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SET ON THE MARLBOROUGH DOWNS, JUST OVER THE BORDER IN WILTSHIRE, THE ST JAMES’S PLACE WEALTH MANAGEMENT BARBURY INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS TAKES PLACE FROM 9-12TH OF JULY. LIKE ALL OTHER TOP EQUESTRIAN EVENTS, THE TRIALS ARE HELD IN THE MOST BUCOLIC OF LOCATIONS. ALTHOUGH BARBURY CASTLE ITSELF IS NO MORE, THE INDENTATION OF ITS FOUNDATIONS DATING BACK OVER 2500 YEARS AGO STILL PENETRATES THE LANDSCAPE OF THE ANCIENT RIDGEWAY.

The purpose-built competition arenas and cross-country course play host to an abundance of Olympic riders and horses in addition to a wealth of shopping and attractions. Unlike the four star Badmintons and Burghleys, Barbury is classed as a three star event by the eventing governing bodies. Simply put, this means the dressage test is less technical and the jumps are smaller and are created in simpler combinations, so to educate the younger horses and the less experienced jockey. Yet, don’t be fooled - three star events are not to be sniffed at. The Olympics, for example, are created to a three star standard, to ensure a greater number of nations are able to compete. We equestrians in the UK are spoilt when it comes to top eventing competitions, blessed with castles and palaces and their supporting parklands - we have become accustomed to the cream of eventing competition. Barbury may well be three star but year on year it welcomes a plethora of international equestrian talent.

little help from his grey gelding Avebury) dominated the competition, making history with a hat trick of wins. This winning combination is set to return this year to defend their title for a fourth year.

Previous competitors include our own homegrown top riders. Not to mention New Zealand Olympian, Andrew Nicholson, who has (with a

And it isn’t just the pinnacle of eventing talent who will be competing. Saturday visitors will also be treated to an all star celebrity relay race, ‘jump

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Zara Phillips and AP McCoy

jockeys versus event riders,’ that last year saw such equestrian talents as seven times champion jockey John Francombe, Sam Twiston-Davies and twenty times champion jockey, AP McCoy MBE, challenging the likes of Olympians William Fox Pitt, Mark Todd and Zara Phillips, all in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. And if that wasn’t enough equestrian action,

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