Last year’s Bolesworth Showjumping Classic contributed more than £1.7 million to the Cheshire economy, a survey by Visit Chester and Cheshire has revealed.

More than £750,000 was spent on the Bolesworth show site itself by the 18,000 visitors to last year’s show.

The organisers of the show held at Bolesworth Castle, on the A41 between Chester and Whitchurch, says it is one fast becoming one of the UK’s most prestigious equestrian and country events.

Despite the tough economic climate, more than 60 traders will be at Bolesworth this year (9-12 June) — an increase of 40 per cent on last year.

Show organiser, Nina Barbour said: “At Bolesworth, we have always aimed to generate income for the local economy and we delighted that so many traders are heading for Bolesworth this year.”

The highlight of Bolesworth this year will be the Express Eventing qualifier (11 June), where 2011 Badminton champion, Mark Todd and former Badminton and Burghley winner, Oliver Townend will be in action.

On Sunday, (June 12) the Bolesworth Classic Grand Prix has prize money totalling £18,000. Past competitors include John Whitaker, Nick Skelton, Robert Smith, Michael Whitaker, Geoff Billington, Billy Twomey and Ellen Whitaker.

And The X Factor’s Ruth Lorenzo headlines the Bolesworth Big Night Out on Saturday night.

For more information, go to www.bolesworthclassic.com