Olympic medallist at Chatsworth horse trials

Zara Phillips onboard Drops of Brandy in the Novice Section E show jumping at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Picture: Andrew Roe

Zara Phillips onboard Drops of Brandy in the Novice Section E show jumping at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Equestrian enthusiasts from across the country flocked to Chatsworth over the weekend for the annual International Horse Trials.

Thousands of people attended the action packed three-day event to watch around 500 entrants compete.

Zara Phillips onboard Rum Expectations in the Novice Section F cross country at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Picture: Andrew Roe

Zara Phillips onboard Rum Expectations in the Novice Section F cross country at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Picture: Andrew Roe

Among the riders were Olympic medallist and dual European champion Pippa Funnell.

Action today included showjumping and cross-country action for the advanced classes as well as the Dodson and Horrell Challenge, which has a first prize of £2,500.

Sam Horrell, marketing director of Dodson and Horrell said: “We are delighted to be back at Chatsworth for a third year as title sponsor and to have the opportunity to see some of the world’s best riders compete in such a fantastic setting, the Chatsworth team have done a great job in insuring that the event is a success once again”.

Aside from sport, many special attractions were also on offer for all the family.

Victoria Bridges, of Staffordshire onboard Boston Two Tip in the CIC* Section B show jumping at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Picture: Andrew Roe

Victoria Bridges, of Staffordshire onboard Boston Two Tip in the CIC* Section B show jumping at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Picture: Andrew Roe

There was dog agility, gundog displays, falconry displays, farmyard animals and an innovative sheep show presented by New Zealander Richard Savory, alongside dozens of trade stalls selling food, crafts and clothes.