As the British Eventing season hits its third week, the Aldon 1 International, March the 20th to 22nd, will welcome a wealth of top riders including talented young riders and established names.
Zara Phillips holds six entries including her Olympic horse High Kingdom in the Advanced Intermediate section on Sunday.
Joining her will be the evergreen Andrew Nicholson (NZ), busy as usual with ten entered including his grey Avebury the only horse to have won Burghley three times, all in the last three years.
Five times GB Olympian, Mary King, is looking forward to starting her top mare Kings Temptress spring campaign as one of three rides while her daughter Emily has five entered including four in the Open Intermediate Under 21 Section.
Fellow team member Kristina Cooke is bringing her Badminton bound home bred De Novo News whom she sees as a possibility for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Sam Griffiths, Australian team member, brings his 2014 Badminton winner Happy Times.
Talented young riders to look out for include David Doel from Wiltshire, a previous Aldon winner and frequent GB Young Rider team medallist, now in his first year out of Young Riders who brings four rides. His season has started off well with a win in a CIC2* on the “Sunshine Tour” in Portugal.
Also, Holly Woodhead who won an individual silver at the young rider Europeans in 2014 has two entries in the CIC*. Both featured recently in the article ‘bright young things’ under 25s to watch in 2015.
Show jumping and the popular food and trade stands are to be found in the showground with dressage by the Ivel Barbnarians rugby club.
A revised cross country layout in Aldon Park allows even easier viewing and features several new fences in anticipation of a first CIC** at Aldon 2 in the autumn.
Entry is via the A37, £10 for cars which includes a complimentary programme, with all proceeds going to local charities, St Margaret’s Hospice and the RNLI.