Blog It all began at Belton! Check out where our previous Grantham Cup winners are now
It all began at Belton! Check out where our previous Grantham Cup winners are now
10 April 2018
All Began At Belton

This weekend, we will see riders from around the world compete to win the 13th Grantham Cup. The prestigious prize is the main event at Belton International Horse Trials, taking place on Sunday 15th of April this year. Previous winners have gone on to achieve greatness – let’s take a walk down memory lane and relive the moments we crowned our winners, and what they’ve got up to since.

This weekend, we will see riders from around the world compete to win the 13th Grantham Cup. The prestigious prize is the main event at Belton International Horse Trials, taking place on Sunday 15th of April this year. Previous winners have gone on to achieve greatness – let’s take a walk down memory lane and relive the moments we crowned our winners, and what they’ve got up to since.

2006 – Ruth Edge, Two Thyme

As the first ever winner of the Grantham Cup, Ruth Edge is deeply-rooted in the events history. The year after her win, Ruth achieved a top place finish at Luhmühlen 4*. She had six National Dressage Titles by the time she stopped eventing in 2016, and is now aiming for the 2020 Olympics in dressage.

2007 – Vittoria Panizzon, Rock Model/2013 – Borough Pennyz

Currently the only winner to have won the Grantham Cup twice, Vittoria is in a league of her own as far as the event is concerned. After her first win in 2007, Vittoria went on to represent her native Italy in two Olympic Games. She has had a top three finish in four Grantham Cup events.

2008 – Paul Tapner, Inonothing

The year after his Grantham Cup win, Australian Paul broke into the British Eventing Top 10 at 7th place in 2009. He also earned a world rider ranking of 14th in the same year. By May 2010, he was crowned the winner of Badminton.

2009 – Emily Baldwin, Drivetime

After being held as a reserve for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Emily came to Belton with her eyes on the prize. Since her 2009 win, she has gone on to win the inaugural World Cup CIC3*, the

2010 – Sam Griffiths, Happy Times

Another Australian winner, Sam got his hands on the cup in 2010. Since then he has represented his country at the 2012 Olympics, and at Rio 2016 where he won a team bronze and place 4th individually. He also represented Australia at the World Equestrian Games.

2011 – Oliver Townend, Ashdale Cruise

Equestrian favourite Oliver has been a regular at most events the equestrian calendar since he started the sport. Since his Grantham Cup win Oliver has competed at the World Games in and the European Games.

2012 – Sarah Cohen, Treason

Just two years after her Grantham Cup win, Sarah left event yard Preci-sparks after 17 years. She was the main rider at Preci-sparks, and now only rides Treason. The pair won Burnham Market International 2* and Wiesbaden 3* in 2017.

2014 – Mark Todd, Leonidas II

Sir Mark Todd was knighted in the same year he won the Grantham Cup – what a year! The New Zealand native had a long, extremely successful career behind him when he won the Cup, with multiple Olympic medals. He now has his sights set on the Tyron World Games this year.

2015 – Clark Montgomery, Loughan Glen

American Clark Montgomery already has over 60 top 5 placings before his Grantham Cup success. Since 2015, he’s gone on to achieve many more top finishes, including the USA Nations Cup CICO3* and Pine Top CIC3*.

2016 – Christopher Burton, Nobilis 18

After Olympic and World Games success, Christopher became the third Australian to get his hands on the cup in 2016. In 2016, he finished the eventing season in third place in the world rankings.

2017 – Izzy Taylor, KBIS Starburst

Last year, Izzy Taylor became the first Brit to life the Grantham Cup since Sarah Cohen in 2012. Her 2017 highlights also include top place finishes at Bramham CIC3*, Campshire CIC3* and Millstreet CIC3*.

Who’ll be joining the club and making history at Belton this year? Get your tickets now to find out!