A huge welcome to owners coming to Belsay

Here at Belsay we are always trying to improve our offer for owners and riders by providing better facilities, fantastic competition and good prize money.  We are passionate about our event and hope that you enjoy your experience here.


EHOA Owners Marquee at Belsay International

Belsay International is delighted to host a Marquee for the Event Horse Owners Association this year.  Situated directly adjacent to the Corporate Hospitality Tent by the Main International Arena, the EHOA tent will be open to welcome owners with tea, coffee and other light refreshments from Wednesday 31st May to Sunday 4thJune 2023.  Owners will be able to watch Dressage and Show Jumping direct from the marquee and we hope you will also enjoy walking out across our Grade 1 listed Parkland with its excellent viewing to see your horses go cross country.

If your horse is competing in our CCI2*-L please do come and watch the first and second horse inspections which will take place in front of Belsay Hall.

More International Classes and a Team Competition!

Alongside the Pony and Junior British National Championships, Belsay will host a CCI2*L, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S and CCI1* Intro international classes this year, as well as national classes from BE90 to Open Intermediate … so there is plenty of choice for your riders and their horses. 

Also new for 2023 is the inaugural Project Pony Allstars @ Belsay Team Competition! Project Pony All Stars @ Belsay will involve approximately 10 teams, each made up of riders from the British Pony Championship, British Junior Championship and a minimum of two senior riders from the international classes. These teams will compete against each other to win the Project Pony All Stars @ Belsay title. Points will be awarded to team members across each discipline, with the best overall team score winning. There will be a £3,000 prize pot which will be shared amongst the senior riders finishing in the top three teams, and non-cash prizes for the Pony and Junior riders.

Teams will be selected at random, with a live draw to be made prior to the start of the event.

The idea is to encourage interaction and collaboration between the riders, allowing youth riders the opportunity to team up with the stars of the sport they all look up to, but also giving senior riders a chance to meet and encourage the great group of youth riders that are coming through the system. Most importantly we hope it will be a fun competition for all to enjoy. 

Northumberland Challenge

Belsay has teamed up with Alnwick Ford and Burgham International Horse Trials to offer a fantastic accumulator prize fund worth a total of £45,000, specifically to attract more top riders and their owners to Northumberland.

Sponsored by A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products, Encon Technical Solutions Ltd and N.I.S. Group Services Construction Ltd, the 2023 Northumberland Challenge offers horse and rider combinations entering the CCI2*-S and CCI3*-S at Belsay (31st May – 4th June 2023), Alnwick Ford (23rd -25th June 2023) and Burgham International Horse Trials (27th-31 July 2023) the opportunity to win cash bonuses of up to £20,000 (for the CCI2*-S) and £25,000 (for the CCI3*-S), as follows.

  • Horse and rider combinations who achieve a top 3 placing in the CC12*-S at all three events will win a £2,000 bonus. Those that achieve a top 3 placing in the CCI3*-S at all three events will win a £3,000 bonus.
  • A horse & rider combination who wins the CCI2*-S at two of the three events will win a further £6,000 bonus, so a total of £8,000. A horse & rider combination who wins the CCI3*-S at two of the three events will win a further £7,000 bonus, so a total of £10,000.
  • A horse & rider combination who wins the CCI2*-S at all three events will win a further bonus of £12,000, making an amazing total of £20,000. While a horse & rider combination who manages to win the CCI3*-S at all three events will win a further £15,000 bonus, making a fantastic total of £25,000.

Oliver Townend, who won the CCI2*-S at Belsay in 2022, is extremely enthusiastic about the series: “We had a brilliant time at Belsay last year, winning the CCI2*-S and the first leg of the Northumberland Challenge.  It’s a special place, well worth the trip North and more people should make the effort to go there.  I’ll be back this year!”