This year’s Chatsworth Horse Trials (10-12 May 2013) is sponsored by Dodson & Horrell. The cross-country course is running in the opposite direction to previous years and Horse & Hound editor Lucy Higginson catches up with course designer Ian Stark ahead of the event.

Chatsworth Horse Trials take place in Chatsworth Park, on the banks of the River Derwent, in Bakewell, Derbyshire from 10-12 May.

Top names competing in the three-star event include Pippa Funnell, William Fox-Pitt, Zara Phillips, Andrew Nicholson and Mark Todd.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day — entry to Friday’s event costs £10 per person and Saturday and Sunday tickets are £15 each.

Activities taking place at Chatsworth Horse Trials in addition to the CIC one-star and CIC three-star events include the Burghley young horse four-and-five-year-old qualifiers, Pony Club mounted games, dog agility and a parade of Barlow and High Peak hounds. There are also close to 100 trade stands in attendance, for those after some retail therapy.