HORSE RIDING: Olympic medallists among the talents on show at Little Downham Horse Trials

PUBLISHED: 11:12 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:18 22 May 2017

Izzy Taylor is to return to the Little Downham Horse Trials from June 2 to 4. PHOTO: Lorraine Porter

Izzy Taylor is to return to the Little Downham Horse Trials from June 2 to 4. PHOTO: Lorraine Porter

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Some of horse riding's finest talents will showcase their skills in East Cambridgeshire next week at the Little Downham Horse Trials.

The British Eventing affiliated event, which runs from June 2 to 4, will welcome entrants from 10 nations – including former event winners, Olympic medallists and Concours Complet International (CCI) competitors.

Amongst the entries will be Great Britain’s Sarah Bullimore, who will bring forward Lilly Corinne fresh off her second place finish in the Chatsworth International Horse Trials Advanced last weekend.

No stranger to Little Downham, Francis Whittington will also return with numerous rides across the weekend, including the exciting nine-year-old Carlchen, who recently placed third in the Chatsworth International CIC.

Straight from their recent Badminton Horse Trials success, Great Britain’s Ros Canter and Imogen Murray also head to East Cambridgeshire with a number of young up and coming rides.

The event also welcomes London 2012 bronze medallist Caroline Powell, American Olympian Tiana Coudray and leading US CCI rider, Lauren Kieffer.

There is plenty to look forward to in the Advanced Class, with former Little Downham winners Izzy Taylor and Swedish Olympian and European Silver Medallist Ludwig Svennestal both set to compete in Friday’s Advanced class.

Taylor could complete a hat-trick of Little Downham victories if she is successful next week, while Svennstal will be looking for his first success in four years with Franzipan, his 13-year-old mare.

Event organiser, Tina Urie, will also present a cheque to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, believed to be to the value of over £5,000.

A spokesman said: “The charity provides such an incredible and vital service to the area and has been used by the Little Downham Horse Trials on a number of occasions.

“Further fundraising for the charity will be in operation during the event.”

• The trials take place at the Ely Eventing Centre, Downham Common, Little Downham, CB6 2YT.

Entry is free but donations are encouraged.

For more information, visit www.elyeventing.co.uk.

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