Horse trials set to be a successful weekend

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A MAJOR equestrian event taking place in Northumberland next month has cleared its final hurdle.

Full planning permission has been granted by the county council for six permanent structures that required significant earthworks on the Belsay Horse Trials course and English Heritage also granted consent for three fences that will sit on an area of ground adjacent to the castle.

Entries for the Saturday, June 1 classes are full – with waiting lists open for the BE90. There are only a few spaces left in the BE100 and Novice classes on Sunday, June 2.

The competitor list is headed by Olympic silver medallist Nicola Wilson, and a number of well known Northumberland riders are entered and have also sponsored a fence.

They include Belsay resident David Nicholson, whose Cramlington-based company Go As You Please is sponsoring the BE100 section on the Saturday as well as a fence.

Stephen Rankin from Darras Hall will compete on two horses in the BE 100 classes on Saturday. As a director of Metnor Group, he was keen to support the event.

Mark Jackson from Meldon is another rider-sponsor.

Co-organiser Laura de Wesselow, whose daughter Delilah will compete during the weekend, has sponsored a fence in name of her new shop – Inside Out Home & Garden.