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Return of the Chatsworth International Horse Shows after a two-year absence – Destination Chesterfield

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By Josh Marais

The saddles are being polished and the new cross-country course is taking shape, as horses and riders run through their final preparations as world-class equestrian action returns to Chatsworth for the first time since 2019.

After a two-year hiatus imposed by Covid, the Chatsworth International Horse Trials in May will again provide an exciting spectacle as hundreds of competitors take part in the three-day event, including the specially designed cross-country course that winds through The art of burning man in the park.

With entries pouring in from around the world, anticipation is growing for elegant dressage, fascinating show jumping and thrilling cross-country, where amateur riders compete alongside world-class competitors.

Among the star names to watch are FEI world No. 1 rider and Tokyo team gold medalist Oliver Townend on five horses, and home interest with highly decorated Olympian Ian Stark OBE on Chatsworth Diamond, a horse owned by the Duchess of Devonshire and bred in Chatsworth. The Duchess has owned event horses for many years, including 1999 badminton winner Jaybee and 1999 Chatsworth winner Stanwick Ghost, both also ridden by Ian Stark, so hopes will be high for a strong performance from the pair .

Patricia Clifton, Chatsworth International Horse Trials, said: “We are delighted to once again be hosting these wonderful three days of action. The event never disappoints, offering something for enthusiasts and first-time visitors looking for a great day out. If you’ve never been there, I’d recommend the Ice Pond as a vantage point with a spectacular view of the entire site, and you can still catch the action on the big screen located in the food court. Families will have plenty to do in our kids area and don’t miss the family dog ​​show if you want to get involved!

For something fast and furious, British scurry and trial driving sees miniature ponies take on big spikes as their riders tackle an obstacle course against the clock. The competitions are family friendly and the rules are easy to follow.

Along with plenty of exciting competitive action, there’s entertainment for the whole family, including take-out dog agility, a family fun dog show, birds of prey demonstrations, and a dog and duck show.

Canine rescuers, the UK Rescue Bears, will have exhibits showing the skills of these Newfoundland dogs, as well as the chance to cuddle and take pictures with the gentle giants, while Nobby the Norfolk Horn, occupies the take center stage for The Sheep Show as his woolly friends are introduced to their catwalks, all to their own themed tunes.

Face painting, circus arts and pottery painting are also on offer, while the shopping village, with over 100 high quality stalls and a food walk, is perfect for those looking to indulge.

Early bird tickets are available until 8 May 2022. Friday admission tickets adult £15, child £10; Saturday/Sunday adult £30 per day, child £10 per day. All tickets include free parking and child rates are for ages 5-15 inclusive.

The event organizers are delighted to announce Walker & Morland as a new sponsor for 2022. Walker & Morland is a wellness brand that uses natural ingredients, including pure CBD isolate, to deliver relief and recovery from sport and an active lifestyle.

Chatsworth supports the town’s marketing and economic growth through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 190 organizations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.