A fine weekend of exciting sport is almost upon us as Hendersyde Park prepares to combine a beautiful setting with top class equestrian sport.
Once again the Agnew family have opened their grounds to host their annual Horse Trials and to raise money for local charities.
Over the years the event has raised over £45,000 and this year it is the Borders Children’s Charity that is being supported.
The Trials has grown year on year and the courses, designed by David Evans, contain fresh challenges at every level. Evans is a renowned course designer and his beautiful wood and fence carvings make the event a visual spectacular, with animals and birds dotted around the landscape to catch the eye.
This year there is a new complex of wagons and barrels to test horse and rider with the beautifully set water feature expected to attract a big crowd to watch the action.
Hendersyde provides courses from BE 90 to Novice and holds the Scottish Championship series. The prize money is generous with £500 going to the winner of the Novice Championships, £200 for the BE100 Champion and £150 to the BE90 champion.
The competition starts on Saturday with the BE90 and BE100 level classes and on Sunday the Novice and Intermediate Novice classes will run. The maximum cross country fence height for the Intermediate Novice is 1.10m with the show jumping phase reaching 1.20m.
The quality of the event draws some stars of the eventing world with Louisa Milne Hume and Anna Warnecke competing regularly.
The weekend is not only about the sport but is a great social occasion as well. The park is an inviting place to visit and the show has a range of trade stands with some tasty food outlets including pizza and frozen yogurt. There is a seating area to relax and soak up the atmosphere while Borders Children’s Charity will be serving up fruit punch and strawberries and cream. Mr Keith Grieve from Belhaven has kindly donated a Child’s bicycle for the raffle.
Livy Agnew heads a huge team of volunteers and helpers all working to make the weekend a success and the trials are very kindly supported by many local businesses who provide much appreciated help. The Hendersyde team like to look after their competitors and visitors alike and welcome all to enjoy the sporting weekend.
Tweed Chiropractic will also be on hand to support the riders, volunteers and visitors.