The Land Rover Gatcombe Park Novice and Intermediate Horse Trials is a key fixture for International riders from all over the World as they build up their Spring campaigns and seek qualification results for upgrading their young horses later in the season.
Now in its 26th year of running, the event takes place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March. With continuous support from Land Rover, the event takes place on a course designed by HRH The Princess Royal and her event organiser Pattie Biden. Gatcombe has a nice inviting course run over well drained land.
Riders from 21 nations, the largest number in the history of the event, will be represented. Competitors from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Finland, Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA are amongst the 500 plus strong entries. Norway will be making their first appearance at the event.
Local Cotswold favourites include Zara Tindall, Harry Meade and Tom McEwan. Other leading riders entered include a very strong New Zealand presence with Andrew Nicholson, Dan Jocelyn, Tim Price and Jonelle Price. Other notable riders include Bill Levitt and Sam Griffiths as well as William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend and Izzy Taylor.
The Event will be Starting earlier than usual on both days at 08.00am with Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross-Country phases run throughout. The event attracts many interesting shops, which will include the Gatcombe Collection. At various times during both days, HRH The Princess Royal will present prizes.
Gatcombe Park is situated at Hampton Fields, mid-way between Minchinhampton and Avening. Spectator admission is £6 for a car and all occupants and £4 for a programme.
For full information about directions, accommodation, course maps, timetable and all entries visit our web site www.gatcombehorsetrials.co.uk