Hello and welcome to your BETV update.
The eventing season is well and truly underway now with the first CIC 3* events if the year already run.
The international season kicked off last month at the Belton Park International, held at the National Trust’s Belton House and Grounds in Lincolnshire.
It was a glorious weekend of sunshine that saw a record attendance for the event.
The highlight of the weekend was the Lycetts Grantham Cup CIC3* won by Izzy Taylor on KBIS Stardust. The British rider spoke to us about her victory.
In second place, just 4 points behind was the 2014 winner, Sir Mark Todd on Leonidas. Piggy French on Quarrycrest Echo finished just one penalty point behind them in third.
Sunday's action included two national advanced classes with the first going to Paul Sims and Glengarnock. It was a second win of the weekend for Paul who also filled the top spot in an open intermediate section on the Saturday.
In the Sunday’s Advanced section, Britain’s number one, Oliver Townend riding ODT Ghareeb was just edged out of by Australia’s Tim Price on Xavier Faer, with Sam Griffiths finishing in third place on Paulank Brockagh
Last weekend saw the Barefoot Estate Burnham Market International, with the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam, attracting the sport’s best riders from around the world.
Oliver Townend was back to winning ways riding Cooley Master Class. We spoke to him about what it felt like to get his tenth win here in ten years.
Andrew Nicholson’s strong performance in the dressage helped see the New Zealand rider into a comfortable third place finish with Piggy French putting in a great performance to finish just ahead of Nicholson, on Vanir Kamira, in second.
The CIC 2-star event also provided a great action, won by Sarah Cohen on Treason. Emily King on Walitze F Vejgar finished in second place, with Nini French and Time For Harry just behind in third.
That’s all for now. For the full list of results, head over to British Eventing
See you next time.