With just days to go until this year’s Bolesworth International (14-18 June) a host of star names have been unveiled.

Legendary jockey Sir AP McCoy will front a business networking on Friday (16 June) alongside Michael Owen, while equestrian greats Geoff Billington, Nicola Wilson, Gemma Stevens and defending Bolesworth Grand Prix winner Louise Saywell are to compete in the high-class equestrian competitions.

Other well-known names due to compete include Joe Stockdale, Sienna Charles, Anthony Condon, Guy Williams and Angelie Von Essen. Para dressage star Sir Lee Pearson CBE is to present the prizes for the Trooping the Colour Charity Park Ride in aid of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) on Thursday (15 June).

Also on Thursday, Wrexham AFC chief executive Fleur Robinson will join TV presenter, journalist and author Louise Minchin and Ernst and Young tax strategist Victoria Price for the Women in Business Day.

Bolesworth’s Managing Director Nina Barbour said the team are aiming to achieve 250,000 annual visitors ahead of the Castle’s 200th anniversary in 2028.

“From Wednesday to Sunday we have so much happening, especially on Friday onwards when we have more than 100 shops and attractions available,” said Nina. “Whether it’s a relaxing day with the family, action and adventure, live entertainment, the equestrian competitions, or the opportunity to network, we have it all.

“And from the showjumping perspective some of the biggest names on the international circuit will be here, to compete and attend other events, so there is the opportunity to get up close and meet some of your favourite stars.

“Tickets are selling fast so we urge people to get in touch soon – whether it’s for one day or the whole event, we look forward to seeing you next week!”

The event also features live music, with DJs Trevor Nelson and Phoebe d’Abo, soul outfit The Brand New Heavies, and Rick Parfitt Jr and the RPJ Band set to take the stage on Friday and Saturday night. Elsewhere, there will be barbecue masterclasses, a shopping village, a kids’ zone with funfair, inflatables, land and water zorbs, a wildlife zone, beekeeping, falconry, pony rides, stunt horses and an auction, as well as camping pitches.

Dogs are welcome, with family dog shows, training and have-a-go agility sessions, retail outlets and canine activities over the course of the weekend.

“The response we’ve had so far has been absolutely fantastic,” added Nina. “We have gone bigger and better than ever as we know that – after what has been a challenging time – people want to have fun, enjoy themselves and experience something a little different, something that will bring a smile to their face.

“This year’s Bolesworth International will guarantee that, we just can’t wait to get started.”

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