In the North Nottinghamshire countryside work is well underway in preparation for this year’s Osberton International Horse Trials, set just off the A1 on the outskirts of Retford. For four days at the end of September, the great and the good of the eventing world descend upon this quintessential private estate for an end-of-season festival celebrating the best young sport horses in the country. For over forty years Osberton has been home to this wonderful competition and the past two years Osberton International has been rebuilding and developing multiple cross country courses that twist and wind their way through the acres of picturesque Park and Woodland, offering horse and rider a host of demanding challenges, questioning skill and steel from start to finish. Visitors and spectators meanwhile can enjoy a stunning visual delight set in some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery you could wish to find, anywhere in the country.
Away from the action on the course, this year sees a host of family attractions from “Have a go Archery” with Robin & his Merry Men to Family Fun Dog Show for all to enter (providing you have the required ‘man’s best friend’). Also again this year sees the return of the Central Tavern, placed in perfect position astride the main arenas, where riders and spectators alike are able to enjoy some fantastic food and refreshments, soaking up the atmosphere and gossip from in and out of the saddle. Over 40 Trade Stands will be offering end of season bargains to provide that essential element of retail therapy, rounding off that perfect day out in the country.
Osberton 2011 really is a celebration of the equine stars of the future. Along with the international CIC 1* & 2** competitions there are the 4, 5, 6 & 7 year old championships finals, which sees the culmination of 25 regional heats from around the UK reaching its fever pitch conclusion over the Osberton weekend. National champions in all age classes will be crowned. If this was not enough you will also be able to see in-hand classes for best Mare & foal, Yearling and Two year olds celebrating the best progeny from Britain’s prestigious sport horse breeding plus the BEF Futurity finals will be held on the Saturday of the event. But it’s not just the young horses that get the opportunity to be the stars as there will be a Pony Club show jumping competition where teams from across the region will be pitting their wits and skill to win a £500 training bursary sponsored by Chukka & Shipley Structures.
This will truly be a festival fun day out for all the family; whether you’re interested in horses or just enjoy a perfect day out in the country. Tickets are available in advance online or on the gate and range from £10 per car (not per person) on the Friday to £15 per car on Saturday and Sunday with over a 30% reduction for advanced booking before the 23rd September.
For further information and a full timetable on what’s happening over the festival weekend visit www.osberton–horse.co.uk or call 01949 829061