King delivers historic win at Thoresby Park

Record-breaking crowds watched the action at Thoresby Park’s Eventing Spring Carnival.

Emily King and Valmy Biats delivered a near perfect three phases to retain their Grantham Cup crown, alongside the Polly Phillips Memorial Trophy.

Never before in the history of the Lycetts Grantham Cup has a horse and rider combination delivered back-to-back wins.

“He was unreal,” exclaimed Emily. “I’m so proud of how Valmy performed here – he felt amazing.

“It was the smoothest, easiest, in sync one (cross-country round) I think I’ve ever had with him. I set out and had it all planned what I needed to do everywhere, but I didn’t need to, as he was really in sync and lovely, so hopefully if we carry on like that, he will be lush.”

Delivering the fastest round of the Grantham Cup was Ireland’s 5-star winning Austin O’Connor and Colorado Blue. The combination has been regarded as one of the most consistent and fastest jumpers over recent seasons and didn’t disappoint the crowds.

“What Thoresby brings is what we call proper eventing, and I think we’ve got to be very mindful that we don’t lose this element of the sport,” said Austin. “It was a true four-star, and I’m sure the results will tell that story. Also, hats off to Stuart Buntine and his team at BEDE Events – they put on a world class show!”

Rounding out the top three in the Lycetts Grantham Cup was Yasmin Ingham and world championship winning partner Banzai Du Loir.

“He did a lovely dressage test and then jumped a great, quick clear round and was trying really hard for me. There’s a bigger picture this year, and it’s all about progression, and about building the confidence together. It’s early doors, but I’m delighted – it’s been a really good weekend.”

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Photographs: Eventing Images/Tim Wilkinson

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