Nutwell Court set to stage big event.

PUBLISHED: 14:12 29 June 2010

THE east bank of the River Exe estuary is the stunning location for Nutwell Court Horse Trials which take place on the final weekend of July (Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25), near Lympstone in East Devon.

The addition of an unaffiliated day on Sunday means both local and professional riders will have the chance to compete and spectators are welcomed to attend.

Saturday is when competitors affiliated to the sport’s governing body, British Eventing, will take centre stage. With the cross country and showjumping sections taking place on one day, its the perfect chance to watch all the action in glorious parkland which is normally inaccessible to the public.

Organiser John Colson said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend the day out at Nutwell. The cross country fences are beautifully dressed and we take great pride in them. We have also made a few changes to the cross country course this year and the show jumping arenas have been vastly improved.”

Classes which will be run are BE100, BE90, novice, open novice and BE100 plus and new on the schedule is a Lycetts British Eventing Young Horse Championship qualifier for four year olds.

There is plenty of parking at Nutwell Court and on site catering includes burgers, serving local meat, and a salad bar. There is also local ice-cream, trade stands and a VIP tent for sponsors.

The Nutwell Estate is steeped in history and mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The house, which is a private family home, played its part during the Wars of the Roses, hiding Earls Warwick, Salisbury and March until they could be smuggled out to France. It was then passed on to direct descendants of the famous Admiral Sir Francis Drake, who built the walled gardens, riding school, stables and wall surrounding the estate.

In 2001 the farm suffered a large and devastating fire, which severely damaged the beautiful early 19th Century listed riding school, several attached barns and a row of cottages. With full planning consent and English Heritage approval and work is near completion to turn the farm into a state of the art veterinary centre.

Mr Colson said: “We are immensely grateful to our sponsors and the Lee family who own the estate and without them all it wouldn’t be possible to run the horse trials. Come along and enjoy a day out. The views are stunning across the estuary, and it offers the chance to have a stroll around the parkland.”

Entrance is £5 per car. For further information, contact Mr Colson on 01404 841331.

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