We are absolutely delighted to announce that British Eventing has awarded Belsay Horse Trials the contract to host the British Pony Championships (CCI-S2*BCP), as well as a CCI-S 2* for all other competitors from 2020-2025.
The British Pony Championships is the pinnacle of the Pony Trials Series, currently sponsored by Charles Owen, 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 this year take place in Strzegom, Poland from 15-18 August 2019.
The venue and date for the 2020 European Pony Championships have not yet been announced. Past Pony Trials competitors who have gone on to enjoy success through Junior, Young Rider and Senior ranks in British Eventing include local heros Ben Hobday and Jamie Atkinson, as well as other top young eventers including Laura Collett, Bubby Upton, Yazmin Ingham, Sam Ecroyd and Richard Coney.
Laura de Wesselow, organiser of Belsay Horse Trials, is delighted at the news: “As a family, we have been involved in Pony Trials since 2016, so we are thrilled that now we can give something back to the sport by hosting this prestigious championship at Belsay. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Janet Plant and her family, who have run the British Pony Championships at Brand Hall for the past 19 years and hope that we can continue to do as good a job as they have done.”
“Set in beautiful parkland against the backdrop of Belsay Hall and Castle, we have one of the most stunning British Eventing venues which has excellent road access, being only 10 miles from the A1. We have lots of exciting plans for our International Fixtures in 2020 and can promise all our competitors that they will be very well looked after, with fantastic facilities, generous prize money and some great entertainment.”
Paul Graham, Acting Sport Manager of British Eventing said: “Belsay Horse Trials already has the infrastructure in place to host an international 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 2020 by Adrian Ditcham, who was responsible for the track at the 2018 European Pony Championships held at Bishop Burton”.
For further information, please contact Laura de Wesselow on 01661 881206 or 07889 437237