Sims reigns victorious at Kelsall Hill

Kelsall Hill Horse Trials - report by Jon Lowe

Paul Sims, an international event rider from Nantwich, managed to retain his crown for a second year in the Advanced Intermediate class at Kelsall Hill Horse Trials this weekend - an event kindly sponsored by Istanbul BBQ Chester.

Despite facing tough competition from a top-class field of riders - including Emma Silman from Congleton, who took the runners up prize riding her own 'Sillogue Cailiocht' - Sims put in a sterling performance with Jolyon Chamber's 'Mystic Million' to lay claim to the £1,000 winner's cheque.

Kelsall Hill's resident event rider Michael Owen and his long-time campaigner 'The Highland Prince' produced a respectable third place finish.

Paul commented: “It's lovely to win at a local event, the course rode very well and asked all the right questions.

“Mystic Million is a big horse but he's very balanced and amenable to ride - I'm really excited about his future.”

Paul only took over the ride on Mystic Million, a horse previously campaigned by local rider Tyler Cassells, at the start of the season and this was their second event together.

The sun-kissed landscape of Organsdale Farm provided a stunning backdrop for three days of equestrian competition that ran from 22nd-24th April 2016.

The perfect going offered by this venue, along with the outstanding cross-country courses designed by Captain Mark Phillips, attracted entries from world-class athletes.

These included Australia's Andrew Hoy, who has three horses qualified for Rio 2016, and GBR Team Silver Medallist Jeanette Brakewell.

Visitors to this event enjoyed a varied schedule which included a parade by 2004 Grand National winner Amberleigh House whilst, for those requiring a bit of retail therapy, there were trade stands and food concessions on offer.


Kelsall Hill's next British Eventing fixture will run from  23rd-25th September 2016.


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