Ones to watch at Bramham Horse Trials 2014

  • The Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials always offers a feast of sport in Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside and this year’s running (5-8 June) will be no exception.

    Ones to watch at Bramham

    The Equi-Trek CCI3* is stuffed with quality. Among the possible winners are Ireland’s Aoife Clark with the Blenheim winner Fenyas Elegance, Lucy Wiegersma’s smart Jumbo son Mr Chunky and Emilie Chandler’s rising stars Coopers Law and Gino Royale.

    Mark Todd’s pair, NZB Campino — rerouted from Badminton after an early fall — and Chatsworth winner Amacuzzi are also worth keeping an eye on, as are Janine Jansen and Velocity II.

    And never discount William Fox-Pitt, who has won here a record 7 times. This year he rides the 10-year-old Freddie Mac.

    William will be the favourite in the BETA CIC3* with Chilli Morning (pictured top), who has taken the CCI3* here the past 2 years.

    New mother Zara Phillips is also using this class to prove her form with High Kingdom ahead of the World Equestrian Games. And last year’s winners Sara Squires and Orto return to defend their title.

    Dani Evans is probably the one to beat in the Bishop Burton College under-25 CCI3*, riding Raphael II, on whom she finished 2nd last year. They did not get far on their Badminton debut, but could regain form here.

    Last year’s winner Tom McEwen fields Dry Old Party this time — another Badminton refugee — while his girlfriend Holly Woodhead makes her CCI3* debut. She rides DHI Lupison, on whom she led the British young rider team to silver at their Europeans in 2013.

    Tempted to make the trip north?

    Advance bookings have now closed, but tickets can be bought on the gate. Car parking costs £5 per day, with adult admission £12 on dressage days, £24 on cross-country day and £18 on showjumping day. Full informationabout the event, timetable, membership prices and camping: www.bramham-horse.co.uk

    Don’t miss our full Bramham report in 12 June issue of Horse & Hound magazine

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