Thrills and spills at the Festival of British Eventing 2015 *PICTURES*

  • The Festival of British Eventing 2015 at Gatcombe (7-9 August) enjoyed the best of the British summer as the national eventing championships brought the crowds out in force to watch the top-class action in Princess Anne’s back garden.

    christopher burton on ts jamaimo 1st Open champs gatcombe park 9-8-15

    The British Open championship was won by Australia’s Christopher Burton and TS Jamaimo (pictured above), while Nicola Wilson took the national title with the popular coloured mare Beltane Queen, as best of the Brits in third.

    Oliver Townend scored a notable double in Saturday’s intermediate and novice championships, taking the intermediate with Note Worthy (pictured below) and the novice on Sonic De Sermentol.

    oliver townend on note worthy 1st I champs Gatcombe park 8-8-15

    The cross-country tracks took their fair share of scalps across the classes, with Andrew Nicholson currently recovering in hospital from a neck injury after falling from Cilnabradden Evo at the last fence on the CIC3* track.

    Other top names to come a cropper during the day included William Fox-Pitt, who took a dunking from Dynasty in the novice championships (pictured below) and Sam Griffiths, who fell from his Badminton winner Paulank Brockagh late on the cross-country course when leading the British Open.

    dynasty 8-8-15-1

    The new novice restricted championship for the Corinthian Cup was won by Noah Brook riding Deo Volente III. Unfortunately some of his fellow riders had a less successful time…

    elena palmer takes a tumble from queue jumper z in the corinthian cup at gatcombe park 9-8-15

    Elena Palmer parted company from Queue Jumper Z when they had a difference of opinion at the fence into the pond…

    charlotte jeffes takes a tumble from willows patriarch in the corinthian cup gatcombe park 9-8-15-1

    and Charlotte Jeffes competition came to an end after she took a tumble from Willows Patriarch.

    bronia hill falls from daisy XIV in the corinthian cup challenge at gatcombe park 9-8-15

    Bronia Hill’s hopes for restricted novice glory ended when she took a ducking from Daisy XIV.

    dogs dive into the water as soon as CC finishes at gatcombe park 8-8-15

    But the canine spectators couldn’t wait to enjoy the water after the competition came to a close.

    flora harris has a scarry moment while jumping a big wall in the Inermediat champs gatcombe park 8-8-15

    Flora Harris survived a scary moment when jumping the wall on Cooley Lord Lux in the intermediate championships.

    scurry driving in the main arena at gatcombe park 8-8-15

    In the main arena, the crowds were treated to displays of speed with the scurry driving…

    pony grand national at gatcombe park 8-8-15

    and the crowd-pleasingly popular Shetland Pony Grand National…

    mike tyndal and alice plunkit talk race horse ownership

    while Alice Plunkett grilled Mike Tindall on the highs and lows of racehorse ownership.

    Don’t miss Horse & Hound magazine’s in-depth analysis of all the action from the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe, on sale Thursday 13 August 2015

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