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If, when spring comes, your thoughts turn to days out in the countryside, walking the dog and enjoying the fresh air then your local horse trials could provide you with your perfect day, regardless of your 'horsey' status.
Eventing is one of the most adrenaline-filled sports its possible to enjoy, and is growing in popularity. The man in charge of Warwickshires events, British Eventings (BE) regional director, Chris Shaw says: Eventing is widely recognised as the ultimate equestrian sport, combining the grace of dressage, the skill and accuracy of show-jumping and the speed and excitement of cross-country. Whether or not you are a horse-person, you cannot fail to be impressed by the partnership that exists between horse and rider.
And while Warwickshire may not play home to the prestigious events of other counties this does not mean they should be missed off the calendar. They often have a friendly charm all of their own, a beautiful setting and offer a chance to view possible stars, both equine and human, of the future. Not to mention entrance is often free.
Lapworth Horse Trials on Easter Sunday kicks off the season. Taking place at the Swallowfield Equestrian Centre near Lapworth it will run the new introductory BE 80cm class which is designed for beginners to the sport and accredited trainers will be on hand to give advice.
Organiser Jo Swain says: We hope it will encourage many local riders to take that step up into BE.
So get out and enjoy watching riders at the very start of their sporting career and who knows you may well end up watching a star of the future as everybody, even Olympians, have to start somewhere. However take note this event does not allow dogs so leave them at home.
Warwickshires College of Agriculture at Moreton Morrell, is the setting for two horse trials, one from 5th to 6th May and the other from 24th to 25th September.
The Edwardian Moreton Hall forms a stunning backdrop and the cross country course runs around the beautiful undulating land surrounding the college.
With free entrance the September trials are a perfect way to spend a week end in the countryside while the mid-week May trials could provide a welcome distraction from the office.
Both events include classes from BE90 (the old intro) to novice levelsand with around 550 competitors hoping for success you can be sure of an interesting competition with its fair share of thrills and spills.
And it is not just the novice rider that will be providing the entertainment as it also attracts top riders such as Zara Phillips wanting to give their young horses an outing.
For more information visit www.britisheventing.com