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Sunday, 10 August 2008

Turnberry Horse Trials sponsored by
Clydesdale Bank Sunday 31 August

By: Murdoch MacDonald

THE first annual Turnberry Horse Trials sponsored by Clydesdale Bank will take place at Turnberry, Ayrshire on Sunday 31 August.

The British Eventing affiliated Turnberry Horse Trials replaces the one-day event previously held annually at Culzean Castle.

[Pictured with two of the trophies on offer at the new Turnberry Horse Trials: Event organiser Katrina Geddes, Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre managing partner Willie Mackie, and Agribusiness partner Rodney Wallace. Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Ayr is the sponsor of the Turnberry Horse Trials. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION]

Turnberry Horse Trials organiser Katrina Geddes explained the change of venue and date (the Culzean Horse Trials were held three weeks later in September).

“The new Turnberry Horse Trials has been moved in order to provide the best chance of a good day’s sport for British Eventing members.

[Pictured during planning and construction of a new course for the Turnberry Horse Trials: Alex Anderson (activities guide, Turnberry Hotel), Gerry Lapsley (activities director, Turnberry Hotel), Douglas Weymouth (British Eventing course builder) and Robert Macskimming (assistant course builder).]

“Following the disappointing eventing season last year when many events were cancelled or abandoned, our objective this year was to obtain an earlier date on the British Eventing calendar, which hopefully will bring better weather.”

[Pictured: Robert Macskimming, assistant course builder.]

Katrina Geddes continued: “Our new venue at Turnberry offers good well draining ground, more space and good dressage arenas, a new cross- country course with water splash, and all parking is on hard standing.”

Entries for the Turnberry Horse Trials close on 27 August 2008.

The sport of One-Day Eventing is a challenging test of horse and rider over three different horse riding disciplines, all of which are completed in the same day.

The three phases of the event are dressage, show jumping and cross-country riding.

One-Day Eventing is a testing and inclusive sport open to members from the year of their 14th birthday upwards.

See for further information on this and other British Eventing events.

The Classes at this year’s Turnberry Horse Trials are Intro, Pre Novice and Pre Novice Plus. There will be further developments next year including a planned Novice course.

Clydesdale Bank sponsored the last Culzean Horse Trials in 2007, and are sponsors of the new Turnberry Horse Trials this year.

Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre managing partner Willie Mackie said: “Clydesdale Bank are delighted to be the main sponsor of the 2008 Turnberry Horse Trials.

“Under the auspices of British Eventing there will be a very high calibre field of horses and riders across a number of different classes.

“Contributing to the day will be the magnificent back drop of Turnberry which is sure to add a unique dimension to the event.”

Westin Turnberry Resort director of sales and marketing Stephen Walker commented: “We are delighted that the Turnberry Horse Trials will be taking place here on the on 31 August 2008.

“This supports our objective of having a reputation not only as a world-class golf resort but as a venue for a number of events linked to country pursuits like the Horse Trials.

“It also supports Starwood Hotels & Resorts desire to play an active part in community events taking place in and around our properties.”

Entries for the Turnberry Horse Trials close on 27 August 2008.

The location of the Turnberry Horse Trials is adjacent to Turnberry Hotel off the A719 road between Turnberry and Maidens.

Spectator entrance is FREE.

The first dressage event commences at 8am.

For details of how to join British Eventing and enter competitions and for lists of events schedules, directions and entry details see

For further enquiries, telephone Katrina Geddes, 01655 740345.


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