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BURTON HAS THE MAGIC TOUCH

 

Christopher Burton rode a vintage cross-country round to win the £16,000 first prize in the Magic Millions British Open CIC3* on Trisha Rickards’ Polystar l. His performance, the fastest of the day (3.2 time penalties) was a vision of effortless fluency and economy as he took bold turns and saw brilliant strides on the 13-year-old black gelding by Polytraum.

RADIO INTERVIEWS WITH LLOYD BELL

 

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POWER SPEEDS TO VICTORY



One of the speediest pairs on the circuit, Elizabeth Power and her own and Katie Horgan’s Soladoun, galloped to victory in the British Eventing Trophy for Advanced Horses at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing.

The Irish rider and the 11-year-old French thoroughbred, who finished third in the British Open Championship two years ago with the fastest time of the day, didn’t quite repeat this feat this time around, but their cross-country round for 14.4 time penalties gave them the edge in a multinational section, which boasted five different nations among the top 10.

REMEMBERING MIKE TUCKER

The soaring voice of commentator Mike Tucker, who was so skilled at creating a dramatic atmosphere, was much missed at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing this year. Mike, who lived and farmed just down the road from Gatcombe Park, near Tetbury, died suddenly in March; he was an integral part of the commentating team at the Festival.

Wheeler lifts the Corinthian Cup

Lucy Wheeler and King Creole VD N Ranch kept a clean sheet from pillar to post to win the TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup, a National Restricted Novice Championship at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing.

This was a first ever visit to The Festival for Lucy, 27, who had never been to spectate, let alone compete.

 

Gold Nugget races to victory

Andrew Downes and Jane Moss’s Gold Nugget were crowned champions in the ROR/NFT Retrained Racehorse Event Championship at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing.

The pair went clear in the final round of showjumping to retain their overnight lead and clinch the championship, in which the top eight horses after dressage, a first round of showjumping and cross-country compete in reverse order of merit to decide the title.

Christopher Burton is new leader in Magic Millions British Open Championship CIC3*

Riders always know they’re living dangerously when Australia’s number one rider is breathing down their neck and so it proved in the show jumping phase of the Magic Millions British Open Championship CIC3*.

Jean Edwards, 35 years at the Festival of British Eventing

Jean Edwards has been volunteering at the Festival of British Eventing for 35 years. Now aged 83, Jean was a part of the very first event and has been involved ever since. In that time she has taken on a number of roles including; fence judging, dressage writing, working with The Pony Club score collecting and counting, this year she is managing the crossing at Avening Banks.

Jean first became involved with The Festival when her daughter took a job with Ian Adsetts, who had been involved in Badminton Horse Trials for a number of years. “Ian encouraged me to get involved with a very small event, where I was a fence judge. I must have done a good job, because the next thing I knew I was asked to come to Gatcombe Park to fence judge at this new event, The Festival that Captain Mark Phillips and HRH The Princess Royal were putting together,” explains Jean.

The Not Forgotten Association

The Not Forgotten Association’s (NFA), whose story began after World War One, visited the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing today with 20 veterans and serving men and women.  The first charity of its kind, which was founded in 1919, provides recreation, leisure and entertainment to serving personnel and veterans of any age. They support any serving man or woman who is wounded, injured or sick and any veteran with a disability, illness or infirmity; whatever the cause.

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World number one Oliver Townend is set for another great day at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing, as he currently holds the lead after dressage in Sunday’s showpiece class as well as the Advanced section.

Oliver, who already has ten Festival titles to his name, produced an outstanding dressage test on Sally-Anne Egginton’s Cillnabradden Evo to lead the Magic Millions British Open CIC*** on a mark of 19 penalties. The pair, who won this coveted title in 2016, lead Australia’s Christopher Burton by 2.4 penalties.

 

WHITTINGTON’S IN THE PURPLE 

Some riders are made to be winners at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing and Francis Whittington’s supremacy in the cross-country phase, which at Gatcombe Park is always a true test of brave, balanced riding, saw him bag the Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship for the second time in three years.

 

Tom McEwen rides into history

Every rider wants to see their name on the roll of honour at the prestigious Magic Millions Festival of Eventing and now Tom McEwen, who currently boasts a terrific string of young horses, has won his first national title, the Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship.

 

 

 

ALL HAIL WALLACE THE GREAT

The Magic Millions Festival of Eventing welcomed a special guest: Wallace The Great, a mule who seemed to be taking his new celebrity status in his stride.

Wallace has broken new ground as the first mule allowed to compete in affiliated British Dressage competitions and he was invited to join the dressage demonstration at The Festival, where he attracted much attention and showed perfect manners around the other horses in the collecting ring.

 

Dubarry Burghley young event horse-

4 and 5 year old final 

The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Class is a hugely popular competition that has been running for over 30 years and is still acknowledged as the shop window to view potential four star horses. It is designed to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to be the best material to make a world class three day event horse.

Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing – Day 1 Update 

It’s been a fantastic first day at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing here at Gatcombe Park. The weather has been very kind and after a misty morning it has been a glorious day. In addition to the dressage for three of the five British Championships we have been entertained by the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Class and the BETA Pony Club Team Showjumping competition with the South Hereford team winning by one point in a hotly contested jump off.

BETA Pony Club Team Showjumping

Kindly sponsored by the British Equestrian Trade Association, The Pony Club team show jumping competition consists of two rounds and a jump off. The teams have four members from each Pony Club with three of the scores to count towards the overall result. Today saw nail-biting competition that went down to the wire.

Wallace the Great – dressage mule set to steal hearts at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing

Wallace the Great, the dressage mule who has captured the hearts of the nation, will be heading to the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, 3 – 5 August.  His extraordinary journey will take yet another leap this weekend when he will take to the main arena at one of the most iconic equestrian events in the calendar, in the yearly Dressage Display.

GROUND CONDITION UPDATE

Captain Mark Phillips, Chairman and Cross-Country Course Designer

“Fortunately, we have had four days of rain at Gatcombe Park which has really helped with the ground after the long period of drought. We have also been mowing the track since the Spring and have a great covering of grass. Furthermore, we will be running the aggravator and the aerator over the ground this week which will soften the surface to give the horses the best possible footing.”

Who will take the titles at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing in 2018?

The Magic Millions British Open CIC3* title is an accolade all riders would like to have on their CV – last year’s winner, Gemma Tattersall, said it was one of her great ambitions – and the roll of honour includes such legends of the sport as Olympic gold medallists Sir Mark Todd, Blyth Tait and Andrew Hoy, plus Mary King, Pippa Funnell, William Fox-Pitt and the current world number one Oliver Townend.

BEST GOING POSSIBLE FOR MAGIC MILLIONS FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING

From Saturday 28 July and the whole week leading up to the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing all arenas, courses and working in surfaces for dressage, show jumping and the cross country will be aerovated.

The ground at Gatcombe Park is demanding but the team at The Festival have many years of experience in preparing the ground enabling it to be as favourable as possible to host the British Championships, and this year’s event is no exception.

Captain Mark Phillips, Chairman and Cross-Country Course Designer commented “We’ve been mowing the track since the Spring and have a great covering of grass. The aerator will soften the surface to give the horses the best possible footing after the long period of drought.”

Entries are still being accepted for the five British Championships and the Advanced Class being held at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing 3-5 August.  To enter visit www.bdwp.co.uk/gat/

DON’T MISS A FAMILY DAY OUT AT THE MAGIC MILLIONS FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING

The Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing held in the stunning surroundings of Gatcombe Park, home of HRH The Princess Royal, takes place this year from 3-5 August 2018. With five British Championships, action packed arena attractions, a Festival Food Walk and over 100 trade stands all situated in one of the most quintessential back drops, The Festival is a must do, destination event for the Summer.

MAGIC MILLIONS TAKE ON TITLE ROLE AT FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING 2018

BRITISH EVENTING’S SHOWCASE EVENT TO HOST FIVE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ONE ACTION PACKED WEEKEND

TICKETS ON SALE NOW– SAVE THE DATE 3rd to 5th AUGUST 2018

This summer will see The Festival of British Eventing return with an exciting new title partnership and an action-packed weekend of world class sport and top-class entertainment. For over 35 years, this iconic fixture has seen the very best of the best compete across one of the most respected tracks in the sport designed by Captain Mark Phillips around the unique terrain of Gatcombe Park. It is this unique status that attracted leading Australian thoroughbred auction house, Magic Millions to take on the title role.

New Leadership at The Festival

Long-standing Event Director Tim Henson steps down

Captain Mark Phillips, Chairman of The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, today announced that Event Director Tim Henson is stepping down from his role of over 20 years. Captain Phillips said; “We would like to thank Tim for his huge contribution and service to The Festival over the years. He helped create The Festival and has been instrumental in raising the standards to deliver the best possible Championships year on year. We are very sad that he is standing down, however, we are excited for the future and Tim will still have an important role in the coming years.”