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Let the Hartpury festivities begin!

last updated on July 10, 2017 14:47

Let the Hartpury festivities begin!

Olympians and Paralympians are set to wow the crowds on each of the five action packed days of the Festival of Dressage at Hartpury.

Running from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 July, there are lots of top names set to compete at the festival this year including Olympic legend Charlotte Dujardin with some of her up and coming rides, plus fellow Olympians Spencer Wilton and Richard Davison, plus leading riders like Michael and Maria Eilberg, Gareth Hughes, Lara Butler and local Grand Prix rider Sara Gallop. With Euro selection just around the corner, Paralympians Sophie Wells and Deb Criddle will be out to make their mark alongside 26 other British combinations.

The five days of outstanding equestrian sport will incorporate Premier League classes, CDI3*, CPEDI3*, Shearwater Young Dressage Horse Semi-Final, British Dressage Young Pony Championship and the Elite Stallions Prix St Georges Young Horse Championship.

As always the highlight of the festival the Saturday evening will also feature the NAF Superflex CDI Grand Prix Freestyle, the Elite Stallions British Young Horse Championship and an insight to training from Charlie and Abi Hutton.

Both Charlotte Dujardin and her mentor, the master of British dressage Carl Hester, competed at the record-breaking Festival last year, where more than 300 riders from around 19 nations competed in 40 dressage and para-dressage classes. Over 50,000 people from 26 countries tuned in to watch the action on the livestream which is back this year.

Of last year’s festival Carl Hester said: “Everyone thinks we come to Hartpury because we only live 10 minutes away but actually it’s the facilities, the footing is perfect, the stables are fantastic and the organisation and friendly atmosphere makes it one of the premier events of the country.”

Charlotte Dujardin added: “It’s super to ride here at Hartpury, I love coming here and it’s always a pleasure. The atmosphere is always fantastic and so is the support.”

Phillip Cheetham, Hartpury Equine Director, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming top names in the sport back to Hartpury and are looking forward to seeing what this year’s competition will bring! The festival always attracts a star-studded line-up of competitors from all over the world but, to have such renowned ambassadors for the sport at the college is very special.”

Tickets for the gala evening are still available and are £16.50 in advance which includes day entry. A hospitality VIP package for the gala evening is available for £60 to include champagne reception and four-course meal overlooking the Hartpury Arena.

Day entry is free on July 5 and 6, or £6 per person on July 7 -9. Under-16s go free on all days, except the gala evening. If you would like to come on the 7th, 8th and 9th, you can buy a combined ticket for the special offer price of £15. Parking is free on all days.

Keep up to date with all the action, times, results and news via the Hartpury Festival of Dressage website

Don't miss any of the dressage - you can watch via livestream for free.



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