Oliver Townend and Caroline Powell has a successful trip to Blair!
It was a worthwhile trip up to Blair Atoll for sponsored rider Oliver Townend who took top 10 placings on 4 out of the 6 horses that made the trip to Scotland.
Cooley Master Class finished 3rd in the CIC3* ERM, Cooley Down Under finished 3rd in the CCI* and Khoi Traveler and Tregilder finished 7th and 3rd in the CCI2* respectively.
Another of our sponsored event riders, Caroline Powell, also had a very successful Blair with Up Up and Away finishing 4th and On The Brash finishing 6th, both in the CIC3*.
Successful weekend all round! Next stop for our three sponsored event riders, Nicola Wilson, Oliver Townend and Caroline Powell, is Burghley. We can't wait to cheer them on, good luck!!
Nicola Wilson is on the front cover of Horse and Hound!
Sponsored rider Nicola Wilson is on the front cover of Horse and Hound 24 August 2017!
Nicola won an individual bronze medal and was part of gold medal winning Team GB at the European eventing Championships in Strzegom. Another of our sponsored riders, Oliver Townend, was also part of the team.
We are very proud to support both riders!
Team GBR take Gold and Nicola Wilson secures individual Bronze at the European Eventing Championships 2017!
Great Britain takes team gold and sponsored rider Nicola Wilson secured individual bronze during a tense final phase at the European Eventing Championships this weekend (19-20th August 2017).
Unfortunately sponsored rider Oliver Townend had to withdraw Cooley SRS before the final showjumping phase leaving the final 3 members of the team, Ros Canter (Allstar B), Tina Cook (Billy The Red) and Nicola Wilson (Bulana), to showjump clear and take the top spot.
They finished 9.1 penalties clear of Germany, the defending champions. Sweden took bronze.
In the individual competition Ingrid Klimke rode a beautiful clear aboard Horseware Hale Bob to seize gold. Michael Jung and FischerRocana FST were also clear and took individual silver with Nicola Wilson and Bulana taking bronze.
Massive congratulations to the whole of Team GB and to Nicola Wilson for taking the bronze medal!!
The latest news from Nicola Wilson Eventing
We continue to enjoy a great season here at Nicola Wilson Eventing.
Last weekend at Luhmuhlen was so exciting and I was absolutely delighted with Bulana competing in her 1ST CCI4. She produced a beautiful test scoring 38.70 within a whisker of the Germans and gave me a superb ride cross country clear inside the time to move us to 4th place going into the show jumping. The show jumping track was probably the biggest I have seen at a Horse Trials and she jumped beautifully to produce one of the very few clears picking up just a few time faults to leave us in the runner up position. I was a bit frustrated to miss the victory as I felt she deserved the win but I am delighted with how far she has come, we are an established partnership now – she is such a competitor.
Berry had given me a great ride around Chatsworth CIC3* ERM just a month earlier where she finished 4th with a 39.9 dressage and double clear that I went to Luhmuhlen hopefully well prepared.
One Two Many showed his experience in the CCI3* at Bramham. He was the only horse clear inside the time cross country and this helped to secure him 8th place in our 'home' event. He will run next at Barbury in the CIC3* ERM.
Meanwhile we are pretty busy with the younger horses on the yard who are all continuing to make great progress racking up 8 wins and 9 top 10 placings between them since my last newsletter in April. Three have stepped up to Novice, JL Dublin has won his Novice Regional Final and was 8th in his first 1* at Chatsworth.
We will have a couple of weeks near home now before setting off for Barbury in July.
Fingers and toes crossed that we can continue the season in such good form.
Nicola Wilson takes the runners up spot at Luhmuhlen CCI****
Suregrow Fertiliser sponsored rider Nicola Wilson finished second in the CCI4* at Luhmühlen!
Nicola rode Jo and James Lambert's Bulana to a clear jumping round on the final day with 3 time penalties to complete on a score of 41.7.
German rider Julia Krajewski and Samourai Du Thot finished on 41.1 to take the top spot, just 0.6 of a penalty ahead of Nicola.
Overnight leader Bettina Hoy and Designer 10 had a fence in hand going into the final phase. The pair hit fence six and despite finishing the course with no further jumping penalties, 3 time faults dropped Bettina to third position.
We would like to pass on huge congratulations to Nicola and her team!
2017 Bramham Horse Trials
Yoshiaki Oiwa made history as the first Japanese rider to seal victory at Bramham with a clear showjumping round. On board 10-year-old gelding Calle 44, Yoshi rose from third place after the cross-country to take the title.
Cross-country leader, Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V, had the back rail of the triple bar down, plus one time-fault which dropped them to second place.
Australian rider Sammi Birch who was third going into the final phase, also had a fence down on Hunter Valley II, but they maintained their overall position.
Toshiyuki Tanaka rose from 35th after the dressage thanks to a speedy clear across country on Talma D Allou, to eventual fourth, incurring just one time-fault around a tough showjumping track.
Sponsored rider Nicola Wilson, who was fifth going into the final phase riding One Two Many had two fences down, resulting in an overall 8th position.
Under 25's CCI***
22 year old Will Furlong held onto his cross-country lead to take the Bishop Burton College CCI3* under-25 title after a dramatic showjumping phase. Even more impressive, this was Will's first CCI3*!
The pair won by 2.6 penalties over Gina Ruck and Rehy Too who jumped a beautiful clear round to hold second place. Alicia Hawker and Charles RR finished a very credible 3rd.
A speedy cross country round by Izzy Taylor and Dr Patricia Turner's 12 year old, Trevidden, paid off in the CIC3* enabling them to finish on a score of 47.4 and take top of the podium.
Second went to Paul Tapner and the three-star specialist Yogi Bear VIII, who jumped a double clear, to finish on a score of 51.2.
Third went to New Zealand's Tim Price, who produced a very classy double clear on Cekatinka. Tim has recently taken on the ride of this mare when his wife Jonelle fell pregnant. Something says he may be a little reluctant to give Jonelle the horse back when she returns to competition!
We would like to say a very well deserved well done to all competitors at the 2017 Equi Trek Bramham Horse Trials. Take a look at some of the super action shots taken by K2 Photographic plus some videos of the Suregrow Kidney Ponds on our galley page.
Nicola Wilson gets off to a flying start
The season is well underway now and what a fantastic start Nicola has had, especially with the young horses which is so encouraging for the future. There's also been a new addition to the yard, Tipple!
The team have had 6 wins and 10 top 10 placings from five events with these exciting young horses.
The advanced horses Annie Clover and Bulana should have made their first CIC3* outing at Burgham International but unfortunately the weather played its part and the event was cancelled which was so disappointing as both horses produced fantastic dressage tests and were in strong positions.
Burnham Market International CIC3* was the next stop for both Annie and Bulana and they both gave Nicola great rides. 3rd and 6th respectively after dressage and two clear show jumping rounds put them in a great position going into the cross country phase. Annie went clear with just a few time penalties to finish 4th overall.
Preparations are now in full swing with Annie for Badminton in two weeks time. The team at home are fully focused on getting her ready for this fabulous event, fingers and toes crossed that preparations pay off.
We would like to wish Nicola and Annie good luck at Badminton Horse Trials, exciting times!
The late ‘Opposition Buzz’ inducted into Equestrian Hall of Fame
The late 'Opposition Buzz' (Dodi) has been inducted into the British Horse Society's Equestrian Hall of Fame that celebrates the heroes and heroines – human and equine – of the equestrian world.
His breeder and owner, Rosemary Search and his rider, Nicola Wilson were invited to the Household Cavalry's barracks in South Carriage Drive, Knightsbridge, West London, to commemorate this legendary event horse where an engraved plaque with his name is now displayed on the barracks wall.
Afterwards Nicola said, "Both Rosemary and myself are very grateful to the British Horse Society for including Dodi in it's Equestrian Hall of Fame and we had the most lovely day at the Household Cavalry – he certainly was a 'horse of a lifetime' for both of us"
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