Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing
The Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park is one of the longest running events in the calendar and this year celebrates its 36th of competition.
The Festival hosts five British Championship competitions: The Magic Millions British Open Championship, the Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship, the Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship, the TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup and The ROR/NTF Retrained Racehorse Event Championship.
But the weekend at The Festival is not just about the world class competition; for this one weekend, in the height of the British Summer, the public get a rare chance to enjoy the beautiful estate at Gatcombe Park, home of HRH The Princess Royal. The action packed weekend offers an array of entertainment with a programme of packed arena attractions, a Festival Food Walk as well as over 100 trade stands all situated with one of the most quintessential back drops, The Festival is a must do, destination event for the Summer.
Captain Mark Phillips, course designer, commented on what to expect from this year’s event, “It is the only event in the world where you have five British Championships. That is what makes it such a special weekend with top class competition and a host of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The Festival has always set out to be the very best level competition from when it started in the ’80s. Also, we aim to make it a family event for spectators, not just a championship for the riders, and we go to a lot of trouble to look after owners.”
David Evans, course builder, commented on what The Festival has to offer for this year on the cross country action - “Each year, we make it look fresh and a real Championship style. Most of it has to be quite last minute because we want it to look smart enough for the public, but easily readable for the horses. That is something we face anywhere, but with The Festival we have to do that for five courses. The hard work is worth it as it is such a lovely park. There are two bowls, one in front of this stunning stately home – the Park Bowl - and the other where the other water is - Avening Banks. Together with the rolling hills, it makes for a superb setting.”
To enter for The Festival of British Eventing please head to www.bdwp.co.uk/gat
For more information and to buy your tickets, please head to www.festivalofbritisheventing.com
Photo credit Peter Nixon