Go eventing at Chatsworth

By: Horse Deals

Go eventing at Chatsworth
Go eventing at Chatsworth
British-based riders have their first chance to earn points in the valuable HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing series at Chatsworth this weekend (May 15-16), and five nations are represented in the entry of 33.

Paul Tapner fresh from his Badminton success, has two rides with Kilfinnie ll and Tiger Flynne, and is joined by fellow Australians Bill Levett with Sea Oro and Sam Griffiths, having his first major international competition this year with Happy Times, third at Badminton and Burghley last year.

The Chatsworth CIC***-W has often proved a pointer to future international success, and Horse Deals’ columnist Clayton Fredericks (AUS), who won this class in 2006 on Ben Along Time, is riding his new acquisition Bendigo lll, a German-bred horse.

Clayton’s wife and fellow Olympic silver medalist Lucinda will be bringing out the crowd favourite Headley Britannia, the only mare to have won three 4-stars: Burghley (2006), Badminton (2007) and Kentucky (2009).

Other former Chatsworth winners include Britain’s Mary King (in 2007 on her European silver medal ride Call Again Cavalier), who rides Fernhill Urco, and Pippa Funnell who took the main class in 2000 on Supreme Rock and in 2004 on Primmore’s Pride. She rides Blue Horizon and the up-and-coming Redesigned, which she hopes will be her next major 4-star horse.

One rider overdue a victory here is New Zealan’s Andrew Nicholson, whose best placing was a second on Fenicio in 2004. He rides Fenicio Spanish-bred full-brother, Armada.

The event, set in the Duke of Devonshire’s spectacular Chatsworth estate, has a new course-designer, the five-time Olympian Ian Stark.

For more information visit www.chatsworth.org