The sun shone down over the beautiful Osberton Estate, just off the A1 near Worksop in North Nottinghamshire, as it was transformed into a hive of activity from 1st – 4th October when it played host to the 2015 Osberton International Horse Trials. Whether a seasoned equestrian fan or there for an enjoyable day out with the family Osberton had it all.
In a wonderful final session in front of record crowds, Oliver Townend added another International win to his incredible 2015 season, this time with ex mount of Andrew Nicholson, Mrs Sally Eggington’s Cillnabradden Evo. Posting an Osberton Horse Trials record CCI2* Dressage score of 26.3 and adding nothing to it over the weekend meant that Oliver lead the world-class field from start to finish.
Speaking just after his record win, Oliver declared his love of Osberton. ‘It’s one of my favourite events, the team always go above and beyond to ensure that we all have everything we need including sorting out the timetabling nightmare of me having 9 rides over the week. Osberton has an incredibly friendly atmosphere with quality courses, good ground and a ‘big show’ atmosphere with an intimate feel – it’s definitely one of the best Britain has to offer.”
Kitty King’s 4 year run of success at Osberton continued with her 2015 CCI1* win. On board Mrs Lindsay and Mr Peter Caldwell’s 7 year old gelding Creevagh Cooley Kitty went into the final show jumping session with nothing to spare – jumping a foot perfect round they finished on their dressage score of 38.6.
The KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships culminated in the girls showing the boys how it is done. The 4 year old Championship title went to Piggy French with Mrs Belinda and Mr David Keir’s AKD Corline who added nothing to their dressage score of 27 to clinch the title. Vicky Tuffs and her mother, Mrs Linda Tuffs’ 5 year old, Its Cooley lead from start to finish posting a brilliant dressage score of 24.1. In an impressive all female top 5 the KBIS 6 year old title was taken by Pippa Funnell and Mrs Barbara and Mr Nicholas Walkinshaw’s British bred, Billy Walk On with former GB young rider medallist, Willa Newton and the Caja 20 Syndicate’s Caja 20 taking the top prize in the KBIS 7 year old Championship.
With Traders reporting good sales and the foot court buzzing all week the crowds had plenty to keep them occupied.
Scania’s fabulous show unit took pride of place in the centre of the event site from which they offered trailer backing training sessions and the chance to win a complete trailer towing or HGV training and test package worth in excess of £750. Stuart Buntine, the Osberton International Horse Trials Event Director, said ‘It’s a real testament to the increasing popularity of Osberton that prestigious companies such as Scania want to be involved. The trailer backing was incredibly popular and after a slight incident with a gate last week, perhaps I should have taken advantage of some training with the pros!”
Bede’s Best of Britain Showcase proved more popular than ever with sessions attracting interest from some of the most successful eventing stars that Britain has to offer. With entries from Team China rider Alex Hua Tian and New Zealand’s Lucy Jackson the calibre of Showcased horses was phenomenal.
Osberton 2015’s Voltaire Design Gate Jumping didn’t disappoint the gathered crowds with the gate reaching the dizzying heights of 1.75cm, the highest it’s been so far! Master of the South Notts Hunt, Charlotte Walker took the £500 cash prize home clearing the gate, wearing the most items of clothing, on board the giant 18.1h King!
For those who prefer smaller four-legged friends Osberton played host to an array of dogs and their handlers. With the Agility Antics Dog Agility Series Final in the main entertainment arena, fabulous Gun Dog Displays, the Jerry Green Dog Show and have-a-go agility in the Dog Arena man’s best friend was well represented!