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The 2014 eventing season is heading towards its conclusion with just the last two four-stars at Pau, France and Adelaide, Australia still to come. This year’s four-stars kicked off with a win for Sam Griffiths riding Paulank Brockagh at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in the spring, while William Fox-Pit piloted Bay My Hero into top spot in Kentucky.

The delays associated with the FEI tribunal following Clifton Promise’s positive test for a prohibited substance at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2013 were a talking point throughout the season. Jock Paget was finally cleared of any wrong-doing in early August, some 11 months after the incident took place.

Later this summer all eyes turned to Normandy for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games where the Brits produced an outstanding demonstration of cross-country riding in extremely challenging conditions. The team would have been on a high following their brilliant performance, but for the devastating loss of Harry Meade’s Wild Lone, who collapsed and died shortly after completing the course. The ultimate team player, Harry remained on site to support the team and was able to collect his team silver medal in memory of his brilliant cross-country partner.

Another topic of debate was Zara Phillips selection for the British team at WEG so soon after giving first to her first child. Following a disappointing dressage performance, she proved the critics wrong with a great cross-country round as the British team’s pathfinder, followed by a clear showjumping round to finish in 11th place. The less said about the eventing in term of an experience for spectators the better…

A quick turn around for the eventing world saw riders, trainers and supporters alike headed back to the UK for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, where Andrew Nicholson entered the record books with three consecutive wins on the brilliant home-bred Avebury. This was followed by a brilliant win at Blenheim for Francis Whittington and Easy Target.

So who will collect the final two four-stars of the year? You can keep up to date with that news as it comes in right here…

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