Sport is truly back at Bolesworth as the first day of the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show welcomed back world class showjumping, a range of equestrian retail outlets and enthusiastic spectators for the start of five thrilling days of competition.
The showjumping highlights of the day included the Al Shira’aa Young Horse classes which showcased exciting talent for future sport. Fourfields Darc Maxim ridden by Joss Williams proved to be the ones to watch after securing the top spot in the CSIYH1* 7YO. Georgia Lovett and Lola Caterina fought hard to secure the win in a fast and competitive CSIYH1* 5YO class, with barely a second between the top five, and Nicole Lockhead Anderson was on top form in the CSIYH1* 6YO class aboard Emerald Irish Cruise, producing a faultless round and proving unbeatable against the clock.
The day drew to a close with the final class, the hotly contested eVetDrug CSI3* 1.35m. With an impressive start list featuring Richard Howley and Antony Condon for Ireland, Angelie Von Essen for Sweden and a strong contingent of British riders including John Whitaker and fellow family members Joe, Jack and James, the riders were in it to win it from the off, with Robert Murphy claiming the honours on the first day with Lisa Holmes’ Elan.