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Al Shira’aa Confirmed as Presenting Partner of the 2024 Bolesworth International

The world-renowned Al Shira’aa stables have been confirmed as new presenting partners of the 2024 Bolesworth International taking place from 6 – 16 June 2024.

The respected organisation based in the United Arab Emirates have been long-standing partners of Bolesworth’s equestrian events.

The show at Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire will build on 2023’s expansion and action-packed summer festival vibe, featuring two weekends of international sport (with five Longines Ranking classes between them), premium equestrian and lifestyle shopping, live music, huge funfair and entertainment for the whole family from dawn till dusk.

Bolesworth’s exclusive VIP hospitality marquee will open from Thursday 6 June, featuring a new land and rural business day on Friday 7 June, Women in Business on Thursday 13 June, and Ladies Day on Saturday 15 June.

The Bolesworth Elite Auction will also return on Friday 7 June and applications will soon open for foals (due early in 2024), yearlings and exclusive embryos.

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Al Nahyan said: “As we head into our fourth year of partnership with Bolesworth, I am immensely excited for a two-week tour to take place in June at the best facility in the United Kingdom for the sport, our young horses, owners, trainers and riders.

“Bolesworth and Al Shira’aa share synonymous values in horse welfare, putting on a fantastic show and providing a standard where everything is possible. I very much look forward to our collaboration as presenting partner in 2024. We hope to open more avenues and recognition for the fantastic country that is the UAE, where the Al Shira’aa Horse Show takes place annually and we welcome all of our friends from the UK to the UAE with open arms.”

Nina Barbour, Managing Director of Bolesworth said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with our friends from Al Shira’aa in 2024. We’re connected in our passion for the sport and the development of young horses for the world stage and are excited to be presenting two weeks of international sport at this year’s Bolesworth International.

“We also look forward to the Al Shira’aa Horse Show to be held this year at the Al Ain Equestrian Club from 10th – 14th January 2024, and would encourage our international riders to contact Sami Kettle to find out more about competing at the UAE tour, and fans of the sport who fancy a trip to the sunshine to book their flights as Dubai Airport is just 90 minutes taxi drive from the show!”

To find out more about the UAE tour and the Al Shira’aa Horse Show, contact Sami Kettle

To sign up for news and offers for the Bolesworth International visit

For more information about partnerships, tradestands, and hospitality, contact

Bolesworth International 2024 summer festival tour dates
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Bolesworth Announces Dates for New Summer Tour in 2024

The Bolesworth International will return in June 2024 as a two-week back-to-back summer festival tour.

Taking place over the 6 – 9 June and the 12 – 16 June 2024, the first weekend of the event will have more of an industry focus, whilst the second will focus on attracting the public with lifestyle and entertainment elements like 2023, as well as an Eventing Grand Prix, Mini Major and Puissance class.

Both weekends will incorporate similar schedules with CSI 3*/CSI 1*/CSI Am/CSI YH (5, 6 & 7yo)/CSICh/CSIP classes, with riders able to take advantage of a total of six Longines Ranking classes over the course of the event, including two 1.55m Grand Prix.

The Bolesworth Elite Auction will take place on Friday 7 June, with applications taken soon for foals due early in 2024, yearlings and exclusive implanted embryos.

The full schedule will be announced in due course.

The new format for the Bolesworth International means that the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships, incorporating the FEI World Breeding Championship qualifiers will unfortunately not take place in 2024.

Nina Barbour, Bolesworth Managing Director said: “We’re hugely excited by this new format and our plans for 2024, as our priority at Bolesworth remains developing equestrian events to a world-class standard now and into the future.

“The decision to not move forward with the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships was extremely difficult, and we are hugely grateful for the support we have had from the team at Al Shira’aa and all our other partners to date. All options were investigated to retain the event, but unfortunately the need to consolidate and use infrastructure for two weeks meant finding a suitable date to run it back-to-back with the International was not possible.

“We feel strongly that it’s so important for our up-and-coming riders and horses to have opportunities to jump at an international level over more than one week at the same venue; before this, riders have had to travel abroad to find, and look forward to hosting six ranking classes over the 11-day period, including two CSI3* 1.55m Grand Prix’s.”

Iain Graham, CEO of British Showjumping said: “We are very grateful for the backing of Al Shira’aa and the team at Bolesworth in the support and profile they have given to the Young Horse Championships. Next year will see Nina and the team at Bolesworth host two CSI 3* competitions in June, and we as a sport are very fortunate to continue to have the opportunity to compete at this level at this fabulous venue in Cheshire!”

For partnership and trade enquiries for the 2024 event, please contact

John Whitaker Al Shira'aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships 2023
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Mark Edwards Dominates International Classes at Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships

Whilst the focus of the week was very much on the cream of Great Britain’s young horses, the CSI 1 and 2 star classes saw fierce competition, many with nearly 100 competitors go head to head. Speed was the name of the game, and flying Welshman Mark Edwards clocked up a massive seven international wins out of the 19 classes.

John Whitaker, ambassador to Bolesworth’s official feed partner Dodson & Horrell campaigned some of his young horses in both the International and Young Horse Classes, in particular Three Coynes – an 8yo bred by Simon Coyne and owned by John and Claire that caught our eye – an 8yo by John’s former ride Argento, who scored some impressive places in the Dodson & Horrell sponsored CSI 2* series.

John said: “Dodson & Horrell have been a long standing partner of mine, and I trust that their products support the intense needs of my string of horses that have a demanding schedule of competition around the globe.”

CSI 1* International Round Up of Class Winners:
One to single out was Rebekah Burton, who partnered former CCI 5* winner Wesko to victory in Sunday’s 1.05m; better known as Tim Price’s top ride who won Lluhmuhlen CCI 5* in 2014, it’s lovely to see him enjoying so much success in his new career.

CSI 1* 1.05m series Sponsored by Hughes Brothers Kubota
Thursday: Aisling Byrne & Bronson De Reve
Saturday: Georgia Cabb & Ebrusa
Sunday: Rebekah Burton & Ebrusa

CSI 1* 1.15m Series Sponsored by Bucas
Thursday (Class split due to entries):
Mark Edwards & Gaetano Mustard | Lauren Coulthard & Classique Morinda
Friday (Class split due to entries):
Mark Edwards & Gaetano Mustard | Tom Harrison & Killer Queen
Sunday: Mark Edwards & Jafabalou

CSI 1* 1.25m series Sponsored by Helite UK
Wednesday: Mark Edwards & Casque D’Or
Thursday: Emma Maguire & Master Geronimo
Saturday: Tallulah Mackenzie Smith – Karaibes

CSI 2* 1.30m series Sponsored by LeMieux
Wednesday: Lara Whiteway & Novita Jovial Z
Friday: Ben Walker & Fugo Van D’Ouwe Grint
Saturday: Madison Heath & Ivory

CSI2* 1.35m series sponsored by Dodson & Horrell
Friday: Ruby Barrs & Manzana de Rigo
Saturday: Mark Edwards & Ede Peasy
Sunday: Emily Ward & Millioninmind

CSI 2* Grand Prix series sponsored by EvetDrug
Thursday: Mark Edwards & Flying Tinker II
Friday: Philip Spivey & Billy Pearl
Sunday: Mark Edwards & Flying Tinker II

Finally, we enjoyed the Natural Flake Woodshavings Ride & Drive on Saturday night and saw 1* winner Lauren Coulthard take victory along with Toni Potts in the driving seat, with Bolesworth International Ride & Drive winner Jay Halim taking runner up spot with Al Shira’aa Sport Director Sami Kettle showing some serious speed behind the wheel!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our partners involved, and a huge well done to all our winners.

For full results from he event, please visit

Will Whittaker at Al Shiraa Bolesworth Young Horse Show 2023
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2023 Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships Round-Up

Five days of fantastic equestrian sport were served up at the 2023 Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships from 16 – 20 August at Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire.

4yo Final Sponsored by Ashdale Sports Horses
59 four-year-olds qualified for the final by jumping a clear in one of the two qualifiers.  25 horses jumped clear in round one of the final, which put them through to a style and performance round judged by William and Pippa Funnell. Marks were awarded for technique, rideability and general x-factor, with points deducted for fences down.

Local Rider Tony French took the honours with his own and Danielle Ryder’s Urban Legend Z. The Untouchable 27 x Nabab De Reve Gelding was bred by Willem Van Hoof, and to William and Pippa looked just the type you could imagine cantering into a world class ring in the future. 18 horses and riders shared the double clear £2000 bonus. Runner-up spot was taken by the striking stallion High Offley The Colour of Money (By Fernando), owned and bred by Pat Morris from the High Offley stud.  Taking third place was Rachel Proudley with the Impressive VDL stallion Ohorn Van De Renvillehoeve.

5yo Final Sponsored by Dallamires Stables
The 5yo classes were dominated by Joe Trunkfield who won the second qualifier on Sing Z, before finishing as the overall champion on the Copycat Z x Contact VD Heffinck gelding (owned by Joe). The top British-bred award went to third placed Lucy Townley and Billy At Last, bred by Donal Barnwell, and the £4000 triple clear bonus was shared by Joe Trunkfield with Sing Z, Nicole Lockhead Anderson with Quanthago PS, Angel Tough with Nicole IV, James Ingham with Vandro B, plus Ben Bick with Top Star C.

6yo Final Sponsored by Windmill Farm Estate
The 6yo classes were dominated by Ben Bick from start to finish! The first qualifier saw him win with Michelob, who qualified for Lanaken as a five-year-old last year.  He took the top spot in qualifier 2 with Rhodiamant Roxanne and ended up taking the 6yo Final with NFS Corluga. Owned and bred by John Renwick, NFS Corluga was also the top British-bred, by Cornet Obolensky out of Laura’s top mare Beluga (Heartbreaker). The £4000 triple clear bonus was shared between Ben Bick (with NFS Corluga) and Joe Trunkfield with Verdettes Cicero.

7yo Final Sponsored by Al Shira’aa
The 7yo classes saw world class jumping throughout the week. Ben Bick took another victory in the first qualifier with Diamonds Diabolo Z, and Nicole Pavitt took the lead in qualifier 2 with Q-Pleasure Van Seven Oaks. However, it was Will Whitaker with Niel Fiddes’ Lancaster that took the final with the fastest of three double clears in the final jump off. Lancaster is by Tangelo Van Zuuthoeve and bred by The Vanderbosch family. The only combination to jump consistent clear rounds throughout the show, taking the Triple Clear round bonus was Serena Kullich on her own British-bred Benfield’s Victory, by Billy Congo, and bred by Daren Ward.

EvetDrug CSI 2* Grand Prix
60 combinations qualified for yesterday’s 1.45m LR Grand Prix.  Raf Suarez continued a fantastic week that resulted in four clears: Chris Smith and Messarado Blue, 2022’s winners Carmen Edwards and Happy Valerie, Jennifer Billington and Flipper Darco UK Z, plus Mark Edwards and Flying Tinker II, followed by three clears with time penalties: Billy Twomey Diego Del Caribe, John Whitaker and new ride Donna Pascale, plus Chloe Winchester & Jupiter. The rest of the 15 that came forward to the jump-off brought forward four faults, other than Lorraine Lock and Artisan with five.

A very fast jump off finished with Mark Edwards last to go and taking the podium with his homebred Flying Tinker II, now owned by Marlene Edwards. Jennifer Billington jumped a super clear round to finish a close second, with Billy Towmey third, finishing on his single time penalty from round one, Chloe Winchester in fourth, finishing on two time penalties just quicker than fifth-placed John Whitaker, who also finished on his two time penalties carried forward from the first round. Quickest of the four faulters from round one was Oliver Fletcher who scored the fastest round of the class and finished 6th.

Nina Barbour, Managing Director of Bolesworth said: “We’d like to give a huge thank you to the Al Shira’aa team for their support during the week. The team had some great rounds and results, including an impressive first round in the 4yo final by Jason Fitzpatrick and Al Shira’aa-owned stallion King Leon Z.

“We would like to extend huge congratulations to Mikey Pender and Chacco Bay,who finished 3rd in the 1.50m jump-off on Sunday at the Valkenswaard Global Champions Tour.  This result is a huge testament to the programme of breeding and production that they have established in the UK.”

Full results for the entire week can be found at For more information about future events at Bolesworth, visit

Bolesworth Elite Auction presented by Gallagher
Friday 18th August saw 23 lots come forward including two embryos. The sale was a huge success for British Breeders, with 19 lots selling on the night.

The top price foal, JZ Coralina C (a filly by Cornet Obolensky out of world class mare Arera C) was purchased live at the auction, the hammer dropping at £47,000. Three British-bred horses scored the three next highest prices; Tornado De Wellbury (Colt – Toulon x Cento – £25,000), Just Call Me Love (Filly – Heartbreaker x Indoctro – £25,000) and Cristo De Wellbury (Colt – Cornet Obolensky x Baloubet Du Rouet – £26,000).

For more information about Bolesworth Elite Auctions, visit

We now look forward to the 2024 Al Shira’aa Horse Show, taking place in Al Ain from January 9 to 14. This will be the seventh edition of the show, which under the vision, patronage and guidance of HH SSheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Honorary President, the event has grown from strength to strength showcasing the best horses and riders from all over the globe. For more information visit

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Bolesworth Elite Foal Auction Set to Break Underbidders Hearts This Friday!

An exclusive collection of elite foals and implanted embryos from black-type dams will be auctioned at Bolesworth this Friday 18 August at 8.30pm.

The Bolesworth Elite Foal Auction presented by Gallagher takes place during the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships, taking place at the historic Cheshire castle from 16 – 20 August.

The auction will commence with two charity lots offering semen for Ecclestone Z and Chacco Bay, in aid of Nature’s Safe, the charity masterminded by Tullis Matson.  These will be followed by two implanted embryos and 22 foals, with the foals available to view online now or in-person at the show from 17 August. An official preview will take place in the Bolesworth International Arena on Thursday evening at approx. 8.30pm, available to watch live on

Nina Barbour, Managing Director of Bolesworth said: “It’s an absolute privilege for the Bolesworth team and I to be showcasing this exclusive collection of foals and embryos out of black-type dams, destined for the top of equestrian sport.

“Not only are these foals out of seriously well-related dams, many of whom have competed at the highest level of sport, we have some of the best sires ever represented in this collection.

“It’s a Bolesworth first to be presenting a direct Heartbreaker foal, together with legends Chacco Blue, Diamant De Semilly, Cornet Obolensky, Aganix De Seigneur, and the late Conthargos represented to name a few.”

To view the collection and to register to bid online, visit

The five-day Al Shira’aa Bolesworth International Horse Championship is free* to attend and showcase’s the UK’s rising talent as they compete for their place at the World Breeding Championships at Lanaken, Belgium in September. Top international names such John Whitaker, William & Pippa Funnell, Billy Twomey and others will be competing in international showjumping, with 1.45m Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

There’ll also be equestrian and lifestyle shopping, food, drink, kids activities and a dog zone with have a go agility.

*Please note a parking charge applies. Buy online ahead of the event for just £5 plus fees, or £10 on the gate.Find out more at

Dodson & Horrell named as official feed supplier for Bolesworth International
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Local Feed to Fuel the Bolesworth International

Bolesworth names Dodson & Horrell as official feed supplier for 2023 season of equestrian events.

Cheshire’s greatest equestrian event will be fuelled by a local horse feed company to extend an existing relationship.

The Bolesworth International is set to take place from June 14 to 18 2023 and Nantwich-based manufacturer Dodson & Horrell will serve as official feed supplier for the five-day show, which will see over 800 horses stabled on-site for the duration of the event.

The organisation, based at Aston Mill just 20 minutes away from Bolesworth has manufactured high quality animal feed for over 80 years and are committed to animal health, nutrition and well-being. Their philosophy is to treat every animal individually and are proud holders of a Royal Warrant.

Nina Barbour, Managing Director of Bolesworth said: “We’re delighted to continue our long and valued partnership with Dodson & Horrell into this exciting new phase as we open the Bolesworth International to expanded audiences in 2023 and beyond.

“Their product is of the highest standard and milled and manufactured a short distance from Bolesworth, so we’re thrilled to be working with and supporting local business; it’s simply the perfect solution for our equestrian feed needs.

“The 2023 Bolesworth International promises to be an extremely exciting event for both equestrian fans and wider visitors and we’re pleased to continue our partnership.”

Sam Horrell, Managing Director of Dodson & Horrell said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Bolesworth again this year, with the new format of the event looking very exciting, and we very much look forward to being a part of it as official feed supplier.”

The all-new Bolesworth International will mix international showjumping, the elite A-List sport horse auction, and equestrian sport with live music, family areas and camping, exciting action and entertainment zones, equestrian and lifestyle shopping and much more.

The event will feature dedicated a dedicated Eventing day on Wednesday 14 June headlined by an Eventing Grand Prix with a £5,000 prize featuring big names such as Laura Collett, Gemma Stevens, Tom McEwen, Sam Ecroyd and Emily King, plus a masterclass hosted by Olympians Geoff Billington and Nicola Wilson.

The following day, visitors are invited to lend their support to an amazing cause and add a splash of colour to the Cheshire countryside with the Trooping the Colour Park Ride on 15 June. This slow-paced hack through the stunning scenery surrounding Bolesworth will celebrate the King’s Birthday Parade whilst raising money for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

Live music fans will also be well catered for, with 90’s legends The Brand New Heavies and Trevor Nelson headlining Saturday night, with Rick Parfitt Jnr & the RPJ Band and DJ Phoebe d’Abo performing on Friday.

For more information and to get tickets, visit

Bolesworth International 2023 - Louise Saywell jumping
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Bolesworth Launches Brand-New Country Lifestyle and Equestrian Show

With an ever-developing line up of music, sports and family lifestyle events, the Bolesworth Estate team are deep in planning for what could be the North West’s most action-packed lifestyle and equestrian event of the year.

Formerly known as the International Horse Show, the ground-breaking five-day Bolesworth International will take place from Wednesday the 14th to Sunday the 18th of June 2023. It will not only showcase the finest world-class and Olympic equestrian talent, but will also embrace a huge raft of innovative enhancements,  including country lifestyle artisan and premium retail, celebrity food and drink experiences, live music, children’s activity and experience zones, dog agility events, together with fairground, lake and watersport activities. Away from the hustle and bustle, there’ll be an all-new central garden zone that promises to deliver an entirely tranquil Castle-view experience.

The substantial Lifestyle retail area will encompass country, equestrian and premium shopping. The Family zone will be a hive of action with a packed-out programme of family fun displays and live entertainment. There’ll be improved kids and dog areas together with a scenic dog-friendly walking route, all with the historic Bolesworth Castle as a backdrop.

On the equine front, the Bolesworth International will headline with world-ranking Showjumping and Freestyle Dressage, alongside thrilling spectacles such as Stunt horses, Puissance, Mini Major and the all-action Ride and Drive starring England footballing legend, Michael Owen.

Commenting on the significant investment and all-new event, Bolesworth Managing Director Nina Barbour said; “The tradition of staging a world-class international horse show is still firmly in the DNA of the event, but we’re at the beginning of a brand-new and dynamic era for Bolesworth that will see the best music, sport, family and lifestyle events take centre-stage. The Horse Show is an event that I’m passionate about and will be taken to another level. We’ve been brave, ripped up the rulebook and I’m confident that we’ll create an event that will set us apart from any other Horse Show in the country.”

General Admission, VIP experiences and Camping packages will go on sale in the New Year, with confirmation of the full line up of new content.

Interested parties are invited to register now to ensure they receive a 20 per cent pre-sale discount code ahead of event general admission tickets going on sale.

For more information and to sign-up to the exclusive pre-sale discount, visit

For retail and partnership enquiries contact Melanie Simm by email

Nicole Lockhead Anderson at Bolesworth
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Bolesworth Champs at FEI World Breeding Championships

The FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships for Young Horses, hosted by Domain Zangersheide, are underway at Lanaken in Belgium.

An highlight on the showjumping calendar, the 27th edition of the event will see the best five, six and seven-year-old young horses compete for prestigious world titles. It also showcases the connection between sport, breeding and trade to a worldwide audience.

The competition starts today, the 22nd of September, with first qualifying for the three young horse classes and culminates with the finals this Sunday the 27th of September.

Thirty-one British athletes are contesting the championships, with 48 horses between them. Several horses and riders took part in the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships back in August, with the winners of the 6yo and 7yo final classes, namely Nicole Lockhead Anderson on Chac Boys Centura Ps and Olivia Gent with Brownheath Bodacious, earning their passage to Lanaken directly from Bolesworth.

Lockhead Anderson has six horses out in Belgium and Gent has two, in addition to their 6yo and 7yo horses, they also have horses in the 5yo class. Other showjumpers who competed at Bolesworth, and are representing Great Britain at the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships, include – amongst many – Leo Lamb on 6yo Gmail, Louise Saywell with 7yo Pheline Van ‘T Hageland, Nicole Pavitt and 7yo Noble Lord, John Crippen on 6yo Bennys Kelly, and Christopher Smith with One Gem.

When Lockhead Anderson won the Windmill Farm Estate 6yo final at Bolesworth, she said, “I went as fast as I could. Tom (Williams) said just go for it but make sure you’re clear. Luckily it paid off. I’ve been with Chac Boys since April she is so careful; she jumps every fence the same she’s got a very bright future and keeps stepping up. I’m very excited for Lanaken as I’ve never been.”

Gent with her own British bred gelding Brownheath Bodacious in the Al Shira’aa 7yo final said, “It’s a fantastic feeling, the stuff dreams are made of. I just hoped I was fast enough. I’m very excited to be heading to Lanaken, especially with my own British bred horse. It will be a lot of pressure, but it will be a great experience.”

In addition to the British riders competing over in Belgium, Al Shira’aa, title partner of the Bolesworth Young Horse Championships, has two horses entered who qualified at the August event. Abdullah Mohd Al Marri will jump with Casallcina Z in the 5yo class and Lucardo O in the 6yo.

Bolesworth’s managing director Nina Barbour added, “We are delighted that our Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships played an instrumental role in helping so many top-class British and UAE riders and horses make the journey to this huge event at Lanaken. We’re following their progress and wish each and every one of them the very best of luck – we look forward to seeing the medals!”

More information is available at

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Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championship Ends on a High Note

The 2022 edition of the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships delivered five phenomenal days of showjumping at its very best.

While the headline acts were the official British Showjumping Young Horse Championships, with qualifiers for the World Breeding Championships at Lanaken in September, the event culminated in an incredibly intense 2* Grand Prix, sponsored by Old Lodge Stud.

The final day hosted the Windmill Farm Estate 6yo and Al Shira’aa Farms 7yo Young Horse classes, which were won in tremendous style by Nicole Lockhead Anderson on Thomas Williams’ mare Chac Boys Centura Ps, and Olivia Gent on her own British bred gelding Brownheath Bodacious.

Then, saving the best ‘til last, Carmen Edwards on 10-year-old Happy Valerie, a mare owned jointly by his parents and Ian and Maddie Kellett, had a sensational last round in the Grand Prix to take the win ahead of Jack Whitaker by just half a second.

The Windmill Farm Estate 6yo final was the first big class of the day. Ninteen British-bred horses went through to the Jump-off, and Lockhead Anderson had three horses in the class, but it was Chac Boys Centura Ps who put her out front. “I went as fast as I could. Tom (Williams) said just go for it but make sure you’re clear. Luckily it paid off. I’ve been with Chac Boys since April she is so careful; she jumps every fence the same she’s got a very bright future and keeps stepping up. I’m very excited for Lanaken as I’ve never been.  Tom said we are going!”

The top British bred 6yo was Billy Mufsa, a mare from the Billy Stud ridden by Lottie Tutt.

Top four qualifiers:

1.Nicole Lockhead Anderson, GBR, Chac Boys Centura Ps (foreign)

2. Leo Lamb, GBR, Gmail (foreign)

3. John Crippen, GBR, Bennys Kelly (foreign)

4. Lottie Tutt, GBR, Billy Mufsa (British)

Olivia Gent with her own British bred gelding Brownheath Bodacious won the Al Shira’aa Farms 7yo final a stylish and strong performance. Just four British bred horses were through to the jump off and Gent was out front early in the round. “It’s a fantastic feeling, the stuff dreams are made of. I just hoped I was fast enough. I’m very excited to be heading to Lanaken, especially with my own British bred horse. It will be a lot of pressure, but it will be a great experience.

Top four qualifiers

1. Olivia Gent, GBR, Brownheath Bodacious (British)

2. Jake Saywell, GBR, Kabaya Lady (foreign)

3. Nicole Pavitt, GBR, Noble Lord (British)

4. Damien Charles, GBR, Presley OL (foreign)         

A jubilant Carmen Edwards with Happy Valerie took no prisoners as he edged Jack Whitaker on Scenletha and stormed out front in the final class of the day to be held in the Bolesworth International Arnea, namely, the Old Lodge Stud CSI2* Grand Prix.

Fifteen riders returned to the ring to ride against the clock. Four on four-faults, two on single time faults and nine on clears. Whitaker, on his dad’s mare, was the fourth of the clears to ride in the final round. He looked uber-smooth and, with a time of just 38.16 seconds, looked like a cert for the win. However, it was not to be as the partnership of Edwards and Happy Valerie was sensational. They made every line, every turn work and cleared the last fence with a Grand Prix-winning time of 37.47 sceonds. This was the first-ever 2* win for Edwards, from Dudleston Heath, and it clearly meant the world to him and his family.

“It’s the most marvellous feeling. I’m struggling for words. It’s what I’ve always wanted. The atmosphere was great. The arena’s great. The jumps were fantastic. It was just so extra special as we had family and friends here.

“We produce horses for a living so to be able to keep her, and now achieve something like this today, it means that all that hard work has paid off and I’ve accomplished something big. She’s a very sensitive mare and we just understand each other. I know what ticks and what works for her.

“I can’t thank my mum and dad enough and, finally, I’d love to say thank you to Nina Barbour, because it is a home show, and also all my sponsors and everything, but we couldn’t live our lives if it wasn’t for her. She does a marvellous job.”

Top three results:      

1. Carmen Edwards, GBR, Happy Valerie

2. Jack Whitaker, GBR, Scenletha

3. Yazmin Davis, GBR, Zanbowa Z

EVetDrug Ltd CSI2* 1.35m

1. Jessica Burke, IRL, Inpulss

2. Ali Hamad Al Kirbi, UAE, Dubai de Vie

3. Jude Burgess, GBR, Dreams of Don

Cheval Liberté UK CSI1* 1.05m

1. Sinead Cox, GBR, Valtaire

2. Elisha Simmons, GBR, Avalon du Carpont

3. Ciara Miller, GBR, Finishing Touch

Horseware CSI1* 1.15m

1. Arianna Kuligowski, GBR, Ivascalle

2. Abbie Bevan, GBR, Genius Contender

3. Holly Johnstone, GBR, Carquois du Ceve

Windmill Farm Estate 6 YO Consolation

1. Gemma Tattersall, GBR, Cinsey Blue PS

2. Christopher Burton, Aus, Chedington Azzurra

3. Angela Thompson, GBR, Billy Tropicana

Al Shira’aa Farms 7 YO Consolation

1. Phillip Spivey, GBR, NBE Jenny don’t be hasty

2. Yazmin Davis, GBR, Kate Natasja

3. Grace Shudall-Hughes, GBR, Firefly

For further information on all events at Bolesworth, visit

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Day Four: Crowds Flock to the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show

Day 4 Results Roundup:
Bloomfields Horseboxes CSI3* 1.40m: 1st James Smith, Holly, 2nd Anthony Condon, Creevyquinn Pearl, 3rd Oliver Fletcher, Garande
Horseware Ireland CSI1* 1.35m: Anna Power, Oxford V/D Witte Driesenddijk
Bolesworth CSI1* 1.30m: 1st Red Morgan, True Blue III
Windmill Farm Estate CSI 6-year-old: 1st Leo Lamb, Gmail
Equitop CSI1* 1.25m: 1st Tillie Davies, Croft C.V
Hunter Woodshaving CSI-Amateur 1.15m: 1st Rachel Gredley, Jalanna
Blossom Home Care CSI P 1.15m: 1st Eve McCoy, Moores Pride
Recycling Lives CSI-Amateur 1.05m: 1st Louise Mcdonald, Fanta-Astic

Elite A-List Auction

The Bolesworth Science Supplements Elite A-List Auction was presented to an enthusiastic audience last night. The superb line-up of Ridden and Yearling Lots attracted intense bidding.
In the Ridden horses, the top Lot was Amazing Luck Z. An Aganix gelding out of the full sister to Cian O’Connor’s top ride Good Luck. She was sold to Ireland for £105,000. The top Lot on the Yearling front was Chacornwall JHH Z, a stunning Chacco Blue colt who turned heads at the Auction. Out of 1.50m GP-winning mare Muna Van Den Bisschop (Cornet Obolensky x Nabab de Reve). The hammer dropped at £36,000. Sold in the UK.
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Family Fun

Today’s event featured dog shows, dog agility, pony rides and a Dressage horse simulator among the non-equestrian activities. More of the same tomorrow…

Ladies Day

It was Ladies Day at Bolesworth today and many guests took the opportunity to put on the glam rags. The sun shone brightly, and we hear that a good time was had by all!

Dodson & Horrell at Bolesworth

Title partner Dodson & Horrell is a firm supporter of Bolesworth. Managing Director Sam Horrell said; “It has been a great day here at Bolesworth, and we’re looking forward to the action tomorrow, especially the Dodson & Horrell CSI 3*Grand Prix. It looks like we are in for some top-class competition. Bolesworth provides a unique backdrop for this special event, and we are extremely proud to be a part of it.”
The Dodson and Horrell team will be on hand all day tomorrow to meet visitors and discuss their horses’ nutritional needs. For more information visit

Events at Bolesworth

Halloween Spooktacular, 8 – 30 October

The Halloween adventure gets underway on the 8th of October in the Bolesworth grounds when the Picking Patch Aladdin Maze opens to the public during the day. Brave the maze and discover its secrets…

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Last Day Tomorrow

The final day of the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show opens at 8am tomorrow, Sunday 3 July. Champions will be crowned!