Kirkley Hall Trials prove to be a huge success

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There were 200 competition entries from all over the North East and further afield for the sixth Kirkley Hall Horse Trials at Kirkley Hall Campus.

The trials, part of the British Eventing Competition, saw riders and their horses compete in three disciplines – dressage, show jumping and cross-country in eight sections.

Successful competitors included: BE80 – 1st Amy Watson (previous student from Northumberland College) 2nd Libby Gallon (equestrian apprentice) 1st Harriet Jackson

BE90 – 1st Nick Hodkinson 1st Natalie Ireland 1st Susan Chappelhow Lacey 1st Jade Thompson

BE 100 – 1st Amanda Walker 1st Laura Ritchie Bland

John Tilley, equestrian resource manager at Kirkley Hall said: “It was a pleasure to welcome so many riders from Northumberland and surrounding counties, including many from Scotland and Yorkshire, and great to see so many people enjoying watching the competition and visiting Kirkley Hall.

“We are committed to developing the competition each year and changes to our cross-country course this year include reversing the course routes and adding new fences.

“Our core business is training people for the equine and wider land-based industries, so it is particularly pleasing to be able to hold horse trials and include our students as they learn the complexities of every aspect of event management and indeed competing.

“We would also like to thank everyone for coming and for our sponsors who generously backed the event, including our overall sponsor Close House

Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus offers a wide range of equine courses from Level 1 up to degree level.

Facilities include a 25-horse stable yard, eight DIY stables for students, a demonstration area, two floodlit, outdoor, all-weather arenas, an indoor arena and across-country course.