Breckenbrough Horse Trials (1): 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 11 – Sunday 12 April 2015

    Organisers: Helen Bell, Moray Nicholson and Kevin Tonks
    Contact: 07708 708967
    Location: North Yorkshire

    Entries open: 6 March
    Ballot date: 20 March at 12 noon
    Entries close: 1 April

    Link to Breckenbrough (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/breckenbrough1

    How to get there

    From the A1 take the A61 towards Thirsk, then the A167 towards Northallerton. Go through Sandhutton and the event is half a mile on the left.

    What the organisers say

    We have a Facebook page, Breckenbrough Horse Trials, with up to date details. For details and to enter, visit www.helenbellequestrian.co.uk

    David Evans is the course-designer for the BE90, BE100 and novice classes. A few changes and improvements are being made to all cross-country courses.

    The dressage will be sited in a large, flat grass field that is well away from the cross-country course. The showjumping will also be held on grass.

    The cross-country courses are inviting and educational. There will be two water complexes, plus banks and ditches. The ground is well-draining sandy land with good going. The track has some undulations in places, but is fairly flat. The ground will be prepared as necessary. The tracks suit anyone wanting a well-built track and an educational run.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage warm-up areas and arenas are on good ground as long as it isn’t too dry.” “The showjumping arena is excellent with good grass coverage making it lovely to jump off.” “The warm-up areas are easily large enough.”

    Cross-country — “The BE100 was a nice course with plenty of variety and long routes if required.” “All the courses have two water jumps which are great for giving young horses experience.” “The novice course walked very big and technical, but rode well, but probably isn’t one for a new novice horse.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    ONU18: 60%
    ON: 85%
    N: 70%
    BE100 Under 18: 75%
    BE100 Open: 87%
    BE100: 80%
    BE90: 83%

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