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The organisers of Belton Horse Trials have said that this year’s event was one of the most successful to date, with thousands of visitors attending.

The event took place between 29th–31st March 2019 in the grounds of Belton House.

The Lycetts Grantham Cup winner of the Belton International Horse Trials 2019 was Tom McEwen riding Figaro Van Het Broekxhof, known as ‘Mr Fig’, owned by Barbara Cooper.

Tom has riding in his blood, following in the footsteps of his equestrian parents, Bobby and Ali McEwen. He was a key member of the Team GB World Equestrian Games Team in Tryon 2018 and it was great to see him top the leaderboard for the CCI-S4*.

Managing director of BEDE Events, Stuart Buntine, said: “We were pleased to have many of the world’s top riders competing at Belton. Tom McEwen is one of the brightest talents on the circuit so we were thrilled to see him lift the Grantham Cup.”

Runner-up behind Tom was Laura Collett on London 52 while Mollie Summerland, the Polly Phillips Memorial winner, took third position. The Polly Phillips Memorial prize is awarded to the highest-placed British rider who has not been part of a senior championship team, in memory of a British eventer who had been placed at Badminton and Burghley and also been part of the British team at the European and World Championships.

Belton’s AU25 winner was Lizzie Baugh on Quarry Man who achieved exceptional times around the Cross Country. Emily King dominated the leaderboard coming in 2nd and 3rd on Cooley Currency and Dargun respectively.

A smiling Sam Griffiths received his rosette for the Advanced section. Sam rode Paulank Brockagh and finished second. Top position went to Laura Collett on DaCapo.

Highlights included an emotional appearance by Jonty Evans and his crowd-funded horse, Art. Rio Olympian Jonty, who won the Grantham Cup at Belton in 2018, was badly injured in a fall in June last year, which doctors feared he might not recover from.

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