Thirty days to go to 2019's Barbury International Horse Trials
Entries are open for this year's Barbury International Horse Trials - 4-7 July - Marlborough's local and very famous eventing venue.
Among the early entries are long-standing Barbury competitor Laura Collett - a favourite with the crowds, last year she led the main competition for much of the time riding her thirteen year-old Billy Bounce (photo above). And up-and-coming Irish star Susie Berry and American racing driver Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp.
The organisers expect Lockeridge-based New Zealander Andrew Nicholson and Wiltshire-based Flora Harris to be competing - with Harry Meade, Gemma Tattersall and Tom McEwen.
More than 1,000 horse and rider combinations will compete over the four days, including many of the biggest names in the sport - from five star winners and Olympic medallists to stunning young horses in the early stages of their competitive careers.
Last year's winners included British team member Nicola Wilson, French favourite Thomas Carlile, Australian Burghley winner Christopher Burton and this year's Badminton champion and World Games team gold medallist Piggy French.
Barbury Horse Trials is the perfect place to get close to these top athletes while soaking up the atmosphere at one of the most spectacular venues on the eventing circuit – almost all of the challenging cross country course can be viewed from one position, as the fences weave their way around the open Downland bowl.
The ideal reason to pack a picnic and settle down for the day with friends and family.
It's not all about eventing, however. On the Saturday (6 July) spectators can enjoy the hugely popular and entertaining Champions Challenge, where top event riders battle it out against some of the country's best National Hunt jockeys in a relay race over fences.
The Inter-Hunt relay is equally competitive and adrenaline fuelled.
Entertaining the crowds on the Sunday (7 July) will be the world-famous Shetland Grand National, which made its debut to much acclaim at Barbury last year.
There will also be a dog agility display, and 'have-a-go' dog agility where visitors can put their own four legged friends through their paces, as well as Arena Eventing and Pony Club showjumping.
Barbury International also has a Kids Zone, offering plenty to keep the children happy. As ever, there will be excellent shopping opportunities, with tradestands selling everything from country accessories to clothing, hand crafted jewellery and original artworks.
There will be a fully licensed bar to keep spectators refreshed, and a wide range of food outlets guaranteeing something for all palates.
Alternatively, you can treat yourself to a three course buffet style lunch in the ringside Hospitality marquee? Hospitality tickets also include admission to the event and forward parking, morning coffee, afternoon tea, a complimentary bar, event programme and access to the Tri-Star Cross Country Pavillion.
Entry to the event on Thursday 4 July is free of charge. To buy tickets for Friday through to Sunday, and for more information visit: www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk
To find out more about Event Organiser, Musketeer Event Management, visit: www.musketeer.co.uk