Land Rover

Land Rover

Land Rover has been supporting eventing at Gatcombe Park since the very first horse trials were staged at the Cotswold estate in 1983.

Since then, the iconic 4×4 brand has become synonymous with the equestrian community and its enduring lifestyle. Land Rover now supports several major equestrian events and venues, including Royal Windsor Horse Show, Guards Polo Club and the pinnacle of the eventing season, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in September.

As well as supporting the spring and autumn horse trials at Gatcombe Park, Land Rover is also Official Vehicle Partner of the Festival of British Eventing, which this year takes place on 4-6 August 2017. Land Rover plays a key operational role at Gatcombe Park in transporting vets, doctors, course builders and officials around the venue, ensuring they can carry out their duties in the most efficient way possible.

Land Rover also supports many leading British riders including Zara Tindall, Nick Skelton, Harry Meade, Lee Pearson, Ben Maher and England polo player Max Charlton. Land Rover also recognises the importance of developing and nurturing talent at grassroots level and last year became a partner of the Pony Club.

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque each define the world’s SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 170 countries.

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Your Royal Highness

Dear Gatcombe Guests,

It is already the 8th Gatcombe International Horse Trials year sponsored by Whatley Manor. Where does the time go? I am delighted to see how the event has developed during this time. I am also delighted to hear how well these changes have been received by riders, owners and spectators alike.

Whatley Manor has undergone a lot of changes in the past 12 months, and we are continually going forward with very exciting times ahead! Our general manager, Sue Williams and executive chef, Niall Keating have brought a new energy with plenty of exciting and refreshing ideas. We invite you to come and visit our marquee to learn more about all of the new developments. The team will be delighted to welcome you and if you time it right, you may even be able to sample some of Niall’s culinary delights. You can also go on-line and visit our new website on

Gatcombe would not be Gatcombe if the Skye terriers were not lurking around. Once again, they are back and keen to meet you all. They are a part of a larger movement to help raise their profile and popularity and we count on you to help us.

I would like to sincerely thank Her Royal Highness for her on-going hospitality in such a glorious location. To Pattie Foden and Carol Excell, who along with their team, for endless hours spent to prepare and run this event, and all the officials and helpers without whom there would be no competition.

To all the riders, owners and grooms I wish a successful weekend! Above all, a fun weekend where horsemanship and sportsmanship must prevail.

Christian Landolt