The stage is set for the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International incorporating FEI Eventing Nations Cup
Visitors to this year's Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International, 24th - 27th May, can look forward to an unusual blend of world class sport set against a backdrop of modern art. Houghton Hall currently has a Damien Hirst exhibition of new paintings alongside some of his most celebrated sculptures.
The Colour Space paintings have never been shown in public before and are a development of Hirst's iconic Spot Paintings, while the sculptures include Virgin Mother and Anatomy of an Angel.
Houghton hosts the only British leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, where five nations will be vying to wrestle the title from three-times-consecutive winner Germany. In total 19 nations are represented in the eventing classes, with cross country and show jumping taking place on both Saturday and Sunday.
Additional equestrian classes also run throughout the event, with 'have a go' dog agility, children's entertainment and over 70 tradestands, food outlets and a licenced bar also on site.
Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International is the only time of the year where the public can camp in the park, providing a perfect base for an action packed weekend. Full details are available on the event website.
Entrance to the the Damien Hirst exhibition is not included in Horse Trials admission. Tickets for the Horse Trials can be bought in advance via the event website, and on the Gate, which opens at 8.30am every day. For more information on any aspect of this year's FEI Saracen Horse Feeds
Houghton International Horse Trials, visit http://www.musketeer.co.uk
To buy tickets for the Damien Hirst exhibition, please visit https://www.houghtonhall.com
This weekend the Event Rider Masters heads to Germany and the Biebrich Palace situated on the banks of the River Rhine in the heart of the city of Wiesbaden.
With all three of the top ranked FEI Event Riders in the World competing here it is set to be a thrilling, hard fought competition.
An all-female top 7 in Leg 1 kicked off the 2018 Event Rider Masters last weekend. The stats would suggest we are likely to see more of the same this weekend on the final podium at Wiesbaden.
German riders, Ingrid Klimke and Julia Krajewski will go head-to-head as the home favourites. Ingrid rides her European Gold Medal mount, (and the horse Equiratings are tipping for an individual Gold at the World Equestrian Games later this Summer), SAP Hale Bob OLD. Ingrid and SAP Hale Bob OLD have made one previous appearance at Wiesbaden where they scored an 18.2. That would beat the Event Rider Masters record dressage score of 20.5, currently held by Thomas Carlile and Upsilon (Barbury, 2017)
Julia Krajewski rides Samourai du Thot, the winner of Luhmuhlen CCI 4 star in 2017. In any other field, this pair would be hot favourites and are the main challengers to SAP Hale Bob OLD and Ingrid this weekend. Any mistakes from either are very likely to expensive.
Izzy Taylor’s podium finish at Leg 1 means she is already being installed as one of the favourites to the land the 2018 Series. She rides the relatively inexperienced Director General this weekend.
Current FEI World Number 1 and 2016 ERM Champion Oliver Townend rides Cillnabradden Evo with World Number 2 Michael Jung partnering Corazon, a first timer at this level.
New Zealand rider and World Number 3, Tim Price brings the 2017 Boekelo CCI3 star winner Cekatinka
Ones to watch:
Jonelle Price (NZL) and Cloud Dancer – With a 100% CIC3 star top 5 placing rate and 100% clear cross country record at this level, the 2018 Badminton champion is on top form.
Sarah Cohen (GBR) & Treason – The reigning Wiesbaden ERM title holders are back to defend that title – don’t discount them.
Further sponsorship across all three major events:
Somerford Park are delighted to announce that Cooke Coachbuilders will be sponsoring both the Premier League Dressage event which takes place 25th - 28th May and International Horse Trials 17th - 19th August.
It was announced earlier this month that Cooke Coachbuilders are title sponsors of this weekends National British Eventing competition, at Cheshire’s premier equestrian venue Somerford Park