Brightling Park International Horse Trials celebrate 25 years in business

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OLYMPIC equestrian stars from riders to the course builder are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the annual CIC** Brightling Park International Horse Trials on July 16 and 17.

The two-day event, which takes place at Brightling Park near Burwash, regularly attracts about 400 entries from all over the world including Olympians Pippa Funnell and Sharon Hunt.

Organiser Gardie Grissell said this year there will be a special silver jubilee fence to mark the milestone.

She added: “The second water complex will be called ‘The Jubilee Water’ to commemorate this landmark birthday.

“We are very proud indeed that Brightling Park International Horse Trials has been going for a quarter of a century.”

Over the weekend there will be three national and two international classes.

The 24 fence cross-country course, which was designed by Olympic course builder Scott Brickell, has seen both water complexes cleaned and renovated to ensure safe thrills and spills.

It’s hope last year’s two star winner Gemma Tattersall will be back to defend her title and stake her claim to the £1,500 prize fund.

Olympian Tina Cook won Brightling Park trials on Miner’s Frolic in 2007.

She said the event is one of the finest in the south of England. “Gardie and his team think of every detail to ensure both riders and spectators are well catered for throughout the event.

“I am working flat out at present to make sure my horses and I are fit enough for July.”

The day is well worth attending, whether people are followers of top class horse trials or looking for a day out in rural East Sussex.

Closing date for entries is July 6. Entry on the day is £15 per car with a concession for single occupancy. Children under 14 go free. Dogs are welcome on leads. Gates open from 8.30am.

For information visit: www.brightlinghorsetrials.co.uk or ring: 01424 838241.