Olympic heroes and a smorgasbord of international eventing talent awaits spectators at the 2014 Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials, which get under way in earnest today at Bramham Park.
Of the London 2013 Team GB silver-medal-winning quintet, seven-time winner William Fox-Pitt will once again be the man to beat.
Almost immediately after scooping the 2012 renewal with Chilli Morning, Fox-Pitt declared his intention to bag an eighth success in 2014 with the Yorkshire-owned Freddie Mac.
New mum Zara Phillips returns with Black Tuxedo in the CCI and High Kingdom in the CIC.
Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson brings Annie Clover and One Two Many, while Kristina Cook and Mary King are on board Star Witness and MHS King Joules respectively.
Kiwi legend Sir Mark Todd rides NZB Campino and Chatsworth CIC winner Amacuzzi, while leading the charge from the continent are France’s Astier Nicolas, Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon and Austria’s Paul Tapner.
With thousands of equestrian fans set to flock to Bramham across the four days. Saturday’s cross-country section is likely to draw the biggest crowd, to see what questions Ian Stark’s course will ask of riders.
But there is a wealth of other elements to enjoy, including today’s Hunter show class, Pony Club mounted games, the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse, Event Horse Breeding and Stock classes, plus the incredible array of stalls and stands in the shopping court.
Daily tickets are available on the gate starting at £12.