Eventing World No.1 Oliver Townend And Other Former Olympians Return At The Chedington Bicton Horse Trials In Devon

Published 08/17/2021, 1:02 PM EDT


The Olympic gold medallist, Oliver Townend among other athletes, will lead the Chedington Bicton Horse Trials entries, taking place this autumn for the one-off five-star between 2-5 September 2021.

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Earlier, the Bicton Horse Trials were going to happen in Bramham in June this year. However, because of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the games are now being organised in Devon. Apparently, a total number of 37 horses have already entered the fields on today’s date. Not only this but also Oliver, accompanied by 4 other riders, have entered with 2 horses too! For instance, he will ride MHS King Joules and Tregilder.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Eventing – Team – Medal Ceremony – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Gold medallists Oliver Townend of Britain, Laura Collett of Britain and Tom McEwen of Britain celebrate. REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Oliver Townend, hungry for more gold

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Oliver is currently the world number one and has been a chart-topping rider on British Eventing points in six out of nine years between 2011 to 2020. Coming from Yorkshire, Oliver Townend has represented his country frequently and is a former winner at a five-star level. He’s been a member of the British Olympic eventing team. He rode Ballaghmor Class at the Tokyo Olympics and returned with a gold medal for the team.

Not only him, but William Fox-Pitt will also be competing. He is one of Britain’s top event riders and has achieved an unparalleled number of 14 five-stars and over 50 three-day events. Besides that, he has been a member of the British team for a really long time. Thus, he has represented Team Great Britain at several Olympics, World and European Championships.

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Nicola Wilson has also bagged several medals by participating in Olympics, European and World Championships. She won her first individual bronze medal at the 2017 European Championships in Strzegom, Poland, with Bulana. Further, she also swept the gold for Great Britain’s team.

Last, the Bicton Horse Trials will also witness new athletes emerge. These include Felicity Collins (RSH Contend Or), Will Rawlin (VIP Vinnie), George Hilton-Jones (Efraim) and Harry Mutch (HD Bronze). Indeed, the young British riders will be expected to showcase some outstanding performance on the field, to match the level of excellence the fellow riders have achieved.

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Stay tuned to find out who takes the prize home!

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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