It’s all change at the Duo Group Holdings Ltd Nunney International Horse Trials this year, which runs from June 14 – 16 at Southfield House near Frome in Somerset.
Significant changes have been made to the cross country course which has been consolidated around a central viewing area to provide a superb spectacle for visitors to the event.
Organiser Bridget Parker said: “For spectators it will be fantastic as they will be able to see so much from the same spot. The second field, where cross country control and the coffee stand are located, is particularly good for viewing and an extra loop with an additional question in the international class will keep the action close. From this vantage point you can view the fences in the field below which include the most significant addition, our new dew pond which links to the existing water complex.”
The event has once again attracted entries from some of the sport’s leading riders. In the international CIC-S 3*, Sir Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, Padraig McCarthy and Kitty King are among more than 60 riders who will tackle the Helen West-designed cross country courses, having performed their dressage and show jumping tests.
Other riders in action across the three days include Olympians Gemma Tattersall, Jonelle Price who rides for New Zealand, Canada’s Rebecca Howard, Italy’s Vittoria Pannizon, Ireland’s Austin O’Connor and Alex Hua Tian who was youngest eventer ever to compete at an Olympics as well as being China’s first equestrian Olympian in history.
There’s are plenty of well known local names in action including Somerset’s Millie Dumas and Dani Evans, Dorchester’s Aaron Millar and Rosie Fry who hails from Beaminster,
For racing enthusiasts, Charlotte Alexander will be riding Ulck Du Lin and Saphir Du Rheu who were previously trained by champion trainer Paul Nicholls.
An eclectic range of tradestands, located around the main showjumping arena, ranging from fine art to jewellery, and equestrian clothing to dog beds and a popular eating corner, serving local food and beverages, that will satisfy every taste are additional attractions.
Mrs Parker said: “We’ve had a super number of entries and we’re really looking forward to three fantastic days. The course is looking fantastic with a lush covering of grass. It’s really is a great opportunity to get out into the countryside, enjoy the fresh air and the horses.”
Entry to the event is free on Friday and £12 per car on Saturday and Sunday.
The cross country for the CCI-S 3* and intermediate classes are scheduled for Sunday starting at 10am, but there is action over the fixed fences on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with showjumping in the main arena on all three days too.