Saturday 26 May 2018

32,000 treated to elite equestrian display at Tattersalls

Groom Bryony Milton gives Chequers Play the Game a carrot after he won the Irish Field CCI3* event Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan
Groom Bryony Milton gives Chequers Play the Game a carrot after he won the Irish Field CCI3* event Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

A record crowd of 32,500 people enjoyed international equestrian action and a country fair in the Co Meath countryside over five days at Tattersalls.

The event yesterday entertained a crowd of more than 10,000 people who were treated to spectacular cross-country action with the world's best equestrian riders, including 18 Olympians.

The 343-strong international field from 10 countries thrilled the crowds with daring displays of horsemanship over the huge jumps in the 6km cross-country while reaching speeds of up to 48kmh.

Competitors included Zara Tindall, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, and Bella Lloyd Webber, the daughter of English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

After five days of eventing action across the three disciplines, the main CCI3* competition and finale was won by Italian rider Vittoria Panizzon on Chequers Play The Game, with a score of 35.5.

Celebrities

It was the best score ever at Tattersalls, and the best score ever by an Italian rider in eventing.

Celebrities enjoying the action included TV racing pundits Ted Walsh and Tracy Piggott, Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey Robbie Power, trainer Gordon Elliott and Grand National heroine Jessica Harrington. It wasn't all about horses as the shopping village offered foods, arts and crafts.

Irish Independent

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