25 April 2017

King West

King West Principal Sponsor of the Rockingham International Horse Trials

King West are proud to announce that they are, once again, Principal Sponsor of the Rockingham International Horse Trials. The event takes place in the Great Park at Rockingham Castle. This year's international horse trials take place from 19th - 21st May 2017. 

The spectacular location of the horse trials overlooks the breathtaking Welland Valley. The castle, a former royal residence and hunting lodge, dates back to the 11th century and was built on the instruction of William the Conqueror. It is surrounded by undulating parkland, which makes for excellent cross-country viewing. 

All phases of the trials are within a few minutes’ walk of one another within the confines of the Great Park.  The cross-country courses will run over undulating well-drained parkland, including a section of woodland.  The fences will be up to height but inviting, including several ditches, and there is a water obstacle. 

The usual array of event classes will undoubtedly be well-subscribed, amateur riders rubbing shoulders with Olympic, World and European medal winners.

Following on from the enormous success of last year's Pony Club Team Showjumping where 99 teams battled it out for glory, Riding Clubs will make their debut this year. The Pony Club will be back, as will British Showjumping, Arena Eventing and the prestigious Burghley Young Event Horse qualifying classes.

The variety of trade stands promises a great variety of retail therapy opportunities to suit all budgets. Food stands range from coffee to pulled pork, G+T to Sponsors Lunches, Champagne to spaces for your own picnic.

The course designers are; Mr. Martin Cox for the SJ Course, Capt. Mark A P Phillips and Mr. Philip Herbert for the XC Courses 

In reference to the return of Capt. Mark Phillips as one of the course designers, event Administration Secretary, Andrew Norman says; “His enviable CV, which includes designing the courses at Burghley, the Festival of British Eventing and Luhmuhlen, mean that he needs no introduction.

“His courses are highly regarded by competitors who have already given the event their vote of approval over [recent] years.”

Rockingham replaced Brigstock International Horse Trials – which was dropped from the British Eventing calendar in 2012.

In the 2016 event, British Olympic Squad member Kitty King posting a comfortable win in her CIC2* section. Chesham based David Britnell, 24, claimed the other Two Star class, riding his own Continuity. Izzy Taylor pipped Ibby Macpherson to the top spot in the first One Star class, both SFS Legacy and Evantos K finishing on their dressage scores.

Roberto Scalisi and Topaze du Plain beat off tough competition from Rockingham's most local rider, Sophie How from Rushton, riding Kilcannon Watervalley Wizard in the remaining One Star, with Kitty King back in the money in third, this time riding Virage des Falaises. 

Bill Levett (AUS) was the 2016 winner of the Loomes Championship for finishing closest to the optimum time in either the open intermediate or advanced intermediate.

Andrew Hoy (AUS) was the winner of the advanced intermediate, Cheeky Calimbo finishing on his 27.5 dressage score.

Vittoria Panizzon (ITA) took both second and third places on Borough Pennyz and Chequers Play The Game respectively, Vittoria also placed third in the Open Intermediate.

Ibby Macpherson (GBR) claimed Open Intermediate P on a Ballingowan Echo.

Louise Harwood (GBR) riding Meanwhile Whitson took the Open Intermediate O on a 23.9 dressage score. Paul Sims (GBR) and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA) were the two runners-up 

With near perfect spring weather likely over the coming weeks, the cross-country course is set to entertain from the off. 

When visiting the Rockingham International Horse Trials, stop by the King West trailer, opposite the sponsor’s tent for refreshment. We look forward to welcoming visitors during the three-day event. 

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