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Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials 2016

June 2016

The story could win awards had it been a work of fiction but this year’s final result in the Equi-Trek CCI3* is factual and all the characters are very real.


New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson scored his third Bramham win with Deborah Sellar’s nine year old Jet Set IV. That’s pretty special on its own. But what makes this into a blockbuster is the fact that this was Andrew’s first attempt at a three day event since his life changing accident at Gatcombe Park last August. 

Just a matter of months ago, it was touch and go whether or not Andrew would walk again, let alone ride. But he’s renowned for his strong will and it was just that which inspired him to get better; giving up was not an option.

British ladies lined up on the podium of the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC*** section, cementing Gemma Tattersall’s current peak of top form, she took the title on Christopher Stone’s 12-year-old mare Chico Bella P. A nerve-wracking final phase of show-jumping in the electric atmosphere of the Equi-Trek Arena proved clear rounds and kicking on for a tight time were essential to remain in the top spots of this hotly contested class. 


Simon Grieve   riding Traveller Royale in the CCI ***

Simon Grieve riding Traveller Royale in the CCI ***

In the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI***, Tom McEwen took his second Bramham title in a tough final phase with no clear rounds in the show jumping. It was an inspiring win for Tom, who has won this class before in 2013, he had two fences in hand going into the show jumping ring and just rolled a pole to finish on 46.8 penalties aboard Frank and Jane Inn’s Toledo De Kerser.

A thrilled Tom said:

 “He’s a real good horse and really deserves it, he’s a very exciting future prospect.”

Finishing second was 19-year-old Sam Ecroyd on his own gelding Wodan III.

“He was solid in the show jumping to just have one rail down. I was conscious of the time and a tight turn just made him a little short of power. I came with low expectations as it’s our first time at this level and I had no idea how we’d run. I hope to come back next year, it’s the nicest cross country course I’ve ever ridden round and it really encourages positive riding.”

View official photos here

View full results here


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