Horse trials’ dream team

The inaugural Belsay Horse Trials finishing its preparation with Xanthe de Wesselow trying out one of the practice jumps.

The inaugural Belsay Horse Trials finishing its preparation with Xanthe de Wesselow trying out one of the practice jumps.

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THE Belsay Horse Trials event has teamed up with English Heritage to offer a money-saving joint ticket deal.

Families planning to visit Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens this weekend can also enjoy top eventing action on both Saturday and Sunday in the historic setting. Competitors include Olympic Silver medalist Nicola Wilson.

A family ticket to Belsay Hall (two adults and up to three children) normally costs £20.05, whilst the equivalent to the Horse Trials will be £15. The joint ticket offer is £29.50.

There are similar savings on single ticket purchases as an adult joint ticket is £10 (rather than £7.90 for English Heritage and £5 for the horse trials), a child joint ticket is £6 (rather than £4.70 for English Heritage and £3 for the horse trials) and a concession joint ticket is £9 (rather than £7.10 for English Heritage and £4 for the horse trials).

English Heritage members can access Belsay Horse Trials at reduced prices too: £12 for a family ticket; £4.00 for an adult; £2.50 for a child and £3.50 for a concession.

British Eventing members can get into the competition for free on presentation of a full membership card.

Formerly known as the Hexham Horse Trials, the Belsay event will include cross-country, dressage and show-jumping like its predecessor.

One of the main organisers, Laura de Wesselow, said: “The cross country course has been built in the beautiful grade I heritage parkland surrounding Belsay Castle and we’re putting the finishing touches to the show jumping and dressage arenas nearby.

“We’ve had an excellent response from local and national riders as competitor entries are full – with waiting lists for all classes.

“The event has received great support from leading Newcastle companies as well as small businesses, with generous sponsorship deals from the likes of Barbour, Lycetts, Bond Dickinson and Metnor Group. More than 30 trade stands will attend the event, offering a fantastic variety of shopping. Equestrian retailers and local crafts will be on offer alongside purveyors of delicious local food.”

For more information about the event, visit www.belsayhorsetrials.co.uk.

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