Equi - Trek Bramham International Horse Trials at Bramham Park, Wetherby
PUBLISHED: 23:27 24 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:39 20 February 2013
Photographer Stuart Kerr helps us create a picture souvenir of this year's challenging Equi - Trek Bramham International Horse Trials at Bramham Park, Wetherby
The Dickinson Dees water complex on the cross country course created by Ian Stark, former Olympian and one of sports foremost designers, caused problems for more than a few riders as our pictures show
The print version of this article appeared in the August 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life
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Excitement was heighted at Bramham International Horse Trials this year as competitors including Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt and Kristina Cook battled to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Bramham organisers extended the competition to 100 extra entrants after rain forced the cancellation of trials at Badminton and Chatsworth. It was the last chance for riders to qualify for the Games
There was disappointment for Northallertons Nicola Wilson who missed out on selection when Zara Phillips took the last place in the British Olympic team after coming third at Braham with a personal best score in dressage and jumping clear in the show jumping and cross-country sections.
Ms Wilson finished in eleventh place at Bramham ahead of Kristina Cook who was also selected for the Olympic team.
William Fox-Pitt who dominated Bramham and took both the CIC3* and CCI3* classes with Neuf Des Coeurs and Chilli Morning respectively also made the Olympic team.
Meanwhile two horses died while competing at the trials. Organisers said they both suffered heart attacks during the cross-country section of the event on Saturday. Clea Phillipps Lead the Way collapsed while jumping fence 14 and Jagganath, ridden by Michael Jackson, collapsed after the finish.