Bishop Burton buzzing ahead of precursor to FEI event

Nicola Wilson has two entries at Bishop Burton Hores Trials (Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire).
Nicola Wilson has two entries at Bishop Burton Hores Trials (Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire).
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A EUROPEAN sense of adventure surrounds this weekend’s Bishop Burton Horse Trials, held three months short of the college’s exciting August extravaganza.

Preparations have been cranked up a gear in readiness for the world’s equestrian media descending on the Beverley college for the prestigious FEI European Eventing Championship for Juniors taking place from August 14 until August 17.

But first comes this weekend’s British Eventing Horse Trials for which Northallerton’s Olympic silver medallist Nicola Wilson has two horses entered in Hero Motivator and Treneague.

The college’s annual Town and Country Day is also running on the Sunday, giving visitors and competitors a range of activities to enjoy.

Kim Knightley, Bishop Burton’s equine director, hopes this weekend’s British Eventing showpiece will provide the perfect apéritif ahead of the East Yorkshire college’s coup of hosting a prestigious FEI championship in August.

Knightley knows the televised championships are always accompanied by a real frisson of excitement as this is where many of tomorrow’s stars make their debut on the international eventing stage.

“First things first; we have a busy weekend ahead with the British Eventing horse trials,” said Knightley.

“But there is a legacy stretching before us with the FEI Championships just around the corner.

“We have to grab it with both hands and really hope both equestrian enthusiasts and those who are simply interested in top-level competition – no matter what the sport – will get behind this event.

“Anticipation is palpable in everything, from the course that top class course designer Eric Winter is creating, through to the knock-on benefits for the wider economy of competitors from so many different nations descending on Yorkshire.”

Knightley and her team – many of the students volunteer to get first-hand experience of event organisation – will barely have waved goodbye to the young international eventers when the Pony Club’s National Tetrathlon Championships take place on August 18.

The event involves swimming, shooting, cross-country riding and running.

For further information about the Bishop Burton events visit www.bishopburton.ac.uk.