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Awesome Olympians are Bramham Bound

Spectators and visitors at this year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials are in for a real treat as the entry includes all five of Britain’s 2012 Olympic team silver heroes.  For the four days over 5 – 8 June, William Fox-Pitt, Zara Phillips, Kristina Cook, Mary King and local Nicola Wilson will compete eight horses between them.   Over 160 riders from 13 countries will contest three world class competitions; the Equi-Trek CCI3*, the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* and the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3*.  May’s Badminton CCI4* proved tough for a number of top combinations and they’ve re-routed to face a new challenge, Yorkshire style!  Notable amongst these are Kiwi Sir Mark Todd and NZB Campino, who also rides recent Chatsworth CIC3* winner Amacuzzi.

 

Having won at Bramham seven times, William Fox-Pitt understandably is called ‘Mr Bramham’ and he brings Christopher Stones’ Chilli Morning who he’s partnered to win the CCI section for the last two years. They’re in the CIC this year so it won’t be a hat-trick of CCI wins for the duo but don’t discount them on taking top CIC honours.  In the Equi-Trek CCI, his chance of win eight rests with the relatively inexperienced Freddie Mac, owned by Lady Best and Jane Keir who makes his CCI3* debut.  Zara Phillips, back to full riding fitness after becoming mum to Mia, rides her Olympic partner High Kingdom, owned by Gleadhill Stud, in the CIC and Black Tuxedo in the CCI.  Nicola Wilson brings her parents’ Annie Clover and One Two Many, owned by Janine Shewan and Gerry & Mary Kemp.  Kristina and Mary have a ride each in the CCI in Star Witness and MHS King Joules.

 

Former Bramham winners Paul Tapner (AUS) and Astier Nicolas (FRA) return for another try at securing a title, while Vittoria Panizzon (ITA), Mark Kyle (IRL), Clark Montgomery (USA), Caroline Powell (NZL) and Karin Donkers (BEL) are also notable international challengers plus an amazing 13 French entries!  Other home riders to be on the look-out for include Oliver Townend, originally from Huddersfield, Izzy Taylor, Daisy Berkeley, Gemma Tattersall, Ruth Edge and Sarah Bullimore
Dressage for the CCI and CIC sections gets underway on Thursday 5 June while all three sections will be in the main arena on Friday.  Saturday is the spectator’s favourite day which starts with CIC show jumping and then all three sections head out to the scenic Yorkshire parkland which Bramham is famous for to tackle Ian Stark’s cross country course.  The spring sunshine and showers means the park is looking splendid and the going under foot for the horses is perfect. First off will be the CCI section, then the under 25s before the CIC set off to establish the winner of the £2,000 first prize.

 

Sunday it’ll be all eyes on the Equi-Trek Arena as the roll of a pole means victory or defeat for some in the show jumping. The U25s are first on before the final CCI section with a total of £29,000 on offer across the two sections, fault free performances will be the order of the day. If the cash wasn’t a big enough incentive, sponsors Equi-Trek are also giving the CCI winner use of one of their two-horse lorries for a whole year!

 

Over the weekend there’s a host of top level pure show jumping in Bramham’s Arenas.  Top names entered include Daniel Moseley, Jackson R Stephenson, young stars Millie Allen and Emily Ward and selection of Whitakers, namely Donald, Joe, Louise, Steven and Ellen, who’s just had a baby.   Saturday afternoon features The Bramham Classic in the Equi-Trek arena. While on Sunday, the Wetherby Skip Services Grand Prix, the wealthiest jumping class on offer, with a £1,500 first prize, brings the event to a close.

 

Bramham will also host a number of classes in Hunter Show on Thursday including Horse of the Year Show qualifiers for light, middle & heavy weight and working Hunters while the Pony Club Mounted Games will feature in the TopSpec Arena on both Saturday and Sunday plus the Pony Club Team Jumping on Saturday. Always with an eye on the future, young horses will also feature heavily with Bramham hosting a Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse four and five year old qualifier for the prestigious Championship in September, plus HorseDirect Event Horse Breeding and Young Stock Classes for foals to three year olds.
A full list of CCI & CIC entries can be found on www.bdwp.co.uk/bra plus the full competition timetable and event news is available on www.bramham-horse.co.uk. Daily tickets are available for purchase on the gate – prices start at £12 per adult, children under 12 go free and car parking is £5. The telephone box office closes on Wednesday 28 May and the online box office on Saturday 31 May; book your tickets now to take advantage of discounted prices and free car parking!

 

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Classic challenge for the Bramham Class of 2014

With the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials just a matter of weeks away, cross country course designer Ian Stark has revealed his 2014 test for the three competitions over 5 – 8 June. The spring weather has provided perfect conditions for growing so the park at Bramham is looking pristine with a green carpet providing ideal going for the horses. Ian has again used the Park’s features and undulations to provide the ultimate test.  Ian dreams up the fences and chainsaw master David Evans and his team make them come to life and once again, every obstacle is a work of art.  Over 140 riders from around the world are expected to battle it out across three eventing contests; the Equi-Trek CCI3*, the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* and the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3* and all will tackle Ian’s course on Saturday 7 June.

 

Ian made changes aplenty in 2013 when Bramham celebrated its 40th birthday but not one to sit back for an easy year, Ian has consolidated but equally there are a few surprises for riders and spectators alike.  The start and finish remains at the highest part of the park by the stables, away from the main atmosphere of the showground.  The riders start out over the Yorkshire Post Garden followed by the Aardvark Safaris Roll Top at two and on to the KBIS Arch (three) which all act as a ‘gentle’ introduction.  At four, Ian has given an early, but not too technical, challenge in the Supreme Products Stick Piles.  The British Equestrian Trade Association Table (five) isn’t for stopping to have a picnic before one of the feature areas, the Equi-Trek Round House.  Ian has provided a few options for this challenge and it will be the brave who take the quick route.

 

Into Lord Bingleys, the riders are confronted by the Leeds Festival Wall at seven before the tricky Suregrow Fertiliser Owl Hole combination in the trees at the furthest end of the course.  Olympic memories are rekindled at the Joules Clothing London 2012 Chess Table at nine before the pull downhill to the Horse Deals Kidney Pools (ten) where Ian has added a second water pond where he’s looking for bold and accurate riding and says ‘the long route won’t be for potential winners’.

 

The horses will feel they’re http://kamagrawiki.org turning for home as they face the Horse & Hound Leap of Faith which Ian cites as his favourite fence of all the courses he designs.  On to the Harrington’s Dog Kennel – will the hounds catch anyone out?  Next comes the Woodheads Seeds Hollow, numbered 13 and 14, which always leaves the riders scratching their heads in a bid to find the best route through without wasting valuable seconds and risking a run out.

 

 

While it may be tempting, there shouldn’t be any stopping for a treat at the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Cones before the buzz of the Front Park.   The imposing Yorkshire Equine Practice Footbridge needs some air, but jumped well will give an amazing feeling.  On to the Carter Jonas Sun and Moon at 17 which always draws a crowd.

 

The Generator Power Brush leads to a double of corners at the Speedi-Beet Double Feat which will test accuracy and whether the riders have left enough petrol in the tank.

 

The crowds will be five or six deep at the Bond Dickinson Pond at 20 where spectators linger hoping for a dunking.  Lenny the Lobster is still a feature before Sammy Swan to jump on the way out.  Once over the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Trakehner, the horses will turn left handed and definitely feel their stable calling.  The Land Rover Above and Beyond provides the final challenge as it will test how much the horses have in reserve after a final hill climb.  Number 24, the Askham Bryan College Seat will be a welcome sight before cantering through the finish flags having completed the 24 fences and 39 jumping efforts.

 

Remember, planning ahead is the best way to enjoy Bramham and by booking your tickets in advance you’ll avoid the queues and save pennies!  Early booking discounts and free parking soon add up to make great savings.  Members passes and camping packages are selling fast so it you require either of these great value offerings, get booking today.  Visit www.bramham-horse.co.uk or call 01937 846017 but hurry as the Box Office closes at 4pm on 28 May.  Tickets will of course be available on the gate on any day.

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Calling all chefs: a recipe for the finest Yorkshire experience

The organisers of the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials are busily gathering the prime ingredients which, when combined, produce the finest recipe for a great day out.  Running 05 – 08 June, Bramham has grown and grown into an award-winning experience and despite reaching the grand old age of 41, continues to develop.  So, here’s our recipe (all ingredients and quantities supplied can be used or altered to suit the consumer) for a truly brilliant Bramham 2014.

1) A generous handful of eventing action: Bramham hosts three top-flight eventing competitions; the Equi-Trek CCI3*, the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* and the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3*.   At three star rating, Bramham is the level where younger horses and upcoming riders get their first taste of the big-time and to go well at Bramham means you have a star in the making.  Will we see a potential medallist for Rio 2016 amongst our winners?  The harmony of dressage, the power of cross country and the accuracy of show jumping all combine for the ultimate test.

2) Approximately 7,875 footsteps: you’ll need these to power yourself around Ian Stark’s magnificent cross country course which the riders will tackle on Saturday 07 June.  The parkland at Bramham is a slice of Yorkshire cream and you won’t want to miss the walk round.  You can venture out on your own or even better, if you’re able to join us on Thursday 05 June, why not take those steps with none other than Eventing Guru and World Class Performance Manager Yogi Breisner.  Yogi will be hosting a course walk at 2:30 to help raise funds for this year’s charity, the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund.  So as well as finding out just how the riders will tackle the huge fences from a real expert, you’ll be donating to a very worthwhile cause.

3) Around four dozen coloured poles: eventing isn’t the only equine action – over the weekend, the arenas come alive with top-class showjumping classes including the Bramham Classic, the Suregrow Fertiliser Six Bar, the Bramham Speed Classic and the finale, the Wetherby Skips Grand Prix on Sunday with a £1500 first prize.  Some great names often grace the Bramham turf so some nail biting finishes are the norm.

4) A dash of equine good looks: on Thursday and Friday, the Top Spec arena hosts showing and young stock classes where the models of the equestrian world will strut their stuff.  On Friday, it’s all about the future in the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers for four and five year old horses plus a stallion parade at lunchtime in the Equi-Trek arena.

5) Ample amounts of adrenaline:  Of course the riders will need plenty of this key ingredient but Bramham visitors will also require it to tackle the Action and Adventure in Yorkshire zone. All the family can enjoy quad bikes, Segways, zorb balls, a bungee trampoline and face painting.

6) Thousands of wet noses: Dogs are very welcome at Bramham – we just ask that they’re kept on a lead and there’s someone responsible on the end of it.  You can visit the Tailwaggers Club where you can put your dog through the ‘Have a Go’ games and agility throughout the Event, and the Fun Dog Show on Sunday. You can also try for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Test.  If you want to leave your dog while you visit the shops (see next ingredient) then Samsalin Dog Rescue Crèche will look after him for a donation – it’s open daily 08.30 – 17.30.

7) A credit card with a healthy balance, cheque book and card or cash:  Any combination of these ingredients will help to improve the experience around our 150 or so tradestands.  There’s a great choice – equestrian outlets, gifts galore, clothing, garden furniture, works of art, a rural crafts marquee – you can even order your dream vehicle from our suppliers, Land Rover!  Why not get your weekend off to a bang with late night shopping on Friday?  All our stands are open until 8pm and there’s free admission from 4pm.  So take a few hours off work, head to Bramham, cruise the shops, walk the course, dine alfresco – if the weather’s good, there isn’t a better way to start the weekend.  If you’re a rider, why not bring your hat and body protector along as one of our sponsors, the British Equestrian Trade Association, will give them a free MOT to make sure they’re fit for purpose.  If they aren’t, then you’ll get a 10% voucher to use for replacements.

8) A constant supply of calories: If you choose to combine all our ingredients, you’ll need fuel to keep you going.  Of course you could bring your own picnic and find a prime spot in the 500 acres of Bramham Park to enjoy or, why not make use of our eateries around the show ground. There’s something for every taste, whether it’s a quick baguette or a sit down meal in our members’ Bistro (extra tickets required).  If you like your experience to have a taste of alcohol, there’s a licensed bar and obligatory Pimms Tent. There’s also a Food Hall featuring local producers – it’s always a great place for free samples but be warned…this often leads to the desire to make a purchase as the taste is too good.

9) A soupçon of glamour: Bramham is a great place to star spot!  Away from the hundreds of amazing riders taking part (which usually include names like William Fox-Pitt, Nicola Wilson, Zara Phillips, Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend), there’s usually a few top footballers on show plus an actor or two from the nearby Emmerdale.  Make sure you bring your autograph book, pen and all important mobile phone for those selfies!

10) The final and essential ingredient – tickets: here’s where you can decide how long your Bramham recipe will last, whether it’s the ‘full fat’ or ‘lite’ version and if you want to bake ahead or on the day. You could select a full on camping experience so you’re at the heart of the action on-site, or add a dash of luxury with passes for the members’ enclosure to enjoy the Members Bar and Bistro – recipes of a different kind are cooked up here.  Save time and money and buy your entry tickets ahead with our pre-booking offers – we’re using e-tickets so there are no postage costs and you’ll also find some savings to be had.  Plus, there’s free daily parking worth £5 for tickets booked beforehand. We have full facilities for disabled visitors including mobility scooter hire.

So if you’re ready to start mixing the ingredients, we’ll add around 500 horses and 400 riders, beautiful countryside, a hint of excitement and plenty of fun. Our telephone booking is open so securing your tickets couldn’t be easier. Log on to www.bramham-horse.co.uk and follow the link or contact us by phone on 01937 846017 but remember, the Box Office closes on 29 May.  Tickets will be available on the gate plus £5 per car for parking.

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Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund Course Walk

The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund Charity of the year at the Bramham Horse Trials are offering the opportunity to walk the cross country course at Bramham this year with Yogi Breisner, Performance Manager for British Eventing and coach for The World Class Programme.

2.30pm on Thursday June 5th 2014.

Donations on the day of a suggested £8 minimum.

Please email Rosemary at rosemary@mdirf.co.uk to register.

This is a fantastic opportunity to support the MDIRF and enjoy an informative insight to the cross country course.