Meet the ‘seven Wonders of Wiltshire’

Tim Price, Astier Nicolas, Rebecca Howard, Sir Mark Todd, Flora Harris, Jonelle Price , Andrew Nicolson---- Photography credit: Niels Van Gijn

 

Meet the ‘seven Wonders of Wiltshire’

Here is an interesting press release coming from the UK. Can you imagine, living in an area so rich with the world’s best Eventers? Canada’s Rebecca Howard, (one of our nations most successful riders on the world stage ) has been residing in the United Kingdom since 2012. Rebecca and Riddle Master are one of Canada’s official nominations for the 2016 Rio Olympics and very likely to be named to the team. But her fame does not stop there.

She is also named as one of the  the ‘seven Wonders of Wiltshire’ along with these other world famous Eventers:

  • Tim Price (NZ),
  • Astier Nicolas (FR),
  • Rebecca Howard (CAN),
  • Sir Mark Todd (NZ),
  • Flora Harris (GB),
  • Jonelle Price (NZ) and
  • Andrew Nicholson (NZ).

They are pictured at the ‘Avebury fence’, one of the signature jumps that will feature at the St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials, 7-10 July 2016.  The septet  will all be competing at Barbury’s equestrian spectacular, located on the beautiful Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire.

All of the above are either decorated Olympian’s, high performance athletes, selected to represent or are long listed for their country at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the sport of Eventing.  Furthermore, their stables and where they train from are all based in Wiltshire within a 15 mile radius of the Barbury Castle Estate, which hosts the Barbury International Horse Trials in just under two week’s time.

Nigel Bunter, owner of the Barbury Castle Estate and event Chairman commented; “In just under two week’s time over 1000 horse and rider combinations, featuring Rio hopefuls, will be competing here at Barbury. Nowhere in the UK and probably the world compares with the number of world class event riders that are based within a 15 mile radius of Barbury Castle, Marlborough and we are really looking forward to welcoming them all here to their local event “.

The Barbury International Horse Trials is an important pre-cursor ahead of the 2016 Olympics with many riders destined for Rio taking part.  A new addition this year is the third leg of the Event Rider Masters (ERM). The inaugural ERM is an exciting sporting series, showcasing the world’s best ‘Event’ riders with a total of £350,000 in prize money on offer with each leg promising a minimum of £50,000.

For people in the vicinity:
Tickets for the Barbury International Horse Trials start from £12 per person per day booked in advance.  Children under 12 years go free.

For information and tickets:

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