A PRIZE fund of almost £50,000 promises to draw the best in the business to the second Bolesworth Castle Showjumping Classic and Country fair in Tattenhall this July.
Following on from last year’s hugely successful event where more than 12,000 spectators turned up to see some of the country’s best riders compete in the grounds of Bolesworth Castle, the organisers promise that this year’s event which will run from Friday July 10 to Sunday 12 July will be just as popular.
The Classic which is affiliated to the British Showjumping Association, will culminate in the Bolesworth Castle Grand Prix on the Sunday bringing to a close three days of competition, including a new 148 Pony Grand Prix.
This year as well as a top prize fund there will be a Twemlows Hall Bolesworth Scholarship. The winner of the scholarship will be the mare that accumulates the most prize money across the three 1.4m classes over the three days at Bolesworth. The winner will receive one free embryo transfer, from Twemlows Hall Stud Farm.
Organiser Nina Barbour whose family have lived at Bolesworth Castle for around 150 years said: “This a real community event, it is our way of giving back to those in the surrounding villages and we would love it if as many people from the local area would come along.
“It has been harder this year because we have lost some sponsors just due to the economic climate, but many of them have stuck with us.
“We hope it will be as successful as last year and the high prize fund should draw in both competitors and crowds.”
It is not all about the horses though as once again there will be a wide variety of trade stands, fairground attractions, a craft fair and a fine food marquee. Celebrity chef Brian Mellor, will also be there all weekend showing visitors the best way to use Cheshire’s produce.
This year the show has something extra to offer with a display by the Lancashire Rescue Bears Newfoundland Training Group. More than 20 of these water loving dogs will be jumping in Bolesworth’s lake demonstrating their rescue skills to the crowds.
The greatly anticipated dog show which attracted hundreds of entries last year will be held on the Saturday followed by a summer barbecue with live entertainment.
The event will be raising money for two charities - the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust an international organisation that raises funds for research into a cure for Spinal Cord Injuries, and Ronald McDonald House (RMCH) which support families with children in hospital.