Gauntlett takes up the Gatcombe Park challenge at eventing festival

August 01 2015

CHIPPING Sodbury’s Nick Gauntlett is among a line-up of leading names taking part in a quartet of championship classes at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park.

CHIPPING Sodbury’s Nick Gauntlett is among a line-up of leading names taking part in a quartet of championship classes at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park.
The rider has El Grado entered for the feature British Open, while Carden Earl Grey is set to run in the Smith and Williamson British Intermediate Championships.
El Grado has only been with Gauntlett for the current British eventing season, having been bought in Australia.
He took him to Badminton in May but withdrew after the dressage and later rode him at Tattersalls in Ireland.
Carden Earl Grey also went to Tattersalls and jumped clear across country and in the show jumping arena.
The horse now returns to Gatcombe with a year’s more experience since his last run at the Gloucestershire festival in 2014.
Gatcombe, taking place from August 7-9, will also host the Dodson and Horrell British Novice Championship and a new national restricted novice class – the TopSpec challenge for the Corinthian Cup.
Last year’s British Open winner, Andrew Nicholson, will be back to defend his title, while former victors William Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend will also be in action.
Captain Mark Phillips, who has designed the cross-country courses, said: “Winning a national title at the festival is never easy and it will be interesting to see who stands on the winner’s podium at the end of each competition.”