Horse trials are a big hit

Caroline Powell rides The Earl of Belvedere in the dressage. Picture by KEITH ROBERTSON
Caroline Powell rides The Earl of Belvedere in the dressage. Picture by KEITH ROBERTSON
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ORGANISERS of the Burgham Horse Trials summer event at the weekend were delighted with its success.

It was well attended by spectators, had more trade stands than in previous years and drew competitors from all over the country and a few from abroad.

Those taking part competed in dressage, cross country and show jumping and British team member Oliver Townend, who won at both Badminton and Burghley in 2009, was first and second in the advanced section.

Caroline Powell, who was an Olympic medal winner for Team New Zealand in 2012, was third.

The Intermediate section winner was German competitor Anna Warnecke, Emily Ryder was second and third-placed Emma Carmichael, 21, riding her own horse Cooley Lucky Strike, was the programme’s cover star as she is from Longhorsley.

Chief organiser Martyn Johnson said: “Even being an event rider myself, I have to admit I had no idea how much goes into running one of these competitions.

“We couldn’t do any of it without the Hogg family kindly allowing us to use their land, our supporters (Newcastle Falcons, Zara Group, Owen Pugh and Dennis Common) and all our volunteers.”