Bricky 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 26 — Sunday 27 September 2015

    Organisers: Michael Munden and Liz Hills
    Contact: 01300 320868; michael@brickyfarm.com; liz@brickyfarm.com
    Location: Dorsert

    Entries open: 22 August
    Ballot date: 7 September at 12 noon
    Entries close: 16 September

    Link to Bricky entries: www.britisheventing.com/bricky

    How to get there

    Bricky Farm is just north of the A35 between Dorchester and Bridport.

    What the organisers say

    All dressage is in 60x20m arenas.

    There is excellent going in the grass jumping arena and ample warm-up. The cross-country is on good going over undulating terrain. The tracks are generally up to size and use inviting natural timber, with no portables.

    The BE80(T) and BE90 courses offer an enjoyable ride across the country, suitable for both confident first-timers or experienced combinations.

    The BE100plus track now provides a genuine step up towards novice technicality, while using BE100 dimensions. This increased technicality on the plus class allows the BE100 track to be more straightforward; it remains a true Bricky-style course, now suitable for all-comers.

    A dedicated intermediate novice course has been added for 2015 to complete this class. This will provide a real step up in technicality from the novice track, again using novice dimensions. The novice course retains plenty of height and spread, with a choice of routes at the more technical questions, and is now suitable for all novice riders.

    Lots more detail will be on the Bricky website in due course.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The warm-up is on a bit of a slope for the dressage which can make it a bit tricky, but the actual arenas are flatter.” “The arenas are close to the lorry park so you haven’t got a huge trek to get there.” “The showjumping is lovely and held in a big, flat arena with plenty of room to move in, on good going.” “The course is always up to height and flowing.”

    Cross-country — “The course is up to height, technical from the word go, big and long.” “You need a fit horse and rider as it is an undulating course.” “More suited to a mid-season run or a combination about to move up a level than a first-timer [see organiser comments].” “It was a hot day last season and they did really well to produce the ground so that it had a bit of give.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    IN: 82%
    BE100 Pony: 77%
    BE100 Open:
    BE100: 78%
    BE90 Open: 75%
    BE80(T): 71%

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