Horse trials extends its sponsorship deal

Phil Malthouse of Owen Pugh (front) with the Burgham team at the 2014 horse trials.
Phil Malthouse of Owen Pugh (front) with the Burgham team at the 2014 horse trials.

A civil engineering firm has been announced as title sponsor of a major sporting event in Northumberland for the second year running.

Burgham International Horse Trials – which runs across two sets of competitions between March 27 and 29 March and from July 30 to August 2 – has agreed another sponsorship deal with the Owen Pugh Group.

The voluntary committee is looking to build on the success of last year’s event that saw more than 5,000 people come out to see major names from the international equestrian world, including Oliver Townend, Paul Tapner and Andrew Hoy.

It is the only equestrian event in the North East to feature advanced level competitors and the trials will also host British Eventing national classes.

Martyn Johnson, from the Burgham team, said: “We’re delighted to have Owen Pugh on board as title sponsor for the second year running. Last year’s event was a huge success, however we hope that with their support we can take the event to the next level.

“To have been awarded international status last year was a real progressive step for the profile of the sport in this region and we hope that even more people come out to enjoy a fantastic day or weekend of sporting action and family fun.”

The full service civil engineering firm, which employs more than 400 people over five sites in the North East and North Yorkshire, is not only supporting the spectacle via the sponsorship agreement, it has begun work to prepare the course by providing plant, labour and materials to enhance the naturally undulating terrain at Burgham.

John Dickson, chairman of the Owen Pugh Group, said: “I’m delighted that Owen Pugh is title sponsor again and we will be working alongside the organising committee to further cement the event’s position as one of the most significant national and international equestrian events in the sporting calendar.

“I hope the North East community will come out in droves to offer their support and enjoy a sporting day out with a difference.”

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