Event rider Richard Jones capped his most successful year with renewed sponsorships from animal nutritionists and horse feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell and award-winning photographer and digital artist Deanne Ward Photography.
His year ended on two highs. First with a 7th at Burghley CCI 5* Horse Trials in early September – in fact 5th of the Brits – with a foot perfect cross-country performance from Alfies Clover, clear and within a whisker of the time and clear show jumping. Then just weeks later he was off to Blenheim where he took his upcoming Kilballyboy Bob with a 4th at Blenheim CIC 3*. This 9yo is certainly showing the signs of a true Olympic horse.
“These sponsorships are a huge support for us after the year of perfecting all our training facilities right here in Rutland with our cross-country schooling course, schooling arenas, and my wife Boo (aka dressage rider Victoria Jones) taking a firm hand on the dressage schooling.
“2018 has been like a whirlwind, I can’t keep up with it. It’s been a brilliant season for Alfie with top ten places in major events following my big mistake at Badminton when I was going clear and took the wrong course. We picked ourselves up and went on to Bramham where we came 7th and were the second highest British rider. Then before I knew it, we were flying round Burghley.”
About Team Jones
Team Jones is based at Lowlands Farm in Rutland. Richard Jones is emerging as a top UK eventer – in the top ten at Burghley and at Blenheim in 2018 – and his wife Victoria is going from strength to strength, rebuilding her international dressage career – interrupted first by ME and then a pause to establish a family. The team has just finished a full all-weather cross-country course to add to their facilities so that training can go on for youngsters and established eventers alike.