Fresh opportunity to sell or promote to consumers as event returns after three-year break. 

Catton Park, the popular eventing fixture on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border, is set to return after a three-year break. 

Organisers told ETN that trade stands will be made very welcome when it goes ahead on 18/19 June. 

The historic Catton Park estate has hosted horse trials over its 250-acre parkland since 1993. But with owners Robin and Katie Neilson retiring, this year’s event is managed by BEDE Events, working alongside the couple’s son Oliver.

A new water complex is being created for Catton Park’s revived horse trials.

“We’re really determined to re-establish Catton Park back on the eventing calendar,” said Stuart Buntine of BEDE Events.”

There’s to be a new water complex on the Catton Park cross country course which has been re-routed to make more use of the good going on the park’s old turf. 

Bouncing back

The show circuit continues to bounce back from the hiatus caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Badminton’s cross country day was a sell-out.

International show jumping returns to the main ring at the South of England Show on 10 – 12 June at Ardingly, West Sussex.  

“The show is back in all its glory, reminiscent of pre-Covid days and with a real focus on going back to its roots as an agricultural show,” say the organisers. 

Meanwhile, the Great Yorkshire Show is boosting its equine section with additional show jumping classes – a Newcomers, Foxhunter and Open - in its TopSpec White Rose ring.  

“These are proving really popular with competitors whose horses are not at the level for the Main Ring showjumping because it gives them the opportunity to ride at the Great Yorkshire Show,” said livestock and entries co-ordinator Amanda Stoddart-West. 

Other new competitions to be run at the Harrogate showground include showing for sport horses and veteran horses and ponies.