This year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials (June 9-12) has added excitement because it’s an Olympic year and organisers will be aiming to create a carnival atmosphere of their own.
A few riders, however, will be hoping that their performance in Yorkshire secures a ticket on the plane.
Event Director Nicholas Pritchard said: “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. 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.”
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.
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 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, families are catered for with a tented village, packed with trade stands, food courts, and a family zone.
“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,” said a spokesman.
“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.”
Thursday and Friday are dressage days for the eventing competitions, Saturday features show jumping for the CIC sections and all four sections will tackle Ian Stark’s cross country challenge. The Event Rider Masters champions will be crowned by the end of the day.
Sunday is the culmination for the three-day eventer with the final showjumping.
Visit www.bramham-horse.co.uk, @BramhamPark