Trials at Floors attracts British stars of the saddle

Emily Galbraith at Floors Castle during horse trials.
Emily Galbraith at Floors Castle during horse trials.

Some of the country’s best event riders will be appearing at this weekend’s Floors Castle Horse Trials, held by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe.

Dressage takes place behind Floors Castle on the north side, with the international CIC* and CIC** classes being held on Thursday, while Friday sees the cross-country and showjumping sections of the international classes, as well as the open intermediate class.

Out on the cross-country course, Ian Stark and his team of course builders have spent the winter designing and building four spectacular new courses, from CIC** to novice level. In addition, Angus Smales has designed two new courses at British Eventing BE90 and BE100 levels.

The cross-country will now run in the opposite direction from previous years and will take in a whole new area of parkland which has never been used before.

It spans from the Golden Gates in Kelso, down to the Tweed, and along to the parkland just south of the adventure playground, plant centre and walled garden. This also includes some exciting new feature fences, including the new Adam & Company water complex and the Malcolm Group bank for CIC* and above.

There’s increased prize money across the board. The total prize pot for the CIC** and CIC* classes is a record £6,750; with the winner of the CIC** taking home £1,200, a £500 Devoucoux voucher and a weekend for two at the Kinloch House Hotel, valued at £950. The winner of the CIC* will take home £750 and a £500 Devoucoux voucher.

Local rider Emily Galbraith from Jedburgh has seven horses entered including three for the CIC1* – Fernhill In Action, IPW Nom De Plume and HD Bronze.

Last year’s CIC2* winner Oliver Townend comes to the event from his 11th place at Badminton horse trials last week with five horses and GB Olympic team rider Nicola Wilson has Ngong Hills and Bulana entered in the CCI**.

The Burghley Young Event Horse classes will be held on Friday for four and five-year-olds, with a Retraining of Racehorse classes taking place on Sunday. There will be a National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Championship Show Jumping Qualifier on Saturday, with individual and team classes from 70cm-1.10m.

Local pony clubs will take part in a mounted games challenge on Sunday afternoon and the Sealpin Gundogs will be appearing on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is £5 per person with under-16s going free.