It has been a Pimm’s weekend at Osberton!

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Champions and Winners Galore at this year’s Osberton.

After a full throttle last day at Osberton International, record crowds surrounded the main arena to watch the nail biting finish to this years CCI 1* & 2* and the 6 & 7 year old, Lycetts British Eventing Young Horse Championships.

The atmosphere was electric when Michael Jackson, riding Direct Mission started his round, as one pole would have left opportunity for Emilie Chandler to take the title. With breath held and on the edge of their seats, the crowd whooped and cheered as he finished clear to take the number one slot in this year’s 1*.

In the 2*, Ingrid Klimke finished as she had started 3 days before, on perfect form. With the grace, accuracy and determination of a true world class rider, Ingrid, modest and understated said “It has been a wonderful weekend. I’m so pleased with the way Tabasco has performed in all areas and very excited about next year. I’m so glad we made the decision to come and thanks again to Chris Bartle for advising me.”

In the finals of the Young Horse Championships, Kitty King riding Jane Murfett and Frank Inn’s ‘Persimmon’ was crowned six-year-old Champion. This, Percy’s first year of eventing, proved that he has a great future ahead of him and is certainly one to look out for.

John-Paul Sheffield claimed the seven- year-old title on Jane Heerbeck’s ‘DHI Zatopek B’. He commented “The Championships was my aim for this year and I’m so pleased to be in this position. It’s been a tough year at times to get this horse to this level but it’s a great result.”

With great feedback from the riders on this year’s course and going, course designer and event director Stuart Buntine said “We are so pleased with this year’s event, the course has worked as I had hoped, offering a mix of challenging and learning questions for horse and rider alike. The most important element is that everyone enjoys their experience here, whether they are on two legs or four! We are so lucky to have the full support of Michael Foljambe who lets us take over his estate for the competition, without which this couldn’t be the event it is. Equally the support from Lycetts, without whose commitment throughout the year and at the event, it wouldn’t be impossible to put on such a fantastic weekend. Jonny McIrvine, Anna Bates and the whole team have been wonderful to work with and the ‘Happy Hour Pimms’ will be legendary at Osberton for many years to come! I would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers and officials who again went beyond the call of duty to ensure that everything ran like clockwork for all to enjoy.”          

For further information on what happen, results and what’s on next year, see www.osberton-horse.co.uk

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