New look for Brightling Park Horse Trials

In 2020, Brightling Park Horse Trials will have a slightly new look. We will be hosting an unaffiliated horse trials with the addition of the South East Pony Club Area Trials on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June 2020.
Due to changes by British Eventing which are out of our control, we are unable to run international classes in 2020 but we are delighted to be able to welcome competitors and spectators to Brightling Park next year to have some sport and fun around our unique cross country course.

The Pony Club Trials will take place on Saturday 27 June, with the unaffiliated classes taking place on Sunday 28 June. We look forward to seeing you all again in June 2020.


Stabling is available on site, in the village and in the surrounding area.  Preference for on-site stabling is given to international competitors. Please contact Diana Grissell at [email protected] or on 01424 838241.

Gardie Grissell, Organiser

Brightling Park International Horse Trials has been running since 1987 and is organised by Gardie Grissell, joint owner of the Brightling Park Estate.

Gardie had a successful career as a racehorse trainer for 30 years and so understands the importance of producing good quality ground conditions. With the help of cross country course designer and builder, Scott Brickell, he aims to provide safe and enjoyable courses for horses with varying experience from BE90 to CIC2* so that competitors return year after year.

In the very wet summer of 2012, Gardie was praised for going ahead with the event, producing safe ground, despite the recent weather.



“Full marks to @BrightlingPark for running today, fab job done on course… Would run any of my horses on the ground.”
Tweet from a competitor, Phoebe Buckley
“Well done @BrightlingPark great job by all your stewards, volunteers and officials. A much needed run for all of us, thank you.”
Tweet from a competitor, Francis Whittington