- February 4th 2014
This year Barbour is backing the Belsay Horse Trials and has been announced as the event’s headline sponsor.
The trials take place at Belsay Castle in Northumberland on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014. Held for the first time last year, the weekend attracted 4,500 people and was considered a resounding success by officials, competitors and public alike, becoming an important date in the equestrian calendar for all.
This year, 500 competitors will compete in the two day event in classes ranging from BE90 to Open Intermediate. A new Intermediate Cross Country course, designed by Ronald Alexander and built by Rory Bosweel and John Fowlds of Auchinlech, will attract more high profile competitors to the event, which last year included Olympic Silver medallist Nicola Wilson.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens which are managed by English Heritage and open to the public provide a beautiful backdrop to a weekend of equestrian competition.
Like Barbour, Belsay has a wonderful, rich heritage. The Middleton family, which has owned the estate for more than 800 years, bred and trained racehorses in the 18th and 19th centuries, even winning the St Leger at Doncasted in 1859 with a horse called Gamester.
Find out more about the Belsay Horse Trials here.