Eventing in the north of the UK has received a boost with the news that Alnwick Ford Horse Trials will become an international event.
From September 2017, the British Eventing fixture will be Alnwick Ford International. The change comes following the loss of Aske Hall which has made way for the event to replace the fixture and comes as a welcome boost for the Scottish and Northern Region.
Alnwick Ford is run by Martyn Johnson, who is also Event Director at the successful Burgham International Horse Trials which runs up to CIC 3* level. The venue’s inaugeral BE fixture was held in June this year and received praise from riders including leading BE rider Oliver Townend who commented: “Alnwick Ford is a great venue; I ran 10 horses at BE100 and Novice level, the course where educational and presented to the usual high standard associated with the orgainsing team involved. It is definitely an event worth traveling North for.”
The venue also stepped in to host dressage and show jumping for Burgham International (1) in March following difficult westher conditions experienced at the event in an attempt to keep it running.
Martyn Johnson commented; “It is the logical progression for our venue, we have great infrastructure with multiple surfaces both indoors and out and a purpose built free draining grass Main Arena. The usual Burgham team will be involved and we hope to deliver a high-class event for competitors. It is also important for the North and its competitors to have the opportunity to compete at 1* level which acts as both an important stepping stone or end goal as the season comes to an end.”
Regional Coordinator Frances Hay Smith commented: “Thanks to Martyn Johnson and his team at Alnwick Ford for offering to replace Aske (2), this now gives members a direct replacement for all classes within the area.
The event will run cross country on the 23rd and 24th September, with dressage on Friday 22nd September and a full range of classes – BE90, BE100, Novice and CIC1*.