Brand Hall News Items

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year


It never ceases to amaze me how many volunteers we need each year to run this special event, each and every one of you should raise a glass to your success. You make Brand Hall a great event, make no mistake, without you there would be no event, every one works so hard behind the event to make this magical park come alive.

Brand Hall Horse Trials has already been asked to host the Charles Owen Pony Championships CCI-S2*BCP for 2019. This is a very special Championship for all those riders 16 and under starting their eventing careers. We will also run a CCI-S2* and this year we have a very special CCI-SJ2* that is open to all qualified competitors under 18. This should see many of the Novice U18 competitors out for some extra practice at this level on their way to the Championships. Sunday as always is dedicated to BE90 sections.

This very special park is open for just one weekend a year. We know how privileged we are to watch horses gallop across the magnificent Park land, so happy New Year to all our competitors because without you the Brand Hall Horse Trials team would not have so much fun.

2018 is over and the team is busy making plans to turn the course around and go in the opposite direction for 2019!

Finally thank you Sponsors for all of your support in 2018, we can never underestimate just what Sponsorship has allowed this great event to become.

Dates for your diary
31st May – 2nd June 2019

We wish you every success in 2019, Health and Happiness to all our equestrian friends.
Looking forward to seeing you all.

Happy New Year

Janet & Vicky Plant
Brand Hall Horse Trials Joint Organisers.


georgie-rockinghamThe beautiful Brand Hall estate has been restored to its pre-event condition and peace returns to this idyllic corner of the Shropshire countryside. 

We received the following communications from Novice Section F winner Georgie Rockingham on September Song, not only praising the hard work of the team, but also recognising the importance of the volunteers. She has kindly allowed us to publish them here. 

Just a quick note to say thank you very much for organising such a lovely event at Brand Hall. As always you and your team did the most fabulous job of running the event, making the ground next to perfect and presenting the courses beautifully.

I had a fabulous run, and was lucky enough to win my section.

Please could you pass on my thanks to everyone who was involved in making the event such a great success, as without all of your hard work and the help of the volunteers our sport couldn't run- so thank you.

Many thanks


...and in a further email Georgie expressed her thoughts on volunteers:

"I think it is important all riders understand the importance of the volunteers who support our sport - I volunteer twice a year, usually at Belton and Osberton (wish I had time for more) and it is certainly an eye opener.

Thanks again for a great Brand and I hope to return next year!

Georgie x"


Yet again the volunteers support made this great event happen, it was ninth year at Brand Hall.

Two new National Champions crowned, the Racesafe CCIJ* British Junior Championship Playtime Nzph ridden by Sasha Hargreaves and the Charles Owen British Pony Championship Little Indian Feather ridden by Saffie Osborne, we wish them well at the European Championships. The final International section, The Rookery Park Stud CIC* winner was Ms Independent ridden by Jack Leese. This CIC* section is now firmly on the rider's calendar and is building a good reputation for the up and coming International horse which resulted in a full section.

Sunday we watched many amateur riders in the Blue Chip BE90 having a wonderful time. This group of grassroots competitors showed great determination, they had such fun out on the cross country although some were caught in a freak down pour mid-afternoon. The prize giving was packed with enthusiastic supporters. These classes have opened up many opportunities to join the sport.

Sponsors, Supporters, Volunteers and Emergency Services all rose to the challenge - without them there would be no Horse Trials. Every event is short of volunteers and I know how busy life can be. British Eventing has over 11,000 members if you have never volunteered lift the phone, send an email and start today

It is always a pleasure and a privilege to work with our amazing land owners Mr and Mrs M Taylor. Brand Hall looked magnificent with so many people commenting on what a wonderful job our hosts have done in preserving this small part of old English heritage. Horse Trials are the only time these Estate gates are open and the sport relies on so many, every organiser is finding it tough to keep going - events need your help. I know competitors look at the entry fees and feel they have given enough but the expectations are so great now, in every area we expect excellence. Just take the recent hot weather which resulted in firm ground the team at Brand were out on the course on Friday night with three tractors and equivators. Each tractor did eight hours, the result was amazing with everyone praising the going, what a team but 3 drivers 3 tractors and 3 machines all have to be paid for.

Sponsorship is in short supply, new sponsors are very difficult to attract to the sport and my belief is that we must help our sport from within if we do not wish to have events lost from the calendar act now.

We feel very honoured to have your volunteer support which is much appreciated, every event needs more help - roll on 2018.

Janet Plant
Joint Organiser Brand Hall International Horse Trials

As the 2017 British Eventing season gets underway we look forwards to welcoming everyone back to Brand Hall in June.

Once again the glorious grounds of the privately owned Brand Hall will play host to a range of National and International classes over 3 days of competition.

  • Charles Owen British Pony Championships CICBCP*
  • Rookery Park Stud CIC*
  • Racesafe National under 18 Championships CCIJ1*
  • Graham Heath Equestrian Structures Novice & Open Novice sections
  • Blue Chip BE90 sections on Sunday

The on-site stabling will be open on the Thursday morning to welcome competitors in the CCIJ* and National Pony Championships and any other competitors that wish to purchase a stable for the duration of the event. In addition local off-site stabling is available on a nightly basis. Please note that all horses/ponies requiring on-site stabling must be vaccinated to current FEI rules.

XC Course Designer Janet Plant and XC Course Builder James Plant have spent the winter period pondering the changes to the courses for this year. As usual we can expect some bold open riding fences with a number of trickier, thought provoking, questions worthy of the championship classes being run.

We look forwards to welcoming you all to Brand Hall in June!



We challenge our junior and pony competitors that are entered at Brand Hall to help Willberry and his family raise as much money as they can for completing a sponsored cross country ride around the Brand Hall cross country tracks. We want to see how many times we can get Willberry and his family around the track.

For a little extra excitement Wilberry The Wonder Pony charity are offering prizes for the top three pony and junior competitors that raise the most money for Willberry and his family, including an exclusive Willberry Wonder Pony T-shirt.

We are also aware that there are many other competitors entered at Brand Hall that would love the chance to carry one of the Berry family around the track, and in return for donations, any CIC*, Novice or BE90 competitor can carry one of the family around the track- donations to be made at secretaries.

All Junior and Pony competitor sponsorship is to be handed in at rider briefing or secretaries by the end of Thursday in an envelope with your details on.

We are delighted to have the opportunity at Brand Hall to help raise some money for Willberry Wonder Pony. We really hope that you will all join in and help to raise awareness of this inspirational charity and have a little fun.

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