Quality entries at Burgie International Horse Trials
Entries have now closed and are looking good for the CCI** and CCI* at Burgie International Horse Trials, Forres June 15 to 18.
With the decision taken to run short format only due to it's increased popularity over long format, the CCI** boasts 44 entries to date with the CCI* 60 entries. The two day and one day novice sections are equally well supported as is the all new Dodson and Horrell Moray Riding Club event for local amateurs.
Riding in the CCI** at Burgie International Horse Trials will be Olympic champion and Scot Ian Stark OBE with Kilmacomie and William Morris, fellow Scot David Gaitherer on Rockhill Kashmir, Ruth Edge on Colour Co-ordinated, Caroline Powell on Mac Macdonald and Young Rider team gold medallist 2005 21 year old Scot Sarra Mayberry will be riding Tell Tarragon.
Meanwhile 24 year old European Championships rider Oliver Townend - named for this year's team at the World Equestrian Games in Germany in August - has four rides in the CCI** short format namely Eldmire Foxy Lady, Golden Hue, Saxon Cross and Woodhouse Ben.
Ian Stark also has two rides in the CCI* short format - Bilingual and Kingsland II - with Oliver Townend competing Roquefort and Caroline Powell on Ferny II and Got the Look. As well as competing in the International classes, Ian Stark has generously offered to give a guided cross country course walk at Burgie International Horse Trials, Forres. Donations are to be divided between the International League for the Protection of Horses and Riding for the Disabled Association, two charities very close to the hearts of Burgie's Lochore family.
Sponsorship for this year's CCI** comes from Classic Malts Selection (formerly Classic Malts of Scotland) owned by Diageo with the CCI* sponsored by The Malcolm Group. easibed have stepped in with a sponsorship deal for the Novice Two day Event, Global Highland are sponsoring the Novice, and Dodson and Horrell have kindly sponsored the new Riding Club Event.
Burgie International Horse Trials' busy schedule kicks off with the International Classes followed by the National including a Junior Qualifier for the National final in Shropshire in October.
A new ring on Saturday (June 17) and Sunday (June 18) will feature showing classes including Working Hunter, Working Hunter Pony, Ridden Clydesdales plus Mountain and Moorland ridden and working hunter pony. Friday (June 16) plays host to the Arena Event with classes for Intro and Open Pre-novice.Top Scottish showjumper Andrew Hamilton will be heading north to give two "masterclass" demonstrations in the main ring at Burgie on Saturday (June 17). Andrew - Carluke based, born and bred - will be bringing a Grade A showjumper on which he will demonstrate riding related distances and shortening/lengthening stride plus a young, novice horse on whom he will demonstrate gridwork techniques. Also on hand will be side-saddle riding/jumping plus two demonstrations from the Scottish Vaulters who are currently in training for the World Equestrian Games. For dog lovers, Burgie offers a lurcher show, sheepdog duck and sheep herding as well as the ever popular Terrier racing. Music will be on hand throughout the day thanks to Forres Pipe Band plus shopping enthusiasts will be able to work their way round the trade stand village.
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