Half-price tickets for horse trials

Organisers at Burgham Horse Trials have halved the cost of entry to this weekend’s event in a bid to encourage an excellent turnout to support everyone from traders to supporters to competitors alike.

All classes in British Eventing will go ahead as planned on Saturday and Sunday, and it is hoped the additional Intermediate and Open Intermediate Eventing originally scheduled for today will take place on Monday instead.

Other attractions will include a Companion Dog Show on Saturday and Sunday and a retail village offering countryside and lifestyle shopping.

British Showjumping classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday have all been called off due to the persistent rain which has dogged most of the country for several weeks, meaning there is no action today.

In another gesture, organisers are offering a full refund to traders who choose not to come this weekend, given the losses many have already suffered due to the full cancellation of many of equestrian events this year, including Badminton, Chatsworth, Gatcomb, Aske and Eglington.

In addition, all competitors who were previously due to compete today are being offered free stabling for their horses on Sunday night, enabling them to compete on Monday.

Event director David Nicholson said: “Obviously it is frustrating that the British Showjumping is not going ahead, but we are delighted to be able to able to put on at least two full days of eventing this weekend as planned for riders and spectators who have had so much disappointment this year with events totally cancelled.

“For both spectators and traders missing out as a result of the cancellation of British Showjumping we have decided to halve the entry cost from £15 to £7.50 per day, or offer a full weekend pass for Saturday, Sunday and Monday for only £10. We hope this gesture will be rewarded with huge crowds each day.

“British Eventing members who arrive with their membership cards and children aged 12 and under can come in for free. Advance weekend passes purchased by spectators via the event website will be valid for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Those who paid £15 for these will receive an automatic £5 refund in the post.”

Riders will be competing in the BE90, BE100 and Novice classes on Saturday and Sunday. A decision by British Eventing on whether the additional Intermediate and Open Intermediate classes which had attracted entries from international Olympians will be run on Monday will be announced as soon as possible.

The Burghley Dubarry Youing Event Horse Qualifiers have been moved to the nearby Todburn Equestrian Centre, running at the same times as scheduled.

For further updates, visit www.burghamhorsetrials.co.uk or the event’s Facebook page.