MEDITERRANEAN temperatures greeted the crowds as they descended on Bishop Burton College’s Horse Trials.

More than 700 competitors took part in the two one-day events at the College at BE90 (Intro), BE100 (Pre-Novice, Novice and Intermediate levels and wowed the spectators with their dressage, showjumping and cross country skills.

The weather ensured plenty of people were able to take advantage of the college’s picturesque estate as they picnicked while watching the riders complete the four cross-country courses.

Open Intermediate winner Ben Hobday gave a great performance to take the section with a penalty of 47.00 riding 10 year-old gelding Just Morse.

He said: “It’s a great course – nice and twisty. The team have done very well and the going is excellent. It rode really well and I really enjoyed it.”

Hobday also took BE100 Section M on Tulla Road with a score of 32.

Other notable wins include a first-place ribbon for Northallerton rider Nicola Wilson, who took Novice Section D with a penalty of 34.00 aboard Inde.

Wilson, who earned a place on last year’s Olympic reserve team with Opposition Buzz, also took third in Intermediate Section F on her own eight-year-old mare Goulton Eugenie.


Intermediate section F: Rebecca Crosbie-Starling on Chance Remark.

Intermediate Section G:Gemma Hoare on Nethertowns Valentine.

Open Intermediate Section H: Ben Hobday on Just Morse.

Novice Section D: Nicola Wilson on Inde.

Novice Section E: Beth Connell on Poppyline.

BE100 Section A: Paul Burgess on Jet Curtis.

BE100 B: Paul Burgess on Freda Curtis.

BE100 C: Angela Parkin on Arko.

BE100 I: Lucy Hawley on Zedea.

BE100 M: Ben Hobday on Tulla Road.

BE100 N: Becky Bayliss on Pie Eyed Piper.

BE100 O: Alex Hill on Just Boo.

BE90 Section I: Christopher Whittle on First Edition.

BE90 J: Natalie Noble on Orange Lad.

BE90 K: Anthony Turnbull on Diluvio.

BE90 L: Charlotte Ridley on Lucy Diamond II.