THE organisers of some of Cumbria's most popular equestrian events have confirmed their retirement. 

After nearly 20 years and 80 affiliated fixtures, the organisers of Cumbria Horse Trials have confirmed that they have run their final event. 

Douglas and Lucinda Weymouth have been organising events at various Cumbrian venues for around 16 years in total. 

Alongside their four grown-up children, they provided professionally run events in Cumbria and The Lake District.

Eventing sees a single horse and rider combine and compete against other competitors across disciplines including dressage, cross-country, and show jumping.

On Facebook they wrote: "Farewell. After nearly 20 years and 80 affiliated fixtures, Frenchfield in May was our last. We had a great weekend, the sun shone brightly, the views over the national park were special, and everyone was having a lot of fun.

"We’ve thoroughly enjoyed organising so many events at various Cumbrian venues over the many years and we will miss seeing you all so regularly, whether as volunteers, officials, stewards, supporters, exhibitors, competitors or as suppliers, simply because it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

"There are many risks in running horse trials, from the weather to viability, to incidents and accidents, and we’ve experienced and managed so many of them, and yet, without the commitment of so many other people none of it would have happened.

"We must however call time at some point and believe now is right time to do so. Thank you to everyone for all your time and commitment over the last two decades. We feel sure the next generation will pick up the baton in due course to carry the sport forward."

Richard Harrison commented: "What an amazing achievement Douglas and Lucinda. You and your team have given so much to Cumbria. You have picked a right time to go out on a high."

Gabi Baxter added: "So sorry to read this, all the Cumbrian events were brilliant, thank you for the amazing events and fond memories."

The business is now running a dispersal sale of event equipment and machinery.

Cumbria Horse Trials were approached for comment.