Clothing firm on board for trials

Olympic silver medallist Nicola Wilson riding Hero Motivator at last year's Belsay Horse Trials.
Olympic silver medallist Nicola Wilson riding Hero Motivator at last year's Belsay Horse Trials.
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THE headline sponsor for this year’s Belsay Horse Trials has been announced.

Those organising the equestrian competitions and other attractions for spectators have announced that country and lifestyle brand Barbour is backing the event, which will take place on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 at Belsay Castle.

Around 4,500 people attended the inaugural Belsay Horse Trials in 2013, which was considered a resounding success by officials, competitors and the public alike.

This year’s event will see the introduction of a new Intermediate Cross Country course, designed by Ronald Alexander and built by Rory Boswell and John Fowlds of Auchinlech.

The new feature will attract more high profile competitors, which last year included Olympic silver medallist Nicola Wilson.

Company chair Dame Margaret Barbour said: “I am delighted that Barbour is sponsoring Belsay Horse Trials.

“Barbour clothing – whether it’s our shirts, knitwear, gilets or jackets – has always been used by people in the equestrian world because of the high quality, functionality and style that we offer.

“Belsay Horse Trials is an excellent opportunity for us to support an event in our home Northumberland, particularly as this year we celebrate our 120th anniversary.

“The backdrop of the Castle, Hall and gardens provides a beautiful setting to this event and it will enable us to showcase our latest equestrian clothing ranges.”

More than 500 riders are expected to take part in classes ranging from BE90 to Open Intermediate. The schedule will also include a BE100 Under 18 class, an Open Intermediate Under 21 class and a Novice Regional Final.

Laura de Wesselow, co-organiser of Belsay Horse Trials, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Barbour’s support as headline sponsor.

“Barbour and Belsay are a natural fit and we are looking forward to working with them.

“We are committed to making Belsay Horse Trials one of the great sporting, spectating and social events in the north and having Barbour behind us can only raise our profile further.”