Houghton International Horse trials

Fri 02 Aug 2013

Houghton International Horse trials

The 23rd-26th May of this year saw Houghton International Horse Trials take place in the grounds of the stunning Houghton Hall for the seventh year running. The trials themselves are expanding year on year and this year saw the event double in size, making it the largest since it started in 2007.

Typically the weather could not be relied on and it was pretty wet and awful for the first couple of days, but the sunshine took us all by surprise by making an appearance for the weekend – perfect timing!

Francis Wain were, once again, delighted to be associate sponsors and to exhibit at the event, which saw 18 different countries competing over the course of the four days. It was the perfect opportunity for us to show off our new branding with our sponsor boards on the fences, as well as showcase some of the new season’s lines.

One lucky Francis Wain customer, Suzie Scott- managed to bag herself a £900 pair of Marco Bicego earrings in our lucky dip on the Saturday! Beats a snack-size Mars bar any day!

To promote the event, and our involvement in it, staff at Francis Wain came up with the idea of a glamorous photo shoot using the hall as the backdrop. So, together with Jane Hampson (former PR for Houghton International) they organised a makeover and photo shoot for five female RAF and Army personnel based in Norfolk.

The girls wore jewellery from our collections and, with hair and make-up professionally done, they were transformed into belles of the ball - far removed from the uniforms they have to wear at work. One of the girls, Lisa Foy based at RAF Marham, commented ‘I think that women in the military work really hard, and it is sometimes nice to have the opportunity to get glammed up and show another side to our personalities.’ The photo shoot was a resounding success – the girls got pampered and we got a feel for what life in the military is really like.

  • I just wanted to say a very big thank you on behalf of both Debbie and I for the race day on Saturday. I thought it was such an excellent day and we had such fun. We both thought how very well planned and organised it was and a credit to the business. Read more

    Debbie & Simon Wilson

  • A Perfect Superb Fantastic day out. Well done to you all. Wishing you success in all you do. Thank you so much for the invitation.

    Joseph & Maralyn Gromett

  • Thank you! Lovely day with lovely people. Exciting to go racing, all good fun until the coach got moved and we waited and walked everywhere to find it. Never mind - great day off! xx Read more

    Roland & Jane LeRoy

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