Aldon International Horse Trials maintains its early slot within the British eventing calendar, with the first of its events attracting a mixture of young, local, national and international riders
The event, which is held within Aldon Park and the Yeovil Showground, is supported by Chipmunk South West Ltd with entries having a truly international flavour with every continent represented and established names in abundance.
From Britain, Mary King and Emily King, William Fox Pitt and Pippa Funnell stand out along with fellow Badminton winners, Andrew Nicholson, Mark Todd and Sam Griffiths who will all be competing.
Despite having the usual timing and strong entries, it is far from “business as usual”. An enlarged number of 23 sections are scheduled for the three days, from a Pony Trial up to an international CIC*.
The event is also introducing a number of innovations; organisers hope that electronic scoreboards and a revised layout will assist both competitors and spectators alike.
The recent weather “white out” has interrupted Aldon preparations, but organisation is on track for a friendly event at which all will be grateful to be there.
There will be a number of course walks for competitors;
Open Novice Under 18; 16.45 on Friday and 8.30am on Saturday – meeting at the start of the cross country.
Open Intermediate Under 21 for Juniors; 12pm at the start box with Caroline Moore (text 07792 607609)
BE100 Under 18; 11.30 and 12.30 meeting at the start of the cross country
Pony Trial; 4.30pm on Saturday (SJ will be walked at 8.00am on Sunday).
Entry is via the A37, £10 for cars that includes a free programme, with all proceeds going to the RNLI, St Margaret’s Hospice and local charities.