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The final four week countdown has begun ahead of this year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials (9- 12 June). There’s now some warmth to the sun to green up the Park, the estate crew are busy preparing and the event team are organising every detail so the action packed four days are better than ever before. The competition has added excitement this time as it’s an Olympic year and we’ll be creating a carnival atmosphere of our own – no need for a trip to Rio! Although a few riders will be hoping that their performance in Yorkshire does secure a ticket on the plane.
The three eventing favourites are back; the Equi-Trek CCI3*, the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* and the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3* are in the timetable but new in 2016 is the addition of the second leg of the sport’s newest initiative, the Event Rider Masters. This series is designed to bring together the world’s best riders in a concise format with live stream available for the three phases. It’ll be at CIC3* level and features 40 hand-picked starters, all battling for a share of the £50,000 prize fund. For more info – they’ve just launched a new website: eventridermasters.tv.
As well as the eventing action of dressage, show jumping and cross country, Bramham is renowned for hosting other top-flight equestrian competition. There’s the ever-popular British Showjumping classes over the coloured poles including the Wetherby Skips Grand Prix which closes the show on Sunday, plus the Fine & Country Pony Club Mounted Games, the British Equestrian Trade Association Pony Club team showjumping, Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse competitions for four and five year olds plus showing classes for Hunters and eventing young stock.
Alongside the 500 or so horses, there’s plenty to see and do for all the family. There’s a tented village packed with tradestands selling everything you could ever need, grab a bite from one of the food courts, visit the Food Hall to sample, and purchase, local delicacies plus our Action and Adventure in Yorkshire area complete with a family zone for the little ones. At Bramham, we like to get the weekend started early so Friday is late night shopping where you can eat, drink, be merry and shop until 8pm! Even better, it’s free entry after 4pm.
We welcome four-legged canines to Bramham provided they’re on a lead with someone responsible on the other end and they’re not left out of the action. The Tailwagger Club are there to encourage you to have a go at agility plus a Fun Dog Show on Sunday. Plus, they’ll help you try for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze test. If you want to give Fido a break, the Samsalin Dog Rescue operate a crèche service as well as selling lots of doggie toys and products, with all profits going to the rescue.
Whichever day you choose to visit us – one or all four – you’ll never be far from the action. Thursday and Friday are dressage days for the eventing competitions where the horses show their balance, poise and grace. Saturday features show jumping for the CIC sections and all four sections will tackle Ian Stark’s cross country challenge with each fence a work of art constructed by David Evans and his team of builders. Our Event Rider Masters champions will be crowned by the end of the day. Sunday is the culmination for the three day eventers with the all-important final showjumping where a single pole rolled could be the difference between agony and ecstasy.
Event Director Nicholas Pritchard commented; “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. We’re delighted to welcome the Event Rider Masters to give the event an added twist – as if an Olympic year wasn’t exciting enough! Bramham has long been a great event for discovering talent so here’s hoping this year’s competition produces a few medal winners for August.”
There’s a wide range of ticketing options and it’s always best to book early for discounts. Adult entry starts from £11 and children 12 and under go free with a paying adult. You could fully immerse yourself in the Bramham experience by camping on site; there are season packages available but hurry, they’re limited and very popular so get booking. Also at a premium are tickets to our ringside members’ enclosure which brings a touch of VIP to your visit with a Members’ Bar and Bistro. Tickets can be booked on-line anytime until 06 June and phone bookings are open until 03 June. Call 01937 846017 between 2:00pm and 4:00pm on weekdays.
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