British Eventing is making a return to Horseheath and could attract around 600 competitors

Action returning to Horseheath

Action returning to Horseheath - Credit: Archant

British Eventing returns to Cambridgeshire on April 22 & 23, 2017 on the dedicated BE course at Horseheath, situated on the Thurlow Estate, just four miles west of Haverhill, off the A1307, CB21 4QF.

The Horseheath Horse Trials take place over two days and attracts around 600 competitors, from across the region and beyond, who come to compete in classes from BE80 (T) to BE100 in all three disciplines including Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. The cross country course has, once again, been expertly designed by BE Course Designer Tina Ure of Ely Eventing centre and Little Downham Horse Trials. Tina Ure, a British Eventing Accredited Coach, UKCC Level 3 (Eventing Specific) and BE Eastern Region U18 Coach said “Following on from the momentum gathered from a successful, and well attended, first event last year, I am delighted to be working with the team again to create new challenges across the course for 2017”. Horseheath Horse Trials is unique in offering spectators excellent views across the whole XC course from a single vantage point.

The XC course is already well under constructions under the watchful eyes of BE course builder David Carpenter with new jumps arriving daily. It is designed on a figure of eight with a large kidney shaped water splash as the focal point, giving spectators a perfect vantage point which is also close to the secretary’s office and trade stands.

Spectators are welcome, as are dogs on leads, over the two days with plenty of catering from ChipChip Hooray, Jacks Snacks, Mel’s Magical Crepes, Caffee Mobile and The Honest Food Company, Fired Up Pizza and Pimms served from a specially converted horsebox. The entry fee of £5 per person is donated and split between the Air Ambulance Service and Maggie’s Centre Cambridge. There will be plenty of trade stands to peruse including Tiggas Saddlery, Horsebits Clothing and Binders showcasing their new range of detergents. Also new for 2017 there will be a select group of regional Equestrian Artisans showing their wares.

This year’s confirmed sponsors include Carter Jonas, NFU, Duck Plumbing & Heating, Saffrey Champness, Andrew Hodge, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Taylor Vinters, Global Herbs and Binders have agreed to sponsor the Posh Loos – which were a big hit and much admired from last year.

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On behalf of the family, Tim Vestey, confirmed “We were delighted to be able to continue and develop our affiliation with British Eventing and, with the help from Tina, David and our sponsorship partners, build a spectacular brand new course for 2017. The feedback from the equestrian community has been overwhelming and we look forward to the event with enthusiasm as the course takes shape.”

With plenty of on-site parking and easy access off the A1307, Horseheath is getting ready to host what it hopes to be the second of many British Eventing affiliated events.

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Interested parties can be kept up to date with news and progress on the Horseheath Horse Trials Facebook page and on Twitter @horseheath_HT

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