I am sorry to have to inform you, that Fiona and I have made the decision that we will be not be running this year’s event at Withington due to:
- The cost of abandonment insurance, which has now passed onto Organisers, and in our case absorbs more than 80% of the increase of entry fees that have been agreed for 2022
- The new abandonment insurance does not cover any communicable diseases (Sars, Covid 19, EHV, Foot & Mouth etc) and thus if the event is cancelled on any of these grounds, the repayment of entry fees would have to come from us
- The increase in costs that we are experiencing across all areas far exceed the remaining 20% left of the increase of entry fees that have been agreed for 2022 Being a “green field” site with all the infrastructure having to be bought in, as well as offering only higher level classes with their associated costs and revenue implications, we generate a small surplus most years which is invested back into the event for the next year but the risk of a loss of tens of thousands of pounds is neither bearable nor justifiable.
We also recognise that our decision will have an affect upon our loyal contractors, competitors, sponsors and volunteers without whom we are not in a position to present Withington in the best possible light year after year. All have been flexible in their offers of help this year for which we are most grateful. Hopefully by making this decision now this will allow sufficient time for some to make alternative arrangements.
We are looking forward to 2023 when, hopefully, we can once again deliver the competition to our usual standard. Thank you for your willingness to support the Event this year.
Kind regards Bruno
Welcome to Withington Horse Trials '22
Sat 30th April - Sun 1st May 2022 - Action from 9.30am until 6pm
Novice / CCI2* Short / CCI 2* Short for Ponies / Intermediate / Advanced
We begin Sunday morning with Novices Classes starting Dressage at 0830hrs on Sunday, 1st May followed by Show Jumping at 0845hrs and Cross Country at 0930hrs. We will also be holding a specific Class for Novice Competitors under 18 years of age this year.
CCI 2* SHORT
Starts with Dressage on Sunday, 1st May before Show Jumping and Cross Country takes place from during the afternoon. Dependant upon Entries some Combinations may do some Dressage on Saturday, 30th April.
CCI 2* SHORT RESERVED FOR PONIES
Starts with Dressage on Sunday, 1st May so that all the Ponies can be assessed by the Selectors before Show Jumping and Cross Country takes place during the afternoon. This Pony competition is the final qualifying opportunityand arguably the toughest test that will determine the British 3 day Event Pony Team. The Dressage Test used will be the same Dressage Test as used for the National Pony Championships as well as the European Championships.
All three disciplines will take place on Saturday, 30th April The Dressage begins at 0830hrs followed by Show Jumping at 0845hrs and Cross Country at 0930hrs.
We are hosting the only Advanced level Competition in the Country to be held during the weekend. All three disciplines will take place on Saturday, 30th April The Dressage begins at 1030hrs followed by Show Jumping at 1410hrs and Cross Country at 1450hrs.