Devon draws top international riders for three-day eventing trials

Stars of the equestrian world descended on Devon last weekend (24th-26th April) as Bicton Arena hosted its first International Horse Trials.

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Devon draws top international riders for three-day eventing trials

Set within the Grade 1 listed parkland that forms part of the Clinton Devon Estates, over 800 riders from across the globe travelled to East Devon to compete in dressage, show jumping events and cross country – including top names such as New Zealanders Sir Mark Todd and Jonathan ‘Jock’ Paget as well as the Westcountry’s very own Olympian Mary King and her daughter Emily.

An impressive 2000 spectators were greeted by excellent conditions across the three day event, with a light rain shower late on Saturday afternoon providing a welcome relief to previously very dry conditions.

Bicton Arena Manager Helen West said: “We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to host the international trials and doing so has definitely provided Bicton Arena with the opportunity to showcase its potential and scope as a world class venue.”

Helen added: “Feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive and the atmosphere throughout the weekend was electric. It was very exciting to have such big names riding our courses.”

With such an impressive line-up, notable companies from across the South West were keen to sponsor the three day event including Rathbones, a leading provider of investment management services, accountants Francis Clark, Mercedes Benz South West, Everys Solicitors, Harrison Lavers & Potburys Estate Agents, Mole Valley Farmers, Wray & Co Jewellers and Acanthus Press.

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