NAF show their support for the Longleat Horse Trials by becoming an Associate Sponsor

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The Longleat Horse Trials in Association with NAF

Amateur eventers can now experience the thrill of three-day eventing, thanks to a fantastic new unaffiliated event at the prestigious Longleat Estate in Wiltshire.

The Longleat Horse Trials in association with NAF promises to have the feel and facilities of a top class competition, while being open to all.

Competitors can choose from four events over the three days (30 August - 1 September 2013). There is an 80cm and 90cm two-day event, and a 90cm and 100cm three-day event - with classifications in each to ensure horse and rider compete within the section most suited to their experience and age.

The cross-country phase, which is set in the estate’s beautiful grounds over gently undulating ground and alongside its famous lakes, is sure to be the most challenging and exciting part of the event.

Run in the ‘long format’ it includes roads and tracks and a steeplechase, with a 10-minute vet inspection before competitors head out to the brand new course.

Designed by Eric Winter – who’s previous work include Blenheim, Somerley Park and Chepstow – and built by the team behind international horse trials such as Glanusk, the track will test horse and rider’s fitness, bravery and technique.

Chris Eden, Event Director said: “There is a dearth of two and three-day events outside of British Eventing. When Longleat came up as a possible venue, I knew it was perfect for what we had in mind.

“Since setting up the event, we have gained sponsorship from NAF, which is incredible. As well as providing financial assistance, we feel it gives the Longleat Horse Trials real credibility – the fact that a company that supports events and riders at the very top of their game supports our unaffiliated event, has shown that we are on the right track and appealing to an audience who are seeking out this type of exciting opportunity.

“With NAF’s support Longleat Horse Trials will give grass-roots riders the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and excitement of a large-scale professional event.”

In addition to the horses, there will be a range of other entertainment and activities – not least the Steeplechase Festival, which will provide live music, food and a bar for competitors staying over night.

Accommodation for horses is either temporary, traditional stabling, or an American barn. Stabling starts at £60 for one night, which includes two camp-site spaces for rider and groom, a bale of straw, on-site water, evening security and 24-hour veterinary cover. Entry fees to the event starts at £135.

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