Brighter Futures will benefit from a Lunch for a Brighter Future on Saturday 9 July with Rory Bremner as guest speaker and who is patron of Brighter Futures.   The lunch will be held in the renowned Barbury Club marquee, which offers stunning views of the cross country action take place at the horse trials.

This year the Barbury International Horse trials and the Brighter Futures lunch will be particularly poignant for local farmer and competitor James Hussey.   58 year old James, hopes to compete at the horse trials in July on board his horse Tim, and will be riding in memory of his wife Gill, who sadly passed away from cancer. 

James Hussey said;

Gill always had a very special love of horses and the local countryside, she was very involved with conservation projects both on the farm and the Marlborough Downs. She was always a great supporter of eventing, loving the sport, and always supporting myself and our daughter Julia.

Following losing Gill, I felt a need to continue my love of horses. Barbury International Horse Trials is a pinnacle of the eventing calendar, and I am looking forward to being back there this year competing in memory of Gill, and supporting Brighter Futures, to help make life easier for those dealing with cancer.

 “The Brighter Futures appeal is so important to raise funds for a new radiotherapy unit in Swindon.   Gill and I would regularly make 70 mile round trip to Oxford for radiotherapy treatment, it was exhausting both mentally and physically .   Having a unit in Swindon will help patients and their families in the region help face the challenge of cancer”. 

Nigel Bunter, Chairman of the Barbury International Horse Trials added;

“We are very proud to support Brighter Futures at this year’s horse trials, their radiotherapy unit appeal is very important for the Wiltshire region. 

“The lunch is set to be very popular as the Barbury Club marquee offers fantastic viewing of the eventing competition whilst enjoying a delicious lunch”.

Tickets to the lunch are just £80 and include VIP parking, champagne reception and a delicious two course lunch with wine. 

This St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials is located on the beautiful Marlborough Downs and hosts four days of awesome Eventing competition with over 1,000 horse and rider combinations poised to compete.  Additionally, the horse trials are an important pre-cursor ahead of the 2016 Olympics with many riders destined for Rio taking part.  New for this year is the third leg of the Event Rider Masters (ERM). The inaugural ERM is an exciting sporting series, showcasing the world’s best ‘Event’ riders with a total of £350,000 in prize money on offer with each leg promising a minimum of £50,000.  

To buy tickets for the Brighter Futures lunch and to the horse trials and to follow James’s training progress via the Barbury Blog; visit

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