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15 May 2017
Rockingham International Horse Trials 2017
This week we once again head to The Great Park at Rockingham Castle as Principal Sponsors for the 2017 FEI Rockingham International Horse Trials. With over 1,000 entries and a with a Wait List being held, the bumper event is set to thrill once more. The Rockingham Castle parkland setting is simply stunning for riders and spectators alike.
The stables are up, bedding requested, fields set apart out and marquees under development. The cross-country courses are looking fabulous and are being tweaked with the finishing touches.
The principle activity commences on Friday, May 19th, with national eventing classes and dressage. However, the current year's Badminton Horse Trials victor, Andrew Nicholson, is among those riders competing in dressage on Thursday. He will be in the arena five times in all. Entry to the event is free on Thursday- the ideal chance to get very close and watch Andrew in action
In addition to Affiliated Eventing, Friday also plays host to the Burghley Young Event Horse classes where spectators can watch the stars of the future as these riders compete to qualify for the Young Horse Championships at Burghley Horse Trials in September.
On Saturday 20th the worldwide contenders finish their jumping phases and the Under 18 riders strive to catch the group selectors eyes. English Showjumping and the Pony Club group class additionally occur on Saturday; with 100 teams entered, rivalry will be as fierce as ever.
Sunday's activity focuses on the Loomes Championship. Sunday is additionally the day that the Arena Eventing championships are held and, new for 2017 year, Riding Club groups contend in a show jumping class.
With trade stands, a delicious array of food and drink outlets, a fully licensed bar, dog agility, plus soft archery and mini Land Rovers for the younger members of the family, a trip to Rockingham International Horse Trials makes for a great family day out.
The horse trials takes place over the weekend of the 19th – 21st May in the Park at Rockingham Castle, with free entry on Thursday 18th for those wishing to watch dressage. Tickets start at £12.50 for Friday, with under 16s free of charge.
Tickets start at £12.50 for Friday, with under 16s free of charge.