Belton Horse Trials set to attract huge crowds

Belton Horse Trials. Harry Meade on Wild Lone. Photo: ES Photography
Belton Horse Trials. Harry Meade on Wild Lone. Photo: ES Photography
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Thousands of visitors from all over the country are expected to flock to Belton House this weekend for the annual International Horse Trials (April 17-19).

Apart from the packed equestrian programme, the event includes a wide range of activities, from a classic car display to a dog show and from a long distance run to a stroll around up to 100 trade stands.

Belton House general manager Alec Gordon said: “The Belton Horse Trials has built a reputation as an event which has something to appeal to everyone, whether from town or country.”

For ladies who like to ‘lunch’, today (Friday) is your day. A special ‘Ladies Day’ ticket for friends or larger groups includes a prosecco reception sponsored by The Trickling Tap, a three-course lunch, complete with tea provided by The Teaspoon Tea Company, and a flower arranging demonstration by Catkin Flowers of Fulbeck.

There are more than 100 stands set around the three event arenas to help make your day. Look at the latest fashions at Joules, choose boots from Fairfax and Favor or simply browse through the country craft marquee.

Sponsored by Lincolnshire County Council, Friday’s competition offers plenty for those who want to see some of the Grantham Cup competition, which draws an international field of the world’s top riders including the world numbers one and two, Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and New Zealand’s Jonelle Price. The Grantham Cup competition, sponsored once again by Lycett’s, concludes on Sunday.

Bede Events’ Stuart Buntine, who organises Belton Horse Trials, said he is delighted to welcome Listers as title sponsors for Saturday’s CIC 2* class and as official vehicle suppliers for the event. He said: “It is this kind of backing from local companies which is vital in making events like Belton Horse Trials possible and we are extremely grateful for their support.”

Visitors can relax with a coffee while watching the main arena activities at the Ringside Pavilion, which is open to all Belton House and horse trials visitors and is situated on the edge of the oval.

And why not give your dog a fun day out by taking it to the Jerry Green Dog Show to compete for the happiest dog prize on Sunday? Or if a more fast and furious activity is your dog’s thing, have a go at agility on a purpose-built course.

The event is centred around the horse trials, at which some of the world’s leading riders will be competing in their first major competition of the season.

Advance tickets are still available online.