The Nunney Horse Trials 2013 are off to a blustery but sunny start.
British Olympic Silver medallist Tina Cook was in action in the open intermediate class on Friday.
Now in its second year, the Nunney Horse Trials take place in the grounds of Angela Yeoman’s Southfield House between Nunney and Whatley.
The event takes place over three days, starting on Friday, June 14 and finishing on Sunday 16 June and includes the prestigious CIC2* which has attracted many top names from eventing.
Explaining her decision to bring one of the top event horses in the world to Nunney, Tina said: “I’ve heard it’s a really nice course, one of his owners, Sarah Pelham, lives close by and it fits in with his programme of where he’s going next.”
Tina Cook brings to Nunney Horse Trials Miners Frolic, celebrated in the eventing world for his consistent performances at the highest levels of the port.
They were first called up to compete for Great Britain in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games where they were team and individual bronze medalists; in 2009 they won individual and team Gold at the European Championships at Fontainebleau and they won team Gold at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 where they finished third.
Their participation in the open intermediate at Nunney is regarded as a training run before they head to Aachen at the end of June for the CICO3* which could have bearing on selection for this year’s European Championships.
The event is also part of the FEI Nations Cup series where Britain is at present in the lead. Tina and Miners Frolic are part of the team along with Mary King and Imperial Cavalier, Kitty King and Zidante, and Tom McEwan, another Nunney competitor, with Dry Old Party.
De Novo News, Tina’s other ride at Nunney, will also contest the open intermediate before heading to Barbury Castle and then Burghley in September.
“It’s really nice to come to a new event, and I’ve heard such good reports about Nunney that I’m very much looking forward to competing there,” said Tina.
The event’s organiser Teresa Dufosee added: “We are absolutely thrilled that Nunney has attracted such a high class field, and it’s testament to the wonderful place where it takes place, and all the hard work of the many volunteers.”
The event continues until Sunday. Admission is free, with parking charged at £12 per vehicle for however many people you can cram into your car.
For more information go to www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk.