Top Event Riders Head For Eridge Park Horse Trials

STARS of the equestrian world will descend on Eridge Park for one of the biggest events in the south east's riding calendar next weekend.

A strong field of international riders, including Crowborough-born triple Olympic medallist Pippa Funnell and rising star Emily Llewellyn, will take to the park near Tunbridge Wells for the 21st Eridge Horse Trials across Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19.

As well as experiencing the thrills of dressage, the pressures of show jumping and the bravery of the cross country phase, there will be a country market with a number of stands catering for all interests and tastes selling crafts, food, clothes, gifts and farmer's produce.

Joint event organiser Jenny Nolan said: "Eridge Horse Trials is well known for being a great family day out.

 "There really is something to entertain the whole family. Now in its third year, the country market is proving to be a popular addition making the event appeal  just as much to the non-horsey crowd as those that follow the sport. Thanks to Marquess of Abergavenny, who owns the estate, for hosting and allowing us to grow the event, year on year."

More than 5,000 people from across the country and beyond gathered at the event last year.

Other top riders who will compete include Gemma Tattersall, Australia's Brook Staples and local talents Francis Whittington, Georgie Strang, and Emily Baldwin. American rider Elizabeth Haliday-Sharp, who recently won Brightling International Horse Trials, will also be competing.

Dogs in the Park and falconry will be taking place on the Sunday as well as terrier racing.

Admission is £10 per car, including all passengers on Saturday, and £15 per car on the Sunday.

On purchase of a car park ticket, dog show competitors will receive up to five free dog class entries and terrier racers two free heat entries.

Gates open to the general public from 8.30am on both days.


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