Belton International Horse Trials
30 April 2019
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We are devastated at the loss of Belton International Horse Trials. Belton has been a key fixture for many riders in the lead up to Badminton and hosts one of the best 4* international classes in the country. BEDE Events have run the event for the past 15 years and seen the event grow to become the major Spring event.

This decision was announced to us yesterday and came as a shock to the whole team. We were unaware that the future of the horse trials was in jeopardy.

Belton Horse Trials has run at Belton Park for 40 years, it was set up by Lord Brownlow prior to the National Trust taking over the ownership of the park. 2020 would have marked our 40th anniversary and we had already started plans to mark this milestone.

We are presently looking for a new venue to host this prestigious event.

Belting Belton - Day 2 Round Up
2 April 2019
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It was another glorious day of sunshine, arena attractions, live music, shopping and sport.

The Street Food stalls were packed and the gin dens full, as festival goers enjoyed the music and the great weather, lounging on bean bags and bales.

Children lined up in the Nottingham Trent University arena to have birds of prey skim just above their heads. Feeding the lambs was as popular as ever and a local Grantham school played Light My Fire to an appreciative audience. Families brought their dogs (large and small) and Leicester Animal Aid ran some fun novelty dog classes. We noticed a lot of sleepy dogs in the afternoon!

Wimpy Eventer, Vic Brant sporting a unicorn headband, provided a great insight into the power of social media with the help of influencer and young rider Gracie Tyte.

The huge crowd at Belton today made the most of the shopping, food and drink, amazing sporting action and many attractions. No wonder the sun was smiling!

A big highlight was the return of legends Jonty Evans and Art, riding around the main arena to the delight of a hugely emotional crowd. Their intention, unknown to everyone, was to jump. And jump they did! Because, as Jonty said later to presenter Chris Otty, he trusts Art implicitly. Jonty and Art were supported by the Irish Eventing Team, their

guard of honour today, Padraig McCarthy and Austin O’Connor.

Jonty also gave a live Q&A interview with Chris and the audience about how overwhelmed he has been by the support he has received, not just from the eventing community, but from people he has never met. He said the messages from those who don't know him kept him going in dark times. “What people have done for me is off the scale! My mum was told

twice by doctors that I wouldn’t pull through.”

What was clear to everyone listening was his absolute love for Art and Chris confirmed their extraordinary symbiotic relationship. Art and Jonty really do work as one. Incidentally, Art was only one of three horses to jump triple clear at Rio and yes, Jonty claims it was Art who brought him in ninth at the Olympics. It was a deeply moving, honest and heartfelt


2018 End of Season Round Up
16 October 2018
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The BEDE Events calendar has now come full circle, beginning with Oasby (1) and closing with Oasby (2) and what a brilliant season it has been.

Following a harsh winter, the 2018 eventing season certainly looked in jeopardy for the first few months. Despite the inclement weather, including snow less than a week before kickoff, preparations for Oasby (1) continued and 2 out of 4 days of competition went ahead with 202 combinations completing.

Rumours flew preceding Belton with continuing poor weather, even Badminton looked in doubt. Yet again the ground team did an amazing job and all planned competition took place as planned. Not only is Belton a fantastic family day out but an all-important run for Badminton hopefuls. With the Grantham Cup running, many riders gained that all important final run before the first 4* of the year. Spectators enjoyed high octane eventing action and plenty of shopping in the stunning grounds of Belton House. The introduction of the new “Gin Den” went down a storm, a real hit with the crowds!

The team then headed into the busiest part of the season with events such as Shelford (1), Berkshire College of Agriculture and new addition Aske. These events saw riders from BE80 (T) through to Intermediate joining us from across the country. The theme of weather continued although from June it was that of heat rather than rain that became the challenge!

July came round with much excitement for the BEDE Events team as this saw the first event on the Isle of Wight following several years of planning. With the support of title sponsors London Capital & Finance, Osborne House was transformed into an eventing haven. The holiday home of Queen Victoria offered stunning rolling landscape, ideal for cross country and a complex of gardens perfect for easy viewing of arena based competition. This showcase event offered spectators a totally unique experience and introduced a new short format form of eventing that was not only easy to follow but offered nail biting races to the podium.

Following Osborne the team headed Firle Place for two days of eventing and the brilliant celebration of all things countryside as part of the Country Fair. Then back to Nottinghamshire for round two at Shelford, the BEDE home event.

Osberton International commenced at the end of September with new title sponsor London Capital & Finance, following the success of the partnership at Osborne. Five days of competition from young stock in hand through to CCI** was complimented by family friendly entertainments from the new Kids Corner to fun dog shows. As part of the evening entertainments, Equestrian of Sport, was hosted in aid of Jonty Evans. The generous crowd raised a startling £7,120 on the night.

The season finished on a high at Oasby (2), although the weather yet again proved a challenge with high winds and rain! Never the less the brilliant team of volunteers kept the show on the road and got 377 horses & riders across the finish line in two days! The ground held well and offered a brilliant end of season for many duo’s.

Stuart Buntine, Director of BEDE Events, says of the season “ 2018 has been a big year for us. Successfully running an event on the Isle of Wight was a huge highlight and we look forward to doing it all again. The calendar gets busier every year which can only be a good thing for our sport. We have big plans for 2019 and we look forward to a busy winter preparing for next year!”

Dates for 2019 can be found here :

London Capital & Finance Osberton Horse Trials Final Day Round Up
30 September 2018

The CCI* was competitive to the last jump but the leader from the start, Matthew Wright lowered two poles in the showjumping, a costly mistake. Izzy Taylor & MBF Harley Rebel cinched the win finishing on their dressage score of 30.4. A fantastically competitive class with the top seven finishing on their dressage scores!

Many graduates of the CIC* 6 years old & CIC** 7 year old championships go on to great things and from the talent on show today this year will be no different. In the 7 year olds, leading on a competitive dressage score of 25.5, Sarah Bullimore started as she meant to go on, on 15.2hh Corouet. Laura Collett & Aoife Clark followed in quick succession to take second and third respectively. The 6 year old class was equally competitive, the top 8 finished on double clears. Ros Canter & Lordships Graffalo knocked a pole which meant they moved from 1st place to 11th, opening up the field for Oliver Townend to take first position with Weston Goodfella.

The CCI** competition has been a true whirl wind with both jumping phases proving highly influential. Izzy Taylor continued her Osberton success with not only a win on Conguistador II but also a third place on Liscarrow Conista. Local rider Sam York took 5th place on her homebred Oakring Dalliance.

The Pony Club had a busy day with their team show jumping competition. Riders from across the East Midlands took part in the busy schedule with classes from 70cm. The Shire Horse Society had showing rings active across the weekend and paraded in the main arena to many cheering spectators! At 11:30 we had hounds galore with the parade of the Grove & Rufford, spectators had the opportunity to get up close and personal for cuddles!

The Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice came back for a second day and their cakes had a fantastic reception, we await a final figure for their fundraising efforts. The shops bustled throughout the day, and the British Polo Gin Den kept everyone hydrated.

The team are now moving on to the final preparations for the last event of the BEDE calendar at Oasby.

Results are available live via throughout the competition.

Day 4 at Osberton International Horse Trials
30 September 2018

Following a Friday evening full of fundraising and quizzing, the weekend has begun and with it day 4 of the final International in the BE calendar. The shops and food stalls have been buzzing all day, in particular the Bluebell Wood coffee morning! The arena eventing brought amateur riders from across the county to rub shoulders with their eventing hero’s.

Matthew Wright and Treworder yet again take the over night lead following a cracking cross country round and remaining on their dressage score in the CCI*. The top 5 remain split by only 0.6 with everything to play for during Sundays show jumping. In the CCI**, Wills Oakden & Ballbreaker SD, have taken the lead following the cross country. The 6 year old championship kicked off with some cracking dressage scores, with Weston Goodfella scooping top spot overnight with Oliver Townend.

The arenas are now being prepped for the final day of competition with the climax of the CCI*, CCI** & CIC* and a full day of arena entertainment including the Grove & Rufford Hounds and the Pony Club Team showjumping. The Kids Corner will be in full swing with interactive characters and plenty of bouncy castles!

Results are available live via throughout the competition.
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Young horses and top names galore at Day 3 of the London Capital & Finance Osberton Horse Trials.
29 September 2018

With wall to wall blue sky both the 4 and 5 year old classes got underway with some impressive dressage scores. Imogen Murray and Jezebel HDH took the lead in the dressage from the get go, securing her win & finishing on an impressive 27.4 . Again in the 5 year old class the winner, Vicky Tuffs, finished on her dressage score of 28.9. The show jumping proved a fair test for these young horses with plenty to look at including trade stands and plenty of spectators. The cross country course has been designed to encourage young horses and give them an educational end to the season in an international eventing environment.

The CCI* remains competitive overnight with the top 5 riders all sitting on scores between 30.3 & 30.9 . Local rider Matthew Wright remains in the lead. The CCI** will be led again overnight by Irish rider Aoife Clarke on calling card. The cross country will commence for the CCI* at 8:14 with high octane action through to 17:00. These classes have a multitude of top names taking part including World Equestrian Games Gold Medalist Ros Canter & silver medalist Padraig McCarthy.

The trade stands are raring to go with plenty of Friday afternoon shopping in the sunshine. The British Polo Gin Den is proving popular with plenty of sampling in the sunshine. The London Capital & Finance team have been looking after visitors with a complimentary drink and the chance to win a luxury hotel stay!

The team are now preparing for the much anticipated Equestrian of Sport in aid of Jonty Evans’ recovery. Attendees will be watching the Great Britain team battle it out against the rest of the world for the coveted title!

Another day of jam packed eventing action is scheduled for Saturday with family crowds expected to flock to watch the last International event on the BE calendar.

Results are available live via throughout the competition.
Tickets are available at , use the code OS18 to receive 30% off gate prices.

London Capital & Finance Osberton Horse Trials Day 2 Round Up
27 September 2018
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Day two has been packed with top flight dressage performances and the fantastic display of young horses in the in hand showing classes.

A full day of CCI* & **, 4 & 5yo.dressage has taken place today in the beautiful north Nottinghamshire estate of Osberton. 160 horses took to the white boards today with plenty more to follow tomorrow. Local rider Matthew Wright & Treworder lead the CCI* class overnight with a dressage score of 30.3. Aiofe Clark & Calling Card pulled an impressive 24.9 out of the bag in the CCI**, a horse that has secured sub 30 dressage scores for the entirety of the 2018 season.

The four & five year old classes are proving as competitive as ever. World Equestrian Games Gold medalist Rosalind Canter and Silver medalist Padraig McCarthy have both got multiple rides in these young horse classes. We will have to wait to see if another world champion or an olympic horse will be unveiled in this coveted championship.

The Bloomfields arena hosted the Oakham Veterinary Hospital In Hand showing classes, showcasing foals through to 3 year olds and is a perfect way to expose young stock to the exciting atmosphere of an event before they embark on their ridden careers.

The tradestands, food outlets and of course the British Polo Gin Den have been in full swing today with visitors enjoying the late September sunshine in style!

Friday will see the first jumping phases begin with show jumping kicking off at 9am and cross country commencing at midday!

Results are available live: click here throughout the competition.
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In Hand Showing 2018
Belton International Day Three Roundup
15 April 2018
Jonty Evans Credit Adam Fanthorpe

Photo credit: Adam Fanthorpe

It was a very emotional Jonty Evans who lifted the 2018 Lycetts Grantham Cup this afternoon. The Irishman hit the headlines last year when he successfully crowd-funded £500,000 to buy his Rio 2016 Olympic partner Cooley Rorkes Drift (aka 'Art') when the previous owner decided to sell – this is a horse who has, literally, thousands of owners.

With very red, damp eyes Jonty confessed: “I've never even won an Advanced class, let alone an international. This is amazing. Art is the horse who has given me the most pleasure and the most grief in one go over the years. What people did for me in securing our partnership is unprecedented in our sport.

“This win is the fairydust; a good performance was what we needed [with Badminton looming]. Everyone wants this horse to go well, my phone hasn't stopped pinging.”

Runner up behind Jonty was Piggy French, also riding a Badminton bound horse, Vanir Kamira, on whom she took the runner up spot at Burghley last year. “Given the results were so close, of course I wish I'd gone a bit quicker – she can easily go faster, but this was a prep run and with the spring we've had today wasn't the day to push.

“Jonty's win is great for the sport. So many people supported him last year, this is a great result for all of them too.”

Gemma Tattersall completed the top three, but not on her top horse Arctic Soul who was very strong out on course, picking up an uncharacteristic run out in his exuberance. Instead it was Pamero 4 who put Gemma on the podium.

Due to the huge number of entries, a second three star section also ran, for less experienced horses. Tom Jackson and Billy Cuckoo won this with Austin O'Connor again in the ribbons, on Lucky Contender.

The 2018 Belton International wrapped up with two advanced sections. Kiwi riders dominated the first of these, taking the top three places. Jonelle Price and Classic Moet topped the leaderboard, ahead of Andrew Nicholson on Swallow Springs and Dan Jocelyn riding Grovine de Reve. The final win of the weekend went to Izzy Taylor and Direct Cassino.

London Capital & Finance Osberton Horse Trials - Day 1 Roundup
15 April 2018
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Day one of the London Capital & Finance Osberton Horse Trials and we are off to a stylish start!

With the sun blazing down on Nottinghamshire for the first of five days of competition at the stunning Osberton Estate, riders and their horses strutted their stuff for the HiHo Silver Trot Ups!

A chance to ditch the wellies and don the glad rags, the trot up at Osberton didn’t disappoint in the style stakes. Riders from across the country have flocked to the final International event in the British Eventing calendar and what a week it is set to be. Alongside the CCI* & ** trot ups the dressage has commenced with more to follow over the coming days.

An impressive line up of horses have presented to the vets today and we look forward to watching them progress through the competition. Stuart Buntine, Director of BEDE, said of the first day “This is when the hard work really starts to pay off. The riders arriving on site and watching these future superstars trot up is what Osberton is all about!”

Day 2 will welcome the in hand showing competitors, a brilliant starting point for young foals in their careers. Thursday will also offer a full day of dressage action with the CCI*, CCI**, 4yo & 5yo classes commencing.

Results are available live via throughout the competition.

Tickets are available at , use the code OS18 to receive 30% off gate prices.

Belton International Day Two Roundup
14 April 2018
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The sun finally came out to play today, as the Two Star and Intermediate competitors took centre stage. Nothing changed at the top of the Two Star leaderboards: Australia's Christopher Burton, Lycetts Grantham Cup winner in 2016, claimed the first riding Bahira M in a close fought battle, with Chris finishing less than one penalty point ahead of Emily Baldwin and Uppercourt Cooley.

Emily, winner of the Lycetts Grantham Cup back in 2009, has enjoyed a successful two days, also finishing runner up in an intermediate section yesterday on board intermediate first timer Vivian 47.

Reigning Junior European Champions Bubby Upton and Eros DHI had a much larger winning margin in the second two star class. Finishing on their dressage score of 24.9 they recorded a 3.5 penalty advantage over Newark based fellow Junior team mate Lizzie Baugh and Quarry Man.

“Eros is incredibly special – he's done so much for me. Basically he is very cocky and he thinks he's amazing. I'm sure that's why he is so competitive,” said Bubby, who is hoping to catch the eye of the selectors again this year.

“The team here have done an incredible job, working on the cross country track overnight, rolling the course to make the going good for today. I can't thank them enough.”

More intermediate classes wrapped up the day. William Fox-Pitt ended on a high, with a runner up spot on Yes I Can behind Piggy French riding Castletown Clover in the straight intermediate section. He has also ridden Little Fire into second place at the end of the Lycetts Grantham Cup dressage phase and holds first and second places in the remaining three star section after dressage, with Bay My Hero and Fernhill Pimms.

Harry Meade and Ireland's Austin O'Connor won the open intermediate sections, while Pippa Funnell remains at the top of the Grantham Cup section, albeit now with Billy Beware, MGH Grafton Street now lying in third behind Little Fire.

Tomorrow's action kicks off with show jumping at 8am. The cross country gets under way at 9am.

Belton International Day One Roundup
13 April 2018
Lauren Blades Credit An Eventful Life

Photo credit: An Eventful Life

Competition got underway at Belton House today, with novice competitors the first to perform. 'Novice' is a slightly misleading term – these competitors still face fences set at 1m10, so it is not for the faint hearted.

Emily King claimed the first of these sections riding Kings Rose, with Kitty King (no relation) topping the second leaderboard aboard Cristal Fontaine. However, it was local rider Lauren Blades who had the best morning.

Lauren, from Wymeswold, won section C riding Rodnikova Dream while also piloting Max Faktor into fifth place and Coulston Topcat into sixth in the previous two classes. Lauren said of Angela Schumann's seven-year-old Rodnikova Dream that she thinks the sky might be the limit for this horse.

“Angela approached me out of the blue this time last year, inviting me to ride 'Roddy', who is the last of her homebred horses. She's been so trusting and given me a totally free rein in producing him.

“He isn't a 'big yard' horse – he loves a lot of individual attention, and as long as he wants to do something he has huge ability so it's up to me to make sure he enjoys it! He was great today, and despite the overnight rain the ground on the cross country course was remarkably good.”

The Open Novice Under 18 class was won by Market Harborough based Daisy Hammond and Apollos Copywright, while the Under 21 Open Intermediate class also went to a local rider, Loughborough's Mollie Summerland's with her own nine-year-old Charly Van Ter Heiden.

Two intermediate classes also ran today, both going to Rio 2016 veterans. New Zealander Tim Price claimed one aboard Spartaco, while Ireland's Jonty Evans took the other on Dreamliner.

In the International classes Christopher Burton and Bubby Upton currently lead the 'two star' sections after performing smart dressage tests, with Pippa Funnell on MGH Grafton Street holding the advantage in the Lycetts Grantham Cup 'three star' – although less half a penalty separates the top four combinations with more set to perform their dressage tests tomorrow.

Tomorrow's forecast looks good, the tradestands are packed with products to tempt shoppers of all persuasions, and the equestrian action kicks off at 8am.