Estate News

21 May

Aske Horse Trials - On Course For The Future

Added by - Sarah on 21 May 2015

Aske Horse Trials takes place on the 4th and 5th July and 25th - 27th September. With grounds at-tributed to Capability Brown, and the stunning Aske Hall as a backdrop, there is no better place to host one of the most prominent events in the North’s equestrian calendar.

Aske has been a cornerstone event in North Yorkshire for many years and holds a special place in the Northern eventing calendar. This year promises to be the start of a new, exciting chapter in the history of this much loved event with highlights including a new BE90 and CIC 1* for September, making it one of only two international events in the North this year.

Anyone not familiar with eventing could be forgiven for thinking it’s a complicated sport that only appeals to a select few. On the contrary, there are nearly 200 official events that attract more half a million spectators each year. Eventing combines the skill and courage of cross country with the elegance and precision of dressage and the accuracy and timing of showjumping. It’s a great day out in an amazing parkland setting and aside from the actual event, there will be other things to see and do including trade stands from local businesses such as S G Petch, Ripon Farm Services, Field House Logs and Lloyd Equestrian. Food and drinks will be on offer from well known local caterer Davina Lovegreen.

The new organising committee is aiming to build on the history of Aske & take it to a new level, with a programme of changes defined to re-affirm the events place as The North's "must do" event. World class designer David Evans is working alongside Paul Ellis & his team, and in conjunction with the committee to deliver these changes.

Organiser Peter Hurley said “we are delighted to have the opportunity to help grow and develop Aske as we know how much riders love to compete here. We hope to maintain the values that have endured over the years and bring people together in an event environment that truly reflects North Yorkshire. The introduction of new classes and changes to the courses are designed to be a true test of the level; giving both horse and rider a positive challenge over the best possible ground”.

Entries for July open on 27th May - more details at www.askehorsetrials.co.uk