One of the country’s most successful businesswomen visited the Northumberland venue for a major equestrian event that is taking place this weekend.
As lead sponsor of the second annual Belsay Horse Trials, Dame Margaret Barbour went along to Belsay Castle to see the cross-country course. It includes signature fence The Barbour Brush at Belsay Castle.
She was also presented with a specially-created Belsay Castle birthday cake to mark Barbour’s 120th anniversary.
“The Belsay Horse Trials is an excellent opportunity for us to support an event in our home region,” she said.
“The backdrop of the hall, castle and gardens provides a beautiful setting to this event and will enable us to showcase our latest equestrian ranges.”
More than 500 competitors will take part on Saturday and Sunday in classes ranging from BE90 to Open Intermediate. The schedule also includes dressage and show-jumping.
Bond Dickinson will sponsor the show-jumping arena and UBS, Ryecroft Glenton, Cussins Homes, Benfield Motors, Brewin Dolphin, Lycetts, Jobling Purser, Fit for Less, Foster Maddison, Go as You Please, Portland Green, Land Factor, Rural Solutions and Ward Hadaway are among the other sponsors of the horse trials.
One of its organisers, Laura de Wesselow, said it was only right that those involved in the event gave Dame Margaret a special present in recognition of Barbour’s 120th anniversary.
For more information about the event, visit www.belsayhorsetrials.co.uk