The Traxdata Royal International Horse Show (25-29 July) reports strong entries in both the showing and show jumping arenas, despite the loss of many early shows around the country.
There wereworries that the change in the qualification procedures for the showing classes would allow a lower quality entry to come forward. To avoid this, a policy of pre-judging was introduced. However, show secretary Lizzie Bunn has said that pre-judging of classes will be kept to a minimum.
Competition is also hotting up for the Lotus Eventing Grand Prix, supported by Horse & Hound, in which the top event riders challenge the show jumpers over a specially-designed course which includes both natural andcoloured fences.
Riders who have missed being able to shop at the big events, such as Badminton, can look forward to the chance to browse and buy at Hickstead, where every trade stand space is booked.
Competitors and spectators at the Royal International are reminded that full DEFRA regulations will be in place for the duration of the show. This means that all dogs must be left at home, as those people who try to bring dogs will not be allowed entry to the showground.
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