Frome Show is this year’s title sponsor of Nunney International Horse Trials which takes place near Frome in Somerset on June 13 – 15.
Former Olympic medallist Bridget Parker, who won team gold at Munich in 1972 riding Cornish Gold, drew the winning ticket at Southfield House where the horse trials take place.
Mrs Parker said: “The lottery is such a good idea as it engages local businesses and I was honoured to be asked to do the draw. I used to run Frome Horse Trials here years ago.”
Organisers of Frome Show, which takes place later in the year on Saturday, September 13, were thrilled to be winners. Show secretary Brenda Scott said: “Frome & District Agricultural Society and Frome Show incorporating the Global Cheese Awards, is delighted to be involved and to support the Nunney International Horse Trials. Both the Nunney Horse Trials and Frome Show are major events in the local calendar. We are thrilled to have won the main sponsor title. ”
Other winners are Saturday’s sponsor Lovell Stone Group and Old Mill Accountants who are day sponsors on Friday.
Geoff Poole of Lovell Stone Group said: “It is fantastic to be associated with Nunney and to have a day officially supported by Lovell Stone is great.”
Visit Nunney, who are huge supporters of the event, were unlucky this year, but representative Clare Lewis said: “We bought a ticket with Market Place Bed and Breakfast and although we didn’t win it is great to be supporting such a prestigious event.”
Jeremy White from Mendip Fireplaces was also unlucky but said: “We enjoy supporting a well-organised local event that is only going to grow in size and stature. There are some terrific sponsors on board and we are pleased to be a part of it.”
Frome Show’s name will now be included in all supporting literature, banners and on the website.
The event’s organiser Alisa Hunter-Gordon said: “It is great that the winners are all local businesses and it augers well for the future that the lottery has enabled so many to get involved.”
The competition takes place over three days at Mrs Angela Yeoman’s home Southfield House, near Whatley, Frome and is expected to attract many stars from the sport of eventing.
Spectators can enjoy showjumping in the main arena while browsing an array of trade stands. There’s also a unique food corner, with vendors offering some of the best locally sourced food.
Entrance to the event is free on Friday and £12 per car on Saturday and Sunday. Details can be found by visiting www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk.