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· The Armathwaite Hall Country Fair and Strongid-P Horse Trials was first held in 1999 and is again centred on the 4-star Armathwaite Hall Country Hotel bordering Bassenthwaite Lake, bringing proven expertise to the varied hospitality opportunities. Alongside the event’s corporate sponsors, the VIP marquee will welcome local businesses, event horse owners and private parties wanting to simply enjoy excellent food and drinks amongst the ambience of a top class sporting occasion in the Lake District.


Friday, June 30

  • Country Fair Arena - showing classes (horses)
  • Lakeland Arena - showing classes (horses)
  • Main Arena - Burghley Young Event horse 4 and 5-year-old qualifiers
  • Horse trials dressage (pre-novice and novice)
  • Childrens’ Fair and Trade Stands

Saturday, July 1

  • Horse trials dressage (pre-novice, novice, Strongid-P Classic & advanced)
  • Main arena - Horse trials showjumping (pre-novice and novice)
  • Horse trials cross country (pre-novice and novice)
  • Country Fair, Childrens’ Fair and Trade Stands

Sunday, July 2

  • Horse trials dressage (advanced)
  • Main arena - Horse Trials showjumping (Strongid-P Classic & advanced)
  • Horse trials cross country (Strongid-P Classic & advanced)
  • Country Fair, Childrens’ Fair and Trade Stands
  • The Strongid-P Classic section puts up the first car - a brand new £25,650 TD5 Discovery jointly sponsored by the event and Lloyd Landrover - ever offered as a horse trials prize in Britain and is the culmination of the Classic Discovery Series, which also involves three other advanced events in the UK. The car enhances the £16,000 Strongid-P Classic cash prize fund and puts the Armathwaite Hall total prize pot on a par with the famous Badminton horse trials
  • The Country Fair entertainment programmes run throughout Saturday and Sunday and promise a great family weekend.

- There will be terrier racing in which visitors can enter their dogs, gundog displays also aimed at audience participation, the perennially popular hunt parades and the Lurcher Club of Great Britain will stage long jump and high jump competitions.

  • There is to be a separately run qualifying competition for the Countryside Alliance Terrier Championship and displays of falconry staged by Trotters World of Animals.
  • The horse trials cross country course runs through the Trotters animal park and all visitors to the event can enjoy free admission to Trotters throughout the weekend, where they can see both farm animals and more exotic species, including gibbons, lemurs, wallabies and reptiles.
  • A second, family arena will host a variety of entertainment specifically for younger visitors, including the Strombolis sword-swallowing and fire-eating extravaganza and two former British trampoline champions - Wax ‘n Wain, performing a comedy trampoline and high bar act.
  • Brass bands and jazz bands, plus a piper will add atmosphere to the large number of trade stands that make the event a shopping ‘must’. There is also a childrens’ fair, which like the trade stands, is open on all three days.

For further details and an interactive course walk please visit Armathwaite's website -
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