The Whatley Manor & Spa International Horse Trials (Fri 7th Sat 8th & Sun 9th September) held at Gatcombe Park, the home of The Princess Royal, near Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, is once again a key fixture for International riders from all over the world as they build up their qualification results towards the end of the season.
During the three 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 the week-end, HRH The Princess Royal will present the prizes.
Now in its 24rd year of running, with support from Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa since 2011, the event takes place on a course which utilises a different area of the Gatcombe Park Estate to that used by the Festival of British Eventing which was held in early August.
This year a completely new CIC** International Cross Country Course has been designed by Mark Phillips whilst the other three courses have, as usual, been designed by HRH The Princess Royal.
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