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Aske

With kind permission of the Earl & Countess of Ronaldshay, Aske Horse Trials takes place in the majestic, sweeping grounds of the Aske Estate. With grounds attributed to Capability Brown, and the stunning Aske Hall as a backdrop, there is no better place to host one of the most prominent events in the UK’s equestrian calendar.

Aske Hall is one of the North’s most beautiful Georgian stately homes, with the beginnings of the Hall as we know it today being built in the early 1700s. Sir Lawrence Dundas purchased the estate in the mid-1700s, and it has been in the family ever since.

Aske Horse Trials has always had a close association with the Zetland Hunt and it's thanks to the ongoing involvement of the hunt and it's supporters that the event has a special place in the hearts of those that enjoy eventing.  You can find out more information about the Zetland Hunt on its website www.zetlandhunt.org

Flatter areas lend themselves perfectly to dressage and show jumping arenas, whilst the gently undulating parkland makes for a fantastic cross country course, and with a new course designer hard at work, this is an exciting time for the Horse Trials!

What is Eventing?

If you’re new to eventing, here’s a quick summary of the three different disciplines involved. You can also find out more on the British Eventing website.

Dressage

Dressage combines supreme control and technical excellence. The slightest, often unseen signal from the rider alters the direction and movement of the horse. Performing a set number of moves in a fixed routine, for dressage, horses must be highly trained and extremely fit.

Cross Country

Horse and riders tackle up to 25 fixed obstacles of varying height in one of the sport’s most exciting events. Often moving at high speed, technical perfection, peak condition and absolute trust between horse and rider are required for this amazing spectacle.

Showjumping

Nothing beats showjumping for speed, accuracy and sound judgement. Horses jump a set combination of fences in a stated order. Riders must be absolutely focused on their horse, obtain clean jumps and avoid penalties.


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