Barbury International Horse Trials: what riders need to know [H&H VIP]

  • Get the lowdown on this fixture from Eventing magazine's horse trials guide — including what riders say about the event, plus vital statistics

    Date: Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 July 2015

    Organiser: Holly Farr
    Contact: 07966 42 779; email: holly@barburyhorsetrials.co.uk; www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk
    Location: Wiltshire

    Entries open: 28 May
    Ballot date: 15 June at 12 noon
    Entries close: 29 June

    Link to Barbury entries: www.britisheventing.com/barbury

    How to get there

    M4 J15, A346 to Marlborough. Follow AA signs.

    What the organisers say

    Barbury, sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management, promises a warm welcome to all riders and owners. A friendly, fun atmosphere, wonderful old turf and challenging, fair courses with fantastic viewing make Barbury unique.

    Please come and enjoy the Friday and Saturday parties, the JCB Champions Challenge (eventers vs jump jockeys vs showjumpers vs hunts in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund) and the quality hospitality.

    We have novice, CIC2* and CIC3* sections, plus the valuable Retrained Racehorse Eventing Championship.

    The showjumping courses are designed by Stephen Renouard. Cross-country courses designed by Mark Phillips and built by the Willis Bros. Event secretary Holly Farr.

    We all look forward to seeing you 9-12 July at Barbury 2015.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage for the novices is a long way from the main event — make sure to take a bike or get acquainted with the helpful buggy system.” “Novice arenas flat and well spaced, and the warm-up areas are slightly restricted, but make the most of the space and flat ground available.” “The dressage for the two- and three-star has lots of atmosphere and distractions, especially if the cross-country is running at the same time. “The showjumping in the main arena is a great experience in the main class and is always a well-built course with plenty of combinations and up to height.”

    Cross-country — “Ground is on the firm side but usually has good grass cover, and can take a lot of rain as it’s chalky soil.” “Fantastic viewing course for spectators/owners.” “The tracks are all up to height and not for a first-time run at a new level. They ride well but horses have a lot to take in and take on, especially on the cross-country, such as the two water complexes.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    CIC3*: 61%

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