16 May 2011


16th May 2011

Media Release                                    

CHATSWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS 2011 Incorporating the FEI World Cup TM Eventing

 Derbyshire’s top event hosts all-star Eventing Competition plus a whole host of attractions.

The new additions to the Chatsworth International Horse Trials line-up proved hugely successful for the organising team with record crowds on both Saturday and Sunday. Fans of eventing could enjoy the sport from Novice level up to Britain’s only FEI World-Cup CIC3* qualifier which made for a great event-finale at the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Emily Baldwin lead the CIC3* FEI World Cup qualifier from the fore with her own and Jill Barker’s Drivetime finishing on a score of 54.8. Ruth Edge took second place with Applejack II (61.7) and was followed by Sarah Cohen with Treason (69.4).

Due to the recent dry spell, much work had gone into ensuring good going across-country, so when the rain came riders were thankful for near-perfect going, including Emily Baldwin who said of her result: “It was so great to put the ghosts of my recent Badminton experience to rest – when he is on-form he is fantastic, his dressage test on Friday was really impressive, plus he was so keen through the water across country which was great as I felt we had a point to prove!

“Ian Stark’s course was really tough, it was more like a four star in that it made riders think and caused a lot of problems. He (Drivetime) was foot perfect in the showjumping round – he marched into the arena at great speed and totally enjoyed himself! He will be totally unbearable for the next few weeks as he knows when he has done well.”

Sarah Cohen also was second on Irish Jester (59.6) in the non-World Cup CIC3* section behind the winner  Oliver Townend with Neo Du Breuil (54.4). Lucinda Fredericks took third place with The Navigator (60.6).

The huge amount of classes on offer in addition to the three star classes hosted all the top names including crowd-pleaser Pippa Funnel who took the honours in both International Novice (CIC1*) sections with two young horses from the popular sport-horse breeders Billy Stud – Billy Beware and Billy Black Jack respectively. Full Eventing results from Chatsworth can be found here.

The huge crowd were also captivated by the magical performances each day by the world renowned horse whisperer Jean Francois Pignon with his famous grey horses from Calvisson. Regular Chatsworth favourites were as popular as ever and included Pony Club mounted games, ferret racing, sheepdog and birds of prey displays.

The new addition to Friday’s line-up at Chatsworth was the popular Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse five year old qualifier, a competition which show-cases the stars of future eventing – it proved a popular choice for competitors with over forty entries and was won by Leicestershire rider Chloe Newton with Fernhill Nearly Darc.

The Chatsworth International Horse Trials is firmly established as one of the leading events in the equestrian calendar and in 2011 has been invited to host the only UK round of the FEI World Cup TM  Eventing.                                


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