From snow to glorious sunshine, 2016’s Belton had it all…
THOUSANDS of visitors from all over England flocked to Belton for the annual International Horse Trials (Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April)
Set on the outskirts of Grantham in the heart of Lincolnshire, the delightful surroundings of the National Trust’s Belton Estate provided a fabulous backdrop for a fun-filled family weekend. Quite apart from the packed equestrian programme, the event included a wide range of activities from Dog Shows to Farrier Demos and an exhilarating Gate Jumping competition to Stunt Show.
It was an International top 5 in the Lycetts sponsored Grantham Cup CIC 3* with Australia’s Christopher Burton and Mrs Sue Lawson and Carolyn and Anthony Townsend’s 10 year old Nobilis 18 taking the top spot and with it the second leg of the Shearwater Insurance Tri Star Grand Slam with an impressive 34.50. France’s Thomas Carlile also added nothing to his dressage score of 38.40 to finish a close second with Quiro Hoy. Germany’s Bettina Hoy completed the top three with her ride Seigneur Medicott who rolled an unfortunate pole in the show jumping costing her second place.
The inaugural Polly Phillipps Memorial Trophy, awarded to the highest placed British rider in the Grantham Cup not eligible to wear a senior flag, was awarded to local favourite Ros Canter and her mother’s Zenshera who finished on 57.50 adding just 10.80 Cross Country time penalties to their dressage score.
Classic Moet and her partner, New Zealand’s Jonelle Price claimed top spot in Advanced section M followed closely by Britain’s Laura Collett and Cooley Again, with Oliver Townend and mount Samuel Thomas II coming a close 3rd. Completing his Belton Advanced 1, 2, 3 Oliver took 1st place in Advanced section O with Dunbeau and 2nd with ODT Ghareeb. 3rd place was taken by crowd favourite Andrew Nicholson and Perfect Stranger
With the exhilarating Gate Jumping Competition won by Scarlett Ward on Blackie, the fast and furious Pony Club mounted games, annual Stallion Parade which showcased the region’s best Stallions, Jez Avery’s Stunt show, an ROR Musical Quadrille, the very popular Interactive Zone, Jerry Green dog shows and have-a-go dog agility all coupled with over 100 trade stands, a pair of Retro Double Decker Bus Bars, family fun fair and not to mention the world’s best eventers, Belton International Horse Trials definitely had it all!
BELTON HORSE TRIALS LIVE
WATCH online streaming WORLDWIDE of one of the Country’s most prestigious equestrian events, Belton International Horse Trials on Sunday 17th April from 2pm.
With a commentary team including Triple Gold Medal winning Olympian Matt Ryan providing Sunday’s commentary, spectators are promised to be kept informed and entertained by his un-mistakable Aussie style!
With filming and coverage over all three days shown on the Big Screen situated by the Lycett’s Hospitality tent out on the Cross Country Course all weekend there is no reason to miss any of the action!
With Olympic Team selection at the forefront of everyone’s minds we are looking forward to welcoming the World’s best event riders and their top mounts to Belton Park in April. Belton provides fabulous competition in a beautiful setting giving team selectors the perfect opportunity to scope out potential team members, A good run at Belton this year could mean the difference between going to Rio and being left at home..! The hotly contested 2014 Grantham Cup CIC 3* saw the likes of Sir Mark Todd, Mary King, Paul Tapner, Andrew Nicholson and Nicola Wilson among many other top names battling it out over Captain Mark Philips’ testing course.
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Snow, sunshine, rain and hail we’ve had it all at Belton International today. With a spirit that refused to be dampened the show went on and crowds poured in.
Advanced tickets are still available online for Sunday’s competition and it promises to be a sunny one. With the highest calibre of rider that the event has ever seen spectators over the last two days have been treated to sport worthy of the top events in the World.
With no change to the the Lycett’s sponsored CIC3* Grantham Cup overnight leader Germany’s Bettina Hoy riding Seigneur Medicott remains on top with her impressive dressage score of 33.20. Taking second place today was Christopher Burton on Nobilis 18 with just 1.3 penalty points more than Bettina and hot on his tail is Ireland’s Aoife Clark on Fernhill Adventure scoring an impressive 36.20. With 14 left to start we have an exciting final day of competition in front of us.
Flora Harris has chalked up another good day’s results with two seconds in the Listers Mercedes sponsored CIC2* sections. Master Ping and his pilot Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal took the top spot in CIC2* Section L with Tim Cheffings and Donateur taking the other 2*.
With the Advanced and CIC3* overnight leader boards boasting a who’s who of World Class eventing stars tomorrow’s competition promises to be fierce.
End of Day 1…
Advanced tickets have been flying out and are still available online for Saturday and Sunday’s competition. With the highest calibre of rider that the event has ever seen today’s spectators have been treated to sport worthy of the top events in the World.
The Lycett’s sponsored CIC3* Grantham Cup overnight leader board is looking exciting! With Germany’s Bettina Hoy riding Seigneur Medicott on an impressive dressage score of 33.20 heading the field. Lying in second is Britain’s Laura Collett on Grand Manoeuvre with 36.30 followed by Christopher Burton on Santano II on 39.50 with lots of competitors still to go, we have a thrilling two days of competition in front of us.
Taking today’s 1st Novice section was local Leicestershire rider Lauren Shannon on Anne Stayley’s Priorspark Precocious impressively staying on their dressage score of 25. J P Sheffield also added nothing to his dressage score of 28 to claim Novice section B and Steve Garrod took section C again adding no penalties to his 28.80. Jodie Amos and Direct Ballytarsna Ducarel claimed the top prize in Novice section D on 31.30. Holly Needham and Cruz V achieved an impressive dressage score of 24.80 and added nothing to it to claim the Open Novice U18.
The only Intermediate section to run today was Section F which was taken by Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy on MGH Kings Street adding one pole to his dressage score of 28.40 to finish on 37.20.
The on-site live streaming has already been immensely popular with owners who have been happily watching their horses from the warm and dry of the BEDE Owners’ Facility on the screens. Coupled with the Live Scoring streamed across the site, competitors, owners, officials and volunteers have all been able to keep up with all the action as it unfolded!
NATIONAL TRUST MEMBER DISCOUNT
Are you a National Trust member? Would you like to attend Belton International Horse Trials for a discounted price? CLICK HERE to take advantage of the huge discounts available exclusively to members of the National Trust. Discounted tickets are only valid on production of your National Trust Membership card which will be required upon entry to the event. Please make sure you have it with you.
ALL THREE PHASES ON ALL THREE DAYS…
2016’s Belton Horse Trials promises to be the biggest yet. With more entertainment, and not all of it involving horses, than ever before including a BRAND NEW interactive zone, an inter-hunt relay, mounted pony club games, over 100 trade stands, a family dog show, traditional fun fair and the world’s most talented and competitive eventers fighting it out over the testing Cross Country courses, Belton has more to see on all three days than ever before. Please click here for more details.
The Belton International Horse Trials has historically attracted a wide range of very valued and loyal support in the form of Sponsorship deals. We really do value these relationships and pride ourselves on going over and above for our sponsors. If you are interested in joining us please contact Stuart@bedeltd.co.uk
2016 Principle Sponsors:
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