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HorseFest Cancelled For 2021

Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 by Heather Dodd

It is with great regret that the organisers of the exciting new event HorseFest at Weston Park, July 23–25, have made the very difficult decision to cancel the event this year due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-founders Thea Roberts and Heidi Hunter-Cope have assured everyone the event will launch in 2022 with all plans in place for this innovative new festival.

This decision has not been taken lightly and reflects the fragile nature of the roadmap and the considerable investment required for infrastructure in the run up to the event.  Said Thea: “We are all extremely saddened to have come to this decision however, without a guarantee of being able to run and being unable to insure for COVID related cancellation, it means that it would be too great a risk for us to continue with our plans for this year.”

Continued Heidi: “The reaction to the HorseFest concept has been phenomenal – we are humbled by the response and excitement people have expressed. Please rest assured, we are 100% committed to delivering HorseFest in 2022. Dates are confirmed (22-24 July 2022) and the planning starts now! Our brilliant headliners who were scheduled for this year will be back next year to see everyone.

“We want to take the time to thank everybody who has supported us so far, including our much-valued sponsors, and in particular the wonderful John Oates Horseboxes, our presenting partner. We know events are an integral part of business promotion and awareness, and we will put on the very best event we can next year. We thank you for your understanding this year.

“And to our riders and experts – we know you are all chomping at the bit to get out and about, provide demonstrations and talks, as well as compete, and we cannot wait to see you!”

We would like to encourage anybody who has purchased tickets or accommodation for this year’s event to roll them over and come party with us in 2022. For anyone who would prefer a refund, this can be arranged by logging onto their TicketSellers account (details are on the email sent to ticket holders). Those who have won tickets – these will transfer to next year’s HorseFest automatically.

Said Thea: “We are both extremely passionate about the festival and the HorseFest community and have exciting plans to expand our digital offering, bringing our experts, elite riders and great quality information to horse-lovers through our membership community HorseTribe. We want to bring the horse community together and we still need a big party when we can all reconnect in person next year!” For further information please contact Heidi or Thea on 01743642500 or


Posted on Friday, August 21, 2020 by Sasha Melia




After two days of Young Horse qualifying rounds, we see 50 coming forward into the Northcote Stud 5YO Championship and 66 progressing into the Ashdale Sports Horses 4YO Championship, both to be held on Saturday. Wednesday saw Laura Mantel achieve a 1-2 in the first Windmill Farm Estate 6YO Qualifier on Maleficent and Aurora, a pair of Typhoon S sired mares owned by John and Laura Renwick.

Third place was won by Ellen Whitaker aboard J Superstar. Laura’s winning streak continued into Thursday evening, this time heading a 120-strong 5YO Second Round qualifier, sponsored by Northcote Stud. Both second and fourth place went to Joseph Trunkfield on Harry Whall owned horses, while Chloe Reynolds concluded the top three. Chantelle Duggan headed the first of the Al Shira’aa 7yr old Qualifiers with Margaret Duggan’s Linton De La Chapelle. Laura Mantel was just behind for another top two placing, this time aboard MHS Alabama, also owned by John Renwick, and was closely followed by William Funnell in third on Billy Marmite.



Joss Williams is another competitor to have enjoyed a very successful start to the show, with a 1st and 4th in the First Round of the Voltaire Design 1.10m Open. Building on a great day one, he started day two with conviction, heading the Equerry Horse Feed 1.00m Open First Round by the slimmest of margins on 6YO mare, Kade Hof Ten Zoetendaele Z, just 0.03 seconds ahead of Nicola Withey, with Emily Morris nipping at heels too. Michaela Wood headed the second round of the Voltaire Design sponsored 1.10m Open, aboard Martin Wood’s Billy Congo sired gelding, 2.2 seconds clear of the competition; Holly Johnstone in second, and another top three finish for Joss Williams. James Smith pulled off a convincing win on Tracey Brown’s KWPN gelding, Elmo Brown, in the Al Shira’aa Grand Prix Series Qualifier on Thursday morning, ahead of Adrian Whiteway & Max Routledge. A huge First Round of the AW Jenkinson Forest Products 1.20m Open saw 131 competitors jump, with an eventual win for Jake Myers on Zoe Legg’s Gerlina Van De Linthorst. Katie Shaw & Alex Bishop closely followed to fill the remaining top spots with Fools Business and Furore S. Thursday’s Second Round was taken by Adam Botham and Dewpoint Diamond, with the consistent partnership of Alex Bishop and Furore S taking second place, building on their third place in Wednesday’s First Round. Harry Bateman and Naughty Boy Z completed the top three. The Equitop Myoplast 1.30 Open brought the second day of competition to a close with a win for Angel Tough aboard Emerson Tough’s KWPN gelding, Callumbus, 1.65 seconds clear of their nearest competition. Jonathan Dixon and Fireball earnt themselves second place, with Angie Thompson and Madison Jamison nail-bitingly close behind and settling for equal honours in third place.

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