Meet our competition winners

We would like to thank everyone that entered our competition to train with Piggy French, we had hundreds of entries but could only choose three lucky winners. The training weekend begins tomorrow, we would like to introduce you all to the winning combinations that will be taking part.

First we have Emily Dunstan, Emily is 21 years old from Cornwall, her horse Newbridge Lady is also 21 years old and these two have had a long standing partnership together. Emily is very excited to have qualified for the 2017 Grassroots Championships.

Emily told us “Sprite is my horse of a life time! She was bought as a happy hacker for £1,500 as my first pony after longing for one for so many years. We’ve gone from a 10 year old with a picnic in my back pack hacking around the countryside for hours on end to Badminton Grassroots. We did our first BE90 last year (August 2015) where we won our section on our dressage score of 23, this gained us a Regional Final Qualification for this year and that was my main aim for the whole year!
Last year we had fun participating in a Quadrille dressage team, we qualified for the final which was held at Olympia in December. The team was dressed up as Wizard of Oz and I was the one wearing the red shoes! Harry Meade was among the judges and on the comments sheet said ‘Dorothy’s horse was a highlight’!

Highlights of our 2016 season:
1st-Lanhydrock Horse Trials
1st-Chepstow BE90
1st-British Riding Club Area Horse Trials (team and individual)
3rd-Launceston BE90

Then more recently we entered our regional final at Pontispool BE90, the placings were very tight but we achieved our goal and have qualified for Badminton Grassroots 2017, I still can’t quite believe it! This training opportunity would be amazing in preparation for Badminton.”




Rachel Holden is 37 years old from Grimsby, the horse that Rachel will take to training is her horse called Martel, he is 11 years old and this combination have successfully stepped up to BE Novice level together.

Rachel described her competition achievements so far to us, she told us “I am currently eventing 2 horses, Cuttack at BE90 and Martel a homebred that has just moved up successfully to BE Novice, winning on his last outing. We have also competed in the BE100 final at Badminton and won the Yorkshire Challenge at Frickley Park last year.”




Kimberly Barclay is our third rider, Kimberly is 29 years old and is heading down from Inverurie, Scotland. Her lovely horse Bea is 11 years old and together this combination compete at BE 100. Kimberly gave us a brief description of her achievements so far with Bea “We are currently competing at BE100, hoping to move up to novice in the near future. Also compete at elementary dressage working at medium at home and BS discovery.”


we would like to wish all our riders the best of luck and look forwards to following their progress as they enjoy their training weekend.

Kitty King at the Le Lion 7yo World Championships


Vendredi Biats did a super test and tried incredibly hard, he was a little unsteady in his contact at the very start but settled throughout the test gaining confidence all the time. He scored a very competitive 45.4 which put us into 4th place going into the cross country.

Unfortunately the cross country didn’t quite go to plan. He gave me the most wonderful ride and found it all very easy and was cruising round easily on his minute markers. We had a very frustrating and annoying 20 penalties at box fence on four strides with a 90 degree turn to a chair with a drop. He jumped the first element really well and then we had a little steering malfunction to the chair. This was a huge shame as he had been super and really didn’t deserve a 20 on his score.

He trotted up really well on Sunday morning and flew through the trot up. We jumped in the afternoon and he felt fresh and on great form. He jumped the most immaculate clear and made the track feel like a pre novice. It was a great way to finish the event and although the day before didn’t quite go to plan and it cost us the silver medal I couldn’t be more pleased with how he performed overall and am really excited about next year with him.

For lots of great videos and pictures visit the website of Kitty King.

Congratulations Pippa Funnell

What a great end to the season for Pippa Funnell, winning a Silver medal in 7yr old World Championships at Le Lion, with Nick and Barbara Walkinshaw’s Billy Walk On (Feale).
This young horse has had an exceptional season with Pippa and now he can look forwards to a very well earned Holiday.
This looked like an amazing event with some incredible crowds. Great education for such a promising young horse.
Congratulations Pippa and Billy Walk On.

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Kitty King Osberton Blog

Image courtesy of Liz Knowler
Image courtesy of Liz Knowler


I had Vendredi Biats and Virage Des Falaises in the CICYH** 7 year old Championships, Drewmain Firefly in the 5 year old Championships and Billy Bounce in the CCI**.

Vendredi Biats did another polished and established test, he is getting better and better every time he goes in the arena. He scored a very competitive 42.7.

He then jumped an immaculate clear in the show jumping and made it feel easy.

The cross country had a few tough tests on it but he skipped round effortlessly and came home comfortably inside the time to finish on his dressage score in 3rd place. He now just has the Young Horse World Championships in France left at the end of October.

Virage Des Falaises is a little greener at this level but he tried incredibly hard and did a super job. He coped with the atmosphere well and did a lovely test to sit just outside the top ten on a 49.7.

He then jumped a brilliant clear in the show jumping and made it feel easy.

Although I went a little slower cross country than on Vendredi Biats as the course had a lot of questions on it for Virage Des Falaises due to him not having as much experience. He gave me a wonderful ride and felt very grown up and professional particularly through the waters and coffin. We picked up a few time faults to finish 12th.

Drewmain Firefly was very grown up all week and coped with his first stay away really well. Although green at this level he produced a lovely relaxed test to score 31.1.

He then jumped extremely well round the biggest show jumping test that he has seen and was very unlucky to have the last double down after we lost a bit of balance down the hill and ran a little deep.

He then had a very unfortunate 20 penalties early on the course after he slightly panicked jumping of a step so I couldn’t get him to the final element, although it was a shame he grew in confidence the whole way round and finished the course really well. It might not be the greatest result on paper but he learnt a huge amount from his week away and really enjoyed himself which bodes well for the future.

Billy Bounce did some lovely work in his test but made two frustrating mistakes towards the end of his test, we unfortunately changed behind in our last counter canter and broke in the second medium trot. The couple of mistakes then brought our collective marks down as well which was a huge shame. We scored 51.3.

Annoyingly cross country day didn’t quite go to plan either, Billy Bounce gave me a super ride round the whole course, but unfortunately we made a mistake at the second water. We left a leg at the log going in and this resulted in us getting a 20 penalties at the next element. Although it was hugely disappointing the most important thing was that he finished very happy and trotted up brilliantly the next day.


Photos courtesy of Daniel Craig

After having our first cross country faults together on the Saturday it was then very annoying to also have our first show jump faults on the Sunday. Having jumped clear everywhere together this year I went into the show jumping feeling very confident. He jumped a great round and was very unlucky to have the front rail of an oxer down that ran down hill. Although it wasn’t the way we had planned to finish our first season together I feel we have both built a great partnership up and I am looking forwards to next year.

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