Thursday 12th of May 2022

The St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials confirmed for 2017

The St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials, organised by the Event Rider Masters (ERM), today announced that the event is confirmed to run from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July 2017.

Chris Burton and Polystar I en-route to winning the CIC three star competition at the 2016 St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials © Adam Dale

Following the sale of the Barbury Castle Estate earlier this month by its previous owner Nigel Bunter to Chris Woodhouse, the ERM team has been appointed to manage and run the horse trials in 2017, with Martyn Johnson of ERM as the event’s Director. In 2016 the Wiltshire event hosted leg three of the inaugural ERM, and this year with the series embarking on its second year, Barbury is again confirmed as its third leg.  Additionally, Eventing highlights currently confirmed across the four-day equine spectacular include the CIC three and two-star competition and British Eventing novice classes.

Tickets to the horse trials officially go on sale on Thursday 23rd February and discounted tickets can be purchased online in advance for the first time in the event’s history at until 30th June.  To celebrate, the first hundred tickets booked online before 30 April for the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of the event will cost just £1.00! 

Andrew Nicholson celebrates his fifth consecutive victory at last year’s St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials after winning leg 3 of the Event Rider Masters © Adam Dale

Over 1000 horse and rider combinations, featuring some of the best riders in the world are expected to compete across the four days, with Barbury’s natural amphitheatre providing a spectacular backdrop for this iconic Wiltshire sporting event. Away from the Eventing action there will also be plenty of family entertainment as well as fantastic shopping for visitors to enjoy. 

Furthermore, with ERM both managing Barbury as well as it featuring as the third leg in the series, the ERM team will also look to trial various innovations at this year’s renewal at Barbury focusing on enhancement of the spectator and ERM TV viewing experience.

Leading international rider Andrew Nicholson, made history at the horse trials last year and was crowned the ‘King of Barbury’ for the fifth time when winning the third leg of the ERM riding Nereo. Nicholson had already reached an extraordinary achievement in 2015 by winning the three-star competition four consecutive times on board the popular grey – Avebury.  


Commenting on the news that the Barbury International Horse Trials is confirmed for 2017, Nicholson said:

“Barbury is an important event not only for our horses and as competitors, but also for equestrian fans and the surrounding Wiltshire area.  You only have to look at the huge entry the event receives to see how popular it is with riders. I love competing at Barbury and I’m delighted to hear its immediate future is secure. I can’t wait to ride there in July and hope a big crowd will be out in force to cheer us on as I aim for a Barbury six-timer!”

Chris Stone, CEO of the Event Rider Masters commented;

“We are proud and excited to be running Barbury this year and we are very grateful to Chris Woodhouse for asking us to organise the horse trials.

“It was important to continue the event despite the change of estate ownership.  It has an amazing history in producing human and equine heroes and heroines and is a significant fixture in the Eventing calendar as well as a sporting highlight in Wiltshire and surrounding areas”.   


© The St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials

In addition to free entry on Thursday, discounted tickets bought in advance to the Barbury International Horse Trials are available at to the remainder days. The first hundred tickets bought for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday cost just £1.00 booked before 30th April.  Thereafter, up until 30th June tickets bought in advance cost £8 per person on Friday 7th July, and £12 per person on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July. Discounts are also available for advanced group bookings as well as for children. 


For more information and to book visit @BarburyCastle Facebook: Barbury International Horse Trials.

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