Several of Britain’s top eventers have moved yards in time for the start of the new season.
World Games silver medallist Jeanette Brakewell (pictured) has left Norfolk to set up a new base with Australian rider Brook Staples near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.
“We’ve been here for three weeks, and have moved most of the horses now. It’s a good set-up, with 23 stables, accommodation and a gallop track, and we’re putting in an arena,” says Brook, who is looking for new rides.
William Fox-Pitt moved from Bicester to Dorset at the end of last year, and is renting a yard from Henry and Lucy Woodruff while he designs and builds his own.
“The move has been on the cards for a long time,” says William. “I’ve moved into a family house here in Dorset, and work should start on the new yard this summer.
“My ambition for this year is to go one better at Badminton after Tamarillo’s second place last year.”
Andrew Nicholson and Wiggy Fox-Pitt are now based near Marlborough in Wiltshire, and Blyth Tait, who has scaled down his operation to just two four-star horses, Ready Teddy and Eze, is now stationed in Dunsfold, Surrey.
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