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This year’s entry at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials,7 – 10 June, is one of the most global ever with no fewer than 13 countries represented across the three eventing competitions. In the Equi-Trek CCI3* and British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3*, for the ‘home side’, local rider Nicola Wilson brings her 2017 European team gold and individual bronze partner Bulana, owned by James and Jo Lambert and 2015 European team silver medallist One Two Many, owned by Gerry and Mary Kemp and Janine Shewan. ‘Mr Bramham’ William Fox-Pitt is looking to take his Bramham title tally into two figures and has three rides to help him in the search; Luxury FH owned by Catherine Witt, Fernhill Pimms owned by Catherine Witt and Carol Gee and Bay My Hero owned by Catherine Witt. Other top Brits include Pippa Funnell, who has won at Bramham three times, last year’s BETA CIC winner Izzy Taylor, 2017 European team gold medallist Ros Canter and 2016 CIC winner Gemma Tattersall.
Sam Ecroyd heads the British Horse Feeds u25 CCI3* with two rides, while his other half Emily King has Dargun entered. Katie Bleloch, Yasmin Ingham and Chuffy Clarke are also notable entries in the hunt for the title which has put many now top names on their way to making it professionally including Zara Phillips, Pippa Funnell and Kristina Cook.
Three time Bramham winning Kiwi Andrew Nicholson spearheads the international entry but France are sending a ‘tour de force’ with 22 entries from 18 riders, with great representation in all three classes. With 11 entries the Irish are also looking for their share of the prize money on offer. From the United States to Japan, South Africa to Australia with plenty of European countries to boot, it promises to be a global celebration of all things eventing.
The finishing touches are just being made to the park in readiness for the horses and riders, plus of course thousands of visitors ready to watch the world’s best, shop ‘til they drop and take in this little corner of Yorkshire splendour, which also plays host to the Leeds Festival. Ian Stark has set two stunning cross country tests, both built by chainsaw master, David Evans and his team while the two arenas, supported by Equi-Trek and Top Spec feature wall to wall action. As well as the dressage and showjumping phases for the eventing, there’s showing, young stock classes, Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers, a selection of British Showjumping classes and Pony Club Mounted Games and Showjumping.
The online box office has now closed but tickets are available on the gate (cash payments only).