Saturday 31st of October 2020
Event Reports

Wilton Horse Trials 2016

The 40th Anniversary of the Wilton Horse Trials took place in Wilton Park on the 30th and 31st July. Title sponsors for the 10th year were Whitehead Vizard solicitors in Salisbury. The weather had been kind in the preceding week with heavy showers of rain and with the comprehensive use of the BE equivator, springtine harrows and 20 tons of the sand the going was described as “fabulous”!


To mark the 40th Anniversary a BE100 course had been added to the usual Novice and Intermediate with jumps being hired from The Willis Brothers that had been used at Badminton Horse Trials for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup.

Wilton is unusual as none of the portable jumps are allowed to be put out until the Saturday before the Event as the beef suckler herd are still out. 

This means that the BE100 course was a mere figment of course designer and Organiser Anthony Ffooks’ imagination until the jumps arrived on a lorry.

“A very exciting day when it all becomes real”.

This year marked new heights with record entries, 497, record spectators and record Trade Stands and sponsors. Saturday began with three BE100 sections Section A sponsored by Whitehead Vizard was won decisively by Althea Bleekman on Grannhill Marshall from Devon on her dressage score of 24.8. Section B sponsored by A World of Furniture from Salisbury was won by Swedish rider Line Andresen on Chance of Glory based in Gillingham by seven marks. Section C was won by Dannie Morgan riding Aurora Equites. Section D  BE100 Open sponsored by Equetech was won by Freya Cullen from the Isle of Man, she described the long trip as “very worthwhile” . Second in this Section was Bella Lloyd Webber, daughter of musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber. Section E was sponsored by Paul and Wendy Baber of Style International who had their trade Stand aon site and was won by local rider Livvy Nile on Jumbos Star. Section F was the first of the Novice sections and was won by Neil Spatt from New Zealand riding First Lancer and he is based near Swindon. Novice section G also included for the first time Pony Club rider as individuals and Teams riding to qualify for their Pony Club Open Championships to be held at  Cholmondeley Castle. The BE section was won by local rider Lucy Pearson on Master Paddington  and the Pony Club section by Safia Woodward from Somerset on Moonbeg Boy. The winning Team was the Wilton. The Open Novice section H was won by French rider Maxence Lux on Safran D Argonne who is based with Andrew and Wiggy Nicholson from Marlborough. That concluded a very good Saturday with no serious injuries to horse or rider.

Sunday started with three Intermediate sections sponsored by Whitehead Vizard. The first section J was won by Giovanni Ugolotti from Italy and Cos I Will finishing on his excellent dressage score of 26.6 a clear seven point margin he also received the Whitehead Vizard Cup.   Section K was won by Harry Dzenis on Cruise a Crosstown and he also won the Robert Slade Memorial Trophy for the highest placed mare. This Trophy is in memory of Robert Slade an Australian rider who tragically suffered a fatal fall at the Horse Trials in 1999. Great Britain Team rider Daisy Berkely won Section L on Mr and Mrs Barkers Strike Smartly on her dressage score of 27.7. Section M was the Open Intermediate under 21 section sponsored by Total Equestrian Construction and was won by rising star Emily King on Cooley Currency   and was presented with the Total Equestrian Construction Cup. Section N sponsored by A World of Furniture was won by Bristol based Alexander Whewall on Dr. Rowe’s Ellfield Voyager by 3.5 marks. Section P sponsored by Whitehead Vizard was Mollie Summerland from Gloucestershire on her own Charly Van Ter Heiden by six marks and she also won rosettes from Kilmington Rosettes for being the Best Dressage and Owner Rider. Section Q was extremely close and was won by just 0.3 points by Sarah Pinfield on Sue Lanz’s Fanta Fox. The final section R sponsored by Whitehead Vizard was also a close finish with Ruth Burnard from Oxfordshire and Godington Orinoco owned by Lady Victoria Von Vachter and Roger Trueloe winning by 1.2 mark.

Rider and owners had travelled from as far as 150 miles and up to 7 hours to be at Wilton Horse Trials and Anthony Ffooks the Organiser for the past 18 years has received some truly heartwarming emails and letters praising the Event and the ground conditions, describing it as “very friendly but highly efficient”.”

“It really makes the years preparation and literally thousands of miles, hours of single handedly painting, strimming, mowing and weeding all worthwhile…..Time to start planning for next year!!’

View official photos here

View full results here

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