Stars of the world eventing stage are set to descend on Ardingly Showground in West Sussex for South of England International Horse Trials, which takes place from 11-12 April 2015.
Heading the line-up will be Olympian Tina Cook (Worthing), who helped Britain win a team silver medal at last autumn’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, Rotherfield’s Francis Whittington, who scored his first major victory at Blenheim last year on Easy Target and the 2003 Rolex Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell (Forest Green), who rarely leaves this event empty handed.
There will be a strong international flavor, too. New Zealand’s husband and wife duo, Tim and Jonelle Price, who had an extremely successful season last year, have a lorry load of horses entered, as does Australia’s Christopher Burton, another prolific winner on British soil.
Local stars include Horsham-based Gemma Tattersall, who is heading to Badminton Horse Trials with her ride, Arctic Soul, Emily Baldwin (Mayfield) and Georgie Strang (Lamberhurst).
South of England Horse Trials, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, boasts some of the best facilities of any event in the country. The Norfolk Pavilion with its bar, catering and hospitality areas, is the perfect spot for a morning coffee or a bite of lunch, while the myriad tradestands offer visitors the chance to browse a range of products while watching the showjumping action happening alongside.
Various levels of classes take place over the weekend with the most high profile sections – the open intermediate and advanced intermediate – taking place on Sunday.
Organiser Jenny Nolan said: “I am thrilled with the entries for this spring’s event and we are very much looking forward to a weekend of top class competition.”
Cross-country action starts at around 10.30am on Saturday and Sunday and entrance is £10 per car including all occupants.