ONE of the district’s leading equestrian events is preparing to welcome some of the world’s best competitors.

Belsay Horse Trials is renowned for attracting a top class field of international event riders.

This year’s event, which will take place from May 28-31, will include a CCI-S** competition for seniors, arena eventing, a hunt relay and country show, as well as a wide range of fun-filled family activities.

And the three-day event will also see Belsay host the British Pony Championships for riders aged 16 and under.

Organiser Laura de Wesselow, of Belsay Estate, said: “This is a wonderful event that means so much to competitors and their families and it is an absolute privilege to host this competition.

“We look forward to welcoming a wide range of riders, from the elite to the amateur and novice.

“Belsay has something for everyone and this year we have more of an international focus, which is even more exciting.”

Laura confirmed that leading property consultancy and land agent Galbraith will continue to support the Belsay Horse Trials in 2020.

She added: “We are grateful to our sponsor Galbraith. Their brand values of local knowledge and international reach perfectly complement our approach.

“We look forward to working with them again this year to make the horse trials a great success.”

Matthew Williamson, of the Galbraith office in Blagdon, said: “Belsay is one of the best-loved events in the north of England and we are delighted to continue to offer our support. The horse trials are a wonderful showcase for Europe’s best eventers and attract a very high calibre of rider.

“With it now also playing host to the final for the British Pony Championships, the opportunity to see the country’s best young riders is very exciting. Belsay has grown to become an unmissable event in the equestrian calendar.”

In addition to the equestrian competition, Belsay will offer a wide range of family events across the weekend. There will be a dog agility course, a display by Lammermuir gun dogs, fairground rides, and go-karting.

The Belsay Estate will also offer a shopping village, hospitality tent and a wide range of local food and drink stalls. There will also be an opportunity to explore Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. The fascinating site, which dates back to the 14th century, is managed by English Heritage.

Last year, Belsay enjoyed a full roster of entries for its seventh successive outing, with good weather for the most part.