Aske Horse Trials Cancellation 2021
21 June 2021
Grey Show Jumping

THE organisers of this year’s Aske Horse Trials, set to take place on July 10 and 11 have sadly had to cancel the event due to lack of entries.

Organised by BEDE Events, Aske failed to attract enough entries but the team has thanked those riders that did enter and support what in most years has proved a popular fixture.

Said Stuart Buntine of BEDE Events: “It is a great shame that we have had to cancel Aske and I would like to thank the hosts Lord and Lady Ronaldshay for their support and understanding.

“As ever we look forward and will be planning for a bigger and better horse trials in 2022 when more competitors will be back up and running at full speed.”

What’s New at This Year’s Osberton International
21 June 2021
Osberton Water

HAVE you missed attending a major three-day-event over the last 18-months?

Now’s your chance to get close-up and personal to the country’s leading event riders and horses heading to Osberton International Horse Trials.

This popular autumn fixture will see a host of new features and attractions over the four days and runs from September 29 to October 3, incorporating the prestigious British Eventing Young Horse Championship.

There’s no better event for an end of season party and get together than this Nottinghamshire competition that offers topclass action, a trade stand village allowing you to shop til you drop, great places to eat and drink, evening entertainment and even camping on site.

Amongst a number of exciting developments organiser and course designer, Stuart Buntine has re-routed the cross-country course which will run through the trade stand village adding drama and atmosphere for spectators and competitors alike.

From the members enclosure visitors will be able see the dressage, show jumping and cross country sections whilst relaxing and enjoying light refreshments.

The team at long-time supporter and sponsor British Polo Gin will be hosting themed nights in a fantastic party atmosphere each evening to bring each day to a close.

The ever popular Pony Club show jumping takes centre stage on the Sunday running alongside the Driving Marathon as part of the first ever national driving event to be held at Osberton International.

It’s all set for the fun and action from the Pony Club Mounted Games - always worth a watch - catch the action on the Sunday it’s bound to be a big hit.

The British Eventing Young Horse Championship includes the 4 YO Showcase, 5, 6 & 7 YO national championships all in action Thursday to Saturday.

The Four-year-old Showcase will be held as the feature class on the Thursday and includes a new dressage test, with the showjumping and cross-country all in one arena incorporating a water jump, bank and ditch while the Five-year-old takes place at CCI1* level for the first time.

With the aim of bringing the championships format together the dressage for the Five, Six and Seven-year-olds will run on the Thursday, with cross-country taking place on Friday, rounding off with the show jumping for all three age groups building to a fitting reverse order climax on the Saturday.

The cross-country for the Young Horse Championships will run on the very best ground with the course looking in pristine condition and allowing the country’s leading contenders to gallop across the fantastic Osberton parkland.

To book your forward parking, membership, picnic parking or camping visit

Shelford Proves a Huge Success
8 June 2021
James Black And Capadust

With 24 sections running over the first two days at Shelford British Eventing and a further 12 unaffiliated classes taking place on the third and final day it was a busy and sun-baked event for the team at BEDE.

More than 750 entries were catered for over the three days with Stuart Buntine’s cross-country courses receiving much praise from competitors over the Nottinghamshire parkland.

Said Stuart: “Wow what a fantastic three days. A big thankyou to our many volunteers and sponsors who help to make our events run and all the support from competitors. It was really was a busy but brilliant event.”

Sections included BE80T through to BE100 Open, BE100 Under 18 and a special five-year-old section which attracted entries from leading names Andrew Heffernan, Ben and Sarah Way and Ros Canter.

In a closely fought section it was Sarah Way and Ditchford Explorer who ran out the winners finishing on their dressage score of 26.5 after a solid clear in the show jumping and cross-country.

Leading after the dressage, Ros Canter and DHI Rock Dancer’s pole down in the show jumping proved costly as they claimed second place on 27.8.

Sarah’s husband Ben came home in third with the attractive World on Fire, also finishing on their dressage score while Georgie Frow and Milton’s Star took fourth, a pole falling in the show jumping also proving expensive.

At the end of the day on a sun-baked Bank Holiday Monday, Ros Canter was in the ribbons once again when heading the final BE100 section on Destiny. Again leading after the dressage on a superlative score of 22, the Lincolnshire based rider then went clear show jumping and on the cross-country.

The second day of Shelford also proved a busy one for Paul Burgess and his team when heading Section U. One of seven BE100 sections held over the event, Paul secured the leader board with Noble Son, a six-year-old bay gelding by Noble Warrior. Paul also took second in BE100, Section S on Colandro Rivie owned by Gaynor Green.

Section T, BE100 fell to John-Paul Sheffield and the Carole Kirkham owned, Shannondale Aero, the talented seven-year-old, bay gelding heading off Nina De Haas and Enola who finished in the runner-up spot.

Shelford Countdown
20 May 2021
Oliver Jackson Shelford

With just over a week to go the team at BEDE Events are on the countdown to the first of the Shelford Horse Trials this season.

As well as our fantastic competitors we welcome spectators and supporters to come along and enjoy the sport May 30 to June 1.

Enjoy a drink from the bar and catch up with your friends in a relaxed and safe environment.

Have a browse round the trade stands and watch all the action from the dressage, show jumping and cross-country.

Said organiser Stuart Buntine: “It is wonderful to be moving forward with the sport this year and Shelford is such a great venue for competitors and spectators alike.

“The ground is looking in superb condition and plans are all in place to host a fabulous three days.”

Firle Place - A Magical Event
20 May 2021
Sect E Ella Lucas And My Good Morning

It was a busy two days at the new Science Supplements Area Festival at Firle Place with 17 sections running over the weekend.

Firle Place was the first of the exciting new Area Festivals to run this season and was the most southern of all four venues, held in the South Downs National Park in the village of Firle, Sussex.

The idyllic Firle Estate was used as a primary location in the new film adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma which starred Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn and Miranda Hart.

The Firle Estate sits in the heart of the South Downs National Park and is just 60 miles from the centre of London. It incorporates several villages and farms spread over rolling hills, with Firle a thriving rural community set in one of the most picturesque parts of the United Kingdom.

Said Stuart Buntine of BEDE: “We were delighted to host the first of the exciting new Science Supplements Area Festivals at Firle. It was a great two days of sport giving grass roots riders the opportunity to compete at a championship atmosphere in a stunning location.”

Leading the way in the South East Eventers League BE100 Championship was Katie Hipkins and Martins Irish Warrior finishing on a score of 34.6.

The Autumn Financial sponsored BE100 Open Championship went to Justin Clubley and his nine-year-old KWPN gelding, Hokus Pokus with superb clears in both the cross-country and show jumping.

It was the turn of Ella Lucas and My Good Morning in the Allen & Page BE80 Championship. A full-time psychology and neuroscience student, Ella and the six-year-old black gelding completed on their impressive dressage score of 25.3.

Heading the Equissage supported BE80 Open Championship was Deborah Burrell and Imperial Tangle.

“When I heard about these new Area Festivals I was keen to qualify and was delighted to get my double-clear at Chilham Castle. The BE80 courses at Firle were so well built; challenging, technical and up to height,” said Deborah.

The Eco Voltz BE90 Championship provided a great win for Chloe Dunn and Towerhill Shamie. Partnering the 10-year-old gelding, the duo galloped home clear in both the show jumping and cross-country.

Elizabeth Evans and Diamond Rhapsody captured the Science Supplements BE90 Open Championship with the 11-year-old, bay mare finishing on a dressage score of 27.5 before a clean sheet in the show jumping and cross-country over the magical Firle backdrop.

New Classes Open For All At Firle Place, Science Supplements Area Festival
15 April 2021
2 Firle Place North And East Front 1

THE Firle Place, Science Supplements Area Festival is now hosting new classes to give non-qualified competitors the chance to enjoy competing at this fantastic venue.

Organised by the team at BEDE Events, Firle Place is the first of the exciting new Area festivals and takes place on May 15 and 16, in the South Downs National Park in the village of Firle, Sussex.

Classes open to all BE members will include the following:

BE80 – Saturday and Sunday

BE90 – Sunday

BE100 & BE100Op – Saturday

Said Stuart Buntine of BEDE: “We are delighted to be able to give competitors the opportunity to compete at Firle Place. These new classes running alongside the Area Championships will really add to the occasion.

“Everyone involved recognises the season started late and the new Science Supplements Area Festival has come round really quickly so the opportunity to give more riders a run across this idyllic estate is just great news.

“We are delighted to be working with the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead at Firle, and they will be supplying us with the show jumps for the event. The show jumping will take place in front of the house.

“Our building team are working on some exciting new fences and combinations for the cross country phase.

“We are thrilled to be opening up our entries to run normal BE80, BE90, BE100 and BE100 Open classes – these entries are open now. Area Championship and Area Qualifier competitors entering before midday on Tuesday 20 April will be given priority entry, so we urge anyone looking to make an entry to do so promptly”

Firle Place was used as a primary location in the new film adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma which starred Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn and Miranda Hart.

Leading Names Triumph at Oasby
12 April 2021
Izzy Taylor And Carolines Air Km

OASBY Horse Trials saw a packed three days of British Eventing competition over the Easter weekend, with a full unaffiliated programme running on the fourth and final day.

With the likes of Oliver Townend, Izzy Taylor, Nicola Wilson, Piggy French and Laura Collett, to name just a few of the sport’s leading players, all vying for podium positions, competition was fierce throughout.

The first day started well for Oliver when heading the first of two Open Intermediate sections on Miss Cooley ahead of Yasmin Ingham and Rehy DJ.

The inform Piggy March and striking chestnut, Dargun ran out the winners of the second Open Intermediate with Izzy Taylor and Happy Days taking the runner-up spot.

Izzy was another rider starting the season in winning mode when heading the two Intermediate sections with Ballingowan Leia and Caroline’s Air KM.

Heidi Coy set the standard in the NAF sponsored Open Intermediate Under 21 section when winning on Russal Z and also claimed third on Royal Fury; leaving Daisy Proctor and Quarryman to fill the runner-up slot.

The Open Novice saw Piggy March again taking the section with the attractive I Diablo Joe, and to round off a hugely successful day, saw the grey, Cooley Goodwood finish in third, with Emily Finston and Morelands Casanova taking second.

Laura Collett and Canyon Du Fort Vert ran out the winners in the Novice over Ben Way and Eliza Stoddart with Codebreaker.

Said Stuart Buntine of organiser’s BEDE Events: “It was fantastic to have so many of the country’s top riders travelling to Oasby for an early season run. Whilst the dry weather had the ground on the firm side of good, we couldn’t have been more pleased with how the event ran.”

Saturday’s competition included 11 sections ranging from BE90 to BE100 Open classes with Under 18 and Pony Trial categories.

Willa Newton’s team of young contenders were in great form winning the BE100 Open on Light The Fuse on the Saturday, taking a Novice section on the Sunday with Escape Route and a BE100 Open on Quality Time.

Holly Woodhead was also in competitive spirit on the Sunday when capturing the Open Novice on Beneicia B and the final BE100 of the day with Jackpot DHI to round off a busy but brilliant Oasby 1.

Horse & Country Live Stream Oasby Elite
17 March 2021
Watch Oasby Elite Live On 4

Many of the country’s leading event riders are set to converge on Oasby for their Elite event on Monday, March 22.

The event has attracted major names in the sport and H&C+ will live stream more than five hours action from the cross-country phase as some 150 riders head out on this exciting section.

Riders making their way to the Lincolnshire event include 2020 Pau 5* winner, Laura Collett and London 52, Burghley winners, Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street along with Piggy March, Tom McEwen and Ros Canter.

The line-up is second to none with many riders bringing their top horses to take part in the Open Intermediate section and get their season underway.

Oliver Townend, Nicola Wilson, Izzy Taylor, Tina Cook, Harry Meade and Polly Stockton are just a few more legends of the sport all entered and set to take part.

The stream starts at 11.30m and will run until around 5pm with the cross country course designed to give riders and horses a good ‘pipe’ opener as they start their competition campaign.

Well known commentator and international rider, Spencer Sturmey will bring the action to life as riders make their way around Stuart Buntine’s cross country course.

Said Stuart: “With strict COVID guidelines in place, it is with regret that we are unable to welcome owners and supporters to Oasby Elite, but we are delighted that Horse & Country are joining us to live stream the cross country action.

“The sport will be a fantastic occasion for eventing fans who will be able to see so many of the country’s major stars in action throughout the Monday afternoon.”

To watch the live stream make sure you are signed up to H&C+, Horse & Country’s streaming service. H&C+ members can watch online or with H&C’s mobile apps, as well as on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire. Membership is just £5.99 per month and full details on how to join can be found at

Oasby Gets BEDE Events Season Underway
2 March 2021
Eliza Stoddar And De Pleasure On The Cross Country

EVENTING competitors are set to converge on Oasby (1) Horse Trials, as the season gets underway for the team at BEDE Events.

Oasby (1), Lincolnshire will take place on Friday 2nd April – Sunday 4th April. Easter Monday will see unaffiliated eventing running and this has already met with a fantastic response.

Held over flat ground with just one valley, the cross country course will be designed to give horses and riders a confidence building first event of the season.

Said BEDE’s Stuart Buntine: “We are aware that both horses and riders will be short of schooling rounds so have designed the courses with this in mind.

“It is brilliant to get the green light to run Oasby and we are looking forward to catching up with the many competitors who are great supporters of the events we run.

“Oasby provides a great first run to the season for many competitors as they get their competitive year underway, let’s hope momentum continues and we can all enjoy fantastic sport.”

Sections include BE90, BE90Ou18, BE100, BE100 Open, BE100Ou18, Novice, Open Novice, Pony Trial, Intermediate, Open Intermediate and OIu21.

Oasby runs on the first weekend of the resumption of the sport with British Eventing working hard to get competitive activity up and running once again.

Unaffiliated sections on the Monday include Pre Novice (1m), Intro (90cm) and Pre Intro (80cm) giving riders a great opportunity to get out competing again.

BEDE Events Launch Virtual Dressage Competition
9 February 2021
Dressage Brack

With the aim of ‘bringing riders together while apart’ we have launched a Virtual Dressage competition that will see three British Eventing dressage tests to choose from.

Due to the BEDE winter dressage series having to be cancelled we wanted to bring everyone together for this fantastic virtual opportunity.

The tests will allow riders to have a practice under competition rules before the season gets underway.

Dressage tests will include Pony Club Walk & Trot Test (2013), Pony Club Introduction to Dressage (2019), BE 95 (2012), BE 106 (2012) and BE Novice 110 (2011) and a team competition.

Combinations are required to video their tests from C and upload them to Facebook or Youtube and add your link to your entry form, with your name, horses name and test they have ridden.

These will then be judged by an accredited BE judge and competitors will receive their dressage sheet back to assist with training in the run up to the outdoor season.

Said Stuart Buntine of BEDE: “With the season being delayed we wanted to develop the Virtual Dressage competition to try and give our much valued competitors something to aim for while training at home.

“We have some fantastic prizes and great support from sponsors, and hopefully it will provide some fun at the same time and bring people together.”

As well as prizes in each section, there will also be a team prize, and fun awards.

Added Stuart: “We really want as many riders as possible to get involved with the competition with classes for grass roots, Riding Club and Pony Club, through to leading riders wanting feedback on tests with their novice horses.”

To enter a class at £10 each visit Entries and submission dates for the videos will be from Saturday, February 20 to Monday, March 1.

Cancellation of The Eventing Spring Carnival 2021
29 January 2021
Thoresby Logs 3

It is with much sadness that the team at BEDE Events has announced this year’s Eventing Spring Carnival set to run at Thoresby Park, April 1 to 3 will not go-ahead.

The organisers led by BEDE’s Stuart Buntine have been monitoring the situation closely but in recent days it is becoming ever more clear that it is unlikely COVID-19 restrictions will ease very soon.

Said Stuart: “Thoresby Park is a fantastic venue and we were very relieved when we were able to re-route the autumn Osberton International Horse Trials to the venue.

“We ran what quickly became known as ‘Thoresberton’ to much praise from riders, owners and sponsors thanks to the efforts of Thoresby Park’s, Gregor Pierrepont and the team.

“In order to run The Eventing Spring Carnival in April, work needed to start in early February, which has meant we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event and plan towards a bigger and better 2022.

“As ever at BEDE Events we are a positive team and are sure our busy calendar of fixtures will get underway before we know it, but in order for riders to plan their season we felt they needed to be kept in the loop.

“It is very sad for Gregor and the team at Thoresby Park as they have been a brilliant support and this is the second year that the virus has led to cancellation of the spring event but let’s hope 2022 is third time lucky.

“Of course we are very aware that whilst the sport is central to our lives and those of our competitors it is vital that we support the efforts to rid the country of this pandemic.”

Added Gregor: "Over the last two years we've done everything that could be done to make the inaugural Eventing Spring Carnival at Thoresby Park the best it can be, and we remain determined it will launch in 2022 with a bang.

The autumn event at Thoresby really showcased our strengths as a venue, with massive potential to put on a truly international event. We are determined to get there and look forward to welcoming everyone as soon as we can.”

The BEDE team are now continuing to work closely with British Eventing to look at alternative dates for their Oasby Horse Trials event, with the aim of giving competitors an early season run with classes from BE90 to Intermediate level.

2020 Round Up
23 November 2020
Horse Xc In Front Of Thoresby Hall

In a year that many will want to forget, the we pulled together to deliver five very well received and much appreciated horse trials at four locations around the country – running more than 3,000 horses and reaping huge praise from competitors and their support teams.

We started the year at Oasby (1), in March, despite the weather being unhelpful, we managed to run all 4 days of competition, which started our year off with a great event. However, un beknown to us, that was our last event for a few months! All hands were on deck at Thoresby, preparing for our inaugural event, however less than a week before the first hooves were due to step onto the park, the country went into lockdown, and the office was closed and the team were furloughed.

Stuart & Anna kept the business ticking over during lockdown and prepared everything, so as July started, the team headed North to run one of the first events of the "new" season at Aske Hall. With many new protocols coming into play, no one knew what to expect, however it was great to see everyone back and the sun shone for us all.

Heading into the summer, we welcomed back Tower Equine as our sponsors of the Summer Series. This year we moved the series from Newton down to Shelford, it was welcomed by many riders and we had so much support we ended up putting on an extra day. Our August event at Shelford, ran over three days and we welcomed many of our local riders through the gates. The talk of the event was, Stuart's lockdown purchase, his pygmy goats, who caused much amusement throughout the event.

Our first run at Thoresby Park was simply fantastic despite the challenging weather which kept us on our toes. At an event which quickly became known as Thoresberton – Osberton running at Thoresby - the ground held up brilliantly with a few minor tweaks to the cross-country course and gave everyone in the team food for thought on how the venue can be developed for The Eventing Spring Carnival at the end of March. What can we say about this true gem of a venue with an international flavour. Thoresberton proved what we always thought – one of the best and most historic estates in the country providing a superb backdrop of the highest standard.

This event is already a must visit for leading names in the sport. In 2021 The Eventing Spring Carnival will be the major pre-run for competitors heading to Badminton just a few weeks later. Expect top class sport and the very best eventing action over the four days.

We finished up the season at Oasby (2), where once again we were inundated with entries, which always makes us feel good, and our team pulled an extra day out of the bag on the Monday to ensure we could run as many riders as possible.

Now we are into our winter of planning and have got lots of new things coming in 2021! With the latest update from Boris Johnson, there are very positive signs leaning towards a more "normal" 2021 and the opportunity of welcoming many of you back to our events, we are looking at all the new protocols and plans moving into 2021.

We are so grateful for all the support we have received from everyone this year. A HUGE thank you to our sponsors, owners, riders, traders, grooms, volunteers and all the four legged friends (dogs & horses alike!). Here is a to a great and busy 2021!

Izzy and Hartacker Maintain Lead at Thoresberton
10 October 2020
Jamie Lee Day And Hanleen Didjeridoo

After an exciting day at Thoresberton International, Izzy Taylor and Hartacker maintain the lead they gained in the dressage phase with a fantastic clear cross-country over the Thoresby parkland.

The Camilla Behrens owned eight-year-old made light work of Stuart Buntine’s course to continue their progress in the main CCI3*-L section on a day that generally held fair with a scattering of showers interspersed between brilliant autumnal sunshine.

Northamtonshire’s Piggy March, having a great run at Thoresberton so far, also kept the silver placing from dressage day with Sportsfield Top Notch as did Mark Davidson and the attractive grey, Highlight K when maintaining third position.

Holding the lead in the CCI2*-L is Jamie-Lee Day and the eight-year-old, Hanleen Didjeridoo making their trip from North Somerset a successful one after dressage and cross-country.

Jamie-Lee’s scorching round on the eight-year-old, bay gelding really showed the great flow of Stuart’s cross-country course which made its way round the stunning Thoresby Park.

The lawn provides a wonderful bowl for spectators able to see a host of fences from what quickly became a ‘must visit’ vantage point for support teams.

Overnight leader, Emily King and Imposant were left to fight another day after parting company while time penalties for Sarah Holmes and Harley Brown, in second after the dressage, saw them drop way down the leaderboard with 12.8 time penalties.

Emily Young-Jamieson and Obos Nidge hold second place, on the same score as Jamie-Lee but just further off the optimum time, while Caroline Harris and Cadannus hold an additional 0.8 penalties for third place.

Surrey-based Tom Jackson is in first place in the British Eventing Seven-Year-Old Championship with a smart clear round in the showjumping moving them up to pole position with 26.4 penalties.

Overnight leader, William Fox-Pitt and Under Oath fell by the wayside after five fences hit the ground while Frenchman Gaspard Maksud and Zaragoza II moved up to second place after a great clear round leaves him on his dressage score of 29.3 penalties.

Irish rider Susie Berry and Wellfields Lincoln owned by Anne Marling and Sue Wilkinson are in third with the Luidam gelding also moving up the leaderboard after a fantastic clear in the showjumping ring.

In the British Eventing Six-Year-Old Championship with dressage and showjumping complete, Piggy French and the attractive grey, Cooley Goodwood maintain the lead they claimed after the first phase.

Owned by Susie Wood, the Obos Quality gelding gave the show jumps plenty of room to score a clear round and keep their first place with 24.6 penalties.

Cheshire-based Hayden Hankey and Head’s Up moved to second position thanks to their clear showjumping while Bubby Upton and Cooley As Ice dropped a place after one of the coloured poles fell.

With just one day to go, Thoresberton and the stunning Thoresby Park venue continues to receive huge praise from riders and supporters delighted to have the Nottinghamshire estate join the eventing calendar.

Major Names Head to Cross-Country in the Lead
10 October 2020
Piggy March And Cooley Goodwood

THE third day of Thoresberton International Horse Trials saw major stars of the sport head to the top of the leaderboard across all four sections.

In the BEDE CCI3*-L Izzy Taylor and Hartacker head to cross-country in pole position for owner Camilla Behrens.

The Oxfordshire rider and the eight-year-old, bay gelding by Spartacus showed true class finishing on 25.7 penalties with Piggy March and Sportsfield Top Notch holding runner-up position.

Said Izzy: “It is fantastic to be at Thoresberton in what is a truly brilliant venue with the ground in excellent shape. I am really looking forward to cross-country day and it is great to be on such a picturesque estate with the team doing everything they can to put on the event.”

Emily King and Imposant claimed top spot in the BEDE CCI2*-L after the seven-year-old bay shone bright with a consistent performance throughout.

Owned by the Kerr-Dineen family, the 17hh, gelding by Namelus R put on an attractive test that delighted the Clwyd-rider.

“It is great to be out eventing again and the estate at Thoresby looks in great shape, we are very lucky to be here,” said Emily.

Eventing maestro, William Fox-Pitt and Lady Best’s chestnut, Under Oath enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere of the lawn at Thoresby Hall to head the dressage leaderboard in the British Eventing Seven-Year-Old Championship.

In second place is Tom Jackson with HH Moonwalk, while Wiltshire-based Georgie Strang and the mare, Darcey De La Rose are in bronze position.

Two Cooley horses are out in front in the British Eventing Six-Year-Old Championship with Cooley Goodwood and Piggy March holding first and Bubby Upton with Cooley As Ice in second place.

Another rider to praise the Nottinghamshire-venue, Piggy said: “The Thoresby Estate provides a magnificent backdrop for the event and really has an international flavour. It gives these young horses great experience at a major fixture but the relaxed atmosphere of the lawn was perfect.”

With the grounds team pulling out all the stops to ensure the very best going possible for tomorrow’s cross-country it’s going to be a busy day at Thoresberton International.

Great Start at Thoresberton International Horse Trials
8 October 2020
Sarah Holmes

The weather dried up and competition certainly hotted up on the second day of Thoresberton International Horse Trials.

With dressage in the BEDE Events CCI2*-L and CCI3*-L taking centre stage in the Oakham Veterinary Hospital Arenas competitors vied for the top places in front of ground jury, Anne-Marie Taylor, Adrian Buzzard, Linda Pearce and Agnieszka Mossakowska.

The first phase also got underway in the British Eventing Six-Year-Old Championships with dressage held on the lawn in the magnificent backdrop of Thoresby Hall.

Heading the BEDE Events CCI2*-L at the end of the day is Sarah Holmes, riding the talented Harley Brown for owner Ellen Brown. The attractive skewbald gelding really catching the eyes of the ground jury.

Now 14-year-old, Harley Brown showed balance and rhythm throughout on ground that held together extremely well considering the torrential rain over night and during the early morning.

At the top of the leaderboard in the BEDE Events CCI3*-L section is James Avery, riding Generous DHI, a nine-year-old, bay gelding, owned by Heidi Woodhead.

Said organiser Stuart Buntine: “With the second day of dressage complete we are delighted with how well the ground is holding up and there have been some fantastic performances throughout.

“The competitors and support teams are in great form and we are looking forward to the final day of dressage tomorrow before cross-country and showjumping gets underway on Saturday.

Leading the field in the British Eventing Six-Year-Old Championships is Piggy March, riding the talented Cooley Goodwood, who shone under the spectacular site of Thoresby Hall. In form Piggy is also in third place with Cooley Kan Do with Izzy Taylor and Jaeger Master currently holding second.

The first day of dressage in the British Eventing Seven-Year-Old Championships starts tomorrow with a topclass section ready to gets their Thoresberton International competition underway.

5YO Championships moving to Oasby (2)
8 September 2020
Eliza Stoddard Codebreaker W Owners

In a change to the scheduled location, the 2020 British Eventing Five-Year-Old Championship will now take place at Oasby (2) Horse Trials (24-25 October 2020).

The class, run at BE100 level, is part of the British Eventing National Championships which also encompasses championship classes for six- and seven-year-olds. Due to COVID-19 it was announced in August that the 2020 BE Young Horse Championships and Osberton International Horse Trials would move from Osberton House to Thoresby Park for this year only.

As the Five-Year-Old Championship hosts less combinations than the international classes, the organisers, in conjunction with British Eventing, felt it sensible to move the 2020 Five-Year-Old Championship to Oasby (2), who already run classes at BE100 level.

Jude Matthews, BE CEO, commented; “We thank our members and organisers for their understanding of the flexibility that our sport resumption calendar has required. This has allowed us to run a really successful schedule of events this season and ensure as much competition opportunity as possible.

“The Six- and Seven-Year-Old Championship, along with the CCI2*-S and CCI3*-S classes, will remain at Thoresby Park, from 7 to 11 October, and gives organisers, BEDE Events, a great opportunity to run international classes ahead of their inaugural event, The Eventing Spring Carnival, in 2021, after its sad cancellation this year.”

BEDE’s Stuart Buntine commented: “It is sad that we are unable to include the Five-Year-Old Championship at Thoresby Park despite everyone’s best efforts but in this turbulent year the change of venue and other constraints mean it just isn’t possible. We will work hard to ensure the 5YO Championship has an exciting feel at Oasby and look forward to uniting all the Young Horse classes at Osberton in 2021.”

All entries already made into the Five-Year-Old-Championship at Thoresby will be refunded in full.

BEDE Events would like to thank the equestrian community for their support during a difficult year and look forward to welcoming competitors to Thoresby Park and Oasby.

Entries are now open for Osberton International and BE Young Horse Championships at Thoresby Park HERE.

Entries for Oasby (2), including the Five-Year-Old Championship, open on 25 September.

All Systems Go for Osberton International Horse Trials
13 August 2020
Annie Strawson Bpg Distillery

THIS year’s Osberton International Horse Trials may be taking place at Thoresby Park this year but it’s all systems go for a packed timetable of top class competition.

Run by the team at BEDE Events, Osberton International Horse Trials – October 8 to 11 - is highly regarded in the calendar and is home to the British Eventing Young Horse Championships.

This year’s autumn three-day event will see three championship sections for five-year-old horses competing at national level, and six and seven-year-old horses taking on the international stage in order to be crowned the National Champions.

Qualifying and competing at the British Eventing Young Horse Championships is the ultimate accolade for many young event horse owners, breeders and riders. Past stars include famous names NZB Land Vision, World Equestrian Games silver medallist Cool Mountain, Redesigned and Billy Landretti to name a few.

BEDE’s Stuart Buntine said: “The Young Horse Championships have grown significantly over the years, with Olympic horses and riders coming through the ranks at Osberton.”

The timetable for the five, six and seven-year-old championships will see dressage on the Friday, showjumping on the Saturday and cross-country on the Sunday.

Running alongside the championships will be prestigious CCI2* long format and CCI3* long format sections.

Dressage for both the 2 and 3* classes will run on the Thursday and Friday with cross-country on the Saturday and showjumping on the Sunday.

Added Stuart: “The team at BEDE is working hard to put on a fantastic event for competitors and their supporters and to make this year’s ‘new look’ Osberton a fitting way to end the season on a high.

“We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available and would welcome support at various levels to make this October finale and party a real celebration of the sport.”

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Osberton moves to Thoresby for 2020
27 July 2020
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BEDE Events are delighted to announce that Osberton International will be running this year. However, due to the ever changing COVID situation, we are moving the event from Osberton to Thoresby, the home of the Eventing Spring Carnival, for one year only. We are extremely grateful to the Estate and team at Thoresby to enable this prestigious event to take place, and to Osberton Estate for their support to ensure the event continues. We are looking forward to returning to Osberton in 2021.

The work to enable this move to take place in a short time frame has been quite significant. There is still much to finalise and we will keep the website updated as we announce timetables and plans for the event over the coming weeks.

Unfortunately we will be unable to host the Bennington Carriages Driving Trials alongside the horse trials, however are committed to running at Osberton in 2021.

Osberton International, incorporating the Caunton Manor Stud British Young Horse Championships, is a key fixture within the sport and is loved by many and BEDE Events are working hard to ensure that in 2020 despite the COVID challenges is an exciting week of sport.

The full press release is below

Osberton Moves To Thoresby For One Year Only

Eco Voltz hits the headlines
22 July 2020
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Electric bikes are growing in popularity, and we were excited to see our great sponsors, Eco Voltz, heading up headlines with their growing display of bikes.

Eco Voltz moved from their Chesterfield base to Thoresby Park in 2020, and we were excited to see them in their new base for the Eventing Spring Carnival. Unfortunately due to COVID 19 we were unable to run the inaugural Eventing Spring Carnival.

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Resumption of the Sport at Aske
10 June 2020

It has been a very long time coming but we are all excited that the resumption of sport appears imminent. Whilst we are still awaiting permission from DMSC, Sport England and British Equestrian we will be working with British Eventing to produce protocols and formats that will allow us to ensure the safety of all those competing and attending. We are very hopeful that BEDE Events will be back in action at Aske Hall on the weekend of the 11th and 12th July.

This will be our first event since Oasby 1 in March! We will be running classes from BE90 to Intermediate with the focus being very much an ‘early season’ run. Courses will be encouraging, run over the shorter end of the scale with the clear aim of getting riders and horses back into their stride.

Once we are back up and running we will be focusing on Osberton international Horse Trials as a real end of season event for all. Traditionally well supported, in 2020 it may be even more a place to celebrate the end of season. We are working closely with local councils to ensure that we can run as successful event as possible and give riders, owners and horses a goal for 2020

Weekly Quiz
26 March 2020
Winning Toilet Roll

To stave off your isolation boredom we are running daily quiz questions with the chance to win prizes delivered straight to your door! Check out this weeks quiz questions and head to our Facebook page to give us your answers!

Monday – Which is the largest land Carnivore in Britain?

Tuesday – Which substance is used for pencil lead?

Wednesday – Which country originated the term “plonk” for wine?

Thursday – Which traffic light follows green?

Friday – What year did Mark Zukerberg invent Facebook?

This weeks winner will receive a topical 4 rolls of Who Gives A Crap loo roll! Who Gives A Crap started when they learnt that 2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.

They thought that was pretty crap. So in July 2012, Simon, Jehan and Danny launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. Simon sat on a toilet in our draughty warehouse and refused to move until we had raised enough pre-orders to start production. 50 hours and one cold bottom later, we'd raised over $50,000!

TheraPlate Rehab Point coming to The Eventing Spring Carnival
12 February 2020
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TheraPlate Ltd are the exclusive UK, Ireland, European and Middle Eastern distributors of the globally renowned therapy platform, TheraPlate. Tried, tested and trusted in the United States for over 30 years, the mobile TheraPlate uses totally unique, patented Vortex Wave Circulation technology, with zero vibration. VWC supports circulation to areas of the body not usually reached when immobile. Although originally designed for horses, the range of TheraPlate units has been developed to support humans and smaller animals alike, all benefitting from the same VWC technology. TheraPlate is used daily for rehabilitation, recovery and to support optimum performance. TheraPlate is relied upon by vets, olympians and rehab specialists around the globe. The advanced mobile therapy platform has quickly become a vital piece of therapy equipment for any professional or amateur yard alike.

We are delighted to announce a new equine welfare partnership between TheraPlate Ltd and BEDE Events Limited. The TheraPlate is easy to use, proven effective, portable and very affordable. Introducing horses to the TheraPlate is so simple. The TheraPlate is a totally unique therapy platform which uses advanced, patented technology called Vortex Wave Circulation Therapy. The TheraPlate is constructed with aircraft grade aluminum, making it lightweight and sturdy. TheraPlate is the common denominator for promoting and maintaining soundness.

We are extremely excited to give you a first hand experience of the TheraPlate during the Eventing Spring Carnival at Thoresby in March & also at Osberton International Horse Trails in October 2020, where the TheraPlate rehab point will be set up so riders and horses can treat, warm up and cool down their horses, taking advantage of full TheraPlate protocols for FREE.

The rehab point will also allow yourself to see and feel the benefits of TheraPlate during competition, giving you and your horses the best possible chance of success, while joining TheraPlate in spearheading the quest for ultimate equine wellbeing.

Dominic Fox Director of Theraplate Ltd said: “We are delighted to announce our new equine welfare partnership with BEDE Events Limited. The TheraPlate is a highly innovative therapy platform with totally unique technology, used all around the globe by vets, racehorse trainers, olympians, and more. We are so excited to be partnered with BEDE Events Limited, as well as supporting optimum performance and recovery of all their horses.”

For more information contact TheraPlate Ltd directly on 0800 955 2016 or email

Opportunity to sponsor the Brand New Water Jump at The Eventing Spring Carnival
5 February 2020
Water Jump

The water jump at Thoresby offers you the chance to engage with our audience of over 10,000 visitors and entertain staff and clients overlooking the water complex. Horses in the international classes will pass through the water twice, bringing the fast and exciting action within metres of you and your guests. With three days of action you have the chance to maximise your profile and impact across the event.

The Eventing Spring Carnival will attract many of the equestrian elite as they qualify for this year’s Olympic Games.

Thoresby will play host to this exciting event for the first time in 2020, following the relocation from Belton Park in Lincolnshire. Attracting over 10,000 visitors across the three days and over 80 trade outlets, a day at the Eventing Spring Carnival has entertainment and action for all.

For more information click HERE

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