The St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials will run in 2017, despite the venue being under new ownership.
Following the sale of the Barbury Castle Estate earlier this month by its previous owner Nigel Bunter to Chris Woodhouse, the Event Rider Masters team has been appointed to run the event in 2017, with Martyn Johnson as the event’s Director. The event will run from July 6-9th.
More than 1,000 horse and rider combinations, featuring some of the best riders in the world are expected to compete across the four days, with classes from Novice to CIC***, with Barbury’s natural amphitheatre providing a spectacular backdrop for this iconic Wiltshire sporting event. Away from the Eventing action there will also be plenty of family entertainment as well as fantastic shopping for visitors to enjoy.
In 2016 the Wiltshire event hosted leg three of the inaugural ERM, and this year with the series embarking on its second year, Barbury is again confirmed as its third leg. Furthermore, with ERM both managing Barbury as well as it featuring as the third leg in the series, the ERM team will also look to trial various innovations at this year’s renewal at Barbury focusing on enhancement of the spectator and ERM TV viewing experience.
Leading international rider Andrew Nicholson, made history at the horse trials last year and was crowned the ‘King of Barbury’ for the fifth time when winning the third leg of the ERM riding Nereo. Commenting on the news that the Barbury International Horse Trials is confirmed for 2017, Nicholson said: “Barbury is an important event not only for our horses and as competitors, but also for equestrian fans and the surrounding Wiltshire area. You only have to look at the huge entry the event receives to see how popular it is with riders. I love competing at Barbury and I’m delighted to hear its immediate future is secure. I can’t wait to ride there in July and hope a big crowd will be out in force to cheer us on as I aim for a Barbury six-timer.”
Chris Stone, CEO of the Event Rider Masters commented; “We are proud and excited to be running Barbury this year and we are very grateful to Chris Woodhouse for asking us to organise the horse trials.
“It was important to continue the event despite the change of estate ownership. It has an amazing history in producing human and equine heroes and heroines and is a significant fixture in the eventing calendar as well as a sporting highlight in Wiltshire and surrounding areas”.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday 23rd February and discounted tickets can be purchased online in advance for the first time in the event’s history at Barburyhorsetrials.co.uk until 30th June. In addition to free entry on Thursday, the first hundred tickets booked online before 30 April for the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of the event will cost just £1.00. Thereafter, up until 30th June tickets bought in advance cost £8 per person on Friday 7th July, and £12 per person on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July. Discounts are also available for advanced group bookings as well as for children.