14 May Saturday
Brigstock International Horse Trials is relocating to Rockingham Castle. The Castle, built on the instructions of William the Conqueror, stands on the edge of the Welland Valley on the border of Northamptonshire and England smallest county, Rutland.
With the sale of Brigstock Estate, owner David Laing was looking for a new home for the trials he has spent many years developing. British Eventing were particular interested in retaining such an important event in the region and discussions with Rockingham Castle Estate proved successful. The event will be taking place in the beautiful Great Park with outstanding views over the surrounding countryside.
James Saunders Watson, owner of Rockingham Castle said
“This is an outstanding achievement for Rockingham. The establishment of a major international equestrian event is a success not just for Rockingham but for the region as a whole. The Great Park is an outstanding show ground with all the ingredients required to host a large equestrian event”.
The course is being designed and built by international acclaimed designer Philip Herbert. Philip has a reputation for building imaginative and creative courses and jumps enjoyed by riders and spectators alike. His skills have been honed on the international courses at Burghley.
Philip Herbert, international course designer said
“To build a new course from scratch is without doubt every course designer’s dream. The setting provided at Rockingham is outstanding, standing, as it does on the escarpment looking out over Rutland. The course will be varied, challenging and exciting for the riders and, provide easy viewing for spectators”.
David Laing, Chairman of Brigstock Horse Trials at Rockingham Castle said
“I am absolutely delighted that Brigstock will continue and have a new lease of life in the beautiful parkland setting at Rockingham Castle. The event has built up a first class reputation amongst riders and visitors. The space available at Rockingham will allow the event to grow and develop into a major regional event”.
The Horse Trial will take place at Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough, Leicestershire over the weekend of the 17th – 19th May 2013.