Salperton horse trials pulled from calendar

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New Zealand rider Bruce Haskell and Rocco II at Salperton in 2010.
New Zealand rider Bruce Haskell and Rocco II at Salperton in 2010. © Al Crook

Time has been called on the Salperton Horse Trials near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire after 13 years on the British Eventing calendar.

The owners of the estate, which is a shooting venue and working farm, say the impact of the horse trials on the parklands is too great, and that “running a horse trials is significant and adversely impacts on the other estate revenues considerably”.

Organiser Karen Bartlett said last year’s event welcomed the greatest number of riders the event had hosted over its lifetime.

“We are hugely grateful to Jason Houghton and his family for letting us have 13 fabulous years there. My family and friends have personally invested a significant amount into the event but we cannot continue to do so,” Bartlett said.

“The Estate is increasingly worried about the financial and physical impact on the park from the event especially after poor weather. I would like to send thanks to all competitors, officials, volunteers, owners and visitors to the event over the past decade plus.”

The event was scheduled to run this year over the weekend of June 27 to 28, with classes from novice to open intermediate.

BE Chief Executive Mike Etherington-Smith, who has been course designer at the event for the last four years, said that a replacement for Salperton would be announced in due course.

“Salperton has been a fantastic event and everyone will be very sad to see it go. Jason and Karen, along with their team, have produced a top class event in a wonderful setting and on behalf of all of us I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for what they have done for the sport,” he said.

Bartlett is still involved in the running of the Horse Trials Support Group, British Event Organisers Association, Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials and has some exciting young horses with Laura Collett and Bruce Haskell.

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