Withington Manor Horse Trials takes place at Withington Estate situated in the heart of the Cotswolds between Cirencester and Cheltenham
The estate is situated in an Area of Outstanding Beauty renowned for its landscape value and pretty villages scattered throughout rolling hills and small woodland copses. All these characteristics are illustrated during the event weekend as the event takes place on an elevated part of the estate providing wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
Most the agricultural land is permanent pasture which are grazed by sheep that is managed under organic rules within the Entry and Higher Level Stewardship schemes, run by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. This scheme has enabled the estate to undertake a multitude of projects including fencing, hedge laying, new hedge planting, stone wall restoration and the restoration of the old agricultural buildings. Some of the land is managed for the provision of food for over-wintering birds as well as some dedicated to providing nectar for bees and butterflies.
The woodland is managed under agreement with the Forestry Authority that has resulted in the establishment of coppice woodland areas, areas for natural regeneration and the restoration of woodland ponds for wildlife. The woodland also provides about 50% of the woodchips required for the boiler that supplies all the hot water and heating requirements for the estate's tenants.