Equestrian events and beer festival due at Arena UK in Allington

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Dame Emma Jane Brown, the former international show jumper who dominated the UK equestrian scene for almost two decades, is bringing a new championship event this weekend.

The glamorous rider from Stratford upon Avon, once known as the Bond Girl for her looks and courage, is promoting Equine Sports UK, a new unaffiliated show and championship at Arena UK, Allington from today (Friday) until Sunday.

She explained: “The Olympic legacy has created thousands of young riding enthusiasts who really need grass roots competition to advance their skills and enjoyment of the sport. They need this type of competition.”

There will be 195 events over the three days, covering showing, show jumping and dressage. And on site is a beer festival with live music, an antiques fair, dog show and falconry display.

Emma Jane’s company Revo is sponsoring the equestrian event and she will be on hand to present prizes.

Grantham Beer Festival and live music will start at noon on Saturday and Sunday, finishing at 11pm and 7pm.