Arrival on site means the countdown can begin for real

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One week today will be cross country day at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials – arguably the most exciting of the four days, writes events assistant Laura Jennings.

It combines excitement, stamina, endurance, agility and usually a little bit of drama! We’re hoping for glorious weather, but come rain or shine, you will be in for a treat. We have a very high-class field entered this year, including seven-time Bramham winner, William Fox-Pitt, and world champion Sandra Auffarth.

The majority of the structures are now complete, including the main marquees, the pre-built trade stands, the stables and the various cabins that are in numerous locations around the site. Those who ‘like’ our page on Facebook will have seen the daily site build photos. Sponsors’ advertising boards are springing up all over the place, our Stable Manager arrives tomorrow, trade stand holders start setting up their stands and the majority of officials arrive from Monday, and the ‘official’ business starts on Tuesday afternoon with the Ground Jury (the judges) walking the cross country course to approve it before it officially opens to competitors on Wednesday.

I move onto site today, which makes the long days a little easier without the hour commute either end of the day. I’m hoping to get out on the cross country course over the weekend to see how it is coming together. Having such an interest in the sport of eventing (I competed at Bramham in the 90s, at Badminton in 2000, and have an intermediate event horse now that I compete in my ‘spare’ time) makes the Event so interesting. It’s fascinating to walk the course with Ian Stark, the designer, whose courses always ride well – they tend to scare the riders, but give confidence to the horses – big, bold and galloping.

Our telephone box office closed on Wednesday, and our online box office closes at midnight tonight for those wanting to take advantage of the discounted advance prices.

I’m afraid that we have sold out of camping packages, but tickets for each day will be available on the gate.