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Belton International Horse Trials 2019

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Belton Horse Trials are traditionally one of the warm-up events for horses heading to Badminton Horse Trials in May. There are international sections at CCI4*-S – The Grantham Cup attracts over 100 entries – and CCI3*-S level, as well as national classes from advanced down to novice.

In previous years I have been employed by the event photographer at the event to photograph showjumping and cross country phases in their entirety. This year I was able to go off my own bat and do some work for my own sponsored riders, and some sponsors too. Of course it was also a great time to add content to my equestrian image library too.

Two of my riders, Willa Newton and Eliza Stoddart, had eight horses between them, Greta Mason and Alex Tordoff one each. Besides these there were local friends competing and some of the best horses on the planet to watch with interest.

Willa Newton and COCK A DOODLE DO. Belton International Horse Trials, Friday 29 March 2019 © 2019 Nico {Morgan. All Rights Reserved
Willa Newton and COCK A DOODLE DO started the weekend well, winning their novice section. Belton offers some great opportunities for the “money shot” in front of the house.
Eliza Stoddart and PRIORSPARK OPPOSITION FREE. Belton International Horse Trials, Saturday 30 March 2019 © 2019 Nico Morgan. All Rights Reserved
Eliza Stoddart and PRIORSPARK OPPOSITION FREE, one of two horses Eliza had in the Grantham Cup.
Eliza Stoddart and DICK O MALLEY. Belton International Horse Trials, Sunday 31 March 2019 © 2019 Nico Morgan. All Rights Reserved
The other, DICK O MALLEY, taking Eliza to a fabulous sixth place. Open ditches like this make great photo opportunities as they show off the horses’s scope.
Greta Mason and COOLEY FOR SURE. Belton International Horse Trials, Saturday 30 March 2019 © 2019 Nico Morgan. All Rights Reserved
Greta Mason and COOLEY FOR SURE, 6th in their Open Intermediate section.
Alexander Tordoff and COOL JACK. Belton International Horse Trials, Sunday 31 March 2019 © 2019 Nico Morgan. All Rights Reserved
Alexander Tordoff and COOL JACK had a couple of unfortunate runouts having been well-placed in the Under-25 Advanced class.
Harry Meade and AWAY CRUISING
Harry Meade and AWAY CRUISING
Laura Collett and DACAPO
Laura Collett and DACAPO
Angus Smales and EL FINITO
Angus Smales and EL FINITO, three seconds away from winning their section
Piggy French and QUARRYCREST ECHO
Piggy French and QUARRYCREST ECHO preparing for the 5* at Kentucky later this month.
Lucy Robinson and COSMIC CHARM
Lucy Robinson and COSMIC CHARM
Nicola Wilson and ERANO M
Nicola Wilson and ERANO M giving me a few heart-in-mouth moments in the latter stages of the intermediate course.
Bubby Upton and COLA III
Bubby Upton and COLA III won their section in style.
Felicity Collins and GLASKER SWEET CLOVER
Felicity Collins and GLASKER SWEET CLOVER

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