The Avebury Story

The horse trials, which takes places from 9-12 July on the Marlborough Downs is renaming its signature fence on the cross country after the lovely grey Avebury.

Avebury is ridden by Andrew Nicholson, whose stables are based just outside Marlborough and owned by Rosemary Barlow.  Last year Avebury and Andrew scored a historic hat trick when winning the prestigious Barbury International three star competition for a third consecutive time.

To mark this achievement in addition to the re-naming of the Avebury fence, the Barbury International Horse Trials has released a short film – The Avebury Story.   The film documents the remarkable achievements of Avebury and what makes him such a special horse.



Avebury was bred by Andrew, raised in Wiltshire and named after the world heritage site – The Avebury Stone circles, located just a few miles from Barbury.  Furthermore,  Avebury is a regular visitor to the Barbury Estate where he works on its famous gallops.

Commenting at the filming Andrew Nicholson said:

“Avebury loves Barbury and he also loves the camera so filming this video was good fun. We are all proud of what he has achieved here and look forward to being back at Barbury in a few weeks time.”

Nigel Bunter, Chairman of Barbury International Horse Trials added:

“After winning Barbury for a remarkable third time and with Avebury’s local

connections we wanted a lasting tribute and felt renaming our most iconic cross-country fence was a fitting to a wonderful horse.  We hope Avebury fans will enjoy our film on him. We want to encourage as many as possible to visit Barbury in July to see a living legend and maybe history repeating itself with a four timer!”.

Tickets start from £12 per person per day booked in advance.  Children under 12 years go free.   For information and tickets visit or call 01672 516125 @Barburycastle