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Posted on September 27th, 2018

Little Downham Welcomes World’s Best

As we gallop towards to the finish of the 2018 British Eventing season Ely Eventing Centre prepares to host its third and final fixture of the season.  The Childeric Saddles Little Downham Horse Trials jumps into life on Saturday, 29thSeptember, with the BE80 and BE90 classes and culminates on Monday 1stOctober with a spectacular Novice, Intermediate and Advanced entry.

Organiser, owner and course designer, Tina Ure: “We delighted to welcome so many competitors to our final fixture of the season.  With a bumper grassroots entry across the weekend and then a wealth of international stars for Monday’s Advanced classes, the weekend looks set to be a fabulous weekend of eventing sport.  We are exceptionally pleased to welcome several members of our gold medal winning World Equestrian Games team and would like to extend our congratulations to them and their entire team.”

In its 17th year of running the Cambridgeshire event welcomes competitors from 14 nations, across the three days of competition, which includes 180 jumping efforts spread over six separate competition tracks.

2017’s Advanced winner Izzy Taylor (GBR) returns with Perfect Stranger. Izzy is a multiple Little Downham Advanced winner and is one of only two riders to have completed within the optimum time, and she’s done it more than once.  She will be joined by Andrew Nicholson (NZL) who is a familiar face to the Little Downham Advanced, producing more wins than any other rider. Andrew brings forward the very competitive Teseo for the Advanced challenge.

The event also looks forward to welcoming World Champions Tom McEwen (GBR) and Gemma Tattersall (GBR),  European Champion Nicola Wilson (GBR), Land Rover Burghley Champion Tim Price (NZL) and reigning Event Rider Masters Champion Chris Burton (AUS), as part of their golden line up.

In an event not all about the top levels of the sport, the winner of the Protexin Equine Premium Grassroots Accumulator will also be crowned. Isabella Stagg and Quite A Compliment lead the way with maximum points, following a win at both the June and July event.  2016 series winner Joanne Watts is also poised to take home part of the end of season £1,000 bonus prize, with Darc Legend.  Essex based rider, and mother, Rosie Hull also has both Master Comic and Auld Flame in the running, both of which could produce results to take the series win.

Entry for spectators is free across all three days and presents a chance for eventing fans to get up close to the action and learn from the best.


Posted on September 27th, 2018

Serving up 70 Years of Horse of the Year Show

In recognition of the Platinum Jubilee year, a Horse of the Year Show commemorative plate has been designed to celebrate what has made Horse of the Year Show the equestrian spectacle that it is today. It is a tribute to everyone who has supported the show over the years and continues to make the Show what many consider to be the ultimate equestrian event. The plate will be on sale from the HOYS merchandise stand next week.

The plate tells a unique and interesting story of Horse of the Year Show through the decades; each image has been thoughtfully selected to represent iconic moments of the Show.  With every plate you will find enclosed detailing about the individual images and the story behind why this moment has been chosen to feature on the 70th Anniversary commemorative plate.

From the iconic image of John Whitaker’s famous steed Milton, to last years’ Supreme Pony Thistledown Van-Der-Vaart, each moment captured in a photograph from Horse of the Year Show has been delicately hand-painted onto the plate for the production of only 500 items.  Featuring a hand-painted item number on every plate, you will have your own individual piece of HOYS to celebrate an iconic milestone for the show.

Over the years the show has influenced the careers of many riders and breeders, and has been enormously important in the promotion of equestrianism, stimulating international success and providing a huge melting pot for competitors from all walks of life. Horse of the Year Show has and continues to touch the lives of so many people over the years, their stories and memories will truly live on forever.

Horse of the Year Show takes place at Birmingham’s NEC Genting Arena from 3rd – 7th October.


Posted on September 27th, 2018

Young Marketer of the Year

Katie Oswald, Marketing Executive at specialist broker, SEIB, was presented with the award for the category of Young Marketer and PR Person of the Year at the Insurance Post Insurance Marketing and PR Awards.

Held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square in London on the 12th September this glamourous awards evening paid recognition to the top creative minds in the UK Insurance industry, and over 200 people were present at the awards. Jonathan Swift, content director, at the Insurance Post presented Katie with her award. He commented on how her entry made clear her commitment and passion for her role at SEIB. Katie said: “I am overwhelmed to have won this award. I was up against people with more experience from bigger firms so to have come out on top is just brilliant.” SEIB’s Finance Director Bipin Thaker said: “Katie is a true asset to the SEIB team and we are delighted to be bringing home an award from this high-profile awards ceremony. ” University of Essex graduate Katie has worked for SEIB for eighteen months. Katie continued: “I am lucky to be able to combine my passion for all things equine with my career and we have plenty of exciting new ideas that we are working on.”


Posted on September 27th, 2018

Over £10,500 raised for EACH

Newmarket Racecourses has announced that racegoers who attended the Moët & Chandon July Festival helped to raise a total of £10,576.03 for local children’s charity and chosen charity partner, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive said: “All the money collected will be going towards the care of 360 children with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia, and support for their families.”