Wilton Horse Trials

By Wilton Horse Trials

The Whitehead Vizard Wilton Horse Trials takes place, by kind permission of the Earl of Pembroke and the Trustees of the Wilton House Trust, on the Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July for the 43rd time

The Whitehead Vizard Wilton Horse Trials will take place, by kind permission of the Earl of Pembroke and the Trustees of the Wilton House Trust, on the Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July for the 43rd time, the 13th time Whitehead Vizard Solicitors in Salisbury as title sponsor and the 22nd year for Organiser Anthony Ffooks.

There will further tweaks to the cross country start and finish position. The new position is at the top side of the lorry park. The biggest changes, after a request from Sir Mark Todd, are the transformation of the three turtles into ladybirds! It has been great fun sourcing materials for their legs. Eventually it was help from Hillbrush at Mere who suggested broom handles and 6” dyed coconut fibre glued to them, as was used for the Harry Potter spiders!

What makes Wilton Horse Trials unique? Firstly the longevity, 42 years, we are the longest continuously running Horse Trials in the south of England. Secondly, the location in the stunning Wilton Park with the backdrop of Wilton House, the River Nadder and the Palladian Bridge and thirdly the quiet and highly efficient organisation only made possible by invaluable Fence and Section sponsors and advertiser as well as over 100 hard working officials, stewards and volunteers who look after the safety and wellbeing of over 500 horses and riders and 3-5000 spectators over the weekend!

What else is new this year? "After a very difficult time last year caused entirely by the weather...too hot for months leading up to the event hence a shortage of riders, followed by heavy rain and gales on both days, hence a shortage of spectators, there are not many real changes. I always vary the courses a little each year but the real reason that riders keep coming back is because the liked what was there last year and wholesale changes are not helpful," says Course Designer and Organiser Anthony Ffooks

On both Saturday and Sunday the dressage start at 8.30am, the show jumping at 9am and the cross country at 10am, and all three phase will go on until around 5.30pm.

There will be a chance of seeing most of the top International riders competing on a variety of their most experienced and young and progressive horses on both days. BE100 and Novice classes will be on Saturday and Intermediate, Open Intermediate, Novice and BE100 will be on Sunday.

If you require any further information please go on the Wilton Horse Trials website which is, which has a short three minute video on the home page which was drone filmed last year, by Elevate, and will give you a real taste of 'A Day at Wilton Horse Trials'.


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