The latest news from Nicola Wilson Eventing
We continue to enjoy a great season here at Nicola Wilson Eventing.
Last weekend at Luhmuhlen was so exciting and I was absolutely delighted with Bulana competing in her 1ST CCI4. She produced a beautiful test scoring 38.70 within a whisker of the Germans and gave me a superb ride cross country clear inside the time to move us to 4th place going into the show jumping. The show jumping track was probably the biggest I have seen at a Horse Trials and she jumped beautifully to produce one of the very few clears picking up just a few time faults to leave us in the runner up position. I was a bit frustrated to miss the victory as I felt she deserved the win but I am delighted with how far she has come, we are an established partnership now – she is such a competitor.
Berry had given me a great ride around Chatsworth CIC3* ERM just a month earlier where she finished 4th with a 39.9 dressage and double clear that I went to Luhmuhlen hopefully well prepared.
One Two Many showed his experience in the CCI3* at Bramham. He was the only horse clear inside the time cross country and this helped to secure him 8th place in our 'home' event. He will run next at Barbury in the CIC3* ERM.
Meanwhile we are pretty busy with the younger horses on the yard who are all continuing to make great progress racking up 8 wins and 9 top 10 placings between them since my last newsletter in April. Three have stepped up to Novice, JL Dublin has won his Novice Regional Final and was 8th in his first 1* at Chatsworth.
We will have a couple of weeks near home now before setting off for Barbury in July.
Fingers and toes crossed that we can continue the season in such good form.
2017 Bramham Horse Trials
Yoshiaki Oiwa made history as the first Japanese rider to seal victory at Bramham with a clear showjumping round. On board 10-year-old gelding Calle 44, Yoshi rose from third place after the cross-country to take the title.
Cross-country leader, Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V, had the back rail of the triple bar down, plus one time-fault which dropped them to second place.
Australian rider Sammi Birch who was third going into the final phase, also had a fence down on Hunter Valley II, but they maintained their overall position.
Toshiyuki Tanaka rose from 35th after the dressage thanks to a speedy clear across country on Talma D Allou, to eventual fourth, incurring just one time-fault around a tough showjumping track.
Sponsored rider Nicola Wilson, who was fifth going into the final phase riding One Two Many had two fences down, resulting in an overall 8th position.
Under 25's CCI***
22 year old Will Furlong held onto his cross-country lead to take the Bishop Burton College CCI3* under-25 title after a dramatic showjumping phase. Even more impressive, this was Will's first CCI3*!
The pair won by 2.6 penalties over Gina Ruck and Rehy Too who jumped a beautiful clear round to hold second place. Alicia Hawker and Charles RR finished a very credible 3rd.
A speedy cross country round by Izzy Taylor and Dr Patricia Turner's 12 year old, Trevidden, paid off in the CIC3* enabling them to finish on a score of 47.4 and take top of the podium.
Second went to Paul Tapner and the three-star specialist Yogi Bear VIII, who jumped a double clear, to finish on a score of 51.2.
Third went to New Zealand's Tim Price, who produced a very classy double clear on Cekatinka. Tim has recently taken on the ride of this mare when his wife Jonelle fell pregnant. Something says he may be a little reluctant to give Jonelle the horse back when she returns to competition!
We would like to say a very well deserved well done to all competitors at the 2017 Equi Trek Bramham Horse Trials. Take a look at some of the super action shots taken by K2 Photographic plus some videos of the Suregrow Kidney Ponds on our galley page.
Suregrow Fertiliser at Hickstead and Bramham
Suregrow Fertiliser has confirmed additional support this season for the Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Royal International Horse Show and Bramham International Horse Trials.
Once again the magnificently presented arenas and showground at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course are being prepared for this season's major international fixtures with an application of Suregrow Fertiliser, which Hickstead Director Edward Bunn confirms has "considerably improved the quality and cover of the sward".
Based in Yorkshire, Suregrow Fertiliser is an enthusiastic supporter of its 'local' Bramham International Horse Trials, at which entrants for this year's 40th Anniversary event will include Caroline Powell and Oliver Townend, both of whom use Suregrow Fertiliser on their grazing paddocks. Suregrow's sponsorship of the eyecatching Owl Hole cross country fence always provides great action photographs and is a real crowd pleaser.
Suregrow Fertiliser is running an online competition to win two Member Passes for Bramham International Horse Trials, so if you're planning a visit, visit www.suregrowuk.com to enter and you could be enjoying all the action in fine style!
Pictured is the main arena at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course has once again benefited from an application of Suregrow Fertiliser.