Barbury International Horse Trials 2020
Words & Photos by Julian Portch

The first weekend of eventing since the start of the Pandemic.

Arriving at Barbury felt very different this year with the Covid instructions being reinforced at the entrance. Almost everyone parked where they were asked to. There was no festival mood, which normally washes over you at Barbury, but there definitely was an air of nervous anticipation that we all wanted a successful and safe weekend of eventing. Blue rubber gloves where in use by all collecting ring and arena parties, so that boards, poles and gates were not being touched.

At NagMag we focus on the cross country, which did not disappoint. The riders were constantly coming past us, with few incidents.  The Cross Country was paused a couple of times over the weekend , as the event was starting to get ahead of the riders’ times.  Tom McEwen on FLEETWATER CAPRICCIO won the Intermediate Section and Therese Viklund on VISCERA won the Open Intermediate Section. A victory by Holly Simms on KALYPSO DU BUISSON Z means that she is the first ever winner of a BE100 section at Barbury Horse Trials. We hope that the BE100 section will continue in the future at Barbury.

The weather was superb, sunny with a light breeze. There was live coverage by Horse and Country too, as the Horse Trials were run behind closed doors.

Our thanks must go to Alec Lochore and the whole team at Musketeer Event Management for running a safe and exciting competition.

Tom McEwen on SPRING MORNING

Tom McEwen on SPRING MORNING

Novice, Section A. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Gubby Leech on JAMES BOND VAN T AKKERHOF

Gubby Leech on JAMES BOND VAN T AKKERHOF

Novice, Section B. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Hector Payne on HERO RHF

Hector Payne on HERO RHF

Novice, Section C. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Ellie Fredericks on BRITANNIAS MAIL

Ellie Fredericks on BRITANNIAS MAIL

Open Novice, Section D. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Lucy K Wheeler on KING CREOLE VD N RANCH

Lucy K Wheeler on KING CREOLE VD N RANCH

Open Novice, Section E. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Rose Nesbitt on EG MICHEALANGELO

Rose Nesbitt on EG MICHEALANGELO

Intermediate Novice, Section F. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Holly Simms on KALYPSO DU BUISSON Z

Holly Simms on KALYPSO DU BUISSON Z

BE100 Open, Section G. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Georgie Strang on SPEEDWELL

Georgie Strang on SPEEDWELL

BE100, Section H. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Hector Payne on OPPOSITION EQUITES

Hector Payne on OPPOSITION EQUITES

BE100, Section I. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Samantha Lissington on RICKER RIDGE RICOCHET

Samantha Lissington on RICKER RIDGE RICOCHET

BE100, Section J. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Matt Selby on FLEETWATER CAPRICCIO

Matt Selby on FLEETWATER CAPRICCIO

BE100 Open, Section K. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Therese Viklund on VISCERA

Therese Viklund on VISCERA

Open Intermediate, Section L. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Tom McEwen on COILBRI DE RIVERLAND

Tom McEwen on COILBRI DE RIVERLAND

Intermediate, Section M. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Jesse Campbell on GLOBAL CANDY BOY

Jesse Campbell on GLOBAL CANDY BOY

Novice, Section N. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch

Sarah Way on JUMBO JONES

Sarah Way on JUMBO JONES

Novice, Section O. Winner #BarburyHorseTrials Photo by Julian Portch