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Thrills and spills

Burghley Horse Trials was another successful showcase for some of WOW’s eventing ambassadors. Both Paul Tapner and Francis Whittington had two horses entered at the event, one of only six 4* rated horse trials in the world. Paul was riding his experienced horse Kilronan, and a newcomer to the level, Vanir Kamira. Francis was in a similar position, with his two horses Hasty Imp (completed Burghley in 2014) and Fernhill Highlight. Paul’s horses did better in the dressage phase, both making  it into the top 15 for that phase. Francis did not fare so well there, and decided to withdraw Fernhill Highlight and take that horse to Blenheim instead, where he would be more competitive. The Burghley cross country course was very big, but it held no fears for Kilronan who was smoothly efficient, but Vanir Kamira showed her lesser experience when running out at the extremely angled hedges in Discovery Valley. Francis had the benefit of being able to watch most of the other rounds, as he was second-till last on track with Hasty Imp, but he still had to survive a lucky moment at the Trout Hatchery when climbing over the last part!

Neither Kilronan or Hasty Imp excelled themselves in the showjumping, but Vanir Kamira made up for her cross country error with a clean sheet in the final phase. “Yes I was disappointed with the show jumping on Kilronan, but at least he is consistent, 13th place in all three of his FEI competitions this year” tweeted Paul good humouredly, who now has a slightly less pressured week before Blenheim.

Germany’s Michael Jung and his superstar partner, La Biosthetique Sam FBW, took the Land Rover Burghley title, a proud victory, having uncharacteristically fallen from his other ride, Fischerrocana FST, on the cross-country course at the event. Well done to all competitors!

(Incidentally, WOW had a great time at Burghley on our stand – thanks to everyone who came to say hello! We hope to see fellow eventing fans at Blair).

Francis Whittington now heads north to Blair Castle, where he will join up with fellow WOW sponsored rider Kitty Boggis for the European Championships. Fingers crossed our British riders come home with a medal!

Paul Tapner & Francis Whittington. Credit Lulu Kyriacou.

Paul Tapner & Francis Whittington. Credit Lulu Kyriacou.

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Sponsored eventers gear up for the season’s big hitting events

There has been no lazing about in August, for Team WOW’s sponsored event riders. Paul Tapner and Francis Whittington spent a successful weekend at Bicton in Devon, where despite the rain, they helped the riders raise over £5000 for charity. Kitty King went to Cheshire for the international at Somerford Park, and also came home with rosettes on two of her three rides. Proving that it can happen to the best of us, Kitty then made a technical error on her third ride, and was eliminated after an excellent dressage and clear show jumping round. Kitty described herself as “gutted”, which is a feeling most competitive riders can empathise with!

salperton 2012 Kitty King from Lulu Kyriacou MED RES riding Zidante

If that wasn’t enough, as soon as Kitty and Francis got home, they had to head out again for team training, where they received their team kit for the European Championships, as well as some fine-tuning for their mounts. They recently competed at Wellington Horse Trials near Reading, a final Advanced run for all their championship mounts before the big Autumn events; Burghley, Blenheim and the European Championships at Blair.

The brand new Classique range, powered by WOW, launches at Burghley

Due to popular demand, we are launching a brand new collection on to the market at Burghley Horse Trials and it is set to fill a void in the market place, providing customers with many of the revolutionary WOW features, at a fraction of the cost!

The Classique collection, powered by WOW, is the result of research in the market, which identified that many customers wish to provide their equines with an ‘off the peg’ saddle that is packed full of unique features, without the higher price tag.

After careful development and prototype testing, the Classique has now been perfected to offer riders just this. The Classique collection of saddles offer customers a traditional flocked saddle with the benefits of WOW’s unique tree and panel system. The WOW Patented tree with Lateral Flexion means that as the horse moves the tree literally twists from side to side to allow total freedom of movement of the shoulder. The Pointless Panel System (PPS) provides a much greater bearing surface without point and stirrup bar pressures and this means you can achieve support and lift without increasing the pressures on the wither area.
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The Classique collection is capable of taking all of the WOW Headplate sizes and styles so they can fit horses from Extra Narrow up to 8X Wide. In addition each the Headplates come with three arch radiuses so you can fit the finest, to the very broadest wither with the same tree. Available in a Dressage and Jumping style in black or brown, sizes 16”, 17” & 18”. GP and XC style coming soon. RRP £1,499.

The Classique collection will be launching at Burghley Horse Trials on the WOW Saddles stand. To be one of the first to try it contact 01227 831614 to find your local WOW Saddle fitter or email classique@wowsaddles.com

WOW Saddles sponsored Kitty King reigns at Burghley

Ceylor L.A.N. ridden by WOW Saddles sponsored Kitty King, is this year’s winner of the five-year-old section of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse final.

The pair gained the top marks for jumping 38/40 from judges Alain Storme (BEL) and Matthew Lanni and 9/10 for suitability and potential from former Irish Olympic team member Eric Horgan and were convincing winners heading the class by four marks.

Kitty, who has been in strong form this season with former young horse champions Zidante and Persimmon, found Ceylor almost by accident as she just happened to be in Sussex and looked in Horse & Hound to see if there were any young horses for sale in the area. “He was too big and too expensive but I was in Sussex and so was he,” said Kitty.

The good-looking KWPN gelding is by Veron (deceased) a KWPN stallion by the Quidam de Revel son Quite Easy. “He is not really my size as he is tall but he is a lovely quality horse and one to produce for the future,” said Kitty, who has sold three legs to a small syndicate of owners.

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This year at Burghley part 2

We continue listing the Burghley fences that Andrew Hoy considers to be the most difficult. The entire article is available in the recent edition of Horse & Hound. Andrew discusses the fences and tricky terrain that’s ahead for all riders. The four-star Burghley course is tricky to say the least.

Fence 12

Waterloo Logs

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“On the flat you’d just gallop at these huge logs, which measure the best part of 3m front to back. But with a large grassy mound to canter over on the approach, it’s a real four-star fence.”

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Land Rover Dairy Mound

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“These two steps up to a simple box hedge at the top measure 1.10m, but a horse has to jump about 1.35m to have space to get his landing gear down.”

Fence 25

Burghley Station

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“Situated at the bottom of a moderately steep hill, this vast white timber oxer is of maximum dimensions.”

All this fence talk us really got us in the mood for Burghley!! If you are here come and say hello. Our stand will be in The World of the Horse Marquee at The Lions Bridge.

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This year at Burghley

Horse & Hound has printed a great article by double Burghley winner, Andrew Hoy. He discusses the fences and tricky terrain that’s ahead for all riders. The four-star Burghley course is tricky to say the least. In the article Andrew talks us through all the fences and their difficulties. We have listed the fences you should look out for and the ones he thinks are the most challenging…

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Leaf Pit Classic

Key fence

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“There’s no choice of fences to jump before the drop this year…The direct route should ride well, as it is very inviting, fair and not very narrow. The longer alternative is really easy, but the sharp left and right to get back on course afterwards will break horses’ rhythm and tire them in the long run.!

Fence 6 & 7abc

Discovery Valley

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“…it’s a clever fence. It’s flagged to make you think it should be tackled straight, but in fact it needs riding on a gentle curve.”

Fence 10 &11ab

Land Rover Trout Hatchery

Difficulty rating – 9/10

“Fence 10 is a really big brush ‘basket’ surmounted with goose eggs, in the first Trout Hatchery water, with another big grassy knoll on the approach. Arrive at it underpowered or in incorrect balance and it won’t be a nice experience.”

There are 3 more fences that Andrew considers the most difficult. Keep an eye out for future WOW Saddle posts to find out which ones they are…

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Francis Whittington on front cover!

We were so pleased to see Francis Whittington and horse Sir Percival III on the front cover of the most recent edition of Horse & Hound.

The photo was taken at the 2011 Burghley Horse Trials. We hope this year will be as exciting as last year…if you are going, remember the WOW Saddles stand will be in The World of the Horse Marquee at The Lions Bridge.

Interested customers can try a range of saddles on WOW’s mechanical horse on the stand, and if they are interested in purchasing a saddle and arranging for a fitting, can complete a specification sheet that can be exchanged with a WOW retailer for 10% discount on a new saddle.

This is valid on orders placed with a retailer before 30 November 2012.

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Discount on WOW Saddles at Burghley Horse Trials

Burghley Horse Trials, running from the 30th August – 2nd September 2012 is set to be an exciting few days.

The WOW Saddles stand will be in The World of the Horse Marquee at The Lions Bridge.

Interested customers can try a range of saddles on WOW’s mechanical horse on the stand, and if they are interested in purchasing a saddle and arranging for a fitting, can complete a specification sheet that can be exchanged with a WOW retailer for 10% discount on a new saddle.

This is valid on orders placed with a retailer before 30 November 2012.

www.wowsaddles.com

We’re at Burghley Horse Trials

With Badminton unfortunately being cancelled this year, Burghley is expected to be buzzing and WOW Saddles invites you to join them and share in the fun!

Burghley Horse Trials, running from the 30th August – 2nd September 2012, is based in Stamford, Lincolnshire and is set to be an exciting few days.

Dressage is first on the agenda and begins at 9am  in the main arena. Dressage continues on the Friday with other events such as the Burghley Young Event Horse Finals and the British Bred Sport Horse Stallion Parade taking place.

The spectators favourite, the cross country starts at 11am on the Saturday and will hopefully keep us all entertained.

Sunday sees the Show Jumping take place followed by a parade of foxhounds and presentation of prizes.

Great News!

The WOW Saddles stand will be in The World of the Horse Marquee at The Lions Bridge.

Interested customers can try a range of saddles on WOW’s mechanical horse on the stand, and if they are interested in purchasing a saddle and arranging for a fitting, can complete a specification sheet that can be exchanged with a WOW retailer for 10% discount on a new saddle.

This is valid on orders placed with a retailer before 30 November 2012.

www.wowsaddles.com