Poplar Park continues to attract some of the very top equestrian riders to Suffolk

This rider made a great recovery they were very close to a bath in some very muddy water.

This rider made a great recovery they were very close to a bath in some very muddy water. - Credit: citizenside.com

In its 34th year Poplar Park Horse Trials continues to attract top national and international riders.

But as well as hosting a highly anticipated sporting event it quietly and consistently provides important financial support for local charities.

It is no surprise that once again the Poplar Park Horses trials have attracted top riders for the weekend of March 11/12.

Over 34 years the reputation of the event and its cross country course, planned and designed by Burghley course builder Joe Weller, continues to grow. Rolex Grand Slam winner and three time Olympic medalist Pippa Funnell MBE, Olympic medalist Sharon Hunt and from New Zealand Olympic medalist Caroline Powell, are among the many riders making the journey to Suffolk this year.

Bo Hardwick, part of the team who manages the event said: “It’s great to see so many competitors coming back this year. The going is particularly good at the moment and riders and spectators alike are sure to have a thoroughly enjoyable two days.”

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Very much a family affair, the Hardwick family works tirelessly, supported by their many volunteers and organising committee to make this a great event.

Bo continued: “Our passion is to make our events and in particular the annual Poplar Park Horse Trials, the best they can be but it’s also important to us to support our local communities.

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“We are delighted to raise money for these worthy causes and to see the difference it makes”.

One such charity, Riding for the Disabled (Hollesley Group), is facing a challenge this year, needing to raise over £50,000 to support their move to a new home. Trustee Suzanne Hammond said “Poplar Park work extremely hard on our behalf and we are hugely grateful for their support.”

The event also offers the opportunity to bring your dog and take part in dog agility. Trade stands provide equipment for riders as well as country wear, craft and agricultural stalls.

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