Friday Video from SmartPak: Welcome to Cornbury International!

In a year that’s made it next to impossible for even the most established events to run, it feels like an even more poignant and special treat to welcome new additions to the calendar — such as Cornbury House Horse Trials, a new venue (well, a revived one, which graced the fixture list a couple of decades ago) in England’s Cotswolds. Competition kicked off today at the event, which is running classes up to CCI3*-S, and so far, all the talk on the circuit is of how extraordinarily lovely the venue is. From idyllic encounters with Bambi and his friends en route to dressage, to beautifully dressed arena gateways, Cornbury’s team has pulled out all the stops to ensure a fabulous first year, pandemic be damned.

For those who can’t be there, this great behind-the-scenes video gives you a chance to tour the estate by drone — and to meet event director David Howden. The safety measures on site are second to none, but nothing will curb his infectious enthusiasm for his new event. And rightly so!

Want more Cornbury? They’re running a livestream on their Facebook page, so you can follow along with some of the sport’s superstars as they compete through the weekend.

Go Eventing, and Go Cornbury!