When it comes to the equestrian world of blogging this really is ‘Best in Show’. With regular updates from resident blogger Mary King and horse lovers that aren’t quite as accomplished, (yet!) we’re talking to you from stable doors in Britain and from equestrian events all over the world. Get in touch and feel free to ask as many questions as you wish.

Hurray!

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Hurray, am back competing! I have never been so excited at riding at West Wilts Horse Trials before – and I rode a winner!!! Dan (King Dan) had his first eventing win in the BE100, Zippy (Mr Hiho) came 2nd in the ON, Lottie (Kings Choice) jumped a double clear in the ON finishing 9th. I am riding Mr Hiho, Emily’s usual ride, for the time being. He had been a bit naughty so Patsy Mason his owner and Emily and I thought it best if I ride him at a few events – it’s hard for Emily as she loves him and has done all the work so far.
July went well for Emily, and following a very successful number of events was selected for the Junior European Championships with Brookleigh, and Zara as a direct reserve. This is Emily’s 4th and final Junior Europeans, as she will be up into the Young Rider age bracket next year, so fingers crossed! Following final team training the junior squad moved up to Bishop Burton, Yorks. where the Euros are taking place this week. Mum and I are going up tomorrow, Freddie and David on Friday. Fingers crossed for Team GB and Emily and Brook!
My book is finished and at the printers now, hope to see many of you at Burghley for the launch. I will be at the Celebrity Talk Area from Sept 3rd- 7th.
It’s lovely to see dear Archie (Imperial Cavalier) and Urco (Fernhill Urco, who I came 2nd with at the Rolex CCI**** in Kentucky in 2011) going so well at a lower level for Yaz Ingham, a very talented junior rider who is based at the Davies (the owners) wonderful yard in Cheshire.
Sapey and Wellington are my next couple of events – it is great to be back on track!!

Mary

Bramham International Horse Trials

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The eventing season is now in full speed with top event riders barely having time to let their feet touch the ground. Bramham International Horse Trials is the next stop for these riders and our favourite eventer Mary King will be competing there with MHS King Joules, or Jay as he is know at the yard.

 

Here’s a round up of things you might like to know about this year’s event….

Bramham International Horse Trials runs from the 5th – 8th June and is set in the beautiful grounds of Bramham Park in Yorkshire.

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Which day to attend…

Thursday is dressage for the 3DE, but in the TopSpec Arena there is Event Horse Breeding and Young Stock classes and Hunters;

Friday is again dressage for the 3DE and in the TopSpec Arena you can watch the Burghley Young Event Horse and the Stallion Parade. This year they are holding a late night shopping event on Friday, where entry is free after 4pm and all of the stands stay open until 8pm Great for the shoppers!

Saturday is the biggest day, with Cross Country going on around the Park, last year around 28,000 spectators flocked to Bramham for the day! If you don’t fancy walking the course there are plenty of other things going on as well, including: British Show Jumping and Pony Club as well as Show Jumping for the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* class.

Sunday is the final section for the CCI3* classes with the jumping taking place in the Equi-Trek Arena and more British Show Jumping in the TopSpec Arena.

 

Shopping…

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There are over 50 trade stands at Bramham and of course the Joules shows team will be there with the Bramham Collection, you can find them on stand 85.

 

Fun bits…

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Every year Bramham runs a Photo Competition with the winning entry appearing on the front cover of the next year’s programme so be sure to get involved if you’re a budding photographer. There is a great Activity Area for the children, with all sorts of things to entertain young and old. Finally it’s a great place to take the family dog for the day, with dog shows, agility and even a crèche in case your pooch doesn’t want to traipse the stands with its shopaholic Mum.

 

For all other information on Bramham Horse Trials from planning your journey to booking tickets, pop over to their website