Riders give thumbs up to new team at Blenheim: ‘it’s exciting for the sport’

Blenheim horse trials: Oliver Townend and Swallow Springs jump clear across country
Oliver Townend riding Swallow Springs in CCI 4*-L during the cross country phase of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials Brought to you by The Jockey Club held in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, in the village of Woodstock near Oxford in UK between the 16-19th September 2021

Early plans for Blenheim Horse Trials’ future fixtures are in the pipeline, following the first year with The Jockey Club at the helm. The organisation signed a five-year deal at the end of 2020 to run the Oxfordshire event, which comprises the CCI4*-L feature class and the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S championship. Ideas on how […]

Olympics, worlds, Europeans and five Badmintons: top horse with ‘heart of a lion’ retires

Leonidas II, pictured with Padraig McCarthy
Leonidas II, pictured with Padraig McCarthy

Top five-star event horse Leonidas II has retired from elite competition aged 17 following a spectacular 12-season career featuring five Badmintons and seventh place at the Olympics. The 17-year-old Landos son, owned by Diane Brunsden and Peter Cattell, travelled the world under the guidance of Sir Mark Todd and Padraig McCarthy. Leonidas II was retired […]

Connections pay tribute to late friend following Blenheim best-shod horse award

Blenheim Horse Trials best-shod horse prize
From left: Sam Johnson, Mr Fahrenheit III (“Freddie”) and Simon Grieve.

Connections of the horse who won the best-shod prize at Blenheim Horse Trials (16-19 September) have paid tribute to their late friend and farrier, whose work was recognised through the award. The prize was awarded to Simon Grieve’s ride Mr Fahrenheit III (“Freddie”) who is currently shod by Sam Johnson following the recent passing of […]

‘It’s very much all systems go’: Badminton reveals new sponsor amid plans for 2022

Badminton Horse Trials 2022 sponsor

Mars Equestrian has been named Badminton Horse Trials “presenting sponsor” for 2022. The Gloucestershire spring five-star was cancelled in 2020 and 2021, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. It will return from 4 to 8 May 2022 following its two-year break. “Mars Equestrian Sponsorship are thrilled to become the presenting partner of Badminton Horse Trials” said William […]

Grand National winner Pineau De Re shines at Blenheim Horse Trials: ‘He’s 18 years old and thoroughly enjoys life – I love him to bits’

Pineau De Re at Blenheim Horse Trials in the Retraining of Racehorses dressage championships

Grand National winner Pineau De Re delighted fans at Blenheim Horse Trials with his performance in the Retraining of Racehorse (RoR) dressage championships (17 September). The 2014 Aintree hero turned his skills to eventing after retiring from racing in 2016 following his stellar career on the track, under the guidance of trainer Dr Richard Newland. […]

Major shows urged to help para riders win medals in Paris 2024

2GFWXGH Great Britain’s Natasha Baker riding Keystone Dawn Chorus competes in the Dressage Individual Test – Grade Three at the Equestrian Park during day three of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Friday August 27, 2021.

MAJOR show organisers have been called upon to help Britain’s para dressage riders “win gold medals in Paris” and bridge the gap between disability and able-bodied sport. Sir Lee Pearson and Natasha Baker both spoke of the challenges of preparing horses for the high-octane atmosphere of championships, imploring major UK shows to feature more para […]

New Blenheim heroine crowned following flawless performance from start to finish: ‘It’s the best day ever!’

Blenheim Horse Trials results: Yasmin Ingham and Banzai Du Loir win the CCI4*-L
Yasmin Ingham and Banzai Du Loir win the 2021 Blenheim Horse Trials CCI4*-L.

Yasmin Ingham wrote her name into the Blenheim Horse Trials history books with a flawless performance from start to finish to secure the CCI4*-L title Banzai Du Loir. The 24-year-old secured the 2021 crown with a copy-book showjumping round in front of packed stands on the final day (19 September). “That is the most pressurised […]

*Breaking* Andrew Nicholson steps down from top-level competition

Andrew Nicholson retires from top-level competition
Andrew Nicholson and Swallow Springs win the CCI4*-L at Barbury Horse Trials in July 2021.

Eventing legend Andrew Nicholson has revealed he will step down from top-level competition following his completion at Blenheim Horse Trials CCI4*-L with Monbeg Exclusive. Speculation had been rife since Andrew’s five-star ride Swallow Springs joined Oliver Townend’s string in the summer, just after winning Barbury with Andrew. However, the grey isn’t the first top horse […]