KBIS has sponsored a fence at Gatcombe Horse Trials for the last two years along with being the Official Insurance Provider to the event.
The event this year will run from the 2nd to the 4th of August and the weekend sees competitors of the highest calibre competing for five British Championship titles: The Magic Millions British Open CCI4*-S, the Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship, the Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship, the TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup and for the second year running The Festival will host the RoR/NTF Retrained Racehorse Event Championship. With so many Championship titles on offer The Festival is a true showcase of the sport.
The famously demanding cross country course takes centre stage over the weekend and the Magic Millions British Open sees competitors run in reverse order of merit making for an exciting climax as the leader sets out last to try and win the coveted title. The Park Bowl is one of the best places to watch the action unfold at the end of the course – you will not want to miss a moment of the excitement.
The main arena hosts the showjumping phase of the competition and then transforms into the centre of family entertainment with a whole host of displays and competitions. Family favourites include the greatly anticipated, Shetland Pony Grand National, the Pony Club Mounted Games and falconry display which always thrill the crowds. On Saturday the Pony Club will be celebrating its 90th Birthday with an ambitious global gathering at Gatcombe, the home of its patron HRH The Princess Royal. Membership to the exclusive Hamptons International Garden Club with its great dining options allows you ringside seating throughout the weekend.
Arena Eventing at both 90cm and 100cm in the Harrington Arena allows young riders and enthusiastic amateurs the chance to compete alongside their idols on the Sunday. Also, in this arena the popular Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Series showcases the event horses of the future. To keep canine members of the family happy there is also ‘Have a Go’ Dog Agility.
Beyond the main arena The Festival Food Walk offers foods from around the world as well as local treats for you to enjoy. The avenues of quality shops and unique and bespoke gifts in the Rural Craft Tent means there is ample opportunity for some retail therapy during your visit.
By staying in the caravan park, only a short stroll from the main field, you can fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere making sure you don’t miss a moment of the action.