Portman marks 40th anniversary

This year is marks an important milestone for Portman Horse Trials as the event celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The event was started in 1976 by Susie and John Woodhouse on behalf of British Eventing and was a fundraiser for The Portman Hunt.

Since the event was established, it has been run at four different venues with the current incarnation being held at Rushmore Park, 20 miles west of Salisbury, inspired and supported by the late William Gronow Davis MFH who sadly died at the end of 2015.

Adrian Ditcham has designed and built the new cross country courses for the last few years which include Novice, BE 100 and BE90, which was added to the fixture last year. The new courses run over lovely old turf in a magnificent setting.

This year’s event will be run on 5-6 April and has attracted nearly 600 entries, including horses ridden by household international riders such as Kristina Cook, Lucinda Fredericks, Sam Griffiths, Emily and Mary King, Kitty King, Andrew Nicholson, Tim and Jonelle Price, Ludvig Svennerstal, Paul Tapner, Izzy Taylor, Zara Tindall, Oliver Townend and Holly Woodhead.

Organiser of Portman Horse Trials Michael Yarrow comments: “The event still run by members of the Portman Hunt and the Portman Hunt Supporters Club. Although we have run for years with no overall sponsor we have been lucky  enough to have a very loyal group of sponsors  including  Boden, Savills, Hall and Woodhouse, The Castleman and Plumber Manor, together with many smaller local companies and supportive friends. This year we expect to have two very full days and look forward to welcoming you to Rushmore Park.”

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