Richard Johnson, who was recently crowned Britain’s champion National Hunt jockey for the third time, will captain the jockeys’ team at the St James’s Place Barbury Horse Trials’ annual JCB Champions’ Challenge.
This highly entertaining relay race over fences in Barbury’s main arena on the Saturday of the four-day international horse trials (7 July) is a competition between a team of four National Hunt jockeys and four event riders, sponsored by JCB and in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The jockeys riding alongside Richard Johnson are Wayne Hutchinson, Tom Scudamore and Sam Twiston-Davies.
Jonelle Price, the New Zealander who has won both the Badminton and Luhmühlen CCI4* events so far this season, captains the eventers. Accompanying her will be her husband Tim, Lissa Green and the legendary Sir Mark Todd.
Due to the competitive nature of all the top athletes involved, no quarter is given – expect a furiously fast pace and the odd under-hand tactic!
The JCB Champions' Challenge takes place at 1.45pm during a break in the eventing action, which on Saturday 7 July includes the dressage phase of the £50,000 Event Rider Masters class and the showjumping and cross-country elements of the CIC2* international sections. The jumping phases of the CIC3* classes, including the Event Rider Masters, take place on Sunday 8 July, when the main arena also features the ever-popular Shetland Grand National and a dog agility display.
Tim Leadbeater, representing JCB, said: “We so much enjoy our trip to Barbury for the JCB Champions’ Challenge every year. It’s such good fun and couldn’t be for a better cause in the Injured Jockeys Fund.”
As well as high-class eventing action and the JCB Champions’ Challenge, St James’s Place Barbury also features a new “kids zone” full of children’s entertainment, excellent shopping, a fully licensed bar and a wide range of food.
To buy tickets and for more information, visit www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk.
Top Left Picture: Jonelle Price and Wayne Hutchinson competing in the 2016 JCB Champions’ Challenge, credit to Adam Dale.