August was another very busy month for HTSG Scholar Laura Collett and it got off to the perfect start with two wins in the Novice at Smiths Lawn...
Straight after Laura headed back over to France for the CIC*** at Haras Du Pin on British number one ranked horse Mr Bass and also Finduss PFB. It was another great ride for Laura and Mr Bass finishing 3rd!!
This result was even more impressive when we later found out Laura and Mr Bass had not been selected for the World Equestrian Games and Laura received that news during the event.
After such disappointing news Laura headed to Somerford Park with 7 horses and had another very successful few days with 3 wins and 2 more top 10 places...
After such a successful event Laura headed to Scotland for Blair Horse Trials and the Event Rider Masters finale and Laura was in contention for the series win. During the event ERM filmed this tongue in cheek video of Laura and Chris Burton who was leading the series (and went onto win).
Laura had a very strong performance with London 52 who is still a young horse new to 3* and finished 8th and finished second in the series which is a fantastic result after such a consistent season.
Laura finished off the month with a 9 hour drive home from Blair and headed straight to Wellington Horse Trials on Bank Holiday Monday with 3 more horses!
After the big disappointment of not being selected for the WEG team Laura had hoped to run Mr Bass at Burghley (where our members get full event access) but unfortunately he didn't feel a 100% right so just before the event he was withdrawn. But don't worry as they will be back out next season aiming for the win at Badminton!
Alex had a very busy and successful July, starting with 6 horses competing at Barbury International Horse Trials with four horses finishing their sections in the top ten...
After Barbury, Alex headed to Jardy in France and wow what an amazing event it was for him. Zagreb performed out of his skin in the Event Rider Masters (ERM) CIC3* section to lead from start to finish to claim a famous win. Not to be out done, Shannondale Percy finished 3rd in the other CIC3* section and in just their second competition together Alcatraz came 9th in the CIC2*.
After all the excitement of Jardy it was back home for Alex and Team Bragg for 7 horses at Dauntsey and then onto Aston Le Walls with four in the Intermediate - there was more success with two 3rd places for Bonmahon Blue Mist and King of the Mill.
After Aston Le Walls, Alex headed to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight for the inaugural London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials. All three horses (Zagreb, Barrichello & Alcatraz) went well with star of the show being Barrichello taking second place.
To round up the month Team Bragg were out in full force at Wilton Horse Trials with an unbelievable 8 horses competing. There were another 2 winners, King of the Mill in the Intermediate and Cobalt De Dugny in the BE100.
Barbury International Horse Trials was first up for Laura in July with 5 horses in action. Two top 10 results in the CIC2* and an excellent 9th in the Event Rider Master CIC3*.
After Barbury Laura had a quick trip to Tweseldown and then onto Jardy in France with three horses, one in CIC1*, 2* and 3*. Star of the three was London 52, finishing in 11th place in the Event Rider Masters CIC3* class.
Back on home soil Laura had a successful visit to Dauntsey Park with two young horses both winning their classes...
dAston Le Walls was the next event for Laura and again another busy one with 5 horses competing, 3 in the Advanced, 1 Open Intermediate and 1 Novice. Laura's successful month continued with another double win, with Hanson DHI in the Novice and Dacapo in the Advanced 8/9 yr old class.
Sadly after this successful weekend Laura had some sad news to announce, which was that her recently retired four star campaigner Grand Manoeuvre (Milo) had been put down aged 14, just a few months after being retired.
Laura said she was “totally devastated” by the loss of “Milo”.
The month was rounded out with British Eventing updating their leading horse and rider tables and we were very pleased to see that Laura had moved up to 5th in the rider standings and Mr Bass continued to hold onto his number one position.
Alex Bragg, one of the HTSG scholars for 2018 talks to us about the support he has received and some of the benefits of being a member.
If you haven't heard Alex won the latest leg of the Event Rider Master on his top horse Zagreb. Read the full report on the ERM website.