Eventing in numbers: looking back at this year’s 2499 BE sections

  • How many British Eventing events ran this year? What was the best dressage score of the season? Which horse won six consecutive international runs?

    2,499: number of British Eventing sections run this year

    78: number of FEI sections run in Britain this year

    22: number of months Nicky Roncoroni’s four-star horse Trig Point spent on the sidelines with health problems before returning to competition at Barbury in July

    1: number of sections at Stafford (1) in March won by a male rider, out of 12. Joseph Hughes-Jones kept the boys’ end up by taking BE90 section C on Moelwyn Gerallt

    1: number of riders in the top 10 at Burgham (1) CIC3* who had not ridden at a senior championship at that time — the winner (and third-placed) Gemma Tattersall was the one, although she made her senior championship debut later in the year at Blair

    6: number of consecutive FEI wins for American rider Marilyn Little’s RF Scandalous, culminating in individual gold at the Pan Am Games in July

    2: number of four-star horses in the open novice under-18 at Burnham Market (1) in April. Roma ML — who completed Badminton and Pau with Fiona Hobby — took second under Annie Keir, while Sugar Brown Babe, who finished at Badminton 2013 and went to the Malmö Europeans under Ireland’s Sarah Ennis, was 10th with Coco Taylor

    168: number of British Eventing fixtures run this year

    14: number of horses competed by Oliver Townend at Burnham Market (1) in April. Nine of them (64%) finished in the top four

    3: number of home-breds ridden at Calmsden (1) in August by Mary King, who won a section on King Robert II, whose parents are both four-star winners. His dam is 2011 Kentucky winner Kings Temptress and his sire this year’s Badminton victor Chilli Morning

    1-2-3: William Fox-Pitt took the top three spots in open novice section D at Portman in April on Ramdam De Mons, Reinstated and The Soapdodger

    771: number of Twitter followers Ben Hobday’s Mulrys Error (pictured) had in late April when he was accepted into Badminton from seventh on the waiting list this week. By the time this feature went to press, he had 2,266. Way to go, @Mr_Mulry

    2,382: number of miles driven by British rider James Alliston, together with fellow West Coast rider and Rolex rookie John-Michael Durr, with their horses from James’ base in San Ramon, California to the Kentucky Horse Park to compete at the American four-star

    10 (90%): best British Eventing dressage score this season. Two pairs achieved this mark — Lucinda Crawford and Vattrick, who won BE100open section F at Hutton in the Forest (2) in September, and Casey Parker and Eeyore DS, who finished second in BE90 section at Little Downham (3) in October

    20: age of Abigail Boulton, the youngest rider to complete Burghley this year

    2: number of sub-20 dressage scores recorded by French rider Arthur Duffort at Kelsall Hill (1) in April — both horses went on to finish second

    8: number of times Oliver Townend has appeared in our “Speedy Gonzales” section — for the fastest rounds of the week — in our online “Eventing in numbers” feature this season

    21: age of Barry’s Best, Rosie Thomas’s prolific four-star campaigner, who has competed at open novice and intermediate this year with Susannah Watts

    $6,017 (about £4,000): amount raised by the Stall-A-Rest fundraiser at Jersey Fresh in the USA in May — five riders were placed under stall arrest and people were invited to make donations to help them make bail so they could be freed

    70: percentage of the top 10 in the Grantham Cup at Belton in April who were male. The three female top-10ers were Kitty King, Bettina Hoy and Caroline Powell

    100: percentage of women riders in the BE100u18 at Treborough Hill (2) in August

    15: age of Judy, who finished 14th at Saumur CCI3* with Spain’s Gonzalo Blasco Botin. The interesting part is that the mare, by Cortus, is part of the “Fair” dynasty bred by Margareta Algotsson and her daughters Linda and Sara — she is a great-granddaughter of the foundation mare Princess Fair, and her grandmother is the 2004 World Cup winner My Fair Lady

    10: the dressage mark Vittoria Panizzon and Sovereign Pride received for their final halt in the BE100 at Upton House in July. This is Vittoria’s second ever 10 — her first was received at the same event two years ago

    4: number of wins in a row Harry Meade had this year with Tenareze — who won both young horse World Championships at Le Lion under French rider Thomas Carlile before joining the Brit

    4: number of placings in the top five in Barbury’s CIC3* in July which went to New Zealand riders

    280: number of volunteers at Frickley Park (1) in July

    24.5 (83.5%): mark scored by Christopher Burton and Santano II in the CCI2* at Camphire, Ireland, in July — the best score at this level since 2010, according to eventing statistics company Equiratings. “Burto” did a one-two in this class and also won the CIC3* on Nobilis 18

    38: number of horses withdrawn after either dressage or showjumping across six sections on a wet Saturday at Gatcombe (1) in March. Sunday’s classes were cancelled

    £6,750: total prize fund in the CIC2* and CIC* at Floors Castle in May

    61: percentage of British Eventing fixtures where at least one dressage score of less than 20 (80%) was recorded

    19: the age of Noah Brook when he won the first running of the Corinthian Cup at the Festival of British Eventing in August by 10 marks

    3: number of top-three placings Oliver Townend took in open intermediate section C at Richmond (2) in August. His horses were Cillnabradden Evo (first), Black Tie II (second) and Colonel Joe (third)

    26.3 (82.5%): best FEI dressage score in Britain this year. This was Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo’s winning dressage score in the CCI2* at Osberton

    35: number of clear cross-country jumping rounds in the European Championships at Blair in September

    $50,000: increase in the prize fund at Kentucky this year, up from $250,000 to $300,000 (about £200,000)

    Read all our “Eventing in numbers” features from 2015 — one for every week of the British eventing season

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