Britain primed for gold and a veteran horse who jumps ‘like a deer’: 9 stories you need to read from Saturday at the eventing Europeans

European Eventing Championships cross-country: Izzy Taylor and Monkeying Around
Izzy Taylor and Monkeying Around at the European Championships 2021.

It’s been a day of drama at the European Eventing Championships cross-country in Avenches, but it’s looking golden for the Brits ahead of the final phase tomorrow (26 September). Here’s the lowdown on nine big stories from today’s action… 1. Britain holds team and individual gold overnight after an almost flawless cross-country display from the […]

‘It’s best not to get involved with the reins’: Padraig McCarthy seals Ireland’s hike up the leaderboard with speedy Leonidas II

European Eventing Championships cross-country: Padraig McCarthy and Leonidas II
Padraig McCarthy and Leonidas II at the 2021 European Championships.

Ireland is lying in fifth place at the conclusion of the European Eventing Championships cross-country day in Avenches, Switzerland (25 September). The team has pulled up from 11th after dressage with three good clear rounds over this flat and twisting track. Padraig McCarthy was Ireland’s anchorman with the 17-year-old Leonidas II, who were one of […]

Britain on target for double gold after stunning cross-country display at eventing Europeans

European Eventing Championships cross-country: Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin

The British team will hold team and individual gold overnight after dressage leader Ingrid Klimke clocked 1.2 time-faults with SAP Hale Bob OLD at the European Eventing Championships cross-country in Avenches, Switzerland. Ingrid was Germany’s anchorman and her result drops her to second individually, but keeps Germany in the silver-medal position. Britain has two fences […]

‘He made it feel like Pony Club’: Sarah Bullimore and tiny Corouet breeze round tough Euros track

European Eventing Championships cross-country: British squad members Sarah Bullimore and Corouet
Sarah Bullimore riding COROUET in CCI-L 4* Section A during the cross country phase of the Chedington Bicton International Horse Trials held at Bicton Arena near East Budleigh in Devon in the UK on the 12 June 2021

Britain’s second individual rider Sarah Bullimore and her home-bred Corouet breezed round clear for just 0.8 time-faults to post yet another brilliant round for the Brits at the European Eventing Championships cross-country. The diminutive chestnut, who is owned by the rider, her husband Brett and the Kew Jumping Syndicate, was a perfect match for this […]

Britain tightens grip on gold as Kitty King continues team riders’ fabulous run at eventing Euros

European Eventing Championships cross-country: British team members Kitty King and Vendredi Biats
Kitty King and VENDREDI BIATS (4*S) – Hartpury International Horse Trials, Saturday 14 August 2021
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Kitty King and Vendredi Biats put in another impressive British round at the European Eventing Championships cross-country track to bolster the team’s grip on the top prize. Britain had already strengthened her gold medal hopes with flawless clears from the first two team riders, Piggy French and Nicola Wilson, who had held sixth and third […]

‘He’s a cool customer’: Nicola Wilson’s young campaigner storms home to boost British eventing team hopes

European Eventing Championships cross-country: British team members Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin
Nicola Wilson riding JL DUBLIN in CCI-S4* at Bramham International Horse Trials in 2019

Britain’s number two Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin coasted round the European Eventing Championships cross-country track inside the time to strengthen the team’s grasp on gold. Deirdre Johnston and James and Jo Lambert’s 10-year-old gelding looked well within his comfort zone to stop the clock with 10 seconds to spare. The pair led after the […]

‘He’s made for tracks like this’: Piggy March blazes Britain’s trail at twisty Europeans cross-country course

European Eventing Championships cross-country: Piggy French and Brookfield Inocent
Piggy French and Brookfield Inocent competing at Keysoe in 2021

Piggy March gave a masterful display to bank Britain’s first clear round in the European Eventing Championships cross-country phase in Avenches, Switzerland. Riding John and Chloe Perry and Alison Swinburn’s Brookfield Inocent, Piggy popped round as it were a novice track to clock the fastest round so far and complete this phase on her dressage […]

‘I let him go’: galloping pathfinders prove the European Championship eventing track is jumpable

European Eventing Championships cross-country fence

The pathfinders at the European Eventing Championships cross-country phase in Avenches, Switzerland, have shown that the track is jumpable, and the time achievable. Although the first two riders incurred jumping penalties, Ireland’s Sam Watson came out next and jumped clear a few seconds over the time. The sixth pair out, Jean-Lou Bigot and the hard-pulling […]

A brand new heroine, a nail-biting end to the young horse class and a revelation from an eventing legend: 6 stories not to miss from the final day at Blenheim Horse Trials

Blenheim Horse Trials: what you need to know from Sunday’s action
Yasmin Ingham and Banzai Du Loir.

It was a bumper day at Blenheim Horse Trials with the conclusion of the CCI4*-L and the CCI4*-S. The rain held off, and two worthy champions were crowned. Plus, a legend of the sport revealed he is stepping down, and what the future has in store for him. Here are six stories to keep you […]