It's Kelsall Hill equestrian event celebrates record-breaking weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:46 24 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:25 20 February 2013

Sean Watts negotiates the water hazard on ‘Aberville

Sean Watts negotiates the water hazard on ‘Aberville

Organisers of the 'It's Kelsall Hill' equestrian event are celebrating a record-breaking weekend.

Organisers of the Its Kelsall Hill equestrian event are celebrating a record-breaking weekend. This important Cheshire fixture, affiliated to British Eventing, saw three full days of competition in which riders faced the challenges of dressage, show jumping and cross country, culminating in what is renowned as the ultimate test of horse and rider.

The many attractions including a tradestand village and a farmers market, meant that over 3,000 visitors attended.

The Saturday afternoon gave spectators a real treat as world class riders went head to head in the Intermediate and Open Intermediate sections. After many combinations ran into trouble around the Mark Phillips designed cross country course, Dee Hankey and Bill Levett came out on top with immaculate jumping rounds following polished dressage performances. Problems were scattered around the course which was described by Badminton-bound Michael Owen as a fair test, but with no room for complacency.

Local four star rider Polly Stockton praised the efforts of the Kelsall team: They have done a great job. It is surprising to see such good going in light of all the rain, and they always present the event to a really high standard.

Photography by John Cocks

The print version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Cheshire Life

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