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What’s On at this year’s Horse Trials


There is just over a week to go until the 2017 FEI Rockingham International Horse Trials. Yet again entries are at capacity – in excess of 1,000, with a Wait List being held. Every year riders vote with their feet, so popular is the stunning Rockingham Castle parkland venue.

The stables are up, bedding ordered, arenas marked out and marquees under construction. The cross country courses are looking as good as ever so now it is all about the finishing touches.

The main action kicks off on Friday 19th, with national eventing classes and international dressage – although a tip for fans of this year’s Badminton Horse Trials winner, Andrew Nicholson is among those riders doing dressage on Thursday. He will be in the arena five times, and with entry to the Park free on Thursday it is the perfect opportunity to get up close and watch the man in action.

Away from the Affiliated Eventing Friday also plays host to the Burghley Young Event Horse classes where spectators can watch the stars of the future as their riders seek qualification for the Young Horse Championships at Burghley Horse Trials in September.

On Saturday 20th the international competitors complete their jumping phases and the Under 18 riders vie to attract the team selectors eyes. British Showjumping and the Pony Club team class also take place on Saturday; with 100 teams entered competition is going to be really fierce.

Sunday’s action focusses on the Loomes Championship, the winner of which will be presented with a hand made English watch by Rockingham’s Official Timekeeper, Robert Loomes of Stamford. Sunday is also the day that the Arena Eventing competitions are held and, new for this year, Riding Club teams compete in a showjumping class.

With tradestands, 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.

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