Weston News Items
Top Riders at Weston Park this Weekend
- Published: 03 April 2019
Once again the world's leading riders including Zara Tindall, Oliver Townend, William Fox-Pitt, Andrew Nicholson, Nicola Wilson and Izzy Taylor will be competing at this highly popular event which takes place on Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th April.
The superbly constructed course, designed by Janet Plant will run over a thousand acres of rolling wooded parkland and the fences are solid and imposing. Each class runs over a different course designed to be testing but fair. Janet Plant comments "it continues to be a great privilege to design on this wonderful estate and we are delighted to welcome IEC Equine Solutions as a new sponsor, giving a tremendous boost to the event". Zoe Cappaert of IEC Equine Solutions commented "we are proud and excited to be involved and are looking forward to attending what promises to be an exciting weekend".
On Saturday we welcome the Charles Owen Pony Trial, which we have run for a number of years' - this has attracted a large number of entries and will prove to be an exciting competition".
The course for the Novice classes – sponsored by Moores Metals and Landsbrook Stud plus the Charles Owen Pony Trials will run on the central park giving wonderful views from the vantage points which is greatly appreciated by owners and spectators. The Show Jumping will again be situated near the Kidney Pool. There will be a separate arena each day which will produce good going for everyone and the course will be designed by Sue Barrett who has a great deal of experience.
Two Advanced Sections:
For many of the top riders in the Rookery Park Stud and Tile Choice Advanced sections this acts as an ideal 'warm –up' for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May. The course includes a 'new look' at the Sunken Road and The Water Splash and the combinations are designed to test the best with escape routes when needed.
These Advanced horses will Show Jump from 1.30 pm and run Cross Country from 2 pm so be sure to be in the park early – this should be an exciting afternoon! The Open Intermediate sections are kindly sponsored by Rookery Park Stud and IEC Equine Solutions.
Once again the hotly contested Saracen Horse Feeds and NAF Open Intermediate U21 and U18 sections will see our young riders and the NAF Juniors competing for a place in the British European teams this summer. In addition there will be two Intermediate sections all battling for a place in the British Intermediate Championship qualifier.
Saturday – Novice and Open Novice plus the Pony Trials
Dressage 8am; Show Jumping 8.45 am; Cross Country 9.30 am
Sunday – Intermediate and Open Intermediate: Dressage 8.O0am; Show Jumping 8.45 am; Cross Country 9.45am
Advanced sections Dressage 9.30 am; Show Jumping 1.30 pm Cross Country 2 pm
Daily Admission: Cars with a BE membership card – free. Non-members Adults £10 per person; accompanied Children under 12 years are free.
Come and enjoy a day out, walk round the beautiful parkland looking at the varied and interesting range of new and exciting trade stands and indulge in some shopping - with everything from country clothing and equestrian products to fashion accessories on show. Hot and cold fast food facilities are available or bring a picnic to eat while enjoying events in the main arena.
Location: Weston Park is situated at Weston under Lizard, Shropshire on the A5, 7 miles west of junction 12, off the M6 and junction 3 off the M54.
Situated on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, the house was built in 1671 and has been the ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford. Today the House and Park is a Charitable Foundation, the family collections of porcelain, antiques and portraits are available for all to enjoy.
Interviews and photo opportunities can be arranged. For further details please contact: Rachael Morley 07889 083194 or visit the website www.westonht.co.uk
During the event please contact Rachael via her mobile 07889 083194
80T Challenge Back With Equine74 Gastric
- Published: 23 March 2019
The Organisers of Weston Park Horse Trials and Equine 74 Gastric are delighted to announce the new sponsors for the 2019 regional competition The Equine 74 Gastric Central North West BE80(T) Challenge.
The organisers of Weston Park Horse Trials are thrilled to be working with Equine 74 Gastric to create this exciting opportunity for grassroots combinations. This challenge is designed to enhance the education of the BE80T competitor, attracting new competitors to British Eventing and offering the grassroots of our sport within the region an exciting end to their season.
Equine 74 Gastric are very generously offering a year's sponsorship to the winner of this Central North West BE80T Challenge Final which will take place at Weston Park 12th & 13th October.
The challenge will run 8 qualifiers within The Central North West, the top 4 combinations in each of their 80T sections at the qualifying events will qualify for the final. If a combination have already qualified then qualifications will pass down the line to 8th place.
Equine 74 Gastric will provide prizes and rosettes for all qualifiers and the Final.
Amanda Davies, UK Distribution Director of Equine 74 Gastric, said "Equine 74 Gastric are proud and delighted to be sponsoring the Central North West BE80T Challenge 2019.
Equine 74 have been keen supporters and sponsors of BE events over the last few years, and when this opportunity arose, we had no hesitation to become involved.
We also work with and sponsor a number of local event riders and thoroughly enjoy the Eventing world. We recognise the huge amount of work that is involved by both the competitors and organisers of these events.
Competing and travelling can prove stressful for a lot of horses, and Equine 74 Gastric helps to maintain a healthy stomach. For more information please visit www.equine74.com
We look forward to the Central North West BE80T Challenge and wish all the competitors the very Best of Luck."
The Equine 74 Gastric Challenge Final will be an educational day with full support from BE Accredited Coaches for the dressage phase and dedicated course walks for the show jumping and cross country. The dressage test, show jumping and cross country will be as per the rules for the BE80(T) competitions. Weston Park has experience in show casing Championship level events, the Cross Country Course which has become respected for its educational beautifully built and dressed fences will be bold and encouraging and dressed to a championship level.
The Challenge will have a dedicated educational Facebook group, supported by Equine 74 Gastric
Qualifying Events 2019
Stafford (1) 16th – 18th March
Kelsall Hill (1) 19th – 21st April
Llanymynech (1) 11th - 12th May
Somerford Park (1) 18th – 19th May
Berriewood 8th – 9th June
Stafford (2) 12th – 14th July
Solihull 17th – 18th August
Llanymynech (2) 24th – 25th August2)
Weston Park Horse Trials Welcomes New Sponsor IEC Equine Solutions to the Team
- Published: 12 March 2019
We are delighted to welcome IEC Equine Solutions as a key sponsor at Weston Park on the 6th and 7th April 2019 sponsoring the IEC Equine Solutions Open Intermediate section running on Sunday.
IEC Equine Solutions commented "We are proud and excited to be involved in the sponsorship of such a well organised and supported event. We are incredibly lucky that a nationally recognised event such as this is so local to our offices and production crop here in Shropshire. Many of our customers are professional competitive riders and we are fully aware that events such as these would struggle to run without sponsorship from within the Equine Industry. We are very pleased to be in position to support this years event and are looking forward to attending what promises to be an exciting weekend."
IEC Equine Solutions is part of a family-owned farming business, Wilson Farms, with more than 40 years' experience working in agriculture. They specialise in providing horse owners with exceptionally absorbent and consistent bedding and feed products across the UK, from the Highlands down to Devon and Cornwall and everywhere in-between.
Based locally in Shropshire, IEC Equine Solutions contacted Janet Plant joint organiser asking for opportunities to be involved. Janet commented, "How good it was to hear from a company that wished to put something back into the sport, this is a company that is fully aware of equestrian needs. IEC Equine Solutions will be a tremendous boost to the event. Without such Sponsorship our sport would never have grown to the world wide scene we see today. IEC Equine Solutions support will help Weston Park build on improvements to enhance the competitor's experience."
IEC Equine Solutions supply three great products that reflect their knowledge, understanding and experience of the equine world's needs:-
- IEC Equine Elite Meadow Grass, cut and dried the same day with every bale traceable to the exact field from which it was produced. Completely natural, highly palatable and dust free. Due to its soft nature it is ideal as a hay replacer for fussy feeders, horses with dental issues and elderly horses who struggle to eat hay /haylage and maintain condition.
- IEC Equine Elite Lucerne is a natural, nutrient rich, high fibre product suitable for horses in all levels of work, including at rest. Cut fresh dried the same day, containing more digestible protein than hay, it has a great benefit to horses at risk of gastric ulcers
- IEC Equine Elite Bedding is a completely natural, sustainable alternative to wood shavings and other forms of bedding. It is dust extracted, ultra-absorbent, low maintenance and compatible with all stable routines It has been created with the welfare of the horse in mind, but is also environmentally friendly, a carbon neutral product and has been proven to be beneficial to wildlife.
The Weston Park team looks forward to welcoming competitors and supporters to the Event this April. For full information please visit http://www.westonht.co.uk/
Follow the Event's official Twitter account here https://twitter.com/WestonParkHT
IEC Equine Solutions website can be found at https://www.iecsolutions.co.uk/iec-equine-solutions/
Interviews and photo opportunities can be arranged. For further details please contact:
Weston Park gets set to run
- Published: 07 March 2019
Spring has arrived and Janet & Vicky Plant and team are busy with preparations for this highly popular event. The immaculately constructed courses, combined with the natural beauty of the Weston Park estate, attract leading UK riders to meet the challenge. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th April.
What a difference a year makes with fabulous sunshine to put out fences.
The going is perfect with good grass cover and the team are working on producing 3 tracks all with a few new fences. The Advanced course will have a new look at the Sunken Road and the water splash. The Intermediate have a new look at Hadrian's and a different combination 4 from home, while the Novices will go through the Kidney pool in the opposite direct. As always the cross country will run across the Weston Park's marvellous old turf with great viewing of most of the track. The team never tires of that first glimpse of the park as you drive through the main gates up the little slope to see the deer park spread in front of you.
Once again we welcome the Charles Owen Pony Trial, which we have run for a number of years - this attracts a large number of entries and will prove to be an exciting competition.
The Saturday also includes Novice sections sponsored by Moores Metals and Landsbrook Stud plus 2 more sections of Novice and Open Novice classes.
For many of the top riders in the Rookery Park stud and Tile Choice Advanced sections this event acts as an ideal 'warm –up' for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May.
Once again the hotly contested Saracen Horse Feeds Open Intermediate Under 21 section will see our young riders and the NAF Juniors competing for a place in the British European teams this summer. In addition there will be three Intermediate sections all battling for a place in the British Intermediate Championship qualifier.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to Weston Park on the 6th & 7th April.
Happy Christmas Everyone
- Published: 19 December 2018
I would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas.
Especially our competitors because without you the Weston Park Horse Trials team would not have so much fun. The level of competition is always hot, horses and riders are beautifully turned out I will never tire of watching horses gallop across the magnificent Park land, thank you for your support.
It never ceases to amaze me how many volunteers we need each year to run this special event, each and every one of you should raise a glass to your success. You make Weston Park the great event that all our competitors rave about. Make no mistake, without you there would be no event, from the early risers for dressage to the final prize giving every one works so hard behind the event to make this magical park come alive for every level of competitor.
The year is nearly over and plans are already a foot for 2019, the team is busy building new fences for the Weston Park spring event and the Autumn Weston has a new BE90 Regional Team Championship to look forward to.
Finally thank you Sponsors for all of your support in 2018, we can never underestimate just what Sponsorship has allowed this great event to become.
Dates for your diary
April 6th & 7th - Advanced, OI u21 & u18, Intermediate, Novice and Pony Trials
October 12th & 13th – BE80T including the Central North West Challenge, BE90 including the Regional Team Championship, BE100 and Novice
We wish you every success in 2019, Health and Happiness to all our equestrian friends.
Looking forward to seeing you all in April.
Happy NEW Year
Janet & Vicky Plant
Weston Park joint Organisers.