Strong InternationalLine Up Announced for Aske Horse Trials

There will be a strong international field at this year’s Aske Horse Trials, which take place on July 4 and 5, including a potential Olympic combination action.

More than 550 horses have been entered for next weekend’s competition at Aske Hall near Richmond, with riders from six nations taking part.

Among the top names are Olympic silver medallist and local rider Nicola Wilson, Bill Levett from Australia, Andrew Heffernan from the Netherlands, Arthur Duffort from France, Logan Duffort from the USA, Carlos Paro from Brazil, and Ian Walsh from Ireland.

Levett is competing on a horse called Drakkar, who is in his first season of eventing in the Northern hemisphere, having arrived in the UK from New Zealand just before Christmas.

Paro has competed for Brazil at numerous international events such as the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and won a bronze medal at the Pan American games in 2007.

And Heffernan has represented the Netherlands at the London 2012 Olympics as well as at last year’s World Equestrian Games, which was held in Normandy, and where he won a team bronze medal with his horse Boleybawn Ace.

Andrew will be partnering Boleybawn Ace at Aske next Saturday and is hoping that this will be the horse that gets him to Rio.

Aske Horse Trials is a popular event for North East eventers and the organisers are hopingthis year’s event will be extra special since last year’s event did not go ahead due to the Tour de France.

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