Broadway 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 9 — Sunday 10 May 2015

    Organiser: Nigel Tabor
    Contact: 01386 858961 / 07879 897304
    Location: Worcestershire

    Entries open: 3 April
    Ballot date: 17 April at 12 noon
    Entries close: 29 April

    Link to Broadway (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/broadway1

    How to get there

    Grid reference SP096363. Lybrook Farm is half a mile from Broadway village along Snowshill Road. Follow the A44 towards Broadway.

    What the organisers say

    The dressage and showjumping are on flat grass and the showjumping is designed by Adrian Smith.

    The cross-country courses all run over well-draining land and ride well whatever the weather. The tracks are changed for each event, with the water always towards the end of the track. They suit experienced and first-time horses alike as there are alternatives.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “Dressage arena is set on the other side of the venue to the showjumping and cross-country, so nice and quiet.” “Dressage warm-up can be a bit tight.” “Some of the arenas are on the flat and a few on a slope, which can be tricky with a youngster.” “Showjumping is held in a small ring and warm-up.” “The courses are quite educational for young horses as there’s lots going on around the ring.” “Not massive courses, but educational to get young horses going.”

    Cross-country — “Ideal courses for young horses. They do get tired though as there’s quite a big hill here — it’s also trickier to balance horses because of this.” “Good first-time tracks at each level.” “The warm-up provides a good space and nice inviting warm-up jumps.” “Offers a good variation in fence types, including some more brightly coloured obstacles.” “Requires a high horse fitness level.” “The water jump is fairly large and can prove slightly daunting for inexperienced horses as there are a number of jumps all around it, however I would still say this course would be well suited to green or young horses and riders.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    ON: 76%
    N: 84%
    BE100 Open: 82%
    BE100: 78%
    BE90: 78%
    BE80(T): 73%

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