As this summer’s Rio Olympics edge closer, many of showjumping’s elite will be competing at Bolesworth’s CSI **** in the spectacular grounds of Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire from June 16-19.

And as well as showcasing top international sport, Bolesworth organisers are thrilled to bolesworthannounce a new spectator attraction – The Equine Zone – which introduces a a fabulous Fanzone and Learning Zone.

The Fanzone will feature regular rider guest appearances throughout the four days, with riders taking time out to meet and greet the public and taking part in photo opportunities and autograph-signing sessions throughout the day.

Visitors are also invited to join an exciting programme of events in the Learning Zone, which offers free educational talks and discussions designed to appeal across a breadth of equestrian expertise and incorporating various topical equestrian subjects. Each session includes a panel made up of experts, specialists, vets and riders.

Learning Zone sessions will take place in a specially-designed theatre within the Equine Zone between 11am and 4pm each day. They will run every hour on the hour, lasting for for approximately 20 minutes.

With the Olympics just weeks away after Bolesworth, it’s an exciting time for equestrian sport, and Great Britain’s showjumping performance manager Di Lampard will be present on Friday, June 17 to talk through the ‘Road To Rio’.

And for the first time, Bolesworth International’s equestrian charity The British Horse Society will be teaming up with global equine charity The Brooke, with these two equestrian charities combining their knowledge and expertise, while also discussing welfare issues from both ends of the spectrum.

Learning Zone Sessions will also cover emergency first aid for your horse, expert advice on nutrition – ranging from the sport horse to advice on feeding the older horse – training the sport horse, anti-doping compliance within equestrian sport, top tips about helmet safety standards, saddle fitting and so much more.

Looking ahead to Bolesworth 2016 and the Equine Zone, show president Nina Barbour said: “We wanted to provide something extra for the equestrian enthusiast visiting Bolesworth, and the idea of the Equine Zone is to encapsulate a wide range of topics that would appeal to all.

“The Fanzone gives the equestrian public the chance to meet their sporting heroes, while the Learning Zone allows us to share a range of expertise and knowledge from industry experts. We look forward to welcoming visitors, for what I know will be an unmissable event.”

General admission tickets, which include admission to the Equine Zone, are available at a pre-sale price of just £12 for the opening two days, and £18 for Saturday and Sunday, up to 40% off gate prices. Under-14s can enjoy free admission, while a four-day season ticket is at a not-to-be-missed pre-sale price of £40. Tickets can be bought online at