Four day guide to Barbury International Horse Trials 28 June-1 July
PUBLISHED: 17:43 25 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:32 20 February 2013
Barbury Horse Trials receive bumper entry<br/><br/>Additional FEI 4 Star dressage competition features entries from full British Event team<br/><br/>Four day guide to Barbury International Horse Trials 28 June-1 July<br/><br/>featuring the Wiltshire County Show
A bumper entry of over 900 horses and riders has been received for this year's St James's Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials, held near Marlborough, Wiltshire from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 1 July.
The horse trials will welcome the world's leading Event riders, with some nations earmarking the event as their final competitive practice for team horses and riders prior to the Olympics in Greenwich Park just four weeks later. The event culminates with the CIC three star competition onSunday July 1st, with the novice and two star competitions running on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
With the British Eventing team now confirmed by the British Olympic Association for this summers' games; William Fox-Pitt, Kristina Cook, Mary King, Piggy French and Zara Phillips hold multiple entries across the Barbury weekend, including their respective team named horses; Lionheart, Miners Frolic, Imperial Cavalier, DHI Trooper W and High Kingdom. Entries from Team GB named horses and riders also feature, alongside other international riders with Olympic hopes in an additional unaffiliated FEI 4 star dressage test on the Friday, giving riders the opportunity to ride through the Olympic dressage test, with the show jumping phase taking place on Saturday.
Across the four days International entries include Mark Todd (NZ), Andrew Nicholson (NZ), Clayton Fredericks (AUS), Chris Burton (AUS), Lucinda Fredericks (AUS), Paul Tapner (Aus), Catherine Burrell (AUS) and Elizabeth Power (IRE). The American team have entered twelve riders, under their Chef D'Equipe Captain Mark Phillips, designer of the Barbury cross country course.
Nigel Bunter, owner of the Barbury Estate commented; "We are delighted that this year's event has received such a strong entry. The final preparations are now being made to the venue and we want to ensure it provides an excellent competition for Olympic bound horses and riders. It is set to be a unique and fabulous spectacle for visitors".
Day's 1 and 2 - Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June
The Barbury International Horse Trials kick off on Thursday with the three star and two star dressage.The Burghley Young Event Horse competition is a further highlight on day 1 featuring the equine stars of tomorrow. On day 2, Olympic bound riders including the British team, will compete in unaffiliated dressage, riding the test that will feature at this summer's games. In addition the final dressage tests of the two and three star event, the Retraining of Racehorses dressage and Novice competition will run.
Day 3 - Saturday 30 June
The two star showjumping begin Saturday's proceedings, then horse's and riders will negotiate the adrenalin charged cross country. The cross country at Barbury is run across about two and half miles of stunning Marlborough Downs and offers excellent viewing for visitors. The three star showjumping phase, as well as unaffiliated showjumping featuring Olympic hopefuls will be a further highlight on the Saturday.
Day 4 - Sunday 1 July
On Sunday all eyes will turn to the the prestigious three star cross country, with riders going in reverse order of placing. Pippa Funnell on Billy Landretti landed the spoils at last years event in a nail biting finish, with William Fox-Pitt, Lucinda Fredericks and Nicola Wilson also belonging to the competition's roll of honour in previous years. This years winner will walk away with 5,000 in prize money, generously sponsored by St James's Place Wealth Management. The day will begin with Retraining of Racehorses Championship jump off.
A further highlight in the main arena on the Saturday and Sunday is the first leg of the Hit Air Pro Bull Rider series with an Eventers V Jockeys rodeo on a mechanical bull! Jump jockey Robert "Choc" Thornton will captain the Jockeys, alongside team members Timmy Murphy and Richard Johnson. Australian rider Paul Tapner will head the Eventers and will be joined by Oliver Townend and Laura Collett. Funds raised will be in aid of the ABF - The Soldiers Charity, Injured Jockeys FundandWiltshire Air Ambulance.
The Wiltshire County Show - Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July
In addition to the equestrian spectacle, the Wiltshire County Show offers a jam packed celebration of rural life on the Saturday and Sunday and offers something for everyone. Featuring pedigree livestock, agricultural machinery, specialist cars, military vehicles, an assault course, a parade of hounds, sheep shearing and sheep dog trials, bird of prey demos as well as ferret and llama racing.
The inaugural CGA Festival of Food will transform the show into a food lovers paradise. A series of cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs in the AGA Rangemaster Cookery theatre will be the highlight alongside a food bonanza of hand and home-made produce and innovative cookery ideas. Confirmed chefs include; Brian Turner CBE of Ready Steady Cook fame, Masterchef finalists Annie Assheton (2011) and Andrew Kojima (2012), Peter Vaughan of The Bistro & Cookery School and Lucknam Park's Michelin starred chef Hywel Jones and Hrishikesh Kesh Desai. For schedule of cookery demonstration times please see programme or visit www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk
The official charity across the four days is the ABF The Soldiers Charity, who provide support and help to serving and retired soldiers and their families. Additionally, the Its A Knockout Competition in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance will feature on Saturday 30th June, when teams of local businesses will be taking part in a version of the popular 80's tv show!
Tickets are15 on the gate on Saturday and Sunday, with under going 12s free. Thursday and Friday is free entry. Further information from www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk