Charity sat at the heart of this years Osberton Horse Trials. With the shocking accident involving Jonty Evans and his olympic horse Cooley Rorkes Drift earlier this season, the eventing community pulled together to support their friend and colleague in his recovery.
Equestrian of Sport, an evening entertainment established three years ago, raised a huge £7,120 for Jonty’s rehabilitation.
“My long term goal is to ensure we have provision set up for when accidents such as Jonty’s occur, we operate in a dangerous sport and we must do all we can to support our athletes.” Says Stuart Buntine, Director of BEDE Events.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, the chosen charity for this years event. They had a stand which included an F Type Jaguar covered in stickers, with names and well wishes from donors. They also hosted a coffee & cake stand in the Triple Bar, a huge success and lots of well fed visitors!
The grass roots element of Osberton is always a popular one and is a regular path taken in the careers of many horses and riders. This starts with the Oakham Veterinary Hospital In Hand showing classes, showcasing foals through to 3 year olds and is a perfect way to expose young stock to the exciting atmosphere of an event before they embark on their ridden careers. The Pony Club also hosted a successful days show jumping, plenty of young rider talent on display. The Tower Equine Arena Eventing was a hit with local riders, a challenging course that put horse and rider partnerships to the test.
The 4 year old class was dominated by one pairing from the off, Imogen Murray and Jezebel HDH took the lead in the dressage from the get go, securing her win & finishing on an impressive 27.4 . Again in the 5 year old class the winner, Vicky Tuffs, finished on her dressage score of 28.9. An impressive show from new partnerships and inexperienced horses, who seemed totally unfazed by the atmosphere.
Many graduates of the CIC* 6 years old & CIC** 7 year old championships go on to great things and from the talent on show today this year will be no different. In the 7 year olds, leading on a competitive dressage score of 25.5, Sarah Bullimore started as she meant to go on, on 15.2hh Corouet. Laura Collett & Aoife Clark followed in quick succession to take second and third respectively. The 6 year old class was equally competitive, the top 8 finished on double clears. Ros Canter & Lordships Graffalo knocked a pole which meant they moved from 1st place to 11th, opening up the field for Oliver Townend to take first position with Weston Goodfella.
The CCI* was competitive to the last jump but the leader from the start, Matthew Wright lowered two poles in the showjumping, a costly mistake. Izzy Taylor & MBF Harley Rebel cinched the win finishing on their dressage score of 30.4. The CCI** competition has been a true whirl wind with both jumping phases proving highly influential. Izzy Taylor continued her Osberton success with not only a win on Conguistador II but also a third place on Liscarrow Conista.
The team now move forward to Oasby 2 before focusing on Belton International 2019.