A look ahead to the Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials

Harry Meade riding AWAY CRUISING in the CCI *** at Bramham last year Photo Kit Houghton

Harry Meade riding AWAY CRUISING in the CCI *** at Bramham last year Photo Kit Houghton - Credit: © Kit Houghton

Spot the stars of the future at Bramham this year. June 8th-11th

Andrew Nicholson riding JET SET IV in the CCI *** last year Photo Kit Houghton

Andrew Nicholson riding JET SET IV in the CCI *** last year Photo Kit Houghton - Credit: © Kit Houghton

Which way to vote in June’s General Election could be a difficult decision but there is one choice which is simple this month and that is to pay a visit to the Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials, near Wetherby. There are four days of not-to-be-missed top flight equestrian action, family fun, retail therapy, divine food and adventure for all at Bramham Park from June 8th-11th.

At the heart of the show are three eventing competitions, the ultimate test of horse and rider. The Equi-Trek CCI3*, the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3* and the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* will host about 150 riders all looking to rise to the Bramham challenge, including cross country courses designed by former Olympian, Ian Stark.

Yorkshire’s eventing rose Nicola Wilson is a regular competitor as is ‘Mr Bramham’ William Fox-Pitt who has won at the venue a staggering seven times. Bramham is renowned as a ‘proving ground’ for horses (and riders) on their way to the top – win here, and you’ve got a star on your hands.

Add to this British Showjumping classes, hunters, Dubarry Young Event Horse Qualifiers, young stock classes and Pony Club activities, it’s going to be an celebration of all things equine.

The trade stand village features more than 135 vendors selling everything from saddles to diamonds, horse boxes and cars to sculptures and handbags to hot tubs. Our nominated charity, Hope Pastures Horse Rescue from Leeds will be there to raise awareness of their work and raise vital funds to enable them to aid the region’s neglected equines and donkeys. Plus, there’s a food hall and plenty of outlets for food and drinks – or why not pack your own, choose a spot and enjoy a picnic! The ‘Action and Adventure Zone’ is a welcome distraction for the adrenaline seekers and the children will love the family zone. Kick-start the weekend early on Friday, June 9th with late night shopping – entry is free after 4pm!

Ticket prices start at £11 and under-12s go free with a paying adult. There are great discounts for early bookings plus you can buy a weekly parking ticket for just £2 which could save as much as £18 on daily parking which is £5 on the gate – but hurry, online bookings close June 4th.

Visit bramham-horse.co.uk for further information and to book tickets and follow on Twitter and Facebook too.

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