A look ahead to the 2017 Chatsworth International Horse Trials

Emily Parker and Diamond Sundance, Chatsworth 2015

Emily Parker and Diamond Sundance, Chatsworth 2015 - Credit: Archant

Once again, Chatsworth Park is hosting one of the great countryside events and you’re invited.

Zara Philips and Rum Expectations, D&H Chatsworth HT 2015

Zara Philips and Rum Expectations, D&H Chatsworth HT 2015 - Credit: Archant

SADDLE up and head for the Peak District for the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, three days of exciting equestrian sport involving world-class competition from elegant dressage and exciting show jumping to gripping cross-country action.

The event, from Friday May 12 to Sunday May 14, is held in the magnificent surroundings of Chatsworth Park and the organisers will again host the first leg of the Event Rider Masters’ Series. You can also see the stars of the future in the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse four and five-year-old classes.

Back by popular demand is the Arena Eventing Challenge, specifically for amateur riders and held in a grass arena which sees competitors tackle a course of show jumps immediately followed by a round of arena cross-country fences with an optimum completion time. Penalties are incurred for knock-downs, refusals and time faults.

You can book your tickets now and enjoy access to the VIP ringside members’ enclosure. Here you can enjoy relaxed surroundings, a garden area and private toilets. A licensed bar, restaurant and light refreshments will be available. Tables may also be reserved for lunch.

Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V, CIC*** Chatsworth 2015

Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V, CIC*** Chatsworth 2015 - Credit: Archant

Membership includes admission, car parking and a free programme with a two-for-one offer to visit the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground.

Family entertainment

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There is a range of entertainment and activities for the whole family, and you can browse the shopping village with over 100 high-quality trade stands selling a wide selection of country clothing, equestrian products, fashion accessories, delicious food and much more.

Special attractions include Pony Club Mounted Games, British Scurry and Driving Trials, the Sheep Show, Agility and a Fun Dog Show, the Mullenscote Gun Dog Display and the UK Rescue Bears. This year there is also pottery painting and a circus skills workshop.

Memberships are available for one day, three days or as a caravan membership and can be purchased online until May 9 and are subject to availability on the day. For ticket and membership information visit www.chatsworth.org/horse-trials.

*Please note that many of the family activities only take place on the Saturday and Sunday. Please check the website for more information.