Large crowds enjoy equestrian event

Anne Waugh from Molesden riding Popeye IV in the showjumping  Picture by Keith Robertson.
Anne Waugh from Molesden riding Popeye IV in the showjumping Picture by Keith Robertson.
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The second annual Belsay Horse Trials has been hailed a big success.

Attendance was up by 30 per cent, with organisers estimating that around 6,000 people visited the event on Saturday and Sunday to watch just under 500 riders take part in dressage, show-jumping and cross-country competitions.

The most senior class of the weekend, the Open Intermediate Section G, was won by well-known Scottish rider Emily Galbraith on her horse Timing.

Matthew Wright from Retford, who is in the UK top 20 league of eventing riders, was the most successful competitor of the weekend, coming second to Galbraith in the OI with Hugginstown and winning the Jobling Purser Novice Section B on Chelsea Mill.

He also received the Mark Halliday Memorial Trophy for the rider nearest the optimum time in the Novice classes.

The Lycetts Novice Regional Final was won by Tom Carr of Darlington with local rider Amy Young coming second on Melifluous Minx, owned by Semore Kurdi’s South Dissington Stud. In addition, Andrew Winn from Ponteland was triumphant in the Section C Open Novice Under 18 class.

The results of all the classes are available online (go to www.britisheventing.com and click on Fixtures & Results, then select May in the first display box).

A large number of trade stands were present and family attractions included a climbing wall, fairground rides and bouncy castles, dog agility and pony rides.

A charity raffle in the sponsors’ tent raised £1,682 for the Morpeth group of the Riding for the Disabled Association and the Great North Air Ambulance Service – they both had trade stands at the event.

Laura de Wesselow, who organised the event alongside her husband Peter and Edward and Jane Pybus, said: “We had a fabulous weekend.

“There was brilliant competition, brilliant people, a fun and friendly atmosphere and, of course, brilliant weather. As ever, we are very grateful to the large army of volunteers who made the event possible.”