to host Australian Final Selection Trial
Highclere Castle, Sunday 25 August & Bank Holiday Monday
26 August 2002
crème de la crème of international event riders
including a squad of shortlisted hopefuls for the top-performing
Australian event team - will be descending on Highclere Castle (near
Newbury, Berks) to compete in the Advanced Intermediate section
on the Monday at The International Horse Trials & Festival of
The Horse (25/26 August). The Australian riders will have all to
play for as they compete for a place on their national team for
The World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain (11-22 September 2002).
They include: Andrew Hoy, Matt Ryan, Bill Levett and Lucinda and
Clayton Fredericks who will be joined by Phillip Dutton (flying
in from the USA) and other competitors arriving from Down Under
on 17 August.
David Green who will be playing host to the Australian riders at
his Marlborough base: I have competed for many years at Highclere
and recommended it as the final selection trial because of the testing
and innovative course and the varied terrain which should give them
a good blow out and provide a great final run.
is one of the top eventing nations in the world today but Britain
will also be among the favourites at this years
World Championships having taken 5 Team Golds and 2 Team Silvers
in the last 10 runnings of this event. Bicester-based William Fox-Pitt
and Surrey-based Pippa Funnell will be amongst the selected British
riders down to compete against the Australian squad at Highclere
up a rare opportunity to compete alongside the top personalities
in the sport of eventing, will be novice riders and horses taking
part in the NEW Pre-Novice classes (including an Open section) to
be held at the venue on the Sunday with the result that spectators
will be able to enjoy two whole days of cross country at Highclere
for the first time.
years Highclere event benefits from the increased support
from Mitsubishi Motors Reading - the cross-country course will include
a Badminton-style Mitsubishi pick-ups fence for the first time and
Mitsubishi will also be hosting a charity luncheon for The Spinal
Injuries Association in a new mobile executive hospitality suite
from Golden Corporate.
improvements planned this year include a more spectator-friendly
layout with the Cross Country Start being routed near the Main Arena
for the first time (and The Finish to be located close-by); with
the Cross Country commentary being broadcast to Main Arena spectators
and across the whole venue.
event riders will also be joined by a host of other competitors
and exhibitors across a wider range of equestrianism to make up
The events Festival of the Horse on the Bank Holiday Monday.
They include: side saddle riders (with a record number of entries
for the jumping and Concours dElegance classes); Performing
Stallions, Dressage-to-Music; American Saddlebreds and Horse Whispering
demonstration by Gary Witheford. There will also be affiliated show
jumping classes on the Sunday.
Highclere Castle and Grounds will be open on both days.
to The Festival of The Horse will be £6 on Sunday and £8
on Monday (Toddlers Free and Children Half Price). These prices
include parking. Gates open from 9am daily. No advance booking is
required. Highclere Castle is located just South of Newbury, off
the A34 Bypass.
For further information visit: www.highclerecastle.co.uk/special_ev.htm
TIMETABLE as at 1.8.02:
25 AUGUST 2002
Show Jumping & Cross Country
Affiliated Show Jumping (inc Newcomers, Foxhunter, Grand Prix)
Dressage (Advanced & Open Intermediate)
Charity Lunch: Spinal Injuries Association
Demonstrations: Horse Whisperer (Gary Witheford)
Festival of the Horse Shopping Village
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
Cross Country (Advanced & Open Intermediate Eventing)
Dressage (as above)
Show Jumping (as above)
Woodstock Furniture Side Saddle Classes
More Demonstrations: Horse Whisperer, Dressage-to-Music, Performing
Stallions, American Saddlebred
Festival of the Horse Shopping Village