Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Local Success Stories among Stars on Show at Burgham

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Local Success Stories among Stars on Show at Burgham

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Byline: ANNA HARRIS

EVENTING fans were lucky enough to see some of the country's top stars competing at Burgham Horse Trials last weekend, writes ANNA HARRIS.

Oliver Townend won the Advanced class on his Badminton partner Armada, closely followed in second place by Nicola Wilson on her Olympic horse Opposition Buzz.

Spectators were also treated to winning displays from New Zealand Olympic rider Caroline Powell, who along with Oliver brought a string of horses to compete in the wide range of classes available over the two days.

And there was success for local riders too, with top-ten placings in the Advanced section for Emily Galbraith from Jedburgh, and Durham-based Jamie Atkinson.

A delighted Emily, 26, is hoping that she has a potential Badminton star on her hands after her horse Caugherty Red Adair came fourth in his first Advanced competition.

She said: "This was the first Advanced class he has ever done and he was just awesome. He really surprised me. He did a two star last year as Blair, where he finished in the top 12 and went double clear, but this was a big step up and I didn't know quite what to expect. But the course rode brilliantly and he was just so good.

"He is only nine years old and this year he is being aimed for the three star event at Blenheim in the Autumn. After that we will just let him go on. Hopefully he will become my next Badminton horse."

The horse was bought by the Galbraith family from Ireland as an unbroken two-year-old and Emily's sister Anna started his eventing career, in pre novice classes, before she went away to Thailand. Emily, who was also placed in the Open Novice and Pre Novice classes with some of her other young horses, said: "He is a real family horse. He's very laid-back, a real friendly giant."

Jamie, whose horse Celtic Fortune came seventh in the Advanced section, was full of praise for this year's new cross country tracks which utilised a fresh area of the Hogg family's farm. …

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