Land Rover to sponsor the popular Spring
Gatcombe Park Horse Trials for the 23rd consecutive year running
The Land Rover Gatcombe Park Novice and Intermediate Horse Trials (Saturday-Sunday March 28th-29th) held near Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, is once again a key fixture for international riders as they build up their Spring campaign looking for qualification results.
Riders from 14 nations are represented, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA within the 600 strong entry.
Leading riders entered include Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend and Laura Collett together with famous New Zealanders Sir Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson. Also with strong representation from down under are successful Australian riders Paul Tapner, Bill Levett, Sam Griffiths and Lucinda Fredericks.
Local regulars include Julie Tew, Panda Christie, Harry Meade and Kitty King who are joined by Frenchman Leonard Goerens who is based in nearby Crudwell.
Now in its 23rd year of running, 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, utilising a different area of the Gatcombe Park Estate to that used by the Festival of British Eventing in July.
Starting at 9.00am on both days, 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; the event will be signposted from both directions. 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