Competition Horses

Hurstwood Horses – Eventing

2019 We are all very excited to have Cindy out competing this season. 

Liane and Cindy our newest horse bought at the Monart Sales in Ireland November 2016 as a 3 year old has been getting fit over the winter and has been out to training shows in readiness to start her BE Eventing career. We have had a few outings this season so far to see our progress see Cindy’s individual page.



Hurstwood Horses – Showjumping 2019

Lots more on the individual horses pages

14th April 2019

Fun afternoon at Pyecombe with Tora jumping double clear in both the newcomers and Fox/1.20m, very pleasing as she’s not been out for 2 months due to lack of time/staff. Now to get her registered and out jumping some more.

Hickstead 19th June – 23rd June 2019

Tora, Betty and Cindy all competing – see horses individual pages for photos and news

Hickstead 23rd July – 28th July 2019



2016 Liane and Freddie 2* Eventing

During 2015 and 2016 Liane and Freddie were 2* eventing and are continuing to upgrade to Advanced.

Tragically Freddie passed away in 2016 this came as a great shock and it was with much sadness to lose such a talented horse.


2015 Summary

We are now starting the 2015 Eventing Season, please see individual horses pages for their progress…….

2014 Summary

It was a very steady start to 2014.  We were all apprehensive as 2013 ended abruptly due to Liane’s injury.

2014 couldn’t of been more different, although a slow start Liane had worked very hard over the winter getting the horses fit, in preparation for the season.  I think that Liane has now bonded with all the horses extremely well especially Freddie who doesn’t bond that quickly.

Freddie and Liane are now making an extremely good partnership which is exactly what Freddie needs.  With him getting 2nd at Wilton Intermediate and now he will be competing in the Intermediate Championship at Gatcombe Park in August 2015. Also we are hoping to move Freddie up to Advanced Level middle to late 2015.  It is a very exciting time for Freddie and Liane.

Millie went extremely well this year and we will be moving her forward during 2015.  We are looking forward to some very favourable results.

William started 2014 extremely well, every time he went out he was always in the top 5! and winning his class on several occasions.  Unfortunately in August when competing at Firle although he came 5th overall he had a ligament injury.  Fortunately, it was picked up very quickly by Liane and the vet was on site and in attendance within an hour. Unfortunately now he is on box rest together with working strictly to a recovery programme.  He has had stem cell therapy because it was caught early and as he is very young, we are quietly optimistic that he will come back into full work but, it is a very long process.  Priors Farm, Duncan Harrison has been in attendance from inception and is keeping a watchful eye throughout his recovery programme.  Lets all keep our fingers crossed.  Without a doubt William is a star in the making! Liane was devastated.

As you can see a roller coaster year.  We will keep fighting on and remember that anything is possible.

For our updates, please keep watching our individual pages.

All the very best.

Mike Pocock


Freddie Eventing    MOC10467

BREED: TB X Dark Bay Gelding FOALED: 2003 HEIGHT: 16.1hh
SIRE: Chairman DAM: Oakfields Rococo (Sire Baron B)

Freddie was bred here at Hurstwood Farm by Mike. Freddie has inherited the personality of his Dam, Oakfields Rococo, being pretty fearless and extremely forward which gives promise that his eventing career will be as illustrious as hers. He is extremely bold and Liane’s extensive SJ experience is proving invaluable for working on his pace and getting him to listen. Liane took on the ride of Freddie in 2012 having never previously evented herself, and they competed in their first intermediate during just their second season together. However they then had a setback soon after this when a fall cross country resulted in Liane breaking her leg and a knock to Freddie’s leg which required surgery. So the 2014 season started by them both needing to take some time rebuilding their confidence as a partnership.  We have high hopes for this pair and truly believe that they can reach the very top so watch this space! *Freddie and Liane have now qualified for the British Festival of Eventing 2015*


Hurstwood Farm Cowboy (William) Eventing

BREED: ISHWilliam Brightling July 2014 Coloured Gelding FOALED: 2008 HEIGHT: 16.1hh

SIRE: Country Lone Ranger DAM: Oakfields Rococo

William was backed by Liane in October 2011, proving very quick to learn. He worked well in the school and started hacking out with some of our older horses. He quickly picked up the basic aids and was jumping a small course after just 3 weeks under saddle – he showed a really natural and careful technique over fences at this early stage.He was then turned away to give him some time to mature. In late 2012 we brought him back into work and he started his eventing career in the spring of 2013. Unfortunately for various circumstances (rider injury, abandonments, etc) he hardly competed at all for the rest of the season. In 2014 he has been able to have a much more productive season so far and has truly excelled! His natural scope with his jumping had ensured he has not been outside the top 5 in BE classes this year, with 2 wins under his belt already in his short career.


Oakfields Milloco (Millie) Eventing

Millie Brightling July 2014

Millie is our homebred mare and her dam is our Oakfields Rococo, who in her time was a very successful horse. Millie is also the half sister to Freddie who Liane is currently competing.

Millie was backed in early 2011 but then turned away for nearly a year. Over the winter of 2011/2012 Liane began schooling her and introducing her to some small show jumping courses at home.

Millie then spent the summer of 2012 going all over East Sussex visiting cross country courses, and show jumping venues to gain the experience that she needs to become an event horse. She has gone to lots of local shows and is showing real potential. As well as being given all the opportunities a youngster could desire by using our excellent facilities here at Hurstwood Farm. She finished 2012 by competing at her first BE event at Pulborough where she had a strong dressage and xc to finish just out of the placings in 11th out of 34.