Nunney International Horse Trials has seen a dramatic increase in entries at this year’s event, which takes place from June 17-19 – a testament to the event’s burgeoning popularity.
Staged at Southfield House near Frome and supported by Kingairloch Highland Estate, nearly 900 horses will be competing over the three days with some of the sport’s most famous names in action including William Fox-Pitt, Sir Mark Todd and Zara Tindall.
The event’s ambassador and committee member Sam Griffiths, a former winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and Australian Olympic team member, said: “Nunney is a beautifully run event with a wonderful committee at the helm. The ground is always very well prepared and the courses ride well. The event is still only five years old but the organizers constantly innovate and listen to competitors so that year on year improvements are made. The addition of another field to the intermediate and CIC2* courses will be great this year and it means the courses will flow really well. I am delighted to be involved with the event and it’s so pleasing that riders enjoy coming to Nunney.”
Zara Tindall’s entries include her top horse High Kingdom in the open intermediate. His result at Badminton in May earned him consideration for Britain’s team at the Rio Olympics this summer having been a former team silver medallist for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Jonathon Paget has entered one of his two named Rio rides, Clifton Signature, in the same section.
Other top riders in action include Nicholas Astier of France, who was victorious in the first leg of the Event Rider Masters Series at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, Australia’s Christopher Burton, British riders Gemma Tattersall, Kitty King and Laura Collett and Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy.
Organiser Bridget Parker said: “We are delighted with the number of entries which have increased again from last year. There are several big names riding and it’s a wonderful opportunity for spectators to come along and watch them in action. We are so grateful to all our sponsors and to the volunteers who make running this event possible.”