With Badminton Horse Trials only days away, equestrian and countryside enthusiasts will be heading to watch the exciting action that this event brings. In its 70th celebratory year, this 5* course promises to give the competitors and the dedicated audience thrills and hopefully not many spills. Badminton is renown for showcasing fantastic horsemanship at its very best and this is why it is loved so much!
Eric Winter’s course of thirty three natural looking jumps around Badminton Estate, promises to give rider and horse plenty to think about. With familiar eventers that we know and love competing at this International Event, there are also riders who will be taking part at Badminton for the first time. These are the riders that we love to champion the most at Haynet.
We are pleased to announce that our “One To Watch” this year will be Kent based full-time vet and eventer Katie Preston. Katie will be riding her own horse Templar Justice who is affectionately known as TJ. Katie completed her first four-star at Luhmuhlen with TJ last year and then went on to complete Burghley.
Katie has ridden all her life competing through Pony Club championships including tetrathlon. Once she has finished school, Katie decided to delay going to University to focus instead on her eventing. During this time she took the opportunity to be a working pupil for Lucinda and Clayton Fredericks. A year later, Katie continued to University to study veterinary medicine. This career has been her passion and describes eventing as a hobby competing her own horses.
Training with Francis Whittington, Nick Turner and Leane Wall, Katie’s eventing career has gone from strength to strength particularly with Templar Justice. This 15.2 twelve-year-old sports horse gelding is one of the smaller horses in the eventing field. Despite having metal pins in his leg to fuse an injured pastern, TJ has continued to flourish through the sport. Katie and Templar Justice make a brilliant team and we are looking forward to following and sharing their progress at Badminton this year.0 Comments