Five-star winners and Olympic medallists head entries for Bicton five-star

  • Olympic team gold medallist Oliver Townend heads the Chedington Bicton Horse Trials entries for the one-off five-star this autumn (2-5 September).

    A small field of just 37 horses had been entered for the Devon showcase by the ballot date of noon today (17 August), with Oliver one of four riders entered on more than one horse. He has MHS King Joules and Tregilder in the line-up.

    The other riders challenging with two mounts are Pippa Funnell (Majas Hope and Billy Walk On), David Doel (Galileo Nieuwmoed and Ferro Point) and Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy (Leonidas II and HHS Noble Call).

    Two horses who have won five-stars come forward – the 2019 Badminton Horse Trials winner Vanir Kamira, with Piggy March, and the 2018 Burghley Horse Trials winner Ringwood Sky Boy, under New Zealand’s Tim Price. Tim’s wife Jonelle Price will also ride at the event, with Grappa Nera.

    Nicola Wilson is entered with JL Dublin, who won the CCI4*-L at Bicton Horse Trials in June, as is Gemma Tattersall with Chilli Knight, who were seventh in the CCI4*-L in June. But both pairs are also on the British long-list for the European Championships later in September, so their participation at Bicton will be dependent on selection decisions. One of Pippa’s rides, Billy Walk On, is also on the Europeans long list.

    Fans will also be excited to see William Fox-Pitt, who has won a record 14 times at five-star, entered with Oratorio II, and reigning world champion Ros Canter, who brings forward Pencos Crown Jewel, who was ninth at Bicton in June. The other strong British contenders include Alex Bragg with King Of The Mill and Izzy Taylor on Fonbherna Lancer.

    Felicity Collins (RSH Contend Or), Will Rawlin (VIP Vinnie), George Hilton-Jones (Efraim) and Harry Mutch (HD Bronze) are among the younger British riders on the Bicton Horse Trials entries list.

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