News

A review of Musketeer Event Management's 2014 Norfolk International Horse Trials
24th June 2014
 

Musketeer Event Management's two 2014 Norfolk International Horse Trials are over.  This year's key players assess their success: with plans for 2015 already underway, should your business be looking to join the party?

Much was written in the press, and broadcast on both BBC Radio Norfolk and ITV Anglia, about the two fixtures.  New champions were crowned, riders qualifier for future competitions and dozens of rosettes were handed out.  Good weather and effective publicity helped spectator numbers at Burnham Market which enjoyed record crowds while, in contrast, the spectacular parkland of Houghton Hall survived all that the elements could throw at it on the Saturday, and has bounced back remarkably quickly, enforcing this venues' suitability for equestrianism.

What makes Lord Cholmondeley so happy to welcome 700-odd horses into his grounds, year in, year out?  Houghton Estate's Land Agent Robert Miller explains: "We believe that a Horse Trials works hand in glove with Houghton.  The deer park, through which the cross country course runs, provides terrific going which dries quickly however hard it rains - a crucial factor for riders deciding where to compete.

"It's a two-way street though.  The Horse Trials has helped to put Houghton Hall on the map.  The inaugural event eight years ago was our first proper event in the park.  Back in 1998 the West Park, where the arenas and trade stands are erected, was arable land and the Ha-Ha was only restored in 2000.  It's the perfect setting for an event like Houghton International, and a great way to showcase the work that has been undertaken to restore the Houghton landscape back to how it was in 1730s."

So there is a clear symbiosis between the Horse Trials and the Hall.  Was there a similar relationship between the two Horse Trials and their 2014 title sponsor, EQ Life magazine in association with Eastern Daily Press?  Magazine Editor Vanessa Britton believes so.

"The sponsorship created awareness of the EQ Life brand as a while, raising our profile as a serious brand within the local equestrian community," she says.  "It worked especially well for us at Houghton as it is an event that incorporated so many disciplines, from top level eventing down to Pony Club and unaffiliated events.

"In return we brought comprehensive exposure of the event, not only to dedicated EQ Life readers but also to the wider online audience through out daily reporting and social media presence.  Weekly coverage in the lead up to the event through the EDP [Eastern Daily Press] and EADT [East Anglian Daily Times], plus daily reporting in the EDP also proved popular."

Anne Basey Fisher, EQ Life's publisher, also describes the social benefits of sponsorship.  "We invited a number of our EDP advertisers to lunch at Houghton.  They thoroughly enjoyed the day, doing something a bit different in excellent company.  The sponsors marquee provides a great base, with a relaxed atmosphere and good food.  It was nice to be able to give something back to our customers, and make them feel special.  Plus, editorially, we were ideally placed to give people in the county the coverage that they require from this type of event."

Also new in the sponsors line up for 2014 was Askham Bryan College, sponsors of the National Under 21 Championships which ran at Houghton.  Philip Grant, Deputy Principal of Newton Rigg College [Part of Askham Bryan] deems the experience a great success.  "It's our pleasure to be associated with the Under 21s and support the up and coming riders as they progress in the sport," he says.

"We have definitely committed to support the championship next year, and are looking to see how much exposure to young people the U21 series attracts.  We have 14 land based centres in the country and with the scholarships we are able to offer, along with multiple opportunities associated with events such as Houghton, it is a relationship with great potential.  Next year I hope to bring a team of students with me to Houghton, to see for themselves how the event works, and have the chance to meet some of the best event riders in the world."

Event Director Alec Lochore sums up the multi-faceted world of Horse Trials.  "Without land owners there is no venue.  Without sponsors there is no infrastructure.  Without owners, there are no horses.  Without horses there are no riders . . . . the list is endless.  We highly value our sponsors and landowners, without whom none of this would begin to take place.  I like to think that we are all one big team working towards a common goal, so that all parties benefit - and, as importantly, have fun in the process.

"There are so many ways businesses can get involved, from taking title sponsorship, arena sponsorship and fence sponsorship, to entertaining clients and guests through one of our corporate hospitality packages.  There is still plenty of room in our big team to welcome newcomers for 2015!"

 



 
Final day round up from the EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials
25th May 2014
 

Askham Bryan National U21 Championships

Will Furlong and Livingstone II are the new National Under 21 Champions. On an influential final day, when just four horses left all the poles in their cups, Will moved three places up the leaderboard to claim the title.
 
“I went in to the arena focussing on jumping clear and hoping for a top three placing,” admitted Will. “There was definitely less pressure for me jumping fourth from last than for those above me. Livingstone has been great this weekend. We picked up quite a few cross country time penalties because he tired more than usual in the mud yesterday, but he came out today really fresh. I'm thrilled to have won.”
 
As part of his raft of prizes Will won the use of a Suzuki quad bike for 12 months, thanks to Suzuki ATV.
 
Sophie Beaty also climbed up the leaderboard with just one rail down riding Stanly to take the runner up spot while Isabella Innes Ker dropped one place to third with two jumps down.
 
There had been disappointing news in the morning with the withdrawal of overnight leader Navigator, also ridden by Sophie Beaty. Having enjoyed a fabulous cross country day, the only combination to complete on their first phase score, Sophie did not present Navigator at the final vet inspection.
 
Philip Grant, Deputy Principal of Newton Rigg College [part of Askham Bryan, sponsors of the U21 Championship] said: “It's our pleasure to be able to be associated with the Under 21s and support the up and coming riders as they progress in the sport. The weekend has been

 a great success and very enjoyable.”
 
CCI**
Lara de Liedekerke held her nerve to triumph in the CCI**, regaining the top spot that she had occupied after the dressage. 

2014 CCI*** TITLE WINNER: \r\nLara De Liederkerke BEL \r\n& Averouge Des Quatre CH NES; \r\n2ND: Matthew Wright GBR \r\n& Shannondale Shinawil); \r\n3RD: Andrew Nicholson NZL \r\n& Urma BK

Riding the eight-year-old stallion Averouge des Quatre Chênes she jumped a faultless show jumping round, 

and moved up to 1st place when leaders Willa Newton and Chance Remark brought down a rail.
 
“Competing in the UK against riders like Andrew Nicholson and Tim Price you can never expect a win,” said 26-year-old Lara. “

He did a super dressage, but he jumps so high over fences and we went cross country in the worst of the weather yesterday, so we were slower than usual – losing our lead. This was his last two star before he goes three star at Wiesbaden and he really deserved a win; he's always there when I need him.”
 
Just 0.1 of a penalty behind Lara, Matthew Wright and Shannondale Shinawil were the runners up, with Andrew Nicholson 3rd on Paul Ridgeon's exciting young horse Urma BK. Chance Remark finished 4th, with Willa's second ride Fernhill La Di Da 5th. The overnight leaders, Rebecca Howard and Xavier Faer, withdrew from the holding box at the final Vet Inspection.
 
Another year over
After an event where the weather produced a diverse selection from its portfolio the park has come through remarkably unblemished. Saturday's heavy rain had an adverse effect on the number of spectators attending – the Organisers had been looking for a significant increase on the gate for Saturday and the reverse was the case. But as Event Directory Alec Lochore said: “We were lucky last year when despite a very wet Friday the sun shone of the Saturday. You can't be lucky every year. The riders have given us very positive feedback about the courses and the ground over which they rode which is gratifying. The one thing we have no control over is the weather.”
 
Juliet Case, Chief Showjumping Steward for the International classes, in turn praised the competitors. “They behaved impeccably, even during the torrential rain on Saturday. It takes a huge number of volunteers to put on a show like Houghton International, and it makes a big difference to all who give up their time when riders are so polite.”
 
The 2015 Houghton International Horse Trials runs from 28th-31st May.

 
Day 3 round up from the EQ Life FEI Houghton International Horse Trials
24th May 2014
CICO***
The FEI Nations Cup produced a convincing win for the New Zealand team when Mark Todd topped the individual leaderboard riding NZB Campino and Lizzie Brown took second place, Henton Attorney General the only horse in the class to beat the cross country optimum time.
 
Lizzie declared herself thrilled with the result. “It was great to be part of such a cool team. The Nations Cup is a really fun concept and we kept the pressure on each other all weekend.

 
Andreas Ostholt led the German challenge, finishing 3rd on So Is Et. He was ably supported by Claas Hermann Romeike, the son of 2008 double Olympic gold medal winner Hinrich. Claas filled 5th place riding Cato 60 in what was his first appearance in the German Nations Cup team, giving the Germans second place on the podium. His father admitted: “I'm so proud that Claas is part of the team here – I hope there will be plenty of Championships to come for him.”
 
The British team were unable to defend their unbeaten record at Houghton, finishing in 3rd place, ahead of the French.
 
CCI*
The CCI* provided a thrilling finish today, with one show jump pole separating the top eight at the end of the cross country. Lincolnshire's Ros Canter held her nerve and her place at the top of the table to secure the win when joint leader Tim Cheffings's ride Donateur lowered the first part of the final treble.
 
“I'm never confident of a win but I knew coming there that if I could get the flatwork nailed on the day, Cekatinka is a good jumper and we could do well.” said Ros. “It's the first time I have led from the front, but being in the Nations Cup team was a great distraction and stopped me getting too nervous.”
 
The cross country phase had not had too big an impact on the dressage leaderboard, with only one of the dressage top 10 dropping out of the running – Tina Cook parted company from Billy The Red in the water. Saturday's show jumping left Tim Cheffings down from equal first to 5th and 3rd placed Tom Rowland dropping to 6th. A clear round by Billy Cuckoo moved Pippa Funnell up in to 2nd, and the same from Woodlander Wesuvio put JP Sheffield in the final podium placing.
 
CCI**
In the CCI**, which concludes with their show jumping tomorrow, Canada's Rebecca Howard has moved into the top spot on Xavier Faer, up from 5th, Willa Newton is in 2nd on Chance Remark, up from 11th, and dressage leader Lara de Liedekerke now in 3rd after picking up time penalties.

In the Askham Bryan Under 21 Championships Sophie Beaty has moved into the lead riding Navigator. The ex-William Fox-Pitt ride was the only horse to come home inside the optimum time, heavy rain early in the day having made the conditions more testing. The dressage leaders are out of the competition - David Doel withdrew Miss Caruso before the cross country while Sophie How retired Bojangles HRS on course.



 
Day 2 round up from the EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials
22nd May 2014

The CCI* could not be closer going in to tomorrow's show jumping phase; remarkably the top three remain the same, including a tie for the lead between Tim Cheffings on Donateur and Ros Canter riding Cekatinka. Both riders completed the cross country in 7:56mins [the optimum time was 8:05mins] so if both show jump clear the winner will be the fastest over the coloured poles.

 

The course rode lovely, I had two fantastic rounds,” said Ros, who is also lying in 5th place with Calista. “I was thrilled with their dressage too – I'd come here hoping that they would produce good tests and they didn't disappoint me.”

 

Birthday boy Tom Rowland also kept a clean sheet today with Possible Mission and is just over one penalty behind the leaders. “I was a little concerned before the cross country because Possible Mission has not run an 8 minute course before,” admitted Tom. “Apart from being a little bit green jumping in to the water, and when I didn't see a great stride to the penultimate, he was fantastic and I had a brilliant round – a very good birthday.”

 

Less than one rail separates the top eight (a pole down incurs 4 penalties), so any mistakes will be costly. Those in with a shout of winning will have a tense morning – the show jumping is not scheduled to start until 1pm in the main arena.

 

In the CCI2* the top three remain unchanged from yesterday. Belgium's Lara de Liedekerke riding Averouge des Quatre Chênes leads the field with a narrow advantage over Pippa Funnell on her home bred Billy The Biz. There is an even smaller margin between Pippa and Carrie Byrom on Detective. Two star competitors start their cross country tomorrow at 9am, with Gaby Cook and Liberty Rock first out on course.

 

Two riders also share the lead in the Askham Bryan National Under 21 Championships, which run at Two Star level. Sophie How on Bojangles and David Doel riding Miss Caruso will be fighting it out across country tomorrow from 3.45pm.

 

In the CICO3* Mark Todd has taken the lead riding his London 2012 partner NZB Campino. Mark has a six point advantage over the chasing pack, which is led by Piggy French and Jakata, Lizzie Brown completing the top three and giving the New Zealand team the lead in the Nations Cup competition.



 
Day 1 round up from the EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials
22nd May 2014

After a day packed with dressage tests across all the classes, the CCI* riders can now look forward to the cross country: all have completed the first phase.

 

The lead is currently tied between Ros Canter riding Cekatinka and Tim Cheffings on Donateur who both posted scores of 37.2. Just over one penalty off the pace is Tom Rowland riding Possible Mission and hard on his heels Claas Hermann Romeike with Meyer's Happy. Scores are incredibly close, however, with less than five penalties separating the top 10.

 

Their cross country starts tomorrow (Friday) at 11am, with Piggy French first out on course riding Carpe Diem IV, who currently lies in 8th place.

 

Thirty six of the 71 CCI2* competitors have performed their dressage tests, and the overnight leader is Belgium's Lara de Liedekerke riding Averouge des Quatre Chênes. She holds a narrow advantage over Pippa Funnell riding her home bred Billy The Biz, with an even smaller margin between Pippa and Carrie Byrom on Detective.

 

Their action kicks off again in the dressage arena at 9am, Louisa Lockwood and Another Proposition the first in front of the Ground Jury.

 

Piggy French and Jakata, winners here in 2012, lead the CICO3* ahead of New Zealand FEI Nations Cup team member Lizzie Brown and Henton Attorney General. Thirty eight riders still have to start their competition. Paul Tapner will be the first in action tomorrow – his test with Vanir Kamira is at 9am.

 

Last but by no means least, the Askham Bryan Under 21 National Championship contenders start their class in the dressage arena at 10am with Sophie Beaty and Navigator. They have all to play for – not just the Askham Bryan National Championship title but also the 12-month loan by Suzuki GB of an Ozark 250, which will be awarded to the highest placed British based rider.

 

Away from the dressage action, the Burghley Young Event Horse classes also took place today. The winner of the Four Year Old class was Ginny Turnbull riding Candara, with Alex Postolowsky on Hedgeholme Gospel runner up. The Five Year Old winner was Willa Newton riding Lauries Laudatio 2, who pipped Lucy Kemplay and Eires Rock to the top spot.

 

In the hotly contested Open Eventers Grand Prix Flora Harris took the spoils with Amazing VIII, with Polly West runner up riding Wigwam Bam.

 
Countdown to the FEI EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials
13th May 2014

With just a week before the first trot up at the EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials, which run from 22nd - 25th May, the finishing touches are being put to the cross country courses, stables are beig erected and arenas strung in preparation for the 700 horses that will be heading to Norfolk.

Affiliated eventing entries are strong, amongest them last weekend's FEI Mitsubishi Motors Badminton winner Sam Griffiths, who is bringing two of his younger horses to Houghton.  Joing Sam are past Olympicans including Zara Phillips, Pippa Funnell, Andrew Nicholson and Sir Mark Todd, as wel as a host of other well-known names.

The action kicks off on Thursday 22nd with International dressage, the first phase of a Three Day Event.  The Burghley Young Event Horse classes will be showcasting the stars of the future as they strive to qualify for the Championship final at Burghley in September, and the Sema Lease Open Eventers Grand Prix will spice up the excitement in the main arena.

On Friday the International dressage continues, alongside the first of the International cross country rounds.  Friday is also the start of the two day Norfolk Festival of Showing, which is back for a second year at the EQ Life Houghton International.  New classes over the two days of showing include Novice Retrained Racehorses, Working Show Horses and Maxi Cobs, with qualifiers for RIHS, Equifest and the Veteran Horse Championships.  Entries can be taken on the day.

Friday also hosts affiliated and unaffiliated show jumping and the Combined Training - for which competitors do dressage and show jumping, and where Zara Phillips will be riding her 2012 Olympic partner High Kingdom.  In the evening Big C, Norfolk's cancer charity, are hosting a charity quiz - anyone can enter and all proceeds go straight to Big C.

Saturday is the big cross country day as both the CCI** and CIC*** horses gallop around the stunning parkland.  This is when the Askham Bryan National Under 21 competitors get to challenge for the title.  There is also International show jumping, the Sema Lease Novice Eventers Grand Prix, Inter-Schools show jumping and day two of the Norfolk Festival of Showing.

The 2014 EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials draws to a close on the Sunday, with more show jumping, unaffiliated dressage and the Pony Club Team Showjumping.

Away from the horses over 70 shops will be selling their wares - with something for everyone, from home made cakes and sweers to stunning jewellery and artwork.  There will be dog agility, a bouncy castle, fairground rides, Razz & Pearl's popular circus workshops and bungee jumping.  Picnic parking is available by the water jump, while Houghton Hall and its beautiful gardens will be open on the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.  What better way to spend the Spring Bank Holiday?


 
Houghton International Additional Classes
Whilst Houghton International is best known for its Three Day Eventing classes, there is a raft of additional equestrian competitions taking place between 22nd and 25th May.

The Norfolk Festival of Showing returns for a second year, with all levels of showing including SHG(GB), BSHA, BSPA, SSA, RoR, VHS and Equifest qualifiers taking place on the Friday and Saturday.

The Norfolk Showjumping Club are providing three days of competition, with affiliated and unaffiliated classes for all ages and abilities, as well as Pony Club and Inter-Schools team jumping.

There is Combined Training, where riders complete a dressage test followed by a course of showjumps, the ever popular Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers showcasing some of the stars of the future, and the Sema Lease Novice and Open Eventer Grand Prix adding action-packed excitement to the main arenas.

For the first year Houghton plays host to the National Under 21 Eventing Championships, as well as remaining the venue for the British leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup competition. This is a prestigious global team event run over nine legs in nine nations, and as the only British venue in the series, a healthy entry from overseas riders is guaranteed.

Over 700 horses competed across the disciplines in 2013, with this year looking set to attract even greater numbers. Entries are now being taken for all classes.
 
Norfolk Festival of Showing at Houghton International has a revised schedule
20th April 2014
Norfolk Festival of Showing is being repeated at Houghton International Three Day Event and is hosting a wide range of both Affiliated and Unaffiliated showing classes - and online entries are now being taken.  Already there is a large demand for entries.

There is a raft of qualifiers for the Royal International Horse Show, as well as for Hickstead and the Royal Windsor, Equifest, BSPA Championships of Colour, Veteran Horse Showing Championships, Side Saddle Ass and Royal London Championships.

New this year there are classes for Maxi-cobs, Working Show Horses and Novice Racehorses as well as many of the same classes as last year.  Burghley Young Event Horse competitors on the Thursday can also enter the SHGB Sports Horse Classes on the Friday where the judging criteria are very similar.  Friday's Supreme, kindly sponsored by Carrs BMW of Bury St Edmunds, has some exciting prizes.  Veteran Class and Veteran RoR winners will qualify for the 2014 Veteran Horse Championships at Bury Farm, Bucks on 20th - 21st September 2014.

Adrian Soskin, Showing Convenor, said 'Last year's huge success inspite of the inclement weather bought a new flavour to this wonderful venue.  The location, the rings and the atmosphere make it a must for showing professionals and amateurs alike.  I am particularly excited that Burghley Young Event horses can also enter the SHGB Sports Horse Classes, which will provide a real integration between showing and eventing'.

Schedules and entry forms are available as well as online entries are being taken for all classes via www.houghtoninternational.co.uk
 
Big C chosen as EQ Life Burnham Market & Houghton International's official charity
2nd April 2014
Big C is an independent charity, set up in 1980 to improve the lives of those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney.  The charity funds ground-breaking research into flighting cancer as well as financing vital life-saving equipment.

"I am so excited that Big C is the EQ Life Burnham Market International and EQ Life Houghton International's Charity of the Year.  I attend the events every year anyway so to have the charity that I work for benefit from them is fantastic - I can't think of a better way to spread the word," said Big C Community Fundraiser Rachel Francis.

Through its Support and Information Centres at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, in Regent Street, Great Yarmouth, and Norfolk Street, King's Lynn the charity helps patients and their families through their diagnosis, treatment, life - and sometimes death. 

Big C are hosting a children's Easter Egg Hunt at the EQ Life Burnham Market International on Saturday 19th (Easter Saturday), all money raised from the £1 entry fee going to fight cancer in Norfolk and Waveney.

"This is a wonderful charity which makes a real difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families.  We are delighted to have them as our Official Charity this year and hope that we can help them raise a significant amount of money," said Event Organiser Alec Lochore.

To find out more about the work of Big C please visit www.big-c.co.uk.  To date Big C has raised over £20million.

For more information on any aspect of this year's EQ Life Burnham Market International Horse Trials, and to book advance tickets, visit www.musketeer.co.uk
 
Houghton International to benefit from Young Rider sponsorship
1st April 2014
Askham Bryan, one of Britain's leading agricultural colleges, is to sponsor the British Eventing Young Rider Team and Programme.  

As well as supporting qualifying competitions, the College becomes the title sponsor of the 2014 National Under 21 Championships, which are being held at Houghton International (22nd - 25th May).

Event Organiser Alec Lochore said: "I am delighted to welcome Askham Bryan to Houg
hton International as title sponsor of the 2014 U21 Championships.  For a College to sponsor the Young Riders Team and Prorgamme is a perfect fit, and I hope that both the College and its students benefit from, and enjoy, the experience."

For more information on the Askham Bryan National young Rider Championships please visit www.houghtoninternational.co.uk
 
New title sponsor announced
28th March 2014
Alec Lochore of Musketeer Event Management is delighted to announce that the equestrian magazine EQ Life has taken on the title sponsorship of both Burnham Market International and Houghton International Horse Trials for 2014.

"We have worked closely with EQ Life's publishers in the past so are looking forward to furthering our working relationship through a closer association," said Alec.

As part of the arrangement the Eastern Daily Press will be Musketeer Event Management's official media partner for both events.

Burnham Market International takes place on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, offering a fantastic day out for all the family, with trade stands and children's entertainment running alongside the equestrian competition.

Event horse owners will be invited for refreshments in the Event Horse Owners Marquee, with wristbands issued on collection of numbers.

For more information on any aspect of this year's Burnham Market International Horse Trials, and to book advance tickets, visit http://www.musketeer.co.uk
 
 
 
                     

Contact Us
Houghton International Horse Trials
2 Gate Cottage, Field House
Brancaster, King's Lynn
Norfolk, Pe31 8AG
01485 210070

Info@Musketeer.co.Uk






         


 
© Copyright 2012 Houghton InternationalWebsite design by Toolkit Websites