Fox-Pitt and Nicholson among horsemen confirmed for record-breaking Rockingham

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

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World class riders are among those who have confirmed they will participate at Brigstock International Horse Trials next week.

The event will take place at Rockingham Castle for the second time after moving from its former home at Fermyn Woods Hall.

Competing at the event that runs from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4 will be Olympians Andrew Nicholson - the world number one - and William Fox Pitt, the world number two.

Current British number one Oliver Townend, the legendary Sir Mark Todd and crowd favourite Mary King will also take part at Rockingham Castle en route to the hallowed turf of Badminton

A record-breaking number of entries have been received - so many that all classes are now running a waiting list

While they will not be bringing their Badminton horses, the competition is set to be hot.

With a £7,500 hand-made British watch up for grabs, awarded by Robert Loomes Watches to the Open Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate competitor who finishes the cross country closest to the optimum time, the riders will be paying particular attention to their minute markers.

Last year’s double CIC** winner Ros Canter, who has since been selected for the British Nations Cup squad, will be back and looking for a repeat performance in the CIC* on two younger horses, while also aiming to retain her CIC** title on a third ride.

Nineteen nations will be represented over the three days, from as far afield as India, Japan, Thailand and Quatar. Ready to test them will be Philip Herbert’s cross country courses, which were widely praised last year and are even better for 2014.

Event organiser Andrew Norman said: “Everything that can be done to make the event even more successful than last year has been done, and I can’t wait to see the first horse boxes pull into the lorry park.

“Our fabulous team are all looking forward to welcoming the crowds to Rockingham next week.”

For more information, visit the event website