Visitors to this year’s Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International, 24th – 27th May, can look forward to an unusual blend of world class sport set against a backdrop of modern art. Houghton Hall currently has a Damien Hirst exhibition of new paintings alongside some of his most celebrated sculptures. The Colour Space paintings have never been shown in public before and are a development of Hirst’s iconic Spot Paintings, while the sculptures include Virgin Mother and Anatomy of an Angel.
Houghton hosts the only British leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, where five nations will be vying to wrestle the title from three-times-consecutive winner Germany. In total 19 nations are represented in the eventing classes, with cross country and show jumping taking place on both Saturday and Sunday.
Additional equestrian classes also run throughout the event, with ‘have a go’ dog agility, children’s entertainment and over 70 tradestands, food outlets and a licenced bar also on site.
Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International is the only time of the year where the public can camp in the park, providing a perfect base for an action packed weekend. Full details are available on the event website.
Entrance to the the Damien Hirst exhibition is not included in Horse Trials admission. Tickets for the Horse Trials can be bought in advance via the event website, and on the Gate, which opens at 8.30am every day. For more information on any aspect of this year’s FEI Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials, visit http://www.musketeer.co.uk
To buy tickets for the Damien Hirst exhibition, please visit https://www.houghtonhall.com