EVENT PREVIEWS – Belton International

Where

Belton International Horse Trials is held in the vast grounds of National Trust’s Belton Estate. Set in the heart of Lincolnshire, the site is overlooked by the prestigious Belton House, and the event site is spread throughout the beautiful Estate Gardens.

When

Belton House Horse Trials takes place from Friday May 29 to Sunday March 31.

How to get there

The event is just a short drive from Grantham, Nottingham, Lincoln and surrounding areas making easily accessible from the national road network.

Access to the event is through the Lion Gate at Belton (postcode NG31 9SQ). All parking is on-site for visitor’s convenience and there is a £5 charge for all cars.

Who

The feature class of the event is the Lycetts Grantham Cup. Established in 2006, the aim of the Grantham Cup – which is run as a CIC4*-S (formerly CIC3***) – was to create a spring class which would be the perfect pre-run for riders heading to an early CIC5*-L (formerly CCI****). Belton is to Badminton as Queens is to Wimbledon, and esteemed riders come from far and wide to prepare their horses for the big events to come. Previous winners of the Grantham Cup include Jonty Evans, Izzy Taylor, Chris Burton, Mark Todd and Oliver Townend.

At the close of entries, 118 entries had been received for the class, including members of Great Britain’s World Equestrian Games Gold medal winning team Gemma Tattersall, Piggy French and Tom McEwen. They will be joined by the likes of Laura Collett, Tom Crisp, Sarah Ennis, William Fox-Pitt, Andrew Nicholson, Padraig McCarthy and Oliver Townend as they battle it out for the prestigious trophy.

There are a wide range of other domestic British Eventing classes taking place, starting at Open Novice Under 18 up to Advanced, including an Advanced Under 25.

Tickets

Ticket prices vary depending on which day you attend and whether you buy in advance or on the gate. However, children aged 14 and under are admitted for free.

There is also the option to purchase member ticketsaccess to the event, free car parking, members facilities, complimentary lunch menu, free tea and coffee all day, arena views, “posh loos” and pay bar. This can be upgraded to premium membership which provides a chargeless bar.

If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day Treat, then you can purchase tickets for the Mother’s Day Lunchwhich includes entry to the event, forward car parking, fizz reception, sit down hospitality lunch, Mother’s Day gift bag.

National Trust Members are entitled to free carparking, on production of a valid national trust membership card.

For more information and to buy advance tickets visit BEDE

What else is there to see?

There is a wide range of entertainment for all the family running throughout the competition.

A wide selection of local and national brands will be open in the Shopping Village offering everything from homeware to fashion to furniture.

This year sees the launch of the BEDE Street Food Festival, a revolutionary format of event catering. Visitors can immerse themselves in the culture of Street Food, enjoying a multitude of tasty treats from various outlets, including Mexican, Asian and Italian cuisine.

The crowd’s went wild for it last year, and the much-loved Gin Den will be making a return for Belton 2019. Open for business all weekend, it’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy your favourite tipple.

It’s not just the horses who can get in on the action – the event’s famous dog agility course is also in action. All dogs are welcome to have a go at running through the agility course and showcasing their skills. And it’s easy to keep children entertained at the Family Zone, featuring many exciting rides and games.

The Belton Classic Car Show is a long-standing crowd favourite. Everything from a 1920’s Bentley to an Aston Martin Vanquish have been showcased at the event, and with over 50 entries year on year there’s always plenty to see.

The Band Stand will provide the soundtrack to the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, with a number of artists taking to the stage in various time slots to provide the perfect backing track to the equestrian action.

The Inter Hunt Relay brings riders together, working as a team to complete a tough, specially-designed course. Team members will take it in turns to open gates before rounding the course and passing the whip on. And the fast and furious Pony Club Mounted Games will see junior and senior teams battling it out to take home the Pony Club title. The Dressage Demo with feature a number of experts offering visitors to extremely valuable, professional advice on what judges look out for in the Dressage discipline.

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