Move quickly to be involved at Houghton International three-day event

The Houghton International three-day event takes place later this month.

The Houghton International three-day event takes place later this month. - Credit: Archant

With new classes in both showing and showjumping being hosted at the Houghton International three-day event later this month, you need to act quickly if you want to part of the action as entries close soon.

Showing classes take place on Friday, May 24 and Saturday 25, with showjumping under way on all three days of Friday to Sunday. There is a wide range of both affiliated and unaffiliated showing classes and in addition, affiliated showjumping also comes to Houghton for the first time with a prize pot of £4,500, point trophies and leading rider awards.

On the Friday, in the main ring there will be classes from 1.10m up to 1.30m, including British Showjumping Scope Festival Qualifiers, while on the Saturday and Sunday there is something for everyone with the full range of classes from 90cm up to 1.30m. Sunday sees the turn of the pony riders with British Showjumping classes from 80cm up to 1.10m and trophies for every class. Online entries for all classes can be made via www.houghtoninternational.co.uk and showjumping enquiries should be directed to Norfolk Showjumping Club on 07585 747717.

Showing classes take place on the Friday and Saturday kicking off with RIHS qualifiers for hunters, riding horses, cobs hacks and working hunters as well as retrained racehorses qualifiers for Hickstead and the Royal Windsor on the Friday. On Saturday, it will be the turn of the working hunter ponies, coloureds, mountain and moorlands, ponies and horses with in hand and ridden qualifiers for Equifest, BSPA Championships of colour, Veteran Horse Showing Championships, Royal London and Chiltern Rider Championships. Again, entries can be made online or enquiries should be directed to showing secretary, Adrian Soskin: asoskin@houghtoninternational.co.uk

Sue Rawding, a past winner of the HOYS Show Hunter of the Year on her own and her husband's home bred Reaction back in 2004, will be one of the highly acclaimed judges in the hot seat. 'I have been privileged to judge as well as ride at HOYS,' said Sue. 'This new show is an exciting development and we are all really looking forward to it.'

Ticket prices start at £7 for adults and £4 children. Showing and show jumping entries close on May 14, although entries will still be taken on the day for showjumping.