Testimonials

 

 

 “Express Eventing is a great competition and something I really look forward to. Having just missed out on qualifying for the final last year. I am determined to be up with the leaders this time round and I already know who I will choose to be on my Team, and which horses we will use.’’

Mark Todd, double Olympic gold medallist, winner of Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials 2011
and an Express Eventing competitor in 2008 and 2011

 

"Express Eventing is a great competition and I am delighted that I have qualified for the Final. I would love to compete at all the Qualifiers – it’s such an exciting concept. If You Want It [which I rode to win the Bolesworth Qualifier] is a great horse, but he’s 15 and Express Eventing is giving me the opportunity to continue his career for much longer.

"I also don’t understand how riders can afford not to do Express Eventing. This should go global. If this really caught on, you wouldn’t catch me doing anything else!"

Matthew Wright, Winner of Express Eventing Qualifier at Bolesworth Showjumping Classic

 

"I count myself very lucky to have been invited to compete in both the 2008 and 2010 Express Eventing competitions and to be the only rider with a 100% appearance record puts me in a unique position. It's been great to watch Express Eventing evolve and adapt into a format riders will be able to appreciate and still keep the original concept of ‘one seat sees all’ for spectators. The distinction between invitational and qualification, in my opinion, is an important one. It has matured Express Eventing from simply a display, to a sport in its own right! The competition format change last year worked and so I cant help but feel that this year is when it all begins!"

Alex Hua Tian, 2008 Chinese Olympic team member, 2011 Barocca D'Alva CIC*** Winner; 2008 and 2010 Express Eventing competitor

 

"Being part of the commentary team for the 2010 Express Eventing certainly made me appreciate how exciting it is to watch. However having had a great experience in 2008, I am really looking forward to having the chance to compete in the competition again. I think that it is a great concept that is developing into a spectator and TV friendly version of our great sport."

Oliver Townend, Winner of Express Eventing 2008 and commentator for Express Eventing 2010

 

"Winning Express Eventing in 2010 was just an incredible experience and has given me lots of new and exciting opportunities on so many fronts. I can’t wait to defend my title this year!"

Flora Harris – Winner of Express Eventing 2010

 

"Express Eventing is a very exciting concept. I am delighted the feedback from riders has been listened to and acted upon and hope it succeeds in bringing a new audience to the sport."

Mary King, British equestrian sportswoman, who has represented Great Britain at five Olympics from 1992-2008 (one silver and one bronze medal in team eventing); 2008 Express Eventing competitor

 

"The concept of Express Eventing is a good one and I’m now trying to decide which of my horses will be best suited to the format when I compete at my next Qualifier."

"I really enjoyed the Cross County at Bolesworth. It was a nice rhythm all the way around. All the horses are taking the [arena-based] cross country really well. It is definitely a really good competition.” "

Mark Todd, double Olympic Gold Medalist, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2011 winner, 6th place at the 2011 Express Eventing Qualifier at the Bolesworth Showjumping Classic, 2008 Express Eventing competitor

 

"This year’s Express Eventing Series is definitely on the right track and an excellent way of showcasing our sport. It is a great concept that is developing into a spectator- and TV- friendly version of eventing."

"Express Eventing is a really good fair test. I definitely want to qualify for the Final."

Oliver Townend, Winner of Express Eventing 2008, Runner-up at the Express Eventing Qualifier at Bolesworth Showjumping Classic

 

"Express Eventing is a very exciting concept. It is definitely here for the future. It gives the horses exactly the right exposure for the big competitions. This is something our sport really needs."

Alex Hua Tian, Chinese Olympic Team Member, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Express Eventing competitor

 

"Express Eventing is a great competition and I am delighted that I have qualified for the Final. I would love to compete at all the Qualifiers – it’s such an exciting concept. If You Want It [which I rode to win the Bolesworth Qualifier] is a great horse, but he’s 15 and Express Eventing is giving me the opportunity to continue his career for much longer.

"I also don’t understand how riders can afford not to do Express Eventing. This should go global. If this really caught on, you wouldn’t catch me doing anything else!"

Matthew Wright, Winner of Express Eventing Qualifier at Bolesworth Showjumping Classic

 

"I loved competing at the Express Eventing Qualifier at Bolesworth. It was really great to be competing with some of the biggest names in our sport – Mark Todd, Oliver Townend and Matthew Wright. It is such an opportunity for young riders. I will definitely apply to compete again."

Shari Butchart, former Grade A Showjumper who has represented Great Britain in that discipline on both the Junior and Young Rider teams. This is her third season of eventing after making the switch

 

"It’s great to be right up there with the top names, and I’ve had such good fun today."

Paul Sims, Express Eventing 2011 Final Qualifier (achieved by being top placed Young Rider at the Express Eventing Qualifier at Bolesworth Showjumping Classic)

 

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