Gauntlett heads for Gatcombe Park for feast of equestrian sport

August 02 2016

CHIPPING Sodbury rider Nick Gauntlett will be among an international field taking part in the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park.

CHIPPING Sodbury rider Nick Gauntlett will be among an international field taking part in the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park.
He will run Cosmic Order in the intermediate championships at the prestigious event, which is held at the Princess Royal’s home in Gloucestershire from August 5-7.
Rivals for the intermediate title include former Badminton Horse Trials champions Lucinda Fredericks and Oliver Townend, Emily King - daughter of British team veteran Mary King - and former Olympic and world champion Blyth Tait.
The festival will also host the feature British Open, which will incorporate a leg of the new Event Rider Masters series and has attracted several riders who just missed out on team selection for the Rio Olympics.
They include Britain’s Zara Tindall, reigning national champion Nicola Wilson and Izzy Taylor, as well as Australia’s Paul Tapner and Andrew Hoy.
Meanwhile, South Gloucestershire’s Harry Meade, based near Dyrham Park, has two entries in the advanced class.
Significant changes have been made to the cross country course, with a new water feature built at the bottom of the Avening Banks.
Spectators will be able to see cross-country action on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, as well as dressage, showjumping and a host of arena attractions over the whole three days.
* AS previously reported in Yate and Sodbury Voice, Nick Gauntlett was last year admitted to the ranks of the Fellowship of the British Horse Society, acquiring one of the most important coaching qualifications in the world.
Now he has earned further recognition after completing a three-year British Equestrian Federation elite coaching apprenticeship programme, allowing him to provide the highest level of training within equestrian sport.