Hendersyde Park ready for another successful trials

HENDERSYDE Park Horse Trials has raised an amazing £31,000 over the last eight years for local charities.

The main charities supported have been the MRI scanner appeal and the Margaret Kerr Charitable Trust – both at the Borders General Hospital – alongside Help for Heroes and the Mark Davies Injured Riders’ Fund.

This year the trials will be held on August 4 and 5 and will be supporting the Margaret Kerr Charitable Trust, which is raising money to build and run the first palliative care unit in the Borders.

The aim is to raise £10,000 over the next three years for this special unit. The horse trials has also supported wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn, who was paralysed after an accident at home in 2010, with £1,000 towards the cost of a new racing chair.

Run by a hard working and committed team, who year on year put in many dedicated hours to ensure a well-run event, the trials are hosted by James and Livy Agnew, with support from local sponsors.

The team has already been hard at work, despite the rain, to deliver what is sure to be another successful event.

Once again, some very generous sponsors have stepped in.

The Mussel and Steak Bar and Dalton Demolitions sponsor the novice classes, with Central Carpets heading the intermediate novice class.

The BE90 Scottish Championship is sponsored by Belhaven, with M & J Ballantyne supporting the exciting water fence. JS Crawford Estates, The Malcolm Group and The Scottish Bloodstock Agency are all backers of BE100 classes.

Charlotte Agnew, James and Livy’s daughter, who has recently opened her own eventing yard, is sponsoring three sections of the BE90 and will be attending over the weekend.

The event also provides a range of other activities. They feature a novelty dog show, pony club games and two important qualifiers comprising both the Scottish Tattersalls Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Series, where the winners will qualify for the final at the Royal Highland Show in 2013, and the Lycetts-sponsored four-and five-year-old qualifier, for the British Eventing Young Horse Championship that will be held at the Osberton International Horse Trials in September.

Much time and effort has been spent on developing and improving the dressage arenas for this year, with a major cross-country course overhaul planned for next year with the help of Ian Stark.

On Monday, August 6, the Jedforest 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.

James and Livy Agnew would like to extend a warm welcome to all attending the event, which is sure to provide a great sporting and family weekend for everyone.