Dates for the diary: St James’s Place Barbury Horse Trials box office now open
Sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management, the Barbury Horse Trials will, once again, be held on the downs just north of Marlborough (5-8 July 2018), The trials are one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar - and their box office is now open.
With classes running from novice to CIC3* level, St James’s Place Barbury attracts a huge international entry that boasts many of the world’s top horses and riders. The feature class is a round of the popular Event Rider Masters series - the big-money televised competition that is bringing new audiences to the sport of eventing.
St James’s Place Barbury has a fresh look for 2018, with considerable improvements to the site layout, making it more compact and easier to navigate. The start and finish of the cross-country place has been relocated.
And the Trials also have a new logo (left) featuring the famous Stonehenge obstacle on the cross country course.
Opportunities for amateur riders have been increased: the new arena eventing classes at 90cm and 100cm were so popular last year that they have been moved to the weekend and will be held on both Saturday and Sunday.
Event director Martyn Johnson is really excited about the new look and feel to the four-day event: “The sporting action is second to none - we always get a vast entry and more international horses run at Barbury than at any other event in the country. This year the CIC2* classes will show-jump in the main arena, giving these horses and riders valuable exposure to the special atmosphere of a major event.”
The Barbury Horse Trials were established by the then owner of the Barbury Castle Estate, Nigel Bunter, in 2005. Iain Rayner is the Joint Chief Operating Officer at St. James’s Place: “This is one of the most eagerly anticipated occasions in the eventing calendar and St. James’s Place is delighted to provide its support for another year."
"Everyone involved can look forward to seeing some of the best riders and horses in action while enjoying the wonderful surroundings of the Barbury arena.”
Tickets are now on sale for the St James’s Place Barbury Horse Trials - and can be bought through their website.