08 March 2011

British News: World Class Event draws International names to Lincolnshire

The annual Lincolnshire Horse Trials will take place on the 18th to 20th March at the Lincolnshire Showground at Grange de Lings.  International riders will head up an exciting three day event when this year’s Lincolnshire Horse Trials gets under way, with up to 700 competitors expected to take part.

The 2011 event plays host to competitors taking part in dressage, show jumping and cross country over the three days at one of the introductory levels of Eventing (BE100) up to Novice and Intermediate levels.

Once again, selectors for the British Pony Team are expected to be on the lookout during the Charles Owen Pony Trials that are also held.

The venue is recognised as an excellent event for early season because the flat, well drained ground is a good proving ground for both horse and rider.

International names attracted over recent years include 2010 British Senior squad member Piggy French, household eventing names such as Oliver Townend, 2011 Burghley winner Caroline Powell, plus Sharon Hunt, Polly Stockton and Ruth Edge. In addition to Piggy, William Fox-Pitt and Nicola Wilson, both members of the Gold medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games last year will be in action plus New Zealand’s legendary Mark Todd. 

The event has also positioned itself as a showcase for local Lincolnshire rider talent. Last year’s successes included local Walesby rider Emily Parker who took the under-21 Open Intermediate section on Treefers, her 2009 Young Rider Team Gold Medal Winner. In recent years, Emily has had a stream of successes including runner up in the Pony Club Championships and Junior Regional Novice Championships in 2007. She was also fourth in the U-21 Eventing National Championships at Weston Park.

Last year’s event provided record visitor numbers and Show director Charles Hood is hoping to build on that success in 2011. He said: “Our courses have a good variety of well-built straight forward fences, designed to give confidence for early season and it’s run over flat, extremely well-drained light land, giving ideal going.”

The event draws large visitor numbers to the county each year, providing a boost to the local economy, and is organised by Lincolnshire Events Centre on the showground site at Grange-de-Lings, which is also home to a major national conferencing venue and the groundbreaking EPIC green building project.

The full running order can be found on www.britisheventing.com

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