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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Bramham International Horse Trials

My favourite event of the year, across any discipline... I LOVE IT!!

I try to go to Bramham horse trials every year & am pleased to say I haven't missed a year for about the last five. I usually go for the Friday dressage & Saturday's cross country. If you haven't been and you enjoy equestrian events, it is one I'd recommend!

Countdown to Bramham Horse Trial 2017!


So, why do I love this event so much?

Well, in a nutshell, I grew up living close by to Bramham Park, and keeping my ponies at a livery yard just a stone throw away from the main event gateway. I've many happy memories of hacking through various parts of Bramham - jumping some logs, enjoying adventures in the woodlands, and some great spaces to have a canter!

But if you've not got that on your side...you'll still love it!

The international horse trials take place in a beautiful setting, in the heart of West Yorkshire at Bramham Park. The park was built waaaaay back in 1698, with its setting being born over 30 years by the 1st Lord Bingley (Robert Benson). Today, through all of its history, the same family still lives in the park - Nick & Rachel Lane Fox.

Take a look the setting for yourself in this video:

Back to the horse trials!

Starting in 1974, Bramham Horse Trials is set in front of the beautiful house, with the main dressage arena boasting views for miles around! The cross country runs through a variety of the parkland - woods, open gallops, undulations and boasts two spectator-rich water complexes!

The event is also well-known for its extensive variety of trade stands, from big name equestrian brands to small, local products - it even has its own food hall (delicious!). If you are travelling to Bramham & dressage isn't for you, the event allows FREE ENTRY after 4pm on the Friday every year, meaning you can enjoy a couple of hours shopping, leaving you more time to enjoy the cross country the next day!!

Bramham International Horse Trials 2016

This year was no different - we booked to watch the dressage on the Friday and for cross country day on the Saturday.

Although it was a bit damp on the Friday, it didn't spoil the event at all. We always purchase Member's Area passes so that we have somewhere to shelter from the rain or sun, have a better choice of food & drink, somewhere to sit and watch the dressage, stallion parade & various showjumping events on the Saturday... (plus it's got MUCH better toilets if like me you're not so keen on portaloos!) Some people think it's expensive, but I've always thought that it is good value and a nice addition to your standard tickets.

We did get many photos of the dressage, but got a quick video of one stallion showing off jumping their promotion banners instead of the showjump!

So here's a few photos and videos of cross country day as we enjoyed walking the course. The fences are always creative, with some favourites included every year as well as new additions to watch the combinations go through. Hope you enjoy them and get a good feel for the event for yourself (if you haven't been).

One of my faves - Harry Meade

Yorkshire girl Nicola Wilson

The Equitrek Leap - Carrie Byrom

Owl hole

Ibby Macpherson flying the Leap of Faith!
William Fox-Pitt making any fence look small when he's stood close by!

Bramham Horse Trials - Tickets 

Tickets for the 2017 International horse trials at Bramham go on sale from 1st December 2016 until midnight 4th June 2017 - there's no early bird discounts, so you can book early and plan your trip or book almost right up to gates opening! (Although some tickets do need to be purchased in advance - you cannot purchase on the gates)

All tickets are now electronic, so there's no P&P, and just a small 50p processing charge.

One car parking pass (charged at £2) lasts all days that you visit - providing you don't lose it!

Purchase your tickets here: http://www.bramham-horse.co.uk/tickets/
Photo from Bramham Park

It's not all about eventing! What else there is to do & see during the horse trials.

If it's not just eventing that you enjoy, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained!

  • British Showjumping classes
  • Pony Club games
  • BYEH classes
  • Event & Breeding stock classes
  • Hunter classes 
  • Stallion parade
And there's a shopping village full of exhibitors from outdoor lifestyle products, to local food & drink produce, to equestrian safety specialists, tack shops and clothing, to trampolines, go karts and play activities for young ones!!

We recommend it to any family who love to enjoy the outdoors, especially in the beautiful setting of Bramham Park...

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