My goodness Barbury comes round quickly! The St. James’s Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials is just days away. For the real die hard eventing fans the action starts this Thursday with dressage for Novice and CIC** classes. which is held in a beautiful gully, just over the hill from the main site. I remember competing in the novice a few years ago and wandering down through the wildflower meadow. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit this little corner of Barbury, it’s worth it and they run a buggy shuttle service there for those on two feet.
It’s my local event, and there is always a strong local contingent in the running for prizes. Andrew Nicholson lives a hop, skip & a jump away just the other side of Marlborough, and he’s won the CIC*** class on Avebury three times now. Take a minute to watch this video:
Every year Barbury just gets better, so this year there’s every good reason to visit. Here are my top five reasons you need to be at Barbury this weekend:
1. Andrew Nicholson & Avebury Are Entered
Andrew is bringing Avebury back for a 4th shot at the CIC*** title. These two are just amazing. Optimum time is a huge factor at Barbury. Go fast if you want to be in the money or go home, and apparently Avebury likes to be ‘ridden like you stole him’. (incidentally Avebury is a World Heritage Site just along the road from Barbury).
2. AP McCoy back in the saddle at Barbury
Can you believe that AP McCoy has been champion jump jockey 20 times! He retired from racing earlier this year, but is dusting off his boots for the JCB Champions Challenge on Saturday 11th July. This is an arena based team race pitting jockeys against eventers. It’s very popular.
3. Something For Everyone – Bring The Family
Take a look at the Barbury event programme. There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained and you don’t need to walk miles to see everything. I took my 6-y-old son last year and he lasted all the way through until 4 o’clock before he ran out of things to keep him occupied. It’s a great family day out.
4. The Weather Forecast Is Brilliant:
Barbury is a very open and exposed venue, running across both sides of a valley, which means you get a decent breeze without getting blown away. So it’s sunny and cool. With the current ‘heatwave’ set to continue, what better way to spend the weekend than at Barbury.
5. You’ll Kick Yourself If You Miss It
As far as spectator friendly events go, Barbury is probably the best. When the stars align and you get a good field of competitors & good weather, Barbury is hard to beat.
All the details can be found on the official website:
See you there…….