Rockingham Castle hosts horse trials

Guy Herbert, David Carpenter and Philip Herbert building the course in the grounds of Rockingham Castle
Guy Herbert, David Carpenter and Philip Herbert building the course in the grounds of Rockingham Castle

The final preparations are being made for Brigstock International Horse Trials, which are being held for the first time at Rockingham Castle.

Riders from 16 countries, including 10 veterans from the London 2012 Olympics, will be taking part in the event, which opens on Friday, May 17, and goes on until Sunday, May 19.

Philip Herbert, who created the cross country course, said: “Rockingham Castle is a wonderful venue, with both flat and undulating ground and lots of sky, so plenty for horses to take in.”

The course includes the final fence from London 2012, on loan to Rockingham from Burghley.

Gates open at 9am each day and close at 5pm. Tickets are £5 per car on Friday and £10 for Saturday and Sunday and £2 to walk in.

The trials include dressage, cross country and show jumping events.

More information is available at www.rockinghamcastlehorsetrials.com.