Longer days, warm sunshine and blue skies mean summer is just around the corner and for many, the event which heralds its arrival is Yorkshire’s largest equestrian event, the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.
Running 6 – 9 June, the event is a four day celebration of top flight equine action, family fun, retail therapy, amazing food and adventure for all.
The feature section is the Equi-Trek CCI4*-L where the world’s top riders and horses will be hoping to secure their share of the £18,500 prize pot while the British Horse Feeds CCI4*u25 – L is a discovery ground for future Olympians. The Land Rover CCI4*-S again will provide world class competition for seasoned campaigners and horses on their way up to the top. Former Olympian Ian Stark is in charge of the cross country course whilst chain saw master David Evans is the genius behind building the fences.
We’re on the countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games next year and Bramham is a perfect proving ground for selection. New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Sweden, the USA and our Olympic hosts Japan will all be represented this year. Top British names like Nicola Wilson, Gemma Tattersall, Zara Tindall and 2019 Badminton winner Piggy French are all on the entry list this year.
Sunday will be a huge day of action. Alongside the thrilling conclusion to the eventing, the inagural Saracen Horse Feeds Arena Eventing gives amateur riders the chance to compete on Bramham’s hallow turf.
The event’s 2019 nominated charity Guide Dogs for the Blind will be throughout the event fundraising and will delight the crowds with a display on Saturday and Sunday.
If you’re a foodie you’ll be in your element. A food hall with plenty of local and farm products where sampling is positively encouraged plus there’s every type of food outlet for any taste when it’s feeding time. There are also licensed establishments on site where you can get a proper pint, flute of prosecco or jug of Pimms and everything in between. You could of course pack your own, choose an idyllic spot in one of the best parks in the country and enjoy a picnic!
Your four legged canine friend is welcome as long as there’s someone responsible at the end of the lead and any deposits are cleared up. The Tailwaggers Club will be putting on activities over the weekend and Samsalin Dog Rescue will be operating a dog crèche so you can park Fido while you shop.
Do you like a bit of VIP treatment? Why not get your Bramham experience off to a fabulous start. On Wednesday 5 June, you’ll have a guided course walk with David Evans (he’s got the honour of building at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), then a scrumptious afternoon tea in the historic Gallery in the main house followed by a VIP view of the first horse inspection from the house side. A great afternoon for any fan, all for just £100, but hurry these tickets are limited and selling fast.
Want to be at the heart of the action? Then a camping ticket could be just your thing! Enjoy a four day pass and we welcome caravans, tents, horse boxes – if you can sleep in it, you’re welcome to bring it! You’ll be on site so won’t miss a minute of the action and there’s toilet and shower facilities so you’re well equipped. As ever, camping is popular and only a few options remain so book today!
Upgrading your ticket to include the prestigious members’ enclosure is a great way to give your Bramham trip a bit of luxury. Exclusive bistro, members’ bar, ring side seating, which includes dressage commentary from Annabel Scrimgeour and Bobby Hayler, who’s a regular on the BBC, on Thursday and Friday, and members’ only smart toilets are all at your disposal. Prices start at just £22 plus you’ll need a car pass.
General admission tickets start at £12 when booked in advance and under 12s go free with a paying adult. Advanced booking is recommended as there’s some great discounts to be had but hurry, the box office closes on 5 June. You can book online at www.bramham-horse.co.uk.