Belsay 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: Saturday 6 — Sunday 7 June 2015

    Joint-organisers: Edward and Jane Pybus; Peter and Laura de Wesselow
    Contact: 01661 881206/07889 437237/07710 968593; laura@belsay.com or jane.pybus101@gmail.com; www.belsayhorsetrials.co.uk
    Location: Northumberland

    Entries open: 1 May
    Ballot date: 15 May at 12 noon
    Entries close: 27 May

    Link to Belsay entries: www.britisheventing.com/belsay

    How to get there

    Postcode NE20 0DX. Located close to Northumberland National Park, north-west of Ponteland. The event will be signposted from the A696.

    What the organisers say

    One of the most scenic and best viewing events in the north, Belsay 2015 looks set to be the best yet.

    We have been busy improving facilities and have invested in a ‘belt and braces’ sports drainage system for the Bond Dickinson showjumping arena to ensure the best possible ground.

    There are also improvements to all cross-country courses, which are designed by Ronald Alexander. The intermediate has been altered considerably to make for a more inviting track with better flow. The old parkland turf, with its permanent and portable fences, as well as lots of natural features, will suit horses of all levels.

    With Barbour as headline sponsor once again, the event continues to attract fantastic support from companies such as UBS, Ryecroft Glenton, Brewin Dolphin and Cussins Homes.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “Dressage arenas and warm-up fine and very peaceful.” “Showjumping was seriously influential — a lot of rain in the lead-up meant the ground was holding and many horses weren’t happy jumping off it.” “A lovely flat arena with a super atmosphere as it was surrounded by tradestands.” “The warm-up was quite small.” “I believe a serious amount of work has been done to the drainage in the showjumping arena so hopefully it will be a completely different situation this year.”

    Cross-country — “The cross-country was a serious question — huge and technical with no options.” “Definitely not a first-time track at novice level and not one for a young horse.” “The ground on the cross-country was super.” “A very well-organised event.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    OIU21: 50%
    OI: 67%
    I: 40%
    IN: 75%
    NRF: 100%
    ONU18: 69%
    N: 51%
    BE100U18: 74%
    BE100 Open: 73%
    BE100: 73%
    BE90: 76%

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