Posted on 14th January 2015

Loss of Salperton from BE calendar

After significant discussion and a lot of soul searching it has, very sadly, been decided that Salperton Park Horse Trials will no longer run as the Estate feels that the impact to the parkland is too much. Like many country estates Salperton is a very successful shoot venue and working farm and the impact of building and running a horse trials is significant and adversely impacts on the other estate revenues considerably.

"We had a great year last year running more competitors than ever before, but the weather was on our side" said Karen Bartlett, Organiser "We are hugely grateful to Jason Houghton and his family for letting us have 13 fabulous years there. My family and friends have personally invested a significant amount into the event but we cannot continue to do so. The Estate is increasingly worried about the financial and physical impact on the park from the event especially after poor weather. I would like to send thanks to all competitors, officials, volunteers, owners and visitors to the event over the past decade plus."

Karen will however not disappear from horse trials as she is still very much involved in the running of the Horse Trials Support Group, British Event Organisers Association, Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials and has some exciting up and coming young horses with Laura Collett and Bruce Haskell.

BE Chief Executive Mike Etherington-Smith, who has been Course Designer at the event for the last four years, adds: "Salperton has been a fantastic event and everyone will be very sad to see it go. Jason and Karen, along with their team, have produced a top class event in a wonderful setting and on behalf of all of us I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for what they have done for the sport. The Fixtures Team is already working on a replacement and further details will be announced in due course."