Powderham Castle Horse Trials ceases to run from 2010

  • Organisers of an advanced horse trials in Devon have called time on the event.

    Powderham Castle Horse Trials, which has been running for 40 years, will not take place in 2010.

    Joint organiser Arthur Stevens said the decision was taken for a combination of reasons.

    “Not one element alone has lead to this decision, but it is the culmination of many factors that are outside our control that means we have to cancel Powderham from next year,” he said.

    “It was always our objective to keep an advanced event in the West Country but sadly this has not proved a viable proposition.”

    The horse trials has always been held mid-April, and well supported by top riders — Zara Phillips and Andrew Nicholson won the advanced sections at this year’s event, in which over 60 riders competed.

    British Eventing (BE) regional director for the south west Robert Mackenzie described the loss of Powderham as a “real disappointment”.

    “It has always been a really well supported spring event by both riders and spectators,” he said. “Set in the picturesque Exe Valley it is a real draw with excellent courses.

    BE spokesman Liza Randall said a replacement event would probably not be sought.

    “We will more likely look for an event locally that can take some of its classes,” she said.

    Joint organiser Mr Arthuer added: “We are grateful for the support of our title sponsors, Clydesdale Bank and Stephens Scown Solicitors, plus all the help we’ve received over the years the Courtenay family [owners of Powderham Castle] and BE.”

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