THIS year’s Bolesworth Show Jumping Classic promises to bigger and better with an extra day of equestrian action.
Set in the grounds of Bolesworth Castle in Tattenhall, the Bolesworth Castle Showjumping Classic and Country Fair will take place from the 15 to 18 July.
Last year the show attracted more than 15,000 visitors who enjoyed a family day packed with equestrian competition and entertainment. This year the organisers will hope even more will come along and enjoy the show.
There will be more tightly contested showjumping classes, ranging from regional and novice classes showcasing up and coming talent as well as some of the UK’s most successful professional riders competing for a prize fund of £58,000 in the hotly contested higher level classes.
Nina Barbour whose family home is Bolesworth Castle and has organised the event said: “One of the biggest changes this year is the extra day. This allows us not only to have the new Eventing Grand Prix which is an exciting head to head competition, but it has enabled us to reorganise the timing of the events so we are not competing as late into the evening.”
As well as the equestrian shows there will be an opportunity for canine lovers to show off their pooches talent or good looks in a range of pedigree and novelty dog show classes. There will also be a display from the Lancashire Rescue Bears Newfoundland Training Group and a display from ‘Kate and Gin’, the famous duo from ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’
Nina added: “ The dog shows were extremely popular last year so we decided to extend them, so which ever day visitors come they can see a show.”
Nina said they have also changed some of the set up for the arenas whereby guests are closer to the action.
Another highlight of the four day event is the food tent which will once again a host of local producers showing off the wide variety of food the surrounding countryside has to offer.
Celebrity chef Brian Mellor once again will be hosting the food tent and showing off his culinary skills in a series of demonstrations throughout the event.
He said: “I will be showing visitors to the show some of my favourites recipes. But like last year I have also invited a number of local chefs from popular restaurants nearby to impart some of there cooking know how to the guests.”
Brian says he is already in the process of putting together a Bolesworth Classic Dish to launch at the event.