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  1. Out and about at Gatcombe’s Festival of British Eventing

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    Members of the Royal family were out in force at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe. Zara Phillips took her daughter, Mia, to watch the proceedings and they were joined by her brother Peter and sister-in law Autumn with their two daughters, plus the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, as well as Princess Anne.

    Early start

    Peter and Autumn Phillips’ eldest daughter, Savannah tried her hand at riding a mechanical horse….while nineteen-month-old Mia Tindall got up close and personal with a horse at Gatcombe as her mum looked on.

    Zara style

    After making an appearance in casual jeans and t-shirt on Friday afternoon, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter changed into a more formal blouse and off-white trousers, though she still paired her new outfit with trainers. She was even more informal on Saturday when she donned t-shirts and shorts to brave the heat.

    Super aunt

    Elegant in a green blouse and white jeans, Autumn Phillips sneaked a kiss on her little niece while her youngest daughter, Isla, proudly sported a rosette.

    Ready for the show

    The Earl of Wessex and his daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, attended the show on Saturday, and enjoyed the cross-country while the Countess of Wessex had a good time watching her son, Viscount Severn, go down an inflatable slide with Savannah and Isla Phillips.

    Where’s my apple?

    Mia Tindall’s straw hat fell on her face as she enjoyed an apple on the second day of the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe.

    Horses are better

    And, finally, Captain Mark Phillips swapped his horse for a quad bike as he took part in a stunt display at the Festival of British Eventing — but he looked unconvinced.

    Main image: members of the Royal family watch the action at Gatcombe, by Rupert Hartley/REX

  2. Out and about at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour

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    Discover the best moments of the Longines Global Champions Tour’s London leg, where Scott Brash stormed to the top of the series rankings, or read our report of the action.

    Splending setting

    The Duke of Northumberland’s magnificent London home, Syon House, was the backdrop to the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

    Syon House was the backdrop of the London leg of teh Longines Global Champions Tour

    Standing sentinel

    The Longines horse presided over the proceedings from the VIP tent.

    the longines horse in the VIP tent at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour

    A ride with a difference

    Guests enjoyed a ride on the Longines carousel.

    Guests at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour enjoy a ride on the longines carousel

    Bentsson’s day

    Rolf-Göran Bentsson won the grand prix aboard Casall Ask.

    Sweden's Rolf-Goran Bengtsson finished first in the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour


    All eyes in the VIP section were on the action in the arena.

    riveted by the action at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour

    Happy birthday, John Whitaker

    John Whitaker celebrated his upcoming 60th birthday with a well-deserved grand prix second place on Argento.

    John Whitaker and Argento finished in second place on the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour

    Brash stormed to the top

    Scott Brash finished sixth after knocking down one fence but still earned enough points to make it to the top of the series leaderboard.

    Scott Brash finished sixth after knocking down one fence at the the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour

    Downward slip

    Former overall series leader Luciana Diniz lost the top spot to Brash.

    Former Longines Global Champions Tour overall series leader Luciana Diniz lost the top spot to Scott Brash

    The podium

    The grand prix winning trio — Bentsson in first, with Whitaker in second place and France’s Simon Delestre in third — takes pride of place on the podium.

    Longines Global Champions Tour London leg winner Rolf-Goran Bentsson with runners up John Whitaker and Simon Delestre

    Champagne celebration

    Bentsson enjoyed a champagne shower courtesy of Delestre.

    Winner Rolf-Goran Bentsson enjoys a champagne shower courtesy of Simon Delestre at the Longines Global Champions Tour in London

    The patroness

    Global London Tour patroness Athina Onassis de Miranda, who is married to Brazilian showjumper Álvaro de Miranda Neto, was 12th in the grand prix aboard AD Rackham’Jo.

    athina onassis de miranda at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour

    Young supporters

    Brash found time to meet some Pony Club fans.

    scott brash and pony club members

    VIP competitor

    Patti and Jessica Springsteen enjoyed lunch in the VIP tent—the younger Springsteen was 31st in grand prix aboard Lisona and 11th in Sunday’s 1.50-metre class on Davendy S.

    patti and jessica springsteen at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour

    Hooray for Laura

    Laura Renwick delighted fans with a great performance aboard Bintang II to take the 1.50-metre against the clock class title.

    laura renwick wins the 1.50-metre class at the Longines Global Champions Tour on bintang II

  3. Out and about at the Royal Salute Coronation Cup

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    It was England at its best both on and off the polo pitch as the home team beat South America to win the Royal Salute Coronation Cup while spectators enjoyed a glorious day in the sunshine.

    Ready for polo

    Prince Charles, who sported an elegant beige suit brightened up by a Regimental tie and a purple boutonniere, got ready to watch England beat South America at the Royal Salute Coronation Cup.

    Off the pitch

    England regular Malcolm Borwick, snapped here with Royal Salute’s Jacques-Henri Brive, enjoyed the afternoon off the pitch after hosting a polo clinic at Coworth Park.

    Polo action

    Some of the world’s greatest polo players faced off in a hard-fought match.

    Time-travel picnic

    Artist Marcos Lutyens and gardener Stephen Woodhams created a memorable picnic setting for celebrity guests, such party planner Yasmin Mills, who wore a stunning wrap. The Royal Salute’s Secret Garden recreated the floral displays seen at HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation and guests enjoyed temporally flexible “Hampering of Time” hampers that recalled the elegant picnics of Regency England and featured Lutyens’ time-inspired handmade games, including a clock that makes time flow backwards.

    Flower power

    Among the guests was also soprano Natalie Coyle, who dazzled in a bright floral skirt.

    Keeping time

    Piaget was the official timekeeper at the Royal Salute Coronation Cup.

    Stomping along

    Socialite Henry Conway trod in during half-time.

    English triumph

    James Belm lifted the cup after England’s victory.

    Top player

    England’s Max Charlton was named Most Valuable Player, while Silver Lining received the Best Playing Pony prize.

    Main image: John Phillips / Getty Images, courtesy of Royal Salute

  4. Meet Avebury, equestrian film star and eventing legend

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    Much like Aintree and Cheltenham have their equine heroes etched into racing folklore, so the sport of eventing can roll out its own honours list.

    Double Badminton champions Supreme Rock and Sir Wattie, ridden by Pippa Funnell and Ian Stark, respectively, would feature very close to the top of any eventing winners’ board. And while debates will rage about the identity of eventing’s greatest horses – there have been so many – no-one could argue that Avebury well and truly deserves his place among the elite.

    The 16-year-old grey gelding has an astonishingly consistent record. In 80 competitive outings since making its British Eventing debut in a pre-novice class at West Wiltshire, near Trowbridge, nine years ago this month, Avebury can boast a remarkable 63 top-10 finishes, including 24 first places, 13 runners-up spots and four thirds.

    But during the last three years, he has moved up another gear, claiming title hat-tricks at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and the St James’ Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials through performances of sheer brilliance in New Zealander Andrew Nicholson‘s expert hands.

    Avebury finished sixth, seventh and second during the last three years on British Eventing’s horse rankings list, and, with more than 2,000 ranking points to his name, he represents a success story of the very highest order.

    The quest for a fourth successive Barbury crown is set to begin in just two weeks’ time, with Nicholson and the Wiltshire-based wonderhorse guaranteed a special welcome, whatever happens across the dressage, showjumping and cross-country tests of Barbury’s CIC*** class.

    And this year, there will be special significance behind Avebury’s cross-country appearance, as Barbury’s signature fence – the stone circle – has now been named after him.

    Owned by Rosemary Barlow and ridden by Nicholson, Avebury was named after the world heritage site near to Barbury – the Avebury Stone Circles – and there is little doubt that he will be the people’s choice to land a fourth successive crown, despite the presence of a world-class field that also includes Nicholson’s 2012 London Olympics ride Nereo and Oliver Townend‘s recent recruit, Fenyas Elegance.

    But the Wiltshire horse has already triumphed this year as the star of its own film. The newly-released short– The Avebury Story – documents his outstanding achievements.

    “Avebury loves Barbury, and he also loves the camera, so filming the video was good fun,” says Nicholson. “We are all proud of what he has achieved here, and we look forward to being back at Barbury in a couple of weeks’ time.

    “He is a horse that seems to like going back to certain places. To win here three times in a row on a horse that was born near Barbury and is named after a local landmark feels pretty good.”

    Barbury International Horse Trials chairman Nigel Bunter adds: “After winning Barbury for a remarkable third time, and with Avebury’s local connections, we wanted a lasting tribute. And we felt that renaming our most iconic cross-country fence was a fitting tribute to a wonderful horse.

    “We hope Avebury fans will enjoy our film on him. We want to encourage as many as possible to visit Barbury in July to see a living legend and maybe history repeating itself with a four-timer!”