11 spectacular sights you’ll wish you’d seen at Bolesworth International

  • Horse & Hound's coverage of Ashford Farm CSI4* Bolesworth International (18-21 June) is brought to you in association with Equestrian.com

    If you made the trip to Cheshire for the Ashford Farm Bolesworth International (18-21 June) you may be suffering from an equestrian overload hangover, after four days packed with action.

    Whether you were in the market for top-class showjumping and dressage, or catching a glimpse of the eventers being put through their paces in the Ride-Away Express Eventing Challenge — it’s unlikely you came away feeling short changed.

    And our photographers were on hand to catch some of the thrills, spills and stranger sights from this year’s spectacle.

    Bolesworth 2015 in pictures

    1. Puissance glory

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    Ireland’s David Simpson and Gotti Van Paemel (pictured above) and Norway’s Victoria Gulliksen and Grafit shared the prize money in the Equestrian.com puissance that went to a thrilling final fifth round, with the wall reaching 2.10 metres.

    2. …and again

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    Victoria Gulliksen celebrates her Puissance success in style. “I took advice from my dad as he has jumped up to 2.25 metres so knows how to do it, but I wasn’t expecting to get to the final round,” she said afterwards.

    3. Michael Eilberg wows the crowds

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    Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Farouche cruise to victory in the Equestrian.com invitational inter I freestyle — despite the chestnut being a little nervous in the electric atmosphere.

    4. Sit tight!

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    Robert Whitaker  and USA Today take the Equerry Horse Feeds CSI4* 1.45m title after a tight jump off

    Continued below…

    15 riders reach the point of no return

    We’ve all been there — one minute you’re enjoying the ride of your life and the next you experience that

    5. Superman in action

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    Geoff Billington ditches his show jacket to win the Mini Major class with Martha Hughes.

    6. Fine style

    The show’s president Nina Barbour opts for some more unusual footwear…

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    7. A party atmosphere

    DSC_1024The opening ceremony gets the crowds in the mood for four days of entertainment.

    8. Not your average main arena attraction…

    DSC_1016Butterflies wowed the crowd in the opening ceremony.

    9. A memorable backdrop

    Wrapped up in all the action, you may have failed to give the stunning castle backdrop the credit it’s due…

    10. Wacky jumps

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    Clare Shepherd and Jordanta take the six-year-old final, where no creativity has been spared with the fence designs

    11. The high jump

    The French Horseman display team show the horses how it’s done.

    Don’t miss the full report from Bolesworth International in Horse & Hound magazine, 25 June issue

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