Top class riders set for Bramham International Horse Trials

Gates open to the public today for the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials which run until Sunday at Bramham Park near Wetherby.

Top class riders, including Olympian hopefuls, will be taking part in the event, which attracts some of the finest riders in the sport of eventing.

Oliver Townend trots out with MHS King Joules in the inspection order of the Equi-Trek CCI*** at the Bramham International Horse Trials. 
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Oliver Townend trots out with MHS King Joules in the inspection order of the Equi-Trek CCI*** at the Bramham International Horse Trials. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Yesterday saw the first ‘trot up’ in front of Bramham Park, when vets and officials inspect and approve the fitness of the horses in advance of the competition.

Dressage is staged on Thursday and Friday, with thousands expected to watch the ever-popular cross country on Saturday.

Event Director Nicholas Pritchard said; “It’s been a wet winter for the Park but the estate team have been hard at work and, helped by the recent sunshine, the site is now looking stunning.”

The three day event culminates on Sunday with the show jumping final.

Running alongside the main three-day-event are pony club competitions, top class show jumping, a Young Event Horse competitions, and showing competitions, as well as dog agility classes.

But perhaps one of the main attractions for spectators is the shopping - with row upon row of stands selling everything from clothing and jewellery to horse and dog attire and food and gifts. Entry after 4pm on Friday is free, with stands staying open until later.