Nearly 800 horses will be competing at Nunney International Horse Trials which take place at Southfield House near Frome next weekend (June 13-15).
The event has attracted some of the top names from the sport of eventing including international stars like Zara Phillips, Harry Meade, Sam Griffiths, Kristina Cook and Izzy Taylor.
Janou Bleekman, from Cullompton in Devon, who won the Irish National Junior Championships held at Tattersalls, Ireland at the weekend, has entered three horses including Catch Up Quick in the CIC**.
She said: “I love Nunney as its so well organized and I’ve been going each year since it started in 2012. It’s a really good event with a great atmosphere and decent cross country tracks.
“Catch Up Quick, or Margot as we call her at home, belongs to Jennie Frewen who has been studying at Exeter University and she has kindly let me ride her so that I can gain some more experience.”
Alexander Bragg from Bridgwater in Somerset has entered eight horses across the three days including Duke of Axbridge in the CIC**.
“It’s a fairly local event to us and it is always very well organized with well built cross country courses. The international section is a draw for spectators and there is always a great atmosphere which creates a great learning experience for my younger horses.
“Another important factor is the ground which is always good there,” said Alexander who is a qualified farrier but events professionally almost full time.
The title sponsor of this year’s event is the Frome Show, who won the privilege in a lottery style draw. Other important sponsors who are supporting the event include Kingairloch Estate, All Hallows Preparatory School, Cadogan Tate, Old Mill Accountants and Lovell Stone Group.
Organiser Alisa Hunter-Gordon said: “We are delighted with the number of entries which have increased again from last year. It is also fantastic that this year’s Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials winner and Nunney ambassador Sam Griffiths is riding several horses. There’s also Harry Mead who will ride Wild Lone, third at Badminton, Kristina Cook will be on De Novo News and Izzy Taylor will ride KBIS Briarlands Matilda, and they both completed Badminton too. These horses are Britain’s top class prospects for the future and its great that local spectators will have the chance to see them.”
Several tradestands will be positioned around the main showjumping arena, which is situated in front of Southfield House, and there are various local food outlets too in a specially designated eating corner which provides a great hub for meeting friends.
Entry to the event is free on Friday and £12 per car on Saturday and Sunday with the chance to enter a free draw to win a visit to Sam Griffiths’ yard.
The cross country for the CIC2* and intermediate classes is 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 in front of the house over all three days too. Australian team rider Sam Griffiths’ free course walk takes place on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 at 5pm. Visit www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk for more details.