Get the lowdown on this fixture from Eventing magazine's horse trials guide — including what riders say about the event, plus vital statistics
Date: Saturday 19 September 2015
Entries open: 14 August
Ballot date: 28 August at 12 noon
Entries close: 9 September
Link to Monmouth entries: www.britisheventing.com/monmouth
How to get there
Grid reference SO398155. The event will be signed from Raglan and Abergavenny. It is 40 minutes from the Severn Bridge where horseboxes with living accommodation need only pay the car toll.
What the organisers say
The dressage arenas are on flat, permanent pasture. There is a big and fairly flat warm-up area.
The showjumping arena was relocated in 2012 to a large and flat area. The showjumping is on permanent pasture and designer Edward Williams makes good use of the natural features of the terrain. His tracks are inviting and while not overly technical or big they still exert an influence.
Simon Grundy’s cross-country courses are on mainly flat permanent pasture with one decent hill. There is good grass cover and we will agri-vate if necessary. An interesting selection of fences includes natural hedges, ditches, water and good use of portables.
Our courses suit everyone — they are educational tracks of medium severity with alternatives for the less experienced.
Monmouth will be running under-18 qualifier classes this year — more info on the BE website.
What the riders say
Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage warm-up is fairly undulating and the small, flat area gets quite crowded.” “The arenas are set well away from the lorry park.” “The showjumping warm-up ring was small, but the ring is really big and they are quite nice tracks.” “There is good grass coverage/ground in both the ring and warm-up. “The ring is slightly sloping.”
Cross-country — “The course is straightforward, but they use lots of portable fences.” “It is mainly a flat course with one hill and some of the combinations are a bit trappy.” “The BE100 course rode well, but I’d say not a first-timer’s course for novice level. Friendly event.”
Percentage of cross-country clears 2014
BE100 Pony: 80%
BE100 Open: 89%
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