More than 17,000 visitors attended this year’s Bolesworth International (14-18 June) – a record number for the annual five-day equestrian extravaganza. The show’s Managing Director Nina Barbour said the “new-look” event was designed to attract even more attendees.

New additions to the show alongside the top-class horse sport included a women in business day, with TV presenter, journalist and author Louise Minchin among celebrities taking part, as well as a business networking event fronted by legendary jockey Sir AP McCoy.

“Our love of horses and showjumping is paramount and at the centre of everything we do at the Bolesworth International,” she said. “But we wanted to do even more for our visitors this summer, especially families, which is why we introduced so many different elements. From live entertainment to fairground rides, activities for dogs, children’s games, action-packed shows and the EV driving zone – a particular favourite on Father’s Day – we tried to cover all bases.

“The feedback and numbers we’ve had through the gates were astonishing, we are absolutely thrilled and thank everyone who was a part of the event this year. From our brilliant staff to the competitors, stall holders, event partners and all of those people who bought tickets, we are incredibly grateful and look forward to seeing you at further events in the months ahead.”

This year’s showjumping classes culminated in victory in the Cavago CSI3* Grand Prize for Ireland’s Billy Twomey, riding Chat Botte E.D. In the eVet Drug-sponsored Puissance, the winners were Guy Williams and Mr Blue Sky, who jumped 2.15m in the final round, and Veneno, ridden by Scotsman Graham Gillespie, who took the top spot in the Dodson & Horrell 1.50m jump-off.

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