New track for horse trials event

EXCITEMENT is building among equestrian enthusiasts in Northumberland as the first major event of 2014 in the county is taking place this weekend.

A new team of course builders have prepared a challenging cross-country track for the Burgham Horse Trials, which has British Evening accreditation.

Joint organiser Craig Anderson said: “Burgham has been extremely fortunate to acquire the skills of Eric Winters and David Evans to design and build this top-level track.

“The event is the only Horse Trial in the North East to run up to Advanced level, yet we still cater for the grassroots rider too.

“The Hogg family, as landowners, have generously opened up more land and this has enabled spectators to be see up to 90 per cent of the course.”

According to event secretary Tanya Adamson, entries are near to maximum, with a waiting list in some of the classes.

Spectators will be able to mingle among Olympic riders Nicola Wilson and Caroline Powell, as well as top international rider Oliver Townend.

Main sponsor Owen Pugh is once again supporting the event and this year, a range of other companies are offering generous prize money.

There are a wide variety of trade stands and good catering facilities, which add to Burgham Horse Trials’ appeal as a great family day out.

Organiser Martyn Johnson said: “We are really excited to get started with our March event. Burgham will then become the first International Horse Trials in the north on July 26 and 27 this year.

“We are striving towards making Burgham International achieve the same status as some of the top events in the country.”

The equestrian action will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is £10 a car.