Belsay Horse Trials

A great double pager in the Horse & Hound for Belsay!


Belsay International Welcomes its 2021 Equestrian Partners:

Saracen Horse Feeds, Voltaire Design, Equine Products UK, Empire Coachbuilders and Happy Equine.

Belsay International Horse Trials is delighted to welcome its roster of Equestrian Partners for 2021: Saracen, Voltaire, Equine Products UK, Empire Coachbuilders and Happy Equine.  As the event goes international for the first time, featuring the British Pony Championships, a CCI2*L for Juniors and an open CCI2*S, Organisers believe that the involvement of these prestigious brands will help make Belsay 2021 one to remember!

Belsay’s Official Feed Partner, Saracen Horse Feeds is an independent, family-owned business with more than 228 years of experience in manufacturing feeds. Saracen takes pride in its traditional family heritage, and stays true to the founding values of trust, integrity, quality, and commitment to exceptional customer service. This coupled with the very latest research and development ensures the innovative range of horse feeds meets the very exacting nutritional requirements of the modern equine athlete. 

Renowned for feeding world class athletes including Team GBR dressage riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin as well as prolific eventers Izzy Taylor, Sam Griffiths, and Francis Whittington, plus show jumpers Harrie Smoulders and Richard Howley, the range of feeds supports horses across all breeds, activities and stages of life.  In addition to an extensive range of research led horse feeds, Saracen Horse Feeds also offers a free nutrition advice service to support clients in choosing the correct feed for their horse or pony to help reach their performance goals.

Saracen will have an official ‘feed room’ in the residential stabling area at Belsay, as well as a trade stand and a sponsored cross country fence.  They will also be providing product samples and buckets to all British Pony Championship and CCI2*L Junior competitors.

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Laura de Wesselow, Organiser of Belsay International, said: “We are so excited to be working alongside Saracen.  With the British Pony Championships and the CCI2*L for Juniors, Belsay will have a strong youth presence this year – Saracen is going to play a very important role in helping to educate those young riders on the importance of good feeding and how to look after a  top level competition horse.”

Voltaire has been involved with Belsay for some years now and will continue its support in 2021.  The renowned French saddle maker which has reinvented traditional saddlery with its high-end design and technology is now very popular among the eventing and show jumping and used by top level professionals including Oliver Townend and Tina Cook.  Voltaire will be launching a brand new product range at Belsay International this year, sponsoring a fence, as well as providing prizes for the winners of our major classes.

Local North East Brand Equine Products UK has been involved with Belsay for a few years with its familiar trade stand and more recently sponsoring the Cross Country Start Box. Equine Products manufactures and sells horse supplements and tonics worldwide with renowned products such as Selenavite E, Haemavite B Plus and Transvite Excel.  Equine Products will be sponsoring the best turned out Horse at the Trot up for the British Pony Championships and CCI2*L for Juniors.

Empire Coachbuilders is our Official Equine Transport Partner. Empire Coachbuilders bring together over 50 years of experience and build bespoke horseboxes that start at 10t and go through to 26t. Their designs range from the Empire Transporter through to their flagship model, the Empire Ultimate. They are also specialists in service, repair and insurance work.   Empire will be sponsoring a cross country fence as well as a grass roots section at Belsay and providing a rug to the winner of the class.

Happy Equine is fantastic new range of grooming products for horse and pony, 100% natural and British!  The brand will be supporting Belsay International by providing goody bags for key competitors and a range of prizes.


For further information, please contact Laura de Wesselow on 07889 437237


Trade stand and Craft tent applications for 2021 are now OPEN. Application forms available to download in the Trade stand section of the website.




Here at Belsay we are already gearing up for our International Event in 2021 and are so excited to be hosting the British Pony Championships alongside a CCI-S ** competition for seniors.

The British Pony Championships is the pinnacle of the Pony Trials Series for riders aged 16 years and under riding ponies (14.0hh – 14.2hh).  It represents the toughest test for pony riders and is run as a long format international competition over three days to give potential GB Pony Team members vital experience for the European Pony Championships, which take place in August every year.  

We have lots of exciting plans for 2021 and will be doing everything we can to give our competitors, sponsors, volunteers and visitors the most fabulous experience, generous prize money and some great entertainment. 

Belsay Horse Trials already has the infrastructure in place to host an FEI event, with a specially designed ‘International Arena’ which has state of the art sports drainage, as well as a cross country course, which will be re-designed for 2021 by Adrian Ditcham, who was responsible for the track at the 2018 European Pony Championships held at Bishop Burton.

Please do follow this link to look at some of the fantastic photography from our 2019 event.

In addition to our  International and National Eventing classes, we will also be hosting ‘Belsay Sunday’ on 6th June 2021 which will feature an exciting Arena Eventing Competition, as well as our already popular Inter-Hunt Relay and Pony Club Show Jumping, and a host of other family friendly entertainments.

For further information about trade stands, sponsorship or the event in general, please contact Laura de Wesselow on 01661881206 or 07889 437237


A fantastic write up in the ‘British Eventing Life’ magazine for Belsay International Horse Trials 2020!




About Belsay


Belsay Hall, Castle and 30 acres of Gardens are open to the public and managed by English Heritage. The surrounding Grade 1 listed parkland that is the venue for the horse trials, is maintained by The Belsay Trust.

Belsay has a wonderful equestrian heritage. The Middleton family, which has owned the estate for more than 800 years, bred and trained racehorses here in the 18th and 19th centuries and even won the St Leger at Doncaster in 1859 with a horse called Gamester.

The beautiful stables at the Hall are still in evidence as is the old Stallion Park, situated at the bottom of Bantom Hill adjacent to the Castle.

Belsay Horse Trials is organised by Laura and Peter de Wesselow, who live at Belsay and represent the current generation of the Middleton family, alongside a committee of volunteers.

Our thanks must go to all of our very generous sponsors, whose financial support has been so crucial in setting up Belsay Horse Trials. We are also extremely grateful to all the doctors, veterinary surgeons, farriers, judges, starters, timekeepers, jump judges, scorers and the many volunteers who give up their time so generously and without whose help running this event would not be possible.


Contact Us

    01661 881 206
    07889 437237

    Belsay International Horse Trials
    Belsay Estate office
    NE20 0DX