Game of Thrones equine stars head to Gatcombe

  • The Devil’s Horsemen will be thrilling the crowds at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe (5-7 August) once again after a nine-year absence from the event.

    The Cossack-costumed riders will be hanging upside down, standing on the horses and performing other impressive feats of agility during daily performances across the weekend.

    Started more than 40 years ago by Gerard Naprous, the Devil’s Horsemen’s stunt team’s main work is for the film industry.

    Following the Festival of British Eventing, the team will travel to Belfast for filming of the next series of the epic TV fantasy drama show, Game of Thrones.

    Earlier this year the horses were used in the making of the first Wonder Woman film.

    There are now more than 100 horses at the stunt team’s Milton Keynes base – some are homebred, while others have been imported from Portugal, Spain and Hungary.

    Festival of British Eventing championships

    On the competition stage, The Festival of British Eventing will host the fourth leg of the Event Rider Masters (ERM) within the British Open Championship section, with the return of a standard advanced section running alongside.

    Olivia Wilmot riding ZEBEDEE DE FOJA at the Festival of British Eventing

    The event will also host the Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship, The Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship and the TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup, British Eventing’s restricted novice championship designed for riders who only compete up to novice level.

    The Festival of British Eventing will be the fourth of six ERM legs, which sees the top 40 riders (according to FEI ratings) competing against each other for record prize money of £50,000 per leg.

    Advance tickets are on sale now, priced £10 on Friday, £16 on Saturday and £18 on Sunday, with accompanied children aged 12 and under free of charge. Book tickets here

    Visitors will also be able to sample the culinary treats on offer in the Festival Food walk and shop in the over 100 trade stands at Gatcombe.

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