Entries for Rockingham International Horse Trials near Corby set to reach 1,000

Lauren Shannon  and Quality Purdey at Rockingham Castle Brigstock International Horse Trials 2013
Lauren Shannon and Quality Purdey at Rockingham Castle Brigstock International Horse Trials 2013

More than 850 entries have already flooded in to take part at the annual Rockingham International Horse Trials this month.

Entries have been open barely three weeks for the renowned annual event at the park at Rockingham Castle, which will take place this year on the weekend of May 22 to 24.

Over the course of the weekend, riders will be competing for the chance to win a £7,500 watch, handcrafted in the UK and presented by Stamford watchmakers and official event timekeepers Robert Loomes & Co.

The coveted prize last year went to Irish rider Austin O’Connor, who completed the cross-country race closest to the target time.

Event administrator Andrew Norman said: “Entries for the past two years at Rockingham have surpassed all my expectations, and I hope will do so again this year.

“I find it hugely exciting watching the numbers grow each day through the entries system – especially when they pass the 1,000 mark.

“But that is also when the pressure begins to build, I start praying to the weather gods, and go through my remaining to-do list with increasing fervour so as not to leave any stone unturned before the event kicks off.”

This year, the event has received extra interest from Burghley Young Event Horse and Arena Eventing classes, while the British Showjumping programme and Pony Club shhowjumpers promise to provide plenty of entertainment.

For more information visit www.rockinghamcastlehorsetrials.com.