Fabulous family weekend out at Floors

Oliver Townend  at the Floors Castle Horse Trials
Oliver Townend at the Floors Castle Horse Trials

Floors Castle International Horse Trials kicks off this weekend – and it’s set to be the biggest yet.

The event, organised by the Duchess of Roxburghe and Cindy Onslow, will welcome a host of horses and riders over the weekend.

Perhaps the most exciting event is the Cazenove Capital Management CIC** class, which will see the likes of Oliver Townend and Ben Hobday, who are fresh from successful campaigns at Badminton Horse Trials, the world’s biggest three-day event.

Young riders from across the Sottish Borders will have a unique opportunity to ride alongside the world renowned competitors in a variety of sports.

The BE100 under 18 and Novice under 18 National Qualifying Classes are just one of six chances for youngsters to win a place in the Frickley Park National u18 Championships later in the year.

Competition will be tough for the Scottish Borderers’ as they will compete against riders from seven other regions.

The aim of these junior classes is to recognise the potential future stars of the eventing world so it is wonderful that local equestrians will have the opportunity to shine!

It is not all about the eventing. The Pony Club Games will make for exciting viewing for spectators, as children as young as seven compete in fast and furious gymkhana style games. Last year’s winners from the National Schools Show Jumping Qualifiers at Floors Castle International Horse Trails went on to win and be placed in the Championships later in the year – there are high hopes for the Scottish Borders teams to do the same again this year.

Committee member Debbie Whalley said: “We couldn’t run this event and these amazing classes without our fantastic sponsors. We have local and national businesses generously supporting us.”

Members of the public are welcome to watch the action unfold from 9am to 5pm daily. A Kelso-based dog agility team will be on hand to show off its skills on Saturday and Sunday, and invites visitors to bring along their own dog to have a go themselves.

A shopping village with 35 unique stalls provides the perfect opportunity for a bit of retails therapy.

Floors Castle International Horse Trials take place from May 13-15.

More information is available on its website www.floorscastlehorsetrials.com