Despite rain falling around the country, Richmond Horse Trials in Yorkshire enjoyed some rare sunshine over the weekend for all three three days of their annual horse trials competition.
Friday saw a strong Intermediate entry and hotly contested classes, with Piggy French riding Jayne McGivern's Cooley Top Cat, and James Adams with Jessica Powell's Stainsby Alberto, taking a class a piece.
Yorkshire-man Oliver Townend dominated the Open Intermediate, taking first place on new ride, Sally-Anne Eggington's Cillnabradden Evo, second with Karyn Shuter's Black Tie II and third with Andrew Cawthray's Colonel Joe.
There was plenty of talent in the OIu21 section too, with local girls Phoebe Powell on her own Kelly's Lad, and Storm Straker on her horse Well Designed, taking first and second places respectively.
All riders placed first to third were treated to an extra prize of free ice cream from the event's main sponsor, Brymor Ice Cream. Their pure bred Guernsey calves share the venue with the horse trials, and were an attractive sight for those walking the courses.
Richmond Horse Trials Co-Organiser, Emma Notman said: "We were full for all three days of competition, and were really pleased to see the sun, for a change! Riders spend months or even years preparing for these events, so it was wonderful to see so many successfully complete all three phases of the competition.
"Our classes cater for a wide range of abilities, with everything from young horses on their first outing, to four star event horses. Likewise, it is not unusual to see local amateurs warming up in the same arena as Olympians such as Nicola Wilson, who had two rides with us on Friday.
"All four cross country tracks rode extremely well, with excellent going, and lots of questions; plans for 2016 include a new water complex, which is already partially excavated."
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