Host of champion riders to compete at county venue

Martyn Johnson at the water jump on the cross-country course for the Burgham International Horse Trials. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Martyn Johnson at the water jump on the cross-country course for the Burgham International Horse Trials. Picture by Jane Coltman.
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Excitement is building at Burgham Park as the venue gets ready to stage the first three-star International Horse Trials to be held in Northumberland.

A number of big names are competing at the equestrian event this weekend, including Olympic Gold medallists Andrew Hoy (Australia) and Blyth Tait (New Zealand).

They will be joined by top UK riders Nicola Wilson, Olympic silver medallist and World gold medallist in team eventing, and Oliver Townend, who is the reigning British Open national champion.

There will be dressage, show jumping and cross country competitions at a range of levels and riders from across the county will be hoping to do well on the big stage.

The team putting together the cross-country course is led by David Evans, who was involved in building the cross country course for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

One of the main organisers of the horse trials, Martyn Johnson, said: “This event will be a great boost for the development of the sport in Northumberland because it can be difficult to attract top riders to competitions in the north.

“The courses and arenas are in excellent shape and there will be other attractions at the site such as a shopping village, a dog show and games for children.”

The competitions will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For more details, including ticket prices, visit www.burghamhorsetrials.co.uk