Barbury is too good to miss covering eventing, rural life – and now food.
BARBURY INTERNATIONAL Horse Trials, from June 28 to July 1, holds an extra frisson of excitement this year as it is the venue for the British Eventing Team’s last run out before the Olympics. No tickets for London 2012? Barbury is the place to head for. Held in a natural amphitheatre in the landscape, this is one of the best views you will ever get of a crosscountry course, bringing the adrenalin fuelled muscular manoeuvres that bit closer.
Running alongside the horse trials over the weekend, the Wiltshire County Show celebrates rural life, with pedigree livestock parades; displays of agricultural machinery, army and vintage cars; sheep dog trials; bird of prey demonstrations and even ferret and llama racing. With a huge array of shopping stands, offering everything from stylish fashions to designer jewellery, there is plenty to see and do, but this year Barbury is also offering a foodie first over the weekend. If, after watching all the action, you are as hungry as a horse, the CGA
Festival of Food, organised by CLC Events, promises to be an exciting take on food from inspiring chefs. Celebrity chef Brian Turner of Ready, Steady, Cook fame headlines is no stranger to the horse world. He says: “I am really looking forward to coming to the Barbury Horse Trials in the very heart of the stunning Wiltshire countryside. “Having once ridden in a charity horse race at Windsor, it will be great to see some of the best event riders in the world in action and then it is my turn in the cookery theatre. I hope to see the crowds there.”