We are very much looking forward to attending.”Megan Wilkinson of Horse Pursuit, a national hub for buying, selling and advertising horses, said: “I have competed at Bicton for a number of years and I am delighted to support the August horse trials.
It’s a wonderful venue that is beautifully run and offers a great shop window for my business which gives people an easy way to both advertise their horses and find them online using refined search options.”The event is Devon’s second international of the season, and looks set to attract competitors from far and wide, including many eventing personalities such as local legend Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, Sir Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson who all competed last year.
Seventeen-year-old Tom Hawke finished second on Andrew Nicholson’s former ride Mr Cruise Control with the teenager admitting that the 16-year-old has always been awesome cross country, but has struggled with the showjumping phase in the past.“He’d had a long time off and I really struggled with his showjumping, but he feels completely different this year and I think its because it has taken him a long time to recover from a fall in 2015.
I worked for Austin O’Connor this winter and he was a huge help, and I’ve also had lessons with Harriet Nuttall.”Tom, who was recommended the ride by Nicholson after the decision to downgrade him, plans to tackle CCI2* Young Rider class at Houghton International in May.
He enjoyed himself today and its set him up perfectly for Blenheim where he runs in the ERM class,” he added.
A double of brush corners at fence 11 proved influential with several riders picking up penalties.
“He’s taken a while to mature but he’s really coming into himself,” said Chelsea who has just finished her A’levels and will event full time before heading to university.
After such a long dry spell we’ve had to put a lot of work in on the ground, in addition to our longer term plan which was put in place after the August horse trials.“We kept sheep on it during the winter which ensured it was evenly grazed, and then we gave the grass plenty of time to grow so that we had a good coverage.Lifton’s Lizzie Luxton won the Redpost Equestrian BE100 on her own eight-year-old gelding Arkid, Alex Bragg scored in the Wyvern BE100 with Killahurler Connect; Cullompton’s Janou Bleekman, the recent team silver and individual bronze medalist at the Young Rider European riding Granntevka Prince, scored a one two in the Protexin BE100 Open on Sea Yin and Granite Lady; Modbury’s India John was victorious in the Protexin BE100U18 on Ballyhooly; Somerset riders Caroline Harris and Eliza Chapple headed the Leonard Coombe Novice with Isington Red Faerie and the Western Counties Equine Vets Novice U18 with Enzo Van De Nethe respectively; Hatherleigh’s Padraig Mc Carthy was in winning form on his wife Lucy’s former ride MGH Tokyo Phil in the John Bevan and Peter Appleford Novice and Cornwall’s Sarah Shaw won the intermediate novice with Aspiration III.Summing up the three days, organizer Helen West said: “It’s gone very smoothly thanks to the fantastic team, from the ground jury to the fence judges.I dug out some old books on three day eventing fitness and he goes out for really long rides.I might do a schooling session with him, and then he goes up and down the hills,” said David.Libby Seed and Philanderer II were third and Aaron Miller was fourth on Leonardo VIII.