The 2016 Nunney International Horse Trials take place from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 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. Former Olympic gold medalist Bridget Parker has taken over the reins as organiser of the event.
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 in 2014 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.
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.