.

Sophie Jenman takes the prize for the best-dressed female competitor in a natty jumpsuit. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The best-dressed male prize went to Richard Coney, who presented Kananaskis and Mermus R Diamonds, while Sophie Jenman, who brings forward Lordana VH Leysehof Z, won the prize for the best-dressed female rider.

Tomorrow sees both the CCI4*-L and the CCI4*-S — which incorporates an open section and the section for eight- and nine-year-olds — kick off the dressage phase, with both rings running from 9.00 a.m. local time (4.00 a.m. Eastern). We’ll be bringing you full coverage from each class, but you can also follow along as it happens this weekend, too — Horse & Country TV will be providing comprehensive live-streaming from the jumping phases via a subscription service, available through their website.

In the meantime, enjoy a jam-packed gallery of today’s trot-up action — we’ll be coming at you with everything you need to know tomorrow evening.

Go Eventing!

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“He Does it All with a Smile on His Face”: Burghley Specialist Coolys Luxury Finds a New Role

Tom Crisp and Coolys Luxury. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Prolific British five-star horse Coolys Luxury has been retired from the top level of competition in a difficult decision by long-time rider Tom Crisp. The eighteen-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Olympic Lux x Tell Me Sunshine, by Glen Bar) had been aimed for a final season in 2020, contesting CCI4*-S classes and the Event Rider Masters series, but the logistical complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the increasing pressure it puts on owners, too, precluded the opportunity to bow out over the course of the year.

Tom made the announcement during what would have been the 2020 renewal of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, an event that Cooly completed four times, finishing in the top twenty thrice.

“I share this memory of not just a great event we are missing this year but also one the greatest horses I’ve ever had the privilege to ride,” said Tom in a statement. “Unfortunately this wasn’t the year to go out with a flurry, with big plans to contend the ERM series and high profile 4* shorts and a shot at our 6th Burghley, which all fell victim to the pandemic. That partly led to the loss of funding, sponsorship and his syndicate support too.

“So the time has come to officially retire him from top level competition. A tough decision but made easier knowing he is fit and well and he stays on with me here at Team Crisp. Being Burghley week it seemed appropriate as he had competed 5 times here, 3 in the prize money and almost making a lifetime goal of top ten to finish 11th!

“He always put a smile on your face even when he wasn’t doing what he was supposed to be. He remains endlessly enthusiastic to please and always so happy to just be out!

It’s not all bad as he will continue to enjoy his competing with a talented young rider and in-house working pupil, Charlie Pincus, in amongst the under 18’s. We will be supporting them both from the sidelines and hope he gives him as much fun and awesomeness as he gave me!

“Massive thank you to Cooly himself, who never gave up and against many odds proved many wrong. Everybody who has supported us over the years from David and Clare Corney gifting me the horse to Andy Bathe for keeping him well, Amy Akehurst for looking after him and all the Syndicate members and owners for allowing me to do what we both loved doing. A real end of an era.”

Tom Crisp and Coolys Luxury. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Cooly was produced to two-star (now three-star) by Jo Rimmer, and initially bought for Tom to ride by David Corney. Later on, when the Corneys retired from the sport, they offered him to Tom rather than cashing in by selling the horse. A syndicate formed to take on the running costs of the prolific competitor — first dubbed the Swift Syndicate, then the Luxury Syndicate. The gelding would provide plenty of fun for his stakeholders: he competed at Burghley five times, finishing 11th in 2014, and jumped clear at Pau and Luhmühlen, too. In 2018, they finished in the top twenty at Badminton, winning the Lawrence Rook trophy for the highest-placed first-time British completion after a few thwarted attempts.

“The first time we completed Badminton after a few shots at it was so special. Being in the main ring there, accepting a trophy from Princess Anne, it felt like finally laying those ghosts to rest,” remembers Tom. “I’d made it so much harder for myself, having fallen at the Vicarage Vee one year, and a couple of early, silly refusals with the horse not quite on form other times, and so I felt like I could never do it on him — but it was the last big European one that we needed to tick off. We’d done Pau, Luhmühlen, and, of course, four or five Burghleys.”

Throughout his career, Cooly became known as something of a Burghley specialist after producing clear, capable rounds year after year.

“I don’t know why [it suits him], because Burghley’s the most physically demanding five-star, and he doesn’t have a lot of blood,” says Tom. “He’d have to work harder than most to sustain the distance on a track like that — but I think he suits the time of year. He’s a horse who always seems to come together more in the autumn than he does in the spring.”

“More than that, though, it’s just the will and the want to do it. Even now, he loves his job. That’s so endearing; even when he’s naughty, he puts a smile on your face because it’s that he’s overenthusiastic. He always has been — to get him to the point where he’s focused and channelled has taken until his eighteenth year! Finally, I’ve been getting my best dressage tests out of him — if you look back, we’ve had some real corkers. I spoke to Jo [Rimmer] and she told me that he was six before she could even get him to trot in a dressage ring; he’d just canter around and be an idiot, instead. He’s a horse who I wish I could go back years with, knowing what I know now.”

Tom Crisp and Coolys Luxury at Badminton 2018. Photo by Kit Houghton/Mitsubishi Motors.

Tom took the ride on Cooly when the horse was nine, and they finished tenth at Houghton Hall CCI4*-S — just their second competition together, and the horse’s first time at the level. By then, Tom was getting a sense of the horse’s strengths — and where he might need some extra help, too.

“He was always a horse who jumped first and thought later — he always said, ‘let me at it!’ It took a while to focus that energy and get him to look at his technique so he could be managed and it could be controlled a bit better. He’s a naturally huge-striding horse, too, so he found it quite difficult to shorten that for a long time. Even now, I’ve never ridden a horse with quite that gallop. He’s so powerful, but it’s not efficient — he’s always had to work so hard to be anywhere near the time at Burghley. But he has the biggest, scopiest jump — he could so happily leave strides out.”

Coolys Luxury at home. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Despite the ease with which Cooly would have tackled the 2020 season, the ongoing ramifications of the pandemic put his syndicate in a precarious position, and left Tom with two options: either find a way to gather the considerable sum needed to keep him going for another year, and take the risk of running a 19-year-old, or step him down at his best.

Though the decision to retire a competitive partner when there’s more to come is an achingly difficult one, Tom’s confident in his choice — particularly as he’s found a way to keep Cooly busy doing what he enjoys while providing a golden opportunity for someone else.

17-year-old Charlie Pincus was delighted when he was offered the chance to help out on Tom’s Sussex yard earlier this year, which is run by head girl Amy Akehurst. He fit in quickly with the team, pitching in to help with everything that needed doing around the farm. In him, Tom spotted something familiar — the desire to work, to contribute, and to learn that has been such an essential part of his own DNA. An embryonic idea turned into something tangible, and Charlie was offered the extraordinary opportunity to pilot Cooly around the lower-to-middling levels, allowing him to gain experience while giving the horse a slightly less intense way to enjoy the sport in his twilight years.

“It feels right. I can manage him and look after him forever, which I owe to him, and he’ll thoroughly enjoy having a few more years to go out without the rigour of being five-star fit,” says Tom.

Cooly and new rider Charlie Pincus at home. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

For Charlie, for whom the opportunity to come help out on Tom’s yard was exciting enough, this is something of a fairytale.

“I never expected this,” he says with a grin, “but it’s amazing!”

Charlie, who competed his own Fernhill Star Vision at BE100 last season, will tackle the under-18 classes with Cooly and hopes to gain experience through the levels. Cooly will stay at Tom’s yard and the pair will train under his tuition, giving him peace of mind that his horse of a lifetime is in the best possible hands.

“Charlie never imagined he’d come away from work experience with the ride on Cooly, and neither did I, to be honest,” he says philosophically. “But I always said to myself, if I was ever in a position to help someone, I would — I want the people I help to be better than me; I don’t want to keep them down there and shit on them to make myself feel good. There’s too much of that that goes on. But the sport’s tough enough as it is.”

Still, says Tom, he’ll miss campaigning him.

“It’s just the feeling he gives — he’s fun to ride. Some horses you get on and it’s a chore, but he’s fun to ride and he enjoys his work. It’s easy to work with characters like that — they come out every day wanting to do it. The sport’s hard on them, but he wouldn’t want it any other way. I’ve had a partnership with him for so long, and you don’t get many of those at that level — we know each other’s quirks and habits, and we know where each other are at. That trust and partnership is something special.”

Now, as Tom looks ahead to the seasons to come with his string of horses — spearheaded by 5* homebred Liberty and Glory — he’ll take the lessons he learned with Cooly on for the ride.

“He taught me not to give up — with the Badminton thing particularly. The sport will always ask you questions you’re not sure you can answer, but he taught me that you just have to keep trying. You can find workarounds for your limitations.”

 

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

This year, we’ve seen event after event pull out of the 2020 calendar in the face of the pandemic. Some are busy making their plans for a return in 2021; some, sadly, have had to take stock of their assets and have discovered that there’s no more petrol in the tank for the future, closing their doors permanently. So it was extra special to pop over to Oxfordshire yesterday to see the fruit of the Cornbury International team’s labours in person. To sustain an event in 2020 is a remarkable thing — but to create one is something else entirely. I’ll be bringing you an in-depth look at how they did it this week, but in the meantime, enjoy this stunning shot from the incredible Sarah Farnsworth, who perfectly captured the magic atmosphere on the estate.

National Holiday: It’s National Peanut Day! If you have an allergy, maybe just consider this one a duvet day.

US Weekend Results:

UK Weekend Results:

Global Round-Up:

  • There was a plethora of CCI4*-S classes around the world over the weekend — Christchurch in New Zealand, Avenches in Switzerland, and Planernaya in Russia all hosted the level. Michael Jung (who?) took the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S sections at Avenches, riding fischerChipmunk and Star Connection, respectively.

Your Monday Reading List:

From Darfur to rural Wiltshire, Sudanese refugee Abdul Musa Adam’s journey has been an extraordinary and painful one. These days, the talented rider is a stable lad for Andrew Balding Racing, but the road to get there has been littered with grief, torture, and unimaginably perilous border crossings to try to find safety. Now, he seeks sanctuary in the stables — but his search for his lost brother continues on. This heartbreaking story is the most important thing you’ll read this week — so sign up for your trial of H&H Plus and dive in. [H&H interview: Refugee Abdul Musa Adam on turning to horses]

For Bill Roycroft, the 1960 Olympics wasn’t too far off from the outlandish plot of a horsey film. But his story — from hospital bed to podium — is all true, and it’s a bonkers gem in the crown of eventing history. [From the Archives, 1960: Roycroft’s amazing ride at Rome Olympics]

A new film is on its way in 2021, focusing on the serious mental health issues that can plague jockeys. After the high-profile loss of several jockeys over the past few years, mental health awareness is on the up in the tough, fast-paced industry — but there’s still more to be done. The Fall aims to make tangible the issues facing riders. [‘It’s okay not to be okay’: Cold Feet star teams up with equine film company in new project]

Speaking of films, Idris Elba is set to star in a film set in an inner-city riding programme in Philadelphia. “It was a world that I knew nothing about,” says Elba. “I liked the idea that the cowboys have been around for so long nurturing youth and creating opportunities. These kids have cared for these horses as a deterrent to crime or drugs or other stuff that they might have fallen into.” [Idris Elba on ‘Concrete Cowboy’ and the Uplifting Indie’s Improbable Ride to the Toronto Film Festival]

Can TikTok be a bit of therapeutic fun, or is it the breeding ground for the internet trolls of tomorrow? Blogger Camilla Mortensen reflects on this question — and the classic ‘compliment sandwich’ technique — in her latest piece for COTH. [TikTok Trolls and the Compliment Sandwich]

How many of you have a side-hustle that allows you to make a bit more money to support your horse habit — or, indeed, gives you the chance to dabble with working in the industry? We’d guess a fair few — after all, horses are expensive beasts. But is it worth it, or are you just on a fast-track to burnout? [Is a Side Hustle in the Equestrian Industry Actually Worth It?]

What I’m Listening To:

I’ve been devouring the Young Black Equestrians podcast, which takes you across the disciplines to meet fascinating riders with brilliant stories to tell from around the world. I’m guilty of occasionally focusing a bit too heavily on my discipline of choice, and this pod has been a great way for me to branch back out and feel inspired by the variety the horse world has to offer.

 

The Fleeceworks Follow:

You can take the boy out of gymnastics, but you can’t take gymnastics out of the boy — as evidenced by British 5* rider Tom Crisp, who moonlights as a retained firefighter and previously enjoyed a successful stint as a child gymnast. Rumour has it he did a series of backflips across a drinks marquee at Houghton International to win the heart of his wife, Sophie…

Monday Viewing:

Can confirm that managing interviewees is often a little bit like this, no matter their age.

Friday Video from SmartPak: Welcome to Cornbury International!

In a year that’s made it next to impossible for even the most established events to run, it feels like an even more poignant and special treat to welcome new additions to the calendar — such as Cornbury House Horse Trials, a new venue (well, a revived one, which graced the fixture list a couple of decades ago) in England’s Cotswolds. Competition kicked off today at the event, which is running classes up to CCI3*-S, and so far, all the talk on the circuit is of how extraordinarily lovely the venue is. From idyllic encounters with Bambi and his friends en route to dressage, to beautifully dressed arena gateways, Cornbury’s team has pulled out all the stops to ensure a fabulous first year, pandemic be damned.

For those who can’t be there, this great behind-the-scenes video gives you a chance to tour the estate by drone — and to meet event director David Howden. The safety measures on site are second to none, but nothing will curb his infectious enthusiasm for his new event. And rightly so!

Want more Cornbury? They’re running a livestream on their Facebook page, so you can follow along with some of the sport’s superstars as they compete through the weekend.

Go Eventing, and Go Cornbury!

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Ride for the Win with Lainey Ashker

 

Sometimes I like to use helmet cam videos as an educational tool, sharpening my eye and testing my ability to spot a stride through the grainy ebb of a little rectangle on my screen. Sometimes I like to use them for entertainment and a bit of feel-good inspiration. And sometimes, every once in a great while, I get very lucky indeed and find a video that serves both purposes admirably. More often than not, they seem to come from the camera of Lainey Ashker.

Lainey’s helmet cams are a firm favourite because not only does she get an awful lot right, she’s also incredibly positive and effusive as she goes round, heartily praising her horses for everything they get right, from being brave at a spooky BN fence to bossing a tough combination on an FEI course.

Today’s video is an extra treat, as it features the much-loved Call Him Paddy on his way to winning the Open Intermediate at Five Points Horse Trials over the weekend. We’re delighted to see him on top form ahead of his three-star run at Unionville — and it’s evident from watching the video that Lainey’s pretty pleased, too.

A disclaimer: sometimes, your horse gives you SUCH a super feeling over a fence that a cheeky little F-bomb sneaks out without warning. That happens to Lainey in this vid, and while we find it wholly relatable and charming to boot, we know that some of you might not — particularly if you’re sneaking a watch during a work Zoom call. It appears as they jump out of the water complex, if you want to do some swift volume-adjusting.

Go Lainey and Patrick, and Go Eventing!
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British Selections Announced for World Young Horse Championships at Le Lion d’Anger

Cooley Lancer and Piggy March take the six-year-old title in 2019. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

British Equestrian (BEF) has named the horse-and-rider combinations who will contest the World Breeding Federation Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers, which hosts a CCI2*-L for six-year-olds and a CCI3*-L for seven-year-olds from October 15-18 in the Loire Valley, France.

Britain tends to be a force to be reckoned with at these championships, and will bring forward the maximum allowed entries of three combinations in the six-year-old class and twelve in the seven-year-old class. Among their nominations is Piggy March‘s Cooley Lancer, owned by the Lancer Stud, who took the six-year-old title in 2019.

The six-year-old selections are as follows:

  • Monbeg Hendricks (Harlequin Du Carel x Alda Puissance), owned by Adrian Sweet and ridden by Kitty King, with Adrian Sweet’s MHS Monbeg Junior (Quidam Junior X MHS Julianna Joy) in direct reserve
  • MHS Brown Jack (OBOS Quality 004 x Gowran Lady) owned by Fred and Penny Barker and ridden by Tom McEwen
  • Cooley Rosalent (Valent x Bllaney Jewel), owned by Paul Ridgeon and ridden by Oliver Townend

The following combinations will act as reserves for this class:

  • Codebreaker (Cody x Dolce Vita K), owned by Eliza Stoddart with Heather Sandell, Georgina Stoddart, Sue Brankin Frisby and ridden by Eliza Stoddart*
  • Cooley Goodwood (OBOS Quality 004 x Burrane Kate), owned Susie Wood and ridden by Piggy March
  • Evita AP (Con Air x Elektra), owned by Brett Bullimore and ridden by Sarah Bullimore
  • Captain Crissy (Fuerty Captain Carismo x Common Cruise), owned and ridden by Jess Watts

The seven-year-old selections, with some still subject to achieving the required MERs (*), are:

  • Ardeo Premier (Hold Up Premier x Playgirl), owned by Debbie and Neill Nuttall and ridden by Alex Bragg
  • Izilot DHI (Zavall VDL x Zilottie W), owned by Alex Moody and Ros Canter and ridden by Rosalind Canter*
  • Moonlight Charmer (OBOS Quality 004 x Enchanted Heart), owned by Teresa Stopford Sackville and Charlotte Heber Percy and ridden by Laura Collett*
  • Forthright (Frankfort Boy x Bouncer Girl), owned by Margaret Silver and Barbara Hervey and ridden by Matthew Glentworth*
  • Igor B (Vittorio x Erica B), owned and ridden by Kristina Hall-Jackson*
  • Fools in Love (Harlequin Du Carel x Tisrara Cruise), owned by Philippa Heler and Hayden Hankey and ridden by Hayden Hankey*
  • Cooley Lancer (Coeur De Nobless M x Tante Catoche Du Houssoit), owned by The Lancer Stud and ridden by Piggy March
  • I Diablo Joe (Solaris Amoureux x Scylla), owned by Geoffrey Burton and ridden by Piggy March*
  • Irene Leva (Everglade VDL x Oleva), owned by Kim Franklin, Kerry Smith and Rhian Smith and ridden by Rhian Smith
  • Ballingowan Leia (Future Trend x Ballingown Boula), owned by Susan Goodall and ridden by Polly Stockton
  • Darcy De La Rose (Quite Easy x Catharina), owned by Wendy and Johnnie Watherston and ridden by Georgie Strang*
  • Briarlands Sweetango (Jumbo x Briarlands Matilda), owned and bred in GB by Guy Avis and ridden by Izzy Taylor*

British Eventing CEO Jude Matthews has also released a statement regarding travel to France for the selected riders and their support teams.

“The health and safety of our members, organisers, officials and volunteers is of the highest priority and those returning from France to the UK, under current government guidelines, will need to self-isolate on their return unless they are exempt,” she says. “The BEF provides exemption for Elite Senior Athletes and essential support staff on the BEF World Class Government funded programme. BE will currently provide exemption to those who qualify as an elite athlete where the status of the country in which they were competing changes whilst they were there and, only in a situation where an individual travels from one COVID-19 secure competition environment to compete in another COVID-19 secure environment in the UK.

“In addition, BE requires each person who obtains exemption to have a negative COVID test on arrival back in the UK before being able to compete. Those returning from France to the UK, under current government guidelines, will need to self-isolate on their return unless they fulfil the above exemption criteria. All athletes selected are being provided with the necessary information on quarantining and testing and we continue to closely monitor changes and updates to guidance and protocols in relation to travel.”

While this slightly conflicting advice doesn’t make it clear whether exemptions will be available or not — France is currently not on the UK’s ‘safe travel’ list, and so this would be unlikely to qualify as a situation in which the status of the country suddenly changes — it does appear that the British contingent, at least, are committing to an end-of-season trip to France, which bodes well for the only CCI5* of 2020, held the following week in Pau.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Feeling the Burghley blues? Us, too. But a bevy of riders haven’t let them get them down — they completed a mega cycle from Badminton to Burghley over the weekend, all in aid of the air ambulance. They’re still working on hitting their 15k target — drop them a donation here!

National Holiday: Finally, something I can get behind — it’s National Beer Lover’s Day! Make mine a Kriek, please.

US Weekend Results:

UK Weekend Results:

Global Eventing Roundup:

  • Sopot in Poland was the biggest eventing fixture of last week, hosting classes from CCI2*-S all the way through CCI4*-L. The Netherlands’ Tim Lips took top honours in the feature class, riding eight-year-old Herby, who is easily my favourite horse in the WHOLE WORLD.

Your Monday Reading List:

The brilliant Freedom Zampaladus is launching a new web-based TV series, which sees him take celebrities out hacking around inner-city Leicester. The unique new interview format won’t just give us all an insight into the subject’s lives, it’ll also give them exposure to horses — and their fans, too. Plus, it’ll help to raise money for Freedom’s inner-city equestrian access programme, the Urban Equestrian Academy. We can’t wait to tune in. [Move over Carpool Karaoke: here comes Celebrities in the Saddle]

We’re all still abuzz with excitement about the Kentucky Derby. But do you know about its richly diverse history? This article dives into the annals and explores why things have changed — and why they should change again. [Diversity on the track: history of Black jockeys]

And this one explores the double pressures facing Black horse-owner Greg Harbut leading to the race. When was the last time you felt you had to choose between accomplishing a lifelong dream and standing in solidarity with your race? The duality is an immensely complex, achingly tricky one. [Pull Out of the Kentucky Derby? Pressure on a Black Owner Mounts]

Should you stay, or should you go? So often, riders find themselves sticking around in unsuitable trainer-student situations for a variety of reasons — cost, convenience, and sometimes, the stigma of ‘breaking up’ and the fear of burning bridges. But this shouldn’t ever stop you from finding the best place to chase your dreams. Here, several riders from across the disciplines share the details of their own splits. [Why I Left My Trainer]

Practical Horseman’s four-part series on the American Thoroughbred through history culminates in a feature on Good Mixture, Kevin Freeman’s Munich Olympics partner. Mixture would go on to be campaigned by Mike Plumb in the latter years of his career — and he’d also go blind in one eye, though this never caused his extraordinary performances to ebb. “He was a Maserati on cross-country,” says Mike. [Salute to the American Thoroughbred: Good Mixture]

Head behind the stall door with Zenshera, Ros Canter’s pint-sized five-star partner with an unusual underdog story. Full disclaimer: I wrote this one, so of course I’m going to share it. Even fuller disclaimer: Alfie is the most adorably sweet little horse and Ros practically had to remove me from his stable when we’d finished this interview. You’ll want to steal him, too. [Behind the Stall Door with Zenshera]

What I’m Listening To: I’ve been fending off the Burghley blues however I possibly can over the last week, and the Eventing Podcast‘s interview with course designer (and legend of the sport in his own right, of course) Captain Mark Phillips has been a helpful addition to my arsenal. Mostly. I still wish I was sprinting back and forth to the mixed zone.

Donation Station: This week is International Air Ambulance week, and I know our readers in the UK in particular rely on this incredible service to keep them in one piece. If you’ve been rescued by the air ambulance before — or if you’re simply grateful for the work they do — consider a donation to your local branch this week, or come up with a creative way to raise some funds and awareness. We’re particularly big fans of any kind of sponsored challenge — the sillier, the better!

The Fleeceworks Follow:

The Yeehaw Agenda celebrates the Black cowboy — in art, in fashion, in pop culture, and on the farm. In need of some creative, clever curation on your feed? This account has got the brief nailed.

Monday Viewing:

We’ve all been there.

 

 

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Friday Video from SmartPak: Allison Springer Spins You Right Round, Baby

What’s better than starting the weekend with a goal in mind — one that’s perfectly sized to fit two days of blissful free time with your four-legged partner? This week, SmartPak brings you just that: a pocket-sized riding lesson from the excellent Allison Springer, who teaches you the fundamentals of turn on the forehand.

In this video, you’ll join Allison at a clinic at Frosted Moon Farm, where you’ll see how to ride the movement, what you need to do to fix and perfect it, and learn the truly dazzling array of ways it can be used to fix sorts of issues on the flat and over fences. As someone who historically neglects this movement in favour of a turn on the haunches, I’ve committed to working it into my weekend schooling sessions. Have you?

 

 

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Honestly, Just the Weirdest Horse Show You’ll Ever See

1980: Hey Look…That's Me!: Pantomime Horse Competition

#OnThisDay 1980: Basingstoke held world’s first Pantomime Horse of the Year Show. Oh yes it did!

Posted by BBC Archive on Friday, August 28, 2020

It seems like strange people and equine-adjacent competitions have taken over our newsfeeds over the past couple of years — tiny Finnish girls ‘cantering’ on all fours over courses of jumps, oddly serious-looking hobby horse shows, and, of course, the occasional leather-clad monstrosity pulling a cart that makes the rounds on Facebook, horrifies us anew, and then clip-clops its way back to the kinky abyss for a few more months.

But off-kilter ‘horse’ shows aren’t a new thing, apparently, and today’s video — pilfered from the archives of the BBC — proves that the game was well afoot even back in 1970. That year saw a rather raucous pantomime horse show take place in Basingstoke, close to where Tweseldown and Wellington Horse Trials dominate the local equestrian scene these days. The show followed the normal rules, sort of — four faults for knocking a pole, a rather generous four faults for going off-course, and four faults if the horse falls apart, which, being the rider of a mare, I can relate to quite wholeheartedly.

I’ll be having nightmares about pantomime horses bursting through puissance walls for weeks — but also scratching my head about how a pantomime horse show can draw in such significant spectator and media interest. We, um, apparently have a lot to learn from our costumed brethren — though I’m not sure we should be in a rush to copy their negligible social distancing.

Go Eventing (?)

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Who Jumped it Best? GAINing Ground at Burgham CCI4*-S

Who Jumped It Best?

One of the tremendous joys of being back on site, photographing and writing about events, is the endless satisfaction I get out of going through my stash of images afterwards, analysing the minutiae of each and every one and then, inevitably, tucking them away into the archives for use in future form guides and news stories. But the drudgery of 2020 has made me realise that we all need to share the wealth, not hide content away behind the scenes, and so today, I’m bringing you another Burgham CCI4*-S Who Jumped It Best. Somehow, I don’t think anyone will mind too much.

Today’s competition — a follow-on from part one, released last week — takes us to the latter third of the course. After wending their way through the initial two outlying fields and their first trip through the main field, our competitors found themselves in a tucked-away enclave in a back field. Here, they came to the double of water combinations and then swung a sharp left, galloping back up the hill towards fence 16, the GAIN Horse Feeds Table. This single fence offered up plenty of bulk and groundline to allow horses to judge it easily, but it couldn’t be underestimated — just after clearing it, riders had to prepare for a left-handed turn to a big ditch-and-brush, which took them back into the main field and sent them on their way to the final couple of combinations.

With that in mind, take a look at the combinations below, and then scroll down to have your say on who you think made the best overall impression over this beefy table.

Burgham: Website | Stream | Scores | EN’s Coverage

Alice Dunsdon and Sambo III. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Angus Smales and ESI Phoenix. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Dan Jocelyn and Blackthorn Cruise. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Ginny Howe and Trendy Captain Clover. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Nicky Hill and MGH Bingo Boy. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Nicola Wilson and Bulana. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Piggy March and Brookfield Inocent. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

William Fox-Pitt and Little Fire. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Will Murray and Dino II. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Yasmin Ingham and Sandman 7. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

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And so here we are, at the end of all things — or at the end of summer, anyway, particularly if you’re stuck in the endless deluge of English August right now. Even if you’re not — and unless you’re in like, the endless sun of the West Coast — you’ll have smelled the faintest hint of the changing of the seasons over the last week. The leaves are looking a little bit browner, those early mornings have an edge to them, and you might even have — gasp! — pulled out a turnout rug to keep on standby.

2020 has sped by (okay, sometimes it’s drooled by at the pace of swiftly-setting maple syrup) without most of the touchstones we usually use to mark the passing of a year. Goals have been dismantled, annual pilgrimages to major competitions have been cancelled, and in so many ways, the startling realisation that we’re heading into the sunset months feels like a personal failure. What have we done with 2020? Have we wasted a year?

We haven’t. While it might not be a normal year by anyone’s reckoning — and sure, we won’t be clamouring to repeat it anytime soon — it’s been a year of change. It’s been a year to focus inwards, to address what we really need from our lives; to hone, and to create, and to shuffle our priorities in a way we’ve perhaps never had the time or inclination to do. But it’s been bigger than us as individuals, too; bigger than perfecting 20m circles, taking time to read more books, baking the perfect banana bread. This has been a year in which we’ve learnt so much about the world around us and the part we can play in it — consciously or unconsciously, for better or for worse. So, so many of us have broadened our perspectives and closed our mouths, learning to see familiar environments through unfamiliar eyes. We’ve stood up and shouted, we’ve stood down and listened, we’ve got some things right, we’ve got many others wrong, and we’ve learned — a crucial first step in being able to enact positive, long-lasting change. Now, although 2020 is on its way out, we can look ahead to the year to come, knowing that whatever it may bring, we’ll be ready to handle it with grace and fortitude. So today, I’m not letting the hint of autumn bring me down. Instead, I’m looking at it as a step towards a better, more inclusive year. That’s a pretty damn good trade-off for having to pull the turnout rugs out, I think.

National Holiday: It’s National Diatomaceous Earth Day. Time to raise a glass to the sedimentary rock in your life. Or, if you’re in the UK, it’s time to enjoy a Bank Holiday. Much better.

Weekend Results – US:

Weekend Results – UK:

Global Eventing Bulletin:

  • The second leg of the condensed FEI Nations Cup series took place at Poland’s Strzegom Horse Trials, which ran a plethora of international classes including a CCI4*-L that was 40% Prices. They didn’t win, though. Catch up on EN’s coverage here. Full results available here.

  • Ireland’s Ballindenisk held a ‘home international’ — open only to riders within the country, in keeping with Ireland’s current border regulations — with classes from one-star to four-star. Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound claimed the CCI4*-S, proving that COVID-19 hasn’t dampened their inherent zoom. You can find results here.

Your Monday Reading List:

Australian eventer Paul Tapner has headed home after three weeks in the hospital. His stint follows a freak fall out hacking, which lead to a stroke. Team EN continues to send our collective well-wishes to our friend Taperz, who’s one of the busiest bees in eventing. [Paul Tapner in ‘good spirits’ as he leaves hospital following brain bleed]

There’s truly no therapy quite like horses. This beautifully-penned account of a young rider in the Maryland Therapeutic Riding programme will give you pause for thought this morning — and, okay, maybe bring a tear to your eye, too. “One important and distinct fact that must be weekly-remembered (and weekly-reminded) is that Lewis is afraid of horses. Every week, he arrives with his mother so that he might overcome the fear within his mind in order to improve the strength of his body. Fifty two times per year, Lewis finds the resolve to sit up high on the back of an animal a hundred times his size, to practice the peculiar balance beyond simply standing on one’s own feet, to stretch out muscles that would otherwise wither and fall into atrophy, to connect with beings outside of his own magnificent experience. And though we help him, we are just little humans standing below with our arms ready to catch his small form were he to fall. But he is still afraid. He sees something that we do not see.” [Good Boy]

What does it mean to be an ally? That’s the focal point of Shaquilla Blake’s op-ed for Noelle Floyd, which challenges the idea that a person can be silent without being complicit. Her voice will empower you today — after that, it’s up to you to pass that power along. [Equestrian Allies, It’s Time to Speak Up]

We’ve all picked up new hobbies during the pandemic, but have you tried your hand at a new discipline? Grand Prix dressage rider Anna Buffini has, and it’s a rogue one — she’s put her gymnastics background to good use and learned the art of Roman trick riding. And you thought DQs were poncey? [Anna Buffini Embraces Her Inner Daredevil]

Horse&Hound has rounded up some of the most, erm, creative showjumps out there. Would you be up for giving any of them a go? More leg needed, we think. [16 of the spookiest showjumping fences — would your horse go near any of these?]

Monday Follow:

We love Anne Thomsen‘s whimsical equestrian illustrations, which marry old-school picture-book charm with all the nuance of a life lived in the barn. But we really, REALLY love this little masterpiece, which reminds us all to make use of our democratic privileges (and work on rollback turns, too).

What I’m Listening To: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t LIVE for an embarrassing anecdote. Other people’s, my own, it doesn’t matter — if it combines the magical elements of a full-body laugh with a toe-curling bit of cringe, I’m in. So I was delighted to see that the latest instalment of the COTH podcast covers just that — juicy little bits of head-in-hands embarrassment from some of your favourite riders. Delish.

Donation Station: 2020 has truly been the year of the social media challenge, and here’s one for a great cause. Brooke is one of the world’s foremost equine welfare charities, working tirelessly to improve the lot of working horse, ponies, mules and donkeys around the world by providing education, outreach and vital veterinary services. You can do your part to help this week by taking part in HACK5. The premise is simple: tack up and head out for a five-mile ride, donate a fiver here, and tag five friends to challenge them to do the same. Giddy up!

Monday Video from Fleeceworks:

Sometimes, you just need to dive into one of my favourite classic videos — like this one, in which eventers and jockeys swap jobs around monster tracks at Gatcombe and Aintree. You wouldn’t see these sort of shenanigans these days, that’s for sure!

Friday Video from SmartPak: A Toast to Chilli Morning

It’s been just a handful of days since we said a sad goodbye to Chilli Morning, the Badminton-winning partner of William Fox-Pitt and arguably one of — if not the — greatest stallions the eventing world has ever seen. And so it’s only right to see in a weekend full of eventing with a look back at some of the stellar moments of his remarkable career. Whether you use them as a valuable free riding lesson — which, frankly, we always recommend when watching videos of Lanky Will in action — or just an excellent bit of inspiration for your own journey with your horse, join us in raising a glass to the legend. May his legacy outlast us all.

Go Eventing.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Tiny Ponies, Tiny Fences, Maximum Cuteness

The Tiny Person prize giving at Luhmühlen 2019. Also an excuse to look at Andreas Ostholt. #sinningiswinning. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Anyone who’s ever been to Luhmühlen’s CCI5* — or, indeed, followed EN’s coverage of it — knows that the most important part of the week isn’t the competition itself. Instead, it’s the teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy, ludicrously adorable arena cross-country competition, which features some of the area’s tiniest tots and kindest ponies, judged by celebrity guests as they navigate inches-high fences in hot pursuit of mum on the lead-rein.

This year’s cancellation of Luhmühlen meant that the tiniest cross-country competition in the world seemed an inevitable victim, too — but the team at Germany’s best-loved venue are nothing if not creative and enormously adaptable. Sensing that the world was burning around them, they decided to firefight with the cutest cure they could possibly muster up. Kiddo cross-country was back on.

Can. Not. Cope. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The best bit? This year, the competition made it out onto the actual cross-country course, where our pint-sized field toddled their way through water complexes hitherto only traversed by the superstars of the sport. We could be watching the second coming of Michi Jung amongst their ranks. If that’s the case, rest assured that we’ll pull this video back out as an embarrassment tactic at the 2040 Olympics.

We’re unfortunately unable to embed the video directly into this post, but you can click here to watch it on Facebook. It’s well worth every second of your time.

Go (tiny) Eventing!

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Who Jumped it Best: Burgham’s Biggest Table

Who Jumped It Best?

Truly one of the best things about eventing being back is that we can return to our very favourite game of all — the high-stakes, low-reward battle to produce the best form over a fence. As we recover from a hectic weekend at Burgham Horse Trials, the inaugural international of the 2020 season here in the UK, we’re digging out some real gems from the archives. What’s better than a WJIB? Multiple WJIBs from the same event. Don’t say we don’t spoil you, folks.

Our first Burgham battle takes us to fence eight on the CCI4*-S course, the Castle House Saddlery Table. Situated at the back of the main cross-country field, this single fence was approached on a left-handed 90-degree turn, after having cleared an airy timber oxer at seven. Two unfortunate tumbles here meant that the fence was removed for the second four-star section of the day, but we caught some super partnerships over it in Section L. Now, it’s up to you to decide who nailed it.

Dan Jocelyn (NZL) and Florencina R. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

 

Alice Dunsdon (GBR) and Cool Investment. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

 

Alex Hua Tian (CHN) and DHI Jet Set. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

 

Caroline Harris (GBR) and Woodlands Springtime. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

 

Emma Hyslop-Webb and Waldo III. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

 

Piggy March and Brookfield Quality. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

 

Sarah Bullimore and Reve du Rouet. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

 

Yasmin Ingham and Rehy DJ. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Ready? Let’s do this thang.

 

Who Jumped it Best?
Dan Jocelyn and Florencina R
Alice Dunsdon and Cool Investment
Alex Hua Tian and DHI Jet Set
Caroline Harris and Woodlands Springtime
Emma Hyslop-Webb and Waldo III
Piggy March and Brookfield Quality
Sarah Bullimore and Reve du Rouet
Yasmin Ingham and Rehy DJ
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Burgham: Website | Stream | Scores | EN’s Coverage