Keeping things fresh at horse trials

One of the new carved jumps at Hendersyde Park designed and sculpted by David Evans.
One of the new carved jumps at Hendersyde Park designed and sculpted by David Evans.

One of the Borders’ finest eventing venues will be open to the public this weekend for an action packed sporting programme.

Hendersyde Horse Trials will be running British Eventing classes up to Intermediate Novice level, including classes for retrained racehorses.

The Agnew family very kindly open their park once a year to host the trials and raise money for charity. They have exceeded a challenge to raise £10,000 for the Margaret Kerr Charitable Trust and this year will be supporting The Borders Children’s Charity.

Hendersyde also donated £1,000 toward the cost of a custom built racing wheelchair for Ancrum athlete Gemma Scott, and with the generous help of additional Hendersyde connections and the wider Borders public, Gemma now has the funding required and is hoping to compete in the Jed 10k in October.

The horse trials courses are always kept fresh and interesting and this year there are new jumps and tracks, with a pair of fine carved ducks at the water complex. Internationally-respected jump sculptor David Evans has worked with the Hendersyde team and course designer Ian Stark to provide a challenging yet beautiful track in the rolling park land.

Another new innovation for this year is a training class, where competitors can receive coaching before each phase. Kate Paskins will be on hand for the dressage, Stephanie Robson will be coaching the show jumping and David Gatherer will be supporting the cross country. The class is designed to encourage riders to improve their skills and give them the confidence to compete at higher levels.

The trials encompass the Scottish and Northern Novice Championships which, thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, led by the Mussel and Steak Bar, has a top prize of £500.

The Hendersyde team like to look after their competitors and visitors and welcome all to enjoy the sporting weekend, when there will be the popular Pims in the Park, a range of retail opportunities and spectacular views of the valley.