The Sky’s the Limit for Nina Barbour
Heralded for the outstanding success that is The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show, while also ensuring the smooth running of the family’s 6,000 acre estate and the many businesses in the surrounding Cheshire countryside including Harthill Stud – Nina Barbour is one busy lady. Read on to find out more about this fascinating, hardworking young woman as we count down to this year’s show – June 14 to 18.
Nina Barbour – A Visionary Force
NOW in its fourth year as a 4 star event, The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show looks set to be bigger and better this year with the new Bolesworth CDI*** dressage running over the first two days.
This exciting development has been met with much applause in the world of dancing horses and gold medal performances and has also had the support of the man himself – Carl Hester.
Says Carl: “Bolesworth is a true international show. The venue is stunning, the footing is stunning, and I’m delighted the team is developing the dressage in such an amazing setting.
“The crowds and atmosphere were fantastic last year, so all credit to Nina for introducing two days of dressage to add to the programme.”
Here Nina takes time out from her busy schedule to tell us more about a typical day and what drives her to succeed in all aspects of her life.
1 – Tell us about a ‘typical’ day?
I try to be on a horse before 8am and ride up to four when I am at home. Riding is a very important part of my life and I get a lot of satisfaction from producing horses and competing. After riding I catch up with my emails, can have various meetings to attend for Bolesworth International, Harthill Stud, the estate and now Liverpool International. In the evening I try to catch up with friends for dinner locally but I am also away quite a lot and the last 12 months have been very busy.
2 – How you do divide your time between the various businesses you are involved in?
It is really just as and when I need to be in a meeting or part of the decision making process that I get more involved. The overall strategy for all the businesses are in place and the various teams work hard to make it all happen. Mum is very involved in all aspects and I catch up with her a couple of times a week or when we feel we need to.
3 – Where did it all start when you decided to develop Bolesworth International?
We ran the national show for six years and as I started to compete and travel more I saw how fantastic some of the shows abroad were and what both competitors and spectators wanted from a competition format and venue.
I decided there was a massive opportunity here and wanted to make a big impact. When I was at Dublin in 2013 I was sat with Daisy Bunn and Nick Skelton who said in order to make it work we had to have an international arena with a surface and from there we started to work with Andrews Bowen who did a fantastic job at Bolesworth.
4 – Tell us about this year’s show?
I am proud to say the five-day event offers a unique and thrilling experience, which combines top-level dressage and showjumping competitions with great shopping, a host of thrilling water sports on the lake and fun family entertainment.
Visitors can enjoy the elegance of the dressage competitions which are set to draw an international field or experience some heart-stopping moments as the show jumpers attempt the famous big red wall during the Equitop Myoplast Puissance.
There will be the glamourous fashion of Ladies Day and the exciting Jockey’s Challenge, where top National Hunt jockeys battle it out against the showjumpers!New for 2017 and set to be a massive crowd-pleaser is the Spectacular International Water Sports Festival which includes an international competition focus and activity zone.
5 – Where do you get your energy and passion from?
From a Bolesworth International point of view it is the fact myself and the team want it to be the very best show possible. Also bringing the event to our home at Bolesworth Castle is incredibly special.
6 – How do you like to enjoy any spare time?
When there is time I enjoy running, going to the gym and keeping fit in general. I also enjoy socialising with friends and going out for meals.
7 – Which other members of the family are involved in day to day business life?
I work closely with mum on all aspects of the business and she is also very supportive with the horses. My sister Cleo is also involved and is there for when I need to chat decisions through.
The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show runs from Wednesday, June 14 to Sunday, June 18. Get 40% off gate prices if you pre-book your tickets online. General admission tickets are available at a pre-sale price of just £12 for the Thursday and Friday, and £20 for Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Under 12s can enjoy free admission, while a season ticket is at a not-to-be-missed pre-sale price of £40. Tickets can be bought online at www.bolesworthinternational.com