Equestrian News

The glorious backcloth of Exmoor was seen at its best in the warm spring sunshine on Sunday before a packed crowd for the Dulverton West meeting at Bratton Down, writes Granville Taylor.

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Pontispool Equine Sports Centre is limbering up for its British Eventing Horse Trials that take place this weekend, May 26 to 28, and spectators can expect three full days of action at the Somerset venue, writes Lucy Johnson.

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On what turned out to be the hottest May Day bank holiday for 40 years, the Exe Equestrian Club held its opening event of 2018, a 10-mile pleasure ride over Woodbury Common, kindly sponsored by Leonard Coombe.

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Pontispool Equestrian Centre is supporting the Devon Air Ambulance at its forthcoming BE Horse Trials, writes Lucy Johnson.

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Point-to-Pointing heads back down to Cornwall next weekend where the Four Burrow are to hold their second meeting of the season at the popular Trebudannon course near Newquay on Sunday (May 13), writes Donna Harris.

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Creative Inertia was crowned Exeter Racecourse’s intermediate hunter chase series final after a rousing display in which he took up the lead three fences from home and galloped on to record an eight lengths success in the hands of Rex Dingle, writes Lucy Johnson.

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PHOTO GALLERY by Becca Gliddon and Stefan Gordon. Crowds in their thousands turned out for Saturday’s cross country day at the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

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A double treat is in store this bank holiday weekend for point-to-point racing enthusiasts when The Modbury Harriers stage their meeting at Flete Park on Saturday (May 5) and then the Stevenstone meeting at Vauterhill, takes place on Monday (May 7), writes Donna Harris.

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Sidmouth College student Charly Hosking has been enjoying plenty of equestrian success of late.

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The prestigious Exeter Racecourse intermediate final takes centre stage on a six race card at Exeter on May 8, when the glitz and glamour descend on Haldon Hill with the fixture coinciding with the course’s annual ladies’ night, writes Lucy Johnson.

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Will Biddick’s remarkable weekend continued at the Axe Vale Harriers fixture at Stafford Cross, where he added four more winners to his win in Ireland on Friday evening, coupled with a double from his two rides at Trebudannon on Saturday (April 28), writes Granville Taylor.

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Bicton Arena International Horse Trials provided an outstanding three days of competition with world-class competitors among more than 800 horse and rider combinations who were in action on the Clinton Devon Estate, writes Lucy Johnson.

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There are two point-to-point meetings in the area this weekend with the first being held at Trebudannon, situated near St Columb Major in Cornwall, where the re-arranged meeting, hosted by The Four Burrow, is on Saturday (April 28), writes Donna Harris.

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The latest area point-to-point meeting was held at Flete Park where Darren Edwards took a crashing fall when Raloo Rocket came down at the head of the nine-strong Restricted field with a circuit to go, writes Granville Taylor.

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Foxcub lowered the colours of local favourite Dicky Bob in the Ladies’ Open at the Silverton point-to-point held at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Grand National Day, writes Granville Taylor.

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With a list of entries that reads like a who’s who of eventing, Bicton Arena International Horse Trials, which begins on Friday (April 19), looks set to be the focal point for all equestrians keen to watch their favourite equine stars in action, writes Lucy Johnson.

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Point-to-point horse racing heads back to Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary this coming Saturday (April 14), writes Donna Harris.

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Organisers of Nunney International Horse Trials have announced a new title sponsor for the event, which takes place from June 15 to 17, writes Lucy Johnson.

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Dicky Bob won the Hunt race for the fourth successive year at Cherrybrook, but this time the locally trained grey met with no opposition in his favourite race and only had to walk over to claim the prize, writes Granville Taylor.

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Bicton Arena has added another feather to its cap having won the prestigious British Dressage Best Venue award for 2017, writes Lucy Johnson.

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