The 2015 Nunney International Horse Trials take place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June 2015 at Mrs Angela Yeoman’s Southfield near Nunney.
This year’s Nunney International Horse Trials promise to be the best yet with 800 competitors set to compete over the course of the three days.
Given that this event uses the name of our village and that we promote tourism and business in Nunney, Visit Nunney been supportive of the Nunney International Horse Trials since they started in 2012.
In previous years Visit Nunney attended the event with a stand to direct people to the local shop and pub, and last year we entered the competition to be named title sponsor.
The event is staged in the spectacular grounds of the grade II listed Southfield House where visitors are welcome to come along and watch top riders in action in beautiful unspoilt farmland.
For three days, Southfield House becomes a hive of activity and as well as sporting action there’s the chance to browse an eclectic range of trade stands and food outlets, all positioned around the main arena where showjumping takes place throughout the three days of the competition.
Selling everything from saddles to furniture, they will keep even the most seasoned shoppers busy, with benches around the perimeter of the arena enabling you to take a seat and watch the showjumping every now and again.
Then you can head out onto the cross country course and watch all the action over the fixed timber fences. Midway, there’s a coffee stop to refuel.
Many visitors to the Nunney International Horse Trials are sadly unaware that there is a castle with a village shop and an excellent pub just the other side of the course.
The event attracts some of the top names from the sport of eventing international stars, with Zara Phillips, Harry Meade, Sam Griffiths, Kristina Cook and Izzy Taylor all competing there in the past.
Last year’s event was marred by the death of Canadian rider Jordan McDonald, who died when his horse fell on top of him.
An inquest held last week returned a conclusion of accidental death, but called for British Eventing to reconsider their system of checking riders’ safety equipment after concluding that the rider’s body protector did not meet British Eventing’s (BE) safety standards.
The coroner said it was “disgraceful and disrespectful” that Nunney’s safety steward did not attend the inquest. The steward, Major Jeremy Langlands, informed the inquest only a day in advance that he was on holiday in Cornwall and would not be attending – too late for the inquest to issue a summons.
Entry to the event is free on Friday and £12 per car on Saturday and Sunday. Nunney residents can simply walk along the edge of the course to Southfield House from Old Quarry Gardens.
Visit www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk for more information.