Organisers of Nunney International Horse trials, which take place from June 16 to 18, have announced that the winner of the Tarmac-sponsored CCI2* will receive £1200 in prize money.
Upper limit prize money will also be in place for all classes at the event whose title sponsor is YMCA Mendip on behalf of Mrs Angela Yeoman, owner of Southfield House where the event is staged.
Additional sponsors include Roger Penny Plant Hire who will supply six Thermatex rugs in the company’s well known brown and yellow racing colours.
Organiser Bridget Parker said: “We are delighted to be able to increase the levels of prize money this year which is due to the very generous sponsorship we have received from Tarmac and YMCA Mendip on behalf of Mrs Yeoman plus a number of other sponsors. YMCA Mendip will also be fund raising at the event with a raffle, with the top prize a holiday in the Scottish Highlands on the Kingairloch Estate.”
The event is staged in the spectacular grounds of the grade II listed Southfield House where cross country course designer Helen West has reversed the track to give it a fresh feel while retaining features which have worked well in previous years.
The CIC2* will be near maximum distance and will ask a good variety of questions at this level with the aim of encouraging horses into a rhythm and jumping confidently at the beginning of the track, and to build up to asking the bulk of the questions at the appropriate point in the course.
The intermediate track will follow a similar route to the CIC2* but will omit one loop and a couple of the combinations will be slightly more straight forward.
The Novice track is near maximum distance and will be educational for horses at this level, asking similar questions to the higher level tracks but in a simpler version.
The BE100 will also have an array of questions. For example it will include water, a half coffin, drop, corner and an angled combination. All courses will be flowing and promote good jumping, offering horses a positive experience.
Tradestands and an eclectic array of catering stands will also be on site for the duration of the competition where entry is free for spectators on Friday and £12 per car on Saturday and Sunday.
The cross country for the CIC2* and intermediate classes is scheduled for Sunday starting at 10am, but there is action over the fixed fences on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with showjumping in the main arena in front of the house over all three days too. Visit www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk for more details.