Take a walk through the wildlife at Hendersyde Park Horse Trials

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EXCITING new developments await both horses and riders competing at this year’s Hendersyde Park Horse Trials next month.

An action-packed sporting and family weekend of fun begins on August 3, when again the Agnew family open their park to host the event and raise money for charity. This is the 10th year of running and so far more than £35,000 has been realised for a variety of causes, including the Margaret Kerr Charitable Trust.

This year the introduction of internationally-acclaimed course sculptor David Evans, who has produced some superb carved fence art to enhance the Ian Stark-designed course, is bound to draw attention. The water splash has been transformed by three eye-catching salmon obstacles and has attracted new sponsors in the form of Kelso-based retailer Tweedside Tackle, which also supports a BE 100 class. Additional creatures set to make an appearance include an otter, Scottie dog and elephants.

D & J Waldie of Lauder, which undertakes contract farming work, is welcomed as new sponsors for 2013.

Another new development for Hendersyde is the introduction of the Scottish and Northern Novice Championships, sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management. This class will run on Sunday, August 4, as an intermediate novice.

The weekend is not all about horses, as the show provides a good range of entertainment, from Pimms in the Park, to dog agility and pet show, trade stands, a high level of catering options, pony club games and a retrained race horse showing class.

On Monday, August 6, the Jed Forest Hunt is holding a hunter trial round the BE90 track.

The event will include clear-round show jumping and all entries will be taken on the day for anyone who is interested in tackling this popular course.

The organising committee has been fortunate with its main backers who have supported the event from the beginning, namely M & J Ballantyne, Kraiburg, Belhaven, The Scottish Bloodstock Agency, The Malcolm Group, J S Crawford Estates, The Mussel and Steak Bar in Edinburgh, Central Carpets, Charlotte Agnew Eventing and Dalton Demolitions, and would like to thank them and the army of volunteers who make the event possible.

James and Livy Agnew extend a warm welcome to all attending the event.