England's Barbury Castle International Saved After new managers step In

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Tuesday 05 February - 13h07 | Lulu Kyriacou/Press release

England's Barbury Castle International Saved After new managers step In

The international horse trials at Barbary Castle in Wiltshire, England has once more been saved as a fixture, on this occasion by the intervention of Alec Lahore's Musketeer Event Management, who also run the internationals at Burnham Market and Houghton Hall amongst others. Barbury International runs from 4th - 7th July this year.

 - England's Barbury Castle International Saved After new managers step In

Long term sponsors St James Place are puling out
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Barbury has been under threat for a couple of seasons after changes in the management of the estate where it runs, but in 2017 the Event Rider Masters series took on the organisation role. However, the evolution of that series has seen it focus more on overseas venues in 2019 and coupled with the fact that Barbury's long time title sponsor, St James Place,  was pulling out, the future was looking bleak for an event which is massively popular with both riders and the public. The latter get the most spectacular views of the course  and the CIC3* has often been the final trial for European based championshp teams  so the audience can be sure of seeing the very best riders in action.

Alec Lochore is arguably the most experienced Event Director in the field. His previous roles include Eventing Competition Manager at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as well as Event Director of the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle 2015. His experience covers grass roots to championship, green field site to established venue, making him ideally suited to develop this spectacular venue.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to take over the running of Barbury International,” said Alec. “Since it first ran in 2005, the event has attracted many of the very best athletes in the sport and is a major fixture in the International Eventing calendar. British Eventing will always be indebted to Nigel and Penny Bunter who had the vision to start the event, running it up until 2016. I also pay respect to Chris Stone and the Event Rider Masters team who have organised it for the last couple of years and have been so supportive in this transition period. My team and I relish the chance to continue its success and build on its established popularity.”

To find out more about Musketeer Event Management, visit: www.musketeer.co.uk


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