Following an outstandingly successful launch in 2012 ‐ which saw over four thousand members of the public in attendance ‐ the Les Prairies Horse Trials, in association with Baker & Partners, returns to St John on 14th and 15th September 2013. This year, however, the event will be running side by side with a family‐friendly Country Show, dubbed the Jersey North Show.
Christian May, Chairman of the Les Prairies Horse Trials Association, explained ‘with the popularity of the event village in the first year of the horse trials, especially the children’s attractions, it seemed only natural that we should follow the example of national equestrian events and run a country show alongside the sporting competition.’
This year the Jersey North Show will feature a great range of children’s attractions including a fairground carousel, inflatable play areas, pony rides, a dog agility show, a farmyard animal petting area, on‐stage acoustic music, face painting, fancy dress and much more. For the adults there will be a wide range of exhibitors and local craftsmen on site, as well as an extensive food village and several bars.
We want to create a truly inclusive community event and will be announcing more attractions and activities on our Facebook and Twitter feed (@jerseynorthshow) over the coming weeks. One area where we’d like to attract some local talent is our afternoon tea and cake baking competition – a staple of English country shows – that we hope will generate some friendly rivalry for the first place rosette!’
The horse trials themselves, run in aid of Jersey Hospice Care, will be taking place throughout the weekend – with the organisers confident that there will be plenty to keep the equestrian community challenged. Several new cross country jumps have been constructed, with a total of twenty eight on site, making it Jersey’s biggest and most diverse cross country course. The skills of local riders will also be put to the test in dressage and show jumping as part of the two day event.
The trials are open to all levels of competitors, from the basic Introductory and Novice Classes to the more testing Intermediate or Advanced Classes, where the show and cross country jumps are higher and more complex.
‘Whether you come to compete, spectate or support a particular rider, you can still enjoy all the attractions of the North Show and vice versa’ said Mr May. ‘We hope that those people who come for a weekend with their families or just to enjoy the attractions at the North Show may find themselves fans of eventing by the time they leave.
We are very lucky to have continued support from our sponsors, including law firm Baker & Partners and H Letto & Sons jewellers, meaning that we are able to offer greater prizes to competitors this year. With their contributions we are also able to cover a majority of the costs of setting up and running the event, ensuring that we can give a greater donation to Jersey Hospice Care.’
Further information can be found on the event websites www.lesprairieshorsetrials.com and www.jerseynorthshow.com.