Keep calm and carry on at Gatcombe Park

      CIC1* winner Giovanni Ugolotti and HRH The Princess Royal


An Eventful Life filmed all competitors on cross country at

Whatley Manor International Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park - find out more here


While all eyes seem to be focussed on the drama of potential hurricanes and the frenzied last minute building of facilities at Tryon Equestrian Centre for the coming FEI World Equestrian Games, eventing life in England carried on as normal with the running of the 23rd event at Gatcombe Park, home of HRH The Princess Royal

Gatcombe Park hosts three events per year including the Festival of British Eventing in August but the scenic venue set in the heart of the Cotswolds also hosts international riders from all over the world for both the Autumn Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa International CIC* and CIC** competitions and the Spring Land Rover Novice and Intermediate event

Captain Mark Phillips and HRH The Princess Royal were joint designers of last weekend’s cross country course which ran in the same direction as the Spring event, with the water jump towards the end of cross country and the horses enjoyed some good ground to run across.


Tom Jackson and Dusty II moved up from third place after cross country to take the win thanks to a clear show jumping round


Classes ran at Novice and Intermediate level on Friday and Saturday with the international classes completing on Sunday. Italy’s Giovanni Ugolotti won the CIC1* on board Penhill Celtic, the third event on the trot for this six-year-old horse, while Tom Jackson secured the CIC2* in the very final phase on board Dusty II, an experienced mare returning break

Our full report with rider interviews and photo galleries from all three days at the Whatley Manor International Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park is here ......

Congratulations to our XC Video winners from this event who were;


Novice Section J: Tom Grant and Caravaggio II

Novice Section K: Arthur Duffort and Arkos Lad

Novice Section L: Alexander Peternell and Antigone II

Open Novice Section M: Katie Bleloch and Goldlook

Novice Section N: Oliver Townend and Tremayle

Novice Section O: Emily Philp and Unchained Melody

Open Novice Section P: Harry Meade and Brookfield Quality

CIC2*: Tom Jackson and Dusty II

CIC1*: Giovanni Ugolotti and Penhill Celtic