Northumberland College prepares to host national eventing and dressage events at Kirkley Hall Equestrian Centre

Kirkley Hall Equestrian Centre
Kirkley Hall Equestrian Centre

Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus is preparing to host British Eventing and Affiliated British Dressage events this month.

The inaugural British Eventing One Day Event takes place on Sunday, June 9, with 280 competitors set to take part.

Riders and their horses will compete in the three disciplines of dressage, show jumping and cross country in seven sections, and there will be stalls and hospitality available.

The first Affiliated Dressage event will be held on Saturday, June 29, and will run monthly thereafter, on the new indoor riding surface, the same as that used at the London 2012 Olympics.

The Kirkley Hall campus, near Ponteland, has a its own equestrian centre, including a 25 horse stable yard, eight DIY stables for students, a demonstration area, two floodlit 60 by 30 metre outdoor all weather arenas, a cross country course and a 50 by 25 metre indoor arena.

Campus vice principal Marcus Clinton, also a British Show Jumping Association judge, said: “We are delighted to host these events, which give us the opportunity to showcase our riding arenas.

“We have been busy constructing the cross country course and I’m sure these new events will be a welcome addition to the north east show calendar.”

Equestrian centre manager John Tilley said: “I hope everyone has a really good time at these events.

“Work on our 2,000 metre cross country course has gone very well, with it receiving the approval of British Eventing inspectors.

“We’ve also had very positive support from local businesses in terms of sponsorship.”

Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus offers a range of equine courses from Level 1 up to HND level, course information can be found at www.northumberland.ac.uk

Information on how to enter the dressage competition can be found at www.britishdressage.co.uk