Horse trials find new home at Rockingham Castle

Brigstock Horse Trials are moving to Rockingham Castle
Brigstock Horse Trials are moving to Rockingham Castle

Brigstock International Horse Trials is moving to a new venue at Rockingham Castle.

With the sale of Brigstock Estate, owner David Laing was looking for a new home for the trials he has spent many years developing.

British Eventing was particularly interested in retaining such an important event in the region and discussions with Rockingham Castle Estate proved successful.

James Saunders Watson, owner of Rockingham Castle, said “This is an outstanding achievement for Rockingham. The establishment of a major international equestrian event is a success not just for Rockingham but for the region as a whole. The castle’s Great Park is an outstanding show ground with all the ingredients required to host a large equestrian event.”

The course is being designed and built by internationally acclaimed designer Philip Herbert.

He has a reputation for building imaginative and creative courses and jumps enjoyed by riders and spectators alike and his skills have been honed on the international courses at Burghley.

Mr Herbert said “To build a new course from scratch is without doubt every course designer’s dream. The setting provided at Rockingham is outstanding, standing, as it does on the escarpment looking out over Rutland. The course will be varied, challenging and exciting for the riders and, provide easy viewing for spectators.”

Mr Laing, chairman of Brigstock Horse Trials at Rockingham Castle, said “I am absolutely delighted that Brigstock will continue and have a new lease of life in the beautiful parkland setting at Rockingham Castle.

“The event has built up a first class reputation amongst riders and visitors. The space available at Rockingham will allow the event to grow and develop into a major regional event.”

The horse trials will take place at Rockingham Castle from May 17 to May 19 next year.