Weston Park, the 17th century ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford, which today is run by a charitable foundation, once again hosts the International Three Day Event which has attracted over 500 entries from the world’s leading riders from eight nations. This year’s also incorporates The Festival of Youth, an end of season celebration of eventing for riders aged 21 and under.
The superbly constructed cross country course, designed by Janet Plant, runs over the rolling wooded parkland. The fences are solid and inviting in the true Weston Park style. The course will follow a similar route to last year with the exciting water complex which will challenge the competitors and delight spectators.
Festival of Youth
This year in addition to the Charles Owen Pony 3DE (CCNP*) and the long-standing KBIS regional team and individual ON U18 Championships, Weston Park is delighted to host the inaugural BE 100 U18 Championship as well as the Patey Corne sponsored National U21 (CCIYR2*) Championship.
The Pony 3DE section boasts both up and coming Pony riders as well as established competitors such as Britain’s Charles Owen European Championship rider Chelsea Pearce with her team ride, Catherston Nutsafe. The KBIS ON U18 Midlands team are back to defend a third consecutive team title against the seven other teams from around the UK.
Following the generous support from Sport England, this is the first year that British Eventing have had a National Championship at BE100 level for riders under 18. This level of competition was formerly celebrated with Area Finals but this generous funding means that young grassroots level riders have the chance to get a vital Championship experience. All riders in the Championships have qualified via regional qualifying competitions in each of BE’s eight ‘Under 18’ regions.
The CCIYR2* has a new title sponsor this year in the shape of Patey Corne to celebrate the traditional hat makers new BSI approved riding helmet. Contesting this class is British Racesafe Junior team member Emily King, individual European bronze medallist Will Furlong as well as former Pony European medallist and British Junior squad member Sophie Beaty as well as Ireland’s recent European team gold medal winner Harold Megahey.
Weston Park also integrates the final leg of the Patey Corne OI U21 rankings with a triple-point value being added to the finale. Leicestershire-based British Young Rider squad member Alex Liddle leads the rankings going into the series finale.
Contesting this years’ CCI2* which is again generously sponsored by David & Catherine Witt are international circuit regulars Angus Smales (GBR), Bill Levett from (AUS), Irish senior squad member Jonty Evans and Sam Griffiths (AUS) who recently had two top 20 placings at Land Rover Burghley to name but a few popular faces in the section.
The line-up for the newly sponsored Boultons Arenas and Gallops CCI* section includes former World and Olympic champion Karen Dixon and Ian Stark as well as recent Burghley campaigner Simon Grieve and former British Pony medal winner Sam Ecroyd.
The competition starts with Dressage from 2pm on Thursday and from 8.30 am on Friday; Cross Country on Saturday from 8.30 am and Show Jumping on Sunday from 8.30 am.
There will be a variety of trade stands including country clothing, equestrian products and fashion accessories. Full catering and fast food outlets will be available throughout the event.