Floors Castle Horse Trials all set for May 18 and 19

Equestrian Ian Stark on his course at Hendersyde near Kelso.
Equestrian Ian Stark on his course at Hendersyde near Kelso.

Floors Castle Horse Trials will celebrate its 21st birthday on May 18 and 19 with the introduction of an array of new classes and Olympic rider Ian Stark as course designer for the higher level sections.

Stark represented Great Britain in five Olympic Games, was European Champion in 1991 and won Badminton Horse Trials three times.

Now a course designer, he has put together courses at Chatsworth International Horse Trials, Bramham International Three Day Event and Hopetoun International Horse Trials, to name but a few.

Organiser Jamie Innes said: “Eventing in Scotland has lost too many fixtures this year – we want Floors Castle Horse Trials to be a shining light for eventing in the north.

“We may have been running for 21 years, but we will keep trying new things to keep the event fresh and moving forward. £The introduction of Ian Stark as designer of our new international classes this year is a massive coup.

“This really puts Floors on the map and we hope to attract more well-known riders from across the UK as a result.

“Our competitor numbers should exceed 500 for the first time this year, and with the plans we have in place for 2014 and beyond this is just the beginning.

“The end of Thirlestane Horse Trials four years ago left a huge gap in the Borders sporting calendar – Floors Horse Trials is on the way to stepping into those big shoes, and it is a very exciting time for everyone involved.”

For information about Floors Castle Horse Trials, or to become a member or sponsor, contact Jamie Innes at james.innes2@virgin.net. Entry is payable at the gate on both days (£10 per car) and you can follow Floors Castle Horse Trials on twitter @FloorsCastleHT and on Facebook.