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Four riders share top spot in the STX-UK Pony Foxhunter Second Round at Kelsall Hill Equestrian
July 17, 2024
The Summer Pony Premier at Kelsall Hill Equestrian showcased the penultimate STX-UK Pony Foxhunter Second Round competition of 2024. The event drew 32 riders to compete in the class and tackle the initial round, with five combinations jumping clear in the first round. Progressing through to the...
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Aimee Paxton takes the win in the penultimate Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round at Kelsall Hill.
July 17, 2024
The Summer Pony Premier at Kelsall Hill Equestrian hosted the penultimate Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round of 2024, as young riders and their ponies vied for a spot at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) final. An impressive 70 riders entered the arena,...
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Five Horses Gain Qualification to Contend for the Prestige Italia Big Star Bonus
July 16, 2024
At Arena UK, 42 horses competed in the last Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifier, vying for their opportunity to contend for the Big Star Bonus at the Prestige Italia Six-Year-Old Championship Final, scheduled to be held at the British Young Horse Championships in Hickstead...
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Joe Trunkfield and Tankardstown No Diggity Triumph at Redpost Equestrian Senior Foxhunter Second Round
July 16, 2024
Arena UK played host to the final Redpost Equestrian Senior Foxhunter Second Round competition, setting the stage for the Masters at the British Showjumping National Championships next month at Stoneleigh A total of 56 horse and rider combinations tackled Course Designers’ Neil Foster and Declan Perry’s...
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Ben Maher scoops a win at Valkenswaard on Ginger-Blue as we round up this week’s International results
July 15, 2024
Ben Maher secured victory in the 4* 1.50m in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, with the tiniest of margins on Ginger-Blue. Following heavy rain the day before, blue skies and sunshine greeted the 31 riders in this Grand Prix qualifier as they faced the 12-fence 1.50m speed track designed...
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Great Britain land Team Silver at the FEI European Championships for Veterans in a hot competition under the blistering Italian sun
July 12, 2024
Great Britain claimed Team Silver at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Veterans in the glorious but hot Italian setting at San Giovanni in Marignano. Temperatures sizzled at 39 degrees centigrade, but the riders and horses adjusted to jump into an early third place in the...
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Oliver Tuff flies to first place in the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Horse of the Year Show Grade C Qualifier
July 12, 2024
Bicton Arena played host to the seventh British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Horse of the Year Show Grade C Qualifier of 2024. The competition featured a challenging 12-fence track designed by Rafael Suarez, over which, only five of the starting 24 combinations managed to secure a clear...
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Simon Buckley takes the win in the penultimate Redpost Equestrian Senior Foxhunter Second Round at Bicton Arena
July 11, 2024
The penultimate Redpost Equestrian Senior Foxhunter Second Round unfolded on Sunday evening at Bicton Arena. The competition saw 36 horse and rider combinations riding for top spot over a challenging course designed by Rafael Suarez. Simon Buckley emerged victorious, as he guided Millfield Hickson, owned by...
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Donald Whitaker races to a Spruce Meadows North American win
July 08, 2024
Donald Whitaker recorded his first win at the Spruce Meadows North American meeting to add his name to a Spruce Meadows trophy like his legendary uncles John and Michael Whitaker. It was no mean feat, but Donald had an added incentive as close friend and fellow...
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Chloe Templeton takes top spot in the Events Though A Lens Talent Seeker Qualifier at Scottish Summer Extravaganza
July 05, 2024
The fourth Events Through A Lens Talent Seeker Incorporating the Seven-Year-Old Championship Qualifier took place at the Scottish Summer Extravaganza this week and 80 riders took to the arena in an attempt to secure their qualification to the final. Course Designer Shaun Sands’ 1.30m first round track...
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Great Britain’s Team Audevard claim third in a hard-fought Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at Aachen
July 05, 2024
Great Britain’s Team Audevard finished in third place on the podium in a relentlessly tight, closely contested Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at the iconic CHIO Aachen arena in Germany. Ten teams ran in this high-octane competition and, with the Olympics just one month away, many nations –...
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Aileen Craig is victorious in the Redpost Equestrian Foxhunter Second Round at the Scottish Summer Extravaganza
July 04, 2024
The Redpost Equestrian Foxhunter Seconds Rounds continued this week at the Scottish Summer Extravaganza, with Aileen Craig taking top spot riding her own C&N Lockdown. 43 combinations came forward over course designer Shaun Sand’s 1.30m track and the competition was fierce, with half of the starting...
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Holly West wins STX-UK Pony British Novice Second Round at Kelsall Hill Equestrian
July 02, 2024
The STX-UK Pony British Novice Second Round at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre played host to 24 young riders and their ponies. Of the starting 24, seven competitors made it clear through course designer Peter Gillespie’s first two rounds to reach the final jump-off. Holly West emerged victorious,...
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9 Horses Gain Qualification to Contend for the Prestige Italia Big Star Bonus
July 01, 2024
30 horses jumped at Pyecombe Horse Show in the penultimate Prestige Italia Big Star Championship Qualifier, aiming for contention of the Big Star Bonus at the Prestige Italia Six-Year-Old Championship Final at the Young Horse Show, taking place at Hickstead in August. The 9 combinations to achieve...
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Gemma Ellison takes her maiden win in the International Stairway at Royal Norfolk Show
July 01, 2024
The penultimate International Stairway League took place last week at the Royal Norfolk Show where Gemma Ellison was crowned the fifth winner of the 2024 series, riding her own Helsinki VDL. “It is my first year following the Stairway series as I have another mare who...
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Hollie Gerken dominates in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round at Chard Equestrian
July 01, 2024
Chard Equestrian played host to the penultimate Summer Pony Premier of 2024, and true to form, Hollie Gerken achieved an impressive 1st and 2nd finish in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round. With a starting list of 80 horse and rider combinations, Course Designer Nigel...
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Hollie Gerken secures second STX-UK Pony Foxhunter Second Round win of 2024 at Chard Equestrian
July 01, 2024
This weekend saw the STX-UK Pony Foxhunter Second Round at Chard Equestrian. The competition was intense, and the course proved challenging, with only three riders managing to clear the first round. Heading into the second round the riders knew they were guaranteed a top-three finish and...
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Rule Britannia! Matt Sampson reigns at Spruce Meadows with victory in the Pan American Grand Prix on Daniel
July 01, 2024
Matt Sampson ruled at Spruce Meadows Pan American, taking victory in the feature 5* Pan American Cup presented by Rolex at the iconic Calgary, Canada venue. There were tears of joy as Matt hailed Davenport Stud’s 16-year-old stallion Daniel as “one of the most incredible horses”...
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William Fletcher secures win in British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Horse of the Year Show Grade C Qualifier at Royal Norfolk.
July 01, 2024
The Royal Norfolk Show hosted the latest British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Horse of the Year Show Grade C Qualifier, where William Fletcher emerged victorious, securing two more qualifications for the final. Fletcher, who has already qualified two horses for the Horse of the Year Show final,...
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Paul Barker lifts the 2024 British Masters title at South View Equestrian Centre
July 01, 2024
Paul Barker landed the Windmill Farm Estates British Masters Grand Prix at South View Equestrian Centre with his reigning Winter National 1.35m Champion, Green Grass. “He’s been very consistent recently but ended up second a few times, it was nice to win one,” said Paul. Course-designer Gillian...
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Chris Smith takes top honours in the International Stairway at Royal Highland Show
June 26, 2024
The International Stairway at the Royal Highland Show this weekend saw a fourth winner of the 2024 series crowned; this time victory went to Chris Smith and Thomas Dunning’s Harthill Mexico. Nineteen combinations took on the 1.50m course, with nine skilfully jumping the necessary clear to...
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All smiles for the winners of the NAF Silver and Bronze League Qualifiers at Northallerton
June 24, 2024
The penultimate NAF Silver and Bronze League Qualifiers of the 2024 summer league took place this past weekend at Northallerton Equestrian Centre. Saturday saw the NAF Bronze League unfold with exactly 50 riders competing for a coveted spot in the semi-finals next month. Riders aimed to...
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Guy Williams Speeds to Victory in the Redpost Equestrian Senior Foxhunter Second Round at Hickstead.
June 24, 2024
The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting hosted the Redpost Equestrian Senior Foxhunter second Round, with 62 horses vying for victory in the prestigious championship qualifier. The competition was fierce as riders aimed to jump all three rounds of competition to come out on top. Out of...
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Mark Edwards and Matt Sampson are the winners in this week’s international round-up
June 23, 2024
Mark Edwards lands a win in Deauville Mark Edwards hit the ground running on day one, flying into the top spot of the 3* 1.45m Grand Prix qualifier with Royale Tale at CSIO3* Deauville, in France.  A big entry of 75 contended this 12-fence 1.45m speed with...
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Willam Funnell sets a new Hickstead Derby record with win number five
June 23, 2024
It was nerve-wracking, nail-biting and tense, but Britain’s William Funnell broke records to land his unprecedented record fifth Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby victory in an edge-of-your-seats jump-off with a masterclass of riding Barbara Hester and Yoshiaki Oiwa’s Dublon. “Last year, I thought if I won it,...
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A family affair: Doney winner takes Hickstead home victory
June 23, 2024
The Bunn family – owners of the All England Jumping Course – had special reason to celebrate on the final day of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting. “What a great success – I’m a winning owner-breeder,” joked Edward Bunn, Director of Hickstead, after Sunday...
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William steps up to first International win at Hickstead
June 23, 2024
William Fletcher’s childhood and subsequent career may be knitted into the fabric of Hickstead history – but today, at the Al Shira’aa Derby Meeting, he enjoyed the buzz of an International Arena win for the very first time. “It’s fantastic – I just cannot believe it,”...
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Laura Renwick takes 7 & 8 Year Old Championship with new ride
June 22, 2024
The Breen Equestrian Beethoven 7 & 8 Year Old Championship was won by Essex-based professional Laura Renwick and new ride Marseilles, who is just seven years old. “I’m really delighted – the horse is ever so green at this level,” said Laura, who only picked up...
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Nicole Lockhead Anderson logs another victory with rising star Mecoblue PS
June 22, 2024
Two years into their partnership, Nicole Lockhead Anderson is starting to see the spoils of her efforts with the eight-year-old Mecoblue PS, who she rides for owners Thomas Williams and Gestut Lewitz. Today, they added victory in the 57-strong Plumpton Racecourse Derby Two Phase to a...
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Nicole Lockhead Anderson triumphs again at Hickstead
June 22, 2024
Scotland’s young star Nicole Lockhead Anderson began Saturday at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting just as she finished Friday: with victory in the famous International Arena. Saturday morning’s success came with one of her own stars of the future, the athletic Chasalino PS, who she...
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Great Britain's Team Audevard land third place on the podium in a tense, nerve-wracking contest in the Longines League of Nations at Rotterdam
June 22, 2024
Great Britain’s Team Audevard excelled under pressure to claim third place on the podium in the Longines League of Nations in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in a super-tight competition. As the Longines League of Nations in St Gallen was cancelled and not rescheduled, this leg in the...
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Great Britain's Team Audevard land second place in the Longines EEF Nations Cup of Deauville Semi Final and will make their team debut in the Final in Poland
June 21, 2024
Great Britain, jumping under the title sponsor banner of Team Audevard, pulled out all the stops to take a podium place and qualify for the Longines EEF Series Final at Deauville’s Nations Cup Semi Final in France.  This is the first time Britain will contend this...
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Rachel Proudley takes top spot in the British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Grade C HOYS Qualifier at The Royal Highland Show
June 21, 2024
The British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Championship qualifiers continued this week on the opening day of The Royal Highland Show. Sixty combinations stepped up to take on the challenge of Mark McGowan’s 1.35m track and, with faults scattered across the course, 13 advanced to...
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Alex Bishop and Beyonce shine in the 1.25m Open
June 21, 2024
Local professional Alex Bishop took an early victory in the main arena at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, taking the 1.25m Open Championship with smart grey Beyonce LVP Z. Alex, who teamed up with the 14-year-old mare at the end of last year, actually never...
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Four on the trot for Hickstead winner Arianna
June 21, 2024
Tonbridge showjumper Arianna Kuligowksi, 23, continued her reign as one of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting’s most successful amateur competitors when winning Friday’s Hickstead 1.10m Amateur Championship with Ivascalle for the fourth time. Although they’ve enjoyed such consistent success in this class, Arianna, who has...
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Speed King Guy Williams takes Stoner Vase with new ride
June 21, 2024
Yorkshire’s Guy Williams is no stranger to finding himself on top of the leaderboard at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting. Today in the Stoner Jewellers Vase CSI4*, the first of this week’s international classes, Guy once again secured the win.  The victory came courtesy...
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Chloe Winchester wins big at Hickstead
June 20, 2024
Suffolk-based showjumper Chloe Winchester was delighted to take victory in Thursday’s Astore & Sons 1.35m Open Championship at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, riding Elliott Rowe’s nine-year-old Korlenski. The pair were able to take a narrow victory by a margin of less than a...
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Emily Routledge Begins Her Week at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting with Something to Celebrate
June 20, 2024
Surrey-based Emily Routledge began her week at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting with something to celebrate, with a win in Thursday morning’s Hickstead Annual Grade C Championship, held in memory of Sarah Davidson. “It’s my favourite show – it’s amazing,” said Emily, whose win came...
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Bryony Crippin’s mega multitasker takes  Hickstead Novice title
June 20, 2024
The very first class to take place in the famous International Arena at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting was Thursday morning’s Hickstead Novice 1.10m Championship. This championship tends to be a showcase of some of the country’s most exciting young showjumping horses, as well...
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Alfie Diaper and Katie Bradburne share the spoils in the STX Pony Foxhunter Second Round at Coombelands Equestrian
June 18, 2024
This weekend's STX-UK Pony Foxhunter competition took place at Coombelands Equestrian’s Summer Pony Premier, with Alfie Diaper once again taking top spot, this time sharing the victory with Katie Bradburne. Forty-one starters were whittled down to just two over the three-round competition, with Alfie, riding Christmas...
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On-form Emily Gulliver jumps to victory in the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round at Coombelands Equestrian
June 17, 2024
At the halfway point in the Summer Pony Premier series, riders flocked to Coombelands Equestrian to take on the Blue Chip Pony Newcomers Second Round in a bid to qualify for a place at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show [HOYS] in October. Ben Townley’s...
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Amelia Keen and Scarlett Turner are victorious in the NAF Bronze and Silver League Qualifiers at Pyecombe
June 17, 2024
This weekend saw Pyecombe Equestrian host a NAF Bronze and Silver League Championships Direct Qualifier, where riders aimed to secure a spot in the Final at Horse of the Year Show.  First up were riders contending the Bronze League qualifiers as a starting field of 64...
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Charlotte Sheppard commands the win in the Equissage British Novice Second Round at Dorset Showground
June 17, 2024
At the penultimate Equissage Pulse Senior British Novice Second Round competition for 2024, riders headed to Dorset Showground to secure their place at the British Showjumping National Championships. Sixteen combinations took on the three-round track, with five riders jumping the double clear needed to advance to...
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Amanda Derbyshire, Matt Sampson and Mark Edwards are victorious in this week’s international round-up
June 17, 2024
Amanda Derbyshire commands victory in the Lugano Diamonds 3* Grand Prix in Kentucky, USA Amanda Derbyshire was on the money all week on the Lugano Diamonds Split Rock Jumping Tour in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, culminating with victory in the $100,000 Lugano 3* Grand Prix. Only four of...
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Great Britain’s Youth claims podium places at the Future Champions Tour at Horses and Dreams Entertainment in Germany
June 17, 2024
Great Britain takes second in the Future Champions Tour FEI Pony Nations Cup Great Britain finished second by the narrowest of margins in the CSIOP FEI Pony Nations Cup on the Future Champions Tour at Horses and Dreams Entertainment GmbH in Hagen, Germany. Six teams contended the...
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Shane Breen lands the top-billed Al Shira’aa 3* Grand Prix at the Bolesworth International Equestrian Summer Festival
June 17, 2024
After settling for second in week one’s 2* Grand Prix, Shane Breen promised to return to the Bolesworth International Equestrian Summer Festival, presented by Al Shira’aa, to go one better in the 3* Grand Prix.  And he delivered in spectacular style with the home-bred Scarteen. “It’s...
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Nicole Lockhead-Anderson speeds to victory in the International Stairway League at South of England Show
June 12, 2024
At the third leg of the 2024 International Stairway Series, held at the South of England Show, it was Nicole Lockhead Anderson who sped to victory on Imagine H, Melanie Davies’ 11-year-old gelding. Fifteen starters embarked on the challenge of Ben Townley’s 1.50m course which saw...
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Emma-Jo Slater and Louise McDonald top the NAF Bronze and Silver League Qualifiers at Weston Lawns
June 10, 2024
The NAF Bronze and Silver League Qualifiers at Weston Lawns played host to British Showjumping Members vying for a spot in the Semi-Finals and ultimately, the prestigious Horse of the Year Show. NAF Bronze League Direct Qualifier An impressive 118 riders competed in the NAF Bronze League Direct...
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Honor Riley is foot perfect in the STX-UK Pony British Novice Second Round at the British Showjumping Area 48 Show
June 10, 2024
This weekend saw more young riders and their ponies take to the ring to compete in the STX-UK Pony British Novice Second Round at the British Showjumping Area 48 Show. Competition was fierce, as nearly 50% of the starting field advanced through the rounds to the...
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Jake Saywell takes the Speedi-Beet HOYS Grade C Qualifier at Bramham Horse Trials
June 10, 2024
Bramham Horse Trials saw showjumpers take to the ring over the weekend, as they hosted a British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Grade C Qualifier. This marked the second British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Grade C qualifier in as many days, attracting a strong field of competitors. A total...
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