History

Racing and horses have been central to Barbury for over 100 years, since Aubrey Hastings and then Ivor Anthony dominated the Flat & Jumps calendars in the first quarter of the C20th. Horses like Brown Jack (Champion Hurdle 1928), Morse Code (Cheltenham Gold Cup 1938), and Poet Prince (Gold Cup 1941) were all trained on the Barbury downs from stables in Wroughton.

Latterly, the Barbury torch has been carried by Mikey Heaton-Ellis, Clive Cox and Alan King. Alan, resident since 2002, has been in the top flight of British trainers for nearly 15 years after learning his trade with “the Duke”, David Nicholson.

Racing took place at Barbury until 1962 when the land was put into agricultural production. In 1992, the racecourse was re-opened and meetings have been added since to make Barbury one of the most frequented Point-to-Point courses in the UK.

Between 1995-2000, the estate staged the only timber race in the UK. The Marlborough Cup was very popular, often but not exclusively ridden by professional jockeys, but was discontinued at about the time that cross country racing emerged to become orthodox at Cheltenham.

Started in 2005, the Barbury International Horse Trials was awarded the highest level of International Eventing (CIC3*) in its first year and has grown to be one of the world's premier eventing competitions. Sponsored by St James's Place Wealth Management since 2007, Barbury now attracts 1,200 horses over 4 days and has been won by the world's best event riders from William Fox-Pitt through Pippa Funnell through to four time winner Andrew Nicholson. Barbury was part of the new and exciting Event Rider Masters Series in 2016.

 

Next Event

When?

 

SAVE 30% - Book now for the Vine & Craven fixture on Sunday February 9

 

 

 

 

 

Where?

Barbury, 3m N of Marlborough, off A346, Jn 15 M4

 

Latest News

01-01-2020 00:01:01 in General by Admin
New Year's Day means one huge birthday for all Thoroughbreds who share the same official birthday. If you love your racing, celebrate with them and look aherad to some of the winter's great racing fixtures, including here at Barbury! Happy New Year!

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19-12-2019 17:03:47 in General by Admin
David Sunderland, jockeys' valet at countless fixtures across the Midlands and Wiltshire area, died suddenly after racing at Barbury last Sunday.  A whole generation of riders has grown up under his tutelage and sound if occasionally pointed guidance in the Weigh Tent, and he will be sorely missed. Condolences from all at Barbury to his family.

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16-12-2019 16:12:34 in General by Admin
Exactly 100 competitors stepped up to the oche for the Barbury International Point-to-Point at Barbury on Sunday (writes Jake Exelby) and it was The Dellercheckout – named after a famous moment in darts – who hit the bullseye when landing the feature race, the 13-runner Plusvital Mixed Open. Caroline Robinson’s six-year-old, given a clever and patient ride by daughter Immy, made ...

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10-12-2019 18:38:55 in General by Admin
The fourth renewal of the Barbury International Point-to-Point fixture again draws together horses and riders from the UK and Ireland for the only time on a UK point-to-point course, writes Jake Exelby. The fixture is the only British point-to-point meeting open to both Irish horses, trainers and riders and professionally trained horses.Clerk of the Course John White confirmed on Monday that, foll...

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