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 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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