Big names to compete at county equestrian event

Laura de Wesselow, who co-organises the event with husband Peter and Edward and Jane Pybus, horse Millie and Hannah Hetherington from Barbour at Belsay Castle to launch the Barbour best-dressed attendee competition.
Laura de Wesselow, who co-organises the event with husband Peter and Edward and Jane Pybus, horse Millie and Hannah Hetherington from Barbour at Belsay Castle to launch the Barbour best-dressed attendee competition.

Entries are looking extremely strong for this weekend’s Belsay Horse Trials, with some of the UK’s top eventers set to compete.

Organisers of the competition, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, are delighted with the calibre of riders who have signed up for the spectacle.

These include five eventers who rode at the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials in May.

Olympic silver medallist Nicola Wilson heads the list. She will be bringing eight horses to compete at Belsay this year.

Dutch Olympic team rider Andrew Heffernan is making the four-hour journey from his base at Somerford Park Farm in Cheshire and the others taking part are Scotland’s Louisa Milne-Home, UK Nation’s Cup team member Paul Sims and former Young Rider European Gold medal winner Ben Hobday.

Hobday’s girlfriend Emma Carmichael, whose parents Ian and Elaine run Todburn Equestrian Centre at Longhorsley, will be competing in the Open Intermediate class with her horse Cooley Lucky Strike.

Riders and visitors will notice many changes and improvements at Belsay this year – chiefly the creation of the new Bond Dickinson Show Jumping Arena. There are also some exciting changes to the cross-country courses.

Another major addition at Belsay is the introduction of a live scoring system.

Results from the dressage, show jumping and cross country will be fed in live to a computer system, which will then be beamed to television screens in the public scores and corporate hospitality tents.

Belsay is not just about horses. There are a host of different family attractions on offer this year including a climbing wall, pony rides, archery and TurboVenture armoured vehicles.

There will also be a range of food available, including an artisan bakery and a speciality German food seller, and over 40 trade stands.

Global British lifestyle brand Barbour is among the top company names sponsoring the Belsay Horse Trials and in celebration of the partnership, it has launched the best-dressed attendee competition.

Its photographer will be on the hunt for people looking good in Barbour clothing on the opening day of the event.

The images will then be posted on the brand’s Barbour People Tumblr page and the attendee whose photograph receives the most likes and shares on the page will win a full outfit from Barbour’s new equestrian collection.

For more information, including the show timetable and admission details, visit belsayhorsetrials.co.uk or call 01661 881206.