Day three and things are really hotting up, in every sense of the word. Not only was it the hottest October day on record, it was a record crowd at Osberton International, with the largest gate numbers since the return of the three Day to this wonderful historic venue, proving that Osberton is truly back in the eventing calendar. An electrifying day of cross country action was coupled with dressage and show jumping of the highest standards, all rounded off with the crowning of the BEF Futurity Finals Champion.
The BEF Futurity Eventing Championship Final, sponsored by Bailey’s Horse Feeds, crowned ‘FHS Diamond in the Rough’, a black stallion owned and bred by Madeleine Gardner, as overall Champion. ‘Major Turn’ a Bay gelding, owned and bred by Cheryl Savage was a close second and presented with the Reserve Champion title.
The CCI 2* saw an action packed, high octane day of cross country, with Ingrid Klimke holding on to the number one spot by the end of play. Ingrid commented “Tabasco had a great round, and it was a wonderful experience for him. He was well within the time, his stamina and ability to cope with the big questions is a really positive indication that we’ll be able to take him to 3* next year. He’s a sharp jumper with a quick front leg and it made my day to finish in the lead again at the end of the day.”
Whilst in the 1* Michael Jackson riding Direct Mission owned by Jocelyn Riley, finish the day in front. Michael commented “We had a great ride and I’m really happy with how he went. It was a very comfortable round. This is his first 3 day and is an exciting start, he’s a super star and I’m looking forward to big things from him in the future. We were early on course with an 8.24am start time, which was perfect as it wasn’t too warm and the course was really well balanced, with gallops and tight lines. He’s a good jumper but we’ll have to see what happens tomorrow. Fingers crossed!”
With perfect weather promised for the last day, all of us at Osberton are waiting with baited breath and eager anticipation to see who will be taking the titles and with the Lycetts British Eventing Young Horse 6 & 7 year old Championships also concluding, it promises to be another wonderfully exciting action packed day.
For further information on what’s happening when and where see www.osberton-horse.co.uk
We have had a superb day at Osberton today. We’ll be covering the event from our regional angle in the next issue of Equestrian Life Magazine.