Inaugural event hailed a winner

Inaugural equine competition at Kirkley Hall Campus hailed a success
Inaugural equine competition at Kirkley Hall Campus hailed a success

THE first British eventing competition to take place at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus, which saw 280 competition entries from all over the North East and further afield, has been hailed a success.

Riders and their horses competed in the three disciplines of dressage, show jumping and cross-country in seven sections on Sunday, June 9.

The section winners at Kirkley were:

BE80 – Chloe Fairley riding her own Stanhope’s Song of the Sea and Pamela Parker riding her own Wesley Oa;

BE90 – Elaine McDonald riding her own Wizzard V, Sara Bowe riding Mr Myles Nicholson’s Cowling Faer and Square and Lloyd Newton riding Mrs Jill Towler’s Waterbeck Sammy;

BE 100 – Katie Reddihough riding her own Athlone Acorn and Craig Anderson riding Miss Katie Robertson’s Vabiran.

Vice-principal of the Kirkley Hall Campus, Marcus Clinton, has vast expertise and knowledge of the equestrian industry. He is currently a British Show Jumping Association Judge and was previously Chairman of The British Horse Society in Staffordshire.

Marcus said: “We were delighted with the inaugural running of the Kirkley Hall Horse Trials. It was a pleasure to welcome so many riders from Northumberland and surrounding counties including many from Scotland and Yorkshire.

“We have received very good feedback, particularly about how wonderful the cross-country course rode and looked and the lovely atmosphere on the day.

“It was good to see so many local people enjoying watching the competition and visiting Kirkley Hall.

“We would like to thank everyone for coming and for our sponsors who generously backed the event, including our overall sponsor Close House Hotel and Golf. We look forward to developing the event and continuing to maximise use of the wonderful Kirkley estate.”

The campus, near Ponteland, was selected to host the competitions on the strength of its equine facilities.

It has a 25-horse stable yard, eight DIY stables for students, a demonstration area, two floodlit 60x30m outdoor all-weather arenas, a cross-country course and a 50x25m indoor riding arena.

Another new and upcoming event in the North East show calendar is the first Affiliated Dressage event at Kirkley Hall, which will take place later this month on Saturday, June 29, and monthly thereafter.

Competitors will be competing on the new indoor riding surface, which is the same surface used at the London 2012 Olympics.

Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus offers a wide range of equine courses from Level 1 up to HND level, course information can be found at www.northumber

More information on how to enter the dressage competition can be found online at