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Expanded Hospitality, Pony Club Competition, and a Fundraising Ball: Changes Afoot for Eventing Spring Carnival
February 10, 2023

There’s plenty of excitement in the pipeline as preparations for the Eventing Spring Carnival at Thoresby Park, Notts., continue on apace.

The event, set to take place from 31 March – 2 April 2023, has firmly established itself as one of the country’s foremost eventing fixtures, with an entry list that reliably features Olympic medallists, five-star winners, and stars-in-the-making, too. Its early season position makes it an ideal preparatory run for the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials CCI5* a month later, and fans of the sport hoping to get a glimpse of the frontrunners – and enjoy proximity to their favourite riders – can enjoy doing both in this spectacular parkland setting.

For the second year, Captain Mark Phillips will assist in designing the cross-country course alongside BEDE Events’ Stuart Buntine, ensuring that competitors benefit from a wealth of experience for this pivotal early run. All international classes will be held on the expansive lawn in front of Thoresby Hall, too, lending a heritage feel to this popular new fixture. The battle for the highly coveted Lycetts Grantham Cup CCI4*-S will come to a head with the cross-country finale on Sunday, while Friday’s competitors and visitors will enjoy a day packed with competition sponsored by Warner Leisure.

A spate of new additions to the event fills the weekend’s calendar: Pony Club competitors will enjoy the opportunity to jump in the main arena on both Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday afternoon playing host to a Mini Major competition for Junior and Senior competitors and Sunday, the Area 6 team competition.

Saturday evening offers the chance to don glad rags in fine company, as last year’s hugely successful charity ball returns to Thoresby Hall with an aim to raise £10,000 for sporting charities through ticket sales and a silent auction on the night. Tickets are available for £85 per person, sold as a table of ten.

This year, BEDE Events has incentivised local businesses to get involved with the event with its innovative ‘Win a Sponsorship’ competition. For a £200+VAT entry fee, which includes access to the event and the brand new Allstar B hospitality enclosure, businesses will be entered into a draw for a chance to see their branding writ large on one of the fences at the heart of the cross-country course and included in all associated event promotions – a prize package worth over £1500+VAT.

And speaking of that new Allstar B enclosure: it’s the place to be for this year’s event, with complimentary breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea available in a prime viewing spot overlooking the main arena and the cross-country course. Throughout the competition, top riders and eventing professionals – including European Champion Nicola Wilson, leading coach Caroline Moore, and former World Champion Ros Canter – will visit the enclosure to lead educational and entertaining talks in a format that takes inspiration from Formula One’s Paddock Club, and live-streaming will be available throughout the competition, too, to allow members to sit and enjoy the event in comfort. Allstar B Enclosure passes are priced at £85 per person, per day for the duration of the Eventing Spring Carnival. Members’ and day passes are available from £9 per person, as ticket prices are frozen at the 2022 rate.

Eventing enthusiasts who’d like the chance to meet their heroes will relish the addition of the Equitex Rider Zone, which will play host to a number of meet-and-greets with riders and brand ambassadors within the expansive trade and food village.

For those who prefer horsepower to horses, the classic car meet held across the weekend will be sure to provide some great entertainment with over 500 rare and restored automobiles expected in attendance.

“This year’s Eventing Spring Carnival is guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever, with something to keep every member of the family entertained,” says Stuart Buntine of BEDE Events. “Whether it is our ‘Kids in the Courtyard’ activities, fairground attractions, local and artisan food avenue, the hospitality enclosures or the world-class sporting action.”

The Eventing Spring Carnival at Thoresby Park takes place from 31 March – 2 April, and with something on the agenda for all the family, it’s a can’t-miss entry for the diary. To book advanced tickets, and save on the gate price, visit www.bede-events.co.uk