Bramham Horse Trials

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Bramham International Horse Trials is one of the Europe's leading three-day events, taking place every June at Bramham Park, near Wetherby in Yorkshire. The event attracts around 60,000 spectators over four days of competition.[1]

The Event[edit]


The event first ran in 1974 under the direction of George Lane Fox, owner of Bramham Park and was won by American rider Bruce Davidson from a field of only 25. The horse trials has grown considerably over the years, gaining international status in 1981. There has only been one cancellation in the event's history, which was in 2000 due to the foot and mouth disease epidemic.

The main horse trials regularly attracts in excess of 140 competitors internationally.[2] In 2012 Bramham attracted its largest ever field, and was used by many as a final run for the London 2012 Olympics..

In 2016 it was used as the Olympic Trial for the British Team, which was won by Gemma Tattersall.[3]


The horse trials is a 3-star level international event and hosts four classes: CCI*** senior; CCI*** British Under 25 Championship; CIC***; and Event Rider Masters CIC***.

A host of other arena classes are held alongside the main event. These include British Show Jumping classes; hunter and young stock classes; Burghley Young Event Horse competition; and a stallion parade.

Event Timetable[edit]

Day Events
Thursday CCI***, CCI*** U25 and CIC*** dressage, hunter and young stock classes
Friday CCI***, CCI*** U25 and CIC*** dressage, Burghley Young Event Horse competition
Saturday CCI***, CCI*** U25 and CIC*** cross country, British Show Jumping classes, Pony Club mounted games and Pony Club show jumping
Sunday CCI***, CCI*** U25 and CIC*** show jumping, British Show Jumping classes, Pony Club mounted games

Notable Dates[edit]

Year Notable Event
1974 Bramham three day event was born; the inaugural Stirling section winner was Bruce Davidson with Paddy from a field of 25
1981 The event gains international status and Mike Etherington-Smith joins as cross country course designer
1985 After a couple of years of hosting the a Young Rider section, Bramham is awarded the official British Young Rider Championships
1986 Mary King becomes the first rider to finish first and second with King Cuthbert and Silverstone, respectively
1988 Jane Wallace (then Thelwall) becomes the first rider to score back-to-back wins with King's Jester; Mike Tucker becomes the new cross country course designer
1989 Bill Henson begins his 11-year involvement with the horse trials as Event Director
1997 Captain Mark Phillips takes over as cross country course designer
2000 Sue Benson adds her name to the esteemed list of cross country course designers
2001 The event is cancelled for the first time in its history due to the foot and mouth disease epidemic
2002 The British Young Rider Championship is extended to the British Under 25 Championship, the first of which is won by Zara Phillips on Toytown
2003 Gail Dale, the event's long-standing secretary retires after a 21-year involvement with the event
2005 The first year that Bramham runs in the 'short format' without roads, tracks and steeplechase
2010 Ian Stark becomes takes over as cross country course designer and makes a big change using previously unused features in the Park
2011 Course builder of the London 2012 Olympics, David Evans joins the team as cross country course builder
2012 Bramham attracts its largest ever field and is used by many as a final run for the London 2012 Olympics
2013 The event sees its 40th anniversary, and the first without founder George Lane Fox who died in 2012
2014 William Fox-Pitt proves his title as 'King of Bramham' with his eighth win, this time riding Chilli Morning
2017 Yoshiaki Oiwa becomes the first Japanese rider to win at CCI*** level outside Japan, riding Calle 44


  1. ^ Official figures; The Estate Office, Bramham Park
  2. ^ "Burghley Direct Web Page". BDWP: Bramham Results 2015. 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Horse and Hound". Retrieved 18 April 2017.