Belsay Horse Trials offers a warm welcome to visitors.  Our volunteers are never far away to offer assistance and to help you.  The weekend event hosts over 500 amateur and professional horse riders competing against one another.  There is a shopping village, a huge range of caterers, dog displays and family amusements.  We offer a great family day out where you are welcome to bring your dog and a picnic should you wish.  Tickets can be purchased on the gate or in advance via the tickets page and parking is free of charge.

Timetable of Events 2019

Saturday 1st June

Dressage Field

Dressage from 8am (BE100 Under 18, BE100, Intermediate, Open Intermediate, Open Intermediate Under 21, Novice Regional Final, Intermediate Novice, Novice and Novice Under 18) – All Day

Womble Bond Dickinson Arena

Show Jumping from 9am – (BE100 Under 18, BE100, Intermediate, Open Intermediate, Open Intermediate Under 21, Novice Regional Final, Intermediate Novice, Novice and Novice Under 18) – All Day

Out on the course

Cross Country from 10am – (BE100 Under 18, BE100, Intermediate, Open Intermediate, Open Intermediate Under 21, Novice Regional Final, Intermediate Novice, Novice and Novice Under 18) – All day

Competition to finish at 7pm approximately

Arena 2

BSPS Working Hunter Ponies and Mowden Hall Event Pony Classes from 10am – All Day

Borthwick’s Boarding Dog Arena

10am Lammermuir Gundog Display

10.30- 2pm Borthwick’s Boarding Scurry Displays & Have a go & Northumberland Dog Agility Displays & Have a go

2pm Lammermuir Gundog Display

2.30 – 4pm  Northumberland Dog Agility Displays & Have a go

Shopping Village

9am – 5pm

Hospitality Tent

2pm – Public Bar & Live Scoring Tents open

Final Prize Giving approximately 7pm



Sunday 2nd June

Dressage Field

Dressage from 8am (BE90, BE100 & Novice) – All Day

Womble Bond Dickinson Arena

Show Jumping from 9am (BE90, BE100 & Novice)- All day

From 5.30pm – Jobling Purser Sponsored Inter Hunt Relay

Out on the Course

Cross Country from 9.30am – (BE90, BE100 & Novice)

Competition to finish at 5.30pm approximately followed by final prize giving at The Hospitality Tent

Arena 2

Milbry Hill Sponsored Pony Club Show jumping Team Competition from 10am – All Day

Borthwick’s Boarding Dog Arena

10am Lammermuir Gundog Display

10.30 – 2pm Northumberland Dog Agility Displays & Have a go

2pm Lammermuir Gundog Display

2.30 – 4pm Borthwick’s Boarding Scurry Displays & Have a go & Northumberland Dog Agility Displays & Have a go

Shopping Village

9am – 5pm

Hospitality Tent

2pm – Public Bar & Live Scoring Tents open

Final Prize Giving approximately 5.30pm

RIDER PHOTOGRAPHY NOTICE

If you do not wish to be photographed by our official photographer Action Replay Photography 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.

PUBLIC PHOTOGRAPHY NOTICE

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 admin@belsay.com in advance.

Thank you for your co-operation.

What is Eventing?

It’s one of very few sports that genuinely allow people to compete equally, whatever their experience.

Men and women, amateurs and champions, young and experienced horses all compete fairly against each other, making it truly exciting for riders and spectators. Visitors can watch the dressage, show jumping and cross country phases which take place simultaneously throughout each day of competition.

EVENTING IS AN ALL-ROUND TEST OF HORSEMANSHIP.

Dressage Phase

Dressage is the first phase of the competition for the riders and takes place at the east end of the main show field. This phase is designed to test the training and discipline of the horse and rider and consists of a pre-set test which is judged subjectively by an experienced dressage judge. The leading rider will be the one with the lowest penalty score after this phase.

Cross Country Phase

Cross-country is the final phase of the competition and, for many, the most thrilling. Essentially it is all about trust between horse and rider. The rider needs to judge pace and speed in order to complete the challenging 22-25 fence course run over approximately 3000 metres. Competitors are given penalties for any refusals or falls during this phase and they are also required to complete the course within an ‘optimum time’. Failure to do so results in further penalty marks being given. The rider needs to be confident and quick thinking to complete this phase successfully, and also needs to have that ‘special partnership’ with their horse. (With thanks to A7EHF Photography for the attached image).

The Womble Bond Dickinson Arena - Show Jumping Phase

Show jumping is the second phase of the competition in a one day event. Competitors are required to jump a clear round over a course of coloured poles and fillers within a set time limit. Faults are accumulated for knock-downs and refusals and will be added to the competitors dressage score. The Show jumping phase may seem simple but it demands accuracy, athleticism and, especially when under pressure, a calm head on the part of both rider and horse.

Arena 2 - Working Hunter Pony & Pony Club Showjumping

Arena 2 hosts competitions specially designed for the younger competitors. On Saturday there are Working Hunter Pony classes and Event Pony classes. On Sunday there will be Pony Club Team Showjumping with riders competing from local pony clubs.

Inter Hunt Relay sponsored by Jobling Purser

On Sunday afternoon after 5pm The Main Arena will host an Inter Hunt Relay competition. This is a team event where local hunts compete against one another on horseback, foot and on quad bikes. It will be fast, exciting and will be full of thrills and spills. Come and cheer on your favourite team.

Family Amusements

A large selection of family rides, inflatables, go karts, games and amusements will be on site around the Main Arena for your family to enjoy throughout the weekend. Open from 0900-1700 hours there is plenty of fun for everyone.

The Dog Arena sponsored by Borthwick's Boarding Kennels

Throughout the weekend the Dog Arena sponsored by Borthwick's Boarding will host displays from The Northumberland Canine Centre and from Lammermuir Gun Dogs. There will be a "have a go" dog agility course and a scurry with prizes. You are very welcome to bring your dog to Belsay (on a lead please).

The Shopping Village, Catering Stands & The Public Bar

Open both days the shopping village surrounds the Main Arena. There are over 40 trade stands selling farm machinery to clothing, and also a huge range of catering stands to suit all tastes and appetites. The Hospitality Tent opens to the public at 2pm each day serving local beers, wine and spirits. Here you can meet competitors and catch up on the live score boards.