Friday 15 – Sunday 17 May 2015

The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials has received a world class entry, as riders from several overseas nations as well as those from Great Britain make their annual visit to this popular competition, beguiled by the glorious setting, high-octane atmosphere and challenging cross-country courses.

The showpiece class, the  Dodson & Horrell Challenge CIC3*, is a contest every eventer would like to add to their CV, and it has attracted competitors from Australia, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

Notable among them are the 2013 winner, Andrew Nicholson from New Zealand, with a new ride, MHS King Joules, plus Australian team members Chris Burton (Graf Liberty) and Paul Tapner (Prince Mayo, Vanir Kamira and Yogi Bear Vlll) and Swedish siblings Ludwig and Ellen Svennerstal with Frangipan, King Bob and Southway respectively.

Last year’s winner, Irish rider Sarah Ennis, was paying her first visit to Chatsworth and declared it a “stunning place” with “an amazing course, a true test for this level”. She is back to defend her title this year, with her 2014 winner Horseware Stellor Rebound plus BLM Diamond Delux.

Riders have to be on top of their game to win at Chatsworth, and some of the big-name winners of the past, such as Ian Stark, Blyth Tait, William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend, Mary King, Pippa Funnell and Andrew Nicholson, were the in-form riders that season, their horses going on to greater things at championship level.

Popular British rider Pippa Funnell, who triumphed in 2000 and 2004 on her great horses Supreme Rock and Primmore’s Pride, will be at Chatsworth again, this time with Billy Landretti and Sandman 7. Oliver Townend, who won in 2008 on Flint Curtis, winner of Badminton the following year, has three horses entered: Dromgurrihy Blue, ODT Ghareeb and Skyhills Cavalier.

Other British squad members to look out for include talented cross-country riders Nicola Wilson (Bulana and Ngong Hills) and Izzy Taylor (Dax van Ternieuwbeke). Exciting young British prospects include Mary King’s daughter Emily (Brookleigh and Walitze F Vejgard) and Lucinda Green’s daughter Lissa (Malin Head Clover), plus Gemma Tattersall (Quicklook V), Jodie Amos (Wise Crack), Dani Evans (Raphael ll), Ben Hobday (Chinook and Ramilo) and Kitty King (Persimmon).

Sam Horrell, Marketing Director of Dodson & Horrell said “We are delighted to be back at Chatsworth for a third year as title sponsor and to have the opportunity to see some of the world’s best riders compete in such a fantastic setting, the Chatsworth team have done a great job in insuring that the event is a success once again”.

The Dodson & Horrell International Horse Trials provides two full days of thrilling cross-country action, on Saturday (novice and CIC1*) and Sunday (advanced and CIC3*), which will feature many of the world’s leading riders, plus a feast of family entertainment and shopping. There's the British Scurry and Driving Trials; Pony Club Mounted Games and Falconry displays. Dog lovers are in for a treat with the gundog displays, have-a-go dog agility, dog show and hound parade.

The event has lots for children to enjoy from meeting the Chatsworth Farmyard animals to Punch and Judy shows; face painting; Mini Land Rovers; bouncy castle and giant slide.

Tickets start at £10 for adults and £4.50 for children aged five and over; for more information, visit


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Notes to Editors:

A CIC, which may be at one-, two- or three-star level, is an international class with dressage, showjumping and cross-country phases, run under the rules of the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale). Riders are marked subjectively in the dressage phase, and incur penalties for errors and exceeding the time allowed in the showjumping and cross-country phases, which are added to their dressage mark; the aim is to finish with as few penalties as possible.

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Ian Stark OBE had an illustrious riding career as a member of the British eventing team from 1984-2000, during which time he rode at five Olympic Games and won numerous medals, including the European title in 1991, plus Badminton Horse Trials three times. He took up course-designing in 2005 and officiates at the international events at Tattersalls and Bramham, plus three events in the USA and the European Championships at Blair Castle in September.

David Evans has been course-builder at Chatsworth since the event was restarted in 1999. He is one of the most sought-after builders in the world, having worked at the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2005 and 2011 European Championships. He now course-designs up to three-star level, at Burgham, and is involved in promoting course-design in African countries.

Chatsworth House Trust

The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public.  All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.

Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.   

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.

Dodson & Horrell

For further information, please visit or call us on 01832 737300

Dodson & Horrell Ltd has been leading the way in animal nutrition for 76 years pioneering manufacturing methods and promoting nutritional research.  Dodson & Horrell is particularly well known as manufacturers of feed for all types of horses from performance to leisure but also produces food for a range of animals from working gundogs to racing camels and ostriches.

The Royal Warrant of Appointment was first granted to Dodson & Horrell in 1985 for horse feed; and further extended in 2006 to that of Horse and Dog food Manufacturer to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Dodson & Horrell Ltd apart from exporting horse feed to over 42 countries also manufactures other dog foods brands apart from Chudleys, such as Autarky and Gusto and are proud to work with charities such as the Retired Greyhound Trust.

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