2024 Abandonment

There is no denying that it has been incredibly tough, but we are focussing on the positives.

Sadly, we are not going to be able to create a replacement event this year.  Belsay Horse Trials has so many ‘moving parts’ with so many officials, judges, contractors, volunteers etc, that it’s almost impossible to rebook everyone, let alone get all our competitors, trade stands and sponsors back on a date that works for all.

Refunds and Insurance: We have already refunded all of our competitors 100% of their entry fee.  We are in also offering refunds to our trade stands and sponsors but many of them have been incredibly generous and are ‘rolling over’ to next year.

Thank you all for your support and understanding – we have received so many lovely messages– it really is heart-warming.  Please, rest assured we will be back, bigger and better for 2025!

2025 Competition

We 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.

The organisers will make the going their top priority and it is likely to be perfect.  There are two water complexes and a mix of natural permanent obstacles and portables. This is an ideal viewing course for owners, trainers and family.

Our showjumping arena has state of the art sports drainage and our dressage arenas are sited away from the Main Arena and Cross Country course in a quiet area of the park. Our event is supported by live scoring.

Charity course walks and competitor welcome parties

Back for 2025… watch this space!

Northumberland Challenge 2024/2025

British Eventing venues Belsay, Alnwick Ford and Burgham International Horse Trials are delighted to announce the launch of the 2024 Northumberland Challenge, which will include the CCI3*-S, CC2*-S and for the first time, the BE100 competitions across the three venues, with a total potential prize pot of £61,000.

Hambro Sport Horses will headline the CCI3*-S challenge, N.I.S Limited sponsor the CCI2*-S challenge, with InXpress Tyne & Wear and Equestrian Eye taking joint sponsorship of the BE100 challenge. 

Following the abandonment of Belsay International 2024, we have spoken to our sponsors (Hambro Sport Horses, N.I.S Group Limited, InXpress Tyne & Wear and Equestrian Eye) and McClarrons, the specialist insurance brokers that help to make the Prize Pot, and the good news is that the Northumberland Challenge will now ‘roll over’ with the final to be held at Belsay International 2025.

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A look back at 2023


Scotland’s Wills Oakden, a regular competitor at Belsay, won the first leg of the big money prize pot CCI2* Northumberland Challenge with last year’s winning jockey Oliver Townend in second place, this year Hialisca de Takan, and North Northumberland’s Emily Orpwood in third on Dinadan.

Generously sponsored by N.I.S. Group Ltd and Encon Technical Solutions Ltd, the CCI2* Northumberland Challenge runs across Belsay, Alnwick Ford and Burgham International Horse Trials offering horse and rider combinations entering the class at all three venues the opportunity to win up to £20,000*.


The CCI3*-S was won by Yasmin Ingham on her World Championship winning horse Banzai du Loir.  Yasmin and Banzai (owned by Jeanette Chin and the Sue Davies Fund) cruised to victory on a 22.3 dressage with just 2 time faults cross country as a prep run for their next CCI5* appearance at Lumuhlen later this month.  In second place was Alex Palmer and her own Global Supernova and another good performance put Wills Oakden in third on Keep it Cooley, owned by his wife Stephanie and Rachel Wood. Oliver Townend riding Sir John Peace and Charlotte Cole’s Crazy du Loir came in fourth and Yasmin Ingham took another top spot, in fifth on Rehy DJ, also owned by Jeanette Chin and the Sue Davies Fund.

The CCI3*-S, a new international fixture at Belsay this year is also part of the CCI3* Northumberland Challenge prize league sponsored by A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products, which is worth up to £25,000 across Belsay, Alnwick Ford and Burgham International Horse Trials.*


Another new international class, the CCI1* Intro Class was a win for the “In it for the Gin” Syndicate, made up of local Northumberland owners Charlotte Ridley, Mary Ann Reay, Clare North-Lewis, Rebecca Wilson, Ant and Kate Best, Gavin and Lou Dunn and Sara Thomas. MHS Global Cooley was ridden to victory by North Yorkshire’s Sara Bowe.  In second place was Charlotte Cooke on her own horse Jewel and Larua Patterson came in third on Edelweiss V.


                                                    Athalens: Official Photographer


If you do not wish to be photographed by our official photographer Athalens during the competition, please let the show secretary know in advance and notify the photographer in the arena as you enter. If you do not wish to be filmed on the XC course by Eventful Life please let the show secretary know in advance.


Photography and/or filming will take place at this event.

The photographs and films will be used by Belsay Horse Trials for the purpose of promoting its activities and may be published on the website and circulated to the press and other media organisations for publication, transmission or broadcast.

If you do not wish to be filmed/photographed, please speak to the show secretary at the event or speak to the photographer concerned at the event.

Any queries can be sent to the event organiser via email at horsetrials@belsay.com in advance.