FUTURE STARS HEAD TO ASTON-LE-WALLS
As Britain's eventing squad sets off for Tokyo, including Laura Collett and London 52 who won Aston’s CCI4*-S in May, the horses that could be stars of France 2024 will be on view in the 8/9yo advanced class at Aston-le-Walls (3), Northants, this weekend (July 23-25), competing for a £1,000 first prize generously offered by sponsor Dassett Eventing.
Leading British rider Nicola Wilson, who was short-listed for Tokyo and was a team silver medalist at London 2012 and recent winner of the Bicton CCI4*-L, has exciting youngsters, Hawkeye and Coolparks Sarco. Other home favourites will be Izzy Taylor, who is three-handed with Carolines Air KM, Hartacker and Happy Days, and multiple medalist Kristina Cook riding Mexican Law.
Despite the absence of the Tokyo riders, Aston-Le-Walls (3) July 23-25, will still have an international feel with the nations of Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada, France, Italy, Brazil, Ireland, the Netherlands, and South Africa represented across both this class and a competitive advanced section in which riders know that every effort will have been made to provide superb footing and an interesting track. Established advanced horses entered in this include Pippa Funnell's 2019 Burghley winner MGH Grafton Street, Alexander Bragg's Zagreb and Zara Tindall’s Class Affair.
"Our annual young-horse class is always interesting and has thrown up some high-class winners and future stars in the past," said Aston's organiser Nigel Taylor. "We're very grateful to Kate Rocher-Smith and Dassett Eventing, who have been such long-time and loyal sponsors at Aston, and we hope the weekend gets everyone in the celebratory mood."