Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular one-day event venues in the United Kingdom, all the disciplines takes place on an elevated part of the estate overlooking the beautiful Cotswold landscape.
With a dedicated car park, spectators are within walking distance of all the action. The show jumping area boasts numerous trade stands offering hot and cold food as well as equine merchandise specialists and other outdoor equipment retailers.
The cross country courses are designed around a viewing mound from which at least 7 obstacles are visible at each level of competition.
Of course, spectators are able to walk up to each of the fences and watch at close hand how the riders and their horses tackle them. On account of the degree of difficulty offered by the event and our reputation, many of the top riders in eventing make the trip to Withington every year. It is not unusual to see best in the sport competing here.
Entry to the event is £10 per car irrespective of the number of occupants.
Bluffers Guide To Eventing
Horse Trials are test of both horse and rider demanding fitness, discipline and courage. A top event horse and rider must excel in all three phases and not just be a specialist in one.
This is the first phase and judges a horse's ability to perform a number of set movements within a marked out arena. The judges look for a calm, obedient, elegant and accurate test where the partnership is harmonious with the horse responding easily and willingly to its rider.
This phase tests the ability of horse and rider to jump obstacles, which unlike those in the cross-country phase, can be knocked down. It demonstrates the horse's fitness, obedience and jumping accuracy. There is a time element involved but only if the time allowed is exceeded.
This is considered the most exciting element of the competition. The team must complete a variety of obstacles testing their fitness, technique, adaptability, courage and endurance. Courses are technical with combination fences, such as the water jump which has numerous elements requiring multiple jumps to be completed in close succession. Some fences offer the a choice of possible routes through the obstacle. The quickest route is usually the most difficult and the simpler option allows horse and rider to negotiate the obstacle with less risk but utilising more time.
And the Winner is...
Horse Trials are scored in penalties; the competitor with the lowest score wins. In dressage, the penalty score is arrived at by adding up all the marks awarded, subtracting them from the maximum possible applying a coefficient. In both show jumping and crosscountry, penalties are incurred for exceeding the optimum time or for acquiring jumping penalties.