top of page
 21st and 22nd September 2024



Ian Stark

Course designers and builders

Olympic medallist Ian Stark OBE has been Course designer at Allerton Park since 2010, adding the Advanced course to the existing BE100, Novice and Intermediate courses in 2012. He also designs at Bramham and Chatsworth, as well as various courses in USA. His courses are designed to encourage forward riding, be educational and suitably challenging for the horse and rider. He has been featured on BBC1 in a programme about Chatsworth, and on the local news about Bramham.


Our course builder Rob Mcskimming took the reins in 2019 to build the BE100 and the novice tracks, Rob really put his stamp on the courses however more is to come in the following years from Rob.


Allerton Park Horse Trials are fully affiliated to British Eventing, our sport’s national governing body which provides guidance on management, Health & Safety, and technical advice.                                                                                                                                                         

John Johnstone and Lady Nell Mowbray are Joint Organisers, aided by a Committee of about twenty members all of whom contribute with their own special skills and knowledge.

Apart from this we rely on a huge team of volunteers. There is always plenty to do in the months prior to the event, and even more opportunities to help over the event weekend.

Trials Wouldn't Happen Without Volunteers!


The Trials Wouldn't Happen Without Volunteers!

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.  

What a lot of jumps to paint!


Our work starts around mid-August painting all the jumps both portable and the fixed fences within the park.and clearing the tracks through the woods


September is when we need to do some serious mowing of Showjumping and Dressage Arenas as well as the areas by the lake. We have sit on lawnmower!

In the week running up to the event we have the following tasks which will be given specific dates closer to the time:

  • Roping off the showjumping and dressage arenas, warm up areas and walkways

  • Start flagging the four Cross Country Tracks and stringing where required

  • Wash all event signage and dressage boards and start dressing fences

  • Marking out trade stand area, putting up signage and sponsorship boards 

  • Making up judges packs and setting up Sponsor and Secretary Marquees

Can you help?

John Johnstone, organiser, would love to hear from anyone who can spare a few hours to help us.

Please contact: 07768 864544 or email:

Thank you in advance for your help and support.

bottom of page