Hopkins Concrete jumps at Nunney International Horse Trials sponsorship

Wincanton-based Hopkins Concrete, is looking forward to getting behind the action at this year’s Nunney International Horse Trials, which take place at Southfield House near Frome on 17th to 19th. The family firm – which provides a range of concrete services, from concrete pumping, to concrete blocks, sweeper and lorry hire to muck away – has agreed to sponsor one of the fences for the three-day event after thoroughly enjoying their role as headline sponsor last year.
Bill Hopkins, owner of Hopkins Concrete, explains why the firm is a keen supporter: “Nunney Horse Trials is a high point in the social calendar and we can’t wait to attend and support the event again this year. We provide concrete and associated services to most of the South West, including Somerset, Dorset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon and parts of Hampshire, and so it is great to get involved in local events such as Nunney to give something back to the community. There’s something for everyone – as well as the exciting cross-country, showjumping and dressage events, Nunney Horse Trials includes some delicious food outlets. Last year we had beautiful weather, so it would be great if we could have that again this year (I’ve put a word in!).”

The top class competitive event – which attracts some of the sport’s top talent, including Zara Phillips, Harry Meade, Sam Griffiths, Paul Tapner, Jock Paget, Kristina Cook and Izzy Taylor – will be staged in the spectacular grounds of the grade II listed Southfield House. The showjumping takes place in the main arena, with the house forming a dramatic backdrop, and the cross-country action is across the road, where visitors can watch the riders tackle the solid timber fences. Meanwhile, the elegant dressage is located behind the main house, away from the hustle of bustle of a busy competition.

Bridget Parker, who took over as organiser this year, is a renowned horsewoman who rode Cornish Gold to win team gold at the Summer Olympics in Munich in 1972, and finished tenth as an individual. She says: “We are really looking forward to this year’s event. We first ran at Southfield House in 2012, and the event has been growing in popularity. It’s great that Nunney attracts so many of the top names from the sport and it provides a wonderful opportunity for people to come along and enjoy a day out in beautiful countryside while watching the exciting sport of horse trials.”

The Hopkins team hope to go along again this year to cheer on the riders, while mingling with the local community. Bill Hopkins continues: “The horse trials take place in such a wonderful setting and it’s a very popular competition attracting a wide range of visitors. With Bridget Parker in charge, I am sure the whole event will be another resounding success.”


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