Monday, 1 October 2018

Weston Park Horse Trials 2018

My final event of 2018 will be Sunday at Weston Park Horse Trials - see you there!?

Weston Park Show Jumping in 2016
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For more information please see the Weston Park press release below.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Consultation Confirms Public Support for a Valegro Sculpture in Newent

The original maquette takes shape
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Do you support the proposal to have a Sculpture of Valegro in Newent Town Centre? This was the question the Newent Initiative Trust posed in its public consultation questionnaire to Newent residents and worldwide Valegro enthusiasts alike and it transpired that over 93% of people responding were in favour of the Sculpture. With public consultation complete the Trust have been able to brief Newent Town Council on the positive progress with the campaign.

While fundraising continues through the sale of prints and donations the Trust remains keen to hear from serious sponsors and Valegro enthusiasts alike who would like to invest in one of twelve limited edition maquettes, the original of which is well under way with chosen artist Georgie Welch.

The campaigns aim remains to have the sculpture in place in Newent to coincide with the 2020 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors at Hartpury University.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

An Important Step Forward - work begins on Valegro Sculpture for Newent

Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper and
Forest of Dean Councillor Jane Horne
lend their support
Photo ©Harveywetdog

After a busy summer raising funds and awareness the team behind the Newent Initiative Trust’s plans to place a half-life sculpture of dressage superstar Valegro in the centre of the Gloucestershire market town of Newent are pleased to announce that they have commissioned local artist Georgie Welch to start work on maquette number 1 as a pre-cursor to the public consultation phase which will help decide the final location of the sculpture.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Mount St John Freestyle - the road to WEG

Charlotte Dujardin and MSJ Freestyle
Photo ©Harveywetdog

With the news that Charlotte Dujardin has been selected for Team GBR at the World Equestrian Games in Tyron, with new ride replacing Mount Saint John Freestyle replacing the nation's favourite Valegro, I thought it was worth looking back at Freestyle's progress over the past three years.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Valegro Sculpture for Newent Update July 2018

Valegro in Piaffe at Hartpury in 2016
Photo ©Harveywetdog 
Since my last update on the Newent Valegro Sculpture Project I can report that the team has had a very successful time at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage and managed to sell a large number of the design prints to boost funds.

As well as selling the prints the team are looking for several leading equestrian bodies/sponsors/supporters to sign up to purchase one the 12 bronze maquettes that are being made by artist Georgie Welch as a precursor to the build of the half life sculpture for Newent itself.

Georgie has met with Carl and the final decision has been made on the design which will feature Valegro in classic piaffe pose.

Friday, 29 June 2018

“Valegro Sculpture for Newent” Media Release July 2018

Team Valegro in Newent 2017
Photo ©Harveywetdog

Work continues apace to obtain funding for a half-life sculpture of dressage superstar Valegro to grace the centre of the Gloucestershire market town of Newent in order to celebrate Valegro’s achievements in putting British Equestrianism at the centre of the world sporting map.

Monday, 25 June 2018

NAF Young Rider squad announced for European Championships

British Eventing News Release:

As the 2018 FEI Young Rider European Championships is drawing closer we are excited to announce the NAF Young Rider squad who will represent Great Britain in Fontainebleau, France, on 9th – 15th July.

(Harveywetdog added: The squad are pictured below in the final trial which took place at Farley Hall on Saturday.)