2022 Firle Place Area Festival Preview | An Eventful Life

2022 Firle Place Area Festival Preview


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Organised by the team at BEDE Events, Firle Place Country Show and Horse Trials takes place on May 14th and 15th, hosting the first British Eventing Area Festival on the 2022 calendar. 

Last week saw the BE90 and BE100 Grassroots Championships at Badminton and coming up very soon is the NAF Five Star BE80 Championship – the route to these prestigious Championships in 2023 is through the four BE Area Festivals, starting at Firle Place this weekend.

“The British Eventing Area Festivals are a fantastic initiative for the sport in general but especially for grass roots riders wanting to work towards a championship atmosphere in a stunning location” says Stuart Buntine of BEDE Events

Area Championships will be held for BE80(T), BE80(T) Open, BE90, BE90 Open, BE100 and BE100 Open levels.

Firle will also include regional final qualifications at BE80(T), BE90 and BE100 with the top percentage of combinations going on to compete at the BE90 and BE 100 Championships held at Badminton and the BE80(T) Championship at Bramham.

Held in the South Downs National Park in the village of Firle, Sussex, the idyllic Firle Estate was used as a primary location in the new film adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma which starred Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn and Miranda Hart.

The Firle Estate sits in the heart of the South Downs National Park and is just 60 miles from the centre of London. It incorporates several villages and farms spread over rolling hills, with Firle a thriving rural community set in one of the most picturesque parts of the United Kingdom.

From craft stalls to dog shows and dog agility, terrier racing, gun dog displays and a wide range of artisan food and drink stalls, the event is one not to be missed in the south of the country.

If you are a classic car fan, Brighton SexMogs will be in attendance with their Classic Morgan Cars.

A fantastic funfair will include bungy trampolines, a small children’s carousel, mini bumper cars and an inflatable slide if you’re looking for some good old fashioned fun.

While the hugely popular Dog and Duck display run by the legendary Chris Jupp with his sheepdog and ducks will also be on hand to entertain the crowds.

The Firle Place Country Show and Horse Trials has also secured a new supporting sponsor this year in leading horse feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell.

Well known for their well-established performance feed range, Dodson & Horrell are keen supporters of the eventing world, with brand ambassadors including Olympic Gold medallist Tom McEwen and Badminton winners Laura Collett and Piggy March to name a few.