Previous Events Report
With heavy rain before the event, the predicted sunshine appeared throughout the two days to provide a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside. The significant rainfall produced fantastic going on the permanent pasture as warm sunshine and a slight wind did just enough drying out on this perch of Cotswold brash soil. With views over the chocolate box village of Withington, the 496 competitors were presented with a beautiful picture of this part of the country in perfect competition conditions.
The dressage arenas and warm up area were well presented and the horses seemed to take little notice of any disturbance from the cross country commentary due to the strategic placement of the commentary speakers.
Show jumping took place in a large arena on flat ground with an equally impressive area devoted to warming up for this element of the competition. Dave Brockett's courses were up to height but fair and made full use of the large arena. They proved to be influencial in the final placings.
All three cross country courses rode well with no significant injuries to either horses or riders. Eric Winter's design with Andrew Hunter's build quality and presentation skills, produced up-to-height tests that were visually attractive to which the competitors and their horses responded. Bold horses ridden in an attacking but controlled style were rewarded with good results. Spectators were spoilt with views of at least seven obstacles on each of the courses from the strategically positioned viewing point where rustic benches had been provided for the general public to enjoy the activities of the day.
One competitor was kind enough to say: The course is always fantastic, but even more fun to ride this year, and the ground is always amazing. The show jumping and dressage arenas were also really good". "What a weekend", said another, "well done to you and your magnificent team and thank you for such a superb, high standard event". "These are lovely, old fashioned type galloping tracks" said Tina Cook last year, "and the ground was perfect". Even British Eventing, the affiliated body that runs horse trials throughout the country commented that "this is one of the best organised events".