Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Belsay Looks Ready for Taking on the World after Success of ITSTRIALS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Belsay Looks Ready for Taking on the World after Success of ITSTRIALS

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bELSAY Horse Trials welcomed a host of well-known local, regional and international event riders last weekend as organisers Laura and Peter de Wesselow upscaled the event in preparation for going international next year.

Over the years, Belsay has been a great supporter of youth eventing and always hosts the U21 and U18 classes. And this year, winners were delighted to receive a bridle from Voltaire Design alongside the prize money.

Brianna Tweddall from County Durham won the ONU18 Section C on Lisboy Buachaill, with Hexham-based Sam Harrison second. Connie Gill from Northallerton won the OI U21 Section H on Florida II, while Co Durham's Olivia Graham won the BE100 U18 Section I on Sara Deary's A Tale of Two Shivers.

Laura de Wesselow said: "Of course, youth eventing will be a great focus for 2020, when Belsay goes International and hosts the British Pony Championships and a CCIS** class. As a family, we have been involved in Pony Trials since 2016, so we are thrilled that now we can give something back to the sport by hosting this prestigious championship."

The British Pony Championships is the pinnacle of the Pony Trials Series, currently sponsored by Charles Owen, for riders aged 16 years and under riding ponies (14.0hh-14.2hh). It represents the toughest test for pony riders and is run as a long-format international competition over three days to give potential GB Pony Team members vital experience for the European Pony Championships, which take place in August every year.

Past Pony Trials competitors who have gone on to enjoy success through Junior, Young Rider and Senior ranks in British Eventing include local heroes Ben Hobday and Jamie Atkinson, as well as top young eventers including Laura Collett, Bubby Upton, Yazmin Ingham, Sam Ecroyd and Richard Coney.

Belsay Horse Trials already has the infrastructure in place to host an international event, with a specially designed 'International Arena' which has state-of-the-art sports drainage, as well as a cross-country course, which will be redesigned for 2020 by Adrian Ditcham, who was responsible for the track at the 2018 European Pony Championships held at Bishop Burton. …

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