Bramham bonanza 2019 – you’re invited!


Longer days, warm sunshine and blue skies mean summer is just around the corner and for many, the event which heralds its arrival is Yorkshire’s largest equestrian event, the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials. Running 6 – 9 June, the event is a four day celebration of top flight equine action, family fun, retail therapy, amazing food and adventure for all.

The three show case eventing stages are the main feature of Bramham – the skill of dressage, excitement of cross country and ability of show jumping combine for the ultimate test of courage, skill and ability of horse and rider.  The feature section is the Equi-Trek CCI4*-L where the world’s top riders and horses will be hoping to secure their share of the £18,500 prize pot while the British Horse Feeds CCI4*u25 – L is a discovery ground for future Olympians. The Land Rover CCI4*-S again will provide world class competition for seasoned campaigners and horses on their way up to the top. Former Olympian Ian Stark is in charge of the cross country course whilst chain saw master David Evans is the genius behind building the fences.

We’re on the countdown to the Tokyo Olympic Games next year and Bramham is a perfect proving ground for selection. New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Sweden, the USA and our Olympic hosts Japan will all be represented this year.  Top British names like Yorkshire’s own Nicola Wilson, Gemma Tattersall, Zara Tindall and 2019 Badminton winner Piggy French are all on the entry list this year.

On top of this, there’s top-flight British Showjumping classes where you can watch some great names in action, show hunters, Dubarry Young Event Horse qualifiers, young stock showing and Pony Club activities – the two rings in the trade stand area are never empty! Three new additions have been made to the entertainment. On Thursday there’s a dressage demonstration by leading father-daughter duo Paul and Bobby Hayler where they’ll guide you through equestrianism’s greatest test of training, partnership and communication. Saturday’s packed schedule has been further boosted with the inspiring Open Wide Equine Dentistry Para Showjumping in the Top Spec Arena which shows disability is no barrier to competition.

Sunday is going to be a huge day! Alongside the thrilling conclusion to the eventing, the inagural Saracen Horse Feeds Arena Eventing gives amateur riders the chance to compete on Bramham’s hallow turf.

The 140-strong trade stand village is a shopper’s nirvana – for the equestrian diva, country rose or city dweller alike – there’s something for everyone.  2019 nominated charity Guide Dogs for the Blind will be there fundraising and they’re going to delight the crowds with a display on Saturday and Sunday. There may just be a few puppies to meet on the trade stand while you learn inspirational work to bring independence to those affected by sight loss and throw your spare change in their buckets.

Get your weekend started early with late night shopping on Friday 7 June and entry is free after 4pm. So knock of early, head to Bramham, take in some retail therapy and catch the last action of the day.

Call yourself a foodie? You’ll be in your element at Bramham!  A food hall with plenty of local and farm products where sampling is positively encouraged plus there’s every type of food outlet for any taste when it’s feeding time. There are also licensed establishments on site where you can get a proper pint, flute of prosecco or jug of Pimms and everything in between.  You could of course pack your own, choose an idyllic spot in one of the best parks in the country and enjoy a picnic!

Your four legged canine friend is welcome as long as there’s someone responsible at the end of the lead and any deposits are cleared up.  The Tailwaggers Club will be putting on activities over the weekend and Samsalin Dog Rescue will be operating a dog crèche so you can park Fido while you shop.

Do you like a bit of VIP treatment?  Love getting an exclusive?  Why not get your Bramham experience off to a fabulous start. On Wednesday 5 June, you’ll have a guided course walk with David Evans (he’s got the honour of building at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), then a scrumptious afternoon tea in the historic Gallery in the main house followed by a VIP view of the first horse inspection from the house side.  A great afternoon for any fan, all for just £100, but hurry these tickets are limited and selling fast.

Want to be at the heart of the action?  Then a camping ticket could be just your thing!  Enjoy a four day pass and we welcome caravans, tents, horse boxes – if you can sleep in it, you’re welcome to bring it! You’ll be on site so won’t miss a minute of the action and there’s toilet and shower facilities so you’re well equipped.  As ever, camping is popular and only a few options remain so book today!

Upgrading your ticket to include the prestigious members’ enclosure is a great way to give your Bramham trip a bit of luxury.   Exclusive bistro, members’ bar, ring side seating, which includes dressage commentary from Annabel Scrimgeour and Bobby Hayler, who’s a regular on the BBC, on Thursday and Friday, and members’ only smart toilets are all at your disposal.  Prices start at just £22 plus you’ll need a car pass.

General admission tickets start at £12 if you book ahead – under 12s go free with a paying adult. Advanced booking is recommended as there’s some great discounts to be had but hurry, the box office closes on 5 June.  You can book on line at www.bramham-horse.co.uk where it’s quick, easy and secure.

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Bramham Press Contact: Winnie Murphy – winsome22@live.co.uk or 07967 186556

Should you wish to run a ticket competition in print or on-line please contact Winnie.

Press accreditation is open – you can apply on-line – www.bramham-horse.co.uk – in the press section or download the form.  Accreditation closes 20 May and passes will be sent out the following week.