Need an English Eventing Fix? Don’t Miss This Weekend’s Cornbury International

Sarie Weaving tackles Cornbury’s scenic course. Photo courtesy of Sarah Farnsworth Photography.

If you’re counting the pennies but would like a great day out in the beautiful Oxfordshire, UK countryside, come to Cornbury House Horse Trials this weekend.

The world’s most famous event riders – including all three Britain’s gold medallists from the Tokyo Olympics – will be competing in the stunning surroundings of Cornbury House, near Charlbury, from 8-11 September.

Tickets cost just £8 for an adult on Thursday, 8 September, and £10 for an adult on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children under the age of 16 can come for free, and there are no extra parking costs.

Cornbury House Horse Trials is the newest, most exciting international horse trials in the UK, founded by David Howden, who lives at Cornbury House, in 2020. His determination to provide the best possible conditions for horses and riders to perform at their very best has meant that Cornbury House Horse Trials has quickly become one of the most popular venues, attracting huge entries from all the top names in the sport of eventing.

For 2022, these include Zara Tindall, Olympic gold medallists Oliver Townend, Laura Collett and Tom McEwen, the legendary William Fox-Pitt and Pippa Funnell, supermodel Edie Campbell, and British-based foreign stars such as Andrew Nicholson and Tim and Jonelle Price – all winners of the biggest events on the international circuit.

As well as equestrian sport – dressage, showjumping and cross-country – Cornbury House Horse Trials showcases an outstanding selection of food, with all ingredients grown and produced locally. The Argentinian barbecue features Cornbury House’s very own lamb and long horn beef. We have also teamed up with our neighbours at Bruern Farms to serve rare-breed Middle White and Saddleback sausages, as well as wild venison burgers. There is vegan and gluten-free plant-based food from Nutmeg & Thyme, freshly made pizza and crepes from White Horse Box Pizza, indulgent fresh pastries using Bruern heritage flour, and delicious ice cream made with our local dairy’s milk.

The bar will be stocked with our own Cornbury Ale and Bitter, made from heritage barley grown in the Evenlode valley.

“I am so excited to welcome spectators properly to Cornbury House Horse Trials after two years affected by the Covid pandemic,” said David Howden. “Cornbury is a magical place – the event has the backdrop of both the house, and the ancient Wychwood Forest. There’s lots of space to stroll about and to relax, while taking in the action from these amazing horses and riders. If you like horses – or if you just want a lovely day out with friends, family, or on your own – come and join us!”

Tickets for Cornbury House Horse Trials can be purchased in advance via our website (www.cornburyhousehorsetrials.co.uk, which has a full timetable and information about the event), or you can buy tickets on the gate.

The free-to-view livestream will be shown on the event website and social media channels.

 

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