Day one of the inaugural Kondon Capital & Financr Osborne Horse Trials saw hundreds of families flock to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, stunning location and exciting riding action yesterday (Wednesday).
At the close of the first day, crowds witnessed Ludwig Svennerstal & Oliver Townend take the win in a nail biting finish.
The atmosphere of the event began to build during the Royal visit on Tuesday 24th, as Stuart Buntine and the BEDE Events team welcomed Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall – alongside Dame Judi Dench – to Osborne House, where they were introduced to Isle of Wight rider Sarah Holmes and toured the grounds of Osborne House.
The new format has proven popular with riders, some whom have travelled over 250 miles to take part in the event.
It’s also proven popular with spectators as crowds gathered at Osborne House to be part of the first ever horse trials on the Isle of Wight, enjoying not only the high octane eventing but the unique location too.
The sun has continued to shine throughout the day, with the Gin Den & ice creams proving particularly popular!
Ludwig emerged as an up-and-coming star when he was the youngest rider to take part in the 2012 Olympic Games. He took both 1st and 3rd place in the River Lodge Equestrian Warrior Bowl, with Emily King taking 2nd place.
Oliver Townend, who won River Lodge Equestrian Albert Bowl, has won both Badminton and Burghley 3 times. At the end of 2017, he had 918 top 3 placings at national (BE) events. The horsemanship on show was second to none.
Island based rider, Sarah Holmes, had 2 brilliant rides today finishing 9th and 4th. This is the first time that she has been able to compete at this level without leaving the island. She has another horse in contention in the final section on Thursday.
The London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials continue today (Thursday 26th July), with a line up set to be just as exciting as the first day.
Tickets are available at www.bede-events.co.uk and on the gate.