Advance ticket sales are now available for the 2019 Fairfax & Favor Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials, which will take place from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May.
The Castle’s Great Park is the perfect venue for a competition of this magnitude, with more than 145 acres of spectacular parkland and stunning views of the Welland Valley for competitors and spectators to enjoy. Also with the benefit of a central location in the heart of the east midlands – it is easily accessible from the M1, A1 and A14 – Rockingham International is definitely one of the dates in the eventing calendar not to be missed.
The Horse Trials offer a great day out for all the family with plenty to see and do, a wide range of trade stands to be explored and a variety of delicious food and drink stands on site selling everything from coffee and cake to ostrich burgers! There is even a have-a-go dog agility ring so canine family members can get involved.
Riders from around 20 nations are expected to compete over the three days, so there will be plenty of opportunities for eventing fans to see their favourite riders in action. In addition to the international classes, the Loomes Championship will also return this year – where the Advanced Intermediate or Open Intermediate competitor who completes the cross country course closest to the optimum time will receive the hugely generous prize of a hand-produced watch made by Robert Loomes & Co in Stamford. With previous winners including Sir Mark Todd, Oliver Townend and Jonty Evans – you can be sure to see some top-class cross country action as riders battle it out for this sought-after prize.
Not surprisingly, opportunities for amateur riders to compete at this incredible venue are also hugely popular and, once again, Pony Club Team Show Jumping, Riding Club Team Show Jumping and Arena Eventing classes will be available. There will also be qualifiers for the prestigious Burghley Young Event Horse.
Castle owners, James and Lizzie Saunders Watson are delighted to be opening up their stunning estate once again: “The Horse Trials is a great highlight of the year for our family and something we all look forward to,” says Lizzie. “It is a privilege to be able to host such high-quality sport at Rockingham and we look forward to welcoming competitors and spectators for this year’s event.”
The event will be sponsored for a second year by the luxury lifestyle brand, Fairfax & Favor. Co-Founders of the brand, Felix Favor Parker and Marcus Fairfax Fountaine, said: “We are so pleased to be sponsoring the fabulous Fairfax & Favor Rockingham International Horse Trials. Last year, the event was a roaring success. Rockingham International has been a firm favourite of ours in the show calendar and to sponsor the event for the second consecutive year is an honour.
“We are very much looking forward to a working alongside the organisers to make the event another huge success for 2019.”
Ticket prices start from just £10 for adults and £3 for children, with children aged five and under getting in free. A 10% discount is available if tickets are bought before the event – enter the code HT1910 when booking online For more information and to book tickets visit www.rockinghamcastlehorsetrials.com.
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