Belton Horse Trials in Britain is joining forces with the National Trust for its upcoming event.
For the first time in the event’s 32-year history, visitors to the Spring event in the heart of Lincolnshire on April 4-6 can enjoy the eventing competition and the beauty of Belton, all under one ticket.
Those buying a ticket for either the horse trials or Belton House can enjoy complimentary access to all the attractions, under the banner “One Ticket One Belton”.
With the same ticket eventing fans can enjoy access to the National Trust mansion, the gardens and the adventure playground, as well as a variety of activities put on by the Trust during the weekend.
Event Director Stuart Buntine said the horse trials was delighted to welcome the National Trust as partners in running the weekend. “This new partnership means we can offer a real action-packed family day out under the banner One Ticket One Belton.”
Belton is the first major international competition for the 2014 season, Buntine said.
“Any competitor who has entered Badminton Horse Trials in May heads for Belton for a warm up. We normally expect 90% of top riders to come and compete for the Lycetts Grantham Cup.”
As well as the eventing, equine enthusiasts can look forward to an Inter-Hunt Relay, unaffiliated dressage and Pony Club mounted games as well as the showcase stallion parade.
The event includes a wide range of activities from a Classic Car display to a Dog Show and from long distance running to style and fashion advisory sessions.
National Trust General Manager Lincolnshire Alec Gordon is looking forward to the best Belton Horse Trials yet and said there would be something for everybody to enjoy during the weekend. “The Belton Horse Trials has, over the years, built a reputation, not just for the challenge of the course, the quality of the entry and its international reach, but as an event which has something to appeal to everyone whether from town or country. The National Trust is proud to have hosted the trials over many years and we are excited at the developments that will make the 2014 trials the best yet,” he said.
For those who prefer four wheels to four legs, come on Sunday (April 6) when the Grantham Classic Car Club are bringing a huge selection of vehicles from Veterans to Cars of the Eighties and Motor Bikes to VW Camper Vans.
Stick and Ribbon of Nottingham will be putting on style and fashion presentation at the Ladies’ Charity Luncheon on Friday, April 4, in aid of the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, the event’s chosen charity for 2014.
A new attraction for this year is the Lincs FM and Rutland Radio “Trot Along Family Day” on Saturday (April 5). Presenters and their street team will be at Belton to entertain the crowds with fun games, music and live entertainment.