‘As a four-year-old he was a bit plain and boring – I nearly sold him’: Super youngsters triumph at the NEXGEN championships

NEXGEN championships 2021 Becky Moody Jagerbomb
Becky Moody rides Jagerbomb to seven-year-old dressage horse honours at the NEXGEN championships 2021

Some of Britain’s most exciting young competition horses came to the fore in the multi-discipline NEXGEN championships, held at Hickstead on 23-25 September. The highest-scoring dressage horse was the NEXGEN seven-year-old winner, the stunning Dante Weltino x Jazz son Jagerbomb. Ridden by Becky Moody, Jagerbomb was awarded an overall score of nine from judges Isobels […]

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 […]

H&H’s eventing editor Pippa Roome: Records, young horses and fun in Avenches

The future’s bright for Britain after European Eventing Championships success, says Horse & Hound’s Pippa Roome

European Eventing Championships results 2021 individual podium

BRITAIN last held the Olympic, world and European titles at the same time in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The likes of Richard Meade, Mark Phillips, Mary Gordon-Watson (now Low) and Jane Bullen (now Holderness-Roddam) contributed to a gold run that lasted from the 1967 Punchestown Europeans until the 1972 Munich Olympics, with Britain […]

Horse written off by vets wins CCI3*-S at South of England (2)

A Frenchman takes his first international victory on a horse who was written off by vets, while a promising seven-year-old claims a two-star in his first season eventing at South of England (2), Sussex

Gaspard Maksud riding Spirit's Gemini at South of England Horse Trials

GASPARD MAKSUD took his first-ever international win in the South Eastern Equestrian Services Ltd CCI3*-S at South of England (2), on a horse who was written off by vets three years ago. Now eight, Anita Fergusson-Cunningham’s Spirit’s Gemini finished on his dressage score of 33.3, less than half a penalty in front of Tarka Abraham […]

Road to HOYS: Rider and her home-produced mare overcome freak collecting ring accident to qualify after a three year hiatus

Milford Fair Breeze and Rowen Hilton are off to HOYS

After a freak accident over three years ago at Lincolnshire County show, show rider Rowen Hilton never considered she would be riding her mare of a lifetime, Milford Fair Breeze (Breeze), at the 2021 Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). But after qualifying and standing section champion at Stoneleigh Horse Show last month, home-producer Rowen […]

Suspected fractures, unusual prep and first-timers: equestrians get ready to take on London Marathon

London Marathon
Pictured: Rachel Silcock

Determined equestrians are preparing to tackle the London Marathon for equine charities and other good causes. The 26.2-mile challenge returns in-person on 3 October, following last year’s event being held virtually owing to the pandemic. The virtual marathon will also return, allowing runners from all over the world to take part. Livery yard owner and […]