The Melbourne Cup is the best known race run each year in Australia. Always coinciding with the end of the horse trial eventing season, the two events bring the reality that the end of another equine sporting year is soon to come to a close. Christmas, new year and then we start all over again.
The weekend saw the first and only five star horse trial eventing take place in 2020 in France at Pau, won by Laura Collett. There was also top class racing around the globe, on what was mainly atrocious heavy ground. To make a change, there were also World Cup qualifiers in the USA, the first
The main equestrian news of the week again involved racing. With the autumn coming on apace, juvenile Group 1 races are being run around the globe. In St Tropez, showjumping put on its 5 star Grand Prix; and a rare Dressage World Cup qualifier did actually take place in Hungary. Ireland held the main horse
The first and only long format 4 star eventing competition this year took place at Burnham Market in Norfolk GB over the weekend. Last week, Pat Smullen, the one of the most successful Irish jockeys of recent times died, a great loss to the racing community. The FEI are talking about re-instating the 2021 European
While most equestrian competition has been decimated this year, a new competition in the UK finished yesterday – The Nexgen Young Horse series which has been open to young horses of four, five and six years old for dressage, showjumping and eventing. There have been nine qualifying rounds around the UK with the final at
With the flourish of top racing around the world following lock down things are slowly returning to normal with less top races being run as the catch-up has abated somewhat. In dressage, a couple of CDI’s and the first FEI 5 star CSI took place in France for the showjumpers. Eventing This weekend saw the
Dressage, showjumping, eventing and Group 1 racing were all in evidence of the last week. Oliver Townend broke a world record, the young riders performed in Hungary and Group 1 races in France, Great Britain and Australia kept the betting fraternity on their toes. Eventing News broke this weekend that Tattersalls will no longer be
In a relatively quiet week, Isabell Werth continues to win Grand Prix after Grand Prix, there were a smattering of Group 1 races and there was the sad news of the passing of Sir Michael Stoute’s long-time partner Carol Pritchard-Gordon. On the world stage, this weekend saw muted but still very poignant ceremonies remembering and
Throughout history, the Germans have long been associated with their horses. Over the centuries, they have brought together differing breeds throughout Europe and developed breeds such as the Hanoverians. They have always had prolific and famous riders. In more recent times, Dr Reiner and his daughter, Ingrid Klimke, Paul Schockemohle, Michael Jung, Isabell Werth, Ludger
For the first time in over one hundred days, all the main disciplines in the UK were able to compete this weekend. With eventing at Barbury, normally an international competition, but this year scaled down, Twesledown and Aske, eventing started again much to the relief of the riders. In dressage, several venues held classes as
As the world slowly comes out of covid lock down, the first FEI dressage competition to be held will happen in Hungary this coming weekend. The CDI 3 star will be held at Mariakalnok, about 50 miles from Vienna. The event has attracted 120 riders entering with 140 horses. Among those who have said they
The main news for this week surrounds once again our old subject of corona virus. The good news is that instead of lamenting the loss of all equestrian sport, we can report firm plans for the start of most equine pursuits. Racing has been in the fore front of return to sport and with their
It is a sad fact of life for 2020 that now half of all the scheduled international equestrian events have been cancelled throughout the world, including of course the iconic Badminton Horse Trials. This week, the Gloucestershire estate should be buzzing with the crowds and hoof beat on the hallowed turf. But sadly it remains
Horseview UK are delighted to welcome Event rider, Alicia Hawker as our first guest writer. In this, due to social distancing, we sent her a list of questions for her to answer on how she is coping with this dreadful Covid-19 at a time when she should have been at Badminton for her third visit.
After the winter break and all the wind and rain of February, excitement returns this week as the eventing calendar sees the first outside competition of the year at Tweseldown. (Now as of 6th March – rest of event abandoned due to rain and muddy conditions.) It seems appropriate to us as it is two