H&H eventing columnist Mark Phillips is to design the CIC2* cross-country course at Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials next year.

The plans are already underway for the 2015 event — which will be held from 22-24 May — at the park in Rockingham Castle, in Leicestershire.

Mark has been for a walk around the site and is already planning several changes to the layout, which are under discussion.

“We are thrilled to have Mark Phillips on board,” said event organiser Andrew Norman.

“His enviable CV, which includes designing the courses at Burghley, the Festival of British Eventing and Luhmuhlen, mean that he needs no introduction.

“His courses are highly regarded by competitors who have already given the event their vote of approval over the past two years.

“This is the perfect news for us as we strive to make the Rockingham Castle Horse Trials a ‘must go to’ event both for riders and spectators.”

Rockingham replaced Brigstock International Horse Trials – which was dropped from the British Eventing calendar in 2012.

This year’s CIC2* was won by Gemma Tattersall riding Quicklook V, who finished ahead of Tim Price on Bango.

The first CIC2* section was won by Oliver Townend on Sandiman II.

For more information visit: www.rockinghamcastlehorsetrials.com