Happy 40th Birthday Weston Park Horse Trials
- Published: 02 February 2018
Once again for many riders Weston Park in the spring will be their last outing before Badminton so we have high hopes for April 2018. As usual the April dates will include Advanced, Intermediate and Novice sections. We will also be hosting the European Team Preliminary Trial for both the Pony Championships and the under 18 and under 21 Championships so plenty of chances to see the rising stars of the future.
2018 will be a special year as it is Weston Park Horse Trials 40th Birthday. Weston Park Horse Trials was started by BHS Staffordshire County Committee in 1978. I remember this well as this was the year that James was born and I was Chief Dressage Steward when I was very pregnant. From 1980 – 83 Kit Dwerryhouse was organiser of the Horse Trials. At the end of 1983 I was sent in to talk to Lord Bradford on behalf of the British Horse Trials Association by Peter Hodgson and as a family we agreed to take over the Horse Trials. Not sure I really knew what I had let myself in for as I had only organised one other affiliated Horse Trials during the summer before in 1983 at Uttoxetor.
We also had the pleasure of running the Pony Club Championships from 1984 to 1998 until the V Festival started at Weston and the Weston Park Pony Club team moved to Sansaw Park.
So for 35th year the Plant family have run Weston Park Horse Trials. We have very fond memories, lots of laughter, tears but most of all a great deal of fun. We have kept records going back with lots of letters. I recently dipped into the 1984 file to find Midland Bank on the front of the Programme, nostalgic reading down the 51 Advanced entries to name just a few, Rachel Baylis, Marjorie Comerford, Andy Griffiths, Mark Phillips, Jane Starkey, Karen Straker, and John Tulloch, just a few that tackled my first ever Advanced track, they were great days.
I am sure that many of you have great memories and we would love to hear from you, just a few words and maybe a special old photograph, perhaps go on the Weston Park Horse Trials Facebook page and start the ball rolling, one day I will put it all together. There is a great deal of satisfaction and pride in seeing just how many of our original volunteers and founder sponsors we still have, where would our sport be without them.
So as the event enters its 40th year we look forward to welcoming all the competitors, sponsors and volunteers for another thrill packed year of eventing by amazing equine and human athletes at the wonderful Weston Park.
Joint Organisers: - Janet Plant & Vicky Plant