Kiwis impress at Gatcombe horse trials

September 19, 2011

New Zealand eventers had a good weekend at Whatley Manor International Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park, with wins and several placings across a range of classes at the Gloucestershire event.


CIC** winner Paul Tapner and Kilronan © Al Crook
Sponsor of the event is Whatley Manor, which is owned by former international eventer Christian Landolt. The Swiss national is now a three-day-event judge and has officiated at Badminton.

Gatcombe Park, situated close to Minchinhampton, is the home of HRH The Princess Royal and has been hosting horse trials of various status since 1982. There are currently three events on the Gatcombe calendar.

The spring event and the autumn international are organised by The Princess Royal and her organising committee led by Pattie Biden, and in August Gatcombe is host to The Festival of British Eventing.

Now in its 19th year, the event takes place on a course designed by HRH The Princess Royal and her event organiser Pattie Biden, using a different area of the Gatcombe Park Estate to that used by the Festival of British Eventing.

Photographer Al Crook captured the weekend's cross-country action.

All images © Al Crook


Mark Todd and NZB Echo.


Bruce Haskell and Haddon Trump Card


Tim Price


Jonelle Richards and Mere Oak (6th CIC**)


Clarke Johnstone and Viper SL (7th CIC**)


Paul Tapner and Kilronan


Lucy Jackson and Animator II (5th CIC**)


Kitty King and Zidante, second in the CIC**.


Tim Price and Wesko were third in the CIC**.


Neil Spratt and Oneforthenotebook


Paul Tapner and Kilronan