BUMPER crowds flocked to one of the leading events in the equestrian calendar, the Chatsworth International Horse Trials, last week.
Three days of world class sport took place in the grounds of Chatsworth, with a new line-up helping the event to boast record crowd numbers on both Saturday and Sunday.
Emily Baldwin was the winner of Britain’s only FEI World-Cup CIC3* qualifier with her own and Jill Barker’s Drivetime finishing on a score of 54.8. Ruth Edge took second place with Applejack II (61.7) and was followed by Sarah Cohen with Treason (69.4).
“It was so great to put the ghosts of my recent Badminton experience to rest – when he is on-form he is fantastic, his dressage test on Friday was really impressive, plus he was so keen through the water across country which was great as I felt we had a point to prove,” said Baldwin.
Cohen was also second on Irish Jester (59.6) in the non-World Cup CIC3* section behind the winner Oliver Townend with Neo Du Breuil (54.4). Lucinda Fredericks took third place with The Navigator (60.6).
Pippa Funnel took the honours in both International Novice (CIC1*) sections with two young horses from the popular sport-horse breeders Billy Stud – Billy Beware and Billy Black Jack respectively.
Crowds were also captivated by magical performances from the world-renowned horse whisperer Jean Francois Pignon with his famous grey horses from Calvisson. Regular Chatsworth favourites were as popular as ever and included Pony Club mounted games, ferret racing, sheepdog and birds of prey displays.
The new addition to Friday’s line-up at Chatsworth was the popular Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse five-year-old qualifier, a competition which showcases the stars of future eventing. It proved a popular choice for competitors with over 40 entries and was won by Leicestershire rider Chloe Newton with Fernhill Nearly Darc.