Everything Horse magazine February 2014 - Page 11

British Eventing News written by Nicola Strong Badminton Horse Trials prize money increased to £80,000 for the 2014 competition, up from £65,000 in 2013, with prizemoney increases also reflected in the lower placings. Above: One of the fences at last years Badminton Horse Trials Paul Tapner, 2010 winner, welcomed the news saying; “Thanks and congrats to Hugh Thomas (director and course designer), Badminton Horse Trials and Mitsubishi Motors (sponsors) on this increase in prizemoney. “It will obviously only benefit Badminton prize-winners in the short-term, but it clearly demonstrates that event organisers, BE, FEI and sponsors are starting to be on the same wavelength as the riders regarding prizemoney, which can only be good for eventing in the long term.” 2007 winner Lucinda Fredericks said; ““This is fantastic news for the sport and most importantly for owners who put the money into this wonderful equestrian sport. “Everyone knows the prizemoney in eventing is very low and it’s tough for the riders to keep their owners. This will be a great incentive to attract more owners and sponsors to the sport. Let’s hope other events do follow in 2014.” Above: Last years course designer, Kevin Bywater was responsible for raising the height of the fences to the highest seen yet at Badminton Horse Trials. Elsewhere... Inishmor wins 2013 SEIB and ROR Elite Performance Award for Eventing on 11 January . The former racehorse, owned by Ian Murray, started his eventing career with Paul Tapner in 2012, and in just two seasons has progressed quickly with successful outings at Intermediate and two-star. The stunning grey has an impressive eventing record with three wins already, and no less than 15 top ten placings. Inishmor looks every bit worthy of the award and will be one to watch in 2014. Left: Zara on board during the 2013 British Eventing Season Image Credit Mike Bain Zara Phillips has given birth to a baby girl on 17 January at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The baby weighed 7lb 12oz, Mike Tindall, Zara’s husband was present at the birth. The sporting pair decided against a Royal title and named their first child Mia Grace Tindall, Italian for ‘wished for child’. Issue 5 • February 2014 • Everything Horse UK Magazine 11