Over 30,000 visitors at the 2014 Bolesworth International

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Steve Smith - Credit: Archant

The world’s leading riders gathered for Bolesworth International, held at Bolesworth Castle. Over 30,000 visitors attended the international showjumping event and 13 nations competed, including major names of the sport such as British Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton and former world champion Dermot Lennon.

The opening ceremony included a performance from Britain’s Got Talent finalists MD Dance troupe and footballer Michael Owen cut the ribbon to open the show, attending with his wife Louise, a keen horsewoman. Boy band Blue performed on Friday evening.

The event also supported two children’s charities during the event, Caudwell Children and Claire House, raising over £25,000 for terminally ill children in the North West.

Nina Barbour, Show President and Owner of Bolesworth International said: ‘My family and the team want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to Bolesworth over the four days, all of whom helped to create this spectacular, world-class event.’