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Something new is coming to the Isle of Wight, bringing with it fun for all the family. On Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th July, Osborne House in East Cowes will be host to the inaugural London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials. Visiting the trials what better place to stay than the Montpelier in Sandown

Visitors are being given the opportunity to witness the first event of its kind on the Isle of Wight which will be brought to life in just a weeks’ time.

Fans making the trip to the Isle of Wight (and locals too!) will get the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Andrew Hoy, Australian Olympian who holders no fewer that 3 gold medals and has an eventing career spanning 45 years. Andrew will be riding three horses across the 2-day event.

The traditional format of eventing has been streamlined by BEDE Events Managing Director, Stuart Buntine. Stuart says:

“We have introduced a short and snappy dressage test, show-jumping and a thrilling cross country challenge, all taking place within just 5 hours to really up the test!

“We’re so excited to be introducing the Isle of Wight to both eventing and its new format. We love spreading the word of our sport, so to reach out to the island makes us feel very excited for the future of eventing.”

Amazingly, 6,500 Island primary school children have been given free tickets to next week’s event. There is certainly plenty of things to do for all the family…

9 Fabulous Family Activities at the London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials

1 – Explore the House

Take a look inside the holiday home of the Royals. There is so much to see in this beautiful house you can even take a peak in Queen Victoria’s bath tub! This trip back in time is sure to inspire your little Princess and Princesses. How many horses can you spot on your adventures?

2 – Discover Swiss Cottage

Can you find the little cottage in the woods? Explore this museum of treasures collected by the royal children, rumour has it there is a 5 legged deer! Head out into the garden and follow the adventure trail to the playground, look out for a Royal Chihuahua on your way.

3 – Feel the Sand Between your Toes

Is there any better feeling than walking along a beautiful beach ice cream in hand? Come armed with bucket and spade, can you recreate Osborne House in sand? Cool off little feet with a paddle in the crystal waters and maybe skim a stone or two!

4 – All the Fun at the Fair

Up up and away in the Chair o’ Plane for all the family! The vintage fun fair has lots to offer including the ultimate challenge of skill and accuracy, Hook a Duck! The perfect way to keep the children (and adults) entertained!

5 – It’s A Dogs Life

Our four legged family members are more than welcome at the London Capital & Finance Osborne Horse Trials! Watch the experts spin around the agility course and don’t forget to enter your young handlers in the fun dog show! You can also take the family to meet some VIP guests, Hounds from the Isle of Wight Hunt. They can’t wait to meet you and have lots of cuddles!

6 – Horses Galore

It goes without saying there will be plenty of horse action available over the two day event but we don’t just have Eventers on the Island! Take a seat at the main arena and watch the magic of classical dressage or the excitement of fast paced Pony Club games!

7 – A Little Tipple

Especially for the grown ups we have the famous Gin Den run by Goddards brewery or why not try one of their stunning real ales, perfect for a refreshing arena side drink! There will also be a SlimLine Wine Bubble Bar to quench your thirst without the calories, sneak a guilt free bottle home too!

8 – Feathered Friends

Swooping into the main arena throughout the two days will be the brilliant Falconry display team. Watch these magnificent birds fly around the stunning setting of Osborne House and learn more about these amazing creatures!

9 – On Course for the Win

Throughout the London Capital & Finance Horse Trials you can walk the amazing cross country course in the parklands of the estate. See just how big the fences are and watch the horses & riders tackle the challenging course. Can you spot the winners on your travels?

To join in the fun at Osborne House, visit for further information and tickets. Prices start at just £10.50 for children and £23 for adults.

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