The Festival of British Eventing has been voted Equestrian Event of the Year.

The event, held each August at Gatcombe Park, incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice National Championships.

Voted for by owners of trade stands, the Festival of British Eventing took the award ahead of Devon Equine, The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and the Royal Highland Show.

Director Tim Henson was presented with the award at the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) annual dinner on Sunday, 17 February.

Mr Henson said: “It was fantastic to have been nominated and even better to collect the award. We at the Festival really do value the input that trade stands make to our show — they are a valuable asset and an integral part of the Festival. The award also recognises the efforts in our team in looking after the trade stands.”

This is the third year that the award has been presented. The two previous winners were Bramham (2005) and Blair Castle (2006).

The 2008 event takes place from 1-3 August. For more information: www.gatcombe-horse.co.uk