BETV May update

A round up of what happened in May in the eventing world.


Video transcript below:

Hello and welcome to your BETV update for May.


The big news this month was the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, won for the first time by Andrew Nicholson.


The six-time Olympian finally won the coveted Mitsubishi Motors trophy at Badminton with Nereo after a record 37 completions. (Ros Canter cross country) Rosalind Canter was the highest placed Brit riding Allstar B, coming in fifth.


Meanwhile, in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, Katie Hancock piloted her seven year old mare Coddstown Pet to win the BE100 competition for the second year in a row. Laura Avery and Willoway Free Spirit took the BE90 honours.


During the weekend, the 2016 British Eventing Volunteer of the Year awards were presented by BE President Jane Holderness-Roddam. Fence Judges of the Year went to Victoria and Peter Asprey. Volunteer of the Year went to Elin Stenberg and Young Volunteers of the Year went to Jade and James Jennings.


In addition, BE Vice President Lucinda Green and BE Chief Executive David Holmes presented a BE Award to Keith Watkins for his contribution as a volunteer for over 20 years.


This year each of the eight BE regions will now also hold their own Regional Volunteer of the Year Awards for Fence Judges, Volunteers and Young Volunteers. The announcements of the winners are usually made at the AGM towards the end of the season. Find out more by visiting


On to events now. At the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, there was a double success for Germany’s Bettina Hoy, as she took first place in the CIC3* section C and second place in the Event Rider Masters CIC3* section A.


But it was a win for Great Britain in the Event Rider Masters as Gemma Tattersall finished in first place on The Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V. The Chatsworth leg of the Event Rider Masters was live streamed on BETV and a highlights programme is now available. Look out for the next UK stages of the Event Rider Masters on BETV in future.


Meanwhile, at the fifth FEI Rockingham International Horse Trials, Oliver Townend became the first British winner of the Loomes Championship for the combination coming home closest to the cross country optimum time.


In other news, a recent survey by the British Grooms Association found that around 56 per cent of the 700 grooms who took part are employed illegally. In response, the Association has launched an innovative online Contract Creator, with full support from the equestrian industry. Visit for more.


Riders taking part in this year’s Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Training Programme can now apply for the 2017 Scholarship. The lucky winner gets training and mentoring from Sir Mark Todd, plus three thousands pounds worth of product sponsorship from the Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow Feeds. More information can be found on


Finally, could your horse represent Great Britain? BE’s Senior Selectors are looking for candidates for the World Breeding Eventing Championships for six and seven year old horses. If you would like to apply, please fill out the form on the British Eventing website.


That’s all for this month – we will see you soon.