International Olympians could be heading back to Northumberland next month after the organisers of Burgham Horse Trials were asked to host two classes for a cancelled event.
Burgham will now include the Intermediate and Open Intermediate Eventing which should have run at Aske Horse Trials in north Yorkshire at the weekend, but was cancelled due to further heavy rainfall last Friday.
It means up to another 150 top-class eventers competing on the opening day at Burgham, Friday, July 13, with organisers having just two weeks to prepare the intermediate course.
Competitors due to appear at Aske included members of the New Zealand, French, German, Finnish, Portuguese and British Olympic teams.
Event organiser David Nicholson is confident the Burgham team will be able to pull it off, despite the short notice.
“British Eventing contacted me earlier this week to see whether we would be able to accommodate the Intermediate and Open Intermediate classes from Aske should the event be cancelled,” he said.
“We had a highly successful advanced event at Burgham in March, which included an intermediate class, so we have a top-class course already in place and the ground has held up extremely well to all the recent rain.
“We were delighted to be asked by British Eventing to host these additional classes, which is a fresh tribute to the quality of the whole operation here at Burgham.
“I would appeal for volunteers to act as fence judges on the Friday afternoon to contact me at david@burghamhorsetri als.co.uk or by calling 0191 432 8870 ext 1.”
See www.burghamhorsetri als.co.uk for details of tickets, accommodation and stabling.