Top riders to challenge at Nunney International Horse Trials

Nearly 800 horses will be competing at Nunney International Horse Trials which take place at Southfield House near Frome from June 19-21.

 The event has attracted some of the top names from the sport of eventing including international stars like William Fox-Pitt, Jock Paget, Sam Griffiths, Laura Collett and Izzy Taylor.

Also among the entries is Lucy Wiegersma who could return to competitive action following the birth of her son Tomas in April. “I’ve entered but whether I will be quite ready I’m not sure yet,” she said.

The international class has attracted 82 entries, an increase of 17 compared to last year. They include Lucinda Fredericks who rides the full brother and sister Britannia Mail and Little Britannia.

Bicton Arena’s manager Helen West will be on board Foxdon Sunny Jim who was recently sixth in an open intermediate at Pontispool. She said: “I love going to Nunney. Its really well organized, everyone there is always so friendly and the courses are very fair. It’s also a great opportunity to be jumping in a main arena in front of the house. There is a always a bit of an atmosphere which is a great education for the horses.”

The title sponsor of this year’s event is Hopkins Concrete, who won the privilege in a lottery style draw. Kilver Court Designer Village and Monkton Court Prep and Senior School are Friday and Sunday sponsors respectively.

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 are several big names riding and it’s a wonderful opportunity for spectators to come along and watch them in action.”

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.

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.

Visitwww.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk for more details.

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