This year’s Nunney International Horse Trials, which take place at Southfield House near Frome on June 19 – 21, promise to be the best yet with 800 competitors set to compete over the course of the three days.
The event is staged in the spectacular grounds of the grade II listed Southfield House where visitors are welcome to come along and watch top riders in action in beautiful un-spoilt farmland.
For three days, Southfield House, which is close to the A361 near the village of Nunney, becomes a hive of activity and as well as sporting action there’s the chance to browse an eclectic range of tradestands and food outlets, all positioned around the main arena where showjumping takes place throughout the three days of the competition.
Selling everything from saddles to furniture, they will keep even the most seasoned shoppers busy, with benches around the perimeter of the arena enabling you to take a seat and watch the showjumping every now and again. Then you can head out onto the cross country course and watch all the action over the fixed timber fences. Midway, there’s a coffee stop to refuel.
The event attracts some of the top names from the sport of eventing international stars with Zara Phillips, Harry Meade, Sam Griffiths, Kristina Cook and Izzy Taylor all competing there in the past.
The title sponsor of this year’s event is Hopkins Concrete Ltd, a family owned and run company based in Wincanton, Somerset. Saturday’s sponsor is Monkton Combe Pre-prep and Prep School and Friday is sponsored by Kilver Court. Organiser Alisa Hunter-Gordon said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s event. We first ran at Southfield House in 2012, and the event has been growing in popularity. Its great that it attracts so many of the top names from the sport and it provides a wonderful opportunity for people to come along and enjoy a day out in beautiful countryside while watching the exciting sport of horse trials.”
Entry to the event is free on Friday and £12 per car on Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk for more information.