Allerton Park is private parkland located next to Allerton Castle and is only open to the public on special dates throughout the year. Allerton Park Horse Trials is run by Lady Mowbray and John Johnstone and a team of over 200 volunteers. The event has been held for over 15 years, becoming an important date within the British Eventing Calendar, attracting over 500 riders of all levels and over 2,500 visitors.
Eventing is an all-round test of horsemanship. It’s one of very few sports that genuinely allow people to compete equally, whatever their experience. Men and women, amateurs and champions, young and experienced horses all compete fairly against each other, making it truly exciting for riders and spectators.
The courses, designed by Olympic Medallist Ian Stark (pictured), present a wide variety of challenges and be designed as flowing tracks over the undulating terrain. Bold fences, natural features and permanent sturdy constructions all put the riders to the test. Ian was featured in the BBC 1 Programme Chatsworth and also BBC Local coverage of Bramham Horse Trials. In this lakeside setting, we focus on the island water complex, making exciting viewing. Our course builder is Dominic Lawrence who helped to build the 2012 Olympic Course.
An event of this scale takes many months of planning and around 200 people are involved in one way or another to make it happen over the 3 days. We are always interested in hearing from people who want to get involved as volunteers. Experience is helpful but is not essential for most of the jobs on offer. Full training will be given.
We are registered as a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). As such it is a non-profit making partnership with all Net Profit being used for improvement of the event facilities and improvement in the sport, and where possible, donation to charity e.g. Air Ambulance and Riding for Disabled.
The Event takes place under the guidance of British Eventing– the governing body for the sport of Eventing in Great Britain. The Event is only possible thanks to the dedication of our Event Committee and a huge band of volunteers.