EVENTING: Big international entry for Gatcombe this weekend

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: William Fox-Pitt who is among the world class field at Gatcombe this weekend William Fox-Pitt who is among the world class field at Gatcombe this weekend

RIDERS from 15 nations will compete in the Land Rover Gatcombe Park Novice and Intermediate Horse Trials this weekend.

Leading riders entered include Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend together with famous New Zealanders Blyth Tait and Andrew Nicholson who are joined by Frenchman Leonard Goerens based in nearby Crudwell.

Now in its 22nd year, with continuous support from Land Rover, the event takes place on a course designed by HRH The Princess Royal and her event organiser Pattie Biden, utilising a different area of the Gatcombe Park Estate to that used by the Festival of British Eventing in July.

Starting at 9am on both Satruday and Sunday, dressage, show jumping and cross-country phases run throughout.

Gatcombe Park is situated at Hampton Fields, midway between Minchinhampton and Avening.

Spectator admission is £6 for a car and all occupants and £4 for a programme. For full information visit www.gatcombehorsetrials.co.uk.

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