6 local riders in contention for the Cotswold Life Trophy at Badminton Horse Trials

PUBLISHED: 13:10 06 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:31 21 July 2015

Last year's winner of the Cotswold Life Trophy Harry Meade riding Wild Lone. Credit: Kit Houghton

Last year's winner of the Cotswold Life Trophy Harry Meade riding Wild Lone. Credit: Kit Houghton

Kit Houghton

For the first time in years it is an all female line-up for the Cotswold Life Trophy at the prestigious Mitsibushi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this year.

The award, sponsored by Cotswold Life magazine, is given to the best British rider, not entitled to wear the adult Union Jack, whose permanent address is in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxon, Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Somerset, and previous winners have included Harry Meade (2014), Tom McEwen (2013) and Laura Collett (2011).

The 2015 contenders for the Cotswold Life Trophy are;

Twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte Agnew from Cirencester is riding her home-bred horse Out of Africa Two, which is by Welton Apollo out of Charlotte’s father’s hunter Hendersyde Africa. She has been tipped as one to watch for the future by some of the country’s top riders and is part of the UK Sport World Class Development Programme. This is her third attempt at the prestigious Trials and two years ago the pair came 46th. She is number 21 in the running order.

Louisa Lockwood from Devizes in Wiltshire will be hoping for better things than last year when she didn’t manage to complete. She is riding what must be one of the tallest horses at Badminton, 17.2hh Ballyfarris Flight, a 12 year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. The pair could well be up there for the trophy as they came 13th at Burghley CCI4* last year. This is her 4th Badminton and she made her Badminton debut in 2000 aged just 21 and finished 12th, her best placing to date. She is number 23 in the running order

Louisa Lockwood riding Ballyfarris Flight in the dressage phase at last year's Badminton. Credit: Kit Houghton Louisa Lockwood riding Ballyfarris Flight in the dressage phase at last year's Badminton. Credit: Kit Houghton

This is Julie Tew’s, who is based near Cheltenham, fourth Badminton, with her last being in 2008. She is riding Lord of the Owls, a 14 year old thoroughbred gelding owned by her parents and Susanna Hawkins and the pair were 10th last year at Blenheim CCI3*. She is number 24 in the running order.

Malmesbury-based Beanie Sturgis is riding Lebowski 15 year old Australian Thoroughbred, originally bred to play polo, but was rather to cheeky so was given to Beanie. Polo’s loss is eventing’s gain as in 2013 (their last Badminton) the pair came 29th . She is number 29 in the running order.

Could this be second time lucky for 27-year-old Flora Harris, who is based at Membury Estate in Wiltshire? Her first attempt in 2011 ended at the final veterinary inspection when she sadly had to withdraw after jumping clear cross-country. This year she will be hoping for better things with her 11-year-old German-bred grey Westphalian mare Amazing VIII. The pair could promise great things for last year they came second at Blair Castle CCI3* and earlier this year came 15th at Fontainebleau CICO3*. She is number 37 in the running order

After coming 23rd at Burghley CCI4* last year on Wii Limbo, a Dutch-bred 12 year-old-gelding, Georgie Spence from Chippenham must have high hopes of a top 30 placing for the pair at Badminton. This is the 26-year-old’s fourth attempt and she first rode round in 2008 aged just 19 and was the first teenager in over a decade to complete two 4* events clear cross country. She is number 41 in the running order.

The Mitsibushi Motors Badminton Horse Trials runs 6th-10th May, 2015

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