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Bramham International Horse Trials

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The eventing season is now in full speed with top event riders barely having time to let their feet touch the ground. Bramham International Horse Trials is the next stop for these riders and our favourite eventer Mary King will be competing there with MHS King Joules, or Jay as he is know at the yard.

 

Here’s a round up of things you might like to know about this year’s event….

Bramham International Horse Trials runs from the 5th – 8th June and is set in the beautiful grounds of Bramham Park in Yorkshire.

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Which day to attend…

Thursday is dressage for the 3DE, but in the TopSpec Arena there is Event Horse Breeding and Young Stock classes and Hunters;

Friday is again dressage for the 3DE and in the TopSpec Arena you can watch the Burghley Young Event Horse and the Stallion Parade. This year they are holding a late night shopping event on Friday, where entry is free after 4pm and all of the stands stay open until 8pm Great for the shoppers!

Saturday is the biggest day, with Cross Country going on around the Park, last year around 28,000 spectators flocked to Bramham for the day! If you don’t fancy walking the course there are plenty of other things going on as well, including: British Show Jumping and Pony Club as well as Show Jumping for the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* class.

Sunday is the final section for the CCI3* classes with the jumping taking place in the Equi-Trek Arena and more British Show Jumping in the TopSpec Arena.

 

Shopping…

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Bramham collection

There are over 50 trade stands at Bramham and of course the Joules shows team will be there with the Bramham Collection, you can find them on stand 85.

 

Fun bits…

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Every year Bramham runs a Photo Competition with the winning entry appearing on the front cover of the next year’s programme so be sure to get involved if you’re a budding photographer. There is a great Activity Area for the children, with all sorts of things to entertain young and old. Finally it’s a great place to take the family dog for the day, with dog shows, agility and even a crèche in case your pooch doesn’t want to traipse the stands with its shopaholic Mum.

 

For all other information on Bramham Horse Trials from planning your journey to booking tickets, pop over to their website

A Model Horse

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It’s Re-home a Horse Month so we just had to share this great story.

You may have spotted Guinevere, a beautiful sports horse who starred in our summer shoot and is one of many re-homing success stories. Guinevere is now in a loving new home after being rescued along with 6 other horses by Redwings Horse Sanctuary in 2008.

At the Sanctuary, Guinevere was restored to her former beautiful self and found a loving home with a new owner, Amy Pointen, through their Guardianship Scheme – where she has now lived for five years.

“I was really proud of her! We had a wonderful day at Holkham and the photos are just so beautiful,” Amy

Guinevere proved to be a true professional and our photography manager Tom couldn’t have been more pleased……

As Photography Manager at Joules it is my job to source a wide range of locations, props and models for all sorts of themes for the Joules photo-shoots, none of which are ³run of the mill¹ themes!  The idea for this shoot was, on the face of it, very simple, a family on a beautiful open beach with blue skies and a gorgeous, grey horse. After a lengthy search we found Guinevere, settled on Holkham beach and prayed for sunshine. This shoot came together fantastically well, the sun shone and Gunevere behaved impeccably. We could not have hoped for better. Amy is a wonderful owner, Guinevere is obviously a very happy horse and rose to the occasion perfectly. We are thrilled with the results and are so pleased Redwings made the necessary interventions to save Guinevere. Tom – Photography Manager at Joules

Read more about Guinevere’s story on the Redwings website