Organisers of the year’s most important equestrian event chose New Holland tractors to prepare the ground on their Championship courses at the weekend.
The four distinctive blue and yellow tractors were kept busy throughout the Festival of British Eventing, which was held on the 1-3 August. The New Holland team was responsible for preparing the ground at Gatcombe Park in the heart of the Cotswolds and the home of the Princess Royal and her family.
The Festival, which was voted equestrian event of the year in 2007, hosted several major competitions, including the British Eventing Open Championship and the Dodson and Horrell British Novice Championship.
The tractors, New Holland models T6020, TD5040, T3020, TC31D, were on hand to keep the courses up to scratch and tow stranded vehicles out of the mud.
And once it was all over, they were standing by to help clear up and restore the Gatcombe estate to its usual splendour.
Tim Henson, event director of the festival, said: “We were very grateful for the long-term support that New Holland gave us right throughout the festival. The general ground event preparation was particularly important for the course and the event would have been difficult to run without the tractors.”
New Holland spokesman James Doyle says the weekend was a great opportunity for the company to get involved with a great British institution.
“The Festival of British Eventing is a weekend of world class horse sport. New Holland and our local dealer TH White are delighted that we were able to support the organisational team at Gatcombe Park.”