Taking place on flat and level permanent pasture with a large warm-up area, which will be aerated if required, and rolled, away from show jumping and cross country action and noise.
Within a large arena with an equally generous warm-up area, all the tracks will be up to height, straight forward and of medium technicality, reflecting the standard of the event in general. This phase takes place on flat and level permanent pasture, which will be aerovated if required.
Withington's three XC tracks are over undulating, well draining permanent pasture, which will be aerovated if required. The courses offer excellent viewing and are up to height, solidly built and classified by competitors as fair but challenging. For 2018, the sunken road complex with an associated viewing platform created in 2017 will be in use for the first time.
Built by Andrew Hunter, using solid, large timber, they make full use of the undulating terrain including woodland, ditches, steps and a water complex. As a result both horses and riders should be fit and bold. Frangible pins are used throughout the cross country phase on all suitable fences in all classes.
Designer Eric Winter, will be undertaking some changes in all three tracks which will continue to reward forward and accurate riding.
Last year a Competitor wrote to say: "a huge thank you for organising such a wonderful event at Withington . Great, challenging XC and so impressed with the effort that went into preparing the ground. Please thank everyone involved, particularly the volunteers." while another wrote "a big thank you to everyone involved with running your horse trials, it is a joy to walk the cross country. So beautifully built, each and every fence dressed to perfection. One of the best horse trials in the country!"