Norton in Hales, Shropshire

30th, 31st May, 1st June 2014

The Charles Owen British National Ponies Championship CIC*

Racesafe National U18 Championships CCIJ*

Siddle Equine CIC*

Blue Chip BE 90

Over 500 entries have been received for the Brand Hall International Horse Trials which are to be held on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. The truly international field includes entries from France, New Zealand, Finland and Italy, with well known riders such as Polly Stockton, Alex Hua Tian and Andrew Heffernan.

Brand Hall is a magnificent Georgian house set within 200 acres of rolling parkland interspersed with wooded areas. Once again the cross country courses have been designed by Janet Plant and include two new loops for the National U18 Championships. The beautifully constructed fences, which are both solid and inviting, have been built by the Weston Park team, headed by James Plant.

Charles Owen National Pony Championships

The Charles Owen GB Pony Team selectors will be eyeing up potential Championship team representatives at Brand in this section as the count-down begins for year's FEI Pony Europeans at Mill Street in Ireland in July. Several two legged as well as four legged members of previous British Pony Teams will be contesting Janet Plant's Pony Championship challenge here, including Chelsea Pearce who has entered her 2013 European Championship ride and British team stalwart Catherston Nutsafe as well as her up and coming ride Little Indian Feather. The little piebald mare Cregaan Scenic makes her fifth trip to Brand Hall this year having been previously campaigned at Pony Championship level by sisters Katie then Janou Bleekman and will this year be ridden by her new owner, 14 year old Mia Mordecai-Smith.

Racesafe National U18 Championships

This is the first year that these Championships have been held at Brand Hall to offer the Racesafe Junior selectors a platform to view prospective combinations for the Racesafe Junior Team representing GB at the FEI Junior Europeans which this year will be held for the first time at Bishop Burton in Yorkshire in August.

Many former British Pony medal winners make up the U18 entry list including Yasmin Ingham who won both individual and team Pony European Gold last year, her team mate Charlotte Bacon plus GB squad member Pumba Goess-Saurau who represented Britain at Pony European level in 2013 and 2011 to name but a few.

The event is delighted to have the support of its wonderful section sponsors, Charles Owen, Racesafe, Siddle Equine and Blue Chip, and have received great support from many local Fence Sponsors


Friday: Dressage 9am

Saturday: Dressage: 9am; Show Jumping 8.30am; Cross Country 9am

Sunday: Dressage: 9am; Show Jumping 9.30am; Cross Country 10.30am

There will be an interesting selection of trade stands and hot and cold food facilities will be available each day.

New for this year there will be a tug-of-war competition, run in conjunction with the Tug of War Association (the governing body of Tug of War in England), which is sure to make exciting viewing for all the family. Teams will be preparing for the national championships being held later in June.

Do come along and enjoy the thrills and spills! Picnic by the main arena, walk around the beautiful parkland or shop to your heart's delight - you're sure to find something to entertain all the family.

LOCATION: Brand Hall must be approached off the A53 Newcastle under Lyme to Shrewsbury road. Take a turning signposted Norton in Hales. Please follow Horse Trials signs and do not go through the village.

INTERVIEWS: Interviews and photo opportunities can be arranged. For further details please contact Vicky Plant, telephone 07779017421.

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