Barbury International Horse Trials welcome the world’s best event riders - as Andrew Nicholson targets sixth consecutive win
New Zealander eventer Andrew Nicholson, who is based at Lockeridge, has his sights set on a sixth Barbury CIC*** title in a row. Nicholson, seen here at home in Lockeridge with Nereo, is currently ranked the world number two event rider.
He is bringing eight horses for the four days of competitions at the St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials - 6-9 July.
Sixteen nations are represented and over 1,000 horse and rider combinations will compete, featuring some of the best in the world. The stage is set for this world class sporting and equestrian spectacle with a packed programme - including:
• Leg 3 of the 2017 Event Rider Masters series
• One international CIC*** competition
• Three international CIC** competitions
• British Eventing, Arena Eventing, Burghley Young Event Horse classes and the Retraining of Racehorses Championship
• Other equestrian events include the Hunt Scurry, Pony Club showjumping and all the fun of the JCB Champions Challenge - with many famous riders taking part
Most notable of Andrew Nicholson’s entries at Barbury is his 2017 Badminton hero Nereo who, at seventeen years young, will aim to defend his 2016 Leg 3 Event Rider Masters crown.
Prior to last year’s victory on Nereo, Andrew had also won the previous four Barbury CIC*** competitions riding the grey Avebury - a favourite with the crowds.
With a mouth-watering line up of forty of the world’s best horses and riders in the Event Rider Masters (ERM) competition this year, Andrew will have to produce another world class performance to continue his Barbury achievements.
Between them, the ERM field boasts an impressive medal haul at team and individual Olympic, World and European championship level.
With the ERM cross country run on the Sunday afternoon and riding in reverse order, there will be a nail biting display of eventing action right until the very last horse and rider set out on the famous Marlborough Downs course.
Nicholson says Nereo is ready for Barbury: "We have been cantering him and other Barbury-bound horses on the estate’s all-weather gallop. This will be his first run since his Badminton win, he is in good form and our aim is to secure a sixth Barbury title and the ERM leg."
"The riders are really targeting the ERM series now as the prize money is such a great incentive, which could make my job of defending the ERM and Barbury crown even tougher!"
“The ERM series is fantastic for eventing as it’s important for the future of the sport to reach wider audiences via the TV coverage. Furthermore, with Barbury being organised by ERM this year and with some new interesting spectator initiatives planned along with a world class field, I expect everyone will enjoy a great showcase of Eventing action."
"I look forward to seeing everyone at #Barbury2017!”
Advance discounted tickets and hospitality for the St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials are available to book at Barburyhorsetrials.co.uk until 6pm before each day.
Tickets will then be available to purchase on the gate. Thursday: Free entry, Friday: £10pp, Saturday and Sunday: £20pp. Under 12’s go free.
For information Barburyhorsetrials.co.uk or @BarburyCastle or #Barbury2017 or Facebook Barbury International Horse Trials.
Lead photo of Nicholson and Nereo by Catherine Burrell