New look for 2020: Pony Club Area Trials and Unaffiliated

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.

2020 Schedule

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 for classes at 80cm, 90cm, 100cm, 105*S and 110cm – please see the full Brightling Park Horse Trials Schedule 2020 here.

Entries will open Friday 1st May 2020 and close Monday 15th June 2020. All qualifying Pony Club entries will be accepted. Unaffiliated “Open to the World” classes will be limited and will close when the section is full. A wait list will be kept.

All Pony Club classes to be run in accordance with Pony Club Eventing rules 2020 (to be published shortly) and all unaffiliated classes in accordance with 2020 BE rules.


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 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