Gatcombe’s unique atmosphere ensures it remains as popular with riders and spectators now as it has always been, with its undulating terrain providing great viewing for visitors while challenging riders of all levels.
The Doubleprint Festival of British Eventing will see horses at all stages in their eventing careers competing over Captain Mark Phillips’s cross-country tracks in the three British National Championships.
The British Novice and Intermediate Championships feature the best young horses in the country, while the Advanced (Open) Championships, with its thrilling cross-country phase in reverse order of merit, is a truly high-class international competition.
This year’s Open class includes entries from three former British champions. Last year’s champion Pippa Funnell has Primmore’s Pride, William Fox-Pitt is aiming to impress on Moon Man, while Mary King is going for a record fifth win with King Solomon III.
The 1989 British champion, Rodney Powell, has two entered, including the talented 14-year-old Flintstone IV, who will bid to make a comeback after his third place at Badminton in 2000.
As well as top class eventing at every level, the weekend promises a feast of family entertainment with displays in the main ring including falconry, the Royal Signals White Helmets motorcycle display team, dressage to music, a gun dog display, polo with the Beaufort Polo Club and a parade of the Royal Agricultural College Beagles.
Tickets are available on the gate from £6 on Friday and £10 on Saturday/Sunday. For more information (tel: 01937 541811) or visit: www.gatcombe-horse.co.uk
Getting to Gatcombe
M4: J15, take A419 to Stroud. From J17, take A429 to Malmesbury, B4014 through Tetbury. From J18, take A46 to Stroud, follow signs to Minchinhampton.
M5: J13, take A419 to Stroud, then follow signs to the event.
Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads at all times.
Doubleprint Festival of British Eventing timetable
Friday, 1 August
Dressage arena: novice championship and advanced 9am
Saturday, 2 August
Dressage arena: all sections 8am
Sunday, 3 August
Dressage arena: intermediate & open championships 8am
Gatcombe’s all time greats
|2002||Mallard’s Treat||A Nicholson NZL||British champion||Primmore’s Pride||P Funnell|
|2000||Moon Man||W Fox-Pitt|
|1999||Word For Word||M Todd NZL|
|British champion||Westlord||P Clark|
|1998||Ready Teddy||B Tait NZL|
|British champion||Too Smart||K Dixon|
|1997||Darien Powers||A Hoy AUS|
|British champion||King Solomon III||M King|
|1996||King William||M King|
|1994||Too Smart||K Dixon|
|1993||Lighter Than Air||D O’Connor USA|
|British champion||Welton Houdini||G Leng|
|1992||Sir Barnaby||P Nolan|
|1991||King William||M Thomson|
|1990||King Boris||M Thomson|
|1989||Bahlua||M Todd NZL|
|British champion||The Irishman II||R Powell|
|1988||Charisma||M Todd NZL|
|British champion||The Gamesmaster||R Lemieux|
|1987||Night Cap II||V Leng|
|1986||JJ Babu||B Davidson USA|
|British champion||Night Cap II||V Leng|
|1985||Charisma||M Todd NZL|
|1984||Village Gossip||L Green|
|1983||Mairangi Bay||D Green AUS|