We survived the Summer heatwave in July at Hickstead. Temperatures soared above 35.c in the South East and it made for testing conditions in the MS Amlin Eventers Challenge, but Judi Thurloe and Caroline Goodwin’s Rapide GII coped brilliantly. We completed just catching the final fence, otherwise would have easily been in the prizes. We were delighted with him at his first attempt and hope to give it another shot next year.

It was then to Frickley Park with Sir John Peace’s Caunton First Class to compete in her first BE100, which she went on to win. The next outing for her was the 5YO qualifier at Bold Heath, which we are pleased to report that Amy has secured her place in the British Young Horse Championships at Osberton.


I think it’s fair to say the first half of the Eventing season is going ok. We scored a 1,2,3 at Floors Castle in the Open Intermediate. The horses went well in Tatts and are ready for action again. Caunton First Class won the Bramham Young Event Horse qualifier, and we have some exciting new additions to the team. I love producing nice young horses through the levels, it’s great to see them progress.


Matthew has two new horses joining his yard, the 4yo Westphalian Eventing Champion Mare, Caunton First Class. Amy will make her debut at the BYEH 5yo class at Floors Castle and is by the great Amiro Z.

The other new addition is Caunton Manor Stud’s exciting new stallion Comfort. He will be set to make an Eventing debut in the Summer and will jump at Houghton and Bramham in the BS classes.

2019 Season Starts With A Win!!

The 2019 season got underway in great style, with Matthew and new ride Rapide GII picking up a win in the Open Intermediate section. This was a great fact finding mission for this new partnership.

All other horses were in equally as good form with Prince Mayo picking up 6th place in the same section. DHI Paparazzi finished 10th on a steady clear and new ride Rocktop Rebel was 4th in the BE100.

It was then onto Belton Horse Trials with three Open Intermediates, all of which produced three clear cross country rounds. Rapide GII picking up another rosette in a very strong Open Intermediate section in 9th place.

Three Day preparation is coming along nicely and most horses will be heading to Burnham Market.


This Thursday myself and Springfern Sporthorses own Niall Fergusson will be championing for the Time To Talk campaign. On the 7th February, Time To Talk wants to encourage people to not be embarrassed and speak openly about mental health issues or seek help. Niall will be asking me any questions people may want answering or want to hear a discussion about. And together we will discuss all issues related to mental health and how we both dealt with our own problems individually. If you have any questions for myself and Niall or would like some advice, please email them to or send them through the Matthew Wright Eventing page. We will endeavour to answer as many as possible. #stopthestigma #timetochange #timetotalk#timetotacklementalhealth #smalltalksaveslives