This renowned event takes place at Gatcombe Park, spectacular home of the Princess Royal and her family and incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships. As well as a weekend of top class eventing there will be a shopping village, arena attractions and entertainment for all the family. To buy tickets visit www.festivalofbritisheventing.com for further information
Gatcombe is a Festival of British Eventing, so not only does it have the fantastic 3 day event; it also has other activities ranging from the Burghley Dubarry Young Event horse finals, to the Shetland Grand National Final. If you haven’t ever met a Shetland, think Thelwell and you’ll be there. Now think Thelwell pony going as fast as it can over small fences in a race against other Thelwell ponies… and you have the Shetland Pony Grand National Final. Don’t forget the Dressage to Music and the Natural Horsemanship Display on the Saturday and Sunday as well.
England being England, the weather is never a certain thing. Despite being in the middle of summer, the weather can range from Heat Wave to Torrential Rain, sometimes within the weekend itself, so prepare for all eventualities! Lightweight clothes are a must though, whatever the weather. In heat waves, it will stop you from overheating, and if it decides to pour with rain, they can dry easily. There is nothing worse than having to walk a cross country course wearing wet jeans.
Wellies and a coat are also a good idea to have in the back of your car so that if it does decide to pour with rain, you can quickly change; even once it has stopped raining, the grass will be soaked and you may end up with the two-tone trouser effect. Chuck a sunhat and suncream in the back of the car as well, so if the sun does appear, you can be prepared for it, and avoid looking like a tomato.
Footwear wise, stilettos are really not recommended. Even in incredibly dry weather, your heels will end up disappearing into the ground. Flat, comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in are a good idea for when it is dry. Blisters are your worst enemy, and they tend to prey on anyone who thinks they can “get away with it”.
And last but not least, jewellery. It just wouldn't be the same without some stunning Sterling Silver Jewellery to match your outfit, whatever the weather. We'd recommend our fabulous Equestrian Collection. Dress to suit the surroundings, without worrying about your jewellery tarnishing. So how about putting on your snaffle necklace and earrings, and rocking the Trials in style. If you don't have one, fear not, just pop by our Equestrian Collection and treat yourself.
Gatcombe Park is just south of Stroud in Gloucestershire. It is very clearly signposted from the M4 and M5. If you wish to use your SatNav, the postcode is GL6 9AT.