Belsay Castle is new BE venue for 2013

By: Horse Deals

Belsay Castle is new BE venue for 2013
Belsay Castle is new BE venue for 2013

Belsay Castle in Northumberland has been confirmed as next year’s new British Eventing venue for the event formerly known as Hexham Horse Trials.
The event, known as Belsay Horse Trials, has retained the same weekend in the British Eventing calendar, on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2013.Joint organisers of Belsay Horse Trials will be former Hexham event organisets Edward and Jane Pybus, and Peter and Laura de Wesselow, who live at Belsay Castle.
International course designer Ronald Alexander has designed the BE90, BE100 and novice sections for 2013, as well as the infrastructure for the intermediate section, which will commence in 2014. Work is about to start on the course, which is being built by BE accredited builder, Peter Wilson.

"The beautiful parkland surrounding the 14th century castle at Belsay is absolutely perfect for a horse trials and we are very grateful to the trustees of the Belsay Charitable Trust for allowing us to use this historic venue," said organiser Edward Pybus.

"There is already a lot of excitement among competitors about coming to Belsay next year and we hope to build a really exciting event here which will also attract a large number of spectators."

Co-organiser Laura de Wesselow, who represents the current generation of the Middleton family that has lived at Belsay for more than 800 years, commented: "Belsay has a wonderful equestrian heritage. My family bred and trained racehorses here in the 18th and 19th centuries and even won the St Leger at Doncaster in 1859 with a horse called Gamester. So, it is very exciting that we are now bringing eventing to Belsay."