Star studded entry attracted to Dauntsey Park Horse Trials, Chippenham

A rider and their horse at Dauntsey Park

A rider and their horse at Dauntsey Park - Credit: Archant

Held on the banks of the River Avon, four miles from Malmesbury, the Knight Frank Dauntsey Park Horse Trials (2) are an opportunity to see many Olympic, world-class and local riders competing up close. There will be trade stands, public catering and entry is free to spectators and supporters alike.

The event has attracted top names including British number one William Fox Pitt with seven horses (including Cool Mountain), World number one Andrew Nicholson with six riders entered and Sir Mark Todd, representing New Zealand, who first rode at Dauntsey thirty years ago. It will also see the unveiling of a brand new Intermediate cross country track designed by Mike Tucker and built by Willis Bros.

Eventing is a unique horse sport where male and females riders compete on level terms. Firstly in the dressage phase where the horses perform a variety of predetermined ‘dance’ moves and are judged on their execution, then show jumping before tackling one of the three cross country tracks. The horse and rider with the least number of penalties at the end is the winner.

Dauntsey Park Horse Trial was first run in 1972 and has built up a reputation for challenging cross country courses which uniquely pass through the River Avon twice and run over three miles of countryside over natural and manmade fences that have to be jumped by horse and rider.

The trial will take place at Brook Farm, Chippenham, SN15 5JA on Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6 2013.


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