Barbury International Horse Trials has a new organising team at the helm in the shape of Musketeer Event Management.
The news comes following the shock announcement last week that St James’s Place was withdrawing as the event’s title sponsor after 14 years, and that the event would not host a leg of the Event Rider Masters series.
Under the management of Alec Lochore, Musketeer Event Management organises some of the UK’s best-loved events, including the Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials and the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials.
Lochore is one of the most experienced equestrian Event Director’s in the country with previous roles including Eventing Competition Manager at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as well as Event Director of the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle 2015.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to take over the running of Barbury International,” commented Lochore.
“Since it first ran in 2005, the event has attracted many of the very best athletes in the sport and is a major fixture in the international eventing calendar. British Eventing will always be indebted to Nigel and Penny Bunter who had the vision to start the event, running it up until 2016. I also pay respect to Chris Stone and the Event Rider Masters team who have organised it for the last couple of years and have been so supportive in this transition period. My team and I relish the chance to continue its success and build on its established popularity.”
With the departure of St James’ place as title sponsor, Barbury International is exploring new opportunities for corporate involvement, and visitors to the popular Wiltshire event, which runs from July 4-7, can expect to see a few changes but also the world class sporting action and family entertainment for which it is so well known.